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January 2022
Picture: Steve Burns - Caption: From the President & CEO
President's Letter

Dear ICF Supporters:
Happy New Year!  I hope you are doing well as we start 2022.  For me personally, 2022 is starting off on an incredible note as I begin a new journey as the President of the Idaho Community Foundation.  I am honored to be part of an incredible organization that is working create thriving communities around the state. 

For many years, I had the privilege of serving the community as the Director of Zoo Boise.  Each year, we provided a place for Idaho families to create lasting memories, learn together and make a difference by protecting the animals they loved.  I am excited to now have an opportunity to help build communities on a statewide level. 

I look forward to traveling throughout Idaho, meeting with members of the ICF family, and learning about all the good work you’ve been doing. We will work together on ways to make an even bigger impact.  One of the first things I have learned during my first week on the job is that ICF has an incredible staff of talented people who can help you reach your charitable goals. They have years of experience and understand the challenges and opportunities that Idaho faces. 

Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to working with you.
Steve Burns
Background: Green (Chalk) Board - Caption: Big News!All-Day Kindergarten
ICF donors help Boise School District launch full day kindergarten

A grant from Micki and Dan Chapin’s ICF charitable giving fund is helping the Boise School District provide free, full-day kindergarten to all elementary schools in the district beginning in fall 2022. The Chapin’s grant will set up 14 classrooms.

Dan Chapin said he and Micki want to invest in projects that improve education in Idaho, and working with ICF helps them achieve that.

“Lisa (Bearg) has an excellent grasp of our objectives. Providing seed money to facilitate the implementation of full-day kindergarten was an easy decision,” he said.

The Boise School District Trustees unanimously voted to approve full-day kindergarten at its meeting on Jan. 10.

“This is such a big deal for the community, and we are so proud to have played a role in the big work that the school district and the Chapins made possible,” said ICF Senior Philanthropic Advisor Lisa Bearg.

Kindergarten is optional in Idaho and the state provides school districts with funding for half-day programs. In the meeting, Boise Schools Superintendent Coby Dennis noted that students’ literacy, math and social skills develop more quickly with a full day of kindergarten.

In his State of the State address on Jan. 10, Gov. Brad Little proposed record increases in education funding, including $47 million in ongoing funding to literacy programs that could be used by local school districts for full-day kindergarten.
Background: Landscape with rolling hill and vegetation - Caption: Growing philanthropy in Idaho
We are hiring!

We are excited to announce that our staff is continuing to grow. We have two positions open in north Idaho – Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone counties.

The Philanthropic Advisor, Asset Development will provide active leadership and participation in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and fund holders for ICF and our programs/initiatives. See full job description| Apply for this job.

The Philanthropic Advisor, Community Impact assists donors in meeting their charitable goals. Duties include building and maintaining relationships with donors and community organizations, managing donor engagement and stewardship, and grantmaking in regional and donor advised fund cycles. See full job description | Apply for this job.

We receive some of our best referrals from people who know us best, so if you know someone in north Idaho who might be a great fit for the Idaho Community Foundation, please share this with them!
Upcoming Deadlines Newly Established Funds

Student Loan Fund of Idaho
The Student Loan Fund of Idaho, which provides grants for education institutions in the state of Idaho to encourage upper class students to complete their postsecondary education by providing financial assistance, is now accepting applications. The minimum grant amount per education institution is $5,000.

For more information, including guidelines and application, click here. Deadline for submission is January 15

Forever Idaho North
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.

For more information, including eligibility and application, click here. For Forever Idaho Grant Program Guidelines, click here. Deadline for submission is February 15.

Idaho Future Fund
The Idaho Future Fund is accepting applications from Idaho organizations for preschool scholarships, charter schools, public schools, public school libraries and supplemental educational programs. Grants typically range from $10,000 to $20,000 and are intended to support gaps in educational programs (preschool through 12th grade) that gravely affect the quality of education students receive in Idaho. The grant cycle is open for all counties.

For more information, including eligibility and application, click here. Deadline for submission is March 1.

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.

ICF 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 can be found here. For questions, email Sarah Wissenbach (Scholarships@idahocf.org) or call (208) 342-3535 ext. 19.

Application deadlines vary, but most are due by March 15.

Mitch and Linda Watkins Family Foundation (Donor Advised) – This Fund was created by Mitch and Linda Watkins of Twin Falls to support local charities and causes.

