From the President

On November 10, 1988, 16 visionary leaders from across the state signed on as incorporators of the Idaho Community Foundation. Along with a 17-member Board of Directors, that was the beginning of what we now know as one of the largest charitable foundations in the state and one that – thanks to the generosity of thousands of Idahoans – has distributed nearly $120 million in grants and scholarships over the past 30 years. 

As we look towards the future we are immensely grateful to the people who dared to think big.  I hope to see many of you next week as we close out our 30th anniversary year with a party at JUMP, and a preview of our updated logo and new website. Many things have changed over the years, but we remain steadfast in our commitment to enrich the quality of life throughout Idaho. See below or click here to learn more about our 30th anniversary bash and register! 

Karen Bilowith

We also know that as Idaho has grown, there are many more who share our commitment to philanthropy. We are pleased to once again present Idaho Philanthropy Day in partnership with the Idaho Nonprofit Center, Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation, Idaho Association of Fundraising Professionals and Innovia Foundation

Idaho Philanthropy Day is celebrated statewide with award ceremonies to recognize the amazing philanthropic work of individuals of all ages, nonprofit organizations, foundations, businesses and media outlets – all nominated by their peers! The Idaho Philanthropy Day awards encompass the spirit of philanthropy including, time, talent, treasure and involvement in the community. 

We kicked off this week’s events in Boise on Tuesday and today we’re in Coeur d’Alene at the Coeur d’Alene Inn from 11:30-1 p.m.  (walk-ins are welcome), and we’ll be in Pocatello at the end of the month. See below for more details.

Idaho Philanthropy Day is a great example of the ways in which ICF seeks to leverage its ability to enrich communities throughout Idaho through partnerships with organizations who share in that mission. All of the Philanthropy Day partners have a significant impact on nonprofit organizations and communities across the state, and we are proud to be in such great company!

Thanks for your role in helping the Idaho Community Foundation celebrate our 30th Anniversary and we hope to see you next week at JUMP!

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Deadline Friday for 30th Anniversary Party!

ICF welcomes new board directors!

Idaho Philanthropy Day around the state

Ifft Foundation Fund awards over $50,000 to support public projects in southeast Idaho

ICF’s Shelton Foundation Fund awards over $40,000 in grants for Valley County

The ICF 30: Women’s Gift Alliance

Upcoming Deadlines


ICF's New and Renewing Members October 2018

New Member | Renewing Member

Benefactor ($1,000 and above)
A J and Susie Balukoff, Boise
Benjamin Rydalch and Laura Bettis, McCall
Alan Dachs, San Francisco, CA
Christopher Davidson and Sharon Christoph, Boise
Mark Kubiak and Susan Fenton Kubiak, Dover
Sus Helpenstell, Nampa
Dallas Peck and Cynthia Keller-Peck, Boise
Debra Riedel and Kelly Turk, Boise
Terry and Brenda Sanford, Heyburn

Patron ($500-$999)
Robert and Michelle Angell, Boise
Carl Bontrager and Kathleen Lynn, Ketchum
Dan and Judith Hinman, Emmett
Dirk and Patricia Kempthorne, Boise
Michael and Kathryn McNichols, Lewiston
Gay Simplot, Boise
Walter and Kristin Sinclair, Boise
Marc and Nancy Sue Wallace, Hayden Lake
Linda Wilkins, Swan Valley
Richard and Dawn Wittman, Culdesac
Raymond and Janice Wolfe, Caldwell

Sponsor ($250-$499)
Donald and Trudy Anderson, Boise
Jan and Clay Carley, Boise
Robert and Elaine Carpenter, Caldwell
Bill and Bernadean Daniels, Boise
Mark Davidson and Jenny Emery-Davidson, Hailey
Thomas and Linda Dixon, Boise
Don & Sally Allen Family Fund, Coeur d’Alene
B. Hyatt and Belen Erstad, Boise
Ryan and Taylor Erstad, Boise
Mark and Debra Flitton, Caldwell
Guy Hearon and Cheryl Stewart, Sandpoint
Jon and Sharon Kimberling, Moscow
Flip and Jo Ella Kleffner, Moscow
Andy and Lisa Marshall, Caldwell
James and Carole McWilliam, Pocatello
Alan and Royanne Minskoff, Boise
DeRay and Carol Perry, Idaho Falls
Danielle and Clay Quade, Coeur d’Alene
Adelia Simplot, Boise
Randy and LaDean Smith, Pocatello
Tricia Swartling, Ketchum
Dick and Jacquie Wilson, Boise

