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April 2020
From the President
From the President

In this time of isolation and uncertainty, I want to share some stories of hope about good things that are happening, thanks to quick action by the philanthropic community and unparalleled generosity of Idahoans and Idaho companies.

Less than three weeks after the Idaho Community Foundation, United Way of Treasure Valley, Idaho Nonprofit Center and other United Ways throughout Idaho joined forces to create the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho, more than $1.2 million has already been committed.

Every single dollar donated will go to trusted organizations throughout Idaho that are helping our most vulnerable people hit hard by this virus. Nearly $300,000 has been approved for organizations throughout the state, and it will be followed every week in
April by more grants to those on the front lines of COVID-19.

Those receiving the first wave of funding are working with people who are in immediate crisis – those experiencing housing instability and food insecurity, needing physical or mental healthcare, experiencing domestic violence or needing childcare. Click here to see the list of grantees in your region.

Two organizations will receive grants for their statewide efforts. Jannus, Inc., will receive funding for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline and Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children will receive funding to create a Temporary Assistance Grant Program for childcare providers that don’t receive financial assistance from the state and are at risk of closing due to financial constraints.

Since I moved to Idaho more than four years ago, I’ve heard people lament that our state’s businesses and corporations aren’t as philanthropic as they used to be, not as involved in our communities.

Based on what I have seen these last three weeks, I disagree. Idaho-grown companies and foundations, and those from around the region, responded quickly to the crisis. Our Lead Funding Partners are M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Micron Technology, Wells Fargo Foundation and Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. Together they contributed $800,000 and counting.

I say “and counting” because Micron Technology is doubling all team member contributions and more than $228,000 has been received. That’s in addition to the $100,000 from the Micron Foundation. Incredible!

And that kind of collective giving is the best way to make an impact. The $100 you give may not feel like it makes a difference. But when we give together, your $100 joins my $100. And that gets combined with every other person who donates and THAT’S how you get to $1.2 million in less than three weeks.

I sincerely thank all of you who have donated during Idaho’s time of need, whether you gave to the COVID-19 Fund for Idaho, directly to your favorite nonprofit or by supporting local businesses. The need is great, and it is going to continue.

We can help each other get through this difficult time if we continue to think as a community. I encourage all of us to look for ways to support each other and the organizations that are making a difference.
COVID Grantss
First grants distributed from COVID-19 Fund for Idaho

The first round of high-need grants – nearly $300,000 – has been approved for distribution from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho.

The grants were reviewed by Rapid Response Teams and the Steering Committee, both comprised of community members from the regions being served, nonprofit leaders and others. The ICF Board Executive Committee gave final approval.

The Rapid Response Teams will meet every week in April to review grant applications and make recommendations. The first rounds of funding will go to organizations that focus on:

  • Housing stability and services for people on the verge of homelessness
  • Physical and mental healthcare
  • Food insecurity
  • Domestic violence prevention
  • Childcare

Click to see the grant recipients for each region:
East Idaho

North Idaho 

South Central Idaho

Southwest Idaho

The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho received more than $1.2 million in commitments from foundations, companies and individuals throughout the state.

Lead funding partners in this effort are: 

  • M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust – $350,000
  • Micron Technology – $328,000+ through Micron Foundation and team member donations
  • Wells Fargo Foundation – $150,000
  • Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health – $100,000

Additional funding partners are: Cambia Health Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, the Amerisource Bergen Foundation and Avista Corp. Their contributions total $155,000.

To give: www.idahocf.org/covid-19. One hundred percent of donations received will go to organizations helping those in need.

Working together in the effort are: Idaho Community Foundation, United Way of Treasure Valley, Idaho Nonprofit Center and United Ways throughout Idaho.
Kunau Family Elisha and Beka
Longtime supporter Celia Kunau passes away We welcome our new staff

We are saddened to report that longtime ICF supporter Celia Kunau of Burley passed away last month. Together with her husband Lex Kunau, the couple made an enormous philanthropic impact in Cassia County. Many of their donations were made quietly or through the Lex and Celia Kunau Fund, a Donor Advised Fund they established at ICF in 1998.

“Celia was very sincere and kind, she cared deeply for her family and her community,” said Brenda Sanford, an ICF Board member from Heyburn who knew the couple well.

Brenda said the Kunaus had a wonderful partnership. “It was always Lex-and-Celia, and they were such a great couple. They gave so generously to anyone in need and to their community. Once Lex said to me, ‘It’s not necessarily the cause that you give to, but the person asking for the contribution.’”

The couple received the Idaho Community Foundation’s Friend of the Foundation award in 2012. Lex passed away in 2016.

Their ICF fund is endowed and will continue to benefit schools, nonprofits and community projects in the Kunaus’ beloved Cassia County.

Below is Celia’s obituary:
Celia Pauline Kunau, 98 going on 78, passed away under the most amazing care on March 29, 2020, with her three daughters by her side.

A kind, gracious woman, Celia was born in Twin Falls on November 4, 1921, the daughter of Edgar and Pauline Moorman. She grew up in Milner with her brother, Mark. A graduate of Burley High School in 1939, Celia furthered her education at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. On November 30, 1947, the marriage of Lex Kunau to Celia was performed in Burley. They celebrated their 68th anniversary in 2015.

