Missoula Community Foundation names Marcy Allen as new executive director
Missoula Community Foundation welcomes Marcy Allen as Interim Executive Director. Allen assumed the post March 4, 2019.
Allen brings with her nonprofit management experience, fundraising skills, solid community relationships, and a deep knowledge of the Missoula community. She has lived here, with a brief hiatus, for more than 20 years. Most recently, Allen ran a consulting business where she worked with companies and nonprofits to help identify their needs and assets, and then to align those to drive growth. Prior to this work, she was the Executive Director of BREDD for nine years. During her tenure at BREDD, a three-county economic development district serving Missoula, Mineral, and Ravalli counties, she brought in millions of dollars for area businesses to promote job growth and implement regional planning.
“Working in economic development you have an acute awareness of the needs of the community. I am excited to put that to work at Missoula Community Foundation. I love connecting people and organizations to resources that help them achieve their goals, personal or business. Missoula Community Foundation is a savings account for Missoula’s future needs. We help donors connect to causes they want to give to and help nonprofits build capacity to fulfill their missions. I am so honored to be in this role in a community that I love,” Allen said.
Cindy Waltz, chair of Missoula Community Foundation board of directors, said “We are thrilled to have Marcy as our new executive director. We love her proactive approach and contagious energy. She is a strategic thinker and a natural connector. In the coming year we plan to take an in-depth look at the work we are doing and decide how we can best move forward to support the community now and into the future. We are excited to have Marcy lead the way.”
Missoula Community Foundation’s mission is to enhance community vitality by inspiring philanthropy and strengthening nonprofits. The foundation offers charitable giving tools and supports nonprofits in the Missoula community. It also runs Missoula Gives, a 27 hour fundraising event that raises more than $500,000 for Missoula-area nonprofits. This year’s event is scheduled for May 2-3.
The foundation has additional programs including: Missoula Project for Nonprofit Excellence (MPNE), Missoula Community Foundation Scholarship Program (applications are due April 1), Women’s Giving Circle (in collaboration with Women’s Foundation of Montana), and Missoula Forever Fund small grants program. The foundation currently holds more than $300,000 in endowments that help fund some of these programs.