Sustainer ($100-$249)
Robert Lantz and Cynthia Berlin-Lantz, Rupert
Ernest Blackwelder and Sheila Hennessey, Boise
Lee and Lori Cullen, Vista, CA
Leroy and Barbara Custer, Boise
David and Teresa Ducharme, Renton, WA
Terry and Anne Freund-Ross, Hudson, WI
Richard and Peggy Garvin, Pocatello
George and Beverly Harad, Boise
Robert and Leslee Hoover, Coeur d’Alene
Dean and Marjean Johnson, St. Maries
Richard and Jill Jurvelin, Coeur d’Alene
R. Stanwood and Sharon Kohls, Hayden Lake
James and Sandra Lancaster, Emmett
Tracy Landauer, Boise
Todd Maddock, Spokane, WA
Cordelia Manis, Carlsbad, CA
Patrick and Lisa McMurray, Boise
Robert and Rita Mecham, Spokane, WA
Steven and Ruby Pearson, Boise
Marvin and Dianne Pett, Malad City
Jerry and Ann Shively, Idaho Falls
Stephen and Carol Trott, Boise
Betty Weston, Boise
Dwight and Leann Wicks, Kooskia
Neil and Ann Wimberley, Hope
Gregory Garlick and Marcia Wing, Boise
Clement Yonker and Lori Getts, Sandpoint

Supporter ($50-$99)
Christine Bishop, Blanchard  
Sarah Brehm, Montgomery, AL
Annie Chalfant, Boise
City of Emmett, Emmett       
Clifford Hanks, Twin Falls    
Richard and Donna Hutter, Sandpoint          
Kenlon and Carol Johnson, Idaho Falls         
Larry and Sharon Johnson, Meridian
Cary Jones, Blackfoot
Ken Kline, Boise        
Lance Kolbet, Pocatello         
Arthur and Renee Rammell, Idaho Falls       
Richard and Donna Sagness, Pocatello         
LeAnn Simmons, Boise         
Richard and Patty Sorensen, McMinnville, OR
Barbara J. Stensland, Pocatello          
Spencer and Evelyn Strand, Challis   
Kristen Thompson, Meridian 
Gayle Wilde, Boise    
Kathryn and Christian Zimmerman, Boise    

Friend ($25-$49)
Trish Armstrong, Boise
E. Gene Caldwell, Malad City
Barbara Hawkins, Pollock
Gary Klett, Glenns Ferry
Susie Lucky, Coolin
Mark and Holly Motes, Boise
Marcella Nelson, Sandpoint
Jim Nieman, Sandpoint
Janet Parks, Boise
Kathy Ray, Malad City
Myron Rosenwinkel, Idaho Falls
Kimberley Seitz, Coeur d’Alene
Jennifer Traughber, Jerome

Business and Nonprofit Partners
Emmett Community Playhouse, Inc., Emmett
Fifth Judicial District CASA Program, Inc., Twin Falls
Gem County Recreation District, Emmett
Senior Citizens' Community Center, Inc., Idaho 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 October 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018:

In Memory of Yale Dick
Robert Bilow and Jeannine Mehrhoff

In Memory of Barbara Hawley
Robert Bilow and Jeannine Mehrhoff

In Memory of Thomas Hennessey
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Frances Migel
Jerry and Ann Shively

In Memory of Camy Popiel
Patrick and Jodee Davenport

In Memory of Allen Spurgeon
Carol Mitchell

In Honor of Governor Dirk and Patricia Kempthorne
Universal Guaranty Life Insurance Company

Deadline Friday for 30th Anniversary Party!

