Support the Great Fish Challenge match fund

Support the great Fish Challenge


The Great Fish Community Challenge Match Fund is comprised of gifts from generous individuals that see the value of philanthropy because of what it can do to change lives. The Great Fish Community Challenge embodies the spirit of philanthropy and is inspiring our community to give.

Challengers have contributed over $1 million to match the community’s donations over the past five years of the Great Fish Community Challenge, stretching philanthropic dollars even further. These contributions truly inspire thousands to give millions through the event.

Frequently Asked Questions


The percentage varies annually and is based on the total amount of match money raised and the total amount of designated contributions. The first $20,000 of each nonprofit’s designated gifts are eligible for matching, and in recent years, the matching grant on these gifts has been approximately 48% to 55%. The percentage of the Match will not be known until the campaign is over and the Match is calculated. All eligible participating organizations receive the same percent of matching dollars on the first $20,000 in designated contributions they raise.


One hundred percent of the contributions (minus any credit card fees) are distributed to nonprofits designated by donors (subject to the Community Foundation’s variance power) along with a percentage matching grant on the first $20,000 raised on their behalf. A nonprofit must raise a minimum of $5,000 to receive a percentage match.


Whitefish Community Foundation starts the Match with $200,000. This initial money comes from the Circle of Giving. The Match fund grows as more individuals join the Circle and as more individuals give directly to the Great Fish Challenge Match Fund (Challengers).


Make a gift to the Great Fish Challenge Match Fund. By making your gift to the Match, or joining the Circle of Giving you will help to inspire more individuals to give during the Challenge. Because the Match Fund is integral to the success of the Great Fish Community Challenge, you can make a gift at anytime during the year.  Your gift of any amount will help the Whitefish Community Foundation match each gift that is made through the Great Fish Community Challenge.

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.

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Meet the circle of giving

  • AGL Foundation
  • Teri and Jeff Allen
  • Anonymous (2)
  • Carol and Richard Atkinson
  • Julie and Summerfield Baldridge
  • Ledjie Ballard
  • Sharon and Dean Baltzell
  • Charlene and Stephen Barasch
  • Cindy and Mogens Bay
  • Betsy and Bill Bayne
  • Dolores and James Beightol
  • Linda and Terry Bell
  • Mary Ann and William Bindley
  • Sandy and Dick Boyce
  • Beth and Jerome Broussard
  • Rockwood Brown In Memory of Marilyn Brown
  • Bonnie and Rick Billuni
  • Dorothy and Luther Campbell
  • Eileen Bocci Campbell
  • Janice and James Case
  • Karen and Nick Chickering
  • Jane Kollmeyer and Terry Chute
  • CK and Jim Coles
  • Anne and John Collins
  • Linda Cornutt
  • Beverly and Lawrence Dale
  • Candy and Eddie DeBartolo and Family
  • Debbie and Robert Douglas
  • Nora and Blake Dunlop
  • Barbara and Mike Gallagher
  • Laura and James Garbacz
  • Kathy and Greg Garrison
  • Caeli and Denny Gignoux
  • Cheryl Watkins and Richard Gordon
  • Linda Engh-Grady and Dave Grady
  • Colleen and Peter Grant
  • Sarah and John Graves
  • Cindy and Joe Gregory
  • Shirley and John Griffith
  • Jill and Christopher Gwaltney
  • Jes and John Hagale
  • Mary Lloyd and Richard Harding
  • Stephanie and Fred Harman
  • Marianne and Fred Hawkins
  • Shannon and Brian Haycox
  • Patty and Bob Hayes
  • Kristin and Gregory Hetzer
  • Suzanne Daniell and Richard Hildner
  • Bill Howard
  • Jodi and Steve Howard
  • Cheryl and Brad Howard
  • Ila B. Dousman Fund Inc.
  • Iron Horse Foundation
  • Barbara and Mike Jenson
  • Ann and Paul Jeremiassen
  • Maureen and John King
  • John Kramer
  • Mignon and Jay Latimer
  • Gerry and Frank Leftwich
  • Sherry and Dave Lesar
  • Linda and Charles Maetzold
  • Allison and Rick Magnuson
  • Janet Mayo
  • Maureen and Marlin McKeever
  • Lori Miller
  • Ellen and Matt Moran
  • Barbara Morris
  • Nicola Opdycke
  • Teresa and Tom Quinn
  • Melinda Reed and Erik Reed
  • Nikki and Doug Reed
  • Sue and Hank Ricklefs
  • Karen and Ron Rosenberg
  • Kimberly and George Ruhana
  • Leanne Schlinger
  • Stacy Schlinger
  • Mark Schmidt
  • Marie and Mike Shaw
  • Janna and Jamie Shennan
  • Carole and Roger Spragg
  • Nancy and David Stokes
  • Jill and James Stroud
  • Linda and Andrew Viens
  • Lori and Robb Voyles
  • Dori and Bill Walton
  • Katie and Benjamin Ward
  • Leslie and Mike Warning
  • Boots and Alan Warrick
  • Carol Bibler and Jim Watson
  • Byrdie and Ken Wessels
  • Ardy and Steve Whisler
  • Judy and Dave Williams
  • Mary and Hal Williamson
  • Bet and Doug Wise
  • Susan and John Witt