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Helena Area Community Foundation

Dedicated to promoting worthy Helena area non-profits through grants, informational efforts and cooperative fund raising.

The Helena Area Community Foundation was created by a small group of county residents who understood the value of a permanent legacy. HACF began in December 1994 under the legal and administrative umbrella of the Montana Community Foundation (MCF) – a statewide community foundation to promote philanthropic empowerment at the local level.

The Montana Community Foundation’s history predates HACF’s formation by several years. MCF was established in the late 1980’s, and its formative years generated energy in local communities all over Montana. Ultimately, that energy resulted in the creation of nearly 90 local community foundations that virtually cover the map of Montana. MCF’s volunteers and staff, supported by significant grants form the Ford Foundation and other national foundations, worked to create and nurture many of those local community foundations.

We began with a hope that our foundation would ultimately provided a stable source of funding for the scores of non-profit organizations that serve the people of the communities that exist within our county.

Helena Farmers Market

The Helena Farmers’ Market is the longest-running market in the state of Montana. Celebrating its 48th birthday in June 2021, the market is THE Saturday morning event for the community, and winner of Best of Helena in the event category for 2019! Today the market stretches two full blocks in downtown Helena, drawing over 350 Montana vendors rotating through the season. Local farmers, artisans, food vendors and others bring their Montana-made products downtown for the local Helena community to see and purchase. While they browse, shoppers enjoy the serenade of local musicians and smell the fragrant aroma of fresh floral arrangements and kettle corn. Come join in the community fellowship at the Helena Farmer’s Market.

Holter Museum of Art

The Holter Museum of Art serves Montana and neighboring states with a quality visual arts exhibition program that includes all media; brings national and international exhibitions into the region; provides a much-needed venue for local and regional artists; and collects, preserves, and interprets significant contemporary Northwest art. The Holter is committed to promoting participation by diverse audiences through outreach, innovative educational programming, and collaboration with other organizations. Increasing and promoting a strong cultural awareness to the broadest possible audience is a guiding factor to our operations.  Admission is free.

Montana Free Press

Montana Free Press is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit source for Montana news, information, and analysis.

Our mission is to produce in-depth public-service journalism that creates positive change and helps move society toward justice and equity.

MTFP seeks to uncover the truth and bring to light essential news stories by studying arcane bureaucratic processes, seeking out dark corners of major institutions, digging deep into data and documents, and holding power accountable to the people.

We work independently and in collaboration with other news outlets to produce meaningful news stories that have an impact on the lives and livelihoods of local communities.

Narrate Church

Church, when you hear the word what comes to mind?  We think about Gathering and Scattering.  We gather on Sundays to begin conversations around topics that are relevant to you and your everyday lives. We strive to create experiences intended to engage and challenge – no matter what you believe about God, Jesus, and the Bible.

We’re honored to gather at Grandstreet Theatre in downtown Helena, located at 325 N. Park Ave. You can also learn more about The Grandstreet Theatre Company by visiting their website grandstreettheatre.com.

Sunday gathering times are at 9.00am & 10.45am.

What should you expect at a Sunday experience?  Every week we start with a handful of songs led by our excellent band of musicians. After about 15 minutes of music, one of our pastors teaches for 35 minutes and we almost always conclude with another song.  Our gatherings last for 60 minutes. Great coffee and tea are free and available to everyone in attendance.

Narrate Kids provides age-appropriate, fun and engaging experiences for infants (6 weeks old) thru 5th graders.

Scattering is born of our calling and desire to matter, to narrate God’s story to our community by the way we serve. We’re serious about being the kind of the church that exists for the benefit of its non-members… to the extent that the most ardent critic of Christianity would be bummed if we suddenly ceased to exist. We seek to make this happen both by validating the opportunity to serve people in our everyday, organic lives as well as by coming together once every month to serve on a large-scale, community-wide level.  We call these community-serving events “Scattering” opportunities.

Find more information at www.narratechurch.org

Prickly Pear Land Trust

The Prickly Pear Land Trust is committed to the belief that open space is essential to the well-being of all communities. Open views of land and habitat are emotionally uplifting; they renew and revitalize the human spirit. Open space has been proven to increase property values, reduce erosion, and protect air and water quality. A multitude of recreational opportunities abound in open spaces and agricultural lands preserve a cultural heritage as well as feed the citizens of our world. The Prickly Pear Land Trust is committed to preserving, protecting and promoting open space throughout the Prickly Pear Valley and adjoining lands.

Rocky Mountain Development Council

Our mission at Rocky Mountain Development Council, Inc. is to strive to improve quality of life and promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families. The programs we offer in addressing community needs include energy assistance, food and nutrition, senior volunteer opportunities, housing and community development, senior information services, Rocky Mountain Head Start, and Rocky Mountain Preschool Center.

United Way of the Lewis & Clark Area

Change doesn’t happen alone.  That’s why United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area is dedicated to building partnerships and collaborations that take on the big issues in Jefferson, Broadwater, and Lewis and Clark counties.  We work with nonprofits, businesses, cities, counties, and community members like you to study the issues our neighbors face and come up with innovative solutions to help them lead their best lives.

No matter what community you visit, United Way is dedicated to four areas of focus: health, education, financial stability, and meeting basic needs of every person.  The priorities set by our communities determine how we tackle the issues that cause our neighbors hardship.

YWCA of Helena

YWCA Helena strengthens women, children and families to make a better community. We provide safe and supportive housing, empower women, promote justice and dignity for all. We strive to expose women to all services and programs needed in the community to improve their lives.