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A Thank You from the Whitefish Community Foundation

When we embarked on the first Great Fish Community Challenge in 2015 we had great excitement but not without a serious amount of trepidation. We could not help asking the question, “will it be accepted?”. Who would have imagined that today, with just 45 charities we would actually raise over $2 million in the third […]

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“Giving Thanks Tuesday”-Facebook Live Event

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving, commonly referred to as Giving Tuesday, is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Whitefish Community Foundation is putting its own spin on this global day of giving by inviting the public to join in for a Facebook Live event as an opportunity for […]

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WCF Awards $25K Grant to Whitefish School District

Watch the KPAX News story for a peak at the new Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship.   On Friday, October 27th, the Whitefish Community Foundation awarded a Major Community Project Grant of $25,000 to the Whitefish School District Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship. The state of the art center will provide applied learning experiences for K-12 students […]

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Over $2M Awarded through the 2017 Great Fish Community Challenge

    Thank you donors for making the 2017 Great Fish Community Challenge a tremendous success in the third annual campaign! In just three years, the Great Fish Community Challenge has raised over $4.5M for more than 45 charities.     COMPLETE CAMPAIGN RESULTS Whitefish Community Foundation’s Great Fish Campaign awards over $2 Million On […]

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Great Fish Challenge Awards Celebration 2017

The Great Fish Challenge Awards Celebration will be held Thursday, October 12 at Casey’s in downtown Whitefish. A no-host reception will be held from 5:30 – 6:30 PM and the awards presentation will follow from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. In addition to the Great Fish Challenge awards for each of the 45 nonprofits, several special awards […]

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Jingle Competition 2017

Some of our Great Fish Community Challenge Nonprofits worked hard on submissions for our Jingle Competition this year. Please take the time to listen and vote for your favorite. Voting will close on September 22nd at 5:00 PM. The winner of the jingle competition will be announced and awarded $1,000 at our Great Fish Community Challenge Celebration […]

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Great Fish Challenge Leaderboard

Click Here to see the latest updates on the 2017 Great Fish Community Challenge and to view the Leaderboard.

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Whitefish Community Foundation Receives Accreditation

We are very excited to announce that we have completed the National Standards accreditation program and we are officially accredited. What does this mean? The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations accreditation program represents a community foundation’s commitment to go above and beyond federal and state law requirements to demonstrate accountability and excellence to communities, […]

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Great Fish Launch Party

Please join us for Gone Fishin’ and the Great Fish Community Challenge Launch Party! Come enjoy hors’d’oeuvres and drinks, giveaways and grants on Thursday, July 20th from 5-7 PM at First Interstate Bank of Whitefish. Donors will be entered to win an extra bonus grant of $25-$50 for their selected nonprofits by donating through the Great Fish […]

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2017 Community Grant Awards

The Whitefish Community Foundation’s annual Community Grant Program has awarded over $1.5 million to local nonprofits since the program was established in 2000. The 2017 Grant cycle awarded 32 local nonprofit organizations $76,000 in funding at this year’s Community Grant Awards Ceremony, held at the Whitefish Lake Lodge on Thursday, May 18. Three special awards […]

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Farmers Market Community Booth

Would you like to join our Community Booth at the downtown Whitefish Farmers Market this year? In an effort to help with nonprofit awareness and outreach, we provide an opportunity for local nonprofits serving the Whitefish area to be a part of our Community Booth every Tuesday from May 30th – September 26th (excluding July […]

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Major Grant to Whitefish Lake Institute $38,500

                    READ Whitefish Pilot Article Major Grant to Whitefish Lake Institute

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Community Connections

2017 Community Connections

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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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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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Endowment Investment Management Presentation

Thank you for joining us September 23, 2016 for the Endowment Investment Management Presentation with Allie Gormier of Mason Investment Advisory Services. whitefish-donor-presentation-web montana-endowment-tax-credit-2016-presentation Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions. We are here to help you develop your endowment funds to further your programs and services in our community.

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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 $594,000 Raised So Far in the Great Fish Challenge!

