WHAT: The Missoula Community Foundation (MissoulaCF) and Women’s Foundation of Montana (WFM) invite women of all ages and economic backgrounds to join a new philanthropic group: the Missoula Women’s Giving Circle. A giving circle consists of a group of individuals who collectively pool their resources to support organizations of mutual interest. In its first year the Missoula Women’s Giving Circle (name subject to change by members) aims to attract at least 100 women who will leverage modest individual donations to award $10,000 grants. In this first cycle, the group will award a grant to an organization focused on improving the lives of women and/or children
WHY: The aim of the Women’s Giving Circle is to engage women of diverse backgrounds and varying wealth levels to build community and grow philanthropy.
Giving circles have been described as a way to democratize philanthropy because they provide an avenue for people without substantial means to participate in significant giving.
WHO: While the group will primarily consist of women, men are welcome to participate. Guidelines are currently being developed.
ABOUT THE PARTNER GROUPS:
Established in 1999, the Women’s Foundation of Montana is a component fund of the Montana Community Foundation working to grow the economic security of women and create a brighter future for girls in Montana. With a permanent endowment of more than $1 million, the foundation has awarded more than $750,000 to organizations improving the lives of women and girls in Montana. Find us at wfmontana.org and on Facebook. Learn more about the Montana Community Foundation at mtcf.org.
The Missoula Community Foundation (MissoulaCF) enhances community vitality by inspiring philanthropy and strengthening nonprofits. Since 2001, MissoulaCF has awarded more than $1.3 million to nonprofits and students to create a thriving, inclusive community. For more information, please visit missoulacommunityfoundation.org.