Central Montana Foundation
We're the oldest community foundation in Montana, established in 1984 to encourage charitable giving, build endowments, and distribute funds to improve life in Central Montana. We're a grant-making organization; supporting tax-exempt and non-profit projects in Central Montana from income generated by our unrestricted endowments. In addition, we hold 50+ scholarship endowments providing about $250,000 annually to local students pursuing higher education. We're the umbrella organization for more than 200 permanent endowments and pass-through accounts for organizations and communities throughout Central Montana.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
What we need from the public at large is financial support to our general endowment so we can increase our grant-making capacity back to community projects. We love helping other non-profits and tax-exempt organizations grow their endowment and pass through accounts, but also much focus on the need to enlarge our own general fund to increase our grant-making program.
Our greatest volunteer opportunity is simply that people share the good news about Central Montana Foundation. If you've ever benefited from a CMF grant to an organization or project, received a scholarship or use services of one of the long list of organizations who have funds with us, tell others about the impact your community foundation has in Central Montana!
CMF meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. in the First Bank of Montana Conference Room. We consider "minor" grants under $5,000 at our monthly meetings, and "major" grants (requests $5,000+) at our Annual Meeting on the 4th Tuesday in May. We also have a brunch in late April for guests from 11 rural communities in Central Montana that hold permanent endowments and receive financial support from CMF, and a Partner Meeting in late October with permanent endowment and pass through account representatives.
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Central Montana Community Cupboard
We feed the hungry of Central Montana. The Central Montana Community Cupboard exists to collect and distribute food to families and individuals facing emergency situations. Our policy is to provide adequate food for three days sustenance. Our friends can use this assistance up to six times each six month period.
Lewistown Area Chamber of Commerce
The Lewistown Area Chamber of Commerce provides business promotion, community and customer service, and a Visitor Center. The Chamber also plans and hosts community events, including 4th of July activities, the Chokecherry Festival, the Central Montana Ag Tour, the Chamber Golf Tournament, the Christmas Stroll, the Elf Run, the Charlie Russell Chew Choo, and the North Pole Adventures.
Central Montana Family Planning/Montana Cancer Screening Program
We are an affordable and confidential Title X Family Planning Clinic located in Lewistown since 1974 that serves the six geographical counties of Central Montana. We offer reproductive health services on a sliding fee scale based on gross family income and family size to men, women and teens. We provide sliding fees for HIV screening and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) treatments and confidential partner notification and treatment. We also provide pregnancy testing and reproductive life planning and referrals, vaginal infection screening and treatments, and urinary tract infection screening and treatment.