Inside Foundant – the Blog

A Formula for Achieving Impact

Originally posted on Exponent Philanthropy’s PhilanthroFiles – June 1, 2015.  Remember the first time you were asked to speak in front of an audience? Probably you were inclined to decline. Perhaps you thought you would embarrass yourself somehow. You were likely a bit frightened to step into the limelight. You eventually said yes, though. Accepting the invitation to make more of an impact with your grantmaking …     Continue Reading »

Meet Allison Bender – Foundant’s Newest Client Services Representative

I grew up in a town in Northern Idaho called St. Maries, and was lucky enough to come to the State of Montana for college. I can thank my college experiences, working at a rafting company in Glacier National Park in the summers, for cultivating my love for the outdoors. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work in two completely different industries in my time …     Continue Reading »

Notes from a Young Foundation

When friends in our small town ask what I’ve been doing lately, it’s hard to know where to begin. I work for a brand-new, 60 year old foundation. The roots of the Fauquier Health Foundation stretch to the 1950s. That makes us one of the older charitable organizations in this largely rural community near the foot of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Begun through the efforts …     Continue Reading »

Meet Heidi Balus, Foundant’s Newest Staff Accountant

Bozeman is home, but I am originally from small-town Pennsylvania – Coudersport to be exact, one Main Street and one red light. I went to Alfred State College (in another small town) and graduated with a degree in horticulture. I wanted to travel and live in a city, but I married my  husband, who promptly joined the Air Force. The horticulture degree came in handy for figuring …     Continue Reading »

Inside Foundant Philanthropy: Robots, Basketball, and Barbershop Quartets

One of the greatest benefits, in my opinion, of working at Foundant is the volunteer program. You may have read about some of our group projects in the past, but I’m talking about the opportunity (and encouragement) we as individuals are given to seek out and participate in volunteer projects outside of the group. This benefit offers us the chance to use regular working hours (approximately …     Continue Reading »