Great Fish Challenge Match Fund
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Support the Great Fish Challenge MATCH!

The Great Fish Community Challenge Match Fund is comprised of gifts from generous individuals that see the value of philanthropy because of what it can do to 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 join to the Circle and as more individuals give directly to the Great Fish Challenge Match Fund (Challengers).

How Can You Help?

Make a gift to the Great Fish Challenge Match Fund. By making your gift to the Match, or joining the Circle of Giving you will help to inspire more individuals to give during the Challenge. Because the Match Fund is integral to the success of the Great Fish Community Challenge, 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.


  • AGL Foundation
  • Jeff and Teri Allen
  • Anonymous
  • Richard and Carol Atkinson
  • Summerfield and Julie Baldridge
  • Dean and Sharon Baltzell
  • Stephen and Charlene Barasch
  • Mogens and Cindy Bay
  • Bill and Betsy Bayne
  • James and Dolores Beightol
  • William and Mary Ann Bindley
  • Dick and Sandy Boyce
  • Broussard Charitable Foundation
  • Rockwood Brown In Memory of Marilyn Brown
  • Luther and Dorothy Campbell
  • Eileen Bocci Campbell
  • James and Janice Case
  • Nick and Karen Chickering
  • Terry Chute and Jane Kollmeyer
  • James and CK Coles
  • John and Anne Collins
  • Linda Cornutt
  • Eddie and Candy Debartolo and Family
  • Robert and Debbie Douglas
  • Mike and Barbara Gallagher
  • Greg and Kathy Garrison
  • Caeli Quinn and Denny Gignoux

  • Richard Gordon and Cheryl Watkins
  • Dave and Linda Grady
  • Peter and Colleen Grant
  • John and Sarah Graves
  • Joe and Cindy Gregory
  • John and Shirley Griffith
  • Christopher and Jill Gwaltney
  • John and Jes Hagale
  • Fred and Stephanie Harman
  • Richard Harding and Mary Lloyd
  • Brian and Shannon Haycox
  • Bob and Patty Hayes
  • Gregory and Kristin Hetzer
  • Steve and Jodi Howard
  • William Howard
  • Ila B. Dousman Fund Inc.
  • Iron Horse Foundation
  • Mike and Barbara Jenson
  • Paul and Ann Jeremiassen
  • John and Maureen King
  • John Kramer
  • Jay and Mignon Latimer
  • Frank and Gerry Leftwich
  • Dave and Sherry Lesar
  • Charles and Linda Maetzold
  • Rick and Allison Magnuson
  • Janet Mayo
  • Marlin and Maureen McKeever

  • Lori Miller
  • Matt and Ellen Moran
  • Barbara Morris
  • Tom and Teresa Quinn
  • Doug and Nikki Reed
  • Hank and Sue Ricklefs
  • Ron and Karen Rosenberg
  • Leanne Schlinger In Memory of Michael Schlinger
  • Stacy Schlinger
  • Mark Schmidt
  • Mike and Marie Shaw
  • Jamie and Janna Shennan
  • Roger and Carole Spragg
  • David and Nancy Stokes
  • Andrew and Linda Viens
  • Robb and Lori Voyles
  • William and Dori Walton
  • Benjamin and Katherine Ward
  • Mike and Leslie Warning
  • Alan and Boots Warrick
  • Jim Watson and Carol Bibler
  • Ken and Byrdie Wessels
  • Steve and Ardy Whisler
  • Harold and Mary Williamson
  • Doug and Bet Wise
  • John and Susan Witt

Meet the 2019 Great Fish Challengers


Challengers are individuals and businesses that make a gift to the Great Fish Challenge Match Fund benefiting all charities in the Challenge! 

  • Anonymous (3)
  • Rebecca Broussard
  • Russell and Sandra Carpenter
  • Michael Carver
  • Jennifer Cloutier
  • Lawrence Cohen and Susan Eberle
  • Tim and Deidre Corson
  • Lyndel Cubberley
  • John and Brenda Dulski
  • Bennett and Lynn Dykstra
  • Dave and Sarah Ericson
  • Gil and Ruth Harrison

  • Lori Heatherington
  • Bernard Hurd
  • Biff Jones and Mary Glaeser
  • William and Ann Jones
  • Mike and Mae Koopal
  • Rich and Catherine Kraft
  • Loula’s Cafe
  • Mary Anne Lower
  • Scottie and Gayle MacLaren
  • Jim Mechem and JeanAnne Swope
  • Larry Myers
  • Alan Myers-Davis and Frances Montanye

  • Tana Oyler
  • Kara Peters
  • Steven Piha
  • Premier Healthcare Solutions
  • Suzy Riley-Elliott
  • Schellinger Construction
  • Franklin Schroeter
  • Dave and Glenda Scott
  • David Stewart
  • Billie Thomas
  • Jim Watson and Carol Bibler
  • YourCause, LLC