Information for Nonprofits
Your Fund with the Community Foundation: Each nonprofit will have its own fund with the Foundation and 24/7 online access to that fund. Nonprofits can access the online portal by clicking here. Once logged in, nonprofits will be able to monitor donations throughout the campaign and write personal thank you notes to donors. Do not send a tax receipt. The Whitefish Community Foundation receives all donations and will send tax receipts.
Use of Funds and Mission Statement: The Use of Funds and Mission Statement for each participating organization will be printed in the donor brochure and larger, Use of Funds brochure.
Rules and Procedures: Read the Rules and Procedures 2017 for important information about acceptable donations and marketing the Great Fish Community Challenge to benefit your organization.
Eligible vs. Ineligible Donations: First, and MOST IMPORTANT: Every donation must have an official donor form. Whitefish Community Foundation cannot accept donations without one because it is the responsibility of the Foundation to send a tax receipt to each donor. **IMPORTANT** The official donation form may not be reproduced. Rules and Procedures 2017
Eligible: Checks written to the Whitefish Community Foundation and accompanied by the official donor form and online credit card donations made through the Greatfishchallenge.org donation portal hosted by the Whitefish Community Foundation.
Ineligible: Tuition payments, pledges, tickets for wine dinner, silent auction proceeds, grant money, bake sale proceeds, donations made outside of Challenge period, cash, admission fees and checks written at other charity events. Holding charity events to raise money for the Great Fish Challenge is prohibited.
Downloadable official brochure here. Sending brochures is not necessary, but if you would like to send to your mailing list you may do so. WFCF-Great Fish full donationbrochure.web
The Great Fish Community Challenge logo is available for download and can be accessed here. Nonprofits should promote their participation in the Challenge through their usual marketing efforts, and encourage supporters to donate during the campaign. Use social media to promote your participation and include the Great Fish Community Challenge in your email communication, along with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please use direct mail thoughtfully, as there will likely be overlap among the nonprofit mailing lists (including the Community Foundation's own list). Do not use purchased mailing lists or box-holder mailings.
View your organization's points HERE. Please look over the excert below from our 2017 Official Rules for your 2018 Fast Track Eligibility.
2018 Fast Track Eligibility
Nonprofit organizations who have met the following requirements will be eligible to apply for the 2018 challenge using a simplified application:
- Submitted their 2017 Preliminary Grant Report by or before the January 31, 2018 at 4:00 PM.
- Sent a creative and thoughtful thank you note to the Great Fish Challengers, c/o the Whitefish Community Foundation, by November 17, 2017, expressing your appreciation for their contribution to the Match Fund and sharing the impact that their donation has had on your organization.
- Scored more than 35 participation points.
- Followed all rules and procedures of the program during the 2017 Challenge.