Missoula Gives: 180 local nonprofits hope to raise $1.5M in donations by Friday evening

David Erickson

This past March was the busiest month by far in the 40-year history of the Missoula Food Bank, and April was a close second. That’s not a good thing.

“Increased fuel costs, inflation at the grocery store and the ongoing housing crisis continue to affect families,” explained Jess Allred, the co-executive director of the nonprofit.

Missoula is awash in nonprofits, and those organizations are responsible for everything from sheltering the homeless to feeding the hungry to advocating for abuse survivors. A brief event that ends on Friday evening is one of the most important times of the entire year for many of them, including the Missoula Food Bank.

Missoula Gives is a 26-hour online donation rally for 180 nonprofits in Missoula and Ravalli counties, running from 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 5.

Organized by the Missoula Community Foundation, the goal is $1.5 million this year.

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“Our goal was $1 million last year and we raised $1.2 million, so the Missoula and Bitterroot communities really came through for us,” said Marcy Allen, the executive director of the foundation. “We had

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