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Hopa Mountain Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Education, Educational Services, Environment

Mission: Hopa Mountain invests in rural and tribal citizen leaders, adults and youth, who are working to improve education, ecological health, and economic development.

Results: We have solid evaluation efforts in place to analyze and document the impact of Hopa Mountain's programs in rural and tribal communities throughout the Northern Rocky Mountain region.

Target demographics: Adult and youths in rural and tribal communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 15,000

Geographic areas served: The Northern Rocky Mountain Region

Programs: Hopa Mountain's StoryMakers Program Youth Leadership Programs Native Science Field Centers Native Science Fellows Indigenous Scholars of Promise Citizen Leaders Workshops Strengthening the Circle Imagine Montana

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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hopa Mountain has played a large role in my life. I became involved with the organization right out of college and was quickly captivated by Bonnie (the organization's founder) and the entire Hopa team. Hopa is one of the most genuine and self-reflective organizations that I have had the pleasure to be a part of. The staff and amazing group of partners are committed to their work in a deep and meaningful way. I have spent time with many different non-profits and have found few with such conviction and contagious energy. I look forward to seeing how this organization continues to grow and impact the lives of those it touches.

1 Art W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been following the growth and development of Hopa Mountain for the past six years, and have been a donor on several occasions. Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer and her staff are an inspiration to many as they work with students and communities in the tribal and rural areas of the northern plains on the educational and environmental challenges that go with the territory. An added bonus is the teaching of best practices for non-profit management that Hopa Mountain offers to community organizations - something that is building stronger organizations in a region that sorely needs them. My family and I will definitely support Hopa Mountain in the future, because they truly epitomize the spirit that will save and revitalize communities and individuals in MT, ND, SD, and WY!

1 Dulaney C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The HOPA MOUNTAIN team is a compassionate and vibrant organization working with Native Americans, in particular youth to build character and leadership. We are indeed lucky to have them in the community. Whether its their "Story Makers " program, Youth Leadership or Seventh Generation Native American event, they deliver thoughtful and engaging programs that build stronger and better communities. Indeed, I'm proud to donate to HOPA., privileged to call their Executive Director, a friend. And honored to have delivered a virtual seminar on Grassroots Advocacy vs. Lobbying earlier this year. HOPA MOUNTAIN is a welcome part of our community that leads with vision, implementing a collaborative strategy. Thank you Bonnie and the HOPA MT team!

1 Pamela25

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Bonnie Sawyer, the director for several years and have been impressed with how effectively she advocates for rural communities, in particular the Native American community. After being referred by Bonnie, I spent two days working with the Chippewa-Cree Nations on Rocky Boy Reservation. Many people there appreciate Hopa's work, particularly their work in leadership development and higher education for Native American students, a crucial need.