Giving Back


The Zoot Philanthropy Mission

  • Zoot has been an incredible business partner to Thrive over the past 11 years. They have invested close to $30,000 into our local community through our programs that provide mentoring, education and support to children and families. Zoot is constantly looking at new ways to support local families through Thrive programs. Recently they have had employees attend our annual Drive for Thrive golf tournament, speak to the power of our programs at our fundraising events, and serve on our Board of Directors and Advisory Council.

    Vanessa Skelton Managing Director of Development and Marketing

Zoot recognizes the importance of community support and has developed a program to provide grants to nonprofit organizations in our area. The work we support in our philanthropy efforts includes a wide range of groups with focused emphasis on technology, entrepreneurship, direct assistance, and community character.


The mission of the Zoot Grant Committee is:

  • Improving the quality of life and community character in the Gallatin Valley and employee communities through direct assistance programs.
  • Supporting employee’s efforts in the community.
  • Reflecting the creative and entrepreneurial style of Zoot and demonstrating excellence in donor stewardship.
  • Dividing resources among a diversity of programs with a special emphasis of encouraging youth to pursue careers in technology.
  • Reinforcing Zoot’s marketing efforts.

Zoot’s Grant Committee comprises seven to ten Zoot employees from different departments. This committee meets quarterly and grants are awarded shortly thereafter. Zoot expects to award 10-20 grants each year. Most awards are between $100 and $1,000, although some exceed $2,000.

Organizations Zoot Has Supported

Bozeman Schools Foundation

Zoot Technology and Entrepreneurship Education Grant.  Available to teachers K -12 in the Bozeman School District. Zoot participates in the Adult Spelling Bee fundraiser towards the Spark Grant program.

Destination Imagination of Montana

Promotes divergent thinking and creative problem solving skills in all students through teamwork, collaboration, and leadership experiences. Zoot is a sponsor of their annual state tournament, Montana Creativity Quest.

The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund

Five Rivers chapter serves the Gallatin, Madison, Wheatland, Meagher, Park, and Sweetgrass Counties.  Plans for and responds to disasters both large and small, from house fires that displace families to major floods or earthquakes.

Gallatin Valley Food Bank

Exists to help anyone in the Gallatin Valley who has need for food. Special programs are available year-round for seniors and in the summer for children.


Provides families with the resources, tools, and support to raise healthy, successful children. Zoot is an annual sponsor of the Drive for THRIVE golf tournament fundraiser to support their programs.


The Retired Senior Volunteer Program provides meaningful volunteer opportunities for individuals 55 and older to meet local community needs. Zoot is a sponsor of the annual volunteer recognition dinner.

American Computer & Robotics Museum

The American Computer Museum is a museum of the history of computing, communications, artificial intelligence & robotics.

Quail Hollow Cooperative Day School

A non-profit cooperative school. Zoot supported their Garden-To-Table program. Zoot also hosts their annual fundraiser, Quilts for Kids quilt show, in the Zoot Art Gallery.

Monforton School

A local area school, Zoot sponsors their annual Washington D.C. 8th grade class trip.

Belgrade Community Library

The Mission of the Belgrade Community Library is to provide access to information that inspires lifelong learning, advances knowledge, and strengthens our community. Zoot provides a grant for the library’s MontanaLibrary2Go program, a downloadable book service.


Questions may be directed to the Grant Committee Chair:

Darcy Barry
(406) 556-8930 or (406) 586-5050

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