Winners Announced for the Missoula Project for Nonprofit Excellence

Local groups awarded grants to build capacity, and create a more vibrant community.

MISSOULA, (Mont.) – This week, three local nonprofits received grants from the Missoula Community Foundation to build stronger organizations and create a more vibrant community.  The Foundation selected the National Coalition Building Institute-Missoula, the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project, and Forward Montana Foundation as the 2015 recipients of the Missoula Project for Nonprofit Excellence.

These three nonprofits were awarded funds to work with a local consultant to assess their organizational effectiveness.  The goal is to identify ways each group can be more efficient in serving clients and their communities, and then help them execute the recommendations to reach their full  potential.  Each organization’s capacity-building project is described briefly below:

National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Missoula works with youth and schools to address bullying, cyber-bullying, and other forms of discrimination against minorities, immigrants, and LGBTQ.  This grant will help NCBI assess how best to meet the increasing demand for its important services to proactively address Montana’s high rate of youth suicide.

Forward Montana Foundation uses innovative strategies to recruit, train, and involve young adults in civic engagement. Their successes have outstripped their capacity for sustaining these programs, and this grant will help the organization expand operations and learn how to retain quality staff.

Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) provides tools and resources that have helped community members live more sustainably for the past 34 years.  This capacity-building grant will allow MUD to proactively pick up the pace of their organizational growth to better serve Missoulians on sustainability issues ranging from canning to car repair.

The Missoula Project for Nonprofit Excellence, now in its second year, is one of several annual grant program coordinated by the Missoula Community Foundation. It is being conducted as a pilot in partnership with the Helena-based Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits (BSI). MPNE is a place-based approach to capacity building grantmaking that grew out of a multi-year demonstration phase developed by BSI and a group of Montana funders. This year, the grants were made possible with support from the following funders: Oro y Plata Foundation, Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, Llewellyn Foundation, Drollinger Family Foundation, Pride Foundation, United Way of Missoula County, Missoula Community Foundation, and the Pleiades Foundation.


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