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January/February 2019
New Partnership: Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative

The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to strengthen land conservation across America, has joined the Idaho Community Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation and Seattle Foundation to unveil the Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative.

“We are pleased to be part of this effort, which will protect natural lands in the Pacific Northwest and connect Idahoans with opportunities to support places they care about,” said Karen Bilowith, president and CEO of the Idaho Community Foundation.

The Initiative will provide resources to land trusts, which are private, nonprofit organizations that acquire and manage land for the purpose of permanent conservation.

Launched with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Initiative is a partnership to permanently protect thousands of acres of natural lands in Idaho, Oregon and Washington that can preserve biodiversity, durable wildlife habitat and functional migration corridors as the climate changes.

The Initiative will maximize the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s investment by joining with community foundation donors to support this coordinated effort to increase the capacity of land trusts and provide them with the resources they need to conserve critical natural lands.

“The Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative provides a vision and resources for strategic land conservation in an era of climate change,” said Sacha Spector, program director for the environment of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

“We’re proud to be a part of this innovative philanthropic partnership that will unite donors from around the region to secure the lands that science tells us are the most critical to helping species and habitats persist in the face of a changing climate.”

Scientists at The Nature Conservancy have developed a methodology known as “Resilient and Connected Landscapes” to identify natural places predicted to withstand the growing impacts of climate change and offer refuges to a diverse array of plants and animals.

Additionally, these sites provide people with important natural services, such as clean and abundant drinking water.
Community Conversation
We Heard You!

Community Conversation Wrap-Up
Wanting to better understand what makes Idaho communities strong and also what struggles they are facing, we hit the road in 2018 and visited eight communities over nine months to hold Community Conversations. The Idaho Nonprofit Center and Serve Idaho joined us for some of the sessions.

We’ve created a short animation about our Community Conversations and what we heard, and we’re sharing it throughout the state. You can watch it here.

More than 220 people attended the forums, and we’ve already seen some results.

In Emmett, we heard about the need to rebuild the community pool, which has been closed for two summers.

We shared that information with ICF donor Lyn Rawlinson, whose parents established the Rawlinson Fund to benefit Emmett and Gem County in 1992, and she immediately responded with a grant of $35,000.

Lyn, who grew up in Emmett and now lives in Seattle, said she wouldn’t have known the pool had closed if not for the Community Conversation.

“Emmett is a wonderful town and I fully support this pool,” Lyn said. “Emmett didn’t have a pool when I was growing up, so I am happy kids will have a fun and safe place to swim now.”

Many people talked about how proud they are of their communities. They mentioned their active volunteer groups, robust social services, close-knit neighbors, collaborative spirit and thriving economies.

“Even though Idaho is geographically large and regionalized, many people, even those hundreds of miles apart, share similar reasons for being proud of where they live,” said ICF President and CEO Karen Bilowith. “And they also have similar concerns about their communities.”

Some of the shared concerns were:

  • Affordable housing
  • Mental health treatment
  • Education and job training
  • Transportation services

So what can the Idaho Community Foundation do?

“As a community foundation, one of our greatest strengths is to bring people together and share what we’ve learned,” said Elly Davis, ICF’s Community Impact Officer. “And through our donors and our grantmaking, we can support local organizations that are already working on successful solutions.”

We appreciate your support of statewide efforts like our Community Conversations, which are funded by donations of all sizes to our Forever Idaho Statewide Fund. Click to support our work in communities.
New ICF Board Members
ICF welcomes new board members

The Idaho Community Foundation is pleased to welcome four new board directors – Ron Gallegos (Pocatello), George Juetten (Boise), Erin Nuxoll (Boise) and Mary Vagner (Pocatello).

Ron Gallegos of Pocatello is first vice president of Wells Fargo Advisors. He received the Premier Advisor designation in 2017, a select group of financial advisors within Wells Fargo Advisors. He also serves on the Salvation Army Board of Directors and is a member and past president on the Centennial Rotary.

