Healthy, safe, and vibrant communities don’t just happen; they happen because people care. The Flathead Community Foundation ensures our Valley’s exceptional quality of life by connecting people like you to the causes you care about most. Now and forever.
To enrich the lives of present and future generations by supporting philanthropy in the communities we serve.
To create a culture of philanthropy in Flathead Valley that inspires gifts of all sizes from all donors
We Gather, Grow and Grant Funds
The Flathead Community Foundation (FCF) strives to improve the quality of life and make a lasting difference in the place we love. We do this by gathering donors’ gifts in permanent endowments or pass-through funds; by growing individual funds through wise investment management; and by granting fund proceeds according to donor wishes through grants to local charities.
From a Flathead Community Foundation Fund Donor...
I come from a family of six – four baby-boomer kids whose parents epitomized The Greatest Generation.
A few years before he died, Dad gathered us all at a table. He and Mom wanted to explain their recently devised estate plan, and it contained a surprise.
With their four children all healthy, happily married, well educated and employed, they had decided to split their estate five ways, not four. An equal, one-fifth portion would go to their local Community Foundation.
For all their married years, whether fat or lean, Mom and Dad gave quietly and faithfully to their church and a great many public, private, patriotic and religious causes. Long after they are gone, their hard work and frugality will continue to benefit others through the good stewardship of their Community Foundation.
I have come to think of this equal shareholder in my parents' estate as their fifth child. I call her Charity, and I hope to follow their example in making her a lifelong priority of my own.