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March 2019
Idaho Rural Health Partnership
New Partnership: Idaho Rural Health Initiative

The Idaho Community Foundation and Idaho Rural Partnership have received a $40,000 grant from the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation’s Rural Health Initiative to help address health disparities in rural Idaho.

Health disparities refer to differences in rates of illness, disability or mortality between groups of people. Along with other factors, where a person lives can contribute to health disparities.

“Idaho’s landscape can make it difficult for people to access healthcare and for doctors and other medical professionals to provide the best care,” said Dr. Rhonda Robinson Beale, Chief Medical Affairs Officer at the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health.

“Of Idaho’s 44 counties, 35 are considered rural and face many of the challenges that our Rural Health Initiative was created to help address.”

The Idaho Community Foundation and Idaho Rural Partnership will travel to several rural Idaho counties to engage community leaders, health care workers, senior centers, youth organizations, churches and others to gain an on-the-ground understanding of health issues faced by residents and then compare this information to existing data.

The Idaho Community Foundation and Idaho Rural Partnership were selected for this partnership in part because of their depth of knowledge about Idaho communities.

“Our mission is to enrich the quality of life throughout Idaho,” said Elly Davis, ICF Community Impact Officer. “Good health and healthcare are crucially important to quality of life and we are excited to participate in this partnership.”

The goal of this project is to make connections and gather information for a community action plan that would be funded by the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health in the future.

Dean Buffington Community Conversation
The ICF 30: Dean Buffington We Heard You!
Community Conversation Wrap-Up

As a lifelong Idahoan, Dean Buffington was aware of the Idaho Community Foundation from its earliest days. As a young trust officer at First Security Bank, he and his colleagues helped review the documents that became the backbone of the Idaho Community Foundation’s financial charter.

But it wasn’t until many years later that Buffington, an investment advisor, and CPA Roger Martell would help their client Gladys Langroise create a $15 million bequest to the Idaho Community Foundation that benefits health, education and child welfare.

“Mrs. Langroise was a very smart woman and she knew a lot about finances and investing,” Dean said. “She never let Roger and I meet with her together because she wanted independent advice from each of us.”

Today, the Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund has granted more than $10 million to nonprofits and schools throughout Idaho. Half of the money every year goes to support The College of Idaho, Boise Philharmonic and the Children’s Home Society with some reserved for Native American educational opportunities.

The rest of the grants are recommended by the fund advisors, a role in which Dean and Roger served for more than 15 years. Dean retired as Langroise fund advisor in 2016. He said serving as an advisor for the Langroise fund helped him understand the needs of Idahoans throughout the state.

“We learned so much about worthy causes in Idaho and we really saw the benefits from Mrs. Langroise’s generosity,” he said.

In addition to his work on behalf of ICF, Dean serves on the Investment Committee for The College of Idaho (his alma mater), is chair of the State of Idaho Endowment Fund Investment Board and is a member of the Audit Committee and Investment Committee of the Christian Church Foundation in Indianapolis, along with other commitments. He is a past board member of The College of Idaho, St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and St. Alphonsus Foundation, and the Boise Art Museum.

As a young banker early in his career, Dean learned the value of philanthropy and community involvement from First Security Bank President Ralph Comstock, Jr.

“Ralph told me if the community isn’t thriving and successful, then the bank won’t be either,” Dean said. “We learned the value of paying it forward.”

Today, Dean is largely retired, though he still works as a consultant at Buffington Mohr McNeal, which he cofounded in 1998.

He and his wife Judy have been married 46 years and have two daughters, Denise and Julene, and two grandchildren Brooke and Drew. Dean enjoys golf, reading and attending Brooke and Drew’s activities.

Dean is pleased by the success of the Idaho Community Foundation in its 30-year history.

“ICF is able to pull together philanthropic individuals from throughout the state and pool their experience, knowledge and resources of the needs of the state,” he said. “It’s extremely important to Idaho.”


Wanting to better understand what makes Idaho communities strong and also what struggles they are facing, we hit the road in 2018 and visited eight communities over nine months to hold Community Conversations. The Idaho Nonprofit Center and Serve Idaho joined us for some of the sessions.

We’ve created a short animation about our Community Conversations and what we heard and we’re sharing it throughout the state. You can watch it here.

More than 220 people attended the forums, and we’ve already seen some results.

In Emmett, we heard about the need to rebuild the community pool, which has been closed for two summers.

We shared that information with ICF donor Lyn Rawlinson, whose parents established the Rawlinson Fund to benefit Emmett and Gem County in 1992, and she immediately responded with a grant of $35,000.

