From the President

We are so excited to share some announcements about our 30th Anniversary celebrations!

The first is that Alice Hennessey has agreed to be our keynote speaker for our Southwest Idaho Luncheon on May 23! Alice played a very important role in our earliest days when she traveled the state with our founder John Fery and others as part of the Steering Committee, encouraging people to support the Idaho Community Foundation. She has twice served as our president and CEO and continues to have an important role at the foundation today. She is an excellent speaker and we are thrilled to have her!

Karen Bilowith

We also have exciting news about the Title Sponsor for all four of our Annual Luncheons AND our 30th Anniversary Party. We can’t reveal who it is just yet, but this company was crucial to helping us get established and we wouldn’t be here today if not for their support. More on them next month, but suffice it say that we are honored by their sponsorship!

I also invite you to give your input on our new logo. We’ll unveil it at our 30th Anniversary Party at JUMP in Boise on November 14. We have three logo designs and three color palettes for you to review. To see them all and give your input, click here.  

I encourage you to keep up with our ICF 30 series of profiles of the people and organizations that have contributed to ICF’s growth and impact during our first 30 years. The latest profile is Kurt and Genola Kandler of Ashton, a rural farming community in eastern Idaho.

The Kandlers created a scholarship for graduates of North Fremont High School that has given more than $500,000 toward the higher education costs of those students – it’s truly remarkable!

The Kandler profile is below. I encourage you to go to our website to read the others: Nick and Sara Ifft, the Archie B. Teater Fund for Children with Disabilities, the Wood River Women’s Foundation and Potandon Produce.

As we look to our future, we continue to build on our deep commitment to local communities through our series of Community Conversations. I am delighted to let you know that over the past few weeks we have hosted three conversations in Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston and Twin Falls. These events give ICF, our constituents, partners and grantees an opportunity to come together and discuss key issues, the ways communities are addressing these issues and how ICF can help.

We have been thrilled with the participation and feedback we have gotten from these sessions. We will summarize the information gleaned from each session in various ways to share it broadly. We plan to host additional Community Conversations in American Falls, Burley, Emmett, Grangeville, Idaho Falls, Pocatello and Sun Valley later this year.

Thank you as always for your support and encouragement as we work toward our mission to enrich the quality of life throughout Idaho!

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The ICF 30: Kurt and Genola Kandler

Langroise Fund grants $450K+ throughout Idaho

Upcoming Deadlines

Upcoming Events


ICF's New and Renewing Members February 2018

New Member | Renewing Member

Benefactor ($1,000 and above)
Robert and Mary Kay Yuditsky, Coeur d’Alene      

Patron ($500-$999)               
Celia Kunau, Burley  
Park and Sharon Price, Idaho Falls

Sponsor ($250-$499)            
Mark and Debra Flitton, Caldwell     

Sustainer ($100-$249)                                  
Barbara and Martin Mueller, Coeur d’Alene
Tom and Michelle Praggastis, Sun Valley
Timothy and Wanda Quinn, Coeur d’Alene
Benjamin and Lauren Tassos, Boise

Supporter ($50-$99)             
Klara Hansberger, Meridian  
Richard Sorensen, McMinnville, OR 

Corporate and Nonprofit Partners
Family Health Services Corporation, Twin Falls


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 February 1, 2018 through February 28, 2018:

In Memory of Shirley Atteberry
Michael Klopping

In Memory of Jim Carlson
Dave and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Berni Dami
Heidi Rogers

In Memory of Nellie Downend
Dave and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Shirley Ewing
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Ruby German
Dave and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Phil Hollis
Dave and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Jack Hornung
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Marge Klette
Dave and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Richard Moon
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Joe Rodriguez
Dave and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Arthur Thomas Sahlberg
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Frank Sime
Dave and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Thomas Stowell
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Anita Tadic
Dave and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Bob Tway
Dave and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Sally Whalen
Heidi Rogers

In Memory of Barbara Wewers
Dave and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Franz Witte
Dave and Diane Myklegard

In Honor of Doug Armstrong
Jean Lockhart
William Roscoe
Sarah Zimik

In Honor of Bonner County Residents
Shirley Gleason

In Honor of Alice Hennessey
Blaine and Dixie Lenon

In Honor of Charlie Miller
Tom and Sue Thilo

In Honor of Robert Paxton
Kerree Wiley


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The ICF 30: Kurt and Genola Kandler

Family, farming and eastern Idaho’s rural Fremont County were the centerpieces of Kurt and Genola Kandler’s lives.

