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Our Vision

To create a permanent endowment fund to support community needs.

Our Mission

The leaders of the Greater Polson Community Foundation will gather permanent funds; offer donors various gifting options; award grants; develop partnerships through collaboration with others; promote philanthropy; inspire community pride and unity.


The Greater Polson Community Foundation was born from the desire to give something back to our community and from the example and accomplishments of other Montana community foundations.

Our initial meeting, Dec. 15, 2007, was followed by an ambitious plan for the New Year to become completely organized before we introduced the foundation to the community. With guidance from the Montana Community Foundation (MCF), we evolved from a group of interested volunteers into a strong board of directors with a clear vision/mission.

Donations from our board members allowed us to qualify for the total of $7500 in challenge grants from MCF. When our endowment reached $25,000, funds from the Lake County Community Foundation, held by MCF but dormant for many years, were transferred to our endowment.

A presentation to the Polson Rotary Club, newspaper articles, a brunch attended by community leaders, and the establishment of a “Founders Circle” for initial donors resulted in donations totaling nearly $51,000 by the end of 2008.

Our first grants were awarded in August 2009, and have been awarded once a year thereafter.

Founders’ Circle (2008)

  • George and Joleen Barce
  • William D.Barron
  • James M. and Patricia S. Binger
  • Joe and Gerry Browning
  • Joyce Cadieux
  • Jules J. and Ann E. Clavadetscher
  • Catherine Cooney
  • John S. and Elaine C. Cowan
  • Jack and Lieanne Cross Family
  • Duford Family Trust
  • Bob and Sharon Fulton
  • John and Nancy Glueckert
  • Jens and Jacqueline Gran
  • Hib and Mildred Hanson
  • Arn and Lois Hart
  • Charles M. and Henrietta M. Jarecki
  • Gregory T. and Susan R. McCormick
  • Lou and Irene Marchello
  • Jon and Liz Marchi
  • Bob Marsenich and Karen McMullen
  • John and Tina Mercer
  • Mauri and Barbara Morin
  • Carmine Mowbray
  • William E. and Margaret A. Olson
  • Matthew H. and Evonne S. O’Neill
  • Mickey Rosa and the Estate of Richard Rosa
  • Carl and Peggy Seifert
  • Dr. Gayle and Helen Siemers
  • Rick and Kathy Skates
  • Jim and Barb Sohm
  • John R. and Patricia M. Stene
  • Stene Aviation
  • Michael A. and Janna J. Taylor
  • Marcus A. and Becky S.Vergeront
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
  • Montana Community Foundation
  • Polson Rotary Club
  • Soroptimist International of Polson
  • First Citizens Bank
  • First Interstate Bank
  • Glacier Bank


Board Members


Good Works

See List of Memorial Donations

In 2016, our eighth year of awarding grants, the recipients were:

  • Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation
  • Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC)
  • Friends of Lake County Fairgrounds
  • Lake County Parks Board
  • Mission Valley Aquatics
  • Mission Valley Christian Academy
  • Mission Valley Ice Arena & Polson Winterfest
  • North Lake County Public Library
  • Onward & Upward
  • Polson Middle School – Media Mania project
  • Polson Youth Soccer Association (PYSA)


In 2015, our seventh year of awarding grants, the recipients were:

  • Dayton Proctor Park Association
  • Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC)
  • Flathead Lakers
  • Lake House Project
  • Mission Valley Mariners
  • Mission Valley Aquatics
  • Onward & Upward
  • Sandpiper Art Gallery


In 2014, our sixth year of awarding grants, the recipients were:

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Dayton Proctor Park Association
  • Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC)
  • Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry
  • Mission Valley Aquatics
  • Polson School District
  • Polson Fairgrounds
  • Polson Youth Soccer
  • Polson Ski Club
  • Safe Harbor


In 2013, our fifth year of awarding grants, the recipients were:

  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC)
  • Helping Hands
  • Miracle of America Museum
  • Mission Valley Animal Shelter
  • Mission Valley Aquatics
  • Ninepipes Museum
  • North Lake County Public Library
  • Polson Chamber, Beautification Committee
  • Polson School District


In 2012, our fourth year of awarding grants, the recipients were:

  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters
  • CASA
  • Cheerful Heart
  • Dayton Proctor Park Association
  • Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC)
  • Flathead Lakers
  • Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry
  • Mission Valley Animal Shelter
  • Mission Valley Aquatics
  • North Lake County Public Library


In 2011, our third year of awarding grants, the recipients were:

  • Loaves & Fish Food Pantry
  • Community Gardens
  • Carl A. Ross Memorial Foundation—Red Cross swim program
  • Foster Grandparents Program
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Miracle of America Museum
  • Polson Flathead Historical Museum
  • North Lake County Public Library
  • Polson Community Development Agency


In 2010, our second year of awarding grants, the recipients were:

  • Family Matters/Coalition for Kids
  • Loaves and Fishes Pantry
  • Mission Mountain Enterprises
  • Big Arm Association
  • Carl A. Ross Foundation—2011 swim program
  • Miracle of America Museum
  • Foster Grandparents Program
  • CASA
  • Polson City Library


At the conclusion of our first year, we are able to award our first grants in 2009:

  • Girls ages 11 to 14 will learn leadership skills at a summer camp that lead to productive, meaningful, violence-free lives. (Domestic Violence Education Services: DOVES).
  • Residents in the greater Polson area will receive clearer details on numerous benefits gained by establishing a North County Public Library District. (Polson City Library grant.)
  • Parents will learn how to capture teachable moments that enhance their child’s language, social development, and motor skills. (Coalition for Kids.)
  • An educational series will be held next summer at Polson Flathead Historical Museum in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of homesteading on the Reservation.
  • A Saturday night hang-out for youth looking for good clean fun with like-minded peers will receive matching funds for a projector to provide more activities at the Zone Café.
  • Mission Valley Aquatics will be assisted in printing the “Case for Support” folders, a marketing tool to complement their capital campaign.
  • Cancer patients and families will have a more spacious, private and accessible area used for weekly oncology visits. (St. Joseph Medical Center.)
  • The John Dowdall Theatre will soon be enhanced with more spacious and beautiful landscaping for intermission enjoyment. (Mission Valley Friends of the Arts.)
  • A community art studio will be available through a remodel of Sandpiper Gallery.



Contact Us

Greater Polson Community Foundation
PO Box 314
Polson, MT 59860
(406) 883-4723
Contact: Jennifer Rolfsness

Darlis-Penny with PHS football boys