It's easy to feel helpless when everything is changing around us. It can be hard to know how to be a part of the solution to the challenges we see no matter how much we care. As your local community foundation, the Bozeman Area Community Foundation makes it easier for you to have a positive impact on our community - right now.
In conjunction with state and local organizations and government agencies, we have been working hard on a strategy and a response to the increased need for social safety net services due to COVID-19. We know that the front line social service organizations in our area are going to need unprecedented levels of support. BACF and our partners are committed to helping these essential organizations marshal the resources needed to meet the immediate and ongoing needs.
That’s why we have partnered with our local Greater Gallatin United Way to create the Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund. This fund has been created to rapidly mobilize resources to meet increased needs in our local communities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and will allow our community resources to be focused on the issues and areas of throughout our region that need it most at this time.
The Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations working with individuals and populations disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the health and economic consequences of this outbreak. Initial funding will focus on five primary areas of need: food and supplies distribution, emergency housing, emergency financial assistance, health and wellbeing, and programs and supplies needed to support crisis response.
AMB West Philanthropies is supporting the launch of this coordinated effort with a $100,000 challenge grant to help leverage donations to the fund. AMB West Philanthropies comprises the nonprofit interests of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation in the Western United States. Please consider making a donation to the Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund today.