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.
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
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. http://bozemanschoolsfoundation.org/
The Montana Science Centers vision is to be Montana’s leading science and technology museum, engaging and inspiring visitors of all ages through a robust collection of exhibits and programs that serves as a catalyst for creativity, innovation and real-world application. https://montanasciencecenter.org/
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. https://allthrive.org/
The American Computer Museum is a museum of the history of computing, communications, artificial intelligence & robotics. http://www.compustory.com/
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. http://www.belgradelibrary.org/
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. http://www.mt-di.org/
Questions may be directed to the Grant Committee Chair:
(406) 556-8930 or (406) 586-5050