Missoula Downtown Foundation

 

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!

 

Downtown Missoula connects us. Downtown is the heart of Missoula.

Join us as a Friend PhotoBannerof Downtown Missoula and help Connect Our Community!

Support the Foundation When You Register You Vehicle!

Montana's newest license plate was designed by Leidy Wagener, Membership & Events Director for the Missoula Downtown Association.   It reflects our pride in the state's only area code, 406, and love of Downtown Missoula signified by the heart.  Choose this plate design and a portion of the fee ($20) will help the Missoula Downtown Foundation fund projects to keep Downtown Missoula vibrant and a place for all to enjoy!License Plate Flyer Design

Play It Missoula!

From June until late Fall each year, there are 4-6 pianos scattered playitlogothroughout Missoula for community building, downtown place-making, and for spontaneous music on the streets.  The pianos have all been painted by local artists, so this adds a public art component to the program in addition to performing art.  Thank you to all those who donate and play the pianos!

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Pianos are currently in storage for winter.

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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; 2012-2013
  • Light Our Bridges Fiscally sponsored a dedicated community group 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 the program placing 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

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 necessary 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. Fundraising is currently underway for Phase II, which requires an additional $38,000 in electrical work.  Total needed: $38,000
  • Caras Park The Pavilion canopy has come to the end of its 15 year life. A new canopy is needed when the current one fails. This Campaign will also include restroom renovations and a Front Street "gateway" to the park. Total needed: $450,000

 

Projects like these, whether large or small, happen because we all pitch in to help.Flower Basket Wayfinding Sign

 

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

Friends of Downtown Missoula – Donate Now »

Thank you to all who have donated!

 

 

Friends of Downtown Missoula 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 Downtown 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 t 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 & 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 focus, name and logo (mailing to 500 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 pins for executive team/staff)
    • Knowing you are momentously impacting Downtown Missoula

Online Downtown Foundation Donation Form >>