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GPCF shows love to area non-profits

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News from GPCF

The non-profit sector adds tremendous value to our community’s well-being.  GPCF celebrated February “the month of love” by sending their Valentines and sweet trust-based grant funds to locally selected non-profits.

“Trust-based grants go to organizations with which we have worked for years that are important to our community, have earned our community’s trust, and deserve support for general operations” states Jeanette Phillips, grant chair for the GPCF. Trust-based grant applications are by invitation only from the GPCF grant committee and organizations receiving these funds may still apply for the annual IMPACT grant cycle. The application process and reporting for these unencumbered grant funds is kept simple. Our “trust” reflects confidence in an organization’s board, management, and programs.

Long standing committee person Marc Vergeront explains that “We expect to renew these trust grants annually for deserving non-profits and as our experience and awareness of needs grows, we hope (with community support) to invite other organizations to apply for these funds, as well as to increase support for project grants.”

Board President Toni Whealon would like to thank the many donors making possible grants totaling more than $1.5 million over the past 15 years. “We are particularly grateful that the endowment legacy left by John Cowan enabled GPCF to nearly double the amounts initially granted and hopefully will see this increase into the future. We know benefits realized through the generosity of our donors depend on the hard work of non-profit volunteers and their employees. To both donors and our non-profits we owe deep gratitude.”

The Greater Polson Community would like to congratulate the following organizations for being selected as 2024 trust-based grant recipients:  Boys and Girls Club of Flathead Reservation,  FLIC, Polson Loaves & Fish Food Pantry, Mission Valley Live, Miracle of America Museum, Helping Hands, Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana, Women 4 Wellness, Mission Valley Animal Shelter & the Mission Valley Ice Arena. We appreciate and acknowledge their continued hard work to keep our communities strong. You are the heart of our communities.

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