Welcome to the Helena Area Community FoundationWe inspire and lead collaboration and investment for compassionate, safe, healthy, and resilient communities.
The Helena Area Community Foundation awards annual grants in following broad program areas:
Arts and Culture, Basic Community Needs, Economic Development, Education, Health Services, Historic Preservation, Land and Environmental Conservation, and Youth.
Check out the 2017 Grantees.
2018 grant applications are now available. Learn more on the Grants page.
HACF is local. HACF awards grants to nonprofits in the Helena area for projects that provide a positive impact on residents of Helena and the surrounding communities.
HACF is permanent. HACF maintains a strong endowment for the future. While a portion of the endowment’s earnings are earmarked for grantmaking and operational costs, the endowment itself remains untouched and growing. HACF relies on the Montana Community Foundation to manage the assets of the fund. Regardless of the economy, changes in our population or the political environment, HACF is here today… and forever.
HACF develops partnerships to grow ideas. HACF pools resources and directs them to projects that make a big impact. This way, small nonprofits can spend the time on their mission and not on fundraising. Large nonprofits can see their ideas expand and prosper.
HACF is personal. HACF accepts a wide variety of assets and can facilitate more complex forms of giving. HACF receives donations of cash, publicly traded securities, closely held stock, interest in limited partnerships, life insurance policies, retirement fund accounts, and private foundation assets. HACF can also help you to plan a bequest, charitable remainder trust, and deferred gift annuity. Montana residents are lucky because the state legislature has recognized the benefit of endowment giving through the Montana Qualified Endowment Tax Credit up to $10,000.
Please contact our staff or board to learn the many ways you can donate to make a lasting impact on our communities.