Preston and Franklin County High School Alumni Fund (Scholarship) – This Fund was created by alumni of Preston High School to provide financial aid to graduates of Preston and Franklin County High Schools pursuing a degree at an accredited college, tech school, or university.

Stephanie Bender-Kitz & Karan Tucker Prof Development Fund (Designated) – This Fund was created by Robert Bender to recognize the contributions made to Jannus, Inc., by Stephanie Bender-Kitz and Karan Tucker and to provide professional development support to Jannus, Inc. employees, board members and volunteers.

The Grace Fund (Donor Advised) – This Fund was created by Eric Grace of Boise to support local charities and causes.

The Nielsen Family Charitable Fund (Donor Advised) – This Fund was created by Toni and Steve Nielsen of Boise to support charities and causes close to their hearts.

The Townsend Family Scholarship Fund (Designated) – This Fund was created by L. Wayne Townsend to support graduates of Sandpoint High School pursuing a post-secondary education.

Williams Family Fund (Donor Advised) – This Fund This Fund was created by Bert Williams of Boise to support local charities and causes.

Image of Sus Helpenstell Legacy Society Memorials and Honors
Former Board Director Sus Helpenstell passes    

Shirley “Sus” Helpenstell, a former ICF Board Director, passed away in December at the age of 91. Sus was a longtime community leader in Canyon County who cared deeply about children. She served on many boards, especially those for organizations that worked with kids in need. Her greatest community pride was helping establish the Boys & Girls Club of Nampa, and she was one of their greatest champions. Read Sus’ obituary.


The Legacy Society is comprised of generous donors who will shape Idaho’s communities through an estate gift to the Idaho Community Foundation. These gifts guarantee support for the community organizations and causes that are meaningful to members of our Legacy Society. 

In December, Wayne Townsend of Sandpoint and Nancy Benter White of Challis joined the Legacy Society, in addition to one anonymous member.

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 through December 31, 2021:
The following gifts were received December 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021:

In Honor of Mrs. Jean D. Allan
Merrill Lynch

In Honor of Don Allen
Richard Lowenthal

In Memory of Diane Arrants
Nancy and D Rich

In Memory of Hazel M. Benjamin
Mary Willis

In Honor of Pat and Susan Bird
Martha Owen

In Memory of Sally Bishop
Holly and Mark Motes

In Memory of Dallas Blake
Fernando and Brenda Veloz

In Memory of Westley Robert Clapp
Daniel and Andrea Bargholz

In Memory of Henry Goitiandia
Freda Cenarrusa

In Honor of Steve and Donna Guerber
Jerald and Carolyn Panko

In Memory of Jose Mari Guerricabeitia
Freda Cenarrusa

In Memory of Leora Hansen
Matt Hong

In Memory of Sus Helpenstell
Alice Hennessey
Holly and Mark Motes

In Honor of Alice Hennessey
Blaine and Dixie Lenon

In Memory of Don Hennessey
Tom and Shana Hennessey

In Memory of Tip Hennessey
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of John William Jackson
Matthew Katz

In Memory of Leslie Jackson
NSA Civilian Welfare Fund

In Memory of Edward G. Kenna
Bill “Action” and Jackie Jackson

In Honor of Deannie Kinder
Schwab Charitable Fund

In Honor of Boone Kizer
Joe and Tina Murphy

In Memory of Tom Klein
Patricia Joan Lodge

In Memory of Jack Lemley
Alice Hennessey
Ray and Linda Stark

In Honor of Blaine and Dixie Lenon
Merrill Lynch

In Memory of Lorraine Memic
Bill “Action” and Jackie Jackson

In Memory of Judy Nelson
Innovia Foundation

In Memory of Joseph Nguyen Van Bay
Bill “Action” and Jackie Jackson

In Memory of Phan Thi Sam
Bill “Action” and Jackie Jackson

In Memory of Shan Phelps
Bill “Action” and Jackie Jackson

In Memory of Margaret Plastino
Karen Bilowith and Steve Romero
Davidson Companies
A November gift received in memory of Margaret Plastino should have noted it was from Kay Hardy and Gregory Kaslo.

In Memory of Billie Roth

In Memory of Bill Smallwood
Freda Cenarrusa

In Memory of Anna Marie Weissbeck

Bill “Action” and Jackie Jackson
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