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July 2020
From the President
From the President

Today, I write with tremendous gratitude to all of you. In partnership with generous foundations, businesses and individuals from Idaho and throughout the region, we have now leveraged more than $3 million for COVID response efforts through the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho and other COVID efforts and collaborations throughout the state.

As you’re probably aware, the Idaho Community Foundation partnered early in the coronavirus pandemic with the United Way of Treasure Valley, Idaho Nonprofit Center and United Ways throughout Idaho on the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho.

With the help of local volunteers from throughout the state, our Rapid Response Grant Panels reviewed dozens of applications and granted more than $1.3 million to community organizations helping Idaho’s most vulnerable people and families from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho.

Our Steering Committee is now monitoring and evaluating the effects of the coronavirus in communities to see how the state’s increasing numbers are affecting those in need.

In this newsletter, we share our work to date and tell the story of COVID-19 grants that went to three of Idaho’s tribes – the Coeur d’Alene, Nez Perce and Shoshone-Bannock.

If you’d like to have an Idaho Community Foundation staffer give a virtual presentation about our work in your region to your service club, community group or other organization, please let us know.

As always, we thank you for your support of our work in communities and our efforts to enrich the quality of life throughout Idaho.

Best wishes,

COVID-19 grants throughout the state

The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho has given 115 grants throughout Idaho.

Nez Perce Tribe
The effect of COVID-19 on three Idaho tribes

As COVID-19 emerged in Idaho, there was an immediate effect on three Native American tribes in Idaho – the Coeur d’Alene, Nez Perce and Shoshone-Bannock.

The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho – a partnership between the Idaho Community Foundation, United Way of Idaho and the Idaho Nonprofit Center – focused its grantmaking on organizations helping low-income individuals and families experiencing homelessness or housing instability, food insecurity, domestic abuse, along with those in need of physical or mental healthcare and childcare.

The fund received support from the Northwest Area Foundation and others to prioritize grants to organizations working Idaho’s tribal communities, communities of color, immigrants, refugees and people in rural areas based on known disparities in available services.

The Coeur d’Alene, Nez Perce and Shoshone-Bannock tribes each applied for grants from the fund for needs related to food insecurity and healthcare. Each received $25,000, the largest grant amount available.

When the virus was discovered on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation, the tribe asked its members to practice social distancing and for employees of the tribe to stay home, Robert Spaulding noted in his grant application.

“With businesses slowed to a near standstill and schools closed, tribal members, employees and their families were essentially homebound, and revenues from businesses was significantly reduced,” Spaulding said, adding that at the same time there were increased costs for health services.

“Our health clinic had to provide tests for the virus, order significant amounts of supplies and postpone non-essential services that generate revenue. The Tribe had to respond to increased services for elders, the homebound and persons with disabilities as well,” he said.

In east Idaho, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes saw increased requests for food and basic needs.

Shalynn Kellogg, Executive Director of the Shoshone-Bannock CDFI, said in her grant application that the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes population has many low-income households, often living in multi-family situations

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we have seen a higher need in the area of food insecurity,” she said. “In addition, families were financially burdened by the extra expense of getting grandchildren or children back home from universities.”

Anthony Broncheau, Grants Coordinator for the Nez Perce Tribe in north central Idaho, said the tribe similarly faced needs for food and medical care, and he noted that the situation was especially dire among older people.

“Due to risk of contracting COVID-19 among elders – considered the Tribe’s most important bearers of culture and tradition – the daily Senior Meal Site has been shuttered and many elders, as well as members of other households in poverty, are going hungry,” he said. “American Indian households are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 due to factors such as poverty, limited access to fresh foods, over-crowded households and cultural tradition based on communal gathering.”

Leading Funders
Thank you to our Lead Funding Partners

Grants from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho were possible by generous donations from many sources. We sincerely thank our Lead Funding Partners for their support of Idahoans affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

We’d also like to thank the following funding partners:
Avista Corp
Boise Cascade
Cambia Health Foundation
Columbia Bank
JP Morgan Chase
Key Bank
Magic Valley Vet Association
Marvell Semiconductor
Mountain West Bank
National Alcohol Beverage Control Association
Northwest Area Foundation
Paylocity Corporation
Rotary Club of Boise
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
The Amerisource Bergen Foundation
The Covia Foundation
US Bank Foundation
Whole Foods

Thank you to our ICF Donor Advised Funds that have contributed:
Brad and Teresa Little Philanthropic Gift Fund
Carol MacGregor, Ph.D. Philanthropic Gift Fund
Chuck and Pam Lyford Fund
Cindy and Peter Urbanowicz Philanthropic Gift Fund
Damon A. Noller Community Fund
Fred and Gayle Bieker Family Fund
Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund
H.R. and Betty Weston Fund
Joe and Patty Marshall Family Fund
Laura M. Bettis Advised Fund
Little Family Endowment
Maureen and Jim McFadden Family Fund
North Idaho Action Fund
Pat and Lisa McMurray Family Fund
Ralph and Mary Lynn Hartwell Family Fund
The Stafford Memorial Fund
Thomas and Susan Thilo Family Trust
Thomssen Family Fund

ICF Virtrual Event Deadlines Bordered
Help ensure nature thrives in a changing climate ICF Upcoming Deadlines - Grants and Scholarships

We invite you to attend a virtual educational event presented in partnership with the Kaniksu Land Trust, the Vital Ground Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and the Land Trust Alliance about protecting the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest through a coordinated effort with local land trusts to preserve climate-resilient lands and waters.
Monday, July 20
2 p.m. Pacific/ 3 p.m. Mountain

Join ICF President and CEO Karen Bilowith, The Nature Conservancy of Idaho Deputy State Director Robyn Miller, Kaniksu Land Trust Executive Director Katie Egland Cox and Vital Ground Executive Director Ryan Lutey to learn more about this collaborative effort.

Launched with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative is a partnership of the Idaho Community Foundation, the Oregon Community Foundation, Seattle Foundation and the Land Trust Alliance that seeks to transform how we conserve our lands in our region as our climate changes. Click here to RSVP

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. Grants awarded will range from $10,000-$20,000.

Deadline for submission is August 15. For more information or to apply, visit our grant opportunities page.

Forever Idaho Southwest and South Central
ICF’s Forever Idaho Grant Cycle, which provides grants of up to $5,000, 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.

Priority consideration will be given to organizations who fall within ICF’s Areas of Impact:

  • Housing and Family Homelessness
  • Access to Services
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Health and Mental Health

Deadline for submission is August 15. For more information or to apply, visit our grant opportunities page.

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 August 15.  For more information or to apply, visit our grant opportunities page.

Shelton Fund
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, visit our grant opportunities page.

Honors & Memorials Newly Established Funds
Memorials and Honors 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, 2020 through June 30, 2020:

In Memory of Carol Brassey
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of Dr. Joe Callanan
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Marie Ann Lopac
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Mary McGown
James and Sharon Manning

In Memory of Hanna Robinson
Junior League of Boise

In Memory of Leon Slichter
Donald Soltman

In Memory of Beverly Smith
Tristen Dean

In Memory of Mary Lu Spencer
Alice Hennessey

In Honor of Paris Curtis
Terry Curtis and Linda Grable-Curtis

In Honor of Mike McBride
Richard and Lucinda Jardine


The Jesse Tree of Idaho Fund – Created by the Jesse Tree of Idaho to support its mission of providing a hand up to people experiencing a financial crisis, empowering them to remain in their homes.

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