Great Fish Challenge Match Fund
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Support the Great Fish Challenge MATCH!

The Great Fish Community Challenge Match Fund is comprised of gifts from generous individuals that see the value of philanthropy because of what it can do to change lives. The Great Fish Community Challenge embodies the spirit of philanthropy and is inspiring our community to give.

Frequently Asked Questions about The Great Fish Match

What is the Match Percentage and How is It Calculated?

The percentage varies annually and is based on the total amount of match money raised and the total amount of designated contributions. The first $20,000 of each nonprofit’s designated gifts are eligible for matching, and in recent years, the matching grant on these gifts has been approximately 48% to 55%. The percentage of the Match will not be known until the campaign is over and the Match is calculated.  All eligible participating organizations receive the same percent of matching dollars on the first $20,000 in designated contributions they raise.

How are the Funds Distributed?

One hundred percent of the contributions are distributed to nonprofits designated by donors (subject to the Community Foundation’s variance power) along with a percentage matching grant on the first $20,000 raised on their behalf. A nonprofit must raise a minimum of $5,000 to receive a percentage match.

Who Provides the Matching Funds

Whitefish Community Foundation starts the Match with $200,000. This initial money comes from the Circle of Giving. The Match fund grows as more individuals join to the Circle and as more individuals give directly to the Great Fish Challenge Match Fund (Challengers).

How Can You Help?

Make a gift to the Great Fish Challenge Match Fund. By making your gift to the Match, or joining the Circle of Giving you will help to inspire more individuals to give during the Challenge. Because the Match Fund is integral to the success of the Great Fish Community Challenge, you can make a gift at anytime during the year.  Your gift of any amount will help the Whitefish Community Foundation match each gift that is made through the Great Fish Community Challenge.


  • AGL Foundation
  • Teri and Jeff Allen
  • Anonymous
  • Carol and Richard Atkinson
  • Julie and Summerfield Baldridge
  • Sharon and Dean Baltzell
  • Charlene and Stephen Barasch
  • Cindy and Mogens Bay
  • Betsy and Bill Bayne
  • Dolores and James Beightol
  • Mary Ann and William Bindley
  • Sandy and Dick Boyce
  • Beth and Jerome Broussard
  • Rockwood Brown In Memory of Marilyn Brown
  • Dorothy and Luther Campbell
  • Eileen Bocci Campbell
  • Janice and James Case
  • Karen and Nick Chickering
  • Jane Kollmeyer and Terry Chute
  • CK and Jim Coles
  • Anne and John Collins
  • Linda Cornutt
  • Candy and Eddie Debartolo and Family
  • Debbie and Robert Douglas
  • Barbara and Mike Gallagher
  • Laura and James Garbacz
  • Kathy and Greg Garrison
  • Caeli and Denny Gignoux

  • Cheryl Watkins and Richard Gordon
  • Linda Engh-Grady and Dave Grady
  • Colleen and Peter Grant
  • Sarah and John Graves
  • Cindy and Joe Gregory
  • Shirley and John Griffith
  • Jill and Christopher Gwaltney
  • Jes and John Hagale
  • Mary Lloyd and Richard Harding
  • Stephanie and Fred Harman
  • Marianne and Fred Hawkins
  • Shannon and Brian Haycox
  • Patty and Bob Hayes
  • Kristin and Gregory Hetzer
  • Bill Howard
  • Jodi and Steve Howard
  • Cheryl and Brad Howard
  • Ila B. Dousman Fund Inc.
  • Iron Horse Foundation
  • Barbara and Mike Jenson
  • Ann and Paul Jeremiassen
  • Maureen and John King
  • John Kramer
  • Mignon and Jay Latimer
  • Gerry and Frank Leftwich
  • Sherry and Dave Lesar
  • Linda and Charles Maetzold
  • Allison and Rick Magnuson
  • Janet Mayo
  • Maureen and Marlin McKeever

  • Lori Miller
  • Ellen and Matt Moran
  • Barbara Morris
  • Teresa and Tom Quinn
  • Nikki and Doug Reed
  • Sue and Hank Ricklefs
  • Karen and Ron Rosenberg
  • Leanne Schlinger
  • Stacy Schlinger
  • Mark Schmidt
  • Marie and Mike Shaw
  • Janna and Jamie Shennan
  • Carole and Roger Spragg
  • Nancy and David Stokes
  • Jill and James Stroud
  • Peter Tracy
  • Linda and Andrew Viens
  • Lori and Robb Voyles
  • Dori and Bill Walton
  • Katie and Benjamin Ward
  • Leslie and Mike Warning
  • Boots and Alan Warrick
  • Carol Bibler and Jim Watson
  • Byrdie and Ken Wessels
  • Ardy and Steve Whisler
  • Mary and Hal Williamson
  • Bet and Doug Wise
  •  Susan and John Witt

Meet the 2019 Great Fish Challengers


Challengers are individuals and businesses that make a gift to the Great Fish Challenge Match Fund benefiting all charities in the Challenge! 

  • Anonymous (3)
  • Rebecca Broussard
  • Russell and Sandra Carpenter
  • Michael Carver
  • Jennifer Cloutier
  • Lawrence Cohen and Susan Eberle
  • Tim and Deidre Corson
  • Lyndel Cubberley
  • John and Brenda Dulski
  • Bennett and Lynn Dykstra
  • Dave and Sarah Ericson
  • Gil and Ruth Harrison

  • Lori Heatherington
  • Bernard Hurd
  • Biff Jones and Mary Glaeser
  • William and Ann Jones
  • Mike and Mae Koopal
  • Rich and Catherine Kraft
  • Loula’s Cafe
  • Mary Anne Lower
  • Scottie and Gayle MacLaren
  • Jim Mechem and JeanAnne Swope
  • Larry Myers
  • Alan Myers-Davis and Frances Montanye

  • Tana Oyler
  • Kara Peters
  • Steven Piha
  • Premier Healthcare Solutions
  • Suzy Riley-Elliott
  • Schellinger Construction
  • Franklin Schroeter
  • Dave and Glenda Scott
  • David Stewart
  • Billie Thomas
  • Jim Watson and Carol Bibler
  • YourCause, LLC