YCCF in the News
Big Sky Thrift, opened in December by the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, has everything from ski and snowboard gear to dishes and decorations.
Early adopters endorse the program as Big Sky’s housing trust continues to raise money after using annual budget.
In an effort to mobilize resources and address community needs, Big Sky’s four major philanthropic organizations are teaming up to create a new funding collaborative known as Elevate Big Sky.
The Eighth Annual Give Big Gallatin Valley event returns May 5-6 as an opportunity to help fundraise and celebrate Gallatin Valley and Big Sky nonprofits over the course of 24 hours starting at 6 p.m. on givebiggv.org/. With so many nonprofits supporting the small community of Big Sky, giving back helps them continue to provide accessible programs and resources to those who make this place special.
Big Sky’s four major philanthropic and tax-supported funding organizations are together creating a new community impact funding framework called Elevate Big Sky to propel community-driven initiatives and creative solutions that respond to Big Sky’s complex social and environmental challenges.
Big Sky student awarded regional scholarship
COVID-19 impacts starting with isolation, loss and anxiety coupled with Big Sky’s rapid growth and tourist surges have created unique challenges for our young people to form the sense of community and connections they crave. As the effects of the pandemic continue to play out in Big Sky, our youth are raising their voices and providing an opportunity for community reflection and response.
A month-long carpooling incentive program for commuters driving from the Gallatin Valley to Big Sky saved millions of pounds of carbon dioxide emissions in the month of March.
“As we pivot away from addressing immediate pandemic impacts through Big Sky Relief, it’s critical we strengthen the efforts of the Coordinating Council. These leaders are working diligently to implement the core strategies outlined by the community,” said Jenny Muscat, operations manager of BSRAD.
BIG SKY – The Yellowstone Club Community Foundation recently finalized a lease agreement that will build capacity within our local not-for-profit sector by providing much needed office space for several Big Sky nonprofit organizations in the community. Lone Mountain Land Company leased the 3,000-square-foot ground floor of its former American Bank building at 1700 Lone Mountain Trail to YCCF, which, in turn, will outfit the space with furniture and equipment to serve as a co-working Social Impact Hub for local nonprofits. LMLC is funding the buildout of the space and subsidizing 100 percent of the rent for all of the nonprofits.
While national headlines point to low inventory as one of the major drivers of a widespread housing crisis, community leaders say that isn’t entirely the case for Big Sky. The units are there, it’s just a matter of who they’re available to. A new housing trust program aims to change that.
BIG SKY – The long-awaited BASE community center will open to the public on March 13, offering recreation, wellness programs and gathering space under the mission for which it’s named: Big Adventure, Safe Environment.
How do you live sober in a mountain town when drinking is often celebrated in most outdoor sports and normalized in a resort town where the party never ends?
“To be ‘well’ is not to live in a state of perpetual safety and calm, but to move fluidly from a state of adversity, risk, adventure, or excitement, back to safety and calm, and out again. Stress is not bad for you; being stuck is bad for you.” – Emily Nagoski, “Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle”
The Lone Mountain Land Company is making fast progress on the first phase of their workforce housing project assembling apartments with 228 beds for workers in Big Sky.
A packed Friendsgiving, which provided food for anyone who needed a free meal in the community, took place at the Wilson Hotel on Wednesday, Nov. 24. In total, 387 people showed up for the third annual feast according to marketing director Lindsey Foote. And there is no plan to stop next year.
With the COVID-19 pandemic dragging on and hospital and healthcare workers still being asked to do so much for all of us, the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, through the Big Sky Relief Fund, is thanking the Gallatin and Madison County healthcare providers through an effort they are calling “Thankful Thursdays.
Located just 15 miles south of Big Sky off Taylor Fork Road, Trapper’s Cabin Ranch is an idyllic getaway nestled against the untamed Lee Metcalf Wilderness. Previously under private ownership, the historic ranch’s new steward envisions making this special place accessible to all through year-round programming.
ealthcare workers have been working tirelessly for more than a year and half to keep communities healthy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. One Big Sky organization is spearheading an initiative to give something back to those giving so much of themselves on the frontline.
In the growing town of Big Sky, behavioral health needs are on the rise, and exacerbating factors unique to mountain towns such as long winters, seclusion, lack of resources, and substance abuse problems have only made the issue more pressing.