What is the Great Fish Community Challenge?

The Great Fish is an innovative fundraiser that inspires the community to give, raises awareness, and helps charities raise important program money. In the end, charities earn a percentage matching grant from the Whitefish Community Foundation.

In just two years in action, the Great Fish Challenge has raised a total of  $2.6 million benefiting over 40 different charities and supporting community causes such as expanding conservation, improving human services, advancing education, and enhancing local arts and culture. 

Please join us for the 2017 campaign and give to your favorite charities July 20 through September 15.

  • 45 local charites will benefit in the the 2017 campaign.
  • Find what each charity is raising money for GF USE OF FUNDS
  • The Community Foundation will offer a percentage MATCH on the first $20,000 raised by each nonprofit.
  • Nonprofits must raise a minmum of $5,000 to receive a MATCH.
  • Over $15,000 in additional INCENTIVE GRANTS will be awarded throughout the campaign.
  • 100% of every donation will go to the designated charity.


Congratulations to WAG-Whitefish Animal Group for winning the $500 incentive grant for receiving donations from the greatest number of NEW donors, last week! Thank you JCCS of Whitefish for sponsoring the grant!
Incentive Grant for the week of August 14-20: Will be awarded to the nonprofit with a creative Great Fish photo that receives the most "likes, loves, smiley's, etc." on Facebook. Nonprofits, be sure to tag the Whitefish Community Foundation in order for your entry to be counted.
Donor Brad Anderson says, "Thank you Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, for changing my life."
Sign up to walk or run for your nonprofit and help them earn points in the Great Fish 5K Color Run September 9th. Sign up by August 31st and you will be entered into a drawing to win an extra $200 grant for the nonprofit of your choice.
Watch the Whitefish Pilot, Social Media, and our Newsletters each week to find out what the incentive grant will be and help your nonprofit win a $500 incentive grant.
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