What is the Great Fish Community Challenge?

Great Fish Community Challenge, after an amazing first year, exceeded expectations again, raising over $1.4 million in the second annual campaign. 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, recreation, health and 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.
  • 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.


The 2017 Great Fish Community Challenge donation portal will accept donations starting July 20!
Join us July 20 at First Interstate Bank in Whitefish for a Chamber "Gone Fishin" and the Kickoff of the Great Fish Challenge!
We will be drawing for incentive grants at the "Gone Fishin" kickoff event. Donate at the event to your favorite charity and we could add $25, $50, or even more to your gift!
Sign up to walk or run for your nonprofit and help them earn points in the Great Fish 5K Color Run September 9th.
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