ACF News

The ACF board of directors were honored with presentations from; Anaconda Community Involvement [ACI] for Anaconda Leadership Academy [ALA], and Discovery House. These two amazing organizations were ACF's 2023 fall grant award winners, along with Anaconda Ensemble Theatre and Simulation in Motion. It really is wonderful to hear how we are impacting our community.

Members of the ACF board are joined by Anne Calhoun, Zoe Hoscheid, Ada Calhoun and Tina Masters.


We would like to give a big thank you to Clearwater Montana Properties! The local agents; Amy, Hannah, Katie and Riley have given a portion of each commission to a non-profit organization in the community in which it was earned. Their motto is We live here, we give here. This year they donated $1,818.14 to: Smelter City Recreation Complex, Rotary Club of Anaconda and the Anaconda Community Foundation. ACF is very grateful for your charitable donation.


Check out the latest from the Old Works Golf Course WMC - Pro-AM Charity Donation! Pictured below is Daryl Dodd, Vice-Chair of ACF and Andrew Elaimy from the OWGC. We are grateful for the generous donation. We feel blessed to have the Old Works Golf Course in our community and appreciate their investment in our shared vision for Anaconda. Check them out at 



Have you heard that the Anaconda's Melting Pot Cookbook was selected to be featured at the Montana Book Festival?


Listen to the response from the authors, Mary Pat and Wini, as to why the book was created.


Find us at the Anaconda Community Market! Thursday evenings from 4-7, beginning July 6-Sept 7.





Lydia is pictured above with; Craig Sweet, Director of the Anaconda Family Resource Center,
and Dave Fenchak, representing Toys for Tots, 2023 spring grant award recipients.

ACF 2023 Spring Grant Award Winners Announced

The Anaconda Community Foundation recently awarded $5,000 in grants to local organizations and programs.  The money will be used throughout Anaconda to support Anaconda's youth, the vulnerable elderly, as well as the underprivileged in our community.  "The ACF Awards Committee and the ACF Board of Directors were very pleased with the quality of the grant applications and enthused about helping fund projects that will  make a difference in Anaconda," foundation director Lydia Janosko said.

Receiving $1,000 each:  Discovery House and Project Care for Anaconda Food Bank.  Yes - Youth Empowerment Services received $1,500.00, Toys for Tots $300.00 and Anaconda Family Resource Center $1200.00.

The ACF is grateful for the generosity of this community which allows for these grants to be awarded to Anaconda's hard working non-profits."  The mission of the Anaconda Community Foundation is to build a permanent financial legacy for Anaconda through the generosity of its citizens and friends in order to develop and maintain a thriving community forever. For more information contact Lydia Janosko at 406.563.5259 or



Big News!  Lydia Janosko becomes Executive Director for ACF

Following an interview process, Lydia Janosko was selected to serve as the new Executive Director of the Anaconda Community Foundation beginning March 1st.  Lydia has worked as a volunteer and as a contracted bookkeeper for the foundation since it began in 2007.  In her new position as Executive Director, Lydia will be able to continue and expand on the vision of ACF and continue to make our community the best it can be.    Outgoing leadership, Mike and Gloria O'Rourke, are thrilled to have Lydia in this position as she is knowledgeable and passionate about Anaconda as well as the work of the foundation.



Visit the ACF Youtube Channel and enjoy a virtual tour of some of Anaconda businesses!  This was done in partnership with Discover Anaconda to provide a stronger virtual presence for Anaconda.


Check out the fun Anaconda's Got Talent Video - a Lesson on Giving Back!

ACF Youth Board Member receives $1000 Scholarship - Thank you, Reece Connors, for your service!

News from the
​Anaconda Community Foundation

What we are up to...

  1. Building "Forever Anaconda - Leaving Your Legacy" which is a program to encourage those who love our community to give something back via estate plans, investments, or will.
  2. The Anaconda Community Market is bigger and better than ever!  July - September at the Kennedy Common, Tuesday nights.
  3. Anaconda Nonprofit Association meets to share resources and needs of Anaconda's hard working nonprofits.  Join us the first Monday of each month, at Noon.
  4. The Melting Pot - A Celebration of Anaconda, Montana's Heritage and Cuisine.  This is going to be a keepsake filled with culture, stories, and delicious recipes of our community.  We are in the typing phase!
  5. ACF serves as the fiscal umbrella or sponsor of several Anaconda nonprofits.  We support them - through your donations -  as they build their resources.
  6. Giving Back - twice per year ACF holds a grant round to give back to Anaconda's nonprofits.  Thus far ACF has donated over $200,000.


Catch just a glimpse of the amazing work being done by Anaconda's nonprofits.  Slideshow

Celebrate Anaconda 2018 Slideshow

View the winners at CelebrateAnaconda! 2017 May 11th, 2016
​Last Friday night the Smelter City Recreation Complex had a Bingo fundraiser and let ACF unroll the final donation amounts raised on MT Gives, May 3rd, 2016! Thanks Smelter City!!
May 10th, 2016
ANA will meet June 6th, 2016 in the third floor conference room of the old hospital. 118 E. Seventh Street, Anaconda, MT.​ ALL ARE WELCOME! Come check out what our amazing nonprofits are working on and doing in the community! We meet the first Monday of the month in the third floor conference room. Also check out our new FaceBook page for the Anaconda Nonprofit Association!

May 1st, 2016

The Spring 2016 Grant Award Winners

Copper Village
$200 front sidewalk area clean-up.
Young People's Theatre
$500  via Copper Village - summer workshop; fall production.
$1,000 - lighting for safety
Anaconda Adult Learning Center AALC
$500 - computer repairs and upgrades.
Discovery House
$1,000 for operations and care of youth.
Project Care
$500 for food; $500 for family needs. 

Thank you, Anaconda, for supporting our hard working nonprofits!

Katherine Basirico purchased the first non-personalized plate in Anaconda!  Thank you, Katherine, for supporting Anaconda's non-profits.