From the President

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Idaho Community Foundation and we are so thrilled to be able to mark this milestone with our supporters. We are excited to celebrate our past and we invite you to help us shape our future!

2018 will be filled with gratitude for those who laid the foundation for ICF to surpass $110 million dollars in grantmaking during our history. We kicked off the year with a fun Happy New Year video featuring grant recipients, ICF fund holders, our Board of Directors, staff and others. We encourage you to take a look if you haven’t seen it already. It has bloopers!

Karen Bilowith

Throughout the year we will recognize people, families and organizations who have contributed to our success during our first 30 years with our ICF 30 profiles. The latest one is the Wood River Women’s Foundation.

We will celebrate throughout the state with four annual luncheons, ICF’s signature events that recognize our Friends of the Foundation honorees, grant recipients and those who truly define community philanthropy in Idaho. Scheduled dates are:

  • Southwest – May 23 at JUMP in Boise
  • North – June 13 at the Hagadone Event Center in Coeur d’Alene
  • Central – Aug. 29 at the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum
  • East – Sept. 19, location to be determined

We also invite you to participate in one of many Community Conversations that ICF will convene across the state. These will be opportunities to hear from local partners about key issues in their area, the ways in which the community is addressing these issues and how ICF can help.

Last week we hosted Community Conversations in Coeur d’Alene and Lewiston. We plan to convene future Community Conversations in American Falls, Burley, Emmett, Grangeville, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Sun Valley and Twin Falls.

We’ll be redesigning our logo and website – and we’d love to have your input! If you have any suggestions for features or ideas for our new website, please email Chief Communications and Marketing Director Jennifer Oxley at joxley@idcomfdn.org.

And finally, we will close out the year with a big anniversary bash at JUMP in Boise on November 14.

Without your partnership, none of our success would be possible.  You demonstrate how people coming together to support the issues and organizations that they care about can bring about positive changes to communities across our great state. We are looking forward to this special year!

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Bistline Fund in ICF gives nearly $70,000 in grants for arts

The push they need: ICF college scholarships

Upcoming Deadlines

Newly Created Funds


New Legacy Society

Members of the ICF Legacy Society are generous donors who will continue to support Idaho communities through their estate planning after they’ve passed away. We sincerely thank them for enriching the quality of life throughout Idaho. For more information: www.icflegacy.org.

Harlan and Barbara Renner, Dalton Gardens


Memorials and Honors

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.

The following gifts were received December 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018:

In Memory of Dong Angell
Robert Bilow and Jeannine Mehrhoff

In Memory of Shirley Atteberry
George and Ruth Klopping
Gary and Patsy Richel
Evan Schut
Zeiter Family Foundation

In Memory of Tracey Brannom
Steven and Denise Roberge

In Memory of Kathleen Chandler
Alfred Janssen

In Memory of Dasty
Kirk Lewis

In Memory of Daniel Deshon
Samantha Deshon

In Memory of Ann Erstad
Andy and Shannon Erstad

In Memory of Marjorie Hyatt Erstad
Andy and Shannon Erstad

In Memory of Karen Falk
Robert Bilow and Jeannine Mehrhoff

In Memory of Jay Ferguson
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of John Fery
Andy and Shannon Erstad

In Memory of Molly Lane Gibson
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Orval Hansen
Andy and Shannon Erstad

In Memory of Jeffery Charles Hagler
Robert and Judy Secrist

In Memory of Gerald Harris
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Eddy Heitz
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Gloria Hennessey
Andy and Shannon Erstad

In Memory of Thomas Hennessey
Andy and Shannon Erstad
Tom and Shana Hennessey

In Memory of Bill Hobert
Coleen Baldwin

In Memory of Jardo, the K-9 Officer
Robert and Catherine Paxton

In Memory of Roger Kotter
Karen Kotter

In Memory of Charleen Matheson
Patsy Lodge

In Memory of John McArthur
Samantha Rich

In Memory of Debbie McDonald
Andy and Shannon Erstad

In Memory of Jim and Maureen McFadden
David and Ann McLaughlin

In Memory of Robert McPherson
Logan Knight

In Memory of Mark Melchert

In Memory of Nguyen Duc Nam
Cecile Nguyen

In Memory of Sandy Nance
Joe Panzeri

In Memory of Lois Nelson
Jeanne Hirmer

In Memory of Joseph Raimondi
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Elwood Rennison
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Nancy Rickett
Holly and Kenneth Rickett

In Memory of Marilyn Shuler
Andy and Shannon Erstad

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

In Memory of Senator H. Dean Summers
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Don Thompson
Shirley Thompson

