By Casey Schwartz, YCCF Executive Director

The Yellowstone Club Community Foundation is anchored by the last two words in its name: community and foundation.

Although YCCF provides grants to many organizations, the foundation maintains a laser sharp focus on the services and needs of Big Sky and Gallatin County. The foundation is fully funded by Yellowstone Club members, owners and friends.

YCCF works with nonprofits that address quality of life: child welfare, family and community health, education, environmental concerns, recreation and the arts. This involves collaboration with the organizations in order ensure the best utilization of resources. Providing grants that make an immediate difference is a mainstay of our mission.

As a result, children no longer go hungry on weekends, area schools have more technology, libraries have more books, rivers are better protected, children are able to ski race, play hockey and go to camp, at-risk teens find themselves in mentoring programs rather than institutions, mental health care came to rural areas, and communities enjoyed art, opera, classical music and Shakespeare.

Last year, because of the generosity of YC members and other supporters of the foundation, nearly $500,000 was infused into Southwest Montana nonprofits, schools and libraries. The impact of the YCCF illustrates on a daily basis that we’re able to make every dollar count.

This holiday season, the Gallatin Valley Food Bank will remain one of the foundation’s biggest commitments, and we’re dedicated to ensuring that every family enjoys holiday dinner.

For a complete list of the organizations YCCF funds or to apply for a grant visit: yellowstoneclubfoundation.org.