Seventy nonprofit organizations from Flathead Valley will participate in the eighth annual Great Fish Community Challenge hosted by the Whitefish Community Foundation from August 4 through September 16.
The Great Fish Community Challenge is a six-week charitable giving campaign where donors can choose to give to multiple nonprofits in one transaction. At the end of the campaign, the Whitefish Community Foundation will award a percentage of the first $20,000 raised by each participating organization. Nonprofit organizations must raise at least $10,000 to be eligible for the match. Matching is made possible by donors to the Whitefish Community Foundation Giving Circle, as well as donors who nominate their gift to the Great Fish Match Fund.
Nonprofit organizations interested in participating in the 2022 challenge applied through a comprehensive application process before the published deadline. Twenty-five nonprofits were approved for the accelerated application process based on their previous campaign involvement, outstanding performance in previous campaigns, and continuity of leadership.
Of the 70 organizations that will participate in this year’s Great Fish Community Challenge, 10 are first-time participants. The following organizations will participate in the 2022 Challenge:
Abbie Shelter, Amazing Place Music, Backpack Assistance Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters NW Montana, Bigfork Art and Cultural Center, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Glacier Country, CASA for Kids, Center for Restorative Youth Justice, Child Bridge, Code Girls United, Conrad Mansion Museum, Creston Firefighter’s Association, DREAM Adaptive Recreation, Flathead Area Mountain Bikers, Flathead Audubon Society, Flathead County Sheriff’s Posse, Flathead Food Bank, Flathead Land Trust, Flathead Rapids Youth Soccer, Flathead Valley Community College Foundation, Flathead Valley Ski Foundation, Flathead Warming Center, Flathead Youth Home, Foy’s to Blacktail Trails, Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center, Gateway to Glacier Trail, Glacier Institute, Glacier National Park Conservancy, Glacier Nordic Club, Glacier Skate Academy, Glacier Symphony and Chorale, Good Grief Group, Habitat for Humanity of Flathead Valley, Hockaday Museum of Art, Housing Whitefish, Humane S Northwestern Montana Society, Immanuel Foundation, Kalispell School District Education Foundation, Land to Hand, Lighthouse Christian Home and Services, Logan Health Foundation, Logan Health-Whitefish Foundation, Montana Conservation Corps, Montana Kayak Academy, Nate Chute Foundation, North Valley Food Bank, North Valley Music School, North West Montana Veterans Food Pantry, Northwest Montana Community Land Trust, Northwest Montana History Museum, Project Whitefish Kids, Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center, Samaritan House, Shepherd’s Nest of NW MT, Stumptown Art Studio, Tamarack Grief Resource Center, The Nurturing Center, Whitefish Community Center, Whitefish Community Foundation, Whitefish Dog Park, Whitefish Firefighters Association, Whitefish Lake Institute, Whitefish Legacy Partners, Whitefish Review, Whitefish School District Education Foundation, Whitefish Theater Company, Whitefish Veterans Support Team, Wings Regional Cancer Support
Since 2015, the Great Fish Community Challenge has raised over $17 million for more than 75 local nonprofits. In addition to the percentage matching grant awarded on the first $20,000 raised by each nonprofit, the Whitefish Community Foundation awards thousands of dollars in incentive grants throughout the campaign.
The Whitefish Community Foundation will kick off this year’s campaign with the Great Fish Launch Party on Thursday, August 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Park Side Credit Union in Whitefish. Donors who donate $100 or more at the launch party to a participating nonprofit will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of 10 matching grants of $100 for their designated organization. From August 4 through September 16, donors will have plenty of opportunities to give to the campaign and help their favorite charities win more incentive grants.
The Great Fish Fun Run & Community Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, September 10 at Depot Park in Whitefish. The event will include fun 5k and 1 mile runs, a tot trot, BBQ lunch, live music from David Walburn, a non-profit fair and the presentation of awards and prizes. Registration for Great Fish Fun Run is now open at runsignup.com/great-fish-fun-run.
For more information about the Great Fish Community Challenge, visit whitefishcommunityfoundation.org/great-fish or call 406-863-1781.