United Way of Gallatin County (original name) was established in 1978. The first board meeting was held on September 14, 1978 after the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce hosted public comment on the concept of a centralized philanthropic organization for our community. Members of the Chamber volunteered as board members, actively recruited board members, raised funds, wrote by-laws, and drafted the Articles of Incorporation. Some of these far-sighted individuals included Jerry Cashman, Joe Billion, Gary Sisson, Gary Tschake, Bob Planalp, and many others. Within a few months, Torly Aasheim was hired as temporary executive and during his abbreviated tenure he brought tremendous energy and connections to keep the organization alive. In order to pay the bills during the first year, the board borrowed a short-term loan of $3,000. .