(Denver, CO)-- On Tuesday, May 5th, The Morgridge Family Foundation (MFF) announced an additional $1 million investment in COVID-19 emergency relief funding. Over $80,000 was awarded through Greater Gallatin United Way (GGUW) and the SW MT COVID-19 Response Fund to 19 small agencies whose budgets are under $500,000.
At the outset of the pandemic, MFF made a commitment to be an effective partner to the communities and nonprofits it serves. As the social and economic impact of COVID-19 develops, additional funding will ensure essential services continue and vulnerable populations are supported. The second round of $1 million emergency relief funding will be distributed to 14 community foundations and United Way partners that will allocate funds to local nonprofits. In total, the funding will support 115 different organizations to continue their life-changing work.
Organizations that received funding in our area serve populations who have been adversely affected by COVID-19. These organizations were ASPEN, Befrienders, Belgrade Community Coalition, Belgrade Senior Center, Bozeman Dharma Center, CASA GAL of Gallatin County, Compassion Project, Community Help Fund of West Yellowstone, D.R.E.A.M Bozeman, Family Promise of Gallatin Valley, Farm to School Park County, Friends of Bozeman Veterans Court Services, Friends of the Community (Livingston), MT Assn. of the Blind – Bozeman Chapter, Montana Mindfulness Project, Roots Family Collaborative, Suffer Out Loud, Verge Theater, and Women in Action.
"Five years ago, I released ‘Every Gift Matters’ to inspire more people to give what they can, starting where they are,” said Carrie Morgridge. “Today we are committing $1 million to support organizations that foster collaboration, dignity and resilience in communities. It’s not up to just me. It’s not up to just you. It’s up to us. Every one of us has something to give, and the time to do so is now.”
In addition to the $2 million total investment in emergency relief funding thus far, MFF is actively involved in Colorado’s COVID Response which has raised over $17 million. The foundation also signed the Ford Foundation’s COVID-19 Philanthropist Pledge to “support nonprofits navigate the impacts of COVID-19.”
The Morgridge Family Foundation invests in leaders and organizations that are reimagining solutions to some of today’s biggest challenges. MFF offers vision, community, and resources to support a network of partners achieving their profound impact. Learn more at thinkmff.org.