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Great Fish Community Challenge Countdown 2019

The 2019 Great Fish Community Challenge has officially ended. Thank You for Giving!

It is easy to make a donation to your favorite nonprofits through the Great Fish Community Challenge.  You can be assured that 100% of your donation will go to your designated nonprofits. By giving through the Challenge, you will maximize your contribution and earn your designated charity a matching grant from the Great Fish Match Fund. 


You can donate to as many of the participating nonprofits as you would like with just one transaction and one tax receipt to keep track of. You can also give to the Great Fish Match that will go to all 50 participating nonprofits through the Great Fish Match.

2019 Participating Charities

Abbie Shelter

Alpine Theatre Project

Backpack Assistance Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flathead County

Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation

CASA for Kids

Center for Restorative Youth Justice

CF-WF HS Swim Teams

Child Bridge

DREAM Adaptive Recreation

Farm Hands – Nourish the Flathead

Flathead Area Mountain Bikers

Flathead Cancer Aid Services

Flathead Food Bank

Flathead Land Trust

Flathead Rapids Youth Soccer

Flathead Valley Community College Foundation

Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation

Flathead Youth Home

Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center

Gateway to Glacier Trail

Glacier Institute

Glacier National Park Conservancy

Glacier Nordic Club

Glacier Symphony & Chorale

Habitat for Humanity of Flathead Valley

Humane Society of Northwest Montana

Kalispell Regional Healthcare Foundation – A.L.E.R.T.

Lighthouse Christian Home & Services

Montana Kayak Academy

Nate Chute Foundation

North Valley Food Bank

North Valley Hospital Foundation

North Valley Music School

North West Montana Veterans Stand Down

Project Whitefish Kids

Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center

Samaritan House

Shepherd’s Hand

Sparrow’s Nest of NW MT

Stumptown Art Studio

Tamarack Grief Resource Center

WAG – Whitefish Animal Group

Whitefish Community Foundation

Whitefish Lake Institute

Whitefish Legacy Partners

Whitefish Library Association

Whitefish Review

Whitefish Rotary Charitable Fund

Whitefish School District Education Foundation

Whitefish Sports Facility Foundation

Whitefish Theatre Company

Whitefish Veterans Support Team

Donor Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I pick up an Official Donation Form?

The official donor will be mailed out July 23. You can pick one up at many downtown businesses, from any participating nonprofit organization, or the Whitefish Community Foundation office, located at 214 Second Street West. Call us and we will be happy to mail you a form 406-863-1781.

Does the Whitefish Community Foundation deduct any fees from my donation to a nonprofit?

Participation in the Great Fish Community Challenge is free for nonprofits. Nonprofits receive 100% of the proceeds from designated donations.  With the help of major sponsors and the Title Sponsor BNSF Railway, the Community Foundation covers all the advertising, marketing, printing, tax receipts, postage, administration, and event costs, plus,  an additional percentage matching grant from the Whitefish Community Foundation. Gifts made by credit card will be charged a fee by the credit card processor. Each nonprofit will cover the credit card fees accessed on their gifts. The fee is currently 2.9%.

When will the organizations receive the donations?

An awards party is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, October 10, 2019. Designated gifts, plus the matching grant will be presented at that event. This event is free and open to the public.

How will I receive a tax receipt?

The Whitefish Community Foundation processes all gifts and will mail you a tax receipt from the Foundation. The Whitefish Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. (Section 509(a)(1) organization as referred to in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)). EIN Number 81-0533002.   Please be sure to send the completed donor form with your donation so that we know where to send the letter. If you need another letter please email us.

Will I get a thank you note from the nonprofits?

Yes.  Each nonprofit has the ability to access a list of donors by logging into their fund in order to monitor donations and send personal letters. If you would like to remain anonymous please mark the box on the donation form or on the online submission form and your information will not be shared.

Where does the Great Fish Match funding come from?

The Whitefish Community Foundation’s unrestricted donations and from Foundation fundraising programs.

Our Circle of Giving donors sponsor the majority of the Great Fish Match. Circle donors contribute from $5,000 to $40,000 or more annually to support the Foundation’s Grant Programs. Individuals and businesses give to the Great Fish Match Fund to help increase the percentage match to nonprofits.


  • *All donations are subject to the Community Foundation‘s variance power.
  • To ensure your gift is fully tax deductible, you may not receive any goods or services in return for your contribution.
  • Whitefish Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Corporation, EIN#81-0533002.


*Variance Power.  Donations to the Great Fish Community Challenge are subject to the variance power described in Treas. Reg. Sec. 1.170.A-9(f)(11)(v)(B)(1), as amended from time to time. Pursuant to the variance power, the Whitefish Community Foundation Board of Directors shall have the power to modify any restriction or condition on the distribution of funds for any specified charitable purpose or to specified organizations, if in their sole judgment (without the approval of any advisor, trustee, custodian, or agent) such restriction or condition becomes, in effect, unnecessary, incapable of fulfillment, or inconsistent with the charitable needs of the Community Foundation.