Who We Are

Blue Mountain Community Foundation (BMCF) started in 1984 based on the idea that the area needed a place for donors who cared about the community to make long-term charitable investments. Joining the community foundation movement, which began over 100 years ago, BMCF became one of over 750 community foundations in the United States. Community foundations are generally tied to a specific geographic area or community, and seek major gifts that are invested for the long-term, to benefit our community in perpetuity.

A group of 36 local leaders and citizens, under the guidance of Pete Peery and John Reese, met and resolved to form a community foundation. Too many endowment gifts from people who cared deeply about their communities were lost to local control for lack of a community foundation. Since 1984, BMCF has received and grown assets to exceed $50 million in 350 charitable dollars which benefit the entire community!

Mission

Connecting people, charitable causes and community needs.

Vision

Improving quality of life for all in the Blue Mountain area through philanthropy.

Values: R.I.S.E.

  • Respect—We honor the dignity and worth of all people.
  • Integrity—We constantly strive to do the right thing.
  • Stewardship—We are steadfast, committed to the long-term sustainability of the Foundation's varied assets.
  • Engagement—We embrace the full participation and diverse perspectives of others.

Statement of Inclusion

The Blue Mountain Community Foundation embraces Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in its governance, operations, policies and practices so that all people regardless of race, sex, age, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability or other characteristic may participate in its mission of Connecting People, Charitable Causes and Community Needs. Diversity, equity and inclusion are embraced by the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees, staff and volunteers. BMCF values also include Respect, Integrity, Stewardship and Engagement. All of these values are integral to BMCF’s governance, operations and programs including fund-raising, awarding scholarships and grants including distributions from BMCF’s varied funds, and collaboration with the community. We seek participation of a wide variety of people so that BMCF is as effective as possible in its mission, solving problems and improving the quality of life in our communities.