“For all of their married life they spent all day every day together, working toward the same goal of providing for their family and for those who worked for them,” their granddaughter Judy Kandler of Boise recalls fondly.

Genola passed away in 2004 and Kurt in 2010. Through their estate, they created a large scholarship at ICF for students of North Fremont High School in Ashton.

Kurt and Genola Kandler
Genola and Kurt Kandler

The family has strong ties to the high school. Both Kurt, Genola, their son and their grandchildren all graduated from there. As of 2017, 70 scholarships totaling more than $500,000 have been awarded.

“For some of these students, the scholarship has been a contributing factor as to whether they could attend college,” said Laura Allen, who has been a board member for the North Fremont Education Association for almost 20 years. “I am sure that this scholarship will be life changing for many North Fremont High School students and the Ashton community.”

Kandler Scholarship recipient Katie Marotz is the first person in her family to attend college and said the scholarship has made a huge difference in her life.

“It has helped me achieve an education that would not be possible otherwise,” said Katie, a sophomore at Boise State University majoring in nursing. “University is expensive and the cost can be shocking for families that haven’t had anyone attend before.”

Genola Kandler passed away when Katie was very young, but she has many memories of Kurt and the Kandler farm. “I remember going out to their farm many times with my cousins and riding their potato trucks during potato harvest,” Katie said.

For the Kandlers, who were married for 54 years, family extended beyond blood relatives. Kurt deeply respected the migrant workers and Genola loved them like her own children.

“For many years, my grandparents travelled to Mexico every winter, visiting the ‘boys’ and their families,” Judy said. “In the fall, my grandmother sent them home with gifts for their children. The growth of Kandler Farms would not have been possible without the migrant workers – many of whom returned to the farm year after year.”

Katie said she remembers when Kurt passed away and how it saddened the whole town.

“The Kandlers loved the Ashton community and the schools there. Their contributions have allowed North Fremont to flourish in ways that would not have been possible without their help,” Katie said.

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.

New Boise Police K9 stops by ICF office

Edo, the Boise Police Department K9, stopped by ICF’s Boise office last week with his handler, Cpl. Shane Williams, and Sgt. Kirk Rush.

Edo, also known as Ed, is a 2-year-old German Shepherd crossbreed who was purchased after the death of K9 Officer Jardo. Jardo passed away in November 2016 after being shot in the line of duty.

The Boise Police Department has a fund at ICF for the purchase, training and maintenance of its K9 officers. Donations from the public poured into the fund after Jardo’s passing and the department purchased Edo from their ICF fund.

BPD K9 Edo
Boise Police K9 Edo with Cpl. Shane Williams and Sgt. Kirk Rush.

In his year with the department, Ed has earned his flat collar, a distinction given to K9 officers who have had SWAT deployments and detained a suspect with a bite. Ed wears the flat collar that belonged to Jardo.

Ed has family in the Boise area. His brother Django is a K9 with the Ada County Sheriff’s Department.

Langroise Fund grants $450K+ throughout Idaho

 The Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund in ICF has awarded grants totaling nearly $453,000 to nonprofits in every region of Idaho. More than $150,000 more will be granted from the Langroise Fund through ICF’s three regional grant cycles in 2018.

The College of Idaho ($85,000), The Boise Philharmonic ($80,000) and the Children’s Home Society ($75,000) received the largest grants, followed by the St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana at almost $36,000.

In addition, the following Langroise grants were awarded:

Teach For America
Teach for America in Nampa received $7,500 to support teachers like Ellen Martin at Idaho Arts Charter School.

