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Courtney Scott


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Courtney Scott is the Program Director at the Foundation for Community Vitality. A place-based Montana family foundation. She serves on the board of directors for the Foundation for Community Vitality and Scott Family Services. And currently serves on the American Indian Advisory Board for the Museum of the Rockies.

Her work in philanthropy has been through purposeful relational grantmaking, strategic collaboration, nimble distribution of funds, and thoughtful site-visits for the Foundation for Community Vitality board and interested funder groups. Courtney has worked over the years at Strengthening the Circle, a Native non-profit leadership program, where she has moderated learning circles and facilitated funder roundtables resulting in creative funding solutions. Courtney assisted in guiding fast response efforts during the Pandemic in Native communities. Through her familial philanthropic work, she developed a charter defining purpose and leads a non-governing board focused on multi-family foundational assistance.

Courtney has a BA in Sculpture and a BS in Conservation Biology from Pitzer College. And a MS in Marine Biology with an emphasis on Science Education Research and Assessment from San Francisco State. Courtney spent 15 years working in fabrication and exhibitions in science centers and natural history museums in San Francisco. She feels she has much to learn in board governance and more traditional state-wide community philanthropy and comes to MCF eager to learn and contribute where she can.

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