Missoula Gives fundraiser for 165 nonprofits set to kick off Thursday
DAVID ERICKSON | May 02, 2019
One of the most important days of the year for scores of nonprofit organizations in Missoula starts on Thursday, May 2, and culminates on First Friday the next day. Missoula Gives is a 27-hour crowd-sourced philanthropy event for 165 registered nonprofits in Missoula and Ravalli counties. Hosted by the Missoula Community Foundation (MCF) for the past six years, the event has raised more than $1.5 million. Last year, 2,800 different donors gave $420,000, and the goal this year is to reach $500,000. Donors can give online or in person at a variety of events. The nonprofits signed up have a wide variety of missions, from an organization that works to promote healthy, sustainable energy use called Climate Smart Missoula to a community housing organization called Homeword. The Missoula Food Bank will be raising money for its “EmPower Pack” nutrition program for kids. Nikki Robb, the program manager at the MCF, said many of the smaller nonprofits in town aren’t built for big fundraising efforts, so the day is important to them. “By us supplying this platform, they’re learning how to do online fundraising, which is the wave of the future,” she said. “So they’ll have the tools to be able to do it successfully. Especially for some of the smaller (nonprofits), many smaller organizations don’t have the means to do it.” Robb said there’s a “huge number” of nonprofits in Missoula, probably 225 functioning organizations, not counting churches and non-active chapters that are simply registered here.