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Maggie Sullivan, Certified Community Heart & Soul Coach

November 16, 2021

Maggie Sullivan, Local Community Foundation Program Officer at MCF, has been certified as a Community Heart & Soul Coach. She is currently the only certified coach in Montana.

Community Heart & Soul is a resident-driven process that engages the entire population of a town in identifying what they love most about their community, what future they want for it, and how to achieve it.

Becoming a certified Community Heart & Soul Coach enables Maggie to work directly with towns wanting to implement the Community Heart & Soul process in their communities. She can also help participating communities connect to funding to put their ideas into action.

“What’s so great about the Community Heart & Soul process is that it’s a chance for small cities and towns to showcase their communities, identify local needs, and create a strong plan for the future,” says Maggie. “It provides a strategic framework while empowering communities to come together to make change. I look forward to seeing what is possible here in Montana.”

Based on three powerful principles–involve everyone, focus on what matters most, and play the long game–Community Heart & Soul helps towns move toward a brighter, more prosperous future by bringing residents closer together. It is a highly inclusive process that reaches deep into communities to ensure all voices are represented in determining a town’s future.

“We recognize the time and commitment Maggie dedicated to getting this certification and congratulate her on this achievement,” says Mary Rutherford, MCF president and chief executive officer. We look forward to seeing her support and coach Montana communities through the process.”

If you are interested in learning more about Community Heart & Soul and how it can benefit your community, contact Maggie Sullivan at or (406) 461-8139.