Celia was a wonderful listener and loved getting to know people. She was a wordsmith with a phenomenal memory. She loved a good black cup of coffee. She was sweet, kind, generous, and most of all, witty. She found such comfort and pride in their longtime home of Burley and loved going for long drives on all the country roads, always commenting on the views of the mountains. Celia loved animals, be it watching birds and squirrels from their family room window, or caring for the many cats, dogs, horses, and even burros over the years.

Many people remember seeing Celia and Lex working in their yard together. She loved the springtime and all the new growth and colors that came with it, roses were a particular favorite. They spent lots of time at the cabin in Ketchum, entertaining friends from all over, and enjoying the beautiful area. She was involved with PEO, Soroptimist, Campfire USA, and Bridge Club. She really liked being philanthropic and helping others.

Celia was a proud member of the Burley United Methodist Church. Celia and Lex were honored by the Idaho Community Foundation with the Friend of the Foundation Award. Additionally, they took many trips together including trips to Scotland, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Mexico, and especially, they adored the Oregon coast.

Celia was our Queen Bee. She is survived by her daughters, Laurie (Fred) Bell of Burley, Sue Kunau Fitzpatrick of Spokane, Washington, and Nancy Kunau Frederickson of Coeur d’Alene; six grandchildren, Sara Fitzpatrick, Erick (Katie) Fitzpatrick, Jennifer (Scott) Beck, Alexis (Justin) Studer, Mason Frederickson, Logan Frederickson; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by Lex and their daughter, Anne Kunau.

Celia’s family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staffs of St. Luke’s Hospital in Twin Falls and Cassia Regional Hospital in Burley.

Memorial contributions in Celia’s name are encouraged to be directed to the Burley United Methodist Church or the Burley Public Library.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s Order to “Shelter in Place,” a private family graveside service was held on April 3. Online condolences may be shared at www.rasmussenfuneralhome.com.

The family will announce a Celebration of Life to be held later this summer.

We are pleased to welcome Office Administrator Elisha Horrocks and Accountant Beka Meyer to our team!

Elisha started in late February and had a few weeks in the office before we all began working remotely. Beka’s first day was March 16, so she has been training and working remotely with help from Accounting Manager Megan Perez.

Here’s a little more to help you get to know our newest staff:

Elisha Horrocks
Educational background: BA in Communication from Boise State University

Job responsibilities at ICF: Provide administrative support to all areas of ICF, general constituent support and event management.

Family: Husband Trent, kids Grayson (6) and Lennox (4). Dogs Roxy and Meeka.

Hobbies: Reading, going to amusement parks and spending time with my family. I love to plan vacations!

Community volunteering/engagement: Rake Up Boise volunteer and Treasurer at Willow Creek Elementary PTA. While working at St. Luke’s, I led and organized the United Way fundraiser and St. Luke’s for Love, which helped families in need at Christmas.

We try to take our kids with us to these events when possible, hoping to instill in them that it is important to give back.

On working at ICF: It has always been my dream to go to a job every day that I know that I am making a difference in someone else’s life. ICF not only gave me the opportunity to do that in my own community, but at a statewide level. I find that I am happiest in life when I am helping others and being a productive member of my community. I believe that nonprofits are the heart and soul of society and they make the world a better place every single day. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?

Beka Meyer
Educational background: BS in Business major in Accounting from University of Idaho. Oddly enough, I started out as a Civil Engineering major but switched after my first year since Accounting was more interesting.

Job responsibilities at ICF: Assist the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and Accounting Manager with daily operational tasks, including accounts and grants payable, recording gift receipts, account reconciliations, etc.

Family: I met my wonderful husband Scott on the Engineering Hall in the dorms at the U of I, so the temporary engineering major wasn’t a complete waste! We’ve been married for 14 years. We have an amazing 13-year-old daughter Jelde (pronounced Jel-dee, it’s a family name on my husband’s side and she is the first female bearer of the name). Our household became complete in 2015 when we adopted our dog, Bear, who is a lab mix.

Hobbies: In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking the foothills and exploring various creative hobbies. Lately, those include cold-process soap making, brewing kombucha, experimenting with sourdough starter, and trying to sew a king-size quilt. I also enjoy reading, video games, knitting and gardening.

Community volunteering/engagement: I try to be an active participant in my community. I was a volunteer baker with Community Cakes, where I got the privilege to bake birthday cakes for foster kids, veterans, hospice patients and assisted living residents. I also fundraised for the United Way while working at Simplot and volunteered at the Idaho Food Bank and Toys For Tots.

On working at ICF: ICF was such a great job opportunity because it allowed me to combine my accounting skills with my desire to help others. ICF does so much to help the entire state of Idaho, not just the Treasure Valley, and I am so happy to be a part of the team!
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Idaho Gives will last two weeks beginning April 23 Upcoming Grant Deadliness

As a response to the challenges nonprofits are facing as a result of COVID-19, Idaho Gives Day will be two weeks long this year – officially taking place from April 23 - May 7.

