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About Us

Our History

The Montana Healthcare Foundation is the state’s largest health-focused, private foundation. As a permanent foundation, we spend the income from trust investments so we can serve as a stable and reliable resource for improving health in the state.

Milestones

2020

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we adopted a measured and strategic approach to our work. We continued stable and consistent support for our current programs and leveraged new funding sources and policy changes to help the state respond to COVID-19. This approach gave us the flexibility to respond quickly to our grantees’ needs and rapid shifts in federal and state policy and funding.

2019

We took the time to review the progress we’ve made over our first five years of programming. What we learned will inform and help guide our future plans.

2018

We developed strategic initiatives to address high-priority health issues like perinatal drug and alcohol use, Medicaid and health policy, and homelessness. These initiatives support programming that addresses specific health and health system issues in a structured, data-driven way.

2016

Based on our research of proven programs nationally and our understanding of what would work well in Montana, we introduced our first strategic initiative focused on providing behavioral health services in primary care practices.

2015

We began our first full year of programming. After spending countless hours learning about Montana’s most pressing health and system challenges, we decided to focus on four broad areas: American Indian health, behavioral health, public health, and health partnerships. We began providing grants, technical assistance, and other resources for organizations working in these areas.

2014

Former Attorney General Tim Fox led a statewide search to establish our Board of Trustees. In December, we gave our first grant of $1.3 million to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to support county and Tribal public health departments.

2013

The Montana Healthcare Foundation was created in 2013 as a result of the sale of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana. By state law, the assets from this sale were transferred to a charitable trust to be managed for public benefit.