Columbus MTGives event brings out the best in the Stillwater community

Day of giving nets more than $82,000
Linda Halstead-Acharya
Thursday, May 9, 2019
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There will be more money for kids to attend Camp Mimanagish. More money to buy gifts for senior citizens during the holidays. More money to fight weeds, to console parents who have lost children and to help neighbors in need.

Those are just some of the ways that generous donations during this year’s MTGives will benefit Columbus. As if that weren’t sufficient reason to celebrate, 2019 marks the second year running that Columbus MTGives has netted more than $82,000.

Counting all four years, Columbus MTGives has brought in more than $220,000 for local non-profits.

Columbus MTGives is organized by the Columbus Community Foundation (CCF), which invites local non-profits to join together for one annual day of philanthropy.

“It’s truly incredible what our community can do when we come together. Five days and 15 nonprofits, are able to raise over $82,000, it really is amazing!” said CCF President Marissa Hauge.

This year’s generosity came from loose change and large checks. It came from a youth group in Molt to octogenarians in Columbus. This year, roughly 220 donors contributed to make the day a success. The 15 nonprofits that participated will also benefit from $15,000 in matching funds supplied by Yellowstone Bank, Sibanye-Stillwater, First Interstate Bank, Altana Federal Credit Union, Columbus Ace Hardware and Montana Silversmiths.

The members of the CCF Board, along with members of the participating non-profits, thank everyone who contributed to make the day memorable.

“Every year Columbus MTGives inspires me and reminds me what an amazing community we live in,” said Hauge. “An already very giving community, comes together the first week in May, every year for the past four years now, to raise a remarkable amount of money.  I’m so proud of our community and the enormous pride that’s shown to make Columbus’ future even brighter. Thanks to everyone that gave and supported their local nonprofits during MTGives.”