Over $594,000.00 Raised To Date! (does not include the match fund) 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 […]

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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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Principals and Practices of Nonprofit Oversight

The 2016 Workshop will be held Monday, April 25 at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake – conference center. Check in is at 8:30 AM. The workshop titled, “Principals and Practices of Nonprofit Oversight” will be taught by Community Foundation President Linda Engh-Grady and Daria Perez, Vice President of Finance and Operations. The workshop will cover policies and […]

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R.I.S.E. Scholarship Program with Glacier Restaurant Group

Headquartered in Whitefish, Montana, Glacier Restaurant Group was formed in 2007 when four unique restaurant concepts merged, resulting in the largest restaurant company based in Montana. Strong brand loyalty and a successful business model provides us with a tremendous opportunity for growth, both through franchising and corporate expansion. With over 600 employees throughout our company, […]

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Senate Passes Bill: Makes IRA Rollover Permanent!

House and Senate Pass Bill Making IRA Rollover Permanent!    The holidays are a busy time of year, but with 2015 yearend less than two weeks away, it makes sense to take some time to finalize your charitable giving plans. And, I have some good news for you! The Senate passed a bill today that […]

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Nonprofits News and Important Dates

Whitefish Community Foundation is A Resource for Nonprofits The Community Grant Program has long been a major source of funding for over 70+ nonprofits each year. Due to the addition of the Great Fish Community Challenge to our grant programs, we are moving the annual Community Grant Program to a winter application and grant awards […]

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2015 Community Grant Program a Record Year!

The Whitefish Community Foundation set a new record high in giving to local charities again this year. Just 30 days after the Great Fish Community Challenge awards presentation where over $1.1 million was distributed to 32 local nonprofits, the Foundation hosted the 15th annual Community Grant Awards on November 5th at the O’Shaughnessy Center. Whitefish Community Foundation Board of Directors distributed […]

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Holiday Giving Card – The Perfect Gift!

Start a new tradition. Send a Holiday Giving Card – an alternative gift idea that honors your family, friends and clients. Your gift will make a lasting difference in our community throughout the year. Your recipients will receive a beautiful holiday card depicting Chuck Haney’s photograph, “Whitefish Winter.” The folded card features a special message inside, […]

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Great Fish Campaign Raises Over $1.1 Million

Thank You Donors for Making the Great Fish Community Challenge a Major Success! This week, the Whitefish Community Foundation distributed over $1.1 million to 32 participating nonprofits in the first annual Great Fish Community Challenge! The fundraiser that began on June 9th pulled in a total of $1,126,860. The campaign received 1,391 contributions totaling $917,764. […]

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15th Annual Community Grant Awards

The Whitefish Community Foundation’s Community Impact Committee has been busy reviewing 91 Grant Applications submitted in June through the Community Grant program, a record number of requests for the Foundation. The Foundation will hold the annual Community Grant Awards Presentation on Thursday, November 5th at the O’Shaughnessy Center. This program comes on top of the […]

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Great Fish Grant Awards Scheduled for October 7th

Join us Wednesday, October 7th at Casey’s in downtown Whitefish to celebrate the end of the Great Fish Community Challenge. At 5:30 PM the Community Foundation will present the total amount raised during the Great Fish Community Challenge and announce the percentage match to the nonprofits from the Foundation. This will be a grand evening you don’t […]

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Major Community Project Grant for Whitefish Theatre Company

The Whitefish Community Foundation awarded a Major Community Project Grant of $25,000 to the Whitefish Theatre Company’s Act Two Capital Campaign. This is the 12th Major Grant funded through the Community Foundation’s program that started in 2010 and the second time is has been awarded to a Whitefish Theatre Company project. The funding will help […]

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Nonprofit Spotlight: Arts and Culture Groups

These Great Fish nonprofits deliver programs and services that greatly enrich appreciation for the arts and our community.  Learn more about each of these organizations and how they plan to use funds raised in the Challenge below. Alpine Theatre Project:  ATP’s mission is to imagine without boundaries, to create vibrant professional entertainment and transformative arts […]

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North Valley Hospital Foundation Receives $200,000 Donation for its Birth Center Expansion

North Valley Hospital Foundation has received a $200,000 donation towards the hospital’s Birth Center expansion, providing a significant leap toward its capital campaign goal of $2MM. Over $1.2MM has been raised for the project. The latest donation was gifted by an anonymous donor via the Whitefish Community Foundation’s Great Fish Challenge which matches a portion […]

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Fish 5K Color Run & Nonprofit Fair – September 9

Great Fish Community Challenge – Come out and celebrate the challenge that is helping your community run! Register for the Color Run HERE. Community Breakfast and Nonprofit Fair 9 AM and the Color Run kicks off at 10 AM. Visit www.greatfishchallenge.org for more information.   

