The Great Fish Challenge Match Fund is comprised of gifts from generous individuals that see the value of philanthropy because of what it can to do change lives. The Great Fish Community Challenge embodies the spirit of philanthropy and is inspiring our community to give.

Frequently Asked Questions about The Great Fish Match

What is the Match Percentage and How is It Calculated?

The percentage varies annually and is based on the total amount of match money raised and the total amount of designated contributions. The first $20,000 of each nonprofit’s designated gifts are eligible for matching, and in recent years, the matching grant on these gifts has been approximately 48% to 55%. The percentage of the Match will not be known until the campaign is over and the Match is calculated.  All eligible participating organizations receive the same percent of matching dollars on the first $20,000 in designated contributions they raise.

How are the Funds Distributed?

One hundred percent of the contributions are distributed to nonprofits designated by donors (subject to the Community Foundation’s variance power) along with a percentage matching grant on the first $20,000 raised on their behalf. A nonprofit must raise a minimum of $5,000 to receive a percentage match.

Who Provides the Matching Funds

Whitefish Community Foundation starts the Match with $200,000. This initial money comes from the Circle of Giving. The Match fund grows as more individuals give to the Circle and as more individuals give directly to the Great Fish Match Fund.

How Can You Help?

Make a gift to the Great Fish Challenge Match Fund. By making your gift to the Match, or join the Circle of Giving you will help to inspire more individuals to give during the Challenge. Because the Match Fund is the integral part of the Great Fish Challenge’s success, you can make a gift at anytime during the year.  Your gift of any amount will help the Whitefish Community Foundation match each gift that is made through the Great Fish Community Challenge.



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