nonprofit funding

Homeless man sits in the riverside park in Missoula
Claire Burgeson

A recent survey revealed some surprising opinions among Montanans. Professor Christopher Muste helped conduct the survey for the University of Montana and Stanford University.

“What we found is that a large majority, almost three-quarters of Montana, were willing to have the government spend more money specifically for low-income housing and for housing for homeless people.”

As government funding shrinks, nonprofit organizations are  depending more and more upon private donors. Those organizations are also increasingly competing against each other, from a pool of donors that may itself be shrinking.

Kim Klein is an author, publisher, and consultant who works with nonprofits to help them meet their fundraising challenges. She's in Montana this week for some training with nonprofits in Missoula, Helena, Kalispell and Billings.
    Klein says the cuts in government funding are an impossible gap to fill.