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 $          1,593,1955.02%
Arts & Culture $              156,0089.79%
Arts Support & Services $              420,15226.37%
Historical Societies & Historical Preservation $              114,9007.21%
Humanities $                30,0001.88%
Media & Communications $                49,5003.11%
Museums $              468,88529.43%
Performing Arts $              301,25018.91%
Visual Arts $                52,5003.30%
Education $          8,650,77627.26%
Adult Education $                21,9000.25%
Alliances, Advocacy & Policy Analysis $                   6,0000.07%
Colleges & Universities, Graduate & Professional Schools $          5,718,35466.10%
Early Childhood Education $                25,0000.29%
Education Support & Services $              819,0999.47%
Elementary & Secondary Schools $          1,833,09921.19%
Libraries $                35,5000.41%
Two-Year Colleges, Vocational & Technical Schools $              191,8242.22%
Environment/Animal-Related $          6,058,25919.09%
Alliances, Advocacy & Policy Analysis $              189,3003.12%
Animal Protection & Welfare $                23,8380.39%
Botanical Gardens, Arboreta, Horticulture $                   4,5000.07%
Environment & Animal Support $              464,5007.67%
Environmental Education $              287,7294.75%
Pollution Abatement & Control, Recycling $                90,4731.49%
Sustainable Urban or Rural Economic Development $              740,50012.22%
Wildlife & Natural Resource Protection & Conservation $          4,257,41870.27%
Health $          2,548,9218.03%
Ambulatory & Primary Health Care $              343,25013.47%
Cancer Treatment, Support & Research $                22,0000.86%
General Health Support & Financing $                35,4001.39%
Hospitals & Health Systems $              985,00038.64%
Medical Research $                15,0000.59%
Mental Health & Crisis Intervention $              558,50021.91%
Public Health $              346,00013.57%
Rehabilitative Care $              111,7714.39%
Reproductive Health Care $                20,0000.78%
Specific Diseases (Treatment & Prevention) $              112,0004.39%
Human Services $          7,374,40323.24%
Alliances, Advocacy & Policy Analysis $              280,0003.80%
Centers $              117,8511.60%
Children & Youth Services $              213,0002.89%
Crime, Justice & Legal Services $              381,0005.17%
Emergency Assistance $                18,5000.25%
Employment/Jobs $                10,0000.14%
Family Services $              233,7003.17%
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition $              311,6364.23%
Housing & Shelter $              349,1704.73%
Human Services Support $              310,7354.21%
Multipurpose $              289,6003.93%
Personal Social Services $              153,5002.08%
Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief $                   5,0000.07%
Recreation & Sports $          3,416,67146.33%
Residential Care & Adult Day Programs $                33,5000.45%
Youth Development $          1,250,54016.96%
International $              788,4852.48%
Christianity $                26,6003.37%
Foreign Affairs & National Security $                13,0001.65%
Human Rights $              600,00076.10%
International Development $                87,88511.15%
International Health $                   1,0000.13%
Promotion of International Understanding $                60,0007.61%
Public & Societal Benefit $          3,884,20112.24%
Alliances, Advocacy & Policy Analysis $              150,0003.86%
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy $              362,3359.33%
Community Improvement & Capacity Building $                70,4221.81%
Economic Development $          1,296,09333.37%
Financial Institutions $              100,0002.57%
Government & Public Administration $              932,42524.01%
Leadership Development  $                48,6001.25%
Military & Veterans Organizations $                24,7470.64%
Nonprofit Management $                89,5002.30%
Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations $              426,00010.97%
Public & Societal Benefit $              138,3693.56%
Public Policy Research  $              153,1803.94%
Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief $                   2,0000.05%
Science & Technology $                42,5001.09%
Social Science $                   6,0300.16%
Voter Education $                42,0001.08%
Religion $              811,6912.56%
Christianity $              751,54592.59%
Interfaith Coalitions $                18,1462.24%
Religion-related $                42,0005.17%
Unknown $                24,1090.08%
Unknown $                24,109 
Total  $        31,734,039