The Great Fish Community Challenge is a Whitefish Community Foundation annual charitable giving campaign designed to maximize donations, encourage charitable giving, and raise awareness for participating charities.
With a single gift made through the Whitefish Community Foundation, donors contribute to any number of local charities that have been selected to participate in the Great Fish Community Challenge. The nonprofits receive 100% of the designated gifts.
How are donations maximized? At the end of the giving period, the Community Foundation will award an additional percentage match to participating nonprofits from its own Great Fish Fund, which starts this year at $200,000. The Match percentage will vary annually (See How it works). Your gifts will make an even greater impact when combined with the additional matching grant.
The Great Fish Community Challenge benefits nonprofits by promoting mission awareness and inspiring significant community participation. Participation in the Challenge is free for nonprofits. The campaign culminates with a Community Celebration and Great Fish Color Run/Walk in Depot Park each year on the second Saturday in September.
In just three years running, the Great Fish Community Challenge has raised over $4.5 Million for more that 45 participating charities. Many of these groups are run entirely by volunteers and do not have the means to reach the public in a significant way. Participation in the Challenge fosters community-wide support and participation.