Organizations will invite donors to give through the Great Fish Community Challenge during the giving period of the campaign and to include their organization on the official donor form or through the online donation portal. Donations MUST be payable to the Whitefish Community Foundation AND be accompanied by an official donor form or made through the online donation portal. The Community Foundation processes the gifts and acknowledges donors with a tax receipt. Organizations will receive 100% of designated gift. There is a 2.9% fee accessed to credit card gifts only. At the end of the Challenge, the Foundation calculates a percentage match on the first $20,000 raised by the charity.
No. Organizations must apply to participate but there is no fee to participate. Whitefish Community Foundation covers all of the costs advertising, marketing, administration, gift processing and the Color Run and Community Celebration on September 8th. Gifts that are made by credit card are accessed the credit card processing fee, currently 2.9%. Gifts made by check, cash, IRA Rollover, and stock gifts are not accessed a fee.
All eligible contributions are passed on to participating organizations that the donors designate (subject to the Whitefish Community Foundation Variance Power), along with a percentage match on the first $20,000 raised on their behalf. Each participating nonprofit will have a designated fund at the Community Foundation were funds will accumulate for your organization. You will receive login information in order to access your fund balance and view the names and addresses of donors who have contributed to your fund.
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.
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.
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*Variance Power. Donations to the Great Fish Community Challenge are subject to the variance power described in Treas. Reg. Sec. 1.170.A-9(f)(11)(v)(B)(1), as amended from time to time. Pursuant to the variance power, the Whitefish Community Foundation Board of Directors shall have the power to modify any restriction or condition on the distribution of funds for any specified charitable purpose or to specified organizations, if in their sole judgment (without the approval of any advisor, trustee, custodian, or agent) such restriction or condition becomes, in effect, unnecessary, incapable of fulfillment, or inconsistent with the charitable needs of the Community Foundation.