Missoula Project for Nonprofit Excellence grants strengthen organizations and create a more vibrant community

MISSOULA, (Mont.) – The Missoula Community Foundation’s program Missoula Project for NonProfit Excellence (MPNE) has announced the winners of three capacity-building grants, designed to strengthen the operations and build the organizational efficiency of local nonprofits. Missoula Community Foundation selected Traveler’s Rest Preservation and Heritage Association, MontPIRG Leadership Fund and Opportunity Resource, Inc as the 2019 recipients on the MPNE grants. The nonprofits will begin the year long capacity-building process this month.

The goal of the MPNE program is to help grant recipients strengthen internal operations so that they may reach their full potential. The three selected nonprofits will each work with a local consultant to assess their organizational strengths and needs for improvement. The consultants will help the nonprofits identify ways they can become more effective and efficient in serving their clients and the greater Missoula community. The groups will each have an opportunity to dive deeper into one of the recommendations resulting from the assessment.

 “This year’s grant recipients, represent the personality of Missoula. We have one group that enhances the lives of people with disabilities, one educates and empowers the next generation of civic leaders and one that educates Missoulians about our local history,” said Missoula Community Foundation MPNE Grant Coordinator, Rachel Gooen. “We are thrilled to support these worthy local organizations by helping them better adapt to meet the changing needs of the community.”

The MPNE program is now in its sixth year. Some of MPNE previous grant recipients include The Learning Center at Red Willow, Arts Missoula, The Flagship Program, and Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, and Blue Mountain Clinic. In the recent Missoula Valley Lifestyle Magazine (December 2018) The Roxy Theater attributed their recent successful “Redeco” campaign to the strategic planning work they did through the MPNE program, a highlight of that campaign funded their new marquee.

Non-profits do such important work in Missoula, they are what make our community unique. They make Missoula Missoula.” said Julie Osborne, MPNE Committee member. “Capacity building helps organizations obtain, improve, and retain the skills, knowledge, tools, equipment and other resources needed to do their jobs competently or to a greater capacity. With our program, we hope to continue to grow effective non-profits that do the work that makes Missoula a great place to live”

MPNE is a collaborative grantmaking program of the Missoula Community Foundation that is generously supported by individuals and foundations. A committee of donors and Missoula Community Foundation board members oversee funding, leadership and decision-making.

The Missoula Community Foundation connects people who care to causes that matter.  Over the past eighteen years, the Foundation has given more than $900,000 to 135 projects, inspiring long-term local philanthropy to ensure the diversity and vitality of the Greater Missoula community. For more information, please visit