Butte-Silver Bow Community Foundation

Learn About Us


The Butte-Silver Bow Community Foundation is a steward through which private assets entrusted to us by donors are invested to meet the challenges of contemporary life. We are committed to respecting the trust and intent of our donors, while maintaining our integrity and responsiveness as a community foundation. We are committed to quality of opportunity and justice for all citizens.


The Butte-Silver Bow Community Foundation began in 1995 as part of a Montana Community Foundation and Ford Foundation initiative. Anheuser Busch gave to MCF’s statewide fund and challenged all local A-B distributors in Montana to begin local community foundations. Thompson Distributing of Butte donated the challenge funds necessary to get BSBCF started. The primary function of BSBCF is to secure special gifts or bequests to build a permanent endowment for the betterment of the Butte-Silver Bow community. Such ready resource of private wealth will further enhance our local nonprofit agencies to carry out their existing or new activities and to respond effectively to emerging community needs. We distribute funds from the earnings on our endowment and also provide and nurture leadership while working in partnership with the statewide Montana Community Foundation.


We have 18 board members, including Butte-Silver Bow’s chief executive, School District #1 superintendent, a state legislator, an attorney, CPA, financial services CEO, bank president, publisher of the Montana Standard newspaper, executive director of the Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce, and nine members at large, which include businessmen and women, Dean of UM Montana Tech and retired business executives. They each serve three-year terms, rotating every three years, for a maximum of six years. 

Good Works

In 2008 the Butte-Silver Bow Community Foundation granted $4,350 to ten organizations, including:

  • Mainstreet Uptown Butte
  • LVA Butte Literacy Program, Inc.
  • Region IV Family Outreach, Inc.
  • Butte Symphony Association
  • Butte Rescue Mission
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butte
  • Butte Emergency Food Bank, Inc.
  • Butte Family YMCA
  • Butte Kiwanis Sunshine Camp Corporation

How To Give

Your contributions, bequest, memorial or scholarship will make a difference for future generations. Help us build a permanent savings account, the earnings of which will benefit the children and grandchildren of our community forever. Send your gift to BSBCF, PO Box 805, Butte, MT 59703. 

How To Receive

The Butte-Silver Bow Community Foundation awards grants once a year to 501(c)(3) organizations whose needs qualify for one of our five focus areas: arts and culture, basic human needs, economic development, education and natural resources & conservation. We have about $5,000 available annually for grant making. The deadline for grant applications is September 1; grants are awarded in December. Applicants must submit a written request along with a copy of the organization’s 501(c)(3) status. For more information about our grant application process, contact Margie Thompson at 406-494-2873. 

News & Events

We award grants each December in conjunction with a Business After Five event, hosted by a local business and also sponsored by the Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce. This free event is typically attended by more than 300 local citizens.

Montana Community Foundation

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