As of Sept. 28, more than $280,000 had been donated to the fund.
The fund was created by MTN and the Montana Community Foundation to help organizations, first responders, and communities most affected by the 2017 wildfire season.
Volunteer fire departments across Montana are encouraged to apply. The Montana Community Foundation is also working with dozens of smaller community foundations across the state to identify organizations that could use the help.
The Montana Community Foundation has been fundraising for 30 years and distributed $41,000,000 to help Montanans over that period. Organizers say 100 percent of the money donated to the fund will go to communities in Montana for wildfire relief.
“We won’t just be sending those checks out the door, and that will be the end of it. We also do follow-up visits. We ask for reporting. Nothing too onerous because we know these folks have other things to do, but we want to make sure that these dollars that folks across Montana and across the country have donated are being put to good use," Foundation Marketing and Communications Director Riley Meredith said.
Nearly 1,000 contributions have been made to the fund. Montana Television Network parent company Cordillera Communications matched the first $50,000 raised. The Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund and Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation also matched $50,000. The Montana Shirt Co. contributed $25,000 to the fund.
American Bank and PureWest Christies International Real Estate have contributed $10,000 apiece. The Shopko Foundation and the Alice Lee Lund Charitable Trust have each donated $5,000.
Donations are still being accepted. To make your contribution, click here.