George Juetten is a retired financial executive with more than 35 years of experience in a variety of industries. He has served on the Saint Alphonsus Health System Board of Directors, Boise State University Foundation Board of Directors and many others. In 2016, he was named Marquette University College of Business Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. He and his wife Sondra split their time between Boise and Scottsdale, AZ.

Erin Nuxoll of Eagle is vice president of human resources at Boise Cascade Company. She is a past board member of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, Ballet Idaho and FUNDSY, where she also served as board chair.

Mary Vagner of Pocatello is the retired superintendent of Pocatello’s School District #25, where she was recognized as Idaho Superintendent of the year in 2012. She sits on the Portneuf Medical Center Board of Trustees, is a Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Chief and is on the Old Town Pocatello Foundation Board of Directors. In addition to her superintendent’s award, Mary received a Valley Pride Black Belt Volunteer Award in 2018 and the Minnie Howard Award in 2017.
Lillian Vallely
Bistline Foundation in ICF awards more than $80,000 to support arts and education in Southeast Idaho

The F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation in ICF has awarded 15 grant requests totaling more than $80,000 for projects that support arts activities and art-related education in southeast Idaho.

Recipients of the fall 2018 grant cycle are:

Empower Humanity – $10,000 to support building improvements and tuition scholarships for underprivileged students that meet specific eligibility requirements

Idaho Shakespeare Festival – $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 – $2,425 to bring in a shifu paper and book artist to provide a public lecture and hands-on demonstration plus a two-day artist workshop on shifu, the art of paper thread and weaving.                 

Idaho State University – $7,500 to co-host an educational literary event to present a forum by 2018 bestselling author, Tara Westover.

Idaho State-Civic Symphony Association, Inc. – $5,000 to foster the artistic growth of the Idaho State Civic Symphony Youth Orchestra through workshops and a live performance showcased at Disneyland.

Idaho Public Television – $3,000 to sponsor the Great Performances program on Idaho Public Television.

Idaho Public Television – $3,000 to support the 2019 PBS Kids Writers Contest, an art and literature competition for children in kindergarten to third-grade, and support the Eastern Region awards ceremony in Pocatello.

Lillian Vallely School – $6,060 to help Native American students to honor and preserve their heritage by providing opportunities for them to be creative using their traditions and culture.

Malad Valley Theater Guild    – $3,000 to purchase scripts, costumes and sets for community theater productions.

Musicians West – $5,003 to provide honoraria and lodging for judges; medals and trophies for pre-college students; and piano tunings for the Musicians West Piano Festival and Competition.

Old Town Actors Studio – $9,000 to continue theatre for youth, as well as bring distinctive and innovative theatre to the community.

Oneida County Library – $6,060 to provide summer cultural arts activities based in conjunction with the Summer Reading Program and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) program.

Snake River High School – $5,000 to purchase the rights to two plays in 2019 and purchase sound equipment for the auditorium.      

Snake River New Horizons Band – $5,625 to purchase a wide selection of much-needed concert band and smaller ensemble music compositions of various genres.

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Inc. – $8,529 to provide hands-on art lessons in elementary school classrooms in Shelley, Firth, Blackfoot, Fort Hall, and Soda Springs.

CenturyLink Middle School Philanthropy Program in ICF exceeds $200,000

Eight middle schools throughout Idaho have been selected to receive $3,000 each to grant to nonprofits in their area through the CenturyLink Middle School Philanthropy Program in ICF.

Victory Middle School in Meridian was selected to participate for the third time. Teacher Elyse Thorpe said her students often don’t know much about the nonprofits in their area when the project begins, but by the end they are much more familiar with several organizations and can select ones that are important to them.

“Students end up understanding how many needs are fulfilled by philanthropy – needs that might not otherwise by met,” Elyse said. “I really think CenturyLink has found a way to give their charitable giving an impact that will persist not just for years, but for decades.”

This is the eighth year of the program, which was established to increase awareness among Idaho middle/junior high school students about the various needs in their communities, create a lifelong interest in volunteerism and community involvement, develop skills to allocate limited resources and increase civic engagement.

