Missoula Gives 2023

It’s Time for Missoula Gives 2023

Registration is Live!

Here we go! It’s time to register your organization for Missoula Gives & Bitterroot Gives 2023. We are excited to get underway and encourage our nonprofit partners to register early so you and your colleagues can attend training webinars, ask questions and be fully engaged with all of our resources before the big day.

Our goal is to raise $1.5 million this year and support Missoula & Bitterroot nonprofits, not just monetarily, but with tools and resources to help them grow and continue to serve the needs of our communities.

Polly with Imagine Nation Brewing for Missoula Gives 2022.

We are teaming up with Giving Days across the state on our virtual trainings again this year. Join us for a series of information-packed Webinars that will help you maximize the impact of Missoula Gives — and learn from experts as well as your peers. 

And we hope you will participate in these special efforts that will increase community engagement and support of Missoula Gives.

  • 30-Second Ad Challenge
    • Nonprofits create a 30-second ad and submit it to our voting platform, then the public votes. The winners will have their ad run on KPAX TV and Social Media the week leading up to Missoula Gives. This is a great way to share your story and build interest leading up to the day.
  • Polly Photo Contest
    • Our mascot Polly (the pollinator of philanthropy) will be out-and-about town the week leading up to Missoula Gives. Snap a photo with Polly and enter to win a MG Gift Card to use to support your favorite causes.

We are delighted to host this giving day for the good of Missoula, thank you for partnering with us!

The Women’s Giving Circle of Missoula County focusing on Indigenous Issues in 2022, Grant Cycle opens September 1

MISSOULA – The Women’s Giving Circle of Missoula County (WGC) is pleased to invite all non-profit organizations addressing indigenous issues in our community to apply for its 2022 grant award, worth $10,000. Applications will be accepted from September 1st through October 10th, 2021, with the winner announced in mid-December.

Each grant cycle, WGC members vote to determine what critical need they want to focus on.
There was strong interest this year from members to add Indigenous Issues specifically to their list of potential grant focus areas to honor the native peoples and traditions in our community and recognize that we are living in the aboriginal territories of the Salish, Kootenai, and Kalispel people.

“Since its inception in 2018, we’ve given a total of $40,000 to five different organizations dealing with racial/social justice, COVID-19 relief, environmental concerns, as well as the needs of women and children,” said steering committee chair Dawn Payne. “This year we are looking forward to learning about and supporting the efforts of deserving
organizations that are working to come up with creative, effective solutions to issues that
affect our indigenous communities.”

Requests for the 2022 grant should clearly demonstrate how funds will be used to address issues indigenous people face. The WGC evaluates applicants on the Circle’s core values: community, equity, and opportunity. Three finalists will be chosen from the initial pool of applicants, and the winner will be selected after a presentation to the Circle. New this year: The Women’s Giving Circle will provide the full grant amount to the organization that its members select, and provide the other two finalists with $1,000 each. For more information or to apply for the grant, visit womensgivingcirclemissoula.org

The Women’s Giving Circle of Missoula County, a program of the Missoula Community Foundation, has grown to include nearly 100 women and non-binary philanthropists of all ages and backgrounds who pool their resources and collaborate to support the community. Membership dues start at $120/year ($60 for students), and while many members contribute more than that, all members get an equal vote and the satisfaction of knowing that they are part of a larger community effort that works to improve the life of Missoula area residents. They leverage their resources while at the same time gaining opportunities to learn about community needs and the organizations addressing them. We give together, we decide together, we benefit together.

It’s not too late to join the circle and vote for this year’s grant winner! Interested Missoula area women and non-binary people are encouraged to become members today by donating online at womensgivingcirclemissoula.org

$1.25M+ Raised for Missoula Gives 2022!

$1.25 Million Raised for Local Nonprofits

Nonprofits across Missoula and Hamilton raked in $1.2 million during this year’s Missoula Gives community fundraising event, which ended on Friday night.

Of the 180 nonprofits in this year’s event, 25 were new.

“Over 3,600 people donated to this year’s campaign – and hundreds more were involved in planning the event and working behind the scenes,” said Marcy Allen, executive director of the Missoula Community Foundation. “It’s truly remarkable to see Missoula come together like this and support our non-profit sector.”….Read More

Missoula Gives Beer Collaboration

Missoula Community Foundation, Imagine Nation Brewing Co.launch 2022 Missoula Gives; BEE the Change Honey Pale Ale hits shelves and taps today

Missoula, MT- Missoula Community Foundation has partnered with Imagine Nation Brewing Co. to offer a little something extra this year as the foundation gears up for Missoula Gives May 5 and 6. Bee the Change Honey Pale Ale hits local shelves and taps today to raise awareness of the annual community fundraising event that raised more than $1.2M in 2021.

“We are so excited to partner with Imagine Nation on this launch,” said Marcy Allen, executive director of Missoula Community Foundation. “The Missoula Community Foundation and Imagine Nation Brewing have giving back at the core of our work and this collaboration feels like a natural fit.”

(From left to right) Robert Rivers, Polly, Fernanda M.B. Krum, and Toby Benjamin.

More than 180 nonprofits will set individual goals and promote their mini-fundraising campaigns during Missoula Gives this year with a collective goal of raising more than $1.5 M for Missoula area nonprofits.

