Ways to give

a charitable giving campaign August 5 through September 17, 2021

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

Donate online

Beginning August 5th at 8 am, you will be able to make a gift online. Visit the online Donation Portal HERE

You can donate to all your favorite charities in just one shopping cart transaction. Watch for your email receipt.

Donate by mail

To donate by mail, download the official donation form: DonorForm2021. Fill it out and return by mail with your check. Send donations to P.O. Box 1060, Whitefish, MT 59937. 

You can review what each charity is raising funds for through the Use of Funds Brochure. 

Donate in-person

Throughout the Challenge, we will host pop-up donations stations at locations around the valley. Stop by a donation station, make a gift, and be entered into a drawing to win a $250 incentive grant for one of your favorite charities. Or stop by Whitefish Community Foundation’s office (214 Second Street West, Whitefish) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tues. Aug. 10 4 – 7 pm Kalispell Brewing Company – Kalispell
Thurs. Aug. 12 11:30 am to 3 pm Park Side Credit Union – Whitefish
Tues. Aug. 17 11:30 am to 3 pm  O’Brien’s Liquor & Wine –  Columbia Falls
Thurs. Aug. 19 11:30 am to 3 pm First Interstate Bank – downtown Kalispell
Tues. Aug. 24 11:30 am to 3 pm Glacier Bank – downtown Whitefish
Thurs. Aug. 26 11:30 am to 3 pm First Interstate Bank – Bigfork
Tues. Aug. 31 11:30 am to 3 pm First Interstate Bank – Whitefish
Thurs. Sept. 2 5 – 8 pm Columbia Falls Community Market – Columbia Falls
Tues. Sept. 7 2 – 5 pm Sportsman Ski Haus – Kalispell
Thurs. Sept. 9 5 – 8 pm Bonsai Brewing Project – Whitefish
Donate Using Appreciated Securities

Gifts of stock can be made by calling our office at 406-863-1781 or contact Linda Engh-Grady or Daria Perez directly at contact@whitefishcommunityfoundation.org.

Donate Using an IRA Distribution

You can make a distribution directly from your IRA and avoid taking it as income if you are age 70 1/2 or older. Contact your financial representative and have them direct your IRA distribution directly to Whitefish Community Foundation. Then, inform us that your gift is coming. You can call (406)863-1781, email us, or send in the official donation form with your gift designations filled out and let us know your distribution check is on its way.

Donate From a Donor Advised Fund

If you hold a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) with the Whitefish Community Foundation you can recommend a grant to one or several of the participating charities through the online portal or, you can fill out the Official Donation Form and return it to us and we will process your grants to your designated Great Fish charities.

If you have a DAF out side of the Whitefish Community Foundation, you can recommend one grant to Whitefish Community Foundation and then fill out and return the Official Donation Form so that we can designate your gift as you have stated on your form. Please contact us so that we know your DAF contribution is coming.

Nonprofits in the 2021 Great Fish Community Challenge

See a list of all the nonprofits in the Challenge: 2021 PARTCIPATING NONPROFITS

Review what each nonprofit is raising funds for in the 2021 Use of Funds, or click on the nonprofit logo on the Leaderboard and read the use of funds on their donation page.

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 61 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.

Great Fish Match Fund Logo


Benefit all 61 participating charities with just one gift.

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. You will maximize your contribution and earn your nonprofits a matching grant on a percentage of your donation.

Donor frequently asked questions

Where can I pick up an official donation form?

The Official Donation Form will be mailed out August 1, 2021. You can pick one up at many downtown businesses, from any participating nonprofit organization, or the Whitefish Community Foundation office, located at 214 West Second Street. Call us and we will be happy to mail you a form 406-863-1781. You can also download a form HERE .

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?

An awards party is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, October 25, 2021. 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?

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.