Nonprofits put Ping awards to work in Missoula

Three Missoula nonprofits recently received grants from the Margaret V. Ping Foundation, a Billings organization that awarded $88,500 to 13 nonprofits throughout the West.

Mountain Home Montana, Soft Landing Missoula and Missoula Aging Services all took in between $5,000 and $8,000 from the foundation, which honors the legacy of Billings leader Margaret V. Ping.

Ping spent years working for the YWCA in Billings, and she helped start Habitat for Humanity there as well. She launched her foundation in 2009 with the mission of supporting “charitable, educational, and religious purposes related to peace and justice, combating hunger, and addressing environmental concerns.”

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Ping’s organization has regularly supported nonprofits in Missoula with recurring grants.

“They’ve been an incredible, steady supporter since very early on,” said Mary Poole, executive director of Soft Landing, which supports refugee resettlement in Missoula. The Ping Foundation provided Soft Landing with one of its first grants in 2017, shortly after the group formed in 2016.

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