Generous Legacy - January 2019 Newsletter
You Make the DIfference. We Make it Happen.

From Judy's Desk...

As I write this we are experiencing a cold snap, thankful we are living in Montana, not in the mid-west where their icy cold snap is life threatening.
Downtown Kalispell's first premiere winter fundraiser, BREWFEST, was hosted by Valley Bank of Kalispell, on January 19th, 2019, sponsored by title sponsor Toyota and enjoyed by 1,000+.
Excitement and lines started 'brewing' shortly after 1:00 pm. Everyone wanted to make sure they received one of the 500 commemorative 'RED' Frosty the BREWFEST mugs. Once inside the event participants could enjoy beverages from Kalispell's five craft breweries: biasbrewing, SunRift Beer Company, Kalispell Brewing Co., Sacred Waters Brewing Co., The Brewing Academy of Montana at Flathead Valley Community College and hot beverages from Desoto Grill. Live music was provided by Smart Alex and Jameson and The Sordid Seeds. Over 200 children participated in the Kids' "Dash for Cash", vying for 200 prizes worth over $1,800. The 'Dash' was sponsored by Sportsman Ski Haus and Builder Creek Realty. Adults enjoyed the Fatbike "slowbike" Race sponsored by Wheaton's. Participant riders had to bike in a straight line from point A to B and consume a cup of beer without putting a foot down or stopping. The slowest time won.
Decorated burn barrels dotted the event while participants enjoyed food from Knucklehed BBQ, S&M Tacos, and Chicas Blancas.
Proceeds from the BREWFEST benefited Flathead Community Foundation and Kalispell Downtown Association.

Flathead Gives is set aside as a day to celebrate the giving spirit of Flathead County.  Flathead's generous community comes together to raise dollars for local nonprofits through a celebration over a two-day period hosted by Flathead Community Foundation. The Giving Day kick-off will honor the participating local nonprofits on May 2nd at 5:00 pm.  We invite you to come and enjoy the festivities at the Kalispell Center Mall.  You will be able to visit with the nonprofits and donate in person at our Giving Stations (checks, currency, credit cards, are accepted).  This in-person event will happen May 2nd at 5:00 pm and conclude May 3rd at 6:00 pm.
You can donate online at E arly bird donors can start giving on April 16th. Donations will be accepted until 6 pm on May 17th to give everyone a chance to give.

It is so humbling to be part of this community and the people like YOU who make it great!!
Judy Sommers, Executive Director

Flathead School Snack Program Agency Highlight: Flathead School Snack Program

Mission: Provide school snacks for children in county schools to enhance their learning opportunities.

In an effort to 'counteract the negative' when local Flathead County schools shut down for safety issues in the fall of 2017, Molly Thibert and her tribe decided to start a small school snack drive for children in our county schools.

Most elementary schools have a mid-morning snack time.   Some of the kids don't have snacks to bring from home, so they are not only hungry, but also dealing with the fact that their situation as different from most of the other students in their class.   Hungry kids cannot focus and they can't learn as well in the classroom.   Kids need calories and fuel often and many local elementary children are just not getting what they need.   Kids are also very hungry after school; they are ready for a snack as soon as school is over.   Kids will often have a snack on the bus ride home, or have a snack as soon as they get home.   Some students don't have access to snacks as mentioned above, so they will go from lunch until dinner without eating anything.

Molly put together a grass roots effort to provide these kids with two snack per day.   The kids receive a brown lunch sack on Mondays with ten snacks in it - two for each day they are in school.   They are able to keep it in their desk and pull it out at snack time, just like the other kids in their class.   On each bag is written an encouraging note or funny joke:   You are smart; Be brave; You are special; Have an awesome day.

When the first snack bags were delivered, Molly and her dedicated team were surprised at the overwhelming response from school teachers and administrators.   This snack program was suddenly filling a gap that had gone unnoticed!   So far, with close to 50 people donating funds and snacks, the Flathead School Snack Program is providing more than 100 students with these weekly snack bags.

Molly and her team of volunteers are hoping to expand the program to other Flathead Valley elementary schools.   They have determined that the cost is $10-$11 per month to support the snack sacks for these students, so they are seeking donations of non-perishable kid-appropriate snacks and/or monies to purchase the same to feed these children consistently and expand the program to include more children.

FCF Staff & Board
Judy Sommers , Executive Director
Linda Carpenter , Administrative Assistant
Board of Directors
Katy Croft, President
Josh Boyce, Vice President
Clint Ekern, Treasurer
Krista Lammers, Secretary

Brett Damaskos
Stephanie Juneau
Jeffrey Lewis
Dorothy Meyer
Ed Myers
Mike Smith
Marcia Spano
Ty Weber

Contact Us
Physical Address:
44 Second Ave West #103
Kalispell, MT 59901

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1422
Kalispell, MT 59903


Agency Funds at FCF
Donate to FCF
Your donation to the Flathead Community Foundation supports our mission to ensure the good of the Flathead forever, by strengthening local nonprofits and connecting generous donors with the causes they care about most. Make a difference. 

Nonprofit Development Partnership

The Flathead Nonprofit Development Partnership (NpDP) - a service of the Flathead Community Foundation - provides educational programs, information resources, and networking opportunities that support and strengthen nonprofit organizations in Northwest Montana.

Send us your job postings to .
Giving Circle
Women Who Wine of the Flathead
WWWF, a Giving Circle and charitable fund of the Flathead Community Foundation, empowers women to engage in collective philanthropy. Members give their time, talents, and financial resources to serve their community - and through monthly gatherings, educate themselves and others about local needs and services. New members are always welcome! Monthly meetings take place in Kalispell on the first Tuesday of the month.

To learn more about WWWF, or to sign up for monthly announcements,

Upcoming Meetings/Events

February 5 - WWWF - Kalispell
Hostess - Debbie Young
Location - Conrad Mansion Museum,
330 Woodland Ave, Kalispell
Benefiting - Conrad Mansion Museum

Like us on Facebook

The Brews Brothers

The Brews Brothers, a new fund of the Flathead Community Foundation. Inspired by WWWF, The Brews Brothers is a gathering of gentlemen concerned with furthering efforts to raise money and awareness about our local nonprofit community. 
To learn more about The Brews Brothers or sign up for monthly announcements,   please visit our FCF Website Page.