From the President

This month, I have been delighted to crisscross the state to celebrate with and learn from local communities.  In early June, we held our North Idaho Annual Luncheon where we heard from our speaker, Bruce Reed, about what makes North Idaho such a great place to live.  He talked about the role of philanthropy in shaping communities, and recognized that Idahoans have a unique sense of place that is the “secret sauce” of sustaining caring communities.  We also recognized Marion Shinn of Lewiston with our Friend of the Foundation award.  Marion has spent a lifetime in service to his community, and we all appreciated his humor and grace as he accepted his award.

Karen Bilowith

ICF also held community conversations in Grangeville and Emmett, in partnership with the Idaho Nonprofit Center and Serve Idaho.  We listened while participants talked about what they love about their communities, what they struggle with, and how ICF and its partners can help connect people and resources so they are better able to work together to find common vision and new solutions for the places they call home.  And, as these communities define their priorities, ICF, INC and Serve Idaho learn valuable information that helps each of us shape our respective plans for improving the quality of life in local communities.

Thank you for your willingness to engage in so many different way as we each continue to build on our deep commitment to understanding and supporting local communities across the state.
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Save the Date: Central Idaho Luncheon is Aug. 29

he ICF 30: Wendell and Barbara Marshall

Idaho Future Fund awards $98,000 for education in north Idaho

ICF grant cycle provides more than $226,000 in north Idaho

Bonner County Endowment Fund for Human Rights awards over $17,000

Nonprofits: Please complete Wage & Benefit Survey

Upcoming Deadlines

ICF’s New and Renewing Members June 2018

New Member | Renewing Member

Patron ($500-$999)
Charlotte Unger, Ketchum

Sustainer ($100-$249)
Art and Nancy Flagan, Coeur d’Alene
Sheila Gary, Hayden
David and Suzanne Gerber, Coeur d’Alene
John M. Richards, Hayden Lake
Jack and Mary Pat Winderl, Eagle

Supporter ($50-$99)
Virginia Kelly, Pocatello
Robert and Gail Spaulding, Plummer
Doyle Stewart, Coeur d'Alene

Friend ($25-$49)
Nellie Baker, Boise
Teresa Farr, Coeur d’Alene
Hilarie Neely, Ketchum
Catherine Owens, Boise

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 or to the Idaho Community Foundation Unrestricted Trust Fund.

The following gifts were received May 1, 2018 through June 28, 2018:

In Memory of Shirley Atteberry
Sandra Hansen

In Memory of Dallas Blake
Fernando and Brenda Veloz

In Memory of Callans, Lynns, and Davidsons
Karen Lynn

In Memory of Sherry Exley
Terry Curtis and Linda Grable-Curtis

In Memory of Stanley Hamilton
Diane Hamilton

In Memory of Melone Hennessey
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Alicia Kromas
James Kromas

In memory of Hoan Lam
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In memory of Bill Moore
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Marty Plott
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Richard Rogers
American Systems Corporation
Harvey and Myrna Bickett
Nancy Peterson

In Memory of Sirina
Lonn and Elizabeth Kuck

In Memory of Eugene Strommen
Lonn and Elizabeth Kuck

In Honor of Barbara Hawkins
Vicki Hammer


Save the Date: Central Idaho Luncheon is Aug. 29

Our annual Central Idaho Luncheon is on Wednesday, August 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Limelight Hotel Ketchum. Registration is now open.

In honor of our 30th Anniversary, our keynote speaker is former two-time ICF President and CEO Alice Hennessey, who was on the Steering Committee that helped establish the Idaho Community Foundation in 1988.


Tricia Swartling will receive the Friend of the Foundation award. Tricia is a former ICF Board Director and currently represents Blaine County on our Regional Grant Panel. She is also a member of our Legacy Society, a group of people who will give to the Idaho Community Foundation through their estate.

Click for more information or to register.

The ICF 30: Wendell and Barbara Marshall
Wendell and Barbara Marshall of Pocatello created their ICF fund in 1994 to benefit Pocatello and eastern Idaho. Today, that fund is one of a handful of the Idaho Community Foundation’s Exemplary Funds, which have distributed more in grants than they received in contributions. Wendell & Barbara Marshall

“We as a family were very supportive of this effort and it introduced us to the work of the Idaho Community Foundation,” recalls their daughter Jan McBride of Twin Falls. “It was a very large commitment, but they loved Pocatello and the people of eastern Idaho.”

