Our mission is to inspire, strengthen and expand funding and philanthropic leadership in the Intermountain West that engages people in decisions that result in more environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, and economically prosperous regions and communities.
The Intermountain West, with its iconic landscapes, recreational opportunities, and high quality of life has been the fastest growing region of the United States for much of the past decade. As a result of this rapid transformation, the region is home to some of the most significant growth and development issues in the country.
The Intermountain West Funder Network focuses on the eight-state region of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. We recognize that neighboring states to the west share many similarities with this region, and can impact resource challenges in the Intermountain West. Given these shared challenges and opportunities, we will also focus on the eastern portion of Washington, Oregon, and California, when applicable.
The Intermountain West Funder Network is a unique opportunity for funders to promote meaningful engagement, strengthen communities, and build philanthropic connections that will leverage funding and support for one of the nation’s most iconic and fastest-growing regions.
Our goal is to create a network of funders who can work alongside each other, as well as with their partners in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors, to address local and regional growth and development issues through meaningful community engagement and innovative solutions in the Intermountain West.
We believe that the tools available to funders – such as investing, grantmaking, collaborating, convening, facilitating – give them a unique leadership opportunity to advance policies and practices that benefit places and people.
The Intermountain West Funder Network (IMWFN) is designed to create a forum to learn together, build relationships, and catalyze action.
The funders that participate in the IMWFN are able to:
• Learn from each other about the issues, possibilities, and breakthroughs affecting their communities.
• Engage in discussions about priorities and leverage points.
• Enhance the impact of their individual foundations by learning more about prospective partnership funding and collaborative projects.
Participation in the IMWFN is open to public and private foundations and corporate grantmakers who support the mission. Government funders that demonstrate a deep commitment to the work of the IMWFN also may participate. Funders are encouraged to support the IMWFN by being a member of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, as well as through program-specific contributions and grants that directly support implementation of the IMWFN work plan. See our Membership Support and Contribution Guidelines for more information.
The Intermountain West Funder Network was created in 2009 by the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, PACE – Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement, the Orton Family Foundation, and the L.P. Brown Foundation. These organizations share a deep commitment to engaging residents in the decisions that matter most to their communities, and all of them share a desire to engage funders in improving neighborhoods and communities throughout the Intermountain West. Today, the organizations that support and participate in the IMWFN have expanded and include an eight-member steering committee of funders that guide the work.