Please join us as we close out the year with our final 30th Anniversary Celebration – a cocktail party!

The party will be Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at JUMP in Boise. Cost is $95 per person and includes two drinks and hearty appetizers. RSVP by clicking here!

30th Anniversary

 Attendees will be the first to see our new logo and new website, along with a few other surprises!

We’ll also be raising money for our Forever Idaho Funds – our most flexible funds that address Idaho’s greatest needs.

Even if you can’t make it to the party, you can still show your support for Forever Idaho by donating to the fund of your choice and we’ll recognize you at the event!

Donate to Forever Idaho East
Donate to Forever Idaho North
Donate to Forever Idaho Southwest
Donate to Forever Idaho Statewide

ICF welcomes new board directors!

The Idaho Community Foundation is pleased to welcome two new board members from east Idaho – Ron Gallegos and Mary Vagner, both from Pocatello.

Ron Gallegos is first vice president of Wells Fargo Advisors. In addition to the ICF Board, he is on the Salvation Army Board of Directors and Idaho State University Alumni Board of Directors and ISU Bengal Foundation Board of Directors.

Mary Vagner
Mary Vagner

He is a member and past president of the Centennial Rotary and a member of Leadership Pocatello.

Ron is a graduate of Idaho State University, which is where he met his wife Rose.

Mary Vagner is looking forward to her position on the ICF Board.

“I want to continue the work of the Idaho Community Foundation in its mission to make a difference for people and communities in Idaho,” she said.

Mary retired from Pocatello’s School District #25 in 2015 after nine years as superintendent, where she was recognized as Idaho Superintendent of the Year in 2012.

She is very active in the Pocatello community and sits on the Portneuf Medical Center Board of Trustees, is a Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Chief and is on the Old Town Pocatello Foundation Board of Directors.

In addition, she volunteers for the Festival of Trees, I Love ISU and represents Bannock County on ICF’s East Region Grant Panel. She is also a member of the Pocatello Rotary Club.

Mary has a bachelor’s degree from Fontbonne College in St. Louis, MO and a master’s from the University of Kansas.

Her hobbies are golfing, traveling, volunteering and cooking. She has two adult sons.

In addition to her superintendent’s award, Mary received a Valley Pride Black Belt Volunteer Award in 2018 and the Minnie Howard Award in 2017.

Idaho Philanthropy Day around the state

Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate Idaho Philanthropy Day in southwest Idaho on Tuesday! Today we’re in north Idaho from 11:30-1 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Inn, 506 Appleway Ave., and walk-ins are welcomed.

The third and final celebration will be in east Idaho at the Clarion Hotel, 1399 Bench Road in Pocatello, on Friday, Nov. 30 from 11:30-1 p.m. Cost is $40 per person or $750 for a sponsorship table of 8.  Click here for more information and to register!

Idaho Philanthropy Day is a partnership between the Idaho Nonprofit Center, Idaho Community Foundation, Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation, Idaho Association of Fundraising Professionals and Innovia Foundation.

Idaho Philanthropy Day 
Chloe Lesmeister was an honoree as a Youth Philanthropist at the Idaho Philanthropy Day celebration in Boise.

At the Pocatello event, the following people and organizations will be honored:

Philanthropic Company/Foundation

  • Bank of Idaho
  • Idaho Central Credit Union
  • POWER Foundation

Outstanding Nonprofit

  • Hope Rides, Inc.
  • Hospice of Eastern Idaho
  • NeighborWorks Pocatello

Outstanding Adult Philanthropist

  • Judge Linda J. Cook
  • Sylvia Medina
  • Carol Ormond

Outstanding Youth Philanthropist

  • Callie Swallow

Outstanding Philanthropic Media Outlet

  • KPVI
Click here to see the honorees in southwest Idaho and here to see the honorees in north Idaho.

Ifft Foundation Fund awards over $50,000 to support public projects in southeast Idaho

The Ifft Foundation Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation has awarded six grant requests totaling over $50,000 for projects that will provide landscaping, beautification and public recreation in southeast Idaho. Grant recipients are:

American Falls School District #381 – $9,850 to support the development of a natural playground area at the American Falls Intermediate School.

