Mission & History
FMP Mission Statement
Friends of Missoula Parks, Inc. (FMP) was formed in 2002 by Missoula residents to provide a non-governmental entity to contribute to Missoula’s park and recreation amenities. FMP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that can accept tax-deductible donations. As a non-profit corporation, FMP is also eligible to apply for foundation grants.
Since 2002, individual FMP board members have managed projects to enhance Missoula park and recreation amenities, including placing bear-proof garbage canisters in several Missoula parks; constructing a bridge over Rattlesnake Creek near the terminus of Duncan Drive; building and reconstructing pedestrian and bicycle trails on Mt. Sentinel; and currently, construction of a bridge and trail connection between the Rattlesnake Valley and the University of Montana (RUX).
FMP also serves as a fiscal sponsorship organization for groups wishing to gain non-profit benefits that do not have their own non-profit organization. These fiscal sponsorship agreements allow groups to provide tax benefits to their donors. Groups who have benefitted from sponsorship include Friends of Fort Missoula Regional Park, the All-Abilities Playground and Trees for Missoula.
FMP is governed by a board of volunteer directors who each serve three-year terms. FMP board members have been engineers, doctors, housewives, lawyers, scientists, retirees, and educators, among other professions.