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August 2020
From the President
From the President

As we enter the sixth month of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the things we’re really missing at the Idaho Community Foundation are our in-person events.

Summer is usually the time when we celebrate a Friend of the Foundation in each region of the state, share stories about our work and thank all of you for your continued support. 

But of course we can’t do that this year. We’ve made the difficult decision to postpone all of our large, in-person events until 2021. 

In their place, we’ve been hosting virtual events with donors, nonprofit partners and members. The best outcome of this new format is that we are able to bring together people from all over the state to learn about issues affecting our communities and hear about the unique and shared impacts in local areas. 

For example, it was wonderful to see people from across the state tune in to learn about community conservation in Bonner County and the statewide impact of the Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative, a partnership with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Land Trust Alliance, Seattle Foundation and Oregon Community Foundation that will preserve critical habitat in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. If you missed it, you can watch a recording.

Other recent topics include:

  • COVID-19 and Idaho: Where do we go from here? – An update about the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho, the efforts of The Idaho Foodbank to combat increased food insecurity during the pandemic, and the effects of the pandemic on Idaho nonprofits.  Click to watch a recording of the session.
  • The ALICE report from the United Ways of Idaho – Which provides insights into the struggles of individuals and families who are employed, but still having trouble making ends meet. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. Click to watch a recording of the session.

We’ll keep you posted on future education sessions and we encourage you to register early. We have “space” for 100 people to login and most of the sessions have filled quickly.

I hope that you and your loved ones are enjoying good health during another beautiful Idaho summer and that we can all be together soon!

Best wishes,

Question, Persuade, Refer: Preventing suicide in Idaho and around the world

Editor’s note: Mental health is one of ICF’s four Areas of Impact where ICF is focusing our grantmaking.

As clinical director of Spokane Mental Health (now Frontier Behavioral Health) in Washington in the 1990s, Paul Quinnett became increasingly aware of suicides among patients who were active and otherwise healthy.

Concerned, he began to focus his practice on suicidal patients “trying to learn why people wanted to choose death over life,” he said. When he lost two professional acquaintances to suicide, both of whom worked in psychology, he started developing a suicide prevention program to teach people how to recognize the signs of suicide in their friends, family and others in their lives.

Now known as The QPR Institute for Question, Persuade and Refer, more than 5 million people around the world have taken QPR training, mostly in the United States and Australia.

A virtual company based in Spokane and Moscow, the 90-minute QPR training helps people become “gatekeepers” who can recognize the warning signs of suicide, know how to offer hope and know how to get help.

Clarissa Richardson, director of the Idaho FORM Project, received a grant from the North Idaho Action Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation to conduct a series of community-led QPR trainings in Boundary County.

The Idaho FORM Project focuses on creating partnerships with rural communities to help address mental health disparities. Idaho ranks 6th in the nation in rates of suicide and Boundary County is among the Idaho counties with the highest rate.

“We chose QPR because it is evidence-based and can be taught by individuals who are not trained as mental health professionals,” Clarissa said. “Community members are taught by their fellow community members and the value of those relationships is huge.”

Paul, who splits his time between Washington and Idaho, said there aren’t clear answers why Idaho – and all western states, plus Alaska – have higher than average suicide rates. He said contributing factors include isolation, the stress of a boom and bust economy especially in mining, forestry, farming and ranching, and lack of mental health and substance abuse treatment services.

“Some think it has to do with the culture of the West – ‘Man up and don’t ask for help,’” he said, noting that men are at higher risk for suicide than women and that the risks go up with each decade of life.

Clarissa added that there can be a stigma toward mental health issues in rural communities, though she also pointed out that rural communities also have a feeling of connectedness between residents, which makes the QPR training especially effective.

“Someone will notice when another community member is struggling, and having lots of people who understand mental health and how to refer someone to help can make a big difference,” she said. “Our goal is to capitalize on the strengths of rural communities to assist in reducing suicide rates in rural Idaho.”

Kristi Scott CDA Estate Planning Council Idaho Philanthropy Day
Kristi Scott elected to Coeur d'Alene Estate Planning Council Deadline for Idaho Philanthropy Day nominations is Aug 21

ICF’s North Idaho Regional Development Officer Kristi Scott has been elected secretary of the Coeur d’Alene Estate Planning Council.

The council is comprised of attorneys, CPAs, financial planners and other professional advisors and focuses on maintaining the highest professional and education standards for its members.

“One of my goals as secretary of the estate planning council is to increase membership and grow our reach beyond Coeur d’Alene,” Kristi said.

For information about becoming a member of the estate planning council, please contact Kristi.

Please help recognize the philanthropists, volunteers and organizations who make Idaho special by submitting nominations for Idaho Philanthropy Day by Friday, Aug. 21.

Celebrations will take place in each region of Idaho and nominations can be made in these categories:

  • Outstanding Philanthropic Company/Foundation
  • Outstanding Nonprofit
  • Outstanding Adult Philanthropist
  • Outstanding Adult Volunteer – Brightest Star (new category!)
  • Outstanding Youth Philanthropist
  • Outstanding Media Outlet

Click for more information about Idaho Philanthropy Day and to complete a nomination form.

Philanthropy Day is a program of the Idaho Nonprofit Center that was revitalized in 2017 in partnership with the Idaho Community Foundation, Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation.

This year, the Idaho Nonprofit Center is partnering with Serve Idaho and the Brightest Star Awards.
Deadlines Bordered Honors & Memorials
ICF Upcoming Deadlines - Grants and Scholarships Honors and Memorials

Idaho Future Fund – Southwest and South Central
The Idaho Future Fund is accepting applications from southwest and south central Idaho for preschool scholarships, charter schools, public schools and public school libraries, and supplemental educational programs. The grant cycle is 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. Grants awarded will range from $10,000-$20,000.

Deadline for submission is August 15. For more information or to apply, visit our grant opportunities page.

Forever Idaho Southwest and South Central
ICF’s Forever Idaho Grant Cycle, which provides grants of up to $5,000, 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.

Priority consideration will be given to organizations that fall within ICF’s Areas of Impact:

  • Housing and Family Homelessness
  • Access to Services
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Health and Mental Health

Deadline for submission is August 15. For more information or to apply, visit our grant opportunities page.

Ifft Foundation Fund
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, visit our grant opportunities page. For questions, please contact grants@idahocf.org.

Shelton Fund
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, visit our grant opportunities page. For questions, please contact grants@idahocf.org.

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, 2020 through July 31, 2020:

In Memory of Susie Beede
Robert and Carol Hamlin

In Memory of Diana Burton
Irv and Trudy Littman

In Memory of C.B. Coates
Fred Coates
Nelson Coates

In Memory of Susan Gardner
Dr. Richard Gardner

In Memory of Gerry Guentz
Lou and Susan Aldecoa
Alan and LuAnn Burgmuller
Catherine Janis
David and Joanne Clovis

In Memory of James Hawkins
Vickilyn Hammer

In Memory of Mary McGown
McGown Family Foundation Inc.

In Memory of Nguyen Duc Nam
Irene Bjorge

In Memory of John F. Smith
Aaron Michelson

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