Thank you donors! Together we raised $2,025,834 for 45 local nonprofit organizations in the 2017 Challenge! 

Complete Campaign Results

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 three years in action, the Great Fish Challenge has raised a total of  $4.5 million benefiting over 45 different charities and supporting community causes such as expanding conservation, improving human services, advancing education, and enhancing local arts and culture. 

  • The Community Foundation offers 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 2018 campaign.
  • Application to apply for participation in the 2018 Great Fish Community Challenge opens February 1 and are due by February 28.


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"Thank you to Center for Restorative Youth Justice (CRYJ)-Your work inspires me and makes our community one in which I never want to leave!" -Donor Claudine Johnson
"We live in such a unique place- wildlife, wilderness, wetlands. Thank you for helping maintain the place we love." -Flathead Land Trust donor, Beth Saltonstall
"Thank you for providing such a wonderful recreational opportunity for dogs and their owners!" -WAG donor, April Spotts
"Great place for the happy dogs to play!"- WAG Donor, Wendy Coyne
Stumptown Art Studio Donor, Tim Bell says: "What a great business to have in the community! It is a great place to get children as well as adults to open up their artist side!"
Donor Gregory Dunfield says, "Good luck from the GMD team, keep up the good work!" to Flathead Shelter Friends.
"Whitefish Theater Company, Thanks for all you do!!!!" - Donor, Jill Zignego
Donor Nancy Kinzli says, "I recently spent a week at the Glacier Institute. It is a wonderful educational program for all. Great staff and great philosophy using the outdoors as the classroom."
Donor Brad Anderson says, "Thank you Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, for changing my life."
Donor Rick Bass: "Whitefish Review, keep up the great work; you are needed and appreciated! Thank You!"
Donor JerriLynn Osmar: "I attended Discovery Week in August and was SO impressed with the quality of the program and the knowledgeable and competent staff. I hope to do another Glacier Institute program next year!!"
"WSD Education Foundation - Thank you for all you do for the students of Whitefish." -Brian and Lyndsay Schott
"Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center - Yes to a new weather station!" - Alan Myers-Davis
"I had a wonderful time at the Glacier Institute in August. The staff was awesome!" -Donor, Sharron Miller
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