ICF Donor Advised Fundholders can support Idaho Gives with their DAFs beginning April 16.
There are several benefits for nonprofits that receive donations during Idaho Gives, including being eligible for matching funds.

To use your DAF to support Idaho Gives, email ICF Program and Donor Services Assistant Sarah Wissenbach and tell her the name of the nonprofit(s) to which you’d like to give and the amount.

The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho will participate in Idaho Gives. The fund is a partnership between ICF, United Way of Treasure Valley, Idaho Nonprofit Center and United Ways in Idaho.

Bonner County Fund for Arts Enhancement
The Bonner County Fund for Arts Enhancement in ICF is seeking grant requests for projects that demonstrate how the arts encourage creative and critical thinking, stimulate economic vitality and enhance the quality of life in a community.

Grant requests up to $10,000 will be considered. Grant requests will only be considered from Bonner County. For more information, including eligibility and application, click here. Deadline to apply is April 30.

Bonner County Human Rights Task Force Fund
The Bonner County Human Rights Task Force Fund in ICF is seeking grant requests from organizations whose activities reflect commitment to the ideal that everyone is equal under state and federal laws and the Constitution, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

Grants up to $8,000 will be considered. Grant requests will only be considered from Bonner County. For more information or to apply, click here. Deadline to apply is April 30.

The Cancer Connection Idaho (TCCI) Fund
The Cancer Connection Idaho (TCCI) Fund in ICF is offering grants up to $5,000 to nonprofits, public educational institutions, governmental entities and others that provide programs for those affected by cancer.

Grant applications should support TCCI’s mission to “empower people touched by cancer to find support, resources, education and a sense of community.”  Past grants have supported a writing contest for teens that had cancer or a loved one with cancer, wellness programs such as gentle yoga and movement classes, mind-body skills and more.

For more information or to download an application, click here. The deadline is May 1.

Chobani Community Impact Fund
The Chobani Community Impact Fund seeks to provide grants that promote entrepreneurship and economic opportunity in Twin Falls, Gooding, Lincoln, Jerome, Minidoka and Cassia counties.

Organizations can apply for up to $30,000 for one-year grants and $60,000 for multi-year grants. The deadline for letter of intent is May 10. Click to see guidelines for letters of intent (scroll to Chobani Community Impact Fund.)
Honors & Memorials Members Bordered
Memorials and Honors ICF’s New and Renewing Members March 2020

The Idaho Community Foundation welcomes gifts sent as memorials or in honor of individuals on their birthdays, anniversaries, retirement or other special occasions. Such gifts may be added to any individual fund in the Foundation or to the Idaho Community Foundation Unrestricted Trust Fund.

The following gifts were received March 1, 2020 through March 31, 2020:

In Memory of George and Mary Freund
John Freund

In Memory of Beth Hemenway
Patsy Lodge

In Memory of Mary McGown
Ahrens & DeAngeli Law Group
Jeff Beaman
Beth Baird
Michael Buchanan
Howard and Carol Burnett
Ronald Bush
George and Sarah Carey
KD Carlson
Carol Casler
Gail Chaloupka and Tony Park
Charles Cole and Betsy Dunklin
J. Roger and Annette Compton
Mark Cowan
Linda Davis
Amy DeBolt
Will Fletcher
Patti Guicheteau
Alice Hennessey
Joe Huggins
John Hughes
Jacquelyn Jarobe
David and Susan Jenne
Debra and David Johnson
Jane Johnston
James and Linda Judd
Mary Lagenfeld
Clark and Kathleen Lindo
Michael and Amy Lindstrom
Mary Lucachick
Camille and Craig Meadows
Maria Minicucci
Caroline Morris
John and Linda Morton
Mark and Holly Motes
Stephen and Ann Troxell Murdoch
Raymond Murphy and J. Drake
Susan Norton
Maria Ringold
Gene Ritti
Gail Robb
Craig and Jane Spencer
Michael Stoddard and Diane Minnich
T. Rowe Price Program for Charitable Giving
The Nichols Accounting Group
Ben and Lauren Tassos
Simson and Michelle Unterberger
Jean Wasserman
Mike and Pam Wissenbach
Diane Whipple
Monica Vail
Nancy Yelton
D Zickau

In Memory of Jack Soltman
Sally Soltman and Scott Russell

In Memory of Mary Ann Webb
Alice Hennessey

In Honor of Mary Hawes
Elisa Hawes

In Honor of Rick Horst
Maximilian Horst

In Honor of Brett Perry
John Michael Schert


Sponsor ($250-$499)             
Joann Cissel, Idaho Falls
Arthur and Annaliese Kull, Idaho Falls
John and Enid Runft, Boise

Sustainer ($100-$249)                       
Cameron Morfit and Ellen McFadden Morfit, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Jim and Mary Rickerd, Boise

Supporter ($50-$99)
Ronald and Rose Gallegos, Pocatello
Diane Temple, Driggs

Friend ($25-$49)                    
Rebecca Weeks, Boise

Corporate, Nonprofit and Civic Partners
Angel Wings Network, Inc., Weiser

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