Whitefish Community Foundation Announces New President

The Whitefish Community Foundation announced last week that Alan Davis will take over as the organization’s new president and CEO, replacing Linda Engh-Grady, who served the foundation for 14 years and is heading towards retirement.

“We are thrilled to welcome Alan to our team,” Whitefish Community Foundation Board Chair Ardy Whisler said in a press release. “Alan has a proven track record of working successfully with Flathead Valley donors and nonprofits, and he understands the needs of our local communities. We are convinced that he is the right person to lead the foundation into the future.

Davis previously led fundraising efforts at Whitefish Legacy Partners (WLP) since 2015, where he mobilized private donations and grants to support and grow the Whitefish Trail and outdoor conservation and education programs.

“As the new President/CEO of the Whitefish Community Foundation, I am excited to work with all of our community donors and non-profits to increase their impact, especially at a time when rapid growth is creating gaps in funding. most basic needs of our community,” Davis said. .

Davis is from Knoxville, Tennessee and graduated from the College of Charleston before moving to Whitefish in 2014 with his wife, Frances. They enjoy cycling, climbing, skiing and floating, and became parents to twins last year.

Engh-Grady will work closely with Davis and introduce him to foundation donors and partners as he transitions to his new role beginning January 1.

Davis will wrap up her work with WLP in December. “We are very proud of Alan with his many years of conservation work and are confident in his ability to serve the Valley well in his new role at the Whitefish Community Foundation,” said WLP Chairman of the Board. , Mike Jopek.

Additionally, the foundation recently received $300,000 for the Kids Fund – Giving Voice to Children grant program, which helps local children who are or are at risk of homelessness.

Two donations totaling $150,000 were given to the foundation and the Lesar Foundation matched the donations.

The Kids Fund was launched in 2020 when Sherry and Dave Lesar began fundraising to create programs focused on the safety, education and health of homeless and at-risk children.

“With the economy sliding into recession and high inflation affecting everything from food to shelter, it is now more critical than ever to provide assistance to children in need,” Sherry Lesar said in a statement. hurry.

Since the program began, the Foundation has awarded $316,000 in grants to several local non-profit organizations.

CASA for Kids, Boys and Girls Club of Glacier County, Child Bridge, Flathead Youth Home and Land to Hands were the beneficiaries of the program.

To donate to the Whitefish Community Foundation, visit www.whitefishcommunityfoundation.org.