Funders for Montana’s Children and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis published a first of its kind report on the state of Early Childhood Development in Montana. Data about the early childhood sector can be difficult to come by. This report seeks to compile available resources to give a picture about what we do know […]


From the folks at Child Care Aware – Montana continues to rank as one of the most expensive states for child care compared to wages. It’s not that child care is so expensive in Montana, but that wages are so low. Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2017  


Curious about what the Funders for Montana’s Children has been up to? Here’s an update: Funders for Montana’s Children members represent foundations whose philanthropic interests include a focus on early childhood. We believe that our most precious resource is our children and that we must help support Montana families and communities that are working to […]



The Advancing Early Childhood Education Alliance (AECEA) is changing its name to Funders for Montana’s Children to better encapsulate our mission. Children are Priority One  Funders for Montana’s Children believes that our most precious resource is our children and that we must help support Montana families and communities that are working to foster quality opportunities […]


Amy Hyfield was promoted to Executive Director at the O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation on September 1, 2015. Jo Ann Eder, the previous E.D. will remain in her position as the President of the Edwards board. Amy started as an administrative assistant at the foundation in 2006 and has worked as the Grants Manager, Foundation Manager and most […]


Jo Ann Eder and Amy Hyfield participated in the Montana Healthy Communities Conference in Helena on October 27-28, 2015. The conference began with the premise that there is more to health than health care. Affordable housing, fresh produce, safe places to exercise, quality early child care, and good jobs are all critically important when it comes […]


The O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation will be taking part in Hopa Mountain’s Funders Tour of the Ft. Belknap, Ft. Peck and Rock Boys reservations May 19-22. We are looking forward to meeting with nonprofit organizations and community leaders to learn about the good work that is going on in these areas.


The Advancing Early Childhood Education Alliance (AECEA) ibelieves that our most precious resource is our children and that we must help support Montana families and communities that are working to make life better for every child. We are a group of funders and nonprofit and government partners that is dedicated to shaping Montana’s future in the […]


The O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation is sad to share the news that our matriarch and one of our founding board members, Harriet Edwards Gamper passed away peacefully at home in Irvington, NY, on March 10, 2015, days after celebrating her 101st birthday with her family and many friends. Harriet was born at home in […]