Great Fish Community Challenge

Nonprofit Information

2024 Important Dates

Attending one of the informational meetings is a required part of the application process for nonprofits that did not participate in the 2023 Great Fish Community Challenge. 

January 23 – Informational meeting
5:30 to 7 p.m. at FVCC
PRESENTATION SLIDES

February 1 – Informational meeting
8:30 to 10 a.m. at the O’Shaughnessy Center
(Pastries/coffee at 8 a.m. in the lobby)
PRESENTATION SLIDES

April 8 – Application opens

April 16 – Application workshop
4 to 5 p.m. at the Northwest Montana History Museum in Kalispell
REGISTER HERE

May 7 – Application workshop
12 to 1 p.m.
Online
REGISTER HERE

May 23 – Application closes at 5 p.m.

June 17 – Applicants will be notified whether they are invited to participate in the 2024 Great Fish Community Challenge

June 25 – Mandatory meeting for all nonprofits that will be participating in the 2024 Challenge
8:30 to 10 a.m. at the O’Shaughnessy Center

August 8 – Challenge opens

September 7 – Great Fish Fun Run & Community Celebration

September 13 – Challenge closes at 5 p.m.

October 22 – Great Fish Awards Celebration

nonprofit faq

HOW TO RAISE FUNDS DURING THE CHALLENGE

Organizations will invite donors to give through the Great Fish Community Challenge during the giving period of the campaign and to include their organization on the official donor form or through the online donation portal.  Donations MUST be payable to the Whitefish Community Foundation AND be accompanied by an official donor form or made through the online donation portal.  The Community Foundation processes the gifts and acknowledges donors with a tax receipt.  Organizations will receive 100% of the designated gifts. There is a 2.9% to 3.5% fee assessed to credit card gifts only by the processor. Donors have the option to help cover this fee when checking out. At the end of the Challenge, the Foundation calculates a percentage match on the first $20,000 raised by the charity.

NONPROFITS’ RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Support and promote your participation in the Great Fish Community Challenge to the public, as well as to your board members, donors, and volunteers.
  • Nonprofits should promote the Challenge through their usual marketing efforts, on their website, and through other public outreach opportunities.
  • Developing special events to raise funds specifically for the Great Fish Community Challenge is prohibited. The idea behind the Great Fish Community Challenge is to cut down on fundraising expenses and events, not add to it.
  • Host a booth at the Great Fish Community Challenge Fun Run and Community Celebration.
  • Be willing to serve on one of the many event committees.
  • Write personal thank you notes to your donors who make donations to your organization through the Great Fish Community Challenge.
WHITEFISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Receive and process all gifts made through the Challenge on behalf of the nonprofit and provide a tax receipt to the donor.
  • Provide marketing and public relations support to create community awareness of the Great Fish Community Challenge.
  • Include the participating nonprofits’ Use of Funds statement in its printed materials.
  • Solicit contributors to the match pool, known as the Great Fish Match Fund.
  • Oversee the Great Fish Fun Run and Community Celebration.
RULES FOR PARTICIPATING

Read the 2023-24 Rules before applying.

MARKETING FAQ

Read these rules and best practices for marketing your participation in the Great Fish Community Challenge.

 

POP-UP DONATION STATION SCHEDULE

Stay tuned for 2024 information.

REGISTERING FOR THE GREAT FISH FUN RUN

Stay tuned for 2024 information.

SPECIAL AWARDS AND INCENTIVE GRANTS

Stay tuned for 2024 information.

DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS RAISED IN THE CHALLENGE

All eligible contributions are passed on to participating organizations that the donors designate (subject to the Whitefish Community Foundation Variance Power), along with a percentage match on the first $20,000 raised on their behalf. Each participating nonprofit will have a designated fund at the Community Foundation where funds will accumulate for your organization. You will receive login information in order to access your fund balance and view the names and addresses of donors who have contributed to your fund.

ACCESSING YOUR NONPROFIT FUND ACCOUNT

Each nonprofit will have its own fund with the Foundation and 24/7 online access to that fund.  Nonprofits can access the online portal by clicking here.  Once logged in, nonprofits will be able to monitor donations throughout the campaign and write personal thank you notes to donors. Do not send a tax receipt. The Whitefish Community Foundation receives all donations and will send tax receipts.

2023 fine print & variance power

The Fine Print

  • *All donations are subject to the Community Foundation‘s variance power.
  • To ensure your gift is fully tax deductible, you may not receive any goods or services in return for your contribution.
  • Whitefish Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Corporation, EIN#81-0533002.

*Variance Power.  Donations to the Great Fish Community Challenge are subject to the variance power described in Treas. Reg. Sec. 1.170.A-9(f)(11)(v)(B)(1), as amended from time to time. Pursuant to the variance power, the Whitefish Community Foundation Board of Directors shall have the power to modify any restriction or condition on the distribution of funds for any specified charitable purpose or to specified organizations, if in their sole judgment (without the approval of any advisor, trustee, custodian, or agent) such restriction or condition becomes, in effect, unnecessary, incapable of fulfillment, or inconsistent with the charitable needs of the Community Foundation.