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Great Fish Nonprofit Spotlight: Environmental and Civic Groups

These Great Fish nonprofits deliver programs and services that enrich our environment and our community.   Environmental Groups Nourish The Flathead:  Also called Farm Hands, Nourish The Flathead’s goal is to connect local people to working lands.  They focus on increasing good food access, supporting food security programs, and youth empowerment.  They are raising funds through […]

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Great Fish Superstar: The Wave

The Wave has truly embraced the mission of the Great Fish Community Challenge.  Their management and employees have taken it upon themselves to demonstrate a strong sense of community spirit by fully supporting all the nonprofits in the Challenge. They recently designed and purchased t-shirts that read “Ask Me About The Great Fish Challenge” and […]

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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 […]

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Micro Grant Awarded to Project Whitefish Kids

Micro grant program helps with lawnmower repair Through its immediate micro grant program, the Whitefish Community Foundation recently awarded $1,000 to Project Whitefish Kids, and helped secure additional donor advised funds to help pay for part of a major lawnmower repair. This micro grant program is available to all nonprofits who have an unexpected and immediate […]

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Whitefish Community Foundation Endowment Challenge Program

Helping nonprofits build a source of permanent sustainability. For the past five years, the Community Foundation has been awarding challenge grants to nonprofits that hold endowment funds with it to help them encourage donations to build their permanent endowments. Since the program began in 2010, $80,000 in challenge grant funding has been awarded to local […]

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Professional Advisors Seminar

Featuring Lawrence P. Katzenstein   SAVE THE DATE Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Where: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake Time: 8:30 a.m. Cost: $40 Per Registrant ($50 after July 1) Credit: 3 Credit Hours Who’s Invited:  Professional Advisors, Nonprofits Board Members and Staff who hold endowment funds with the Whitefish Community Foundation   REGISTER HERE or […]

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Tips for Writing Your 2015 Grant

The 2015 Community Grant Application is available now online. Applications are due by June 1, at 3 PM. When writing your grant please use the following tips to help our Community Impact Committee better understand your project or program when it is reviewed. Please write your organization name as it appears on your 501c3 IRS Determination […]

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2015 Community Grant Application

Grant Application Now Available Online The annual Community Grant Program application is now available online for nonprofit organizations to complete and submit.  Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. on June 1. The Community Grant Program has not changed and nonprofits can apply for up to $6,000 in funding. A revised online application has been implemented […]

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2015 Great Fish Community Challenge – Nonprofit Participants

32 Nonprofits Selected in the Inaugural Year of the Great Fish Community Challenge After extensive review, the Whitefish Community Foundation has finalized its selection of nonprofits that will be participating in the 2015 Great Fish Community Challenge.  Beginning June 9, thirty-two organizations will have the opportunity to earn a matching grant in this annual charitable […]

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Nonprofit Spotlight – N.C. Foundation

Founded in 1999, the same year its namesake, Nate Chute, took his own life at just 18-years old, N.C. Foundation is probably best known for the snowboarding competition held annually on Big Mountain in March. This Whitefish foundation’s Board has been presided over by Nate’s father Terry Chute for 16 years. With his wife Secretary-Treasurer […]

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Important Reminders for Nonprofit Fiscal Responsibility

Don’t forget about these upcoming IRS deadlines.  If you have any questions, please give us a call.  We are happy to help. BY JANUARY 31st: File Form 941 for the 4th Quarter of 2014 Deliver W-2s to all employees receiving pay during 2014 File Form UI5 (Unemployment tax) for the 4th Quarter of 2014 Helpful […]

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Nonprofit Spotlight – Whitefish Theatre Company

Whitefish Theatre Company “Act 2” Expansion The I.A. O’Shaughnessy Center opened in 1998 and has served the community well, providing space not only for WTC productions, but for various community events as well.  Over the past 16 years, the community and patronage have grown, along with rental demands and theatrical offerings.  Even the staff and […]

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Welcome 2015 Board Members

The Whitefish Community Foundation is pleased to welcome three new members to the Board of Directors. John Collins, Linda Maetzold and Monica Pastor have joined the Foundation Board and will serve a three year renewable term from 2015-2017. John Collins joined the Finance and Stewardship Committee in 2013. A Whitefish native, John founded John B. […]

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IRA Charitable Rollover Provision Extended

