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June 2021
From the President
From the President

Greetings to all from north Idaho! I am very excited to share with you that ICF staff are back on the road, traveling through our beautiful state!

This trip to north Idaho was a chance to share the impact of the Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative, which is supporting local land trusts and the communities they serve by preserving climate resistant landscapes in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Our former Board Chair Bill Berg and his wife Mindy Cameron hosted a gathering for a small group of donors who are passionate about land conservation in Idaho. It was a great evening at their beautiful home in Sagle – thank you Bill and Mindy!

Cara Nielsen, our vice president for philanthropy and impact; Kristi Scott, our philanthropic advisor in north Idaho, and I attended to share information about the Initiative. Two of the funded projects – Kaniksu Land Trust and Vital Ground – presented on the importance of this funding for their work in North Idaho.

It’s wonderful to be able to travel throughout Idaho again. Seeing our beautiful state reinforces the need to preserve these special spaces. I hope you will consider a gift to support our region’s special places.

We are leveraging the $5 million dollar commitment from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to raise up to $2 million more.  We have a unique opportunity now as the Hollis Foundation has generously offered a 50 percent match on all money raised by Nov. 30 – for every $2 given, they will give $1, up to $500,000.

Click here to learn more about the Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative. Gifts can be made easily from an ICF Donor Advised Fund, contact Kris Kamann to learn how.

Linda Retires
Executive Assistant Linda Fraise retires

After seven years at ICF, which included coordinating 28 quarterly board meetings, fielding hundreds of sometimes frantic phone calls and taking thousands of pages of meeting minutes, our Executive Assistant Linda Fraise has retired.

“The first time I walked into the ICF House, I was struck by Linda’s quiet grace and warmth,” said President and CEO Karen Bilowith. “She has been a joy to work with.”

Former President and CEO Bob Hoover added: “Linda played an important role in ICF successes and she did it with grace and humor.”

Linda said that while she is looking forward to the luxury of time in retirement, she will miss working with the Board of Directors, her ICF colleagues and our grantees.

“The meaningful connections I made with people are the best memories I have of my years at ICF,” she said.
Lori McCann
ICF Board Director appointed to the Legislature

Governor Brad Little has announced that Idaho Community Foundation Board Director Lori McCann of Lewiston will fill the vacant legislative seat in the Idaho House of Representatives.

“I am honored to have been selected by Governor Little to fill the vacancy in the House,” McCann said. “I will work hard to restore honor and ethics to this seat as that is what the people in my district deserve.”

McCann is replacing Aaron von Ehlinger, who resigned after a House ethics panel investigated and unanimously ruled that he acted in “conduct unbecoming” of a representative and recommended expelling him from his seat. He stepped down before the House could vote on the matter.

McCann’s professional experience includes working as a professor at Lewis Clark State College and helping manage her family’s law office as well as the family-owned McCann Ranch and Livestock Co., and a family-owned residential and commercial rental business.

In addition to her service on the Idaho Community Foundation board, McCann’s extensive community involvement includes serving as incoming president of the Lewis Clark State College Foundation Board of Directors and member of the Idaho Business for Education board of directors and executive committee.

She will fill the position until the 2022 general election and said she also plans to run for the seat.

McCann has been a resident of Nez Perce County for 50 years. She graduated from Lewiston High School and from the University of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in education.

Connie Saylor Johnson Newly Established Funds Upcoming Deadlines
New Wilderness Education Fund at ICF New Funds Upcoming Deadlines

The Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation has created the Connie Saylor Johnson Wilderness Education Fund in ICF, named after a beloved friend, teacher, mentor and board member who is believed to have died in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness after disappearing from a hunting camp in 2018.

The SBFC Foundation will use their charitable fund to provide grants for educators and educational organizations to incorporate wilderness education into their classrooms and outdoor curriculum.

Connie Saylor Johnson served as a Forest Service Wilderness Ranger in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness for 20 years and helped establish the SBFC Foundation’s Wilderness Ranger Fellow Program.

She started her career as a high school teacher in Iowa, working summers in the Clearwater National Forest and Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. A lifelong educator, she moved to Idaho permanently in the 1990s and continued to encourage Iowa high school students to come to Idaho and learn hands-on wilderness skills.

“Connie worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for school children, college students and adults to spend time in wilderness,” said Sally Ferguson, Executive Director of the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation. 

Connie Saylor Johnson Wilderness Education Fund – Created by the Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation in memory of Connie Saylor Johnson, to support its mission of providing education to help steward the 4-million-acre Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness areas across Idaho and Montana. See story.

Ponderosa Center Fund – Created by the Ponderosa Center, Inc. to support the building and sustainability of an all-season venue for the West Central Mountains’ community.


Forever Idaho Eastern Grant Program
The Forever Idaho Eastern Region Grant Program, which provides grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000, is now accepting applications from organizations that serve the following counties: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Caribou, Clark, Custer, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Oneida, Power and Teton.

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

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

For information about eligibility and applications, click here. For revised Forever Idaho Grant Program Guidelines, click here. Deadline for submission is June 15.

Chobani Community Impact Fund
The Chobani Community Impact Fund (CCIF) is now accepting letters of intent for 2021. The CCIF aims to provide grants that promote entrepreneurship and economic opportunity in the Magic Valley (Twin Falls, Gooding, Lincoln, Jerome, Minidoka and Cassia counties).

Organizations can apply for up to $30,000 for one-year grants and $50,000 for multi-year grants. Click to see the fund guidelines and letter of intent form. The deadline to submit a letter of intent is July 1.

Legacy Society Memorials & Honors
New Legacy Society Memorials & Honors

We sincerely welcome William Severson of Notus to our Legacy Society and we thank him for his commitment to mobilize resources for local needs so that all Idahoans live in thriving communities. Members of the Legacy Society are generous donors who will support Idaho communities through their estate plans.

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 May 1, 2021 through May 31, 2021:

In Memory of Betty Bagley
Junior League of Boise

In Memory of Tom Dater
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Philip DeAngeli
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Shirley Fields
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of Kenny Gortsema
Phil and Mary Jahn
Donald Soltman

In Memory of Lisa Bloomquist Holland
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of C. Timothy Hopkins
Katherine and Thomas Moriarty
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of David E. Jones
Idaho Society of CPA’s

In Memory of Mary McGown
Susan Bernatas

In Memory of Peter O’Neill
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of Barbara Spafford
Junior League of Boise

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