Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Humanties Montana

  • Missoula, MT
  • http://www.humanitiesmontana.org

Mission Statement

VISION Humanities Montana will enrich the lives of all Montanans by fostering inquiry and stimulating civil and informed conversations about the human experience.

MISSION

Humanities Montana believes in the capacity of the humanities—history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, ethics, and more—to

Stimulate reflection
Create knowledge
Resolve problems
Inspire delight.

We provide and support public programs that

Explore issues of enduring and contemporary concern
Encourage critical thinking
Examine civic issues
Deepen our understanding of where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.

Main Programs

  1. Speakers Bureau
  2. Speakers in the Schools
  3. Reflect
  4. Grants
  5. Hometown Humanities
Service Areas

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Montana

State of Montana

ruling year

1974

Principal Officer since 2009

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Ken Egan

Keywords

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humanities grants speakers youth programs

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EIN

23-7357909

Physical Address

311 Brantly

Missoula, 59812

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Humanities Montana brings Montanans together to learn and reflect on the state's past, present, and future by each year awarding up to 60 grants to nonprofit groups all across Montana, providing 150 Speakers Bureau programs in communities of all sizes, reaching 50 schools through Speakers in the Schools, organizing community conversations on pressing issues, and partnering with a single community for a full year through Hometown Humanities to assure our impact is lasting and sustainable.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Speakers Bureau

Living history presentations, demonstrations of Native American crafts and cultures, history lectures, and current public affairs discussions are just a few of over 100 programs available to not-for-profit groups across the state.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$60,000.00

Program 2

Speakers in the Schools

Speakers Bureau presenters tailor these humanities programs to high school audiences.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$30,000.00

Program 3

Reflect

Trained facilitators work with groups wanting to reexamine their values and choices through discussion of short, thought-provoking readings.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 4

Grants

Humanities Montana awards grants to organizations on a competitive proposal basis. Proposals are assessed based on humanities content and participation by humanities scholars in planning and/or execution of projects. We are committed to serving the needs of Montana and its people and so particularly encourage programs that:
stimulate statewide dialogue on topics of concern including cultural change and developments causing social stress;
promote dialogue between humanities scholars and the public;
foster discussion among the state's diverse cultures and across its geographical distances;
strengthen cooperative relationships among Montana communities and their cultural organizations—museums, libraries, schools, colleges and universities, and tribal organizations;
deepen deliberative dialogue and civic discourse among all the citizens of our state.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$150,000.00

Program 5

Hometown Humanities

Hometown Humanities creates a year-long partnership between Humanities Montana and a Montana community with a population below 20,000 to assure intensive and ongoing humanities programming in that region, both in the year of partnership and in subsequent years.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$20,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    By providing programs and grants on history, literature, Native American Studies, current affairs, and more all across the state, Humanities Montana will support communities, nurture families, and sustain Montana's vital cultural institutions.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Montana

State of Montana

Funding Needs

Annual Fund: Ongoing support for our programs and grants. Sponsorships: Underwriting major events such as the Governor's Humanities Awards and Humanities Montana Festival of the Book. Endowment: Planned and major gifts to provide a strong foundation for all our programs and grants.

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Financials

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HUMANITIES MONTANA
Fiscal year: Nov 01-Oct 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Humanties Montana

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ken Egan

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Montana is a small town with long streets.  Humanities Montana brings citizens together for deliberation and celebration through grants, programs, and online discussion forums.  We are also committed to connecting kids to community and supporting museums, libraries, and schools."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Julie Dial

Western Heritage Center

Term: Jan 2014 - Dec 2014

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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