Brian Hurlbut and Katie Alvin pose with Caliber Coffee owner Stephanie Alexander (center) on Friday, May 4 during the final hours of the Give Big Gallatin Valley event. Alexander donated all the drip coffee proceeds from the day to the arts council.

They asked for big, they got bigger

More than $1.2 million raised for Gallatin Valley nonprofits in 24 hours

$1.2 million from 4,700 donors giving to 194 nonprofits throughout the Gallatin Valley. 

That’s the final tally from Give Big Gallatin Valley’s 24 hours of online and in-person giving held from 6 p.m. on May 3 to 6 p.m. May 4.

The Big Sky Discovery Academy brought in the bucks during the event, raising a whopping $80,620 from 67 donors—the most money raised by any nonprofit in Big Sky and second highest among the nonprofits. 

The academy will use the funds to provide scholarships for its students, pay for operations, and offer summer classes for high school credit as well as continued education for middle and elementary students and more.

"We are thrilled Give Big was a successful event for area non-profits—and for Discovery to come in second in all of Gallatin County. But more important to us is the many ways we will be immediately putting these funds to use to help our community,” Karen Maybee, school co-founder and president of the board of directors, said in a news release for the academy. “We are proud to scholarship over 30 percent of our students this year, with a goal to grow that to 50 percent, and a third of the Give Big donations will go directly to tuition assistance for families.”

Eagle Mount of Bozeman came in first out of all the organizations with $215,090.18 donated.

Other Big Sky nonprofits involved also did well during the event, which was sponsored by the Bozeman Area Community Foundation and presented by the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation. The YC Foundation also funded the prize program. It gave the Gallatin River Task Force an extra $750 because it was the Big Sky nonprofit winner for raising the most money during a specified one-hour period. 

The Arts Council of Big Sky raised just over $2,100 from 28 donors. 

“We were thrilled to be part of Give Big this year,” ACBS Executive Director Brian Hurlbut said. “It was great to see all of the Big Sky nonprofits come together and be visible throughout the community. It was a fun event and the Arts Council is thankful for all of the support we received.”

The Big Sky Community Organization raised beyond $6,700 for construction costs and infrastructure improvements at the Beehive Basin Trailhead. It will include a larger parking lot, trailhead kiosk, bear-proof trash receptacles and a vault pit toilet. This project, once complete, will cost a total of about $450,000. That includes land acquisition by the fall of 2017. 

Darby Lacey—programs manager for the Bozeman Area Community Foundation—was pleased to hit the goal of raising $1 million from 4,000 donors. 

“It’s not just about the amount of money raised, but even more exiting is the number of people who decided to give,” she said. “That we could surpass our donor goal by more than 700 people. It’s really incredible because this is a way to inspire philanthropy in our community.”

Visit for an official tally of where the $1,250,056.17 raised will go. You can search specific organizations, check out the top 100 and see who donated to the many causes.

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