Since the program began, more than 200 grants totaling nearly $200,000 have been given throughout the state.

This year’s schools are:
American Falls – William Thomas Middle School
Boise – Lake Hazel Middle School
Caldwell – Indian Creek Academy and Vision Charter School
Hazelton – Valley School District
Meridian – Victory Middle School
Ririe – Ririe Junior High School,
Soda Springs – Tigert Middle School

The ICF 30: Kissler Family Upcoming Deadlines
The ICF 30: The Kissler Family ICF Upcoming Deadlines - Grants and Scholarships

Nicole Kissler said her first introduction to philanthropy came as a very young child in church.

“The collection basket would come around and my dad would hand each of us some money to put into it,” she said.

That tradition may have been Nicole’s first introduction, but the Kissler family has been one of Idaho’s most generous families for three generations. Jim and Nicole say there were never any formal discussions about the importance of philanthropy, it’s just part of the family’s culture.

“I don’t think I taught her anything about philanthropy,” Jim said. “Giving and being philanthropic is learned. We watched Dad do it and did it ourselves. I did it and she saw it.”

Larry Kissler, who is Jim’s father and Nicole’s grandfather, purchased Norco, Inc. in 1968 and moved his family from Massachusetts to run the business, which had locations in Twin Falls and Boise. Today, the company has locations in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Jim bought the business from Larry in 1985. Norco recently underwent a transition and is now a proudly employee-owned company. Jim still serves as CEO and Nicole is Vice President of Medical Revenue. Both also sit on the Board of Directors of the Kissler Family Foundation, which is a supporting organization of ICF. 

The Kissler Family Foundation and the Idaho Community Foundation have a long history together. Jim knew ICF founder John Fery, whom he refers to as “the grandfather of charitable giving,” and knows Roger Martell, who was part of the team that established ICF in 1988.

“Norco has a goal to make contributions in the communities where we do business and ICF helps us do that all throughout Idaho, as well as other states,” Jim said. “It is the clearinghouse of charitable giving.”

Nicole said she has grown up knowing about the Idaho Community Foundation and is happy to be building her own relationship with the foundation.

“I love working with ICF,” she said. “The staff has so much knowledge about nonprofits in the area and they make sure that we are giving grants to well-run and respectable organizations. They have a passion for serving the community.”

Nicole said she looks forward to showing the next generation of Kisslers the joy of giving and the importance of philanthropy. Her son, Jameson Dworshak, turned 1 year old in November.

“I hope to lead by example,” she said. “I want him to grow up seeing and doing. We are fortunate and blessed and we have to show our gratitude through our actions.”

Jim said he hopes that example will also be followed by businesses as well. “I hope that the new start-ups will follow the example of older corporations and begin giving and contributing to the community.”

Idaho Future Fund – North Idaho
The Idaho Future Fund is accepting applications from north Idaho organizations for preschool scholarships, charter schools, public schools, public school libraries and supplemental educational programs. The grant cycle is open for the following counties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, and Shoshone. A total of $100,000 will be distributed in north Idaho.

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

Northern Region Grant Cycle
ICF’s Northern Region Grant Cycle, which provides grants of up to $5,000, is now accepting applications from organizations that serve the following counties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone.

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

Lassahn-Worrell Fund for Community Support Services
The Lassahn-Worrell Fund for Community Support Services awards grants of $500 to $1,000 to organizations in east Idaho working to:

  1. Develop and/or provide direct support services to disenfranchised populations
  2. Educate stakeholders, consumers, service providers or the public about disenfranchised populations with the aim to remove the stigma and/or discrimination generally surrounding those populations and/or
  3. Provide advocacy on behalf of disenfranchised populations


For information about eligibility, or to apply, click here. Deadline for submission is March 1.

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

In 2018, ICF awarded scholarships to over 200 students throughout Idaho totaling more than $500,000.

