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Rocky Mountain Front Community Foundation

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Mission

Investing in the future of our communities through a permanent endowment.

History

The Rocky Mountain Front Community Foundation has been building a permanent endowment to serve the communities of Choteau, Dupuyer, Dutton, Fairfield and Power since 1999. Contributions to this fund will remain invested in perpetuity and a portion of the earnings will be used to make charitable grants in our communities along the Rocky Mountain Front.

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Board

  • Lillian Alfson
    Fairfield, MT
    406.467.2566
  • Jay Dunckel
    Choteau, MT
    406.466.2305
  • Corlene Martin
    Choteau, MT
    406.466.5784
  • Ross Fitzgerald
    Power, MT 
    406.467.2032
  • Mike Mills
    Fairfield, MT
    406.590.6335
  • Ellen Gauthier
    Great Falls, MT 
    406.452.2079
  • Lynn Habel
    Dutton, MT 
    406.476.3408
  • Peggy Doheny
    Dutton, MT
    406.627.2296
  • Ali Newkirk
    Dupuyer, MT  
    406.466.3388
  • Mary Tonkovich
    Choteau, MT
    406.466.3222

Good Works

2008 Grant Awards - $4,400

  • $1,100 to Fairfield Chamber of Commerce for the community’s main street historic lighting project to create a welcoming old-fashioned downtown atmosphere
  • $2,000 to the Dupuyer Community Club to erect two commemorative monuments (iron buffalo silhouettes) on Highway 89 to entice motorists to stop in Dupuyer…and help grow the local economy
  • $300 to the Rocky Mountain Front Farmer’s Market to purchase aprons to readily identify vendors and promote the farmers market and a colorful banner to direct traffic to the market’s location
  • $1,000 to the Choteau Community Art Studio to help purchase a cone-10 large capacity kiln allowing community members and students to work with a great variety of clays and create more sophisticated works of art.

2006 Grant Awards - $4,800

  • $1,500 to the Dutton Civic Club, for construction of a sidewalk to provide a safe path for the residents of the Sunshine Trail Lodge to walk to the Dutton Senior Center and the main street businesses in Dutton
  • $1,650 to the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, for a downtown beautification project to make the community’s appearance more attractive and appealing to local customers and tourists through the use of large, aggregate flower planters
  • $1,650 to the Choteau Parks and Recreation Committee to renovate the picnic shelter located in the City Park and purchase decorative garbage containers

How To Give

Please send contributions to:
Rocky Mountain Front Community Foundation
PO Box 1158
Choteau, MT 59422

Or make an online gift.

How To Receive

The Rocky Mountain Front Community Foundation prefers projects that demonstrate visible and recognizable impact(s) on the overall community and contribute to a community vision with long-term benefits. For information about how to apply for grants, contact any of the board members or email rmfcf@3rivers.net.

News & Events

Rocky Mountain Front Community Foundation asks community members to donate to the their local foundation

The board members of the Rocky Mountain Front Community Foundation are asking you to please share in our goal of expanding community vitality along the Rocky Mountain Front.  By contributing to our permanent endowment, your gift will continue to make a difference for generations to come.  Treasurer Jay Dunckel said, “We are building our foundation’s capacity to meet local needs. The board has been increasing our grant-making capacity, increasing the foundation’s visibility and providing compelling reasons for donors to contribute to our local community foundation.” 

Organized in 1999, the Rocky Mountain Front Community Foundation (formerly known as the Teton County Community Foundation), was established to meet current and future needs in our community by building a permanent endowment fund or “savings account.”  Contributions to this fund will remain invested in perpetuity and a portion of the earnings will be used to make charitable grants in our communities along the Rocky Mountain Front. 

How will the Rocky Mountain Front Community Foundation benefit citizens in the area?
RMFCF is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, with representatives from Choteau, Dupuyer, Dutton, Fairfield and Power.  Working together to build the fund, increase public awareness, and support our communities through charitable grants our goal is to have more money staying in the area…a direct benefit for communities. 

We are committed to:

  • Building the permanent endowment fund to support community granting programs.
  • Establishing the RMFCF as a resource center to serve non-profit organizations.
  • Creating awareness about endowed philanthropy.
  • Helping area donors meet their charitable goals.

How the Rocky Mountain Front Community Foundation works
A federally recognized 501 (c ) (3) organization, the Rocky Mountain Front Community Foundation ensures maximum tax deductibility for contributions.  The RMFCF permanent endowment is pooled with over 550 individual charitable funds managed by the Montana Community Foundation.  MCF has the ability to pool funds, giving donors the advantage of lower investment fees and access to more sophisticated investment products.  Participating in a large pool provides the advantages of portfolio diversification, which can minimize volatility and improve performance.  With more than $55 million in assets, MCF provides technical assistance, exercises fiscal oversight, fund accounting, record keeping, reporting and investment management for the Rocky Mountain Front Community Foundation. 

How do donors benefit?
Donations to the RMFCF endowment qualify for a federal charitable tax deduction. In addition, individuals may make a planned gift benefitting the RMFCF endowment and earn the Montana Endowment Tax Credit, up to 40% of the present value of their gift.  A Montana corporation may earn the Endowment Tax Credit of 20% of the gift, through a direct gift to the RMFCF endowment.

Montana Community Foundation

33 S. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 2A
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 443-8313 (406) 443-8313
Email MCF

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