Big Sky Community Food Bank operations manager Sarah Gaither Bivins stocks the shelves. YCCF funds help keep the food bank running. PHOTO COURTESY ANNA SHIPLEY

$240,000 awarded to Big Sky nonprofits

Yellowstone Club Community Foundation grant allocations

There is no doubt that Big Sky would not be the community it is without so many area nonprofits making things happen. With countless volunteers contributing thousands of hours, the wheels of Big Sky continue to turn thanks to their efforts. Still, projects demand money. The annual fall grant cycle for the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation (YCCF) meant over $240,000 awarded to 19 Big Sky nonprofits organizations. 

“As our contributions have grown, so have our partnerships with nonprofits. Our recent grant allocations demonstrate our ability to make a large impact locally through our support of a wide array of organizations, projects and programs,” YCCF associate director Anna Shipley said. 

Programs for arts, education, health, and conservation as well as community services have benefited. 

“The YCCF has made a profound difference in the greater Big Sky and Gallatin Valley areas during the past 10 years, awarding more than $8.5 million since inception,” she said. 


Area nonprofits that received the Foundation’s latest support:


• The Arts Council of Big Sky 2020 Big Sky Music Festival, local youth arts education partnership, and public art program.

• Montana Land Reliance’s landscape conservation efforts in Big Sky.

• Big Sky Skating and Hockey Association’s curling stone purchase project.

• Big Sky Discovery Academy’s English Language Learner (ELL) Adult & Youth Programs and Academic Enrichment for Spanish Speaking High School Students.

• The Big Sky Food Bank emergency food and social services program.

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County Big Sky community and school-based program support.

• Morningstar Learning Center’s staff professional development program.

• Big Sky Community Organization’s community program management software development.

• Big Sky Community Housing Trust’s down payment assistance program for workforce housing 

• Gallatin Invasive Species Alliance Gardens at Crail Ranch project.

YCCF will once again be partnering with Bozeman Area Community Foundation to support GIVE BIG Gallatin Valley. 

“The 24-hour online giving campaign will take place April 30 –May 1, 2020. YCCF is also underwriting space and catering use for local area nonprofits at HRDC’s Fork & Spoon Café in Bozeman,” a press release stated. 

The foundation also co-sponsored the Wilson Hotel Friendsgiving, which offered a free meal to anyone in the community. 

“This is such a fantastic idea, especially with all the seasonal folks here. It is such a great introduction to the community,” Shipley said.

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