2012 Annual Grant Awards Reach new Heights in Community Giving

Over $345,000 awarded to local nonprofits in an evening of Philanthropy

Photo by Matt Baldwin – Whitefish Pilot

The Whitefish Community Foundation set a new record high in giving to local nonprofits at the 2012 Grant Awards Presentation. More then 300 people watched as over $345,000 was awarded at the 12th annual Community Grants Presentation Event held November 1 at the O’Shaughnessy Center. Grant awards ranged from $500 to $6,000 from the Foundation’s Community Grants Fund, a competitive grant program. This year 60 grants totaling $151,000 were distributed from the Community Grants Fund, a 50% increase over last year’s funding of $110,000 to 48 organizations. Funding for the Community Grants Program comes from private donations, the annual Whitefish Duck Derby that raised $50,000 for grants this year, the Summer Art Social, and interest from the Foundation’s growing Permanent Endowment Fund.

An additional $195,000 was awarded from eight of the Foundation’s Donor-Advised Funds. The Iron Horse Foundation fund distributed $12,000 in three grants to local nonprofits including a grant to the Whitefish CARE in support of the holiday food bag program for children. This program assists families in need with food for children while they are out of school for the Christmas holiday. Whitefish Mountain Resort Fund awarded over $22,000 in 34 grants to area nonprofits. CEO Dan Graves highlighted the Intermountain Children’s Home as one the many organizations it annually supports through the WMR fund along with a special grant of $6,000 to North Valley Food Bank to help with their holiday meals program.Some organizations were awarded several grants from both the Community Grants Program and the Donor-Advised Funds. North Valley Food Bank received seven grants totaling over $42,500 some of which was directed toward the Food Banks building campaign. Programs that benefit the Whitefish School district received over $26,000 in grants to help fund projects in music, science, wellness, mental health counseling and more. In all, over 150 grants were awarded to 88 different organizations.

Board President Carol Atkinson presented the Great Fish Award to the Whitefish Rotary organization for their work over the past 35 years on the Magic of Christmas. Sue Carsten’s co-chair for the Magic of Christmas and Bambi Goodman were presented the award that recognizes the value and service a local nonprofit provides to the community and comes with $1,000 grant. Previous recipients were Whitefish Community Library, Shepherd’s Hand Free Clinic, DREAM Adaptive, North Valley Food Bank and Whitefish Theatre Company.

Pictured left to right: Connie Heckathorn, Sue Carstens, Scott Ringer and Bambi Goodman. Photo by Matt Baldwin, Whitefish Pilot

An annual award created in 2010 from the bequest to the Foundation by Doris Schumm a long time Board member was also awarded at the event. The Doris Schumm Community Spirit Award which comes with a $1,000 grant was awarded to the Whitefish Legacy Partners. The award is selected each year by the Grants Committee with guidance from Surrey Schumm, Doris Schumm’s daughter. Previous recipients include Whitefish Lake Institute and the Glacier Nordic Club.

For more information about the Whitefish Community Foundation, visit the website at www.whitefishcommunityfoudation.org or call Linda at 406-863-1781.