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 inspires people to make a difference by encouraging the spirit of giving to provide resources that benefit present and future generations in our communities. The Helena Area Community Foundation was created by current and former residents of the Helena area to support the projects of nonprofit organizations in Helena and surrounding area communities through annual grant-making. This is accomplished through private contributions, planned gifts and grants, which help maintain our permanent endowment and help facilitate the operation of our organization. The steady growth of HACF’s permanent endowment is attributable to the generosity of many individuals, families and businesses throughout the Helena Area and beyond.
The Helena Area Community Foundation awards annual grants that fall within the 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.
Grant applications will be available in Summer 2018. For questions, please call our office at 406-441-4955.
What makes the Helena Area Community Foundation different from other charitable organizations?
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.