Thank you donors! Together we raised $2,025,834 for 45 local nonprofits organizations in the 2017 Challenge! The Great Fish Community Challenge is really making a difference for our communities!

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. 

  • 45 local charites benefitting 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 that maintains the Hugh Rogers -WAG Dog Park for receiving the 2017 Great Fish Award!
Congratulations to the North Valley Hospital Foundation for receiving the most total dollars on the last day of the Great Fish Community Challenge (September 15th, 12:00 AM-5:00 PM) and winning our $500 incentive grant. Sponsored by by BNSF.
Congratulations to Abbie Shelter for winning our 2017 Great Fish Jingle Contest!
Congratulations to our BEST BOOTH winners for having the most interactive and spirited booth at the Great Fish Community Fair: North Valley Food Bank ($500) and CASA for Kids ($250)
Donor Molly Ording says, "Hugh Rogers WAG Park, We love your dog park - one of our favorite things about Whitefish!"
"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
Congratulations to North Valley Hospital Foundation, FVCC Foundation, and Farm Hands-Nourish the Flathead for winning the incentive grants for the most points during the Great Fish Community Challenge!
"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."
Over $15,500 of bonus and incentive grants were awarded this year!
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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