The Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established to ensure the future of Montana’s cattle industry through producer and public education, and promotion of MSGA programs. Seven volunteer trustees, and one representative from the MSGA Board of Directors, are appointed by the MSGA Board of Directors to oversee the foundation.
The Foundation’s yearly budget is based on interest and earnings from the Foundation’s investments, as well as yearly revenue from fundraisers, tax-deductible contributions, bequests, memorials, and grants.
Programs supported by the Foundation include: the Montana Environmental Stewardship Program Award, Montana Range Days, MSGA Educational Heritage Scholarship, MSGA Mid-Year Education and Ranch Tour, the “Telling the Story of Montana Family Ranching” and book series, the Young Ag Leadership Conference, the Young Ag Couples Conference and the Young Stockgrowers’ Legislative Conference.
Other support includes internship opportunities in Washington D.C. and travel expense reimbursement for college students to visit other sectors of the beef industry.
The Foundation accepts all types of donations whether it is monetary or items for silent auction fundraisers at MSGA’s conventions. All of the proceeds go to benefit the endowment and scholarship funds. With these, the Foundation is able to help support the youth of Montana ranching as well as keeping the great stewardship tradition alive.