From the President

At ICF we often talk about what we do – we help donors give to organizations they care about; we build an endowment to support Idaho communities; we give grants to organizations in every county in the state. 

But as we celebrate our 30th anniversary it’s wonderful to see that “why” we do all of this has not changed. ICF’s founders believed in the power of collective philanthropy to promote greater impact. We are stronger than ever because we still believe in collectively supporting Idaho communities. We exist to help communities thrive!

Karen Bilowith

In 2017, we made nearly 1,600 grants to communities totaling $8.6 million. That is a long way from our first grants which totaled just over $164,000!  And we’ve distributed more than $113 million in grants to communities in our 30-year history!

Far more important than the amount of money that’s been distributed is that our purpose remains the same. In our early years, the Grants Committee recommended supporting a broad range of worthwhile projects throughout the state in health and human services, arts and culture, education, civic projects and the environment. They also wanted to ensure that we supported Idaho’s rural communities.

Today, we still believe in supporting a diverse range of issues, and we continue to rely on local volunteers to help ICF understand the needs in our state. In fact, we are still funding some of the same organizations that received our first grants! 

I hope you will join us at one of our regional luncheons this year when we celebrate some of our early nonprofit grant recipients who continue to do great work today. Our first luncheon is Wednesday, May 23 in Boise and we will hear from Family Advocates, Learning Lab and Wassmuth Center for Human Rights. More details are below.

All of this impact simply would not be possible without our generous donors who have believed in the power of collective philanthropy. It also would not be possible without the partnership of all of the charitable organizations throughout the state doing great work in our communities. Thank you for your role in helping Idaho communities thrive!

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Southwest Idaho Luncheon is May 23

Southwest Idaho wins Sept-member!

The ICF 30: Donald and Gretchen Fraser – A lifelong devotion to each other and Blaine County

Ifft Foundation Fund in ICF selects spring grant recipients

Upcoming Deadlines

Upcoming Events

ICF's New and Renewing Members May 2018

New Member | Renewing Member

Sponsor ($250-$499)
Stephen and Carol Trott, Boise

Sustainer ($100-$249)
Steve and Kim Masterson, Coeur d’Alene
Kenneth and Ellie Ryan, Pocatello     Sustainer

Supporter ($50-$99)
Kristi Scott, St. Maries

Friend ($25-$49)
Dawn Nutting, Twin Falls
Melissa Masucci, Hailey


New Legacy Society

Members of the ICF Legacy Society are generous donors who will continue to support Idaho communities through their estate planning after they’ve passed away. We sincerely thank them for enriching the quality of life throughout Idaho. For more information: www.icflegacy.org.

Richard Sorensen, McMinnville, OR


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 March 28, 2018 through April 30, 2018:

In Memory of Katy Benoit
Paul and Margie Baehr

In Memory of Susan Eiden Bick
William Sweet

In Memory of Glen Briggs
Steven and Denise Roberge

In Memory of Nancy Cannedy
John Van Der Giessen

In Memory of Ric Clarke
Nancy Sue and Marc Wallace

In Memory of Mia Fereday
Freda Cenarrusa

In Memory of Juanita Hogg
John and Karen Rosholt

In Memory of Kevin Hughes
Freda Cenarrusa

In Memory of Jardo
Robert and Catherine Paxton

In Memory of Audrey Woznick
Mark and Holly Motes

In Honor of Alice Hennessey
Connie Weaver

In Honor of the Alzar School
Edward Rayden

In Honor of Bonner County Residents
Shirley Gleason

In Honor of Meg Carlson
Marion Monsen


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Southwest Idaho Luncheon is May 23

We are continuing our year of 30th Anniversary celebrations by kicking off our Annual Luncheons!

The first luncheon is Wednesday, May 23 from 11:30-1:30 p.m. at JUMP in Boise. Click here to RSVP.

The keynote speaker is Alice Hennessey, who was on the Steering Committee that established the Idaho Community Foundation and who also served twice as our President and CEO.

Alice HennesseyKeynote Speaker Alice Hennessey

Our Friend of the Foundation honoree is Dean Buffington, a longtime ICF supporter who helped Gladys Langroise establish her fund at the Idaho Community Foundation through her estate planning. It’s still our largest fund ever!

Our On The Spot Grant presenters are three of our very first grant recipients – Family Advocates, Learning Lab and Wassmuth Center for Human Rights.

We are proud to have Boise Cascade as our Title Sponsor because they were also one of our earliest supporters. Our founder John Fery was Boise Cascade’s longtime CEO and Alice Hennessey served as a vice president. 

We are also grateful to our other sponsors: Norco, D.L. Evans Bank, U.S. Bank, Mary Abercrombie, Buffington Mohr McNeal, Erstad Architects, Washington Trust Bank, The Hartwell Corporation and Holland & Hart.

Seats are $55 each, a Reserved Table of 8 is $420 and a Patron Table of 8 is $520. For more information or to register, click here.

Southwest Idaho wins Sept-member!

Congratulations to our members in southwest Idaho for having the most renewals and new memberships in our annual membership drive! East Idaho came in with a very close second place finish.

When the Southwest Region Grants Panel meets in November, they will have an additional $5,000 to grant to nonprofits. Great work!

We sincerely thank all of you who renewed your membership or joined the Idaho Community Foundation during the second year of our Sept-Member membership drive. Your membership gifts support our operating expenses and mean we can focus on enriching the quality of life throughout Idaho.

If you haven’t renewed your membership or joined ICF and would like to, click here.