The Wendell P. & Barbara J. Marshall Family Trust was established with $255,000 and has granted nearly $311,000 to the community. It’s a Forever Idaho Field of Interest Fund (formerly called a Field of Interest fund), and because it’s endowed it will provide grants to eastern Idaho nonprofits forever.

Grants from the fund are recommended by ICF’s all-volunteer Eastern Region Grants Panel, which reviews nearly 100 funding proposals every year from eastern Idaho nonprofits.

“Needs of nonprofits vary from year to year, both in scope and priorities, and having unrestricted funds like the Marshall Fund allows us to meet a variety of community needs,” said Bob Myers, who represents Bannock County on the grants panel. “All of us who serve on the grants panel are residents of the area and we have a feel for and understanding of the nonprofits and agencies that can meet those needs.”

Wendell Marshall was a successful real estate developer and insurance broker in Pocatello. Wendell’s father passed away when he was young so Wendell worked to support his mother, sister and brother. He never had an opportunity to attend college.

“He was a self-made man and he spent many hours reading the Wall Street Journal and the local paper,” Jan said. “My mother, on the other hand, was a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in business. Together, they were a team.”

That teamwork extended to their charitable giving. The Marshalls quietly supported several local nonprofits and as their children grew up and left Pocatello, the Marshalls gave to nonprofits in the communities where their children had moved.

“They never wanted to draw attention to themselves,” Jan said.

Wendell passed away in 1994 just a few months after establishing the ICF fund. A few years later, Barbara and the kids wanted to make a gift that would honor his memory and leave a legacy. They chose the Pocatello Library, now known as the Marshall Public Library, which was renamed in honor of the family.

“My mother wanted to give back to the Pocatello community in a meaningful way and she chose the library,” Jan said. “She felt it was a way to reach out to all age groups from young to old.”

Barbara was an active volunteer in Pocatello and was a founding board member of the Girl Scouts of the Silver Sage Council and the first woman president of Juniper Hills Country Club. She was later on the board of directors of the Idaho State University Foundation. She passed away in 2007. 

The ICF 30 is a special series recognizing those who contributed to the success of the Idaho Community Foundation in our first 30 years. To see more of the stories, click here.

Idaho Future Fund awards $98,000 for education in north Idaho
The Idaho Future Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation is providing $98,000 in grants to seven education projects in north Idaho.

The Idaho Future Fund was established at ICF in 2015 by an anonymous couple from Blaine County. Grants from the fund are intended to create, sustain or reinvigorate impactful educational programs throughout the state in the areas of preschool scholarships, charter schools, public schools/public school libraries and supplemental educational programs.
Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute The Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute received nearly $15,000 for its summer programs. 

Recipients of Idaho Future Fund grants in the north are:

Memorial Community Center, Inc. – $15,120 to provide a preschool program to 12 children for one school year.

North Idaho College Foundation Inc. – $19,970 to provide access to an on-site preschool program for up to 24 children of low-income North Idaho College students.

Nez Perce Joint School District #302 – $18,200 to create a “Maker Space” to serve as a creative space for students of all grades.

Southside Elementary School – $9,960 to provide STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education classes to 135 rural youth for one school year.

Lewis-Clark State College - Grade School Summer Program – $5,000 to award scholarships to children from low-income families in the region who would not otherwise be able to afford to attend Kids College.

Lewis-Clark State College - AmeriCorps Tutors – $15,000 to implement the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) curriculum for pre-K to sixth-grade.

Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute, Inc. – $14,750 to provide TREES (teaching restoration, environmental ecology and sustainability) programming to kindergarten through seventh-grade students enrolled in the Adventure Club Summer Program, and offer a summer program for girls in middle school.

ICF grant cycle provides more than $226,000 in north Idaho
The Northern Region Grant Panel has selected 86 north Idaho nonprofit organizations to receive more than $226,000 through its annual competitive grant cycle.

Grant recipients are from Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone counties.

To see this year’s recipients of the Northern Region Grant Cycle, click here.
CdA Tribal SchoolTanya St. George’s kindergarten class at the Coeur d’Alene Tribal School in DeSmet. 

Bonner County Endowment Fund for Human Rights awards over $17,000
The Bonner County Endowment Fund for Human Rights in ICF is providing more than $17,000 to 11 organizations in north Idaho.

The grants are for 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.
Bonner Community Food Bank
Bonner Community Food Bank

Recipients are:

Bonner Community Food Center – $750 to purchase non-perishable food products for low-income households that are food insecure.

