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A Day of Giving and Unity

A DAY OF GIVING AND UNITY 2020 a major success

THANK YOU DONORS FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE GENEROSITY AND FOR CARING ABOUT OUR COMMUNITIES. OUR LOCAL NONPROFITS MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES THE PLACE WE WANT TO LIVE, WORK, AND PLAY!

Donations poured in on Giving Tuesday, the Day of Giving and Unity, a fundraising campaign hosted by Whitefish Community Foundation and Flathead Community Foundation. The 28-hour campaign ended at noon on Wednesday, May 6 with donations totaling $486,707 for the 78 participating charities. Whitefish Community Foundation provided a $1,000 match to each charity that raised $2,000 or more in the campaign. The $75,000 match brings the total amount awarded through the campaign to $561,707.

Glacier Bank and First Interstate Bank supported the Day of Giving campaign by accepting donations at all of their bank drive-up windows. Donations were collected from every bank drive-up including Lakeside, Bigfork, and Eureka. Donors also dropped off gifts at the Whitefish Community Foundation and Flathead Community Foundation offices. In all over 1,334 donors participated in the far reaching campaign.

Whitefish Community Foundation and Flathead Community Foundation pulled together to make this campaign a far reaching success. Whitefish Community Foundation covered the advertising and organizational costs and, in the end, Whitefish Community Foundation covered any excess credit card fees not covered by the donors, ensuring that 100% of all donations went to the designated charities. Nonprofits from all over the Flathead Valley and one in Eureka participated.

A DAY OF GIVING AND UNITY – May 5th and 6th – RESULTS

The totals below reflect the number of donors to each organization and the amount donated before we add the Match.

Total GiftsTotal Dollars
A Ray of Hope45$15,115
Abbie Shelter106$33,275
Alpine Theatre Project73$23,575
Backpack Assistance Program50$7,265
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flathead County28$5,310
Bigfork Art and Cultural Center29$4,975
Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation79$7,285
Camas Day School10$3,435
CASA for Kids65$18,065
Center for Restorative Youth Justice34$19,475
CF-WF HS Swim Teams7$3,010
Child Bridge22$12,220
Children's House Montessori School18$4,775
Code Girls United26$3,875
Columbia Falls School District Bookmobile31$3,385
Conrad Mansion Museum30$4,540
Creative Arts Council18$4,001
Discovery Developmental Center39$6,288
Dream Adaptive Recreation46$5,665
Farm Hands/Nourish The Flathead92$15,869
Flathead Area Mountain Bikers44$5,800
Flathead Audubon Society41$6,995
Flathead Cancer Aid Services16$4,835
Flathead Food Bank52$14,415
Flathead Land Trust50$5,890
Flathead Valley Community College Foundation$13,390
Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation15$1,280
Flathead Warming Center53$9,260
Flathead Youth Homes31$4,720
Foys to Blacktail Trails76$11,055
Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center22$3,245
Glacier Children's Museum21$3,605
Glacier Institute45$7,133
Glacier Nordic Club53$4,780
Glacier Queer Alliance40$3,505
Glacier Symphony & Chorale37$10,201
Habitat for Humanity30$3,850
Hockaday Museum of Art35$9,160
Humane Society of NW Montana44$8,585
Immanuel Foundation26$9,385
Intermountain33$6,785
Kalispell Chamber Foundation11$965
Kalispell Education Foundation22$6,109
Kalispell School District HEART Program51$8,515
KittyMOM's Rescue Organization23$3,280
Lakeside QRU25$4,691
Lighthouse Christian Home19$5,800
Montana Conservation Corps33$7,573
Montana Wild Wings Recovery22$3,330
Nate Chute Foundation49$5,360
North Valley Food Bank71$15,205
North Valley Hospital Foundation84$7,600
North Valley Music School59$6,590
North West Montana Veterans Food Pantry35$5,991
Northwest Montana Historical Society26$6,999
Nurturing Center21$3,753
Postpartum Resource Group3$125
Project Whitefish Kids30$7,645
Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center43$5,560
Samaritan House55$14,715
Shepherd's Hand40$5,965
Shining Honor Project4$3,857
Sparrows Nest of NW MT93$18,870
Stumptown Art Studio25$4,435
Summit Independent Living8$3,015
Tamarack Grief Resource Center41$3,440
The Great Blue Song Project16$4,380
Whitefish Area Land Trust8$4,045
Whitefish Community Center22$4,955
Whitefish Community Foundation24$4,825
Whitefish Community School14$3,340
Whitefish Firefighters Association21$4,365
Whitefish Lake Institute18$4,180
Whitefish Legacy Partners58$8,790
Whitefish Review80$5,045
Whitefish Rotary Charitable Fund22$3,375
Whitefish School District Education Foundation28$6,000
Whitefish Sports Facility Foundation15$3,030

Day of Giving and Unity – May 5, 2020

Nonprofit Organizations: FAQ

  1. Can I promote the Day of Giving and Unity on my website, social media, and donor emails?

Yes, you can promote the Day of Giving and Unity through your channels and we have provided you an outline of marketing ideas that will help you make this campaign more successful to your organization and all the organizations involved. Download Day of Giving Logo Here

  1. When will my organization receive the funds we raise through this campaign?

Once the campaign ends on May 6th, WCF will work to calculate any credit card fees that were not covered by the donors, reconcile the gifts, create statements, and send out grants by ACH to nonprofits. We anticipate we can accomplish this by the 18th of May if not before.

  1. Is there a fee for my organization to participate?

There is no fee to participate. 100% of the donation will go to the designated nonprofits minus the credit card fees for the incoming gift unless the donor selected to cover the credit card fee. The fee will be anywhere from 2.2 to 3.3%.

  1. Will I find out who donated to my organization?

WCF will send you a statement of all the gifts designated to your organization. The statement will include the amount of the gift donated and the address of the donor.

  1. Do we send a tax receipt to the donor?

No, WCF is receiving the donation and we will send the tax receipt. When the campaign is over you are highly encouraged to send a written thank you note to all of your donors.

  1. How will donors donate during the Day of Giving and Unity campaign?

The Day of Giving and Unity is a 28-hour campaign hosted by the Whitefish Community Foundation. Donations must be made by credit card through the Foundation’s donation portal or donors may call the Foundation and donate by credit card over the phone.

  1. How are the matching funds applied?

WCF will apply a matching grant of $1,000 to the funds you receive if your organization raises $2,000 or more, donated through the Whitefish Community Foundation during the Day of Giving and Unity campaign.

  1. Can I participate in this if I am participating in the Great Fish Community Challenge this year?   

Yes, you may participate in both campaigns. Under the current economic conditions, we are holding this special day of giving to help local nonprofits that are struggling to pay rent, employees, and raise funds.

  1. Will I have a fund to log in to for this campaign? 

No, this campaign will be administered differently than the Great Fish Community Challenge. You will not have a fund portal, but will be provided a list of donations after the campaign.

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