Great Fish Community Challenge Kick-Off

The Great Fish Community Challenge, a brand new grant program from the Whitefish Community Foundation kicked off June 9 with 32 eligible nonprofits participating.

These organizations will have the opportunity to earn a matching grant in this annual charitable giving campaign designed to maximize donations.

“This is an exciting new venture for the Community Foundation and another way for the Foundation to help local nonprofits,” said Linda Engh-Grady, Whitefish Community Foundation Executive Director. “We are very optimistic that the community will embrace this new challenge and make it a great success for participating nonprofits.”

The Whitefish Community Foundation has dedicated $150,000 to the matching grant fund, known as the Great Fish Fund. Participating nonprofits are working to raise as much money as possible through this program to receive a percentage match.

The first $15,000 from each nonprofit will be considered in the match pool. The final amount is then stretched across the pool of donations eligible for the match raised by the nonprofits. Donors that wish to give to the match may make a gift to the Great Fish Fund.

The campaign spans a giving season of three months, culminating with a Community Fair and Fish 5K Color Run, on Sept. 12 at Depot Park. The Challenge will end Sept. 18.

Donors can start making gifts now, by sending in an official donor form, which will be available throughout the summer at the Whitefish Community Foundation office, local downtown businesses, Whitefish Chamber of Commerce and offices of participating nonprofits.

Online donations will also be accepted at www.greatfishchallenge.org. The website will feature a leader board to show how much money the nonprofits have raised each week of the challenge.

For more information, send an email by clicking here or call us at 406-863-1781.