Lemhi Valley Community Foundation

Lemhi Valley Community Foundation Logo Lemhi Valley Community Foundation
PO Box 1175
Salmon, ID  83467
(208) 756-1567

Founded in 2012, Lemhi Valley Community Foundation inspires and utilizes local philanthropy for community investment, lasting legacies and for the purpose of creating a better future in Lemhi County. Our Advisory Board is actively working on building an endowment fund and community grants program to ensure Lemhi Valley is a vibrant, thriving, self-sufficient place forever. To that end, unless otherwise designated, 90% of all contributions will be allocated to the Lemhi Valley Legacy Fund and 10% will be allocated to the Lemhi Valley Community Grants Fund.

Our Advisory Board

Lemhi Valley Community Foundation is over seen by local community members responsible for determining policies, principles and procedures that will guide the purpose and use of the funds generated and how they are distributed.  As an affiliate of the Idaho Community Foundation, ICF retains overall fiduciary and legal oversight responsibilities.

The founding, and current, Advisory Board members include: 

Bill Allen

Owner and founder of Allen Accounting Group, Bill is a Salmon native and member of the Idaho Community Foundation Board of Directors. Bill is active in the community serving on various boards and assisting community activities and events.

Cori Allen, Treasurer

Cori Allen has been involved with the Salmon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, The Working Together Group and other civic minded organizations focused on strengthening Salmon and the Lemhi Valley.  Since 2006, she has worked at Allen Accounting Group, where she currently provides payroll and bookkeeping services. 

Sherry Elrod
, Secretary

From 1982-2001, Sherry co-founded a software company, JET Systems, Inc., in southern California where she oversaw design and development of a multi-user word processing software product and created marketing strategies for various distribution channels. Since moving to Salmon in 2007, Sherry has served on the executive steering committee of the Northwest Area Foundation/University of Idaho Salmon Horizons project and is an Idaho Master Gardener, founder of the Kids Jr. Master Gardener summer program at the Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural, and Educational Center and member of the Salmon Valley Stewardship Board of Directors.

Cindy Phelps, Vice Chair
Cindy Phelps, retired chemistry professor, California State University-Chico, currently serves as the President of the Board of the Lemhi County Humane Society as well as on the steering committee of the Lemhi Education Project.

Bob Russell

Bob Russell came to Salmon as the Salmon District Ranger on the Salmon National Forest in 1988. Since that time, Bob has been very active in community affairs, including representing the Forest Service on the Lemhi County Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Committee. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Salmon Arts Council and the Sacajawea Center Committee. He is currently on the Boards of Salmon Valley Stewardship, Lemhi County Historical Society and Chairs the Idaho Governor’s Lewis and Clark Trail Committee.

Tammy Stringham, Chairman

Chairman, Tammy Stringham, retired from the United States Air Force and now serves as the Executive Director of the Lemhi County Economic Development Association.

Community Grants

Grants ranging from $250-$1,000 are awarded to eligible organizations within Lemhi County or whose primary purpose is to benefit residents of Lemhi County.

For the LVCF Grant Guidelines Click Here and to apply Click Here.