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December 2018
ICF Homepage
New ICF Logo and Website

After nearly a year of work, we are proud to reveal our new logo and website! You can now find us at www.idahocf.org.

The new website contains the same kind of information as the previous one and functions similarly, it’s just much more attractive! Fundholders can still recommend grants, donors can still give to funds and nonprofits can apply for grants or submit end-of-grant reports.

We’ve placed more emphasis on being mobile friendly so you can transact your ICF business on the go! We’ve also increased our photos and storytelling, so you can see what the Idaho Community Foundation is doing in your community.

We’d love to hear your feedback and answer any questions you have! Please contact us at info@idahocf.org.

Boise Cascade
Thanks For Helping Us Celebrate!

Our final 30th Anniversary celebration of the year was last month in Boise and we thank everyone who came – especially our supporters from outside the Treasure Valley!

We raised more than $26,000 to support our grantmaking through our Forever Idaho Funds. We are so appreciative of your support!

Forever Idaho Funds are ICF’s most flexible funds and provide grants to nonprofits, schools and other community organizations through our Regional Grant Cycles. To see a list of recent grants, visit: www.idahocf.org/nonprofits-students/what-weve-funded .

It’s not too late to make a gift to support your community through Forever Idaho!

Give to Forever Idaho East
Give to Forever Idaho North
Give to Forever Idaho Southwest
Give to Forever Idaho Statewide

Thanks to our donors, ICF is the second largest granting foundation in Idaho and distributed nearly $9 million in grants and nearly $500,000 in scholarships in 2017.

By the end of this year, the community foundation will have distributed more than $120 million in grants and scholarships in its 30-year history, thanks to the power of collective giving.

“We reached this point with help from thousands of generous Idahoans who pooled their gifts at the Idaho Community Foundation,” said Karen Bilowith, ICF President and CEO.

“And because many of these gifts are endowed, their generosity will continue forever and will benefit Idaho’s future generations.”

Wyakin Warrior
ICF awards nearly $350,000 through Southwest Grant Cycle

The Idaho Community Foundation’s Southwestern Regional Grants Panel has selected 125 southwest Idaho and central Idaho nonprofits, educational organizations and governmental entities to receive nearly $350,000 through its competitive grant cycle.

The Wyakin Foundation received a $5,000 grant to provide assistance to veterans and Executive Director Brent Taylor said the grant was particularly timely.

“We are welcoming our largest-ever incoming class next of veterans next month, and this grant will allow us to ensure they are fully oriented and well-equipped as they begin their journey with Wyakin,” Taylor said. “Having partners like ICF is what makes our community the perfect place to serve our mission!”

Recipients are from Ada, Adams, Blaine, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, Minidoka, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, Valley and Washington counties. To see the full list of recipients, click here.

Money for the grants comes from several ICF Forever Idaho funds that were established by generous donors to benefit southwest and central Idaho. You can donate to support the Forever Idaho Fund in your region:

Give to Forever Idaho East
Give to Forever Idaho North
Give to Forever Idaho Southwest
Give to Forever Idaho Statewide

Boys & Girls Club of Nampa
Idaho Future Fund provides nearly $100,000 in Southwest Idaho

The Idaho Future Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation is providing nearly $100,000 in grants to six education projects in southwest Idaho.

The Idaho Future Fund was established at ICF by an anonymous couple from Blaine County. Grants from the fund are intended to create, sustain or reinvigorate impactful educational programs throughout the state in the areas of preschool scholarships, charter schools, public schools/public school libraries and supplemental educational programs.

The Boys & Girls Club of Nampa received $20,000 to support learning through its Summer Brain Gain, tutoring and homework help programs.

“The funds invested from the Idaho Future Fund will be immediately implemented into the educational programs we run each day,” said Brad Beckwith, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Nampa. “Our educational programs are based around fun and mentorship, but most importantly they promote lifelong learning to the 230 youth we see each day.”

Hagerman Elementary School received more than $16,000 to expand the school’s library.

“This grant will have a tremendous impact on our library, our school and our students for years to come,” said librarian Chelsea Johnson. “Our library will get a much needed boost to provide our school and our students with a powerful hub of information that will encourage literacy and a love of learning.”

To see the full list of recipients, click here.

Karen Bob and Leslee Hoover
From The President The ICF 30

It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of ICF’s 30th anniversary. This special anniversary gave us an opportunity to reflect on our past and look to our future. 

We are grateful to John Fery, Whit Jones and all our founders who had the vision and leadership to establish an organization that would benefit communities across Idaho.

We acknowledge the thousands of Idahoans who have contributed to ICF to support the places they call home. They helped grow our assets from a few hundred thousand to more than $180 million. 

Finally, we are appreciative for all YOU do in support of Idaho communities. Without you we would not be closing in on $120 million given in support of local organizations and student scholarships since we began grantmaking in 1991. 

We know that you contribute to worthy causes throughout the year with financial and volunteer resources and we thank you for being a part of ICF’s collective giving effort. Thanks to hundreds of people like you, ICF continues to distribute grants in every county in the state.

As part of our 30th Anniversary, we introduced a new logo that represents ICF’s history and purpose. ICF is here to enrich the place we call home. Pine cones are found throughout the diverse landscapes of Idaho and contain the seeds for enrichment and growth. And, just as pine cones provide for the future, endowments entrusted to ICF will provide support to Idaho communities forever. And that indeed was the vision of our founders.

For all you do, we are grateful.  Warm wishes for a safe and festive holiday season.

Karen Bilowith
ICF President and CEO


Nearly two years into their retirement, former Idaho Community Foundation President and CEO Bob Hoover and his wife Leslee had developed an enviable routine. Their days began with walks for their two 9-year-old English labs, Molly and Bismarck. Then they would exercise at the Kroc Center for an hour (Bob) or two (Leslee). They’d finish the day sitting on the back deck of their home overlooking Lake Coeur d’Alene.

