the Kids Fund

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Whitefish Community Foundation’s Kids Fund Program supports small and large-scale programs in the areas of health, safety, and education that mitigate challenges and prevent local youth from becoming homeless. Watch the short video below to learn how the Kids Fund is making a difference in the lives of Flathead Valley children and teens.

The Kids Fund is accepting letters of inquiry until November 14, 2024. 

The Kids Fund Program works with nonprofits and community partners to fund programs that:

  • Provide advocacy based on identified needs for our most vulnerable youth
  • Increase access to educational opportunities, tutoring, growth, and graduation, and employment assistance with job skills training
  • Work to prevent youth homelessness by providing effective tools for prevention and direction toward stable housing
  • Meet the basic needs of our youth by providing access to food, clothing, hygiene, and laundry facilities

In 2023, The Kids Fund awarded a multi-year  grant to Center for Restorative Youth Justice (CRYJ) to a new, full-time Program Coordinator who will work with teens who are referred by schools after incidents such as bullying, altercations with teachers, or persistent truancy. The Program Coordinator will also help teens connect with community resources to address basic needs, including housing, nutrition and mental health support.

Flathead Youth Home

In 2022, The Kids Fund awarded a $36,000 grant to Flathead Youth Home to support the creation of a new Youth Advocate position. The Youth Advocate will work with each resident of Flathead Youth Home to develop short and long-term goals and navigate opportunities to help ensure personal success into adulthood. The new position will allow the organization to provide ongoing support and guidance to youth for up to six months after they leave the facility.

Flathead Youth Home

In 2021, The Kids Fund awarded a multi-year grant for $100,000 to Boys & Girls Club of Glacier Country to support after-school programming for more than 75 K-8 students in the Evergreen School District. Trained Boys & Girls Club staff members will lead students through various educational projects designed to instill healthy habits, build life skills, and cultivate leadership traits.  The children who will participate in the program have been identified by teachers and school counselors as having the greatest need for the services provided by Boys & Girls Club.

WCF Board members and staff visit with children at the Boys & Girls Club of Glacier Country's Evergreen site.

Contact Alan Davis for more information about supporting the Kids Fund through gifts of appreciated securities, IRA rollovers, Donor Advised Funds, and other options.
(406) 863-1781

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