Montana is a rich and vibrant state with endless rivers, mountains, and adventures at every turn. Most commonly referred to as the ‘Big Sky State’, it spans just over 150,000 square miles—with an average of fewer than 7 people per square mile. This vastness is acutely felt by any organization working to build community across the expansive region. Pride Foundation has one staff person that is based in Helena but works across the state.

With pockets of supportive communities moving toward greater equity and support for LGBTQ people, Montana continues to have high rates of bullying, suicide, and family rejection for LGBTQ youth. Recent attacks on the rights of trans and gender diverse communities have sparked increased systems of support and leadership throughout the state and nationally.

Despite these obstacles, effective, coordinated, and innovative work is underway to advance opportunities and support for Montana’s LGBTQ communities.

Region Contact

  • Kim Leighton
  • Regional Philanthropy Officer in Montana
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Montana Initiatives

Open To All

This supportive business initiative is a multi-faceted, business-driven project of Pride Foundation working to support the businesses that support our community—and, through these efforts, create a safer and more welcoming Montana.

See full list of participating businesses

LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

An initiative to fund innovative, collaborative approaches that address the unique needs of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness in Montana.

Current Montana Scholars

Name School Area of Study
Jaz Dierenfield University of Montana Physics; Astronomy
Ev Dove Montana State University Pre-Med
Dana Goss-Dickie University of Montana Arts
Seth Hershman Montana State University Chemical Engineering
Michelle Knerr Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Medicine
Nicole Martin University of Montana Social Work
Tim Osen Montana State University Computer Science
Sherman RedTomahawk Blackfeet Community College Elementary Education

Current Montana Grantees

Organization Name City, State Website
Bridgercare Bozeman, Montana Visit
EmpowerMT Missoula, Montana Visit
Great Falls LGBTQ Center Great Falls, Montana Visit
Montana Book Festival Missoula, Montana Visit
Montana Human Rights Network Helena, Montana Visit
PFLAG Lewis and Clark County Helena, Montana Visit
Poverello Center Inc. Missoula, Montana Visit
Spirit of Many Colors at Salish Kootenai College Pablo, Montana Visit
The Montana Racial Equity Project Bozeman, Montana Visit

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