Bruce Whittenberg, Executive Director

Bruce Whittenberg was named the Executive Director of the Greater Montana Foundation effective January 1, 2022.

He retired in October, 2020 after over nine years as Director of the Montana Historical Society. During his tenure at the MHS, he led a successful effort to secure funding through the Montana State Legislature and private sources to design and build and $57 million state museum, The Montana Heritage Center.

Bruce was the founding Executive Director of Leadership Montana, a statewide effort to develop a sustainable network of leaders who share a commitment to the future of the state, and was involved in community development efforts for Montana State University Billings. He also provided consulting, planning, organizational development and facilitation services through his company, The Whittenberg Group since 2002, and was the owner of Montana Troutfitters in Bozeman from 2005-2010.

Bruce was publisher of the Helena Independent Record from 1993-1998, and publisher of the Billings Gazette from 1998-2000. His newspaper career spanned 25 years in three states, included National Director of Marketing and Advertising Sales for Lee Enterprises, Inc. in Davenport, Iowa.

With a long record of community service, Bruce currently serves on the boards of The Myrna Loy in Helena, the Lewis and Clark Library Foundation, Friends of Montana PBS, and volunteers for Helena Food Share. He is at-large for the Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame, which he helped create in 2014.

Bruce has two sons. Jake is a graduate of Montana State University and twelve-time Emmy Award-winning broadcast news anchor and journalist for KING5 NBC television in Seattle. Jonathan is also graduate of Montana State University in graphic design and is Creative Director for Spark R & D in Bozeman, Montana and an exhibiting artist. Bruce is blessed with a beautiful granddaughter, Lula, age ten and an eight-year-old grandson, Oliver, and two wonderful daughters-in-law, Tara and Beth.

Contact: Bruce Whittenberg
406 698-8623

General Grants

General grants are available for nonprofits and others: for film, TV programs, documentaries, videos, webinars, etc. with applications due annually on April 1 and awards made in June.

Commercial Grants

A major goal for GMF’s founder, Ed Craney was to improve commercial broadcasting in the state. There is no deadline for grant applications from commercial stations if you can demonstrate that this is an urgent and critical issue & production is time-limited