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August 2019
Good Luck Elly
Farewell to our friend and colleague Elly Davis

When Elly Davis was hired at the Idaho Community Foundation in 2009, she was familiar with the work of Idaho’s large nonprofits and the generosity of the state’s well-known philanthropic families. But she soon realized that small organizations and ordinary citizens could also have a tremendous charitable influence through ICF.

“After nearly 10 years at ICF, I have seen firsthand how collective giving and the power of endowment can have a major impact in communities of all sizes,” Elly said. “It has inspired me to work with grantmakers throughout the country.”

Elly’s last day at ICF was Friday, Aug. 2. She is now the Programs and Knowledge Manager at PEAK Grantmaking, a national, member-led community of grantmaking professionals. In her new job, she will help develop tools, resources and networks for sharing the best in grantmaking practices across the profession.

Elly said she will miss working with all of ICF’s supporters – donors, grantees, partners, board directors, panel members and others.

“ICF has roots in every community across the state and people care deeply about our work,” she said. “I will miss working with all of these diverse people and learning about their visions for the future of Idaho.”

Elly said working at ICF gave her a passion for philanthropy and grantmaking and that she believes her new job will continue to inspire her.

“It combines my two favorite things about philanthropy and nonprofits – always learning and always collaborating to do better!” she said.

If you’d like to stay in touch with Elly, her email address is elly@peakgrantmaking.org.

ICF is accepting resumes and cover letters for a Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer. To see the job description and how to apply, click here.
Idaho Philanthropy Day
Deadline for Idaho Philanthropy Day nominations is Wednesday

Idaho is a generous state and we want to recognize the people and organizations who make it special! You can help by submitting nominations for Idaho Philanthropy Day by Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Celebrations will take place in each region of Idaho and we are seeking nominees for:

  • Outstanding Philanthropic Company/Foundation
  • Outstanding Nonprofit 
  • Outstanding Adult Philanthropist
  • Outstanding Youth Philanthropist
  • Outstanding Media Outlet

The nomination form has just a few questions and is easy to complete. Click here to complete it.

Heidi Rogers Twin Falls Mixer
Heidi Rogers joins our Board of Directors Magic Valley Mixer

We are pleased to welcome Heidi Rogers of Coeur d’Alene to our board of directors.

“ICF gives each of us an opportunity to leave a legacy for our passions of our community,” said Heidi. “I look forward to serving ICF to ensure a legacy is continued for future generations.”

Heidi is the CEO of Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) a nonprofit professional learning organization and the largest training partner for Microsoft. She recently retired from the University of Idaho after 25 years as a leader in educational technology and a partner of NCCE.

Nationally recognized for her leadership skills as well as her accomplishments in educational technology, in 2016 Heidi was highlighted as a “Hero in Education” by Microsoft. She has served on Apple’s National K-12 Advisory Board and was honored as one of Apple’s first Distinguished Educators.

After hours, you will catch her volunteering for a variety of organizations – locally, statewide and nationally. A well-known community leader and avid volunteer, Heidi is past president of six nonprofit organizations including the Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club, Coeur d’Alene Rotary Foundation, the EXCEL Foundation, Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), NCCE, and the International Society of Technology Education (ISTE). She is also President-Elect of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Heidi has been a steadfast community volunteer with a variety of local nonprofit organizations, including serving as an Idaho Community Foundation grant panelist representing Kootenai County for six years. She has participated on the Coeur d’Alene Library Foundation Board, the EXCEL Foundation, Kootenai Health Foundation Festival of Trees, Coeur d’ Irish, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater, Hospice of North Idaho and Wine, Women and Shoes.

Born and raised on a horse and cattle ranch in Oklahoma, Heidi received her Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Oklahoma State University with an emphasis in Information Communication and Educational Technology. She also received her Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Secondary Education and her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from OK State.

When she is not wearing her day job hat, she enjoys playing a round of golf, boating on Lake Coeur d’Alene and especially spending time with her son, Weston, and his wife Coryelle.

Thank you to everyone in the Twin Falls area who joined us for our Magic Valley Mixer last month!

We hosted a fun and interactive event to share information about our work in the Magic Valley. We also had representatives from Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, St. Luke’s Magic Valley and The Idaho Foodbank who shared news about their efforts in the region.

