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April 2021
From the President
From the President

I truly love this time of year in Idaho as we emerge from the colder, darker days of winter into the lighter brighter days of spring and summer. And while it makes me a little sad to pack away my skis for the season, getting my bike helmet out of the closet is a good trade.

Spring is also the time for our Annual Members Meeting, the time when ICF members from across the state come together to hear about our past year results and elect our Board of Directors. In 2020 we held the meeting virtually, and to our surprise this allowed for greater participation and representation from across the state. This year the meeting will be virtual again and we will incorporate some fun and entertainment!

Please save the date for Thursday, May 20 at 2 p.m. MT/1 p.m. PT. Additional details to come.

The Idaho Community Foundation has deep roots in Idaho and has been building community philanthropy since 1988. Our members have been crucial to our success, and membership is a great way for people from throughout Idaho to participate in our collective philanthropy.

When you join ICF, you join a family of people who care deeply about Idaho and are committed to doing great things for their community. Our members support our community leadership work and ensure that we are nimble and adaptable to changing circumstances so we can help community organizations meet their greatest needs.

Membership is a great way to show pride in your region, and you can join for as little as $25 annually. Our members have a voice in ICF governance and grantmaking by annually electing our Board of Directors and being eligible to serve on one of our four Regional Councils.

We offer special opportunities to our members like education sessions, which convene local experts to discuss community-based solutions to important issues affecting Idaho.

If you are already an ICF member, we sincerely thank you. If you’re not yet a member and would like to join us in creating lasting change in Idaho, we’d love to have you.

Portia Club - Payette
Grant from COVID-19 Fund keeps Payette's Portia Club open

When the board of the Portia Club – Payette’s nonprofit community center – decided to close in March 2020 to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, board member Kerrie Taylor remembers thinking it would be short-term.

With a healthy savings account set aside, Taylor and the rest of the board figured they’d be back offering rental space for nonprofits, community performances, weddings and memorial services in no time.

“I was not worried in the beginning, but it’s been devastating,” Kerrie said recently. “Our funding stopped, but the bills continued.”

Kerrie said the Portia Club, which serves Payette, Weiser, Caldwell and Ontario, Ore., couldn’t qualify for the PPP or CARES Act loans because they are an all-volunteer organization.

In February, she learned about the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho – a partnership between the Idaho Community Foundation, Idaho Nonprofit Center and United Ways throughout Idaho. She reached out with a grant request for $5,000 for cleaning supplies, soap dispensers, paper towel holders and other items that would allow the Portia Club to reopen.

The grant request was funded and the Portia Club has recently started holding small, socially distanced events. If all goes well, Kerrie predicts the club will be self-sustaining again in about a year.

“I can’t put into words what this funding means to us,” she said. “It had a huge impact. It literally saved us.”

Project Neighborly
Project Neighborly - Idaho Update

We launched Project Neighborly–Idaho last month, an effort to foster inclusion and inspire neighborliness in local communities, and we are pleased to announce that more than 50 applications have been received!

Decisions about which projects will receive funding will be announced at the end of April. Community volunteers will review grant applications, including representatives from Rediscovered Books, NeighborWorks Boise, The Idaho Foodbank and Borah High School.

Inspired by our friends at the Whatcom Community Foundation, Project Neighborly will provide grants of $250 to $5,000 to fuel inspiring, actionable, relevant projects that develop a sense of community. Grant funding is flexible and can be used for the expenses involved in the creation and execution of the proposed project.

As a pilot project, Project Neighborly grants are limited to Ada and Canyon counties at this time.

Boone Hutters
Welcome Boone Kizer ICF Friend of the Foundation Richard Hutter passes away

We are pleased to welcome Boone Kizer to the Idaho Community Foundation as our database and portfolio administrator, a new position at ICF.

Boone has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 10 years, most recently at the Treasure Valley Family YMCA. He has a bachelor’s degree in humanities with an emphasis in Spanish and women’s studies from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a master’s in nonprofit management from Regis University.

As ICF’s database and portfolio administrator, Boone will support the Philanthropy and Impact Team by enhancing quality control measures for ICF’s database. He will also research and implement best practices for partner engagement.

“I’m looking forward to meeting Idahoans who are passionate about making an impact with their philanthropy and supporting our state’s ability to create thriving communities for all,” he said.

Boone enjoys running, hiking, backpacking and travel, especially to learn about Spanish-language cultures. He sits on the Idaho Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS.

He and his partner live in Boise with their cat Goose and dog Donny.

Richard F. Hutter, 82, passed away on Saturday, April 3 in Sandpoint. He was born on March 1, 1939 in New York. He moved his family to the Sandpoint area and was active in the investment community. Richard supported Sandpoint, and Bonner County, in many ways. He will be missed by his wife Donna, family members and a host of friends.

“Richard and Donna both have been ambassadors for ICF for many years, helping us build community philanthropy in Sandpoint and Bonner County,” said ICF President and CEO Karen Bilowith. “I will miss Richard’s big personality and wonderful sense of humor.”

Richard served on the Board of Directors, Leadership Council and Investment Subcommittee. Together, Richard and Donna received the Friend of the Foundation award in 2011.

Upcoming Deadlines Getts and Yonker Memorials and Honors
Upcoming Deadlines New Funds Memorials & Honors

Bonner County Endowment for Human Rights
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, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

Grant requests 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.

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.

F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund
The F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund in ICF is accepting applications for projects related to the arts in the southeast Idaho counties of Bannock, Bingham, Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Power. Grants may fall under two categories:

  • Supporting arts activities that will provide entertainment or art-related education to the general public. 
  • Supporting the education, skills training, performance, or display opportunities for local artists.

The Bistline Fund advisors will consider grants for general operating support. For more information, including eligibility, click here. To apply, click here. Deadline to apply is May 1.

The Cancer Connection Idaho 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 and look for Cancer Connection Idaho Fund under Grants by Region, click on Statewide. Deadline to apply isMay 1.


Getts-Yonker Charitable Fund (Donor Advised) – Established by Clem Yonker and Lori Getts of Sandpoint to support charitable organizations in Bonner County and statewide that focus on environmental and natural resource protection, wildlife habitat conservation, historical preservation, education and the arts.


The Idaho Community Foundation welcomes gifts sent as memorials or in honor of individuals on their birthdays, anniversaries, retirement or other special occasions.

The following gifts were received March 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021:

In Memory of Betty Bagley
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of Michael Bonar  
Jessica Maschmann

In Memory of George Freund
John Freund

In Memory of Dessa Lagerstrom
Russel R. Grobe

In Memory of Mary McGown
Denny and Kathy Hager

In Memory of Dr. Jack Soltman
Scott Russell and Sally Soltman

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