In Memory of Michael Twomey
Maria Twomey

In Memory of Mark Willig

In Honor of John and Jean Allan
Alice Hennessey

In Honor of Bonner County Residents
Shirley Gleason

In Honor of Donald and Nancy Brigham
Melvin and Donna Young

In Honor of the Healthwise Medical Content Team
Andy and Shannon Erstad

In Honor of Lenore Hoberg
Coleen Baldwin

In Honor of Bill “Action” and Jackie Jackson
Alice Hennessey
Paul Jellema

In Honor of Darren Koontz
Alexa Borbonus

In Honor of Blaine and Dixie Lennon
Alice Hennessey

In Honor of the Lucero Family
Tomasina Lucero

In Honor of Larry Mauere
Judith Mauere

In Honor of John McGown
Rim and Mary Tyree

In Honor of Maggie Mitchell
Andy Mitchell and Amy Rebholtz

In Honor of Eric Overgaard
Theresa Overgaard

In Honor of Tom and Mary Poste
Matt Poste

In Honor of Bud and Sharon Purdy
Nicholas and Sharon Purdy

In Honor of Quest Groups, LLC
Darren Koontz
Tana Ruud
Debbie Sherburne

In Honor of Rocky
Chris and Marni Sheehan

In Honor of David Russell
Barbara Russell

In Honor of Marni Sheehan
Andy Mitchell and Amy Rebholtz

In Honor of Onda Smith
Beverly Wheeler

In Honor of the Southern California Fire Departments
Jacqueline Colvin

In Honor of Dale Titman
Merlyn Titman

In Honor of William Wharton
Mark and Idalyn Audas


Bistline Fund in ICF gives nearly $70,000 in grants for arts

The F.M. and Anne G. and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund in ICF is providing $68,830 in grants to arts-focused nonprofits in southeast Idaho.

The Bistline Fund, which became an ICF fund in 2011, gives grants twice a year. Previously it was the F.M. and Anne G. and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation, a private foundation founded in 1999 by Pocatello philanthropist Beverly Bistline and named in honor of her parents.

Recipients of the fall grant cycle are:

Bear Lake High School (Montpelier) – $1,840 to purchase props and upgrade audio, camera, and projection equipment to help create and share a short film written and acted by students in the school and community

North Gem Choir
The North Gem Education Foundation in Bancroft receives support for many of its music and arts programs from the Bistline Foundation Fund.  

Grace High School – $7,000 to buy a baby grand piano for the new, accessible music room that will be used by the Grace High School music department and by the Gem Valley Performing Arts Center.

Idaho Public Television (Boise) – $3,000 to sponsor the Great Performances program on Idaho Public Television

Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Inc. (Boise) – $3,000 to support the eastern portion of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s educational outreach programs, Idaho Theater for Youth and Shakespearience

Idaho State University Foundation (Pocatello) – $576 to pay for a portion of the Visiting Writer’s honorarium

International Reading Association (Pocatello) – $3,000 to assist with the honorarium for the featured writer, Kashmira Sheth, for the 32nd Bellon Visiting Author Series

Lillian Vallely School, Inc. (Blackfoot) – $4,980 to purchase deer hides so students can learn how to make moccasins in their culture class, and help pay the salary of part-time art and music teachers

Malad Valley Welsh Foundation (Malad City) – $1,200 to pay stipends and traveling expenses for Welsh and Celtic performing groups to come to the Malad Valley Welsh Festival to perform outdoors and provide authentic Welsh music for the Festival

Musicians West, Inc. (Pocatello) – $4,614 to provide an honorarium for the primary adjudicator, to fund piano tuning and to provide trophies and medals for pre-college winners of the Musicians West Piano Competition

North Gem Education Foundation (Bancroft) – $6,490 to purchase violins, violas, cellos, a double bass and cello bows

Old Town Actors Studio (Pocatello) – $8,500 to continue the theatre for youth program, as well as bring distinctive and innovative musical theatre to the community

Pocatello Art Center – $4,844 to purchase art supplies, teaching equipment and create summer art internships

Snake River High School (Blackfoot) – $5,000 to buy wireless microphones

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Inc. (Idaho Falls) – $10,785 to take hands-on art lessons to elementary school classrooms in Shelley, Firth, Blackfoot, Fort Hall, Pocatello and Soda Springs

West Side School District #202 Education Foundation Inc. (Dayton) – $4,000 to supplement funds for quality, live performances for the community

The push they need: ICF college scholarships

The ultimate career goal of Emmett High School senior Jessica Oribio is to be a pediatric nurse. And she’s working now to make it happen.

