Featured Non-Profits at the Women’s Fair!

Each year, the Women’s Fair features local non-profit organizations that provide much-needed services to women, children and families in our community. Through the event, we feature each non-profit with an exhibitor space and the opportunity to speak on stage about their organization. In addition to raising awareness, we also raise funds for these organizations through the prize packages that are raffled off at the Women’s Fair. 100% of the money raised is donated equally to each organization. We look for non-profits that help women and families succeed in their every day lives. In the past, we have featured organizations like the YWCA of Missoula, the Jadyn Fred Foundation, Partnership for Children, Mountain Home, the Girls Way, Tamarack Grief Resource Center, the Playground Project, Missoula Aging Services, Zootown Arts Community Center, CASA of Missoula, the Flagship Program and Hellgate Rollergirls.

In order to support their efforts, the Women’s Fair helps to increase awareness of these non-profits so you will learn more and get involved. The work that these special organizations do would not be possible without the generous support of supporters and donors right here in our local community.  Cast your vote for our 2018 Featured Non-profits HERE. Voting ends January 15, 2018.

Here’s a bit about our 2017 Featured Non-profit Organizations!

Hospice Care Foundation

The Hospice Care Foundation (HCF) was created in 1981 with the development of the Hospice Ball. The Hospice Ball quickly became a major annual fundraising event in the Missoula area while simultaneously providing outreach and education for the community regarding hospice and palliative care in Western Montana. As the number of attendees and sponsorship interest increased, the administrative demands required to host the event did likewise. The Hospice Care Foundation became a 501(c)(3) in June 2001 and the first permanent staff member was hired in 2007 to facilitate organization and ensure a productive fundraising event.

Since its inception, the Hospice Care Foundation has raised and dispersed funds to hospice and palliative providers throughout the Missoula area. In 2005, the Board elected to focus HCF on a capital fundraising campaign with the long term goal of providing a dedicated hospice facility for Missoula. This campaign would ensure that HCF would remain fiscally solvent and ensuring that funding would be available for building the facility and conducting hospice and palliative care programs.

In March 2010, local hospice care providers and community members were surveyed, government and health regulations reviewed, and cost projections updated. This research indicated that while a hospice facility was desired by the community, support in the form of grants, volunteer support, and community education programs were priorities. New programs and projects that could fulfill these needs were identified including a Community Education Campaign, which began in March 2011, and reinstatement of the Granting Program which supports hospice and palliative care providers. The Residential Hospice House Project remains viable but is a lesser priority for HCF at this time.

In 2015, after receiving feedback from the community, HCF implemented its Assistance to Individuals program to provide assistance directly to hospice patients allowing HCF to provide priority services and community support in a thoughtful and dynamic manner.  At this time, HCF acts as a resource for community members, funds organizations on a quarterly basis and funds hospice patients and their families on an ongoing basis.

Camp Mak-A-Dream

Camp Mak-A-Dream was founded in 1991 by Harry and Sylvia Granader, who donated 87 acres of their Montana ranch and seed money to begin construction of a new Camp facility. Harry was involved in building a Ronald McDonald House in their hometown of Detroit, Michigan. When he visited children in the hospital there, he decided he wanted to give them a chance to see a working ranch in Montana. He and Sylvia just happened to own one—the 6C in Gold Creek.

In 1995, after building a coalition of business associates and community volunteers in Missoula, Montana, and raising enough funds to construct the Camp facility on the donated land in Gold Creek, Harry’s dream of bringing sick children to see a working Montana ranch became a reality. Camp welcomed 46 kids with cancer that year for a single camp. By 1996, the number of summer Camp sessions increased to four.

Today, with the Mission of providing cost-free Montana experiences, in an intimate community setting for children, teens, young adults, women and families affected by cancer, as well as programs for children who have a sibling or a parent with cancer.  Since opening its doors, Camp Mak-A-Dream has welcomed thousands of participants from across the United States, Canada, and several other countries. Another goal of Camp Mak-A-Dream is to provide inclusive programs in a safe and supportive environment for everyone regardless of race, religion, age, class, gender identity and/or sexual orientation.