Support WLI

One of the most important elements of the Whitefish Lake Institute is the people who come together to support the continuation of our work. There are a number of ways to contribute to and participate in our work and to invest in the future of Whitefish Lake and our community.

Click on the “Donate” button above to be taken to the secure PayPal website to make your donation to the Whitefish Lake Institute


Great Fish Community Challenge

I This annual charitable giving campaign is designed to maximize donations to participating charities by awarding an additional percentage match from its own Great Fish Fund. The match percentage varies annually, but all gifts make an even greater impact when combined with the matching grant. The Great Fish Community Challenge benefits nonprofits by promoting mission awareness and inspiring community involvement. Participation in the Challenge is free for nonprofits and the Whitefish Community Foundation covers all administrative fees.

More about the Great Fish Community Challenge

2019 Great Fish Challenge Results

Donation of Goods

Pontoon boat
Field Truck

Donations of boats and vessels, equipment, supplies, and furniture are an impactful way to support the work of WLI. Please contact us if you are considering a donation.

Donation of
Professional Services
or Discounted Services

WLI is always looking for ways to get our work done well with a minimal outlay of cash. Pro bono or discounted services are a wonderful way for you to contribute, and are most appreciated by WLI.

Estate Planning 

WLI is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Charitable bequests can reduce your estate tax liabilities. Naming WLI in your will is easy, and you can designate any amount you wish. Please consult with your attorney if you are ready to create or amend your will , and give our office a call so we may assist you. Making a legacy gift to the Whitefish Lake Institute allows you to create a lasting relationship with the lake and the community that will represent your wishes long into the future. Legacy gifts provide stability that helps us focus our work and reinforce our programs as we grow and change.

Special Giving

There are many creative ways to give to a non-profit. If you have any special giving goals, we would be happy to work with you to try to achieve them.


WLI partners with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks on the Northwest Montana Lakes Network (NMLN). Through the work of volunteers in this program, lake data is collected and an annual report is prepared detailing the health and status of lake resources in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, and Missoula counties. Other volunteer opportunities are also available. All of these methods of contributing and participating in WLI programs help ensure that our local lake resources are protected and improved based on credible science and community input.  Call us at 406.862.4327 or email for more information.