Lyn, who grew up in Emmett and now lives in Seattle, said she wouldn’t have known the pool had closed if not for the Community Conversation.

“Emmett is a wonderful town and I fully support this pool,” Lyn said. “Emmett didn’t have a pool when I was growing up, so I am happy kids will have a fun and safe place to swim now.”

Many people talked about how proud they are of their communities. They mentioned their active volunteer groups, robust social services, close-knit neighbors, collaborative spirit and thriving economies.

“Even though Idaho is geographically large and regionalized, many people, even those hundreds of miles apart, share similar reasons for being proud of where they live,” said ICF President and CEO Karen Bilowith. “And they also have similar concerns about their communities.”

Some of the shared concerns were:

  • Affordable housing
  • Mental health treatment
  • Education and job training
  • Transportation services

So what can the Idaho Community Foundation do?

“As a community foundation, one of our greatest strengths is to bring people together and share what we’ve learned,” said Elly Davis, ICF’s Community Impact Officer. “And through our donors and our grantmaking, we can support local organizations that are already working on successful solutions.”

We appreciate your support of statewide efforts like our Community Conversations, which are funded by donations of all sizes to our Forever Idaho Statewide Fund. Click to support our work in communities.
ICF Instagram Deadlines
We’re on Instagram! ICF Upcoming Deadlines – Grants and Scholarships

We get great photos from our grantees, our events and our work in communities and we’re going to start sharing them on Instagram. We’d love for you follow us! Search for IdahoCF on Instagram.

If you’re an ICF grantee, fund holder, member or other supporter, we’d love to share photos of your work in our communities. Please send them to Chief Communications and Marketing Officer Jennifer Kronberg.

ICF Scholarship Opportunities
We have more than 70 scholarship opportunities for students seeking assistance with the cost of higher education.

In 2018, ICF awarded scholarships to over 200 students throughout Idaho totaling more than $500,000.

The application and information about ICF scholarships can be found here. For more information, email Program Manager Lisa Bearg or call (208) 342-3535 ext. 21. Application deadlines vary, but most are due by March 15.

Ifft Foundation Fund
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 information about eligibility, or to apply, click here. Deadline for submission is March 15.

Bonner County Endowment for Human Rights
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 April 30.

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.

Grant requests 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.

F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund
The F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund in ICF is accepting applications for projects related to the arts in the southeast Idaho counties of Bannock, Bingham, Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Power. Grants may fall under two categories:

  • Supporting arts activities that will provide entertainment or art-related education to the general public.
  • Supporting the education, skills training, performance, or display opportunities for local artists.

For more information, including eligibility and application, click here. Deadline for submission is May 1.

The Cancer Connection Idaho (TCCI) Fund
The Cancer Connection Idaho (TCCI) Fund in ICF is offering grants up to $5,000 to nonprofits, public educational institutions, governmental entities and others that provide programs for those affected by cancer.

Grant applications should support TCCI’s mission to “empower people touched by cancer to find support, resources, education and a sense of community.”  Past grants have supported a writing contest for teens that had cancer or a loved one with cancer, wellness programs such as gentle yoga and movement classes, mind-body skills and more.

For more information or to download an application, click here. The deadline is May 1.
Memorials and Honors Members Bogus Basin
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 February 1 through February 28, 2019:

In Memory of Dorothy Ansotegui
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Ralph Capaul
Debbie Markley

In Memory of Kathleen Chandler
Norman and Joan Zachary

In Memory of Dolores Rogers
Harvey and Myrna Bickett
Tim Mosko and Jane De Chambeau
Nancy Peterson
David and Marilyn Williams

In Memory of Mel Spraker
Heidi Rogers


ICF’s New and Renewing Members February 2019
New Member | Renewing Member

Patron ($500-$999)                
Erin and Randy Nuxoll, Boise
Park and Sharon Price, Idaho Falls

Sponsor ($250-$499)             

Joann Cissel, Idaho Falls

Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation Funds (Two funds: Endowed Agency and Non-Endowed Agency) – Created by the Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation to support its mission to focus on the development of the athlete as a whole, and its belief that the overall impact of sports goes well beyond the athletic results, instilling sportsmanship, accountability, building character and confidence.

Dick Metz Fund for Scholarships Fund (Designated) – Created by Dick Metz of Sun Valley to forever support high school graduates from Wood River High School and Silver Creek High School in Idaho, as well as Laguna Beach High School in California.

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