Montana/Wyoming/Idaho Funders Call: July 2015

Thu, July 23, 2015,
10:30am to 12:00pm MDT

Please join us for our July Montana/Wyoming/Idaho Funders Call.

Perhaps you joined us for the just completed Local Matters series in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana or perhaps you weren’t able to join us but are passionate about funding in these places. With 3 different topics in 3 very different locations, some of you wanted to use this call to harvest those gems. So let’s do it!

Here’s how we can make this happen:  Below are some themes that bubbled up from the convenings. Please click on this survey and vote on the two topics that most resonate with you – even if you did not attend Local Matters. Is it because you’re already working in it or are interested in exploring it? Choose freely and don’t be restricted by topics generated at your state event. Then we’ll compile the results and figure out the best people to help us have a learning conversation together. Of course, your suggestions are most welcome.

Here are a few themes that bubbled up from Local Matters:

In Wyoming “Philanthropy is… Right Next Door”

  • In rural communities, government officials are very accessible, but it's up to us to seize the opportunity to connect with them
  • Giving beyond the grant
  • Engaging across sectors to increase impact
  • Tackling big challenges with limited resources

In Idaho “Philanthropy is… Entrepreneurial”

  • Community resilience at a local level
  • Attracting and retaining skilled workers and investments
  • Pay for Success models
  • Connecting local mission investors with local deals

In Montana “Philanthropy is… Networks in Action”

  • Creative uses of capital
  • Establishing a statewide fund for mission-related investments
  • Establishing an independent sector office within government, with a staff liaison to help nonprofits navigate government contracts
  • How to get more underrepresented voices at the table


Now in its seventh year, the agenda for each teleconference in this monthly series is created by participants, for participants. These funder-driven conversations are opportunities for you to:

  • Solicit feedback from your peers on your program, operational or financial strategies
  • Discuss lessons learned from successful or not-so-successful investments
  • Share information on public policies that impact your mission and/or the philanthropic sector
  • Explore opportunities and challenges faced by your local communities