It's the most wonderful time of the year -- a time when many of us reflect on what's important. As I contemplate the role Montana Community Foundation (MCF) plays in creating a culture of generosity so that Montana communities can flourish, our philosophy and values guide us.
You'll find MCF's values demonstrated in the work we do, the goals we set and the progress we make. We live these, every single day. The MCF board of directors discussed, labored over and adopted these values in 2014 to define that which we hold dear.
We believe every Montanan can and should be a philanthropist.
We earn the trust of those we serve by operating and communicating with accountability and transparency, honoring our commitments with respect and courtesy in all that we do.
We are dedicated to supporting Montana's many communities as they strive to create economic vitality and improved quality of life.
We seek solutions to Montana's opportunities and challenges by partnering with donors, foundations, professional advisors, businesses, governments, local communities and nonprofits.
We safeguard donor intent in perpetuity, subscribing to the highest levels of stewardship for the assets, reputation and relationships entrusted to us.
We seek out best practices and innovative ideas for providing the highest quality service and achieving community good.
We are responsive, flexible and open to creative approaches. We are proactive in finding solutions and overcoming barriers to achieving our goals.
While these values inform the work we do, they also inform the people we hire to do that work. The team we put together is dedicated to doing a great job and performing at the highest levels, but they're also dedicated to Montana and the people who call it home. They're also dedicated to each other.
As you may have seen in every one of our job announcements as we recruit new team members, we state that MCF places equal emphasis on an employee's skills and an employee's attitude, recognizing the combination of exceptional skills and a positive, respectful attitude make MCF a special environment for its employees and constituents. We don't just hire people who are good at their job skills; we hire people who are also good to each other and truly care about working together to make a positive impact on Montana.
As a partner of MCF, thank you for joining us in that pursuit as well. The happiest of holidays to you and your families.