Missoula Downtown Foundation

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There is no doubt that we live in a remarkable place. When thinking of what it is that makes Missoula special, the answer comes quickly to mind…..

Hands down, it’s Downtown!

Donate to Friends of Downtown Missoula

 

Downtown Missoula connects us. Downtown is the heart of Missoula. Join us as a Friend of Downtown Missoula and help Connect Our Community! 

 

 

playitlogoPlay It Missoula!

Every summer, the Play it Missoula! pianos are placed on downtown sidewalks and public areas for residents and visitors to play and enjoy.   The pianos are painted by local artists, making this a public art display in addition to a performing arts project.  The pianos contribute to community building, downtown place-making, and serve as a gathering place for spontaneous music on the streets.  Thank you to all those who donate and play the pianos!

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The Missoula Downtown Foundation exists to support and promote the SPIRIT and HERITAGE of Missoula through cultural, historical, and economic enhancement of Downtown Missoula, now and for future generations.
However you enjoy Downtown Missoula…your participation as a Friend of Downtown Missoula is vital. In fact, Friends of Downtown like you help make our city even more spectacular…

 

 

 

What We've Accomplished:

  • Caras Park Over $600,000 has been raised for improvements. A new band-stand, pavilion retractable walls, underground sprinkler system; 2010-2013
  • Light Our Bridges Fiscally sponsored a group of community members to help light both the Van Buren & Madison Pedestrian Bridges; 2013-2015
  • Wayfinding Procured a $50,000 grant & $75,000 in additional funding to manufacture & install 35 Downtown signs installed in the Fall of 2016
  • Play It Missoula! Funded a portion of this program placing 6 pianos into the public realm for people to enjoy; 2014-2016
  • Organizational Development Secured first paid staff & increased the Board of Directors by five members; 2014-2016
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Where We're Headed:

  • Wayfinding Downtown kiosk content design and installation, district gate-way signage and more. Total needed: $70,000
  • Holiday Decor Electrical Repair Infrastructure repairs to bring the electrical system up to code.  Phase I of this project required $13,000 to get decor up for the 2015 & 2016 seasons. Phase II requires $38,000 in additional upgrades.  Total needed: $38,000
  • Caras Park The Pavilion canopy has come to the end of its 15 year life. A new canopy will be needed when the current one fails. This Campaign would also include restroom renovations and a Front Street "gateway" to the park. Total needed: $450,000
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Projects like these, whether large or small, happen because we all pitch in to help.

Partners
• Missoula Downtown Association
• Downtown Business Improvement District of Missoula
• Missoula Redevelopment Agency
• Missoula Parking Commission

 Thank you to all who donated in 2016!!

 

Friends of Downtown Value

  • Connector ($0-$49) 
    • Bi-annual Foundation newsletter updates
    • Business name on website
    • Business name in 1/4 page Missoulian thank you ad in January
    • A Friends of Downtown Pin
    • Knowing you are truly impacting Missoula
  • Placemaker ($50-$249) 
    • Bi-annual Foundation newsletter updates
    • Business name on website
    • Business name in 1/4 page Missoulian thank you ad in January
    • A Friends of Downtown Pin
    • Knowing you are truly impacting Downtown Missoula
  • Supporter ($250-$999) 
    • Bi-annual Foundation newsletter updates
    • Business name on website
    • Business name in 1/4 page Missoulian thank you ad in January
    • A Friends of Downtown Pin
    • Knowing you are truly impacting Downtown Missoula
  • Partner ($1,000-$4,999) 
    • Bi-annual Foundation newsletter update & thank you with your business name and logo (mailing to 500 donors & businesses)
    • One highlighted thank you with business name in the MDA newsletter (mailing to 575 MDA business members)
    • Promotional recognition at special events
    • Business name/logo on website
    • Business name in 1/4 page Missoulian thank you ad in January
    • Friends of Downtown Pin (up to 3 pins for executive team/staff)
    • Knowing you are greatly impacting Downtown Missoula
  • Sustainer ($5,000-$9,999) 
    • Bi-annual Foundation newsletter update & 1 annual mention featuring your business focus, name and logo (mailing to 500 donors & businesses)
    • One highlighted thank you with business name and logo in the MDA newsletter (mailing to 575 MDA business members)
    • Promotional and public recognition at special events
    • Business name/logo on website
    • Business name in 1/4 page Missoulian thank you ad in January
    • Friends of Downtown Pin (up to 5 pins for executive team/staff)
    • Knowing you are significantly impacting Downtown Missoula
  • Executive ($10,000 and above)
    • Press Release submitted to local Press specific to your business announcing gift
    • Bi-annual Foundation newsletter update & 1 annual article featuring your business (mailing to 50 donors & businesses)
    • One feature spotlight in MDA newsletter (mailing to 575 MDA business members)
    • Promotional and public recognition at special events
    • Business name/logo on website
    • Business name in 1/4 page Missoulian thank you ad in January
    • One social media post annually to announce and thank donor for gift
    • Friends of Downtown Pins (up to 10 for executive team/staff)
    • Knowing you are momentously impacting Downtown Missoula

Online Downtown Foundation Donation Form »

10. You want to make Missoula Downtown even better for future generations.

9. You want to honor a loved one by making a critical gift in his or her name.

8. You want to share your pride in Downtown Missoula.

7. You want to receive information regarding efforts and projects supported by The Missoula Downtown Foundation.

6. You believe in the Greater Missoula Downtown Master Plan and want to provide support in making the Plan a reality for all those who call Missoula home.

5. You want to give now and don’t know where to start.

4. You want to build on the tradition of giving in Missoula.

3. You are interested in receiving invitations to special events or want to receive special recognition for your business.

2. You want to support the cultural, social and economic uniqueness that is Downtown Missoula.

1. You want to be part of the solution by creating long-lasting positive change.

Online Downtown Foundation Donation Form »

The Missoula Downtown Foundation will fulfill its mission by:
• sponsoring events and activities that celebrate our cultural and historical heritage;
• developing resources to support the ongoing maintenance, infrastructure building, beautification, historical preservation,  and general livability of the downtown area;
• developing resources to support the economic viability of the greater Missoula downtown area, creating placemaking capacity to combat deterioration of the downtown area;
• implementing infrastructure and general projects assisting in activities and events outlined in the Missoula Greater Downtown Master Plan.

Josh Eder

President


Anne Guest

Vice President


Jared Kuehn

Treasurer


Geoff Badenoch

Past President


Laura Brehm


Dan Cederberg


Alan Newell


Nick Caras