Winifred Community Fund

Winifred is more than a spot on the map, more than a collection of memories; it is our legacy.  We become this place and this place becomes who we are.  And in the end, this place is what we leave behind.  This place is our legacy.

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The Community Endowment Fund

Recognizing the importance of sustaining and building the rural communities of Central Montana, First National Bank of Lewistown in 1998 established nine community foundations under the umbrella of the Central Montana Foundation:  Winifred, Denton, Stanford, Grass Range, Winnett, Hobson, Roy, Judith Gap and Moore.

The Central Montana Foundation has enthusiastically supported the rural community foundations, making an annual $3,000 contribution to each as well as holding and managing the invested funds at no charge.

These foundations offer each community the opportunity to establish a lasting legacy for its future residents.

Donations of stock, land, cash or other assets can be held in perpetuity providing lasting benefits.

In Winifred, as in each of the nine communities, a local advisory board manages the accounts and decides what Winifred-area projects or needs are helped with its funds. Your donation can become part of this permanent legacy.

How the Fund Works

The fund is built by donations from our community and others who care about Winifred. Those monies are used to assist and benefit the community in ways specified by its advisory board.

Fund Administration

The Central Montana Foundation (CMF), a long established non-profit charitable organization, acts as your community's fund administrator.  They keep records, manage the money and supply auditing expertise to insure that the fund complies with all state and federal guidelines.

Your community advisory board and the CMF work together to achieve the goals of your community.

It's Your Move

This is your chance to make your mark where it matters most right in your hometown.

This is your chance to help give your kids and grandkids a reason to stay.

These funds are designed to help smaller communities do things that would otherwise be difficult.  They help pay for fire trucks, ambulances, public pools, libraries, parks and scholarships -- the things that go to building a community.  They are the things that make Winifred a great place in which to raise our families.

A Good and Right Thing

The Winifred Community Endowment Fund has a strong reason for being.  It helps people and helps our community.  But perhaps the nicest thing about the fund is how it helps people make their marks.

All our lives we struggle to leave something of lasting worth for future generations.  This fund gives people the chance to do just that.  The Winifred Community Endowment Fund is founded on a sense of shared mission, priorities and resources.  It is something that can make a real difference for you and for our community of Winifred.

The Winifred Endowment

The Winifred Endowment Fund is a fund established within the Central Montana Foundation (CMF) through initial donation deposits.  These deposits have been invested in a permanent fund wherein the principal is not spent, only the interest income.  This income can then be
used to benefit the Winifred community.

Projects that have benefitted from donations from the Winifred Endowment Fund are the new Winifred Community Center building, the Museum, the Library, the swimming pool, the ambulance service, the fire department, the cemetery, the baseball program, and the city
horseshoe pits.  For instance, the swimming pool used its monies for paint repairs, the library purchased a media tower and books, and the baseball program erected a new softball fence.          

Donations can be made payable to the "CMF-Winifred Endowment Fund" and mailed to Winifred Endowment at P.O. Box 3, Winifred, MT 59489