The application and information about ICF scholarships can be found here. For more information, email Program Manager Lisa Bearg or call (208) 342-3535 ext. 21. 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.

For information about eligibility, or to apply, click here. 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 under state and federal laws and the Constitution, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

Grants 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 March 31.
Grantwriting Workshop Wage & Benefits Report
Writing Grants for the Common Good Wage & Benefits Report

The Idaho Nonprofit Center is presenting Writing Grants for the Common Good – a webinar series that will breakdown the grant process for nonprofit organizations. Register Here.

Webinar instructor Laurel York Odell will provide specific examples and walk participants through the preparation and submission of funding opportunities. This series will cover:

  • Creating your case for support
  • Matching funders with your program/project
  • Recognizing and following funder requirements
  • Tips for making your proposal a standout

When: Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2019
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m. MST
Where: Online
Price: $175 for members / $225 for not-yet-members

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

The Idaho Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Report commissioned by the Idaho Nonprofit Center was created to help nonprofit organizations throughout the state attract, retain and fairly compensate their employees.

The data collected represents the practices of participating organizations reporting from June and July of 2018.

To view the full report and to access the customized search (by region, position, sub-sector, etc.), you must be a member of the Idaho Nonprofit Center. Become a member today for this benefit and many more.

For Current Members

  • Log into your Idaho Nonprofit Center account on idahononprofits.org
  • Scroll down to the “Reports” section
  • Click “2018 Idaho Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Report” 

What does the full report Include?

  • Specific market salary information for the most commonly hired positions including average salaries and more within Idaho
  • Compensation analysis by title, nonprofit type, budget, and county

How can the report help you?

  • Provide important data to help determine a competitive salary level for each position
  • Understand how your organization’s pay levels compare with others in Idaho, by county, budget and nonprofit type
  • Track changes in nonprofit pay levels and trends
  • Provide hard data to support your salary structure recommendations
  • Understand how your organization’s benefits package compares with others in Idaho, by county, budget and nonprofit type
Memorials and Honors Welcome Members Newly Created Funds
Memorials and 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 December 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019:

In Memory of Katy Benoit
Gerald and Lorene Guentz

In Memory of Ronald Blum
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Warren Brown
Alfred Janssen

In Memory of Jerry Cada
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Earl Chandler
Alfred Janssen

In Memory of Art Eccles
Freda Cenarrusa

In Memory of Norm Ford
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Bill Fuller
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Elaine Harrell
Robert and Carol Hamlin

In Memory of Barbara Hawley
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Thomas Hennessey
Kerry and Ellie Goebel
Robert and Kathleen Pingree

In Memory of Tip Hennessey
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Mary Jane Hill
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Jeff Hull
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of John Jackson
Matthew Katz
Cecile Nguyen

In Memory of Donald Klug
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Doug McBride
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Rose Marie Mitchell
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of James Mortimer
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Barbara Oringderff
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Socorro Miramontes Oritz
Jesse Drennen

In Memory of Camy Popiel
Lindsay Toepke

In Memory of Patricia Quinn
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Hester Thorburn
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Samantha Vance

In Memory of Anne Veseth
Russ Lemker

In Memory of Robert Wood 
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Mildred Williams
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Norma Wygle
Janet Wygle

In Honor of Jeanne Corbitt Butler
Eric and Karene Shields

In Honor of Alice Hennessey
Ern Blackwelder and Sheila Hennessey
Kerry and Ellie Goebel
Blaine and Dixie Lenon

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

In Honor of Frank Lara
Patrick Tanner

In Honor of Barbara Rousseau

Leanne Rousseau

ICF’s New and Renewing Members December 2018/January 2019
New Member | Renewing Member

Benefactor ($1,000 and above)
Karen Bilowith, Boise 
Ford and Jean Elsaesser, Priest River
N. Charles and Polly Hedemark, Boise
George and Sondra Juetten, Boise
Thomas and Teresa Killingsworth, Boise
Phillip and Anita Murelaga, Boise
Robert and Mary Kay Yuditsky, Coeur d’Alene

