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July 2019
Twin Falls
Join us for our Magic Valley Mixer

Love Twin Falls and the Magic Valley? Join the Idaho Community Foundation for a fun, interactive event to learn more about what ICF is doing in the region. In addition, you will hear about two exciting developments that will help enrich the quality of life in Twin Falls – the release of St. Luke’s Twin Falls Healthy Conditions Assessment and the awarding of a Community Transformation Grant by the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health.

Monday, July 15, 2019
Stone House, 330 4th Street S, Twin Falls
4-5 p.m. Social Hour
5 p.m. Program Begins

Cost is $25 per person. Includes gourmet appetizers and your choice of beer, wine or nonalcoholic beverages.

This event will offer a relaxed social setting for you to ask questions and learn how you can join others in support of these efforts. Our panelists will be:

  • Curtis Eaton, community leader
  • Kyli Gough, St. Luke’s
  • Don Hall, Twin Falls County Commissioner
  • Kendra Witt-Doyle, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health
For more information or to RSVP, click here.
McCall Roundtable
ICF Roundtable: Growth in the West Central Mountains

ICF, the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council and the West Central Mountains Community Foundation presented a Community Roundtable last month in McCall and we sincerely thank all who attended!

We also thank our panelists:

  • Susan Bechdel, community member
  • Tracey Kindall, McCall Arts & Humanities Council
  • Jenny Ruemmele, St. Luke’s McCall Foundation

The discussion focused on how growth is impacting services offered by local nonprofits and how donors and community members can help. There was strong agreement that growth is a major challenge for nonprofits, and it’s affecting longtime issues like finding reliable funding sources to hire more staff, expand service levels and support future planning.

There was also agreement that nonprofits in the area are competing for a small donor pool. Nonprofit representatives expressed concern about fatiguing donors by requesting donations, inviting them to events and other traditional donor relations activities.

Attendees agreed that a standardized and systematic way for nonprofits to share information and work together would be welcomed. Suggestions included regular meetings, a website, a newsletter, a listserv and/or an annual summit to encourage information sharing and collaboration.

ICF will reach out to attendees soon to ask for feedback about specific ideas and next steps.

“We are committed to supporting informed donors and effective nonprofits in communities like McCall and around the state,” said Elly Davis, Community Impact Officer. “We are excited to be working with roundtable attendees to identify next steps and areas of greatest need and hope to offer additional support.”

Presidents Letter Bistline
From the President Bistline Fund awards more than $73,000 for arts in southeast Idaho

How do we know that our charitable dollars are being used well?  In more than 20 years working with generous individuals, this is a question that I have heard more than once. 

Unfortunately, there is not an easy, standardized way to measure the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations. I recently had the opportunity to participate in a forum, sponsored by ClearRock Capital, that focused on the “Overhead Myth.” 

This term was coined by several charity watchdog groups in an effort to inform donors that financial ratios are just one indicator of a nonprofit’s effectiveness. While they continue to promote nonprofit overhead ratios as an important way to identify careful financial stewardship, they also recognize that there are other factors of nonprofit performance including transparency, governance, leadership and results.

I have also been reading “Giving Done Right,” which is written “for givers of all levels who struggle with how to make the most difference.” It provides practical advice for all types of givers, with suggestions on how to define giving for your situation.

At ICF, we hear these same questions from people across Idaho who want to give back to their communities. Because ICF supports hundreds of organizations big and small, our staff seek to learn about the issues impacting local communities. We participate in local conversations to learn which organizations are making progress, how our grants can support this work and how our support might leverage additional funding. 

We are always willing to share what we learn with you. And truly, the best way to know if your dollars are making a difference at an organization you support is to get involved. Thank you for all that you do to improve the quality of life throughout Idaho.

If you’d like to learn more:


The F.M. and Anne G. and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund in ICF is providing more than $73,000 in grants to arts-focused nonprofits in southeast Idaho.

The Bistline Fund, which became an ICF fund in 2011, gives grants twice a year. Previously it was the F.M. and Anne G. and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation, a private foundation founded in 1999 by Pocatello philanthropist Beverly Bistline and named in honor of her parents.

Recipients of the spring grant cycle are:
American Falls School District #381 – $3,500 to purchase photographs printed on aluminum that will be mounted on the hallway walls of the new J.R. Simplot Elementary School.

Idaho Falls Arts Council, Inc. – $5,000 to support transportation, staffing and supplies for field trips to ARTitorium on Broadway from schools that otherwise would not be able to visit.

