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February 2021
From the President
From the President

As I look back on 2020, I am focusing on the lessons we learned as an organization and I’m feeling grateful about the many bright spots we saw during such a challenging year. 

We witnessed many beautiful examples of Idahoans’ incredible generosity, unguarded collaboration and community responsiveness.

I’ve written extensively about the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho, which has granted nearly $2 million into communities throughout the state. Every dollar of that came from an individual, family, corporation or foundation that saw the power in collective giving, rather than going it alone.

I am also really proud of the ways in which our Regional Councils, Board and staff are using lessons learned from our COVID grantmaking to inform our community work moving forward. This includes increased engagement with local communities, raising the voices of all people in those communities and trusting local organizations to know best how to address local needs.

We learned that larger, more flexible grants make a bigger impact than smaller, project-based ones and have lifted restrictions on our Forever Idaho grants. We recognize the value in trust-based grantmaking and have dropped burdensome application and reporting requirements for many of our grants.

You’ll see below that we’ve recently announced changes to our Idaho Future Fund grants that will allow recipients to get their grants earlier in the year and that we’ve removed the written end-of-grant report requirement.

This philosophy of trust-based grantmaking creates an avenue for more inclusive grantmaking and community-driven solutions and will truly help us meet our mission of enriching the quality of life throughout Idaho.

Exciting changes to Idaho Future Fund grants

We are making positive changes to the Idaho Future Fund that will affect all regions of the state – getting grants out earlier in the year and requiring less reporting.

“One of our biggest takeaways from 2020 is the importance of having candid conversations with our grantees so we can be a better, more responsive partner,” said ICF Philanthropic Advisor Lisa Bearg. “We’re proud of the trust we’ve built and the ongoing conversations we’re able to have.”

What’s changing:
Deadline – The new deadline for all regions is March 1. Moving the deadline ensures that grantees will receive award notifications before the end of each school year.

Reporting Requirements – ICF staff will contact grantees for an informal check-in, instead of requiring a written end-of-grant report. Grantees who prefer to submit a written report are welcome to. And we still love to get photos!

What stays the same:
The intent of the fund. This fund was created to support gaps in education that affect students’ ability to thrive. This program will still award grants of $10,000-$20,000 to support work ranging from preschool access to innovative programs that combat educational inequities, and more. You can access the full guidelines here.

Our staff’s commitment to success. We are here to brainstorm or help provide information about funding priorities from year to year (though we cannot review or proof drafted proposals).

The way you apply. The grant application is still be accessed by logging in through ICF’s website.

The Idaho Future Fund is made possible by a generous, anonymous couple in Blaine County.

“When we approached them with these changes, they didn’t hesitate to give us the green light because they are committed to better education outcomes in Idaho,” Lisa said.
INC Regional Conference Deadlines Bordered
Idaho Nonprofit Center announces Regional Conference Upcoming Deadlines

The Idaho Nonprofit Center Regional Conference, “Staying Resilient in Uncertain Times,” will be held virtually on March 16. Click for more information.

The conference is a day-long opportunity for nonprofit leaders to increase their skills and knowledge, network with colleagues and find ways to collaborate to increase the impact of their nonprofit and community.

Session topics include:

  • Renew your Strategy: Planning Recovery for COVID-19
  • Understanding Your Financial Statements
  • New Donor Acquisition
  • The Power of Partnership

Early bird pricing ends Feb. 19 – $35 for one person from an organization; $10 for each additional person. After Feb. 19, prices are $50 for one person; $15 for each additional person.

Forever Idaho North Grant Program
ICF’s Forever Idaho North Grant Program, which provides grants of up to $25,000, is now accepting applications from organizations that serve the following counties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone.

Deadline for submission is February 15.
See revised Forever Idaho Grant Program Guidelines
See eligibility and application

Click here to view a webinar recording discussing Forever Idaho program changes.

Scholarship Opportunities
ICF has more than 70 scholarship opportunities for students seeking assistance with the cost of higher education.

Information and applications for ICF scholarships is here. For questions, email Sarah Wissenbach or call (208) 342-3535 ext. 19. Application deadlines vary, but most are due by March 15.

Ifft Foundation Fund
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.

See eligibility and application information. Deadline for submission is March 15.

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.

Legacy Society Honors & Memorials
New Legacy Society Honors & Memorials

We sincerely thank David Bohart of Nampa for joining our Legacy Society and enriching the quality of life throughout Idaho. Members of the Legacy Society are generous donors who will continue to support Idaho communities through their estate plans.

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 December 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021:

In Memory of Lorraine Adair
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Millie Ann Bailey
John and Barbara Barber
Mary Carriker
Deborah Mather
John and Jill Mather

In Memory of Dean Buffington
Robert Bilow and Jeannine Mehrhoff
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of Westley Robert Clapp
Daniel and Andrea Bargholz

In Memory of Marjorie Jean Kerby Cojerean
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Don Curtis
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of Mary Lou Dew
Terry Curtis and Linda Grable-Curtis

In Memory of Dorothy Eimers
Phil and Mary Jahn
Donald J. and Mary Fran Soltman
Ted and Mary Wilkins

In Memory of Ann Erstad
Andrew and Shannon Erstad

In Memory of Robert Evans
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Donald Fritz
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Marie Jean Fritz
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Jo Goul
Junior League of Boise

In Memory of Marcia Hagenbuch
Ronald and Rhonda Schacher

In Memory of John Hatch
Freda Cenarrusa

In Memory of James Hawkins
Margarette Cook

In Memory of Merine Heberger
Thomas and Suzanne Radeke

In Memory of Tip Hennessey
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Dr. Robert Hummel
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of John William Jackson
Paul Jellema
Bryan and Hannah McKuin

In Memory of Jamie Jones
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Joselin Matkins
Idaho Community Foundation

In Memory of Celia Kunau
Bryan and Pat Cash

In Memory of Lex Kunau
Bryan and Pat Cash

In Memory of Wayne Shillings
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Joe Sumunich
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Amanda Smith
Dirk and Lindsay Zondag

In Memory of Mary Ann Solberg
Jean Anderson
Susan Brown
Thomas and Judith Leuck
Emily Poncin
Gordon and Terri Radford

In Memory of James Toles
Sara Kutz

In Memory of Tony Weed
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Jim Wogsland
Caterpillar, Inc.

In Memory of Brien Wygle
Janet Wygle and Barry Luboviski

In Memory of Stephenson Youngerman
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of Kevin Zatica
David and Diane Myklegard

In Honor of Jack and Jean Allan
Alice Hennessey

In Honor of Ruth Arnell
Jon Moench

In Honor of Curt and Susan Bird
Patrick and Susan Bird

In Honor of Gary and Cindy Bird
Patrick and Susan Bird

In Honor of Patrick and Susan Bird
Martha Owen

In Honor of Tony Bubose
Deborah Wren

In Honor of Kerry Goebel
Chase Goebel

In Honor of Alice Hennessey
Andrew and Shannon Erstrad

In Honor of Alice and Tom Hennessey
Blaine and Dixie Lenon

In Honor of Jody Jahn
Oden and Kathleen Jahn

In Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Blaine L. Lenon
Alice Hennessey

In Honor of Sky and Jeff Logan
Patricia Mueller-Moule

In Honor of Michael Martello
Rachael Renk

In Honor of Catherine Serio
Jo Ann Mazza

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