Community Foundation Awards $2,000 YIPP Grant to Middle School Students

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Whitefish Middle School Student Government presented to the Whitefish Community Foundation Executive Committee on their YIPP grant application. Students presenting included (left to right) Kate Ehrenberg, Cassidy Grady, Sam Benkelman Ryan Brown and McKayla Stone (not present).



The Whitefish Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the Whitefish Middle School Student Government Council is the successful recipient of the first YIPP Grant (Youth In Philanthropy Program). YIPP is a new program started by the Foundation to encourage youth in philanthropy projects. The Middle School Student Government comprised of nineteen 7th and 8th grade students has been raising money to purchase and install four outdoor picnic tables and park three benches on the grounds of Whitefish Middle School. To date they have raised $1,500 for their project by baking and selling cookies at school dances, school concerts and sporting events. Their goal is to raise a total of $2,500. Students representing Whitefish Middle School Student Government including: Sam Benkelman, Ryan Brown, Cassidy Grady, Kate Ehrenberg and McKayla Stone presented their grant proposal in front of members of the Foundation’s Executive Committee. The Committee was very impressed with their organization, focus and fundraising progress. Through the YIPP grant award, the Foundation will match up to $2,000 of the funds raised by the students. The Community Foundation sees this is the start of many great projects for the Youth in Philanthropy Program. It is a excellent program to teach area youth about fundraising and encourage them to get involved in good things that benefit their community. YIPP is open to students in Whitefish Middle School and High School. For more information contact the Whitefish Community Foundation at 406-863-1781.


Students in the Whitefish 2012 YIPP Cooking BakingMiddle School Student Government work during their lunch break to frost cookies that will be sold at the upcoming school dance to raise money for their YIPP Project. They plan to buy and install 4 outdoor picnic tables and benches on the grounds of the Middle School. Pictured: (back row left to right) Jessie Walburn, Mariah Drown, front row Emma Amidon and Joey Walp.