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June 2020
From the President
From the President

As we enter the third month of facilitating the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho, I want to share ICF’s ongoing commitment to this effort. I’d also like to take time to appreciate the many partners who contributed to the fund – both financially and with their expertise – which allowed it to be responsive and impactful in communities across the state. 

The early partnership with United Way of Treasure Valley, Idaho Nonprofit Center and United Ways in Idaho was crucial to launching the fund and building support. The trust and generosity of key statewide and regional foundations, including the Micron Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Wells Fargo Foundation and Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health brought necessary resources, credibility and expertise to the table. Our Steering Committee and regional grant review teams provided a local perspective along with coordination and communication with other efforts.

One thing that stood out for all of us at ICF is that the pandemic painfully and visibly demonstrated its strong connection to our newly created Areas of Impact – family homelessness, mental illness, education and access to services.

The pandemic exposed inequities that resulted in disproportionate COVID-related impacts on vulnerable populations. The COVID-19 Fund has prioritized grants to organizations working with people experiencing housing instability and food insecurity, those who need physical or mental healthcare, and those who need domestic violence support and childcare. Native Americans, communities of color, immigrants, refugees and people in rural areas were also high priorities based on known disparities in available services to these historically under-served populations.

We have used the knowledge gained through this work to connect donors to the organizations directly helping individuals and families. From March until now, ICF’s Donor Advised Funds have given more than $1.6 million to nonprofits statewide. Of this, over $750,000 was in response to COVID-19.

We know that even after the health crisis is contained, the impacts of the pandemic will be felt in our communities. We will continue to support organizations meeting the greatest needs in Idaho through our Forever Idaho Funds.

We are also supporting the updated ALICE report published by the United Ways in Idaho so that we can continue to drive resources toward greatest needs. We know that the economic impacts of reduced work, childcare disruption, domestic violence and untreated mental health issues on vulnerable populations will continue.

As we move into the recovery phase, we believe it is important to balance the need to be responsive in crisis with the imperative to help communities to prepare for the long haul.

Thank you for joining us in our efforts.

Best wishes,
Karen

Idaho Forest Group
Idaho Forest Group and Idaho Business for Education turn to ICF for help

When the effects of the coronavirus pandemic began to be felt throughout Idaho, a large company and a statewide organization both turned to the Idaho Community Foundation to help them support Idahoans in need.

Idaho Forest Group, which has a long history of supporting local communities, established a $100,000 charitable fund at ICF so that it could give grants to nonprofits in north Idaho and western Montana to meet basic human needs such as food, shelter and medical care.

“We wanted to make sure that our donations went to the areas in which we operate, which are also some of the most underserved areas in the region,” said Erin Plue, Communications and Outreach Manager for Idaho Forest Group. “One of the highlights for our employees is knowing that the company they work for responds to the needs of their communities and gives back.”

ICF’s North Idaho Regional Officer Kristi Scott assisted Idaho Forest Group in its grantmaking by sharing applications to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho and connecting them to local organizations helping those most in need.

“Idaho Forest Group’s generosity helped so many Idahoans during this difficult time,” Kristi said. “They have such a strong commitment to their communities, and I was proud of what we accomplished together.”

Idaho Business for Education is a group of nearly 200 business leaders from across the state, including Idaho Forest Group which is a trustee member. They are committed to transforming Idaho’s education system.

Idaho Business for Education created the Internet for Students Emergency Fund in ICF to collect donations to provide internet access to thousands of students who do not have it. So far more than $260,000 has been committed.

“We hope this fund can play a significant role in helping Idaho 'Close the Divide' between students who have computers and internet at home and those who do not,” said Rod Gramer, President and CEO of Idaho Business for Education. “All Idaho students deserve to have an equal opportunity to learn. Every student matters.”

The goal of the fund is to make sure that every student who needs a computer and internet service will have them by the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.

Click here to make a gift to the Internet for Students Emergency Fund.

Idaho Business for Education is also collecting computers and tablets that will be cleared of data, sanitized and delivered to school districts that need them. Click here for more information about the project.

ICF President and CEO Karen Bilowith said working with Idaho Forest Group and Idaho Business for Education demonstrated the flexibility of ICF and the diversity of its partnerships.

“Both of these efforts will have significant community impact in Idaho,” Karen said. “We are pleased to be able to offer our support and expertise.”

Save the Date Ed Session
Save the Date: ICF Educational Opportunity

Please plan to join ICF President and CEO Karen Bilowith and special guests for an hourlong virtual session to learn about the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund and what we have learned about how the pandemic continues to impact communities across Idaho.

Wednesday, June 10 | 2 p.m. Mountain/ 1p.m. Pacific

Special guests:

  • Idaho Food Bank President and CEO Karen Vauk and Vice President of Community Partnerships, Jackie Yarbrough will share information about food insecurity
  • Amy Little, President and CEO of the Idaho Nonprofit Center will provide insights about nonprofits current and anticipated needs

This is the first episode of our virtual education series designed to help you stay up to date about community needs and how you can help.

