Ways to give

a charitable giving campaign August 5 through September 17, 2021

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE 2021 GREAT FISH COMMUNITY CHALLENGE! THE CHALLENGE CLOSED FRIDAY, SEPT. 17TH AT 5 P.M. MST. WE ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO ACCEPT DONATIONS TO THIS YEAR’S CHALLENGE. 

It is easy to give to multiple charities with just one gift

Donate online

The 2021 Great Fish Community Challenge closed Friday, Sept. 17th at 5 p.m. MST. 

Donate by mail

The 2021 Great Fish Community Challenge closed Friday, Sept. 17th at 5 p.m. MST.

Donate in-person

The 2021 Great Fish Community Challenge closed Friday, Sept. 17th at 5 p.m. MST.

Donate Using Appreciated Securities

The 2021 Great Fish Community Challenge closed Friday, Sept. 17th at 5 p.m. MST. 

Donate Using an IRA Distribution

The 2021 Great Fish Community Challenge closed Friday, Sept. 17th at 5 p.m. MST.

Donate From a Donor Advised Fund

The 2021 Great Fish Community Challenge closed Friday, Sept. 17th at 5 p.m. MST. 

It is easy to make a donation to your favorite nonprofits through the Great Fish Community Challenge. Be assured that 100% of your donation will go to your designated nonprofits. Plus, your gift will help your designated nonprofits earn a percentage matching grant on the first $20,000 raised.

Donor frequently asked questions

Where can I pick up an official donation form?

The 2021 Great Fish Community Challenge closed Friday, Sept. 17th at 5 p.m. MST. 

Does 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, the Community Foundation covers all the advertising, marketing, printing, tax receipts, postage, administration, and event costs. Plus, Whitefish Community Foundation provides an additional percentage matching grant on top of your donation. 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 fee ranges from 2.9% to 3.5%. Donors have the option to add an additional fee to cover the credit card fee when checking out online.

When will the nonprofit organizations receive the donations?

Participating nonprofits will receive their Great Fish Community Challenge funds October 18th, 2021, after Whitefish Community Foundation has completed the reconciliation process and determined the final percentage matching grant amount.

How will I receive a tax receipt?

Whitefish Community Foundation processes all gifts. If you donate online, a tax receipt will be emailed to you. Please watch for your email receipt. Donations by cash and check will receive a tax receipt in the mail.

Whitefish Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, 509(a)(1) as referred to in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi). Our EIN Number is 81-0533002. Please be sure to send the completed donor form with your donation so that we know where to send your tax receipt. If you need another receipt 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?

Match Funding comes from Whitefish Community Foundation’s unrestricted donations and from the Foundation’s fundraising programs.

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

Interested in learning more about becoming a member of the Circle of Giving

Make a gift to the Great Fish Match Fund and become a Great Fish Challenger!

community donor vs. challenger

What is a Community Donor


A Community Donor gives to one or more participating nonprofits to help the selected charities build up a pool of designated community donations. By donating through the Great Fish Community Challenge during the giving period, the impact of each donor’s gift is augmented through the additional funding provided by the Great Fish Match Fund in the form of a partial matching grant. At the end of the Challenge, the match is stretched across the amount of gifts raised by the nonprofits. The final amount of the percentage match will be announced at the awards event October 25, 2021 at the O'Shaughnessy Cultural Arts Center.

When the giving period opens, it is easy to become a donor. Simply select your favorite charities, determine how much you wish to give them, and make one donation for the total designated amount. All gifts are made through the Whitefish Community Foundation. Gifts of all sizes are appreciated and when pooled together, they create serious impact for each nonprofit.

What is a Challenger


Challengers are individuals and businesses who donate to the Great Fish Match Fund. This money forms the match pool benefiting all participating nonprofits. The Match Fund is used to match the donations of the community. Challengers give a direct gift of any amount to the Great Fish Match Fund.

Challengers can be proud to call themselves community leaders who are helping to promote charitable giving. The Great Fish Community Challenge highlights the tremendous work of local nonprofits and inspires community appreciation for that work.

The Circle of Giving is the core group of donors that seed the Match Fund with the initial $200,000 at the beginning of the year. As more donors join the Circle of Giving, or give directly to the Match Fund, the match grows.

For information about the Great Fish Challenge Match Fund or how to join the Circle of Giving, contact Linda Engh-Grady at 406-863-1781.