Start up, Launch, Learn
In 2018, Headwaters Foundation built the plane while flying it. We made plans, we built systems and we supported organizations working on the ground to improve the health of our communities.
Our year in numbers
2018 Grant Snapshot
Western Montanans told us where to focus our resources and we listened. In 2018, we funded policy work to change the conversation around children and families, and we built new relationships by sponsoring events across our region. We also built a strategic initiative called Zero to Five which focuses on children in their earliest years, and we made quick, easy GO! Grants to support our most rural communities.
Total Number of Grants: 116
Total Funded: $2,378,300
We do philanthropy differently. We start from a place of trust. We listen. We do the work. We build lasting partnerships.
In 2018, we partnered with 96 organizations to build a healthy and thriving western Montana. All of those partnerships started with trust.
Starting to make a difference
2018 Strategic Focus Snapshot
In 2018, we decided to strategically focus on the underlying issues that keep people from being healthy. After talking to people all across western Montana, we identified six areas where our work could make the most difference.
High-impact, quick-turnaround support for our most rural communities
We designed GO! Grants to infuse resources into our most rural communities—and fast. In 2018, we funded 73 GO! Grants to organizations working to build resiliency for children and families. The first batch of these mini grants went out the door in no time so we funded another round because we learned the need for unrestricted, nimble funding in rural areas is significant.
Our best contribution is to seed good work and watch it grow
In 2018, we launched our first strategic initiative, Zero to Five. This innovative initiative brings together groups from all over the region to collaborate on solutions for the most vulnerable among us.
Zero to Five Snapshot
We launched Zero to Five by funding community collaboratives in counties with the largest urban centers including Missoula, Butte, Helena and Kalispell. We funded planning grants in Libby and Superior and we created a virtual program office led by the University of Montana Center for Children, Families and Workforce Development, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies and Childwise.
The Zero to Five program office serves as a central resource hub and support center for local community collaboratives.
Tailored around the needs of each community, local collaboratives work to improve the lives of Montana’s youngest children.
Building relationships and creating opportunities
In 2018, we sponsored 23 events and conferences, further building our base of organizations working toward a healthy and thriving western Montana.
Starting a new conversation
Our initial investment in research, grassroots advocacy and policy development has already given our partner organizations the vital tools they need to make a long-lasting difference in our communities.
Policy Grant Distribution Snapshot
Meet our team
Robert J. Phillips
Rosalie Sheehy Cates
Michael A. Stewart
chief executive officer
community partnerships director
Mynor A. Veliz
chief financial officer