 
Boys and Girls Club Pocatello Art Center
Forever Idaho North grants more than $245,000 to community organizations Ifft Foundation Fund grants more than $77,000 in southeast idaho

The Idaho Community Foundation’s North Regional Council has selected 61 community organizations to receive more than $245,000 through its Forever Idaho grant cycle.

Grantees are from or will work in Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone counties.

To provide maximum flexibility, the grants can be used to meet the greatest needs of recipients, a change from previous years when grants were given for specific projects.

“We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many of our nonprofit partners to change their plans,” said Cara Walker, ICF’s Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer. “We want to support the work of our trusted partners as they navigate these challenging times.”

Grants are categorized by the Idaho Community Foundation’s Areas of Impact – family homelessness and basic needs, mental health and health, educational opportunities and access to services. A “greatest need” category is for work that falls outside the Areas of Impact.

This year’s recipients of the Forever Idaho Grant Cycle are:

ADA COUNTY
BarNone, Inc. – $3,500 to address family homelessness and basic needs in north Idaho

BENEWAH COUNTY
BetterCare – $5,000 to address mental health and health

BetterCare – $2,200 to address family homelessness and basic needs

East Benewah Council for Aging, Inc. – $2,406 to address mental health and health

Hughes House Historical Society – $749 for educational opportunities

Snake River Community Clinic – $3,850 to address mental health and health

Upriver Community United, Inc. – $5,000 for greatest needs

Upriver Community United, Inc. – $4,815 to address family homelessness and basic needs

BONNER COUNTY
Community Health Association of Spokane – $4,398 to address mental health and health

Food For Our Children, Inc. – $5,000 to address mental health and health

Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, Inc – $3,500 for educational opportunities

Panhandle Alliance for Education – $3,000 for educational opportunities

Priest River Ministries, Inc – $5,000 to address family homelessness and basic needs

Sandpoint Youth Center Inc – $4,690 to address family homelessness and basic needs

The American Red Cross – $5,000 to provide access to services

West Bonner County School District 83 – $3,000 for educational opportunities

BOUNDARY COUNTY
Boundary Community Hospital – $6,463 to provide access to services

Boundary County Bike and Pedestrian Trail Committee, Inc. – $6,463 for educational opportunities

CLEARWATER COUNTY
City of Weippe – $1,500 to address family homelessness and basic needs

Orofino 4-H – $2,630 for educational opportunities

IDAHO COUNTY
City of Kooskia – $3,212 for greatest needs

Grangeville High School – $4,575 for greatest needs

Idaho Foodbank Warehouse, Inc. – $5,000 to address family homelessness and basic needs

The Kids Klub, Inc. – $5,000 for educational opportunities

KOOTENAI COUNTY
Canvas Community Outreach – $5,000 to address family homelessness and basic needs

Children's Village, Inc. – $5,000 to provide access to services

Consolidated Free Library District – $5,000 for educational opportunities

Family Promise of North Idaho – $3,000 to address family homelessness and basic needs

Gizmo-CdA, Inc – $5,000 for educational opportunities

Hospice of North Idaho – $5,000 to address family homelessness and basic needs

Human Rights Education Institute – $5,000 for educational opportunities

Idaho Diaper Bank Inc – $5,000 to address family homelessness and basic needs

Idaho Youth Ranch, Inc. – $3,000 to address family homelessness and basic needs

Kaleidoscope Community Services, Inc. – $5,000 to address family homelessness and basic needs

Kaniksu Land Trust – $5,000 for educational opportunities

Lake Pend Oreille School District #084 – $5,000 for educational opportunities

North Idaho College Foundation, Inc. – $2,544 for educational opportunities

Northwest Infant Survival and SIDS Alliance – $3,600 for educational opportunities

Saint Vincent de Paul Salvage Bureau – $3,570 to address family homelessness and basic needs

Second Harvest Inland Northwest – $5,000 to address family homelessness and basic needs

The Women's Center, Inc. – $5,000 to address family homelessness and basic needs

LATAH COUNTY
Community Library Network – $3,204 to provide access to services

Families Together for People with Disabilities – $3,751 for greatest needs

Family Promise of the Palouse – $2,000 to provide access to services

Latah Recovery Community Center, Inc. – $2,400 to address mental health and health

St. Vincent de Paul Society, St Francis of Assisi Moscow Conference – $5,000 to address family homelessness and basic needs

University of Idaho Foundation, Inc. – $5,000 for educational opportunities

LEWIS COUNTY
Lewis County Extension – $2,000 for educational opportunities

NEZ PERCE COUNTY
Boys & Girls Club of the Lewis Clark Valley, Inc. – $3,000 for educational opportunities

