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If you follow your local news, you may have heard about a technical problem causing significant challenges for MTGives Day and other give local efforts across the country on May 3. The online platform failure prevented these websites from being able to process online donations.

Montana Community Foundation apologizes for this — plain and simple. While we did not provide the technology and had no control over the technical issues, as an organizer and promoter of the event we feel terrible this happened.

Despite this website crash, MTGives Day saw extraordinary successes. Columbus, with fewer than 2,000 residents, raised more than $25,000. Helena, who raised $55,000 last year, raised more than $62,000 this year. The Give Big Gallatin Valley event surpassed their goal of $300,000 and raised an incredible $420,000. We’re happy to report Montanans raised approximately $880,000 through MTGives and other statewide give local events. If it weren’t for the website crash, we believe we would have met and likely exceeded our $1 million goal. These funds go to support nonprofits that are vital to our communities.

If there’s a silver lining, it’s that the problem was caused by an overwhelming number of people going online to make a donation.

Montanans are a remarkable group of people that always makes the best of things. So thank you Montana for your support and generosity. It is a powerful, wonderful thing to behold.

Mary K. Rutherford

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