Miami Dolphin, Doug Betters, had a vision for his community. With the lack of specialty pediatric care in Montana, many families travel outside the state to get medical treatment for their sick child. Often these families would try to raise money on their own to pay for their travel expenses. Doug wanted to create one organization who could help relieve the stress of medical illness and ease the financial burden. In 1984, For the Children, Inc. was born. With the help of strong community partners and NFL celebrities, For the Children, Inc. held a yearly fundraiser that was the pride of Whitefish: the Whitefish Winter Classic. The event was retired in 2014 after 30 years but the organization continues to go strong.
Our families travel to various pediatric treatment centers around the country such as Seattle, Spokane, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, and Boston. Children helped have a wide range of medical issues from premature babies, to children battling cancer, to those facing challenges caused by congenital defects.
For the Children, Inc. is a non-profit, 501C(3) organization run entirely by volunteers.
For the Children, Inc. Federal Tax ID is #81-0516011