In our unincorporated community, the future of Big Sky is up to all of us.
When COVID-19 shut down the world, community leaders came together for a rapid response to keep Big Sky safe, healthy and open.
Resort tax dollars matched with philanthropy provided free COVID tests, PPE for the hospital and schools, small business loans and emergency funds for individuals. This was the first time that public and philanthropic funds intentionally came together to address a complex community issue.
The success was so noteworthy that community leaders wondered what other complex issues could be addressed if we worked together in this way.
In 2021, a launch committee formed to compile data and explore a framework for a more formalized funding collaborative. The commitment from the beginning was to have community-voice and metrics at the center.
In 2022, Elevate Big Sky officially launched with five funding partners and three focused impact areas: Livability, Health and Wellness, and the Environment.