Welcome to the Helena Area Community Foundation

We 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 Lewis and Clark County and beyond.


The steady growth of HACF’s permanent endowment is the result of the generosity of many individuals, families and businesses since the founding of HACF in December of 1994.

Donors have made direct cash contributions in response to challenge Grants received by HACF, thus magnifying the impact of their own gifts. While several individuals and couples have added codicils to their wills that leave a valued bequest to HACF upon their passing.

Community leaders have made contributions to our Foundation’s permanent endowment through their businesses, taking advantage of the Montana Endowment Tax Credit. Others contributed paid-up life insurance policies to HACF’s permanent endowment, qualifying for a 50% tax credit on their Montana taxes.

Please contact our staff or board to learn the many ways you can donate to make a lasting impact on our communities.


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.

Grant applications will be available in Summer 2018. For more information about our past grantees, please contact our office.


Contact information:
Phone: 406-441-4955
Email: ed@helenaareacommunityfoundation.org
In Person: 33 South Last Chance Gulch – Helena, MT, 59601


Reach out to us. We’d love to hear from you.

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