Ways to Give
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A CHARITABLE GIVING CAMPAIGN   JULY 30 – September 18, 2020   

Ways to Give

It is easy to give to multiple charities with just one gift!

Donate Online
Download the Use of Funds Brochure


Donate using Appreciated Securities

Gifts of stock can be made by calling our office at 406-863-1781 or contact Linda Engh-Grady or Daria Perez directly at contact@whitefishcommunityfoundation.org.

Donate using an IRA Rollover

You can make a distribution directly from your IRA and avoid taking it as income if you are age 70 1/2 or older. Contact your financial representative and have them direct your IRA Distribution directly to the Whitefish Community Foundation. Then, inform us that your gift is coming. You can call (406)863-1781,  email us, or send in the official donation form with your gift designations filled out and let us know your distribution check is on its way.

Donate using your Donor Advised Fund

If you hold a Donor Advised Fund with the Whitefish Community Foundation you can recommend a grant to one or several of the participating charities through the online portal or, you can fill out the Official Donation Form and return it to us and we will process your grants to your designated charities Great Fish Community Challenge funds.

If you have a fund out side of the Whitefish Community Foundation, you can recommend one grant to the Whitefish Community Foundation and then fill out and return the Official Donation Form so that we can designate your gift as you have stated on your form. Please contact us so that we know you be on the lookout for your grant coming in.

Donate by Credit Card

You can Donate Online using your credit card. You can give to several nonprofits with one transaction using our shopping cart. You will only have to track one tax receipt from the Whitefish Community Foundation. You can also call us on the phone if you would like to donate use your credit card 406-863-1781. We will be happy to assist you.

Nonprofits in the 2020 Great Fish Community Challenge

See a list of all the nonprofits in the 2020 Challenge HERE

Review what each nonprofit is raising funds for in the Use of Funds 2020 or click on the nonprofit logo and see the use of funds on their donation page.

It is easy to make a donation to your favorite nonprofits through the Great Fish Community Challenge.  Be assured that 100% of your donation will go to your designated nonprofits. You will maximize your contribution and earn your nonprofits a matching grant on a percentage of your donation. 

Donor Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I pick up an Official Donation Form?

The official donor will be mailed out July 29. 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 26, 2020. 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.

Interested in learning more about becoming a member of the Circle of Giving 

Make a gift to the Great Fish Match Fund and become a Great Fish Challenger!

There are two categories for giving: community donors and Challengers. Community donors make a single designated gift, allocated between the specific nonprofits they wish to support. Challengers give to the Great Fish Match Fund to help increase the Match, which will substantially increase the impact of each participating organization’s fundraising efforts during the Challenge giving period.

Community Donor Vs. Challenger

What is a Community Donor?

A Community Donor gives to one or more participating nonprofits to help the selected charities build up a pool of designated community donations. By donating through the Great Fish Community Challenge during the giving period, the impact of each donor’s gift is augmented through the additional funding provided by the Great Fish Match Fund in the form of a partial matching grant. At the end of the Challenge, the percentage match is added to each nonprofits pool of gifts. The final amount of the percentage match will be announced at the awards event.

When the giving period opens, it is easy to become a donor. Simply select your favorite charities, determine how much you wish to give them, and make one donation for the total designated amount.  All gifts are made through the Whitefish Community Foundation. Gifts of all sizes are appreciated and when pooled together, they create serious impact for each nonprofit.

What is a Challenger?

The Challengers are individuals and businesses who donate directly to the Great Fish Match Fund. Those gifts are used to match the donations of the community.  Challengers give a direct gift of any amount to the Great Fish Match Fund benefiting all participating nonprofits. This money forms the match pool in addition to the funding that comes from donors in the Circle of Giving. 

Challengers can be proud to call themselves community leaders who are helping to promote charitable giving. The Great Fish Community Challenge  highlights the tremendous work of local nonprofits and inspires community appreciation for that work.

For information about the Great Fish Challenge Match Fund or how to join the Circle of Giving, contact Linda Engh-Grady at 406-863-1781.


  • *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.