Idaho International Choral Festival – $5,000 to support the Festival’s advertising, promotion, videography and webcast.

Idaho State University Foundation – $5,000 to support the Idaho Museum of Natural History’s Edson Fichter exhibit.

Idaho State University Foundation – $10,000 to purchase tour-specific equipment and materials in order to bring ISU theatre productions and masterclasses to 1,000+ students in eastern Idaho.

Idaho State University Foundation – $4,000 to a support week-long music camp.

Idaho State-Civic Symphony Association, Inc. – $5,000 to provide support for 4th graders to participate in Link up, a music education program created by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute.

Idaho State-Civic Symphony Association, Inc. – $2,000 to help a violist and community member of the Idaho State-Civic Symphony attend the Montecito International Music Festival.

Lillian Vallely School – $6,410 to help Native American students honor and preserve their heritage by allowing them to be creative using their traditions and culture.

Malad Valley Welsh Foundation – $1,300 to purchase display racks, easels and supplies to display works of art by youth at the Malad Valley Welsh Festival Art Competition and Display.

North Gem Education Foundation – $1,086 to purchase art supplies for high school art and literature classes.

Opera Idaho, Inc. – $6,726 to bring opera performances to elementary and middle schools in Bannock, Bingham and Caribou counties.

Oxford Peak Arts Council – $1,000 to establish an event that will raise awareness and provide greater opportunities in the arts for rural youth and underserved artistic populations.

Pocatello Art Center – $2,500 to create a comprehensive report and illustrated companion book that presents the history of the Pocatello Art Center, including profiles of artists, past and present, pictured alongside their work.

Pocatello Valley Montessori School – $7,500 to implement a school-wide music and art curriculum to provide a well-rounded education to students, as well as benefit the community with collaborative art projects and music performances.

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Inc. – $7,042 to provide hands-on art lessons in 60 elementary school classrooms in Shelley, Firth, Blackfoot, Fort Hall and Soda Springs.

Idaho Philanthropy Day Deadlines
Idaho Philanthropy Day Nominations ICF Upcoming Grant Deadlines

We want to know about your favorite philanthropic people, companies and nonprofits so we can celebrate them in November for Idaho Philanthropy Day! Celebrations will take place in each region of Idaho and we’re seeking nominees for:

  • Outstanding Philanthropic Company/Foundation
  • Outstanding Nonprofit 
  • Outstanding Adult Philanthropist
  • Outstanding Youth Philanthropist
  • Outstanding Media Outlet
Help us cheer for your community members and nominate them today! 

Idaho Future Fund – Southwest Idaho
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 Ada, Adams, Blaine, Boise, Camas, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, Valley and Washington counties. A total of $100,000 will be distributed in southwest Idaho.

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

Southwestern Region Grant Cycle
ICF’s Southwestern Region Grant Cycle, which provides grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofits, schools and other qualified organizations, 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 August 15.

Ifft Foundation Fund – Southeast Idaho
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 August 15.  For more information or to apply, click here and look under Grants by Region and East Idaho, email Program Manager Lisa Bearg or call (208) 342-3535.

Shelton Fund in ICF – Valley County
The Perc H. Shelton and Gladys A. Pospisil Shelton Foundation Advised Fund in ICF is currently accepting grant applications for projects that benefit Valley County. Organizations do not have to be based in Valley County, but services or programs do have to benefit Valley County residents.

Deadline to apply is September 1. For more information or to apply, click here and look under Grants by Region and Southwest Idaho, email Program Manager Lisa Bearg or call (208) 342-3535.

Memorial and Honors Members Newly Established 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 June 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019:

In Memory of Jose Artiach
Freda Cenarrusa

In Memory of William Dunkley
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Jesse Grant
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Ron Nichols
Heidi Rogers

In Memory of Mary Veloz
Fernando and Brenda Veloz

In Honor of Leora Hansen
Jean Henscheid

In Honor of Peggy Oliver
Tina and Joe Murphy


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

Sponsor ($250-$499)
Anne Veigel, Boise

Sustainer ($100-$249)
Sandra Ashworth, Bonners Ferry

Supporter ($50-$99)
Lisa Chapman, Boise


Rotary Club of Emmett Foundation Fund (Agency) – Created by the Rotary Club of Emmett Foundation to continue their support of youth programs and youth scholarships within Gem County.

Tinstman Family Fund (Non-endowed Donor Advised) – Created by Robert and Shirley Tinstman of Boise.

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