Portneuf Valley Price
Portneuf Valley Pride received $10,000 to plant trees on new berms.  

Chesterfield Foundation, Inc.  $9,922 to install sprinkler systems on two properties that surround two historic homes.

Oneida Crisis Center, Inc. – $5,000 to renovate and repurpose a space for emotional support animals and service animals.

Portneuf Greenway Foundation – $9,500 to update existing signs and install new signs to aid Portneuf Greenway users as they navigate the trails, and install stations for dog waste.

Portneuf Valley Pride – $10,000 to plant trees on new berms that have recently been installed on the northwest side of U.S. Highway 30 between Philbin and Batiste roads. 

Samaria Recreation District – $7,500 to develop the east end of Samaria Centennial Park with a sprinkler system and grass so that softball, baseball, soccer and other organized sports and recreational activities can be played.

ICF's Shelton Foundation Fund awards over $40,000 in grants for Valley County
The Perc H. Shelton and Gladys A. Pospisil Shelton Foundation Advised Fund awards grants annually to projects and programs that benefit Valley County residents. Since the fund’s inception in 2005, it has granted over $540,000. The 2018 cycle awarded 18 grants to the following organizations: 

Central District Health Department – $1,000 to promote immunizations by defraying the cost of vaccine administration fees for uninsured and underinsured individuals in Valley County.

City of Donnelly – $1,000 to support the purchase of a shade sail to shade the playground equipment at Donnelly City Park. 

Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary
Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary in McCall received $3,500 from the Shelton Fund in ICF.

City of McCall – $1,300 to purchase and install two public bike repair stations so McCall users of the pathways system and Mountain Bike Skills Park can make repairs on the go.

College of Western Idaho – $2,000 to provide funding to support free GED and college level placement testing for math and STEM subjects to Valley County residents.

Donnelly Public Library – $900 to allow the Library to join the Idaho Consortium for Overdrive, which is comprised of 23 rural libraries.

Elderly Opportunity Agency – $3,000 to provide operating capital to transport Valley County senior citizens and/or disabled persons with their companions or caregivers to essential services such as health, nutrition, social and recreation opportunities.

Family Advocates – $2,000 to pay for mileage for training in Cascade or McCall and background checks for CASA volunteers in Valley County.

Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council, Inc. – $2,000 to provide memorable experiences at Camp Alice Pittenger for girls each summer.

id Theater – $1,500 to support artistic fees for student and/or regional playwrights and the artists who directly serve them at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference.

Idaho Public Television – $2,000 to help Idaho Public Television provide the highest quality children’s educational television programming and digital resources to Valley County families.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival – $1,500 to support the 2018-2019 Valley County portions of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s educational outreach tours – Idaho Theater for Youth and Shakespearience.

McCall Arts and Humanities Council – $3,000 to provide arts education to rural elementary school students in third-, fourth- and fifth-grade in McCall, Donnelly, and New Meadows through the MAHC’s Art School program.

McCall Outdoor Science School (University of Idaho Foundation) – $2,500 to underwrite program costs for outdoor science programs that serve McCall and Donnelly schools, including outdoor science week, winter survival and team building programs.

McCall Winter Sports Club – $4,000 to help offset the cost of salaries, wages, training, certifications and travel expenses for the club’s full-time coaching staff.

Payette Lakes Community Association – $2,500 to help engage students in STEM projects, extend the geography program and expand the Summer Sensation Program.

ROSE Advocates, Inc. – $4,000 to provide a safe place for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence to meet and receive support, advocacy, and resources to move forward, becoming safe, healthy, productive members of their communities for themselves and their children.

Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary, Inc. – $3,500 to create a comprehensive training experience for three seasonal interns, provide modest stipends and support their travel to rescue injured wild animals, and to provide education programs to the public.

Valley County Museum (Long Valley Preservation Society) – $2,500 to build a water supply and sprinkling system on the grounds of the Valley County Museum.

