Trends 2014: Montana

Community and public foundations provided 31% of all funding   

Community and public foundations play an important role in the health of Montana’s nonprofit ecosystem – contributing nearly $10 million to the state in 2012. This represented a 56% increase over community and public foundation giving in 2010. Despite these gains, overall giving to the state was down by $21 million. This trend was predominantly driven by a 72% decline in support to environmental initiatives (-$13 million) by funders outside of the state. Montana typically has a comparatively high proportion of funds allocated to environment and animal-related issues. In 2012, over $6 million (19% of all state funds) was contributed to the category. It’s also important to note that 50% of all giving within the human services category ($3.7 million) went to recreation initiatives that also had environmental conservation priorities. Distributions from the Whitefish Community Foundation for trail easements accounted for a significant portion of this finding.
 

Trends - Montana pie chartTotal giving by 68 organizations: $31,734,040
Median grant: $5,000
Number of grants: 1,177
Change in giving from 2010: - 48%
 

Top 10 Grantmakers to Montana, 2012

  1. Whitefish Community Foundation (MT)
  2. Gianforte Family Charitable Trust (MT)
  3. M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust (WA)
  4. Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation (MT)
  5. Montana Community Foundation (MT)
  6. Gilhousen Family Foundation (MT)
  7. Student Assistance Foundation of Montana (MT)
  8. Wilburforce Foundation (WA)
  9. The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (GA)
  10. National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (DC)

Giving to Montana by Subject Area & Subcategory

Subject & Subcategory  Total Grants  % of Subject Area & Total
Arts  $          1,593,195 5.02%
Arts & Culture  $              156,008 9.79%
Arts Support & Services  $              420,152 26.37%
Historical Societies & Historical Preservation  $              114,900 7.21%
Humanities  $                30,000 1.88%
Media & Communications  $                49,500 3.11%
Museums  $              468,885 29.43%
Performing Arts  $              301,250 18.91%
Visual Arts  $                52,500 3.30%
Education  $          8,650,776 27.26%
Adult Education  $                21,900 0.25%
Alliances, Advocacy & Policy Analysis  $                   6,000 0.07%
Colleges & Universities, Graduate & Professional Schools  $          5,718,354 66.10%
Early Childhood Education  $                25,000 0.29%
Education Support & Services  $              819,099 9.47%
Elementary & Secondary Schools  $          1,833,099 21.19%
Libraries  $                35,500 0.41%
Two-Year Colleges, Vocational & Technical Schools  $              191,824 2.22%
Environment/Animal-Related  $          6,058,259 19.09%
Alliances, Advocacy & Policy Analysis  $              189,300 3.12%
Animal Protection & Welfare  $                23,838 0.39%
Botanical Gardens, Arboreta, Horticulture  $                   4,500 0.07%
Environment & Animal Support  $              464,500 7.67%
Environmental Education  $              287,729 4.75%
Pollution Abatement & Control, Recycling  $                90,473 1.49%
Sustainable Urban or Rural Economic Development  $              740,500 12.22%
Wildlife & Natural Resource Protection & Conservation  $          4,257,418 70.27%
Health  $          2,548,921 8.03%
Ambulatory & Primary Health Care  $              343,250 13.47%
Cancer Treatment, Support & Research  $                22,000 0.86%
General Health Support & Financing  $                35,400 1.39%
Hospitals & Health Systems  $              985,000 38.64%
Medical Research  $                15,000 0.59%
Mental Health & Crisis Intervention  $              558,500 21.91%
Public Health  $              346,000 13.57%
Rehabilitative Care  $              111,771 4.39%
Reproductive Health Care  $                20,000 0.78%
Specific Diseases (Treatment & Prevention)  $              112,000 4.39%
Human Services  $          7,374,403 23.24%
Alliances, Advocacy & Policy Analysis  $              280,000 3.80%
Centers  $              117,851 1.60%
Children & Youth Services  $              213,000 2.89%
Crime, Justice & Legal Services  $              381,000 5.17%
Emergency Assistance  $                18,500 0.25%
Employment/Jobs  $                10,000 0.14%
Family Services  $              233,700 3.17%
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition  $              311,636 4.23%
Housing & Shelter  $              349,170 4.73%
Human Services Support  $              310,735 4.21%
Multipurpose  $              289,600 3.93%
Personal Social Services  $              153,500 2.08%
Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief  $                   5,000 0.07%
Recreation & Sports  $          3,416,671 46.33%
Residential Care & Adult Day Programs  $                33,500 0.45%
Youth Development  $          1,250,540 16.96%
International  $              788,485 2.48%
Christianity  $                26,600 3.37%
Foreign Affairs & National Security  $                13,000 1.65%
Human Rights  $              600,000 76.10%
International Development  $                87,885 11.15%
International Health  $                   1,000 0.13%
Promotion of International Understanding  $                60,000 7.61%
Public & Societal Benefit  $          3,884,201 12.24%
Alliances, Advocacy & Policy Analysis  $              150,000 3.86%
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy  $              362,335 9.33%
Community Improvement & Capacity Building  $                70,422 1.81%
Economic Development  $          1,296,093 33.37%
Financial Institutions  $              100,000 2.57%
Government & Public Administration  $              932,425 24.01%
Leadership Development   $                48,600 1.25%
Military & Veterans Organizations  $                24,747 0.64%
Nonprofit Management  $                89,500 2.30%
Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations  $              426,000 10.97%
Public & Societal Benefit  $              138,369 3.56%
Public Policy Research   $              153,180 3.94%
Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief  $                   2,000 0.05%
Science & Technology  $                42,500 1.09%
Social Science  $                   6,030 0.16%
Voter Education  $                42,000 1.08%
Religion  $              811,691 2.56%
Christianity  $              751,545 92.59%
Interfaith Coalitions  $                18,146 2.24%
Religion-related  $                42,000 5.17%
Unknown  $                24,109 0.08%
Unknown  $                24,109  
Total   $        31,734,039