Through a collaboration between the Anaconda Local Development Corporation, the Montana Community Foundation, and Montana State University Extension, and with assistance from Community Foundations of Montana Advisory Council, Philanthropy Northwest, and funding from USDA Rural Development,this project will build the capacity of local community foundations across Montana.

The goals of this project are to develop and offer tools, training, and mentoring to help Montana to thrive and prosper in its rural communities. This collaboration will provide the resources for training in strategic planning, fund management, nonprofit board governance, grantmaking, and other critical issues affecting local community foundations. Extension educators will be involved to provide additional resources within their counties.


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“Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. 
They are people who say: This is my community, and it’s my responsibility to make it better.”

- Tom McCall, Oregon Governor, 1967-1975

Antidiscrimination statement: 
The Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political believes, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA Director, Office of Rights, 1400 Independence Ave SW., Washington, D.C., 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.