GREAT FISH COMMUNITY CHALLENGE
AUGUST 8 – SEPTEMBER 13, 2024

We are excited to announce that 80 local nonprofits will participate in this year’s Great Fish Community Challenge! Get ready to Give Where You Live starting August 8.

Experience a donor advised FUND


A Donor Advised Fund offers individuals and families the ease and flexibility of giving, similar to a private foundation but without all the expense and administration. Gifts of cash or appreciated securities can be donated to set up your fund. You use your fund to make grants to charities over a period of time. Your gift can grow tax free through several investment options. The Community Foundation will do all the administration so that you can focus on your philanthropy.

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Leave Your Legacy


A Legacy Fund is a charitable tool that allows you to set up a bequest to your community to direct your gift to the nonprofits that are aligned with your interests and passions. A Legacy Fund is a designated endowment fund that allows your gift to make annual distributions from your named fund in perpetuity. It is a wonderful way for you to leave a legacy to your community and be remembered for it.                                

Build Sustainable Growth for Local Nonprofits


The Montana Qualified Endowment Credit offers donors the opportunity to save on their Montana tax liability while providing a sustainable source of funding for their favorite charities. Donors can receive a state income tax credit of 40% of the present value of a qualifying planned gift, up to $15,000 per year for an individual ($30,000 if filing jointly).

Nonprofit Development Program


Whitefish Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Development Program offers professional development and networking opportunities free of charge for employees and volunteers of local nonprofit organizations. Click below to find out how we can assist your nonprofit.
 

2023 ANNUAL REPORT

Together we grow

 

80 Nonprofits to Raise Funds in the 10th Great Fish Community Challenge

Eighty Flathead Valley nonprofit organizations will participate in the 10th annual Great Fish Community Challenge hosted by Whitefish Community Foundation August 8 to September 13. The Great Fish Community Challenge is a charitable giving campaign in which donors can...

Relocation Fund Accepting Donations to Help Displaced Mobile Home Residents

In response to the eviction notices issued to residents of the Spring Creek Mobile Home Park in Evergreen, Whitefish Community Foundation is partnering with NeighborWorks Montana to accept donations for the Spring Creek Resident Relocation Fund that will help those...

$120,000 Grant for Affordable Housing!

Whitefish Community Foundation recently awarded a $120,000 grant to the Northwest Montana Community Land Trust (NWMTCLT) for the acquisition of four affordable homes in Whitefish. NWMTCLT is a nonprofit organization with a mission of providing affordable homeownership...

$520,000 to 68 Local Nonprofits!

Whitefish Community Foundation held its annual Community Grant Awards Celebration on May 2 and presented $520,300 in grants and special awards to 68 nonprofit organizations representing projects and programs in Bigfork, Browning, Columbia Falls, Eureka, Evergreen,...

Kids Fund Grant Supports Columbia Falls High School Food Pantry

Whitefish Community Foundation has awarded a $7,700 Kids Fund grant to Land to Hand to expand and upgrade a food, clothing and resource pantry for students at Columbia Falls High School. Land to Hand is a nonprofit organization that works closely with the Columbia...

Nonprofits Invited to Spring Workshops

Whitefish Community Foundation is offering two new nonprofit workshops this spring as part of the Nonprofit Development Program (NpDP). Cindy Carpenter will present “Keeping Your Nonprofit Out of Hot Water: HR Do’s and Don’ts” on Wednesday, March 13 from 11:30 a.m. to...

$90,000 Kids Fund Grant to Bigfork ACES

Whitefish Community Foundation recently awarded a $90,000 multi-year Kids Fund grant to Bigfork ACES to support the creation of an afterschool program for middle school students. Bigfork ACES is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing safe, educational...

Scholarship Applications Open February 1

Whitefish Community Foundation is offering multiple scholarship opportunities for students who will be enrolling in college this fall. The online application for all opportunities opens Feb. 1 and closes April 5, 2024. The Dorothy and Luther Campbell Scholarship will...

Community Grant Application Now Open

Whitefish Community Foundation’s Community Grant Program is accepting applications until Feb. 15, 2024 at 5 p.m. Eligible nonprofits may apply for up to $10,000 for programs or projects benefiting residents of Flathead County or for health and human service programs...

WCF Grants $50,000 to Glacier Institute

Whitefish Community Foundation awarded a $50,000 Major Community Project Grant to the Glacier Institute for the restoration of the historic buildings at the Big Creek Outdoor Education Center, located 20 miles north of Columbia Falls. The Glacier Institute is the...

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