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Great Fish Community Challenge Countdown 2020

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GIVE THROUGH THE GREAT FISH COMMUNITY CHALLENGE

 

It is easy to make a donation to your favorite nonprofits through the Great Fish Community Challenge. You can donate to as many of the participating nonprofits as you would like with just one transaction and one tax receipt to keep track of. You can also give to all 56 participating nonprofits with one gift to the Great Fish Match Fund. Be assured that 100% of your donation will go to your designated nonprofits.

By giving through the Challenge, you will maximize your contribution and earn your designated charity a percentage matching grant from the Great Fish Match Fund.

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SUPPORT THE GREAT FISH MATCH FUND

Benefit all 56 participating charities with just one gift.

56 local charities are participating in the 2020 Great Fish Community Challenge. Read about the important work they are doing in our communities and what they are raising funds for in the 2020 Use of Funds brochure. Get ready to give where you live on July 30 through September 18.

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Donor Frequently asked questions

 
WHERE CAN I PICK UP AN OFFICIAL DONATION FORM?

The official donation forms will be mailed out on July 25. You can pick one up at many downtown businesses, from any participating nonprofit organization, or the Whitefish Community Foundation office, located at 214 Second Street West. Call us and we will be happy to mail you a form 406-863-1781. Download an official donation form HERE

The Use of Funds brochure will give you more information on each nonprofit and what they are raising funds for. Click HERE to review online or call us to receive one in the mail.

DOES THE WHITEFISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION DEDUCT ANY FEES FROM MY DONATION TO A NONPROFIT?

Participation in the Great Fish Community Challenge is free for nonprofits. Nonprofits receive 100% of the proceeds from designated donations.  With the help of major sponsors and the Title Sponsor BNSF Railway Foundation, the Community Foundation covers all the advertising, marketing, printing, tax receipts, postage, administration, and event costs, plus, it awards an additional percentage matching grant on the first $20,000 raised by each nonprofit. Gifts made by credit card will be charged a fee by the credit card processor. Each nonprofit will cover the credit card fees assessed on their gifts. The fees charged by the processor run between 2.9% and 3.5%. This depends on the credit card used. Donors using credit cards to give can also opt to add an additional donation to help cover the credit card fees.

WHEN WILL THE ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE THE DONATIONS?

An awards party is scheduled for the evening of Monday, October 26, 2020. Designated gifts, plus the matching grant will be presented at that event. This event is free and open to the public.

HOW WILL I RECEIVE A TAX RECEIPT?

The Whitefish Community Foundation processes all gifts and will mail you a tax receipt from the Foundation. The Whitefish Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. (Section 509(a)(1) organization as referred to in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)). EIN Number 81-0533002.   Please be sure to send the completed donor form with your donation so that we know where to send the letter. If you need another letter please email us.

WILL I GET A THANK YOU NOTE FROM THE NONPROFITS?

Yes. Each nonprofit has the ability to access a list of donors by logging into their fund in order to monitor donations and send personal letters. If you would like to remain anonymous please mark the box on the donation form or on the online submission form and your information will not be shared.

WHERE DOES THE GREAT FISH MATCH FUNDING COME FROM?

The Whitefish Community Foundation’s unrestricted donations and from Foundation fundraising programs.

Our Circle of Giving donors sponsor the majority of the Great Fish Match. Circle donors contribute from $5,000 or more annually, with some giving as much as $50,000 to support the Foundation’s Grant Programs. Approximately 70% of the Circle proceeds support the Great Fish Match Fund. Individuals and businesses give to the Great Fish Match Fund to help increase the percentage match to nonprofits.

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