As an office aid for Emmett High’s counseling office. Jessica has been using all of the scholarship assistance available to her and her fellow classmates. 

“I’ve already turned in five or six scholarships,” she said. “I want to get a really good education and not have to worry about taking out so many loans.”

The Idaho Community Foundation has five scholarships that benefit Emmett High School students and nearly $93,000 has been distributed since 1999.

 Emmett High Student
Emmett High School senior Jessica Oribio has applied for several scholarships with support from the school’s counseling staff.

ICF scholarships aren’t just for Emmett High School. We have more than 70 scholarship opportunities for students seeking assistance with the cost of higher education. In 2017, 220 students throughout Idaho received an ICF scholarship.

Emmett High’s College and Career Mentor Kerilee Jewkes said only a small percentage of students have applied for scholarships in the past, but the number is increasing.

Emmett used to have local jobs that didn’t require a college education or postsecondary training, but those are now gone. She said many of her students are the first in their families to attend college and aren’t sure they want to go.

“Getting a scholarship can be the push they need to take the first step,” Kerilee said. “It gives them options.”

Kerilee said many graduates return to Emmett High after a year or two at college to thank the counseling staff for their encouragement and to urge other students to apply for scholarships. 

“Once they get to school and are on their own they are surprised at how expensive it is to be an adult,” she said. “They realize how meaningful these scholarships are.”

The deadline to submit the ICF Scholarship Application is March 15.To learn more about scholarship opportunities through ICF, click here or email Community Impact Assistant Lisa Bearg at lbearg@idcomfdn.org.

Upcoming Deadlines

Two grant cycles open in north Idaho
ICF has two grant cycles open for the north Idaho counties of Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone. Deadline for each is Feb. 15.

The Idaho Future Fund grant cycle will provide $100,000 in north Idaho grants in 2018 in the categories of preschool scholarships, charter schools, public schools and public school libraries, and supplemental educational programs. For more information about Idaho Future Fund eligibility and the application, click here.

The second ICF grant cycle is the Northern Region Grant Cycle, which provides grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofits and public entities, including educational institutions, in the areas of:
Arts and culture
Emergency services
Social services
Public projects

For more information or to apply, click here.

Grants available for social service providers in east Idaho
The Lassahn-Worrell Fund for Community Support Services is now accepting applications for grants of $500 to $1,000 for social service providers in the east Idaho counties of Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Caribou, Clark, Custer, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Oneida, Power and Teton. Deadline is March 1.

This fund was created by Price L. Worrell and his mother, Pamela Henry Lassahn, to support organizations and projects that give a hand up to those in need in east Idaho.

For eligibility criteria and application guidelines, click here.

Ifft Foundation Fund deadline is March 15
The Ifft Foundation Fund in ICF is seeking grant requests for projects that will provide landscaping, beautification and public recreation in southeast Idaho. Grant requests will only be considered from the following counties: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Power.

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

Newly Created Funds

Anonymous Fund 14 (Donor Advised) – Description not available.

Anonymous Fund 15 (Non-Endowed Donor Advised) – Description not available.

EAC Fund (Non-Endowed Donor Advised) – Created in memory of Celestine “Tineey” Leubert to support a wide variety of causes.

Michael and Anne-Marie Merlo Family Charitable Fund (Non-Endowed Donor Advised) – Created by Michael and Anne-Marie Merlo to support organizations that positively impact the communities and values they believe in, and that have formed them as individuals.

Harlan and Barbara Renner Fund (Designated) – Created by Harlan and Barbara Renner of Dalton Gardens to forever support the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo Foundation, and for area students attending the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Heidi Rogers Family Foundation (Non-Endowed Donor Advised) – Created by Heidi Pracht Rogers of Coeur d’Alene to invest in her favorite charitable organizations in Coeur d’Alene and the great state of Oklahoma.

Treasure Valley Family YMCA Horsethief Camp Fund (Agency) – Created by the Treasure Valley Family YMCA and Duane and Lori Steuckle to forever support the Horsethief Reservoir YMCA Camp.

