Making a Difference

The Helena Education Foundation has been making a difference in our local public schools for over fourteen years.
To date HEF has awarded 286 grants, totaling more than $562,770 and involving more than 85% of Helena’s teachers.  We’ve developed a Fabulous Firsts program providing a new, wrapped hard-backed book for every first grader in the district, engaging them in learning from day one.  Nearly 1300 teachers and graduating seniors have been honored at our annual Celebration of Excellence.  And these are just a few examples of the investment we’re making in our public schools.


Your generosity ensures we will be able to continue impacting the educational experiences of our 8,000 public school children.
The difference your gift will make:
  • $25 will purchase two hardback books for first graders
  • $50 will allow two Helena Public School students to attend Great Conversations
  • $100 will provide bus transportation for a field trip
  • $250 will fund a Harrison Writing Award
  • $500 will provide a table at Celebration of Excellence
  • $1000 will fund a Great Ideas Grant

Sponsorship Opportunities

HEF provides sponsorship opportunities to businesses, groups and individuals for all of our 10 signature program and special projects. We strive for excellence in our stewardship of the donations we receive and provide outstanding recognition, promotion and engagement opportunities for our funding partners. (see our annual report to the community in the Celebration of Excellence booklet ). Sponsors may sponsor a Great Ideas Grant, students and teachers at Celebration of Excellence, Great Conversations, books for Fabulous Firsts, Carnival Classic, Vigilante Academy tools and equipment, Pen & Ink magazine and special school and community-wide learning institutes.

State Employees

If you are an employee of the state of Montana, you may support the programs of the Helena Education Foundation through the State Employees Charitable Giving Campaign.  The state of Montana has created an easy, online form specifically for state employees.  You may make a one-time gift, or give through a payroll deduction.  The HEF’s SECGC code is 5128.

For Teachers and Administrators of the Helena School District

If you are an employee of the Helena School District, you may support the programs of the Helena Education Foundation through a payroll deduction using a simple form (HPS Payroll Deduction Form) that you can submit via interoffice mail or fax to 324-2045.  You may also make a one-time gift simply using the donate now button on this page.
Please join us and ensure our children have the educational advantages they need to succeed.  Donate today.
We at HEF are thoughtful, responsible, and efficient stewards of donations we receive and we practice transparency and accountability.
Our mailing address is P.O. Box 792 Helena, MT 59624.