MCF Offices are Closed and Staff are Working Remotely
Under the guidance of The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention regarding COVID-19, Montana Community Foundation (MCF) offices are closed and staff will be working remotely until further notice. Not only is the health of our staff and their loved ones of upmost importance to us at MCF, but we also want to do our part in slowing the spread of this virus throughout our state.
With that said, we remain committed to serving as your partner in philanthropy during this time. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (406) 443-8313.
Please note that this will affect general operations at MCF in our Helena and Missoula offices in the following ways:
- All communication will be conducted online or by phone.
- Grants will be issued on a modified schedule.
- Gifts will be processed on a modified schedule.
- There may be a slower than usual response rate to requests received.
Thank you for your understanding as we consider the health of our staff, their loved ones, and the great state of Montana.
Wondering how you can help our Montana communities during this time?
Nonprofits are often looked to first as community problem solvers and we rely on them to fill significant gaps in Montana, especially in times of crisis like we are facing today. Yet many nonprofits will be facing resource challenges over the coming weeks due to special event cancellations, decreased volunteerism, and declines in the stock market which impact donor giving. This may even result in loss of staff or ultimately closing their doors. At the same time, they will face increased demand for their services and their leadership in communities.
You can help by mobilizing our community’s resources.
- Call a nonprofit whose mission is important to you and ask how you can help.
- Go to the nonprofit’s website and make a cash donation. It will be deployed into the community, allowing nonprofits to be flexible in their ability to meet needs.
- Make a grant from your Donor Advised Fund. Don't wait until traditional giving season!
- If an event was postponed or - worse yet - canceled, donate the ticket price rather than requesting a refund. 100% of the time, expenses have already been paid that are now unrecoverable. Consider making an additional contribution to support the organization’s work.
- Support online giving days and mechanisms.
- Purchase gift certificates or swag online from a nonprofit museum or performing arts center now rather than waiting for the holidays.
- Deliver diapers to the Y, canned goods to the Food Bank, espresso gift certificates to the group home, thank you notes to the health care center. You get the drill.
- Send a card or call one of your nonprofit friends and offer moral support. It will mean the world.
- Check on your neighbor down the street.
We also hope to share the specific needs of local organizations as we receive them so be sure to follow us on Facebook and refer to our website for updates.
Are you in need and wondering where to turn?
Montana 211 provides comprehensive information on local community resources. Visit Montana211.org or dial 2-1-1 to be directed to a list of resources available to you in your community.