Ada County
Ballet Idaho – $10,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho – $2,500
Boise Art Museum – $15,000
Boise Contemporary Theater – $5,000
Boise Public Schools Foundation – $10,000
Boise Urban Garden School – $1,500
Boys and Girls Club of Ada County – $5,000
Discovery Center of Idaho – $5,000
Education Foundation for the West Ada School District – $5,000
Feed the Gap – $2,500
Friends of Zoo Boise – $5,000
Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Centers – $5,000
Learning Lab – $5,000
Opera Idaho – $5,000
Treasure Valley YMCA – $20,000
Women’s and Children’s Alliance – $5,339

Bingham County
Lillian Vallely School – $16,000
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes – $10,000

Bonner County
Kinderhaven – $15,000

Canyon County
Nampa Salvation Army – $5,000
Teach for America – $7,500
The Mentoring Network – $7,500

Latah County
University of Idaho Foundation (4-H outreach to military kids) – $1,500

Valley County
Cascade School District – $7,500

The Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund was established through a generous $15 million bequest to the Idaho Community Foundation from Boise philanthropist Gladys Langroise. It supports the health, education and welfare of children, including college students. Langroise died in early 2000, just prior to her 100th birthday. 

Advisors to the fund annually recommend grants that address what they believe Mrs. Langroise would have considered areas of special interest or greatest need.

Upcoming Deadlines

ICF has scholarships!
We have more than 70 scholarship opportunities for students seeking assistance with the cost of higher education. The deadline to submit the ICF Scholarship Application is March 15.

In 2017, ICF awarded scholarships to 220 students throughout Idaho totaling over $500,000.

The application and information about all ICF scholarships is here. For more information, email Community Impact Assistant Lisa Bearg or call her at (208) 342-3535 ext. 21.

Ifft Foundation Fund deadline is March 15
The Ifft Foundation Fund in ICF is seeking grant requests for projects that will provide landscaping, beautification and public recreation in southeast Idaho. Grant requests will only be considered from the following counties: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Power.

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

Bonner County Human Rights Task Force Fund
The Bonner County Human Rights Task Force Fund in ICF is seeking grant requests from 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.

Grants up to $8,000 will be considered. Grant requests will only be considered from Bonner County. For more information or to apply, click here. Deadline to apply is March 31.

Bonner County Fund for Arts Enhancement
The Bonner County Fund for Arts Enhancement in ICF is seeking grant requests for projects that demonstrate how the arts encourage creative and critical thinking, stimulate economic vitality and enhance the quality of life in a community.

Grants up to $10,000 will be considered. Grant requests will only be considered from Bonner County. For more information, including eligibility and application, click here. Deadline to apply is April 30.

Upcoming Events

Save the dates for our Annual Luncheons and 30th Anniversary Celebration! More details to come!

  • Southwest Idaho Annual Luncheon – Wednesday, May 23 at JUMP in Boise. Keynote speaker: Alice Hennessey.
  • North Idaho Annual Luncheon – Wednesday, June 13 at the Hagadone Event Center in Coeur d’Alene. Keynote speaker: Bruce Reed.
  • Central Idaho Annual Luncheon – Wednesday, August 29 at the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum. Keynote speaker: TBD.
  • Eastern Idaho Annual Luncheon – Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Keynote speaker: TBD.
  • 30th Anniversary Celebration – Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 5-7 p.m. at JUMP in Boise.

Idaho Nonprofit Center Forums start this week
The Idaho Nonprofit Center will host regional forums this month that provide nonprofit leaders an opportunity to increase their skills and knowledge, network with colleagues and find ways to collaborate.

The daylong events include sessions on Building Your Brand and Marketing Toolbox, Board Engagement and Effective Meetings, and Fundraising and Major Gift Hurdles.

Dates are:

  • March 6 – Twin Falls
  • March 7 – Idaho Falls
  • March 15 – Lewiston
  • March 16 – Coeur d’Alene
  • March 28 – A special breakout track will be held during the Serve Idaho Conference in Boise.

Cost is $99 for members and $149 for non-members. Click for more information or to register.

Newly Created Funds

Josh Pollock Memorial STEM Scholarship (Agency) – This fund was created by the Blaine County Education Foundation as a memorial to the life of Josh Pollock, son of Randy and Sheila Pollock. Josh was a 1991 graduate of Wood River High School and 1995 graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned a degree in aerospace engineering. Josh enjoyed and excelled in science, math and technical pursuits. He was killed in a car accident in December 1995 at the age of 22.

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