Community Cancer Services – $5,000 to address mental health and health

Interlink, Inc. – $5,000 to address family homelessness and basic needs

Lewiston-Clarkston Partners Habitat for Humanity – $5,000 to address family homelessness and basic needs

Northwest Idaho Children's Home, Inc. – $5,000 to address mental health and health

Opportunities Unlimited Inc. – $5,000 to address family homelessness and basic needs

Southwick Community Center – $3,000 for greatest needs

Willow Center, Inc. – $3,000 to address family homelessness and basic needs

SHOSHONE COUNTY
Kellogg Public Library – $1,575 for educational opportunities

Shoshone County Women's Resource Center – $3,155 to address family homelessness and basic needs

St. Vincent de Paul Salvage Bureau – $2,000 to address family homelessness and basic needs

 

The Ifft Foundation Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation has selected 10 grant requests totaling more than $77,000 for projects that will provide landscaping, beautification and public recreation in southeast Idaho. Grant recipients are:

City of Aberdeen (Bingham County) – $5,000 to purchase two flagpoles, flowers and a bench, honoring veterans and other public servants from Aberdeen.

City of Malad (Oneida County) – $4,500 to remove the existing horseshoe pits in Malad City Park and build new, modern ones along with benches for observers and players at the horseshoe pits.

City of Pocatello (Bannock County) – $10,000 to enhance and light a pathway.

City of Pocatello - Parks and Recreation Department and Portneuf Valley Pride (Bannock County) – $20,000 to complete beautification of a traffic island at the intersection of Garret Way, North Main Extension and Hawthorne Road.

City of Soda Springs Public Library (Caribou County) – $10,000 to beautify the exterior of the library and replace a memorial bench.

Family Services Alliance of Southeast Idaho (Bannock County) – $10,000 to provide a trauma-informed and comfortable outdoor play therapy and counseling space for people who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking.

Health West, Inc. (Bannock County) – $10,000 to complete the landscape design for the exterior of the newly remodeled American Falls Clinic.

North Gem Education Foundation (Caribou County) – $2,858 to provide improvements inside and outside North Gem School that will support good mental health, pleasurable surroundings and provide a positive environment for students to gather outside of classes.

Pocatello Art Center (Bannock County) – $5,000 to create a lighted garden patio space to beautify the area behind the Art Center.

Nick Ifft was the publisher of the Idaho State Journal newspaper in Pocatello from 1966 until 1984. He and his wife Sara Ifft moved their family foundation to the Idaho Community Foundation in 2001 and since then it has funded more than $2 million in projects in southeast Idaho. Nick died in 2003 and Sara passed away in 2017.

 
Upcoming Deadlines Memorials and Honors Legacy Society

Idaho Future Fund - East
The Idaho Future Fund is accepting applications from east Idaho for preschool scholarships, charter schools, public schools and public school libraries, and supplemental educational programs. The grant cycle is open for the counties of Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Caribou, Clark, Custer, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Oneida, Power and Teton counties.

Grants range from $10,000-$20,000. For more information, including eligibility and application, click here. Deadline for submission is June 15.

Eastern Region Forever Idaho Grant Cycle
We are accepting applications to ICF’s East Region Forever Idaho Grant Cycle, which provides grants of up to $5,000. Eligible counties include Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Caribou, Clark, Custer, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Oneida, Power and Teton.

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

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.

We apologize for omitting the last name of Orrin and Eleanora Webb in last month's e-bulletin. A memorial gift was made in their honor.

The following gifts were received May 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020:

In Memory of Hansgeorg Borbonus
Robert Bilow and Jeannine Mehrhoff

In Memory of Judd DeBoer
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Richard Horst
Maximilian Horst

In Memory of Ralph McAdams
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Mary McGown
John and Dianne Crowe
Robert Bilow and Jeannine Mehrhoff

In Honor of Merrie Asher
Derek Charles Design Studio & Faylor Family

In Honor of Kami Brant, O2 Real Estate Group
Derek Charles Design Studio & Faylor Family

In Honor of Andy Erstad, Erstad Architects
Derek Charles Design Studio & Faylor Family

In Honor of Clark and Sydney Fidler
David and Mary Peterman

In Honor of Mary Grandjean
Anonymous

In Honor of Jason Kreizenbeck, Lobby Idaho
Derek Charles Design Studio & Faylor Family
In Honor of Limelight Hotel Employees
Gina Pogliano

In Honor of Dee and Bryan Mooney
Derek Charles Design Studio & Faylor Family

In Honor of Brad Wiskerchen, Kount
Derek Charles Design Studio & Faylor Family

In Honor of Jess Flynn, Chad Biggs and Lynda Bruns, Red Sky PR
Derek Charles Design Studio & Faylor Family

 

We sincerely thank the members of our Legacy Society for enriching the quality of life throughout Idaho. We had a new member join in May who would like to remain anonymous. Members of the Legacy Society are generous donors who will continue to support Idaho communities through their estate plans.

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