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May 2020
From the President
From the President

I hope this e-bulletin finds you and your family well. As we enter the third month of social distancing and its restrictions on activities we enjoy with people we love, it can be hard to keep up our spirits.

In this e-bulletin, we have lots of great news to share about how the Idaho Community Foundation and our partners are working to bring communities together to help Idahoans who are vulnerable at this time.

  • The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho has granted more than $1 million to 90 nonprofits and community organizations throughout the state.
  • Several ICF grant cycles are offering increased flexibility to their grantees so they can meet their greatest needs.
  • Idaho Gives has raised more than $2.3 million for 600+ organizations, the largest number that has ever participated. And there’s still time to give.

We have received so many wonderful comments from the grantees from the COVID-19 Fund for Idaho and we are appreciative to all of you who donated in support. Here are just a few:

“On behalf of our seniors in our seven-county area and the Area Agency on Aging, we appreciate the support at this time! ICF is a great partner in eastern Idaho and continues to shine even in these tragic times.” Molly Swallow, Southeast Idaho Council of Governments

“I cannot tell you what wonderful news this is. I am so grateful. Thank you so much for supporting our efforts to increase safety and health for survivors of gender-based violence.” – Sarah O’Banion, Family Services Alliance

“Oh my gosh! THANK YOU! What a blessing!” Ben Bieri, Metro Community Services

“This has made my day…we were not sure where to go next in getting food for kids.” Bill Brulotte, Associate Superintendent of Twin Falls School District.

Thank you as always for your support in good times and during challenging times. We hope to see all of you of who are ICF members at our Annual Members meeting on May 19! See the story below for details.

Best wishes,

Create Common Good
COVID-19 Fund for Idaho exceeds $1M in grants

In just four weeks of grantmaking, the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho has approved $1.055 million for organizations throughout Idaho that are helping low-income individuals and families experiencing homelessness or housing instability, food insecurity and/or domestic violence, along with those in need of physical or mental healthcare, and childcare.

See a list of grantees

The Steering Committee, comprised of community leaders from throughout the state, will now review the longer-term recovery needs to determine priorities and timing of future grant distributions.

Karen Bilowith, President and CEO of the Idaho Community Foundation, said she was grateful for the ongoing work of the Steering Committee and grant reviewers who reviewed applications every week and made recommendations for funding.

“These partnerships are so important because they help us understand what is happening in communities throughout Idaho,” Bilowith said. “The Steering Committee and grant reviewers provide valuable insight and we are so appreciative of them.”

As grantmaking moves from the response phase to the recovery phase, we ask you to please consider a gift to the fund.

There are several ways to donate: Give online, or from your ICF Donor Advised Fund or by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). You can also mail a check to ICF at 210 W State Street, Boise, 83702. Please specify that the check is for the COVID-19 Fund.

One hundred percent of donations received will go to organizations helping those in need.

Working together in the effort are: Idaho Community Foundation, United Way of Treasure Valley, Idaho Nonprofit Center and United Ways throughout Idaho.

Good News
Several ICF grant cycles offering grants for greatest needs

Nonprofits throughout Idaho have been hit hard by COVID-19 for many reasons, including increased demand for social services, lost revenue from postponed or cancelled events and decreased donations.

Several Idaho Community Foundation grant cycles have removed restrictions on their grantmaking in order to give grantees flexibility to address their greatest needs. For example, the F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund in ICF usually funds projects related to the arts in southeast Idaho.

“COVID-19 has made it impossible, extremely difficult or unfeasible for many nonprofits, especially the art-based nonprofits the Bistline Foundation supports, to fulfill the community interests they were designed to address,” said Bruce Bistline, a fund advisor for the F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund in ICF.

So instead, the Bistline Foundation will give grants to arts organizations that can be used to meet whatever their greatest needs are.

“If they tell us that, given the current circumstances, they need it to pay rent or pay staff salaries there is no reason for us to question that or to suddenly question the value of that organization,” Bistline said.

In addition to the Bistline Foundation Fund, the Bonner County Fund for Human Rights and the Bonner County Fund for Arts Enhancement and others have modified their grantmaking to assist with COVID-19. The Idaho Community Foundation’s Forever Idaho grant cycle for north Idaho will also lift restrictions on its grants.

Brenda Hammond, President of the Bonner Human Rights Task Force, said giving grantees flexibility allows them to respond quickly to community needs and demonstrates faith in them to make judgements about what is needed.

“It is my hope that this experience where nonprofits have been nimble enough to respond to emergent needs will help them be perceived as vital community partners, and not just organizations that serve a select few,” Hammond said.