Patron ($500-$999)                
Thomas and Marilyn Beck, Boise        
Mary Boone, New Meadows
Darin and Ann DeAngeli, Boise
Christopher and Devon Kamann, Boise
Patricia Krug, Coeur d’Alene
Brad and Teresa Little, Emmett
Tina and Joe Murphy, Pocatello
Judy and Rey Ramos, Meridian

Sponsor ($250-$499)             
Gregory and Christa Braun, Nampa    
Tim and Kate Coiner, Twin Falls
P. Michael and Linda Davidson, Coeur d'Alene
Dennis Keefer and Elly Davis, Boise
Irv and Trudy Littman, Boise
Robert and Tena Lokken, Las Vegas, NV
Walter and Patricia Nelson, Gooding
Jim and Mary Schmidt, Grangeville
Alan and Sherry Van Orden, Pocatello

Sustainer ($100-$249)
Kay Alspaugh, Boise   
Fred Belzer and Theresa Kaufmann, Pocatello
Steve and Cindy Carr, Idaho Falls
Kent and Kim Fletcher, Burley
Mark and Lynn Hofflund, Boise
Ronald and Mary Hughes, Boise
Bill and Jackie Jackson, Boise
Richard and Lucinda Jardine, Twin Falls
Fabiola Juarez-Coca, Boise
Jennifer and Chris Kronberg, Boise
Patsy Lodge, Eagle
Brian and Karen Loosli, Ashton
James and Kathryn Mertz, Caldwell
Vicki Murphy, Boise
Allen and Jolean Quimby, Boise
Bonnie Quinn, Boise
Don and Andrea Solberg, Grangeville
Dyan Sublett and Alan Echeverria, Beverly Hills
James and Sandra Turner, Woodside, CA
Stephen Wagner, Idaho Falls

Supporter ($50-$99)              
Howard and Carol Burnett, Pocatello
Amy Carr, Idaho Falls
Jeff and Sarah Carr, Idaho Falls
Gregory and Paula Culet, Nampa
William and Gay Fruehling, Ketchum  
Gary and Joanne Gunther, Boise
Robert and Marcella Hanson, Medimont
Edward and Marjorie Kuchynka, Weippe
Anne-Marie and Michael Merlo, Meridian
Buddy Paul and Beverly Lingle, Hayden
Megan and Juan Perez, Kuna
Kristi Scott, St. Maries
Sandy Shaw, Ketchum

Friend ($25-$49)                    
Tom and Marilyn Kalange, Boise
Tara Wimer, Moscow  

Nonprofit Partner

Kamiah Chamber of Commerce, Kamiah

Randall and Carol Hutchings Family Endowment Fund (Endowed Donor Advised Fund) – Created by Randall and Carol Hutchings to support Idaho communities in the areas of education, healthcare, homelessness and hunger.

Jackson Companies Endowed Scholarship Fund (Scholarship) – Created by Jackson Companies to provide financial aid to children or dependents of active, full-time Jackson Companies employees who are pursuing a degree at an accredited, two- or four-year, post-secondary institution.

Mazzola Family Fund (Non-Endowed Donor Advised Fund) – Created by Chris and Penelope Mazzola of Ketchum to support local charities and causes.

Warren and Dana Miller Fund (Non-Endowed Donor Advised Fund) – Created by Warren and Dana Miller of Nampa to support Idaho-based charities and causes.

Joe and Lynn Morris Family Fund (Designated) – Created by Lynn and Joe Morris of Coeur d’Alene to forever support TESH, Inc., Safe Passages, First Judicial District CASA Program, Inc., The Salvation Army Coeur d’Alene Kroc Center and Forever Idaho North Fund.

D&D Rhoades Scholarship Fund (Scholarship) – Created through the estate of Dorothy Rhoades to provide financial aid to select north Idaho high schools.

Richard and Dawn Wittman Family Fund (Forever Idaho North) – Created by Dawn and Richard Wittman to support educational causes and charities in north Idaho.
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