Welcome to the Helena Area Community FoundationWe inspire and lead collaboration and investment for compassionate, safe, healthy, and resilient communities.
Helena Area Emergency Relief Fund for COVID-19
At HACF, we recognize that COVID-19 is impacting the communities that we care for, and likely will continue to challenge our communities in the coming weeks and months.
The nonprofits in our communities need support more than ever.
Helena Area Community Foundation is partnering with the United Way of Lewis and Clark Area to raise funds for the Helena Area Emergency Relief Fund, and has been disbursing grants in the Helena Area since early April 2020.
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.
WE MADE IT A MILLION!
Did you know that when you contribute to the HACF endowment, it is a gift for a lifetime and beyond?
This year, HACF Made it a Million by moving our endowment to over $1 million. The $1 million will allow for larger grants to our local nonprofits each year to make our area the best place to live.
The endowment will always be there, and your contribution means an investment in the future of the Helena Area and its residents. While a portion of the endowment’s earnings are earmarked for grantmaking and operational costs, the endowment itself remains untouched and is growing for the future. HACF relies on the Montana Community Foundation to manage the assets of the fund for the local foundation’s use.
Regardless of the economy, changes in our population or the political environment, HACF is here today… and forever.
To pledge a gift to the endowment, send a check to HACF, PO Box 92, Helena, MT 59624. Please state that your donation is to “Make it a Million.”
If you would like to give a future gift of a bequest in your will, life insurance proceeds, retirement account income, or other planned giving, please call our office at (406) 441-4955.
For your tax information (Link to Tax Letter)
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 2019 Grantees.
Spring of 2020 we will opening our granting cycle. 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.
PO Box 92
Helena, MT 59624
33 S Last Chance Gulch, Ste 2A