2018 National Rural Gathering

Sat, October 20, 2018 (All day) to Sun, October 21, 2018 (All day)
Emigrant. MT
Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, 480 National Forest Development Road 132, Emigrant, MT 59027
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Please join us for the 2018 Rural Funders Gathering on October 20-21, 2018 at the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in stunning and rural Emigrant, Montana. Located in the heart of Paradise Valley, just 30 miles from Yellowstone National Park, Mountain Sky offers its guests Montana’s majestic natural setting and the opportunity to connect with the land – and each other. 

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Please contact Lyn Hunter for more information. 

We are very proud that this gathering has been designed by rural practitioners for rural practioners. Its purpose is to create space for people with deep experience and wisdom practicing rural philanthropy and community development to learn from one another. The agenda is being designed to utilize the creative intelligence in the room with a focus on sharing knowledge and building relationships. The overall goal of the gathering is to generate opportunities to interact, learn, and share in ways that deepen and expand everyone's practice in rural philanthropy. It is limited to 40 participants. 

The Rural Funders Gathering will take place on Saturday, October 20 at 9:00am through Sunday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m. All events will take place at The Mountain Sky Guest Ranch.

Friday, October 19

6:00pm: Optional no-host dinner for early arrivals in Bozeman, MT (Location TBD)

Saturday, October 20
7:00am: Shuttle pick up in Bozeman (Location TBD) to Mountain Sky Guest Ranch
9:00am - 4:00pm: Programming
6:00 - 8:00pm: Welcome Dinner at the Ranch: The Story of the Paradise Valley from Yesterday to Today

Sunday, October 21
8:00am - 2:00pm: Programming
4:00 - 6:00pm: Site Visit to Gardiner Gateway Project, Gardiner, MT 
6:00 - 8:00pm: Closing Dinner at Albright Visitor Center located at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park

Monday, October 22
Shuttles to Bozeman Airport

An important note from the Design Team: We hope you can join us and kindly ask that you commit to be onsite throughout the entire two days of Saturday morning through Sunday night at 8:00pm. Please consider Monday as your full travel day. While we understand that it is tempting to leave on Sunday night, your early departure may impact others experience in such an intimate setting of 40 people. If you are not able to commit, please consider joining us in future years so that others may benefit from the space.

Air Travel: The closest airport is Bozeman, Montana. It is Montana's busiest airport and provides non-stop flights to 15 cities in the United States.

Hotel Information: On Friday night, October 19, please arrange and pay for your own hotel in Bozeman, Montana. Suggested Bozeman hotels: The LARK Bozeman (122 W Main St.; 406-624-3070; $230-$290) and Element Bozeman (25 E Mendenhall St; 406-582-4972; $230 - $280).

On Saturday, October 20 and Sunday October 21, overnight accommodations will be at the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Emigrant, MT, a five star luxury ranch. To be able to offer this steep discount to our participants, shared cabin accommodations will be offered to registered participants in September. It is possible that you may share a bathroom with another participant but bedrooms will be private. Selections are not guaranteed.

For those who do not wish to share accommodations at the Ranch, the nearest hotels are about 20 miles away. Due to frequent wildlife crossings at night, this is not recommended. This option would be outside of the standard registration package and on your own.Transportation will not be provided.

Travel and Carpooling: The Ranch has offered to provide transportation between the Bozeman Airport and Bozeman hotels to/from the Ranch on Saturday and Monday morning. 

Who is the Design Team for this gathering? The 2018 Design Team consists of volunteers from the 2016 and 2017 gathering: Montana Community Foundation (Montana), Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (Arkansas), First Alaskans Institute (Alaska), Inland Northwest Community Foundation (Idaho), Telluride Community Foundation (Colorado), Orton Family Foundation (Vermont), Greater Dubuque Community Foundation (Iowa), Smullin Family Foundation (California), the Aspen Institute (Washington DC) and others. It is being hosted by The Mountain Sky Guest Ranch and coordinated by Philanthropy Northwest.

Why the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch? You'll admire the breathtaking views, fine food, amenities and luxury environment but staff at Mountain Sky are known by residents in the local community for their philanthropy through grants by the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund. Established in 2001, the Fund has exceeded $4 million in grants.

What's the cancellation and refund policy? Please notify us of cancelation by e-mail at lhunter@philanthropynw.org.

  • On or before Sept 22 - Full Refund minus $50 processing fee
  • On or before Sept 29- Refund of 50% of registration fee
  • On or before Oct 6 - Refund of 25% of registration fee
  • On or before Oct 13 - No refund available

Cancellations within 24 hours of program start due to family emergencies or illness are eligible to receive a full refund minus $100 processing fee. Individuals who need to cancel are encouraged to transfer their registration to another eligible attendee.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Contact Lyn Hunter, Philanthropy Northwest, at lhunter@philanthropynw.org and 206-443-8461.