Our Work

Democratizing philanthropy one relationship at a time

We start with community because we believe the answers to our regions’ biggest problems lie in the hands of those living and working to solve them. We believe communities are best positioned to create positive, upstream change that will improve the lives of Western Montanans.

We know that many people living in Western Montana have been left out of decision-making conversations that deeply affect their lives. We believe it’s time to change these conversations, change the system and change the power dynamic between funder and grantee.

That’s why we practice a new kind of philanthropy.

The kind of philanthropy that builds relationship on trust, that offers multi-year investments when possible, that streamlines processes and allows us to be a true partner.

With community at our core and trust as our default, we’ll put this new kind of philanthropy to work by investing more than $4 million in 2020 into community-driven solutions that reduce the social and economic barriers to health and wellbeing across three grantmaking programs: Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Influence, and GO! Grants.