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Greater Gallatin United Way Inc

Greater Gallatin United Way Inc
CROWDRISE : Jun 19, 2017
Tax ID: 81-0384820
BASED: Bozeman, MT, United States


Greater Gallatin United Way ...

To Improve Lives

To improve lives by mobilizing the caring powers of our communities.

kidsLINK Afterschool is a signature program of Greater Gallatin United Way.  It was established in 1997 in response to an identified need in our rural communities; to keep children safe after school while their parents finished their work day.  kidsLINK Afterschool is the largest afterschool program in the state and now operates in 29 school-based/linked locations across 4 counties and served 1,611 children daily with 3,436 enrolled during the 2015-16 school year. kidsLINK is a fun, safe environment providing rich opportunities for learning,  personal growth, and building relationships.  Its success is the result of strong partnerships with schools, school districts, MSU, Gallatin County 4-H and other local organizations.  

kidsLINK Afterschool Communities:

  • Amsterdam
  • Belgrade
  • Big Sky
  • Big Timber
  • Bozeman
  • Gardiner
  • Livingston
  • Manhattan
  • Pray
  • Three Forks
  • West Yellowstone
  • White Sulphur Springs

kidsLINK Afterschool 6 Goals

  1. Ensure no child is home alone by providing quality, affordable out of school programming that supports and engages busy families  
  2. Enhance student health by providing nutritious daily snacks and nutrition curriculum
  3. Strengthen student well-being by providing daily physical activity with a focus on lifelong fitness
  4. Promote student academic success by providing tutoring and homework support
  5. Develop student interest and passion for  learning through enrichment activities
  6. Foster student mental and emotional well-being through quality staffing and ongoing professional development

The success of this program is the result of strong partnerships, effective collaboration and utilizing existing community resources to fulfill an important community need.  As the lead agency, GGUW coordinates the work of schools and school districts, government agencies, private funders, programs and others involved to deliver a successful, sustainable, replicable, accessible afterschool model.  GGUW is responsible for the administration, funding, evaluation, and reporting, while partner schools and school districts hire and supervise the staff and generously donate facilities.  Area nonprofit organizations, such as Gallatin County 4-H, community libraries, MSU and others offer support through curriculum implementation, staff development, tutoring/homework support, parent liaison referrals, enrichment activities, and research.

Programs are available for all children, regardless of their ability to pay. In 2015, GGUW awarded $283,000 in scholarships to families who might not have another option, but for their children to be alone afterschool.  Studies show that children without access to afterschool programming are more likely to engage in high risk behaviors and spending time with caring adults increases self-confidence and decreases engagement in high risk behaviors.  In addition, kidsLINK Afterschool provides homework and tutoring support, which results in increased academic achievement, as well as more quality family time during the evening.  Finally, afterschool programming provides a bridge between out-of-school experiences and in-school learning; increasing interest in education and school itself.

The annual operating cost for the program is over $1 million annually.  Without the in-kind donation of school space and school assets, the cost would easily double.  Revenues to help support the program are generated from three entities in almost equal amounts - - 26 grant awards, generous donations and parent fees.

As our communities grow, so do the demands on afterschool programming.  As more families require dual incomes to provide for their households, and the reality that income and the cost of living are not in line, scholarships are necessary to ensure that ALL our kids are safe and engaged every day. 

For more information, contact Megan Brenna, kidsLINK Afterschool Program Director at 406.587.2194 or

Tax ID: 81-0384820 •