ICF’s New and Renewing Members December 2017-January 2018

New Member | Renewing Member

Benefactor ($1,000 and above)
Karen Bilowith, Boise
Thomas and Teresa Killingsworth, Boise
Rhonda Millick, Eagle
Doug and Billie Nelson, Idaho Falls
Douglas Oppenheimer, Boise
Tom and Bonnie Stitzel, Boise

Patron ($500-$999)               
Paul Anderson and Sandy Hall, Coeur d’Alene        
John and Martha Arrington, Idaho Falls
Thomas and Marilyn Beck, Boise
Larry Cope, Buhl
Darin and Ann DeAngeli, Boise
Christopher and Devon Kamann, Boise
Dan and Carmen Klocko, Coeur d’Alene
Patricia Krug, Coeur d’Alene
Phillip and Anita Murelaga, Boise
Judith Ramos, Meridian
Tina Therp, Pocatello
Tom and Sue Thilo, Hayden Lake
Virginia Willard, Idaho Falls

Sponsor ($250-$499)
Bill and Elizabeth Allen, Salmon      
Richard and Sharon Allen, Scottsdale, AZ
Don and Judy Atkinson, Hailey
Brad and Janice Baldwin, Hayden Lake
David Barber, Boise
Mary Boone, New Meadows
C. Richard and Vonnie Lue Broulim, Rigby
Steve and Cindy Carr  Idaho Falls, Sponsor
Tim and Kate Coiner, Twin Falls
Gerard and Cindy Connelly, Troy
P. Michael and Linda Davidson, Coeur d’Alene
Dennis Keefer and Elly Davis, Boise
Allan and Fran Frost, Twin Falls
John and Deb Holleran, Boise
Brad and Teresa Little, Emmett
Raymond and Jane Morgan, Hayden Lake
Walter and Patricia Nelson, Gooding
Carolyn Patrick, Emmett
Randy and LaDean Smith, Pocatello
Michael and Diana Thomas, Weiser
Fred and Charlotte Thompson, Boise
James and Sandra Turner, Woodside, CA
James and Marlene Wogsland, Hayden Lake
Linda Yarborough, Hayden

Sustainer ($100-$249)                      
Lisa and Rich Bearg, Meridian
Dan and Brenda Blitman, Kuna
Henry and Deborah Boomer, McCall
Bill and Jill Dougherty, Dalton Gardens
A. Dale Dunn  Eagle, Sustainer
Curtis and Mardo Eaton, Twin Falls
Fred and Susan Faulkner, Gooding
Kent and Kim Fletcher, Burley
Allen and Raina Frei, Ferdinand
Hope Hayward, Ketchum
Irv Baldwin and Betsy Hill, Boise
Craig Hobdey, Gooding
Mark and Lynn Hofflund, Boise
Leslee and Robert Hoover, Coeur d’Alene
Ronald and Mary Hughes, Boise
Steven and Elizabeth Huish, Ketchum
Bill and Jackie Jackson, Boise
Robert and Deborah Law, Ketchum
Michael and Beth Markley, Boise
Patrick and Lisa McMurray, Boise
James and Kathryn Mertz, Caldwell
Mary Ann Meyers, Meridian
Sylvia and Nicholas Miller, Hailey
Vicki Murphy, Boise
David and Diane Myklegard, Boise
Robert and Rhonda Naftz, Pocatello
Jennifer Oxley, Boise
Steven and Ruby Pearson, Boise
John and Karen Rosholt, Twin Falls
Kathy Scott, Boise
Russell and Phyllis Slifer, Alexandria, VA
Dorothy A Snowball, Boise
Michele Tae, Boise
Stephen Wagner, Idaho Falls

Supporter ($50-$99)             
Fred Belzer and Theresa Kaufmann, Pocatello         
Richard and Aris Boyle, Idaho Falls
Howard and Carol Burnett, Pocatello
William and Gay Fruehling, Ketchum
Edson and Patricia Fujii, Meridian
Steve and Donna Guerber, Eagle
Daniel and Carmelyn Johnson, Boise
Virginia Kelly, Pocatello
Robert and Ann Loucks, Salmon
Robert and LaVoy Myers, Pocatello
Damon Noller, Boise
Buddy Paul and Beverly Lingle, Hayden
Megan and Juan Perez, Boise
Margaret Plastino, Idaho Falls
Robert and Nancy Russell, Salmon
Hopi and Kate Salomon, Idaho Falls
Sandy Shaw, Ketchum
Barbara J. Stensland, Pocatello
Cindy and David Wong, Meridian

Friend ($25-$49)                   
Donna Boe, Pocatello
Margaret Duncan, Lewiston
Amanda and Charles Miller, Coeur d’Alene 
Hilarie Neely, Ketchum
Kathy Ray, Malad
Anne Wilder Chamberlain, Priest River

Corporate and Nonprofit Partners
Kamiah Chamber of Commerce
Senior Activity Center, Pocatello
Veterans Therapeutic Gardens, Caldwell

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