Downtown Missoula Business Support Fund
With unanimous support from the Board of Directors, the Missoula Downtown Foundation (MDF) has established a Downtown Missoula Business Support Fund and will use its annual spring campaign to raise funds that can support businesses and organizations negatively impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.
As the fundraising arm of the Downtown Missoula Partnership, the Missoula Downtown Foundation has the mission to support and promote the spirit and heritage of Missoula through cultural, historical and economic enhancement of Downtown Missoula, now and for future generations. In an effort to help rebuild the economy and vibrancy of Downtown, the MDF will seek support from individuals, grantors, businesses not impacted by the crisis, partner organizations, and government agencies to raise and distribute a minimum of $100,000 in 2020.
Small, locally-owned businesses and organizations are the heart of Missoula and are the first ones to support community initiatives, non-profit organizations, and individuals in need. The world-wide COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly impactful on small downtown businesses. Businesses have been shuttered, jobs have been lost, and the supply chain has been compromised.
The Downtown Foundation has allocated $25,000, and will pivot its spring fundraising campaign from street décor to the business support fund. The Downtown Business Improvement District contributed $10,000 from its business development budget to the fund. As of July 10, Clearwater Credit Union, First Interstate Bank, First Security Bank, TrailWest Bank, First Montana Bank, ATG Cognizant, Missoula Radio Broadcasters Union, Title Services, Stockman Bank, Montana Scotch Whisky Society, #MontanaStrong, Williams Law Firm, Opportunity Bank, A&E Design, Dick Anderson Construction, Partners Creative, and private donors have each contributed to the fund, which has raised a total of $102,800 and helped support 73 local businesses.
Interested in Contributing?
Individuals and businesses interested in contributing to the Downtown Missoula Business Support Fund can send a check, payable to the Missoula Downtown Foundation, to 218 East Main Street, Missoula, MT 59802. Donors can also contribute through the Missoula Gives Campaign April 30-May 1, or through the Foundation’s GoFundMe Campaign (https://www.gofundme.com/f/downtown-missoula-business-support-fund). The MDF is a qualified charitable organization, and all donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
For more information, contact the Downtown Missoula Partnership office via phone (406-543-4238) or email ([email protected]).