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January 2020
Changes to the e-bulletin in 2020

Happy New Year everyone! We hope 2020 is off to a great start!

We’re going to try something a little different with our e-bulletin this year. We love sharing stories and information about our donors, our grantmaking and our community impact, so we’ve been compiling all that information in our e-bulletin and sending it once each month. But it was a real commitment from our readers to get through the whole thing because it was quite long.

So now, instead of hearing from us once a month, we’ll be sending more frequent, and shorter, e-bulletins. Same helpful information, just in smaller bites.

We’d love to hear your input on the new format. Please send your comments to jennifer@idahocf.org.
ICF highlights from 2019

Happy New Year! As we reflect on 2019, we are pleased to share the following highlights: 

Thank you for all you do to help enrich the quality of life throughout Idaho!

Upcoming Deadlines
Don’t forget to renew your ICF membership! Upcoming Deadlines

We are so appreciative of the more than 600 people from Idaho and elsewhere who support us through our annual membership program!

You can renew your membership or purchase a new membership for yourself, family or friends by clicking here. Scroll down to see who has already renewed their membership.

ICF memberships ensure that people from throughout the state have a voice in our governance and grantmaking. They also help support our community outreach efforts, including grant trainings and Community Conversations.

With help from our members, ICF provides grants and community improvement awards that touch all 44 Idaho counties. ICF also awards scholarships to Idaho students so they can continue their education.

Over our 30+ years, ICF has distributed more than $120 million in grants to communities of all sizes throughout Idaho!

Annual support from our members helps us support food pantries, arts programs, education and much more. Your membership enriches thousands of people’s lives through ICF grants and scholarships. We can’t do our work without you.

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.

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

In 2019, 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 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.

For information about eligibility, or to apply, click here. Deadline for submission is March 15.

Welcome Members
New & Renewing Members Memorials & Honors

Benefactor ($1,000 and above)
Ford and Jean Elsaesser, Priest River
Alice Hennessey, Boise
Terry and Brenda Sanford, Heyburn

Patron ($500-$999)    
John and Martha Arrington, Idaho Falls
Thomas and Marilyn Beck, Boise
Carl Bontrager and Kathleen Lynn, Ketchum
Tim and Kate Coiner, Twin Falls
Darin and Ann DeAngeli, Boise
Jonne Hower, Cascade
Doug and Billie Nelson, Idaho Falls
Gay Simplot, Boise
Betty Weston, Boise

Sponsor ($250-$499)
Ernest Blackwelder and Sheila Hennessey, Boise
Kent and Kim Fletcher, Burley
Kenlon and Carol Johnson, Idaho Falls
Irv and Trudy Littman, Boise
Raymond and Jane Morgan, Hayden Lake
Jim and Mary Schmidt, Grangeville

Sustainer ($100-$249)           
Norman and Ellen Batt, Caldwell
Barbara Botsch, Sandpoint
William and Gay Fruehling, Ketchum
Robert and Marcella Hanson, Medimont
Hope Hayward, Ketchum
Robert and Leslee Hoover, Buckeye, AZ
Ronald and Mary Hughes, Boise
Bill and Jackie Jackson, Boise
Carolyn Johnson, Boise
Tammy Jones, Rupert
R. Stanwood and Sharon Kohls, Hayden Lake
James and Kathryn Mertz, Caldwell
Vicki Murphy, Boise
Richard and Patty Sorensen, McMinnville, OR
James and Sandra Turner, Woodside, CA
Stephen Wagner, Idaho Falls
Dwight and Leann Wicks, Kooskia

Supporter ($50-$99)  
Howard and Carol Burnett, Pocatello
Patricia Fujii, Meridian
Ed and Marge Kuchynka, Weippe
Gail LeBow, Garden City

Friend ($25-$49)        
Alison Boyer, Arco
Michael and Martha McMurray, Eagle
Leonard Parenteau, Priest River
Sandy Shaw, Ketchum

Corporate and Nonprofit Members
Emmett Community Playhouse, Inc.

Kamiah Chamber of Commerce

The following gifts were received December 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019:

In Memory of Katy Benoit
Gerald and Lorene Guentz

In Memory of Thomas Hennessey
Robert and Kathleen Pingree

In Memory of Tip Hennessey
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Karl Seyb
Laurie Plummer

In Memory of Mary Fran Soltman
Bill Soltman

In Memory of Fayesther Waegelin
Idaho Society of CPAs

In Memory of Jack Wilson
Barbara Wilson

In Honor of Jack and Jean Allan
Alice Hennessey

In Honor of Pat and Susan Bird
Martha Owen

In Honor of Don and Dolores Chapman
Robert and Tena Lokken

In Honor of Barry and Libby Kamen
Tracy Kamen

In Honor of Blaine and Dixie Lenon
Alice Hennessey

In Honor of Gene and Ruth Turner
James and Sandra Turner

Legacy Society
Newly Created Funds New Legacy Society

Chuck and Pam Lyford Fund (Non-Endowed Donor Advised) – Created by Pamela Lyford to support Wood River Valley charities and causes that are close to her heart.

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Fund (Agency) – Created to protect Scotchman Peaks for future generations through wilderness designation, ongoing stewardship and education. Photo above courtesy of Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Fund/Rebecca Sanchez.

Helpenstell Family Fund (Designated) – Created by Sus Helpenstell of Nampa to forever support the Boys and Girls Club of Nampa.

Jack O’Connor Legacy Fund (Agency) – Created by the Jack O’Connor Hunting Heritage & Education Center, Inc., to sustain, provide, promote and foster the center’s mission of preserving hunting and conservation heritage as inspired by the legacy of Jack O’Connor.

James R. Perrin, Jr. Silver Wood Good Samaritan Center Fund (Designated) – Created by the estate of James R. Perrin, Jr. to benefit the Silver Wood Good Samaritan Center.

JCL Fund (Non-Endowed Donor Advised) – Created by a Meridian family to identify needs and facilitate support services for the disadvantaged in communities across Idaho.

The Gestrin Family Fund (Non-Endowed Donor Advised) – Created by the Gestrin Family of Eagle to promote philanthropy and support local charities and causes close to their heart.


We sincerely thank Kevin and Lisa King of Idaho Falls and Dorothy Snowball of Boise for joining our Legacy Society. Members of the Legacy Society are generous donors who will continue to support Idaho communities after they’ve passed. We sincerely thank all our Legacy Society members for enriching the quality of life throughout Idaho.

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