The holidays are a busy time of year, but with 2014 year-end less than two weeks away, it makes sense to take some time to finalize your charitable giving plans.  I have some good news for you. The Senate passed a one-year tax extenders bill and today the President signed H.R. 5771 officially extending the […]

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The Great Fish Community Challenge will replace the Duck Derby in 2015

Join us January 13, 2015 to learn how you can raise funds through the Whitefish Community Foundation’s newest fundraising effort. Saying goodbye to the beloved Duck Derby isn’t easy, but we have exciting news to share with you about a new community fundraising event for 2015. A limited number of local nonprofits will be selected […]

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Nonprofit Workshop

The Annual Nonprofit Workshop hosted by the Community Foundation benefits local nonprofits with all areas of operation including Board development, governance, grant writing, and much more. Find documents on Principals and Practices of Nonprofit Oversight here. The 2016 Workshop will be held Monday, April 25 at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake – conference center. Check in […]

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A Year in Review – 2016 Highlights

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Nonprofit Spotlight – FREEFLOW Club

The FREEFLOW/Environmental Club of Whitefish High School is a group focused on water quality and raising awareness for sustainability.  On field trips, students collect data on lakes, streams and groundwater.  They also compete in Envirothon and attend the University of Montana Natural Resource camp.   This year, they are raising money for the construction of a […]

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2014 Year End Giving Creates Impact In Our Community

      Would you like to make a gift that supports over 80 different local nonprofit organizations working in all areas of arts, human services, education, conservation and more?   The Whitefish Community Foundation is your one-stop shop for charitable giving and provides an easy way to greatly impact your community. You are able to […]

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Charitable Funds – A Smart Way to Manage Giving

What is a Charitable Fund? A flexible, tax-smart way to manage your giving.  Open a donor-advised fund at the Whitefish Community Foundation to help achieve your philanthropic goals and realize many benefits. If you regularly give a modest amount to multiple charities each year, a Whitefish Community Foundation donor-advised fund is a simple and tax-smart […]

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November 2014 Giving Together Newsletter

Click below to read the latest edition of Giving Together November 2014 Giving Together Newsletter To View on an iPad click PDF link below. 2014 Newsletter November

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Join Us on December 2nd for #GivingTuesday

The Power of Giving Together  We all look forward to spending Thanksgiving with family and friends this Thursday.  On “Black Friday” many will be shopping for bargains.  Saturday has been tagged as “Small Business Saturday” and Monday has become known as “Cyber Monday”. On Tuesday, December 2nd, consider taking a few deep breaths and then […]

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2014 Community Grant Awards

Another Record Year for the Community Grant Program The Whitefish Community Foundation set a new record high in giving to local nonprofits through the 2014 Community Grant Program. Just over $257,000 was distributed to a record 74 nonprofit organizations this year. This is over $60,000 more in funding from the Foundation’s annual grant program and […]

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Major Challenge Grant to Whitefish Legacy Partners

Whitefish Community Foundation Board of Directors presented  a $100,000 Challenge Grant to the Whitefish Legacy Partners  for the Beaver Lakes Conservation Project.  Major Grant Award -A Challenge to the Community! The Whitefish Community Foundation is pleased to announce that a Challenge has been offered to the Whitefish Legacy Partners of $100,000! WLP is very close to […]

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Annual Community Grant Awards November 6th

Pictured: Stumptown Art Studio received the 2013 Great Fish Award last year. 2014 Annual Community Grant Awards Presentation Join us Thursday, November 6th at the O’Shaughnessy The Whitefish Community Foundation’s Community Impact Committee has been hard at work this summer reviewing grant applications. On May 31st, the Foundation received 86 applications requesting close to $400,000. […]

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Planned Giving Brief

Planned Giving Brief

Planned Giving Brief: Gifts of Stock   Rather than selling your stock, consider making a gift of stock to a local charity. Transferring stock instead of selling it will help you avoid capital gains taxes and allow you to put your gift to work for the causes you care about most.    Read more on […]

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Results for the 6th Annual Duck Derby

Thank you for your support! The Whitefish Duck Derby now in its sixth season, was a great success! The event raised over $61,000 for local nonprofits through the Community Grants Fund. Included are instant grants that will go directly back to nonprofits that participated in the derby sales. The Duck Derby event hosts four races each […]

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CASA for Kids Provides Advocates for Children – Fundraising Bike Ride July 26

