Great Falls Area Community Foundation
Learn About Us
To provide opportunities for visionary philanthropy to the Great Falls area by connecting people who care with causes that matter now and far into the future.
Vision Statement: The vision of the Great Falls Area Community Foundation is to develop sustainable resources to support projects that will help create a safe, vibrant, and liveable community.
Values Statement: The Great Falls Area Community Foundation is committed to improving the community's quality of life by addressing unmet needs and fulfilling unrealized opportunities. We value:
Generosity and believe that the GFACF is a good steward of resources that belong to the community;
All community members and treat all persons with honesty, integrity, and fairness;
Collaboration and believe we can serve as a catalyst for discussions of community needs by convening philanthropy workshops and presentations.
The Great Falls Area Community Foundation (GFACF) is the successor of the Montana Community Foundation’s C. M. Russell Region. Since the early 1990s, the C. M. Russell Region acted primarily as a re-granting organization for pass-through funds from MCF to 501c3s in a nine county area. GFACF has changed its mission and focus and now serves as a community foundation for the Great Falls area. We believe a community foundation, as a permanent source of funding, is a community’s savings account preserved in an endowment. GFACF makes grants from its distributable funds and is a way for donors to invest in the community to help them meet their charitable goals.
- Brian Patrick
- Sheila Rice
- Andrea Mikulecky
- Lori Eckhardt
- Kellie Pierce
Because the Great Falls Area Community Foundation believes that a visioning process is fundamental to community change and growth, GFACF provided funding to assist in the Leadership Great Falls Class of 2009 project. Leadership Great Falls is a comprehensive training program sponsored by the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Its purpose is to educate and motivate existing and potential leaders by encouraging community involvement for the betterment of the community. The project developed by the Class of 2009 was VISION GREAT FALLS XPO. The gathered support, participation and input from existing community programs, leaders, and residents regarding community vision. They brought together all the ideas and concepts they found and through Vision XPO provided a forum for moving the ideas beyond concepts to actions benefiting our community.
In 2017, the Great Falls Area Community Foundation provided matching funds for the Leadership Great Falls project to fund My Student in Need, a local charity that works with teachers to make sure school children have their needs for school supplies, clothing, outerwear and other items fulfilled. Another 2017 grant was to the Upper Missouri River Heritage Area Planning Corporation for matching funds to complete the feasibility study for the Heritage Area, which would promote economic development and tourism in Central Montana.
How To Give
Contributions can be mailed to:
Great Falls Area Community Foundation
P.O. Box 1896
Great Falls, MT 59403
Or contribute online.
Download the Great Falls Area Community Foundation Giving Book.
How To Receive
The Great Falls Area Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for their 2019 grants. Organizations may submit grant applications between October 1, 2019 and October, 31, 2019. Great Falls Area Community Foundation will award grants between $500-$1000.
Who is Eligible:
Applications are welcome from community groups and organizations that are designated 501(c)(3) or government entities.
What is Not Funded:
Great Falls Area Community Foundation will not make grants for the following: organizations that work primarily to influence legislation, political organizations or campaigns, religious activities, grants to individuals, debt retirement, tickets for benefits, or telephone solicitations.