Gloria Ray, Secretary of the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force, said her community has rallied around people in need and that the human rights task force has used its knowledge of the community and nonprofits to understand where grants were needed most.

Grants from the task force fund in ICF have gone to Bonner Community Food Center, Bonner General Hospital, Eureka Institute, Priest River Ministries and Sandpoint Community Resource Center.

Cara Walker, ICF’s Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer, said Forever Idaho Funds are ICF’s most flexible ways for donors to give, so it makes sense to make them flexible for grantees as well.

“The applications we received for Forever Idaho North were written in February before COVID-19 struck Idaho,” Walker said. “Now, everything has changed and we trust our grantees to know their needs and what’s best for their organizations.”

Idaho Gives Annual Meeting
Still time to support your favorite nonprofit through Idaho Gives ICF Annual Meeting will be online May 19

Idaho Gives, the statewide, online giving event has raised over $2.7 million for 622 organizations since April 23.

Normally a one-day event, this year Idaho Gives is running for two weeks. The last day to give is May 7.

Idaho Nonprofit Center President and CEO Amy Little said she is thankful for the generosity she has seen.

“Thank you to all of our donors this year – you have been incredible,” Little said. “I’m humbled and overwhelmed, but not surprised, by the generosity of all of our fellow Idahoans.”

The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho is accepting donations through Idaho Gives. Click to donate through Idaho Gives.


During this time of uncertainty, you may be wondering how the Idaho Community Foundation is responding to the immediate and longer-term needs of communities, and how we are faring financially.

Answers to those questions and a preview about the work of our new Regional Councils will be discussed at the ICF Annual Members Meeting, which will be held online Tuesday, May 19 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time/11 a.m. Mountain Time.

The meeting is open to ICF members only.

Click to RSVP by email.

Click to join ICF as a member.

Our members are a big part of our success and we are thankful. Their commitment to community during a crisis, and in easier times, demonstrates how the power of collective giving can create positive changes across our great state.
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ICF Upcoming Deadlines – Grants and Scholarships Memorials and Honors

Chobani Community Impact Fund
The Chobani Community Impact Fund seeks to provide grants that promote entrepreneurship and economic opportunity in Twin Falls, Gooding, Lincoln, Jerome, Minidoka and Cassia counties.

Organizations can apply for up to $30,000 for one-year grants and $60,000 for multi-year grants. The deadline for letter of intent is May 10. Click to see guidelines for letters of intent (scroll to Chobani Community Impact Fund.)


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 April 1, 2020 through April 30, 2020:

In Memory of Delphine Aldecoa
Alice Hennessey
Junior League of Boise

In Memory of Phillip Barber
Robert Bilow and Jeannine Mehrhoff
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of Katy Benoit
Paul and Margie Baehr

In Memory of Barbara Brookover
Alice Hennessey
Junior League of Boise

In Memory of Bill Deasy
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of Judd Deboer
Irv and Trudy Littman

In Memory of Alice Dieter
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of Amy R. Dunn
Christina and Lane Ward

In Memory of Celia Kunau
Terry and Brenda Sanford

In Memory of Mary McGown
Eldon and Phyllis Edmundson
Ron and Diane Plastino Graves
Doug and Toni Hardesty
Frances McGown

In Memory of James Timothy Selander
Steve and Donna Guerber

In Memory of Dr. J. Kirk Sullivan
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of Mary Jane Webb
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of Orin and Eleonora
Chris and Marcia Hagenbuch

In Honor of Dolores Chapman
Linda Davidson

In Honor of Becky Thilo Tuttle, MD
Sue and Tom Thilo

Legacy Society Newly Established Funds
New Legacy Society Newly Established Funds

We sincerely thank Carl Bontrager and Kathy Lynn from Hailey and Mack and Cheryl Lopez from Nampa for joining our Legacy Society. Members of the Legacy Society are generous donors who will continue to support Idaho communities after they’ve passed.

We sincerely thank all our Legacy Society members for enriching the quality of life throughout Idaho.

McCall-Donnelly Education Foundation Fund – Created by the McCall-Donnelly Education Foundation to support its work as an advocate of educational excellence in the community, building a better future for the children of its district and educating students for life.

Idaho Forest Group Community Fund – Created by the employees of Idaho Forest Group to offer support to those in communities most impacted by the spread of COVID-19.

Internet for Students Emergency Fund – Created by Idaho Business for Education to provide internet to students in Idaho who do not have access.
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