Bonner County Partners in Care Clinic, Inc. – $5,000 to pay master’s level mental health clinicians and director to answer an after-hours crisis line.

First Lutheran Church – $1,500 to support youth in the Design for Change program that will provide a diversity workshop in conjunction with the Bonner Human Rights Task Force.

Idaho Mythweaver – $1,400 to support screenings of the Native Heritage Film Series in partnership with the Sandpoint branch of the East Bonner County Library District

Lake Pend Oreille School District # 84 – $2,500 to support scholarships for students in the Sandpoint High School Model United Nations program.

Music Conservatory of Sandpoint – $1,900 to provide a one-week Summer Orchestra Camp experience for Bonner County youth.

Panhandle Community Radio – $600 to bring “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” to the Panida Theater. The documentary showcases indigenous musicians from Canada and the United States.

Pend Oreille Arts Council, Inc. – $1,500 to pay for the Living Voices production of “Our Revolution,” a multi-media live performance about an African-American soldier in Revolutionary America.

Priest River Ministries – $1,500 to hire a mobile advocate who will assist volunteers and clients, cover the crisis line on weekends, and help shelter clients who are escaping violence.

Sandpoint Waldorf School – $600 to educate sixth-graders in the responsible, respectful and appropriate use of digital media

Underground Kindness – $500 to support affirmation training, stress-management and wellness development classes for Bonner County youth.

Nonprofits: Please complete Wage & Benefit Survey
The Idaho Nonprofit Center invites nonprofit leaders to complete the annual Wage & Benefits survey. The survey will be open until Friday, July 13.

Responses will be compiled into the Wage & Benefit Report, which is available to nonprofits, policymakers and the community. All responses will be kept confidential.

Upcoming Deadlines

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The Cancer Connection Idaho (TCCI) Fund
The Cancer Connection Idaho (TCCI) Fund in ICF is offering grants up to $5,000 to nonprofits, public educational institutions, governmental entities and others that provide programs for those affected by cancer.

Grant applications should support TCCI’s mission to “empower people touched by cancer to find support, resources, education and a sense of community.”  Past grants have supported a writing contest for teens that had cancer or had a loved one with cancer, wellness programs such as gentle yoga and movement classes, mind-body skills and more.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with deadlines four times per year: February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1.

For more information or to download an application, click here and scroll to Cancer Connection Idaho Fund.

Idaho Future Fund – Southwest
The Idaho Future Fund is accepting applications from southwest Idaho for preschool scholarships, charter schools, public schools and public school libraries, and supplemental educational programs. The grant cycle is open for the southwestern Idaho counties of Ada, Adams, Blaine, Boise, Camas, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, Valley and Washington. A total of $100,000 will be distributed in southwest Idaho.

For more information, including eligibility and application, click here and scroll to Idaho Future Fund. Deadline for submission is Aug. 15.

Southwestern Region Grant Cycle
ICF’s Southwestern Region Grant Cycle, which provides grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofits, is now open for the counties of Ada, Adams, Blaine, Boise, Camas, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, Valley and Washington.

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

Ifft Foundation Fund

The Ifft Foundation Fund in ICF is seeking grant proposals for projects that will provide landscaping, beautification and public recreation in southeast Idaho.

Grant requests will be considered from Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Power counties.

Deadline to apply is Aug. 15.  For more information or to apply, click here and scroll to Ifft Foundation Fund.

North Idaho Action Fund
The North Idaho Action Fund, a grant cycle that supports support organizations and projects working to improve the accessibility and quality of behavioral health programs in Bonner and Boundary counties, is now open. Grants of $5,000 to $30,000 are available.

For more information, including eligibility and application, click here and scroll to North Idaho Action Fund. Deadline to apply is Sept. 30.

Upcoming Events
ICF Annual Luncheons
Save the dates for our Annual Luncheons and 30th Anniversary Celebration – more details to come!
  • Eastern Idaho Annual Luncheon – Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Keynote speaker: Russ Stoddard, President and Founder of Oliver Russell and author of “Rise Up – How to Build a Socially Conscious Business.”
  • 30th Anniversary Celebration – Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 5-7 p.m. at JUMP in Boise.

Newly Created Funds
Children’s Museum of Idaho Fund (Special Project) – Created by the Children’s Museum of Idaho leadership team to initiate fundraising to establish a children’s museum in Meridian with the mission to bring children, families and the community together to engage in learning through creative play.
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