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.
One way that the Missoula Downtown Foundation (MDF) fulfills its mission is through fiscal sponsorships of smaller local charitable groups. Nonprofit fiscal sponsorships allow the MDF to support and promote a local project under the umbrella of the organization’s established 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. The relationship between the MDF and a sponsored partner ensures that donations to the non-exempt group are tax deductible for donors while also allowing the project group to apply for grants to fund the project. A fiscal sponsorship often reduces the partner’s costs, conserves resources, reduces duplication of fundraising efforts and can legitimize a project when backed by an organization with an established reputation.
Current Fiscal Sponsorships
Western Montana Santa Flyover is a charitable project that keeps the tradition of having Santa conduct a test flight over Missoula one week before Christmas alive! With the help of the Missoula Downtown Foundation, the flyover returned to the skies above in 2020, for the first flight in nearly fifteen years, and has continued each year since. The flight brings Christmas spirit and cheer to the Missoula valley residents. The flyover will take place about a week before Christmas Eve and will only happen ONCE. Stay in the know and follow updates about the flyover on the official Western Montana Santa Flyover Facebook page. Donations to the Santa Flyover are welcomed and will sustain the cheer of the flight for years to come!
For 31 years Missoula’s Annual Festival of the Dead has been a beloved tradition that brings our community together in downtown to honor loved ones lost, share our grief, and create personal artistic expressions to move through pain and to celebrate lives lived. This multi-cultural festival offers an opportunity to share our unique traditions, learn from each other, and embrace the healing power of collective support. This occasion is somber for some, and a jubilation of life and remembrance for others—all paying tribute to the lasting connections that endure through our memories. Donations to Missoula’s Annual Festival of the Dead can be made through the Missoula Downtown Foundation and will help continue the cultural significance of the event for years to come!Donate Here
The Downtown Riverside Art Walls Project, or DRAW Project, aims to reimagine the electrical substation in Downtown Missoula with Native American art and culture. Headed by two local Missoulians, the DRAW Project will activate the substation and contribute to a more inviting public space adjacent to Bess Reed Park. The Project hopes to raise $75,000 and needs your help to reach their goal! Donations can be made to the Missoula Downtown Foundation online or by mail to 218 E. Main St Suite C Missoula, MT 59802.Donate Here