Mission and Vision

Our Mission

The Montana History Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation preserving the rich legacy of Montana’s past – one story, one community, one project at a time. We grant funds, mobilize the generosity of donors and collaborate with individuals and organizations to explore and honor Montana history.

Our Vision

The Montana History Foundation is the leading source for contributions and funding to preserve and protect history resources throughout Montana.

Our Work

The Montana History Foundation funds projects across Montana that preserve and honor the history of the Treasure State. With the help of our generous donors, partners, and sponsors, the Foundation has placed over four million dollars directly into Montana communities for history projects, including:

  • Providing over $1 million in grant funding to more than 200 community-based history and preservation projects from Libby to Ekalaka
  • Funding, constructing, and donating to the State of Montana the $1 million Lee C. McFarland Curatorial Center in Virginia City
  • Funding and constructing the $1.2 million Scriver Center in Helena
  • Funding and producing the book and traveling exhibit, “The Best Gift: Montana’s Carnegie Libraries” by Kate Hampton


You Can Help

The Montana History Foundation offers donors a variety of giving options, including donor-designated funds and planned giving, and provides collaborative leadership through strategic partnerships and fiscal sponsorships. Donate HERE