Organization: Yellowstone Club Community Foundation

Location: Big Sky, MT

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About the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation:

The Yellowstone Club Community Foundation (YCCF) was established in 2010 to provide a resource to nonprofit community organizations in the greater Big Sky and Gallatin Valley area of southwestern Montana. The Foundation was established by members of the Yellowstone Club (YC), a private residential community and the world’s only private ski and golf resort, to reflect the YC’s commitment to the local community. The YC’s 13,600 rolling acres are located near the picturesque town of Big Sky, surrounded by 10,000-foot peaks and blue-ribbon trout streams.

The YCCF is funded primarily by YC members and guests, as well as the community, and is governed by a Board of Directors comprising nine Yellowstone Club members. The YCCF was initially founded in response to economic hardship in the local community during the economic downturn, and its mission soon broadened to providing funding to a range of nonprofit organizations that promote community services, arts and education, health, and conservation efforts.

The Yellowstone Club currently has more than 500 members, including about 200 new members in the last two years. As the YC and other local resort communities are experiencing rapid growth, so too is Big Sky and the Gallatin Valley region. Visitors are discovering the unparalleled opportunities for recreation and rejuvenation, while others are finding job opportunities and a desirable place to settle and raise their families.

The YCCF is devoted to the preservation of this magnificent region and the people who sustain it and call it home. As a resource to local nonprofit organizations, the Foundation partners with local leaders, allowing them to prioritize the community’s needs and opportunities, and help to build a healthy developing community. The Foundation awards grants twice a year to local nonprofits, and sponsors two student scholarships. Since 2010, the Foundation has awarded more than $3 million to nonprofits that are alleviating childhood hunger, enhancing after-school and recreational offerings, bringing world-class arts and cultural programming to the community, extending support to traumatized veterans and people with disabilities and illnesses, and conserving and protecting the natural environment. The Foundation also serves as a champion and funder of large initiatives such as the new Big Sky Medical Center.

The Opportunity:

As the Big Sky and Gallatin Valley region grows, so do the expectations and needs of its residents. The new Executive Director of the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation will be a committed, visionary leader who will expand and enhance the fundraising and development activities of the Foundation. Reporting to the Board of Directors, this individual will provide strategic, administrative and fiscal leadership that will enable the YCCF to achieve a new phase of growth and impact.

The YCCF raises funds through multiple channels, including three major fundraising events each year, annual giving, and multi-year leadership giving. In order to broaden the Foundation’s impact and enable it to advance critical initiatives such as the medical center, daycare, and other emerging community needs, the YCCF seeks to significantly expand its fundraising results. Key to this effort will be a significant expansion of individual major giving. The Foundation currently raises approximately $1 million annually, and aspires to double this amount in the next three to five years.

In collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff, the Executive Director must articulate and convey a vision for the future of the YCCF, translating strategic goals into achievable objectives. The future Executive Director of the YCCF will have the unique opportunity to elevate and amplify the impact of the organization, meeting the needs of the rapidly growing Big Sky and Gallatin Valley region and helping to shape the vision for its future.

Position Summary:

The Executive Director will be responsible for overseeing the fiscal and administrative operations of the YCCF and its staff aligning with the Foundation’s mission and vision. S/he will work with community leaders and organizations to define and identify critical issues and needs impacting the local community, and to identify new programs and organizations that will address these needs and issues. The successful candidate will maintain and expand relationships with community leaders, nonprofit organizations, local businesses, and Yellowstone Club members to build the YCCF’s visibility, impact and financial resources. S/he will supervise staff of the YCCF and collaborate with the Yellowstone Club, and will oversee communications, special events, fundraising and grantmaking. The Executive Director will lead the YCCF’s grantmaking process in partnership with Board members, including reviewing all grant requests submitted in May and November, making on-site visits to new organizations, and providing timely responses to applicants. In close collaboration with the Board of Directors, the new Executive Director will lead the YCCF to its next level, exploring opportunities to leverage and enhance the Foundation’s current model, programs, and resources.

This leader will be instrumental in developing the strategy to increase the YCCF’s fundraising potential and activities. This will include the opportunity to develop a comprehensive, innovative fundraising plan while strengthening current development initiatives through thoughtful cultivation and management of all major donor relationships. With a strong public relations mindset, the Executive Director will serve as the external face of the Foundation and be a strong voice for the YCCF, representing the mission. This individual will be an active and engaged leader within the community, participating with Montana State and local nonprofit organizations, and sitting on community boards as appropriate. S/he will oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive communication plan that will inform members, employees and the community of the mission and achievements of the Foundation.