Sixteen year old Braydon spends his free time texting friends, working out and listening to music. He loves to read and works hard to excel academically; he believes education is his key to a bright future. When he was 12, after a life time of abuse and neglect, he and his siblings were placed into […]

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6th Annual Duck Derby – August 10th

It’s duck season at the Whitefish Community Foundation and our stable of ducks are faster then ever this year. Slow water will be no problem for these little quackers! If you have not adopted yet there is still time. We will be out and about Whitefish this week giving you plenty of opportunities to adopt […]

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Summer Art Social Provides Funding for the Community

The 2014 Summer Art Social was another tremendous success this year thanks to the many patrons who attended. Over 340 people enjoyed the wonderful food provided by Iron Horse Chef Johnny Alamilla and fine wines provided by Fun Beverage. Eleven artists were painting on location as patrons watched and then sold in a live auction format. […]

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Spotlight on the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation

If all of the trails in The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex were laid out end to end they could form a trail long enough to connect Helena, Montana to Washington D.C. Every six years, through the cooperation of the U.S. Forest Service, partner groups, individual volunteers and generous donors the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation (BMWF) […]

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Whitefish Wolverines Hockey Club Seeks Volunteer Opportunities

Whitefish will have a new hockey team to cheer for next fall when the Whitefish Wolverines take to the ice at the Stumptown Ice Den. Josh Steel, general manager and president, and head coach Joakim Falt look forward to the higher level of competition in the Western States Hockey League, while offering something new, bold, […]

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Nonprofit Potpourri Workshop Follow Up

The 2014 Nonprofit Potpourri Workshop was well attended by 60 staff and board members of our local nonprofit organizations.  Attendees received a brush up on bookkeeping for nonprofits, presented by the Foundation’s Controller Daria Perez.  She offered to post a copy of her Presentation Slides, a template of Accounting Policies and Procedures Manual for organizations […]

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Register on Website for Online Grant Application

All nonprofits who plan to submit an grant proposal should sign up If you are going to be the person designated to prepare the 2014 Community Grant application for your organization, we would ask you to register and create your login on the Foundation’s website.  This process takes a couple of days, so register before you want to start working on your application […]

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Sign Up for the April 23 Nonprofit Workshop

  The Whitefish Community Foundation will offer a nonprofit breakfast and workshop titled “Nonprofit Potpourri” on April 23, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   The agenda will include: Bookkeeping 101 – Daria Perez, WCF Controller Whitefish Community Foundation Grants Introduction to Online Grant Application – Linda       Engh-Grady Panel Discussion with Grant Committee Co-Chairs, Doug Reed and Ardy Whisler Introduction to […]

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A Year in Review – 2013 Highlights

Getting Started: 1. Click “Start Prezi” and wait a moment for it to load. 2. Navigate forward and backward through the Year in Review with the arrows below the presentation. 3. Click on text, photos, or videos to zoom in. 4. To zoom out again, click an arrow to resume the presentation. Helpful Tips: 1. […]

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Immediate Micro Grants provide quick response to unexpected needs

Nonprofit organizations live on a shoestring and have learned to adapt to having limited funds.  So when the heating system fails, or the elevator quits working or the lease for office space is terminated what do they do?  Those are not expenses that the organization planned or budgeted.  What if a project that was planned experienced unexpected complications […]

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Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

As the New Year begins, the Whitefish Community Foundation welcomes two new members to the Board of Directors and a new Board President. David Dittman was welcomed in as the new Board President to succeed Carol Atkinson who served for three years as Board President. Karen Rosenberg and Jamie Shennan have been appointed to the Community […]

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Year End Giving Creates Impact in our Community

    Would you like to make a gift that supports over 80 different local nonprofit organizations working in all areas of arts, human services, education, conservation and more? When you make a gift to the Whitefish Community Foundation your gift will have great impact on your community. How many of us sit down and […]

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Join us for #Giving Tuesday on December 3rd

  We all look forward to spending Thanksgiving with family and friends this Thursday.  On “Black Friday” many will be shopping for bargains.  Saturday has been tagged as “Shop Local” day and Monday has become known as “Cyber Monday”. On Tuesday, December 3rd, consider taking a few deep breaths and then join people from around […]

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Iron Horse Foundation Grants $1 Million to Whitefish Schools

The Iron Horse Foundation held by the Community Foundation awarded a $1 Million grant for the renovation and expansion of the physical education wing at the new High School.  Murray Craven announced the grant award in a special presentation that highlighted the background on the funding for the award and that the new facility would be named […]