The ICF 30: Women's Gift Alliance

When Janice Baldwin established the Women’s Gift Alliance (WGA) in Kootenai County in 2004, she wanted a way for local women to learn more about nonprofits and pool their charitable donations to make a bigger impact.

And boy, did she succeed. What began as eight core members has grown to 140 women who meet annually to hear presentations from Kootenai County nonprofits and vote on which ones should receive grants from their pooled donations.

For the last three years, three grants of $22,500 each have been given to nonprofits, and more than $1 million has been granted from the Women’s Gift Alliance since its inception.

Women's Gift AllianceThe Women’s Gift Alliance has 140 members – some pictured here – and has granted more than $1 million in Kootenai County 

The WGA Grants Committee reviews about 25 applications from Kootenai County nonprofits each year and selects five finalists to present at the annual meeting. Members vote on the projects and the top three vote getters receive grants.

 “It’s huge,” said Janice about the impact of the Women’s Gift Alliance to community organizations that receive grants. “It’s wonderful to see how important the WGA has become to Kootenai County philanthropy.”

Kim Ransier is the current president of the Women’s Gift Alliance and she is also the executive director of the nonprofit Hospice of North Idaho.

“Small nonprofits don’t have that many grant opportunities here and especially not for larger grants,” Kim said. “This is money that is directly improving people’s lives.”

The Idaho Community Foundation provides investment services and administrative assistance to the Women’s Gift Alliance. Each WGA member pays $1,050 in annual dues. The money is divided into the pooled fund, an individual fund and an endowment fund. A small amount goes to administrative expenses.

In addition to casting a vote for which community organization should receive a large grant from the Women’s Gift Alliance pooled fund, members also get to give an additional $250 to any organization they choose.

But it’s the pooled fund and the impact of collective giving that attracts many women to join the WGA. 

“We could each give $1,000 a year to our favorite organizations, but when we give it collectively it makes such a difference,” Kim said.

The endowment fund is another special aspect of the WGA, because it means the WGA will be able to give grants Kootenai County nonprofits forever. A portion of each member’s annual dues go into the endowment, which is invested by ICF for the long term.

Janice and Kim hope the Women’s Gift Alliance will continue to grow its membership in the future so they can provide grants to even more organizations.

“The members of the WGA have added to my life,” Janice said. “They are people who have a heart for giving and those are the people I am drawn to.”

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.

Upcoming Deadlines

Wood River Women’s Foundation – Blaine County
The Wood River Women’s Foundation (WRWF) is accepting grant applications from Blaine County’s nonprofit organizations, and for the first time it is using an online application and has increased the maximum size of the grants. The completed application is due on or before Nov. 12.

The WRWF accepts grant applications in the areas of arts, education, environment, health, recreation and social services. It increased the maximum amount for grants for the to $35,000. Grants will be awarded in amounts from $5,000 to $35,000.

More information is available at www.woodriverwomensfoundation.org.

CenturyLink Middle School Philanthropy Program – Statewide
In partnership with the Idaho Community Foundation, CenturyLink is currently seeking applications from middle/junior high school teachers for class participation in the 2018-2019 CenturyLink Middle School Philanthropy Program.

Selected classrooms in Idaho and southeastern Oregon will receive up to $3,000 to distribute as grants. Teachers will lead students as they research local organizations and determine how to distribute grants.

The deadline is Nov. 30 and applicants will be notified of their award status by Dec. 12.

Interested participants can apply online by filling out the CenturyLink Middle School Philanthropy Program Application. Please direct questions to Jim Schmit at (208) 385-2628 or Jim.Schmit@CenturyLink.com.

Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation – Southwest Idaho
The Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation is accepting proposals in their five interest areas – cultural arts, education, environment, financial stability and health – and in addition is offering the Above and Beyond Grant, which is for rural communities in southwest Idaho. Deadline is noon on Dec. 11.

Grant amounts are $20,000 to $30,000 and should:

  • Address critical needs in southwest Idaho
  • Be innovative and creative approaches to community challenges
  • Include plans for sustainability
  • Allow IWCF to contribute a substantial percentage of the funding.

Click for more information about these grant opportunities.

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