The ICF 30: Donald and Gretchen Fraser – A lifelong devotion to each other and Blaine County

Donald and Gretchen Fraser were an extraordinary couple. They were both Olympic skiers, they shared a birthday and they died just 36 days apart. They spent many years in Sun Valley for competitions and vacations and chose it as their permanent home after they retired. 

The Frasers supported a variety of Blaine County organizations during their lifetimes, many of which reflected their hobbies and passions for recreation and the outdoors. In addition to being expert skiers, the Frasers were both accomplished pilots. Gretchen rode horses all her life, served on the Olympic Equestrian Committee and played a key role in opening Olympic equestrian competitions to women.

Donald and Gretchen Fraiser

They created the Donald W. and Gretchen K. Fraser Fund in ICF in 1994 through their estate planning. The fund provides grants to Blaine County nonprofits.

It’s one of ICF’s Exemplary Funds, which are funds that demonstrate the power of endowment by distributing more than was contributed. The Fraser fund was established with $317,000 and has distributed more than $450,000.

The Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD) in Hailey has received more than $40,000 from the Fraser fund since 2004.

The BCRD uses grants from ICF for scholarships for youth programs like The Hub after-school program, the Aquatic Center and summer day camp.

“This area has a reputation for being well-to-do, but that’s not the case for all residents,” BCRD Development Manager Megan Stevenson said. “Our summer camp and pools are walking or biking distance from the biggest neighborhood of kids in this area so it’s easy to for them to get here and our after-school program goes until 6 p.m. so it’s convenient for working parents.”

BCRD Executive Director Jim Keating said ICF and the Fraser Fund are one of the most consistent sources of grants for the BCRD.

“This area is one of the most socio-economically disadvantaged in Blaine County and ICF helps us fund experiences for kids who need it,” Keating said. “It’s a big deal.”

The Frasers met while skiing on Mt. Rainier in Washington, not long after Donald returned from the 1936 Olympics in Germany where he competed on skis he made himself.

They married in 1939 and both made the U.S. Olympic Ski Team in 1940, but the Games were canceled that year because of World War II. In 1948, 29-year-old Gretchen was again named to the Olympic ski team. She took silver in the combined event and two days later came in first in the slalom, becoming the first American ever to win gold at the Winter Olympics. Gretchen’s Gold ski run at Sun Valley and Gretchen’s Restaurant in the Sun Valley Lodge are both named for her.

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.

Ifft Foundation Fund in ICF selects spring grant recipients

The Ifft Foundation Fundin the Idaho Community Foundation has selected nine grant requests totaling nearly $70,000 for projects that will provide landscaping, beautification and public recreation in southeast Idaho. Grant recipients are:

American Falls School District #381 – $9,558 to help build an outside gathering area for the students at American Falls High School. This area will include picnic tables, basketball courts, a sand volleyball court, slack line and shade trees.

Blackfoot Dog Park

City of Aberdeen – $1,800 to purchase plants and flowers for a downtown beautification project.

City of Aberdeen – $5,000 to purchase heavy duty metal benches for the downtown area

City of American Falls – $10,000 to build an outdoor band shelter at the main American Falls City Park located in the center of the city, where all of the community events for Power County and the city of American Falls are held.

City of Blackfoot – $10,000 to purchase and install playful dog structures in the new dog park in Blackfoot

NeighborWorks Pocatello – $3,530 to expand the Neighborhood Tool Lending Library Program

Pocatello Garden Club – $9,500 to create a safe, easy to maintain, water-wise landscape around the Salvation Army facility

Portneuf Valley Pride – $10,000 to landscape new berms that are being installed on the northwest side of U.S. Highway 30 between Philbin Road and Batiste Road. Funding will be used to connect to the City of Pocatello’s water system and to install a new drip irrigation system.

Zoo Idaho Zoological Society – $10,000 to improve Zoo Idaho’s petting zoo contact yard which is a conservation exhibit for children of all ages

Nick Ifft was the publisher of the Idaho State Journal newspaper in Pocatello from 1966 until 1984. He and his wife Sara Ifft established a family foundation in 1984 to provide grants to benefit projects in southeastern Idaho and the greater Pocatello area. The Ifft Foundation was moved to the Idaho Community Foundation in 2001. Nick died in 2003 and Sara passed away in 2017.

Upcoming Deadlines

Idaho Future Fund
The Idaho Future Fund is accepting applications from eastern Idaho for preschool scholarships, charter schools, public schools and public school libraries, and supplemental educational programs. The grant cycle is open for the eastern Idaho counties of Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Caribou, Clark, Custer, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Oneida, Power and Teton counties. A total of $100,000 will be distributed in eastern Idaho.

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

Eastern Region Grant Cycle
ICF’s Eastern Region Grant Cycle, which provides grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofits, is now open for the counties of 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.

Upcoming Events

Run for Dunn is June 3
The Amy Rae-Ann Dunn Get It Dunn Fund in ICF is hosting its 7th Annual Run for Dunn to raise awareness of melanoma. The 5K run is Saturday, June 3 in Boise at Julia Davis Park. Registration includes a t-shirt and a post-run BBQ lunch. Licensed dermatologists will be available to provide skin cancer screenings. For more information or to register, visit www.getitdunn.org.

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

  • 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: Russ Stoddard, President and Founder of Oliver Russell and author of “Rise Up – How to Build a Socially Conscious Business.”
  • 30th Anniversary Celebration – Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 5-7 p.m. at JUMP in Boise.
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