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2013 Annual Grant Awards Reach New Heights in Community Giving

$1,434,000 was awarded at the 13th annual event held November 7th at the O’Shaughnessy Center. Awards ranged from $500 to $6,000 from the Foundation’s competitive grant program. This year 66 grants totaling over $182,000 were distributed from the Community Grants Fund. Funding for the Foundation’s Grants Programs comes from private donations, the annual Whitefish Duck […]

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13th Annual Community Grant Awards Presentation

Join the Whitefish Community Foundation for the 13th Annual Community Grant Awards Presentation on November 7th at 7:00 pm. Nearly 100 local nonprofit organizations will receive grants from the Foundation’s Community Grant Fund or from Donor Advised Funds.  It will be an exciting evening of philanthropy. November 7th O’Shaughnessy Cultural Arts Center 7:00 Reception – […]

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Voices of CASA support children with court appointed advocates

Transitions for an adult or an organization are one thing, but imagine yourself as a young child in a home situation where drug use and abuse is the norm. When your situation is brought to the attention of Children Protective Services (CPS) either by teachers, neighbors, doctors or law enforcement officers, you are removed from […]

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Whitefish Girls Soccer Team Clean and Audit Derby Ducks

The Whitefish High School Girls Soccer Team managed to fit time into their schedule for a community service project recently.  They met at the Whitefish Community Foundation to wash, sort and audit the derby ducks to prepare for next summer’s annual Duck Derby.  The girls gathered after school to complete this project and then had […]

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Immediate Micro Grants Assist Nonprofits With Unexpected Expenses

The Whitefish Community Foundation’s Immediate Micro Grant program has assisted the serious needs of three organizations recently. Glacier Symphony, North Valley Music School and the Hockaday Museum of Art all benefited by the new Immediate Micro Grant Program that helps nonprofits with immediate, unexpected and emergency needs. This program is designed to award smaller grants […]

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Beat the Economy with Smarter Giving

It always feels good when you give to a cause you love. It feels even better when your plans help your bottom line as you help others. Many people limit their possibilities by thinking of “giving” as sending cash or writing a check to charity. Giving can be much more. With taxes going up, it […]

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Nourish the Flathead’s Senior Coupon Program

This year’s Downtown Whitefish Farmer’s Market has seen the premiere of the Nourish the Flathead Senior Coupon Program. This exciting program is built upon the organizations successful SNAP2 program which provides a $5 incentive for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit recipients to use each time they use their SNAP benefits at the Farmer’s Market.  The […]

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Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation: Helping raise the next generation of wilderness stewards

The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation provides conservation and stewardship of one of the world’s most spectacular places,  Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Each year the foundation engages hundreds of hard-working volunteers, including youth, in projects that clear trails, restore heavily used areas, maintain historic structures, and fight noxious weeds. Volunteers participate in extended backcountry trips […]

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Stumptown Art Studio presents Windows on Whitefish

Windows on Whitefish – Spring Window Installed Photo:  Matt Baldwin, Whitefish Pilot Windows on Whitefish is a public art project facilitated by Stumptown Art Studio. The project involves the creation of a series of 4 mosaic murals depicting the 4 seasons of Whitefish. “WOW” was launched with the intention of bringing our community together to […]

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Foundation Receives 86 Grant Applications for 2013

    Whitefish High School Students Jessica Baldonado (left) and Hannah Gulbrandson (right) work with DNA kits purchased with 2012 Grant Funds There was a flurry of activity at the Foundation office the last week of May when 86 grant applications were delivered by local nonprofit organizations so that their mission, project and application would be considered […]

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SMARTER GIVING: Are You Looking to Save Money This Year?

 Are You Planning for Your Future?  We can Help! There are a number of charitable plans that can help you save on taxes this year and secure your financial future. You can receive a charitable deduction by making a gift of your low performing CDs, stocks, bonds or even cash.  We can also accept your appreciated […]

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Whitefish Middle School Awarded the 2013 YIPP Grant

The Student Government of Whitefish Middle School was recently awarded the $2,000 Youth in Philanthropy Projects (YIPP) Grant for 2013. Two of the school student body officers, Mckaya Stone and Derek Kastella along with their advisor Chris Holt, recently presented their project, which they titled “The Lunchroom/Outdoors Improvement Package” to the Executive Committee of the Whitefish Community Foundation. Their presentation […]

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