In partnership with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will create short- and long-term strategies that achieve its mission and goals with consistent, realistic, and timely progress. This professional will cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board of Directors and ensure open communication about the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against the YCCF’s goals. It is imperative that the Executive Director exercise complete confidentiality and protect the privacy of the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, Yellowstone Club members, and all operations and components of the Yellow Stone Club and the Foundation.

Core Competencies:

The Executive Director will be a dynamic, visionary leader with a significant record of successful and applicable experience in fundraising, leadership and management. With a genuine passion for the mission of the YCCF, this individual will work in concert with the Board of Directors to identify and devise a comprehensive development strategy for the Foundation and a strategic vision for its next phase of growth. The Executive Director will be an energetic, goal-driven and self-motivated professional, whose personal integrity and discretion inspire a high degree of trust and confidence. This individual will be comfortable and experienced in working with diverse stakeholders, and will have the empathy and skill to communicate effectively across all constituencies, including Board members, donors, staff, and the broader community.

The successful candidate will be an innovative and gifted leader with at least 8-10 years of experience in nonprofit development and fundraising and a demonstrated record of successfully securing individual major gifts. This professional will be adept at working with multiple stakeholders around a common goal, identifying compelling funding opportunities, and galvanizing support for these initiatives. The Executive Director will have the ability to establish a strategic vision, set priorities, manage staff and administrative operations, and form partnerships and relationships in order to advance the mission of the YCCF. The Executive Director must be able to work flexible and sometimes long hours including evenings, weekends and holidays if needed. A bachelor’s degree is required and a graduate degree is preferred.

The ideal candidate will have the following personal competencies and characteristics:

Passion for the Mission: The Executive Director will have a passion for the mission of the YCCF, and for the unique characteristics and environment of the Big Sky and Gallatin Valley region of Montana. This leader will have a genuine desire to enhance the quality of life in the region and to impact its future by identifying needs and opportunities within the local nonprofit community, and generating support through the YCCF to help meet these needs. The Executive Director will be an empathic leader who treats others with respect. An individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values, this leader is someone who can be trusted without reservation.

Expertise in Fundraising: The Executive Director will be an experienced leader with a measurable record of success in fundraising. This professional will have the ability to create and implement a strategic development program that expands the resources of the YCCF through multiple channels that may include annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, grants, and events. S/he will plan and implement the annual giving campaign and fundraising events, and will focus on expanding the culture of philanthropy within the YCCF donor community in order to build a robust program of individual major and principal gifts. This individual will lead the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors, in collaboration with the Board of Directors.

Strategic and Effective Leadership: The Executive Director will be an experienced leader with the background and skills to deliver on the vision for the YCCF. This individual will supervise a small staff, providing mentorship and leadership and creating a positive work environment. S/he will prepare, with the Board of Directors, strategic plans and annual operating plans, and ensure their implementation. The Executive Director will develop and monitor an annual budget and provide overall management of the fiscal operations of the YCCF, with support from Yellowstone Club finance and accounting department and the YCCF Board Treasurer. S/he will ensure that Board and staff are in compliance with all internal policies and procedures, legal requirements, and financial standards, including maintaining status as a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization, and will oversee reporting.

Community Relations and Communications: The Executive Director will articulate and expand a vision for the YCCF’s mission and oversee expansion of the organization’s outreach as outlined by the Board of Directors. This leader will be the external face and voice of the YCCF, and must be exceptionally skilled at establishing and maintaining strong, positive working relationships with a wide range of partners, stakeholders, and key nonprofit organizations that most impact Big Sky and the greater Gallatin Valley region. The Executive Director will represent the YCCF to a variety of audiences, including volunteers; Yellowstone Club members, friends, and ownership; government agencies and officials; community leaders; grantees and others. The Executive Director must effectively communicate the Foundation’s mission and exemplify its core values.


The Yellowstone Club Community Foundation has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Sheila Hennessey. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here or email Sheila at the following:

Michelle R.S. Bonoan
Managing Director

Sheila Hennessey

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human-capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit