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Board Governance


Board Governance is the primary work of the board on the behalf of an organization. What exactly does governance entail? The short answer, provided by author John Carver, is, “The purpose of governance is to ensure, usually on behalf of others, that an organization achieves what it should achieve while avoiding those behaviors that should be avoided.”

To explore this concept further dive into the resources provided below. If you are unsure of where to start, we suggest reading: Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards.

Roles & Responsibilities

Tools & Templates

Board & CEO Relationship

Eligibility Criteria

Tax status:  We only fund work done by organizations ruled to have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Geographic location:  In most cases, our funding is limited to organizations in Montana.  We will occasionally provide funding to organizations that operate nationally, when their work aligns with our focus areas and impacts the nation as a whole.  We rarely fund work overseas unless we have a personal connection with the group doing the work.

Funding amounts:  We do not generally fund projects where we are the sole providers of funding, nor do we like to account for more than 50% of the budget for a project (and in most cases, less).  In addition, we prefer to start with smaller amounts for organizations that we have not worked with in the past.

Focus areas: We limit our funding to work that falls within one of our focus areas:

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