“Missoula Gives relies on a deep sense of community and philanthropy,” Allen said. “And no one embodies that more than Fernanda and Robert and the team at Imagine Nation Brewing. We’re so grateful for their support.”

Imagine Nation Brewing Co., known for its deep community ties and for supporting nonprofit organizations from the sale of its short-run ales, will donate all profits from Bee the Change Honey Ale to Missoula Gives stretch pool. This collaboration is a little bittersweet for owners Fernanda Menna Barreto Krum and Robert Rivers as this may be one of their last as owners of the brewery they’ve worked hard to build.

“When we started the brewery we wanted to create a space where dialogue and community conversation were as important as the beer we were brewing,” said Krum. “We wanted to fuel social change by bringing people together to joyfully address the challenges of our time.”

And they have done just that. Imagine Nation Brewing Co. is a center for community transformation that has hosted more than 4,100 events at its West Broadway, riverfront location, it has supported more than 500 organizations and has given back an average of 25% of its profits to the community. After 7 years in Missoula and with rich memories of all of the people they’ve met here, Krum and Rivers are feeling pulled to return to what they call their “life’s work” – helping people in conflict zones across the world. As they navigate the final details of their leaving – the sale of the brewery and their legacy – the collaboration with Missoula Community Foundation seemed a perfect one on which to take a final bow.

“We have hosted Missoula Gives celebration parties and have always applauded them for their approach of supporting other organizations through the work they do. We see the increase in their impact through Missoula Gives and we are beyond honored to be the ones whom they thought to partner with on this project,” Krum said. “This is our chance to give back to Missoula Gives and the Missoula Community Foundation as a whole.”

You can purchase the beer at our partners Imagine Nation Brewing, Good Food Store, Pattee Creek Market, and Worden’s Market. Drink beer and give back. To participate in Missoula and Bitterroot Gives visit Missoulagives.org and find one of the over 180 organizations that match your passion.

The  Missoula Community Foundation’s, mission is to enhance community vitality by inspiring community giving and strengthening nonprofits in the focus areas of education, arts and culture, and community care.  We do this work through our programs, services, and fund management.  We envision a thriving, engaged, and inclusive community.

Imagine Nation Brewing is the country’s first combination of microbrewery and center for community transformation. Through innovative beers, a celebratory atmosphere, a riverfront beer garden, and a vibrant community center, INBC addresses the critical challenges of our time and supports people in their own transformation so they are better prepared to authentically connect and transform the world around them.

Women's Giving Circle 2021 Grantee

The Women's Giving Circle awards $10,000 to Mountain Home for their efforts to combat housing and homelessness in Missoula County.

The Women’s Giving Circle of Missoula County (WGC) is proud to announce its 2021 grant recipient for a program or organization focusing on Housing and Homelessness. The WGC members voted to award $10,000 to Mountain Home Montana, which provides housing for at-risk moms and kids, to help fund staff salaries and training there.

Originally established in 2000, Mountain Home is a non-profit organization located in Missoula whose mission is ​​to provide a safe home and nurturing community where young mothers discover their strengths, and children thrive. The group home allows housing for 12 families at a time, serving over 80 families a year through residential and follow-along support. Services include an evidence-based education/employment program; onsite mental health care for both parents and children; a community center offering parenting and life-skills classes; and the state’s first trauma-informed child care.

“Mountain Home is honored and very grateful to receive the generous $10,000 grant from the Women’s Giving Circle of Missoula County. We deeply appreciate their support of the young moms and kids we serve and all the good they make possible,” said Mountain Home Montana’s Executive Director Steph Goble.  “Our locally developed, two-generational approach mirrors cutting-edge best practices for preventing future homelessness, poverty, and trauma.”  The pandemic, Goble added, has only reaffirmed the important role Mountain Home staff play in families’ stability and success. “This strategic and timely funding will help counter global staffing challenges with additional training, competitive salaries, and additional staffing to ensure the families we serve can thrive.”

The Women’s Giving Circle of Missoula County aims to amplify the power of women and nonbinary individuals by allowing them to pool their donations, and then, through a voting process, make collective choices for how best to serve the greater Missoula area. The WGC’s collaborative, member-led model promotes philanthropy and equity among its 100 members from diverse backgrounds and varying degrees of wealth. Each member, no matter whether they contribute the minimum $120 annual donation ($60 for students), or choose to give more, has an equal voice in deciding who receives the grants.

The $10,000 award to Mountain Home Montana is the WGC’s fifth grant since its inception in 2018, and brings the total amount it’s granted to $40,000. Past recipients include, the Missoula Food Bank’s Lived Experience Voices and Leaders (LEVL) program, a leadership and empowerment program for women who have experienced poverty; Free Cycles Missoula, which provides free bicycles and bicycle maintenance workshops to the public. In 2020, the WGC also granted two separate $5,000 awards, the first to YWCA Missoula’s emergency housing program, the second to EmpowerMT to support its BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) afterschool youth group.

The WGC is a program of your Missoula Community Foundation. The Missoula Community Foundation (MslaCF) enhances community vitality by inspiring community giving and strengthening nonprofits. Since 2001, MslaCF has awarded more than $1.7 million to create a thriving, unique and engaged community.