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Spotlight on a Nonprofit – Whitefish Theatre Company

In 2006, The Whitefish Theatre Company (WTC) set up a permanent Endowment Fund with the Whitefish Community Foundation to create a reliable, long-term funding source to manage the costs of running and maintaining the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Cultural Arts Center building. With increasing demand on the Cultural Center each year, WTC staff and board of directors […]

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Nonprofit Breakfast Meetings

Join us for our monthly Nonprofit Breakfast Meetings held the third Tuesday of each month January through April. The meetings are a chance for nonprofits to hear about the programs being offered by the Whitefish Community Foundation and, they offer training on subjects important to the operating and governance of a nonprofit. Breakfast Meetings will […]

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Whitefish Community Foundation Announces 2017 Community Grant Program

  Whitefish Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for the 2017 Community Grant Program.  The application will open February 1 and must be submitted on or before February 28. The application will close on the 28th at 5 PM. Application for the Community Grant Program is open to current 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in the […]

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A Year in Review – 2016

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Help us Make Impact in 2017

No gift is too small …your gift today will help us do more in 2017! The Great Fish Community Challenge made major impact on the programs of our local nonprofits. Help us do more in 2017!   Join the 2017 Circle of Giving with your gift of $5,000 or more.  The Circle of Giving is formed […]

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Spotlight on a Nonprofit – Whitefish Legacy Partners

Haskill Match Challenge Whitefish Legacy Partners has impacted thousands of acres through community-driven conservation and recreation projects. The Whitefish Trail consists of 36 miles of natural surface trails, 11 trailheads, and is Whitefish’s window into conservation, recreation, and outdoor education.   Vision 2020:Close the Loop aims to complete the Whitefish Trail around Whitefish Lake by […]

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Fair Pay Considerations for Nonprofits and Donors

Salary and overtime rules due to change December 1 have been blocked in District Court Proposed rule encourages serious dialogue about fair pay and work schedule for nonprofit employees Recently, a nonprofit round table was held in the Flathead Valley to discuss the overtime rule that was scheduled to become law on December 1. This […]

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Samaritan House – Spotlight on a Nonprofit

Support Samaritan House in their time of need   Recently the Whitefish Community Foundation became aware that Samaritan House, a homeless shelter and transitional living program in Kalispell, had lost two of it’s major funding sources and was facing a significant budget shortfall. The loss of a large HUD grant will greatly affect the shelter’s […]

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$1,486,546 Awarded to 40 Nonprofit Organizations

On October 10th, the Whitefish Community Foundation distributed almost $1.5 million to 40 participating nonprofits in the second annual Great Fish Community Challenge! The fundraiser that began on July 12th  raised a total of $1,486,546 during the two month campaign.   The Challenge received 2,420 contributions totaling $1,150,500. The Whitefish Community Foundation match amounted to 55% […]

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The Great Fish award is presented to Project Whitefish Kids

Congratulations to Project Whitefish Kids for being honored with the 2016 Great Fish Award! This award was presented at the Great Fish Community Challenge awards presentation along with a $2,500 grant. In the past this award has recognized an organization that has made a substantial and significant contribution to the betterment of the Whitefish community. […]

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The Jean Howard Memorial Award was presented to Tamarack Grief Resource Center

  A new award this year, the Jean Howard Memorial Award, was established by Jean’s husband Bill from the memorial donations made by family and friends to honor Jean’s legacy of philanthropy in Whitefish. Both Jean and Bill have been strong supporters of the Whitefish Community Foundation, they were early members of The Circle of […]

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Whitefish Firefighters Association receives the Russ and Mary Jane Street Community Service Award

The Whitefish Firefighters Association received the Russ and Mary Jane Street Community Service award and a $2,500 grant.  This award recognizes the important work that the selected organization provides to the community and honors the spirit of the Street’s support of our community.   This award was established in 2014 to honor Russ and Mary […]

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Doris Schumm Community Spirit Award presented to the Whitefish Education Foundation

This year’s Doris Schumm Community Spirit Award was presented to the Whitefish Education Foundation, whose mission is to enhance the quality and scope of educational opportunities for all students of the Whitefish Public Schools.  This special honor comes with a $2,500 grant. Doris Schumm was a friend to nonprofit organizations in Whitefish and an avid volunteer. […]

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Join us for the Great Fish Challenge Awards Presentation

The Great Fish Challenge Awards Presentation will be held Monday, October 10 at Casey’s in downtown Whitefish.  A no host reception will be held from 5:00 – 6:00 PM and the awards presentation will follow from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.  In addition to the Great Fish Challenge awards for each of the 40 nonprofits, several special […]

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Over $10,000 awarded in Incentive Grants

Over $10,000 has been awarded so far during the Great Fish Community Challenge through Incentive and Bonus Grants! More than $5,000 was awarded at the Great Fish Challenge celebration on Saturday, September 10. This year, the Challenge offered nonprofits more ways to get involved and raise money. The entire Challenge is built around giving back […]

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Great Fish 5K/10K COLOR Run/Walk – A Celebration!

  MAJOR THANKS! It was a beautiful day to celebrate philanthropy under blue skies and fall temperatures. Event attendees enjoyed the 40 participating nonprofits interactive booths and wonderful entertainment organized by North Valley Music School and Christian Johnson! Alpine Theatre Project’s Luke Walrath did a wonderful job as the emcee for the day.   Over […]

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Over $401,695 Raised at halfway point of the Great Fish Challenge

Take Action and Give – Support 40 local charities!   View the Leader Board Make a Gift Now to a Great Fish Nonprofit(s) Give to the Match See all Participating Nonprofits  Where to pick up an Official Donation Form Download a Donation Form Here 40 participating charities are working hard to raise money through the […]

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Great Fish Challenge Incentive Grants – And the winners are….

The winner of the the first round of incentive grants is Child Bridge, receiving a $1000 grant, with second place going to CASA for Kids for the most money raised to date. And, North Valley Music School won the challenge for the highest number of donors to date, also receiving a $1,00 grant, followed by second […]

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Great Fish Challenge – Instant Grant Winners

Special Incentive Grants to Participating Nonprofits Each week during the Great Fish Community Challenge, one lucky nonprofit will be drawn by a sponsoring business to receive a Great Fish Instant Grant award of $250. You can help your favorite charity earn Incentive Grants by donating early in the campaign. The nonprofit that raises the most […]

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2016 Great Fish Challenge Participants Selected

Whitefish Community Foundation is pleased to announce that 40 local nonprofits have been selected to participate in the 2016 Great Fish Community Challenge. The Foundation increased the number of participants by 8 this year in order to accommodate the growing interest from nonprofits. See the list of participating organizations in the Great Fish Challenge.   The […]

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