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A C C O M P L I S H M E N T S 



Teacher Housing

  • In October 2023, we made our final $85,000 payment to our loan on our 3-unit teacher housing unit.

  • $25,000 was raised in grants, and $60,000 was raised in private donations.

  • Remodel plans for the third floor of the teacher housing unit are in the works.

  • We have identified five additional rental properties for school needs.

  • We are evaluating a new property for the potential development of future teacher housing needs.

  • Three Gardiner school teachers continue to live in our subsidized housing.

Connect! Grants

  • 2022-2023 school year: 19 Connect! Grant Applications received. Note 4 applications received through this process were evaluated under our mental health support below.

  • For the 2022-2023 school year, we funded ten applications totaling $9,717.

  • In June of 2023, we held a bonus round of funding for the first time for the summer and 2023-2024 school year and received and awarded six applications totaling $29,050.

  • In October 2023, we received four classroom applications and awarded $8,400.

  • $26,500 was raised in grant funding.


Mental Health

  • We received and funded four grant applications related to the mental health of our students for a total of $11,246 in the 2022-2023 school year.

  • In October 2023, Rural Resilience put forward an application relating to the behavioral health of our students. We decided to provide them with $10,000 to support their work and AMB West Philanthropies generously agreed to match our donation.

  • Later in December, our foundation's board members had a meeting and agreed to increase our support for mental health causes from $10,000 to $20,000 for the year 2023-2024.

  • We have made the decision to increase our donation to Rural Resilience to $20,000, and AMB West Philanthropies has kindly agreed to match that donation. This means that our foundation will be contributing a total of $40,000 to support mental health initiatives in our community.


Year-End Donation Drive School Kitchen Project & Farm-to-School

  • In the fall of 2023, the School Board identified $43,000 needed in kitchen equipment, and Farm to School requested $5,000 in funding to support their programming.

  • NYEF worked with the School to identify grants, secured a matching donation, and provided additional funding to make the purchase of the much-needed convection ovens, which arrived Dec 20, 2023.

  • The Berkje Family offered an additional $5,000 matching donation to support additional kitchen needs and this was matched by Gardiner Market. 

  • As of December 31, 2023, we have also raised  $3,695 in individual donations towards the kitchen remodel and Farm to School.



  • NYEF received grant awards from the Park County Community Foundation, Steele-Reese Foundation, AMB West Philanthropies, Greater Gallatin United Way, George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Foundation, Gardiner Resort Area District, and Northwestern Energy.

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