For Headwaters Foundation, the past year was one of learning, growing and sitting in absolute awe of our community partners. With six established local collaborations on the ground and a central resource center, this year we watched Zero to Five emerge as a key connector of early childhood efforts in western Montana. We saw more everyday Montanans bring their voices to policy decisions. We saw rural communities make lasting impact with general operating support from GO! Grants. And we saw organizations across host meaningful events across western Montana. From Strategic Initiatives to Sponsorships and all the Policy and GO! Grants in between, we couldn’t be more proud to partner with so many hardworking organizations in western Montana.


Headwaters is committed to going upstream to change the systems that keep western Montanans from being healthy. In 2019, we invested nearly $3.5 million across four grantmaking programs into community-driven solutions that aim to reduce social and economic barriers to health and wellbeing particularly for families living in poverty and American Indians.


In 2019 Headwaters awarded 153 grants and invested $3,462,358 across four grant programs in fifteen counties in Western Montana.  We awarded 23 strategic initiative grants totaling $2,078,200 supporting two initiatives: Zero to Five and American Indian Health and Wellbeing. We awarded eight Policy and Influence grants totaling $889,658. We also awarded 78 GO! Grants totaling $387,000 and 44 Sponsorship grants totaling $107,500.


We all know progress moves at the speed of trust. By starting from a place of trust, we put power back in the hands of the people we serve so they can make the best decisions for their communities. In doing so, we build relationships with our grantees and we work as partners to create a healthy and thriving western Montana.


As we look forward to our work for the coming year we’re excited about what lies ahead. Through grantmaking, strategic communications, capacity building and by engaging other funders in our work and yours, we hope to continue to be a connector and catalyst for systems change in western Montana. The road is not always easy, but we’re forever grateful to be on this journey with you.