Our History and Projects

We began informally in 2011 and in July 2014 we became a tax exempt organization under section 501(C)3.  We are qualified to receive tax deductible gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.

Thanks to the support of our generous donors, we have been able to support many local organizations and programs through our grants. 

Some of our projects include: 

  • Adding educational signs to public hiking trails, 
  • Support an educational and nature-based summer camp from 2013 to the present by providing a scholarship program which allows more campers from the greater Big Sky area to attend camp as well as providing Educational staffing programs and equipment for camp.
  • Arts Council of Big Sky – Supporting the Art Ventures Kid’s program 
  • Big Sky Community Housing Trust – contributing to a Down Payment Assistance Program
  • Big Sky School District’s language program
  • Big Sky Community Food:  Bank Emergency Food and Nutrition programs.
  • Gallatin River Task Force and Montana Land Reliance – sustainable initiatives and conservation
  • Thrive’s mentoring program 

Our Staff


Anna Shipley,  Executive Director of MCF

After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Environmental Studies, Anna migrated out West to the great state of Montana. She is happy to have called this beautiful landscape home for the past 11 years. Her work background is dynamic – ranging from public sector to non-profit management to guest services. Anna is ecstatic to be working with the Moonlight Community Foundation, wholeheartedly believing in their mission and vision. In her spare time, you may see her at a yoga class, kayaking, or cruising around our local trails. Anna volunteers with the CAP Mentor program at Ophir School and resides in Big Sky with her husband.

Please feel free to reach out to Anna with any questions pertaining to MCF at anna@moonlightcommunityfoundation.org.