Great Fish Community Challenge

GreatFishSmallThe Great Fish Community Challenge, which, after its first two years in action, has become an efficient and essential fundraising campaign that is building the sustainability of our local nonprofits. The Challenge was founded in 2015 by the Whitefish Community Foundation as a charitable giving campaign. It promotes a giving season in Whitefish by offering participating nonprofits a challenge to earn a matching grant. In 2016, the Challenge helped 40 nonprofits raise over $1.4 million including the match of $322,000.

This year, you have the opportunity to donate to the following 45 nonprofits July 20th – September 15th. We make it easy to give to several charities with just one donation through the Great Fish Community Challenge. You can be confident that 100% of your donation will go to your designated nonprofits and you will maximize your contribution by earning your favorite charities a matching grant on a percentage of your donation.

  1. Abbie Shelter
  2. Backpack Assistance Program
  3. Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation
  4. CASA for Kids
  5. Center for Restorative Youth Justice
  6. CF-WF Swim Teams
  7. Child Bridge
  8. Dream Adaptive Recreation
  9. Farm Hands-Nourish the Flathead
  10. Flathead Area Mountain Bikers
  11. Flathead Cancer Aid Services
  12. Flathead Land Trust
  13. Flathead Rapids
  14. Flathead Shelter Friends
  15. Flathead Valley Community College Foundation
  16. Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation
  17. Flathead Youth Home
  18. Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center
  19. Glacier Institute
  20. Glacier National Park Conservancy
  21. Glacier Nordic Club
  22. Glacier Symphony and Chorale
  23. Habitat for Humanity
  24. Intermountain
  25. Nate Chute Foundation
  26. North Valley Food Bank
  27. North Valley Hospital Foundation
  28. North Valley Music School
  29. Project Whitefish Kids
  30. Samaritan House
  31. Shepherd’s Hand Free Clinic
  32. Sparrow’s Nest of NW Montana
  33. Stumptown Art Studio
  34. Tamarack Grief Resource Center
  35. WAG- Whitefish Animal Group
  36. Whitefish Firefighters Association
  37. Whitefish Lake Institute
  38. Whitefish Legacy Partners
  39. Whitefish Review
  40. Whitefish Rotary Charitable Fund
  41. Whitefish Sports Facilities Foundation
  42. Whitefish Theatre Co.
  43. Whitefish Veterans Support Team
  44. WSD Education Foundation
  45. WWC- Whitefish Winter Carnival

The Challenge will officially launch on July 20th with a Great Fish Kickoff Event at First Interstate Bank of Whitefish, where there will be opportunities to give your favorite nonprofits a strong start. You’re invited to come enjoy hors’ d’oeuvres and drinks, giveaways and grants on Thursday, July 20th from 5:00-7:00 PM. You will be entered to win an extra bonus grant of $25-$50 for your selected nonprofits by donating to them through the Great Fish Challenge at the Kickoff event.

Register for the Color Run Here

The 2017 Great Fish Community Challenge will run from July 20 – September 15, 2017 and benefit 45 local nonprofits.  The Great Fish Fun/Color Run will be held September 9.

You can help set the pace for a successful 2017 Challenge by donating to the Great Fish Match Fund now. The Whitefish Community Foundation will start the match fund with $200,000. As gifts are made to the Great Fish Challenge Match Fund the matching dollars will grow to provide a bigger incentive for people to give to their charities through the Challenge. Help us grow the match and inspire our community to give!

Donate Now to the Great Fish Challenge Match Fund 

The Great Fish Community Challenge is organized by the Whitefish Community Foundation. The Foundation covers all the costs of the Challenge for the participating charities including credit card fees, advertising, marketing, and so much more, plus a percentage match. The idea is to bring awareness to the participating nonprofits and the programs they provide to benefit our communities.