The Montana Television Network (MTN) has shifted to seeking applicants for its Montana Wildfire Relief Fund.
Applications are available here through the Montana Community Foundation. Visit kxlf.com/wildfirefund for more information or to make donations, which are still being accepted.
A panel of fire experts, Montana Community Foundation representatives and MTN staff will distribute funds based on need and relevance.
Montana Television Network (MTN) stations across the state have now raised $424,128 as part of the Montana Wildfire Relief Fund.
This figure includes the $50,000 match from Carl and Kay Carbon of Great Falls, which has now concluded. Along with that, there has been a recent anonymous donation of another $50,000.
The total also includes an initial $50,000 in matching funds from the Montana Television Network and its parent company Cordillera Communications.
Fifteen new donations were collected Sunday and Monday for $1,277.75.
Earlier in September, the fundraising drive caught the attention of Arthur Blank and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Co-founder of The Home Depot, Blank owns the Atlanta Falcons and the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch. They announced an additional $50,000 match, which generated even more enthusiasm. The donation comes from the Guest Ranch Fund, an affiliate fund to the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.
Other significant contributors include $25,000 from the Montana Shirt Company and $10,000 from American Bank.
As of Saturday, Oct. 7, 1,237 people across the state and across the country have donated to the cause.
MTN stations, in coordination with parent company Cordillera Communications based in St. Paul, MN and the Montana Community Foundation, launched the unprecedented fundraising campaign Sept. 12.
MTN includes KTVQ Billings, KBZK Bozeman, KXLF Butte, KRTV Great Falls, KBGF Great Falls, KTVH Helena, KXLH Helena, KAJ Kalispell and KPAX Missoula.
Through their websites, MTN stations are directing donors to the Montana Community Foundation donation page. With this partnership, Montanans will be assured their contributions stay right here in Montana. In addition, MTN has dedicated substantial news time, on-air promotion, and digital advertisements.
GIVE BY MAIL:
Make your check payable to the Montana Community Foundation and write "Montana Wildfire Relief Fund" in the memo line.
Mail to: MTN Wildfire Relief Fund, Montana Community Foundation, PO Box 1145, Helena, MT 59624-1145.
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