But that was before a surprise phone call from The College of Idaho asking for their help. The college’s president was stepping down and the college wanted a steady, familiar hand to guide it while the search for a new president was underway. Bob had served as The C of I president from 2003-2009.

The Hoovers had a lengthy discussion over a couple of days about quitting their idyllic retired life and returning to work. In the end, the choice was obvious.

“Being back at a college was truly a job for both of us because Leslee works equally as hard as a presidential spouse as I do as president,” Bob said. “But as much as we enjoyed retirement, we didn’t want say no to the opportunity. We were so honored to be invited.”

Their interim stint at the college lasted through the academic year, and now they’ve retired again and returned home to Coeur d’Alene.

Bob and Leslee have always been committed to Idaho’s people, places and the organizations that enrich the quality of life here. Both have devoted their lives and careers to education and nonprofits.

Prior to their involvement with ICF and The College of Idaho, Bob was President of the University of Idaho and Leslee was his Executive Assistant. She later served as Executive Assistant to Treasure Valley YMCA CEO Jim Everett, who is now co-president at The College of Idaho.

“I have been so lucky and fortunate in my life and I love giving others the opportunity to find their passions,” Leslee said.

“We strongly believe that philanthropy and nonprofits improve the quality of life for the people they touch,” Bob added. “That’s why we love ICF. It brings people together from around the state and helps them achieve their philanthropic goals.”

Holiday Photo IRA Contributions
ICF Holiday Deadlines Charitable Giving from Your IRA

Sunday, Dec. 16 – Last day to recommend grants for distribution in 2018
Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 – ICF offices closed.
Wednesday, Dec. 26 – Last day we recommend initiating stock transfer gifts intended to be eligible for the 2018 tax year.


Individuals with an individual retirement account (IRA) can make distributions directly to charities.

Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) must be taken each year beginning with the year you turn age 70 1/2. Annual distributions up to $100,000 (which can include your RMD) made directly to qualified charities may be excluded from gross income for income tax purposes.

This Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) can be a great way to make charitable gifts while limiting the income tax associated with IRA distributions. They are also not subject to the same contribution limitations applied to individuals.

While distributions to Donor Advised Funds cannot qualify as a QCD, other funds at ICF are qualified. Please consult your tax advisor for additional details.

Memorial and Honors New and Renwing Members Newly Created Fund
Memorials & Honors New and Renewing Members Newly Established Funds

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 November 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018:

In Memory of Amy Dunn
Kate Nyormoi

In Memory of Eddie Nasman
Loralee Nasman

In Honor of Jack and Jean Allan
Alice Hennessey

In Honor of Alice Hennessey
Christina and Arlen Healy

In Honor of Gov. Dirk and Patricia Kempthorne
James and Debbie Rousey

In Honor of Blaine and Dixie Lenon
Alice Hennessey


ICF’s New and Renewing Members November 2018
New Member | Renewing Member

Benefactor ($1,000 and above)
Mary Lynn Hartwell, Idaho Falls         
Alice Hennessey, Boise
Nick and Carole Stokes, Boise

Patron ($500-$999)                
John and Martha Arrington, Idaho Falls         
William Berg and Melinda Cameron, Sagle
Armand and Vicki Eckert, Buhl
Bill and Lori McCann, Lewiston
R. A. and Nancy Symms, Caldwell
Mitch and Linda Watkins, Twin Falls

Sponsor ($250-$499)             
Ernest Blackwelder and Sheila Hennessey, Boise       
Gerard and Cindy Connelly, Troy
Brad and Annette Elg, Boise
Andrew and Shannon Erstad, Boise
Allan and Fran Frost, Twin Falls
Terry Curtis and Linda Grable-Curtis, Meridian
Tom and Shana Hennessey, Mountain Home
Doyle Jacklin, Coeur d'Alene
Richard and Georgiann Raimondi, Boise

Sustainer ($100-$249)                       
Lisa and Rich Bearg, Meridian
Ronald and Michelle Berry, Tetonia
Gregory Kaslo and Anita Kay Hardy, Boise
Irv Baldwin and Betsy Hill, Boise
Mike and Vicki Howard, New Meadows
Steven and Sharon Parry, Rigby
Kevin and Cheri Pearson, Moore
Kenneth and Ellie Ryan, Pocatello
Russell and Phyllis Slifer, Boise
Jordan and Mary Smith, Salmon
Dorothy Snowball, Boise
Kay Swenson, Moscow
Benjamin and Lauren Tassos, Boise
Mitch and Jonalyn Whetzel, Mead, WA

Supporter ($50-$99)              
Ryan and Taylor Erstad, Boise
Ellie and Kerry Goebel, Boise
Tom and Haley Hennessey, Boise
Tracey and Brad Kindall, McCall
Michael and Martha McMurray, Eagle
Linda Milam, Idaho Falls
Barbara Shinn, Boise
Juno Van Ocker, Boise

Friend ($25-$49)
Ranie Evans, Twin Falls          
Tom Hoppell, New Plymouth
Tammy Jones, Rupert
Chris Knox, Bancrof
Susan Phillips, Elk City
Robert Rainville, Boise
Trish Searle, Burley
Mary Ward, Coeur d'Alene
Estella Zamora, Caldwell

Corporate and Nonprofit Partners
Veterans Therapeutic Gardens, Caldwell
Canyon County Habitat for Humanity, Inc., Nampa


Faciszewski Family Fund (Endowed Donor Advised Fund) – Created by Jill and Tom Faciszewski of Eagle to support local charities and causes that are meaningful to their family

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