Montana Wildfire Relief Fund grows to $306K

Montana Television Network stations across the state have now raised $306,520.74 as part of their Montana Wildfire Relief Fund.

This includes an initial $50,000 in matching funds from the Montana Television Network and its parent company Cordillera Communications.

Carl and Kay Carbon of Great Falls have stepped forward and promised to match another $50,000. All contributions made after 5 p.m. Sept. 29 will count towards that. It creates another terrific opportunity for people to double the amount of their donation.

The fundraising drive caught the attention of Arthur Blank and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Co-founder of The Home Depot, Blank owns the Atlanta Falcons and the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch. They announced an additional $50,000 match, which generated even more enthusiasm. The donation comes from the Guest Ranch Fund, an affiliate fund of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

As of Saturday, September 30, an estimated 1,058 people across the state and across the country had donated to the cause. Other significant contributors include $25,000 from the Montana Shirt Company and $10,000 from American Bank.

American Bank and PureWest Christies International Real Estate have contributed $10,000 each.

The Shopko Foundation and the Alice Lee Lund Charitable Trust have each donated $5,000.

GIVE BY MAIL: Mail your check payable to the Montana Community Foundation, PO Box 1145, Helena, MT 59624-1145. Write “Montana Fire Relief Fund” in the memo line.


Through their websites, MTN stations are directing donors to the Montana Community Foundation donation page. With this partnership, Montanans will be assured their contributions stay right here in Montana. In addition, MTN has dedicated substantial news time, on-air promotion, and digital advertisements.

The Application process opens Oct. 9 for MTN Montana Wildfire Relief Fund