We sincerely thank our panelists: 

  • Curtis Eaton, community leader
  • Kyli Gough, St. Luke’s
  • Don Hall, Twin Falls County Commissioner
  • Kendra Witt-Doyle, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health
  • Jackie Yarbrough, The Idaho Foodbank

After the presentations were complete, we asked attendees for ideas about how a small “spark” grant from ICF might help continue the efforts in Twin Falls toward being a healthy community.

If you have ideas for a small project or initiative in the Twin Falls area, please email us.

President's Letter Upcoming Deadlines Memorials and Honors 
From the President ICF Upcoming Grant Deadlines Memorials and Honors

Last month I wrote about the ways in which donors can ensure that their dollars are helping to make a difference for the organizations that they support. Another aspect of this question is how do we use our dollars to help organizations thrive? 

One of the best ways that donors can help their favorite nonprofits succeed in their missions is to support the people that do the work. The Idaho Nonprofit Center’s Annual Statewide Conference is a great investment in the leaders, staff and board members who make the nonprofit sector throughout Idaho work better.   

This conference offers something for everyone from executive director, to office manager and board members. Tracks are designed to engage attendees and build knowledge, while offering a networking environment.

Keynote speakers will inspire, engage and empower. It is often difficult for dedicated nonprofit workers to get away from their daily challenges – but the opportunity to learn, share and grow is crucial to both employees and the organizations they support. This year’s conference includes:

  • Two amazing keynote speakers: Author and comedian Megan Bryant and Anselme Sadiki, Executive Director of Children’s Home Society.
  • A collaboration session with four panelists discussing the joys and challenges of working collaboratively.
  • 25 breakout sessions on board development, fundraising, leadership, marketing and more.

I hope you will consider attending the conference, sponsoring staff at an organization you support to attend or both. Click for more information.

Idaho Future Fund – Southwest Idaho
The Idaho Future Fund is accepting applications from southwest Idaho for preschool scholarships, charter schools, public schools and public school libraries, and supplemental educational programs. The grant cycle is open for Ada, Adams, Blaine, Boise, Camas, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, Valley and Washington counties. A total of $100,000 will be distributed in southwest Idaho.

For more information, including eligibility and application, click here. Deadline for submission is August 15.

Southwestern Region Grant Cycle
ICF’s Southwestern Region Grant Cycle, which provides grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofits, schools and other qualified organizations, is now open for the counties of Ada, Adams, Blaine, Boise, Camas, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, Valley and Washington.

For more information, including eligibility and application, click here. Deadline for submission is August 15.

Ifft Foundation Fund – Southeast Idaho
The Ifft Foundation Fund in ICF is seeking grant proposals for projects that will provide landscaping, beautification and public recreation in southeast Idaho.

Grant requests will be considered from Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Power counties.

Deadline to apply is August 15.  For more information or to apply, click here and look under Grants by Region and East Idaho, email Program Manager Lisa Bearg or call (208) 342-3535.

Shelton Fund in ICF – Valley County
The Perc H. Shelton and Gladys A. Pospisil Shelton Foundation Advised Fund in ICF is currently accepting grant applications for projects that benefit Valley County. Organizations do not have to be based in Valley County, but services or programs do have to benefit Valley County residents.

Deadline to apply is September 1. For more information or to apply, click here and look under Grants by Region and Southwest Idaho, email Program Manager Lisa Bearg or call (208) 342-3535.

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 July 1, 2019 through July 31, 2019:

In Memory of Shelby Atchley, Jr.
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Joan Calhoun
Kathryn Sewell

In Memory of Lily Collias
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Susan Gardner
Richard Gardner

In Memory of Bill Roden
Robert Bilow and Jeannine Mehrhoff

In the Name of B.A. Harris, LLP

Echelon Group, Inc.
Legacy Society New and Renewing Members Newly Established Funds
New Legacy Society New and Renewing Members Newly Created Funds

Members of the ICF Legacy Society are generous donors who will continue to support Idaho communities after they’ve passed. We sincerely thank them for enriching the quality of life throughout Idaho.

Walt and Kristin Sinclair, Boise

Sustainer ($100-$249)
H. Norman and Kathryn Wright, American Falls

Supporter ($50-$99)
Daniel and Carmelyn Johnson, Boise

Friend ($25-$49)
Hilarie Neely, Ketchum
Marcella Nelson, Sandpoint

Allata Charitable Fund (Non-Endowed Donor Advised) – Created by the Allata Company and its employees to enrich the quality of life in Idaho through support of community and charitable organizations. (Special thanks to Annette Elg for the referral)

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