GMF in the News
Montana Foundation Grants Over a Quarter Million Dollars to Enhance Communications in 2011
The Greater Montana Foundation has awarded grants of $274,000 for 2011, including support for TV and radio programs, training for future broadcasters through awards and internships at the state’s universities and continuing professional development for Montana broadcasters, according to Randy Morger, Fort Benton, Chair of the GMF Board of Trustees.
“These grants ultimately support the people of Montana by helping to encourage vibrant communications media for the state,” Morger said. “GMF is pleased to partner with our commercial and non-commercial broadcasters, independent producers, and organizations that foster our unique Montana heritage and culture.”
The Board also elected officers and board members for the year: Randy Morger, Fort Benton succeeded longtime chair Bob Hoene of Bigfork who retired after more than 30 years of service to GMF. Vice Chairs are Sarah Etchart of Helena and Dr. William Whitsitt, Oklahoma City, OK. Steve Browning of Helena is the secretary; and Jerry Black from Shelby is treasurer. Sidney Armstrong from Helena serves both on the board and as executive director. Other board members include Fred Flanders, also from Helena, Vic Miller and Monty Wallis from Billings; Ron Davis in Butte; Norma Ashby of Great Falls and Kalispell’s Dan Snyder. Darlene Craney of Armino, ID and Brody Craney from River Heights, UT also serve on the board.
Founded by pioneer broadcaster Ed Craney, in 1958, the foundation’s mission is to encourage communication, with an emphasis on electronic media, on issues, trends and values of importance to present and future generations of Montanans. Awards reflect new grantees, as well as on-going partnerships with a number of Montana organizations and institutions.