Local Matters: Montana "Philanthropy is... Networks in Action"

Wed, June 17, 2015, 5:00pm to Thu, June 18, 2015, 3:00pm MDT
Buck's T-4 Lodge
Big Sky, Mont.

How can Montana philanthropists build strong networks to tackle big challenges?

Pick a challenge that Montanans are grappling with, and you’ll probably find that it’s one where many issues intersect. Solving the problems we care about often requires making connections across issues and seeing beyond boundaries. Montanans have a deep sense of connectedness, to the land and to each other. We know that good things happen when people come together to work on tough issues, and it all starts with a conversation.

At Local Matters: Montana, we will explore how philanthropy can build on this strength, enhance our networks and mobilize them for action around issues including:

  • Early childhood education
  • Heathier rural and Native American communities
  • Building assets in rural communities and Indian Country
  • Building shared ownership of community philanthropy

Together we’ll come up with creative ideas and concrete steps in response to questions such as:

  • How can national, regional and local philanthropists work together to build stronger rural communities?
  • How can we build networks that span issues, sectors and places?
  • How do we build shared vision, strong relationships, and community capacity?
  • How do we work together to respond rapidly to emerging opportunities?
  • How can we be powerful champions for the issues we care about and the people we support?

If you have ever wanted “more players at the table,” this conversation is for you.


June ​17, ​Wed: ​5:00 ​p.m. ​- ​8:00 ​p.m.  ​
 Local ​Matters ​opening ​dinner ​and ​Montana economic/demographic trends discussion

June ​18, ​Thur: ​8:00 ​a.m. ​- ​3:00 ​p.m. ​
 Local ​Matters ​programming

June ​18, ​Thur. ​4:30 ​p.m. ​ ​– ​5:30pm. 
​ Local ​Matters​ participants are ​invited ​to ​participate ​in ​Grad ​Talks ​hosted ​by ​Graduation ​Matters ​Montana ​at ​the ​MSU ​Ballroom ​in ​Bozeman

Who Should Attend?

Foundation and family office staff and trustees • Donor-advised fund holders • Policymakers • Federal, state and local government officials • Tribal organizations • Investment and wealth advisors • Nonprofit organizations

Who You'll Meet

Check back often for updates!

  • David Bley, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Antony Chiang, Empire Health Foundation
  • Mike Halligan, Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation
  • Amy Hyfield, The O.P. & W.E. Edwards Foundation
  • Steve Moore, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
  • Mary Rutherford, Montana Community Foundation
  • Doug Stamm, Meyer Memorial Trust
  • Kevin Walker, Northwest Area Foundation


Thank you to our generous sponsors and partners for Local Matters: Montana and the Local Matters 2015 series:

Local Matters: Montana Sponsors



Local Matters Series Sponsors




Things to know:

  • Buck’s T-4 is the main location for Local Matters and the Philanthropy Northwest Board Retreat.
  • Your overnight room reservation is not included in your Local Matters registration
  • There are several preferred hotels. Please request the Philanthropy Northwest room block to get the negotiated rate.
    Bucks T-4 Lodge - Preferred rates start at $135 per night plus taxes. 1-406-995-4111 A few rooms just opened back up
    Rainbow Ranch Lodge - Preferred rates start at $135 per night plus taxes. 1-800-937-4132 Rooms still available
    River Rock Lodge - Preferred rates start at $135 per night plus taxes. 866-995-4455 Room block sold out
    Whitewater Inn - Preferred rates start at $129 per night plus taxes. 406-995-2333 Rooms still available

Transportation from the airport: The Bozeman airport is about 45 minutes away from Buck’s T-4. If you are flying in, it will require renting a car at the Bozeman airport. Car rental agencies include: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Dollar, Hertz, Thrifty and National.