Where GIVING TOGETHER creates Impact
Where FUTURES are made BETTER for All
Where the COMMUNITY is INSPIRED
We are a MEANS through which GENEROSITY is MAXIMIZED
What is Whitefish Community Foundation?
Whitefish Community Foundation is focused mainly on the greater Whitefish area. The Foundation's top priority is to meet the needs of the Whitefish community and schools. The Foundation does expand its reach by providing support for organizations that are serving the critical needs in surrounding communities of the Flathead Valley, especially when these are services not offered in Whitefish.
The Community Foundation's Board of Directors is comprised of 18 local individuals that are deeply involved with the Foundation's work and the community. The Board of Directors bring a vast amount of knowledge to the Foundation. They are donors, fund holders, fundraisers, business owners, and entrepreneurs.
Foundation assets have grown to over $28 million in 2018 . The Foundation has over $9M in permanently endowed assets and its own endowment fund is over $3M. Donor Advised Fund assets total more than $14M with the average fund size $250,000.
Whitefish Community Foundation's Grant Programs have expanded to cover many needs in the area. The Foundation's combined grant programs award over $600,000 annually.
WCF employs two full-time employees and two part-time employees. The Foundation staff has grown over the years to manage the growing number of programs offered. With the organization of the Great Fish Community Challenge, the WCF added two additional part-time employees and continues to use a seasonal special projects employee as the work warrants.
WCF currently has over 145 Funds. The Foundation offers Donor Advised, Designated, Agency, Endowment, Annuity, and Scholarship Funds.
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Whitefish Community Foundation offers donors and nonprofits a resource for philanthropy. We provide nonprofits with a source for grant revenue, we help manage and grow nonprofit endowment funds, and we help encourage donors to give back to our community. For donors, we offer tax advantages and planned giving, we educate donors on where their money is needed and where they can make the most impact, and we offer simplified giving platforms with many advantages.
Whitefish Community Foundation offers donors a way to simplify their charitable giving:
No. Whitefish Community Foundation makes charitable giving easy for donors through its Donor Advised Fund Program. It also works with local nonprofits and donors through a giving platform that inspires the community to give during the Great Fish Community Challenge by offering a matching grant. Donors often get involved with the Community Foundation when they are short-term residents because it is a way for them to get involved with the community on a level that works for them.
Whitefish Community Foundation has a very diversified source of operating funds:
Whitefish Community Foundation offers donors a professional Donor Advised Program that is convenient, easy to use, and offers a very competitive low administration fee to manage your fund. You can access our community knowledge and find out what programs and nonprofits need. Your fund can be invested just like a commercial charitable fund but when you open a Donor Advised Fund with Whitefish Community Foundation, the low fees you pay will stay here and benefit your community.
Yes, you can recommend a grant from your Donor Advised Fund to any 501(c)(3) charity in the United States and to qualifying international charities.
There are several reasons to consider a Donor Advised Fund over a Private Foundation as your charitable giving tool: