The Whitefish Community Foundation awarded seven capital grants this past week in honor of Mary Jane and Russ Street. The Streets left the Community Foundation an unrestricted gift of just over $1.1 Million. The majority of the gift was placed in the Foundation’s permanent endowment fund where the interest will help the Foundation benefit our community for years to come through the Community Grant Program.
The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation wanted to make an immediate and significant impact with this gift on the community. The grants to the seven organizations were made in honor of the Streets, and the capital projects were selected based on the Street’s personal affiliations. Nephew and Foundation board member, Mike Jenson, helped to select the projects based on the Street’s interests. Each of the organizations selected received a grant of $25,000.
The organizations included the North Valley Food Bank’s building campaign and Shepherd’s Hand endowment fund campaign, because the Streets valued helping those in need. North Valley Hospital’s building campaign for the OB expansion was selected because the Streets respected the work of the hospital and were long time supporters. The City of Whitefish’s Fire Hall to help with current equipment needs was selected because Russ was a volunteer fireman for the city during the 50’s and 60’s. Whitefish Legacy Partners Conservation Campaign and Whitefish Lake Institute were both selected because the Streets made their early living on Whitefish Lake with the Bay Point Cabins and preservation of Whitefish Lake meant a lot to them. The Glacier Twins Stadium Project was selected because the Street’s boys were both very involved with sports and played on the historical stadium fields.
All of the recipient organizations were surprised with a check on Thursday afternoon with visits from Whitefish Community Foundation’s Board members. In all, $175,000 was awarded for capital projects that will have a lasting effect on the future of Whitefish.
To learn more about the Whitefish Community Foundation and how you can benefit your community by leaving a bequest or making a lasting gift, please call the Foundation at 406‐863‐1781 or visit www.whitefishcommunityfoundation.org. Giving together we can make a difference.