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November 2019
North Idaho Action Fund: Supporting health services in rural counties

It can be hard to find resources for mental healthcare, addiction and other health concerns at the tip of Idaho’s Panhandle in Bonner and Boundary counties, far from Idaho’s larger cities.

“Finding grant funding for rural mental health work is always a challenge, yet the need for this work is high,” said Clarissa Richardson, a licensed psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Idaho. The combined population of the two counties is about 56,000 people and the largest city, Sandpoint, has about 8,400 residents.

Clarissa leads a UI partnership with Boundary Community Hospital called Idaho FORM. With help from the Idaho Community Foundation’s North Idaho Action Fund, the partnership will receive $40,000 over three years to extend mental health services and suicide prevention programs into Boundary County.

The North Idaho Action Fund in ICF was established by an anonymous couple. Since 2016, it has provided more than $400,000 in Bonner and Boundary counties to support mental health programs, opioid addiction treatment and more. The donors recently approved more than $128,000 in grants for 2019.

The donors said they chose Bonner and Boundary counties for their grantmaking because of the counties’ remote, rural location. They chose ICF as their grantmaking partner because they want to help improve the quality of people’s lives in north Idaho.

“We saw a need to make mental health services more available and accessible,” one donor said. “We also wanted to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues so that people seek the help that they need.” 

NAMI Far North received a $15,000 grant from the North Idaho Action Fund in ICF to help pay for its after-hours crisis line.

“Many of the individuals who call are very alone,” said Catherine Perusse, a board director for NAMI Far North. “Having a trained, friendly voice in the middle of the night when there are no resources available has been a life saver.”

Boundary Ambulance Services received a two-year grant for almost $22,000 for its Community Health EMS program, which assists individuals who may fall through the gap of traditional health care.

Community Health EMS programs are growing in popularity nationwide. Patients who participate tend to be those who live in remote, rural areas where they have few family members and no transportation. They often have multiple medical conditions and rely on 911 services for emergency and non-emergency care.

Often patients are referred to the program by the EMS workers who respond to their frequent 911 calls. Rather than just treat the reason for the call, Community Health EMS workers evaluate the person’s living conditions, including the safety of the home, availability of food and whether they understand how to take their medications.

The services provided by Community Health EMS providers is broad and is tailored for each patient. For example, patients may be connected with Meals on Wheels, mental health counseling or a contractor who can build or reinforce handrails on their front steps.

“Our employees are passionate about offering the best healthcare to the people of our community, despite our remote location and shortage of healthcare options,” said Michaela Burt, Boundary Ambulance Services Community Paramedic Coordinator. 

Other recipients of a North Idaho Action Fund grant in 2019 are:
Community Cancer Services – $17,300 to support salaries for counselors who provide one-on-one and group counseling to clients.

Kaniksu Health Services – $15,000 to provide staffing for substance abuse and opioid addiction programs. “Kaniksu is committed to being a resource for residents in North Idaho in the fight against opioid addiction.” – Amber Villelli, chief operating officer and director of clinical quality and performance improvement at Kaniksu Health Services.

Sandpoint Community Resource Center – $19,216 to subsidize wages for two employees and to keep the Community Connections Center open one additional hour per day. “We know that when your world is falling apart it's not one thing, it’s everything! People are more likely to access the resources when the referrals are mapped out in one meeting versus the client calling several people from a list.” – Linnis Jellinek, executive director of Sandpoint Community Resource Center.

Chobani announces $200K to support Magic Valley community organizations

Chobani announced the grant recipients last week for its $200,000 Community Impact Funds, which were designed to fuel big ideas from local community organizations and expand economic opportunity and promote entrepreneurship for families in the Magic Valley.

ICF assists Chobani with its grantmaking process by meeting with prospective grantees, facilitating the employee panel that makes selections and distributing the funds. Chobani established its Community Impact Fund at ICF in 2018 and provided $100,000 to four organizations in the Magic Valley last year.

The goal is simple: provide funds to organizations, schools and municipalities that are thinking innovatively, acting boldly and are as passionate as Chobani and ICF are about making a difference.

This year’s five recipients are:

  • Community Council of Idaho – $30,000 for one year to facilitate a comprehensive teacher training program that will provide associate credentials in child development for individuals who aspire to work in early childhood education. The program will also increase reliable childcare in the area, allowing more parents to seek employment opportunities.
  • Hagerman High School – $45,993 over three years to support a program that helps expose students to food processing/science education and career opportunities. The grant will help support the school’s Academy of Agriculture and Food Science program by providing studio/classroom equipment to enhance video sharing. Funds will also cover transportation costs for field trips to manufacturing facilities and colleges/universities with food science-related programs.
  • Jannus, Inc. – $45,000 over two years to support the Economic Opportunity program, which targets low-income families and individuals. The program is currently operating in Twin Falls and this grant will fund a part-time staff member in the Magic Valley, which will ultimately create new entrepreneurial businesses and jobs in the region.
  • Magic Valley Youth Foundation – $30,000 over three years to provide microgrants to deserving, qualified young entrepreneurs (ages 9-17), often working in agriculture, who aspire to start a new business or expand an existing business.
  • University of Idaho Extension – $49,007 over three years to bring Annie’s Project to the Magic Valley in the winter of 2020. Annie’s Project will establish more education opportunities for female farmers by offering educational support and peer-to-peer networking. In the first year of the project, the goal is to have 20 women participate in the six-week course.

“Hamdi Ulukaya has been passionate about giving back to communities and investing in their success since he started Chobani over a decade ago,” said Jason Rahlan, Chobani director of social impact and philanthropy. “With these grants, we are hoping to fund the boldest, most passionate change makers throughout the Magic Valley, a community that we call home.”

Click to read the coverage of the grants at MagicValley.com.
Idaho Philanthropy Day
Idaho Philanthropy Day registration closes Nov. 6

Wednesday is the deadline to register for one of three Idaho Philanthropy Day luncheons being held around the state. Individual seats are $40, a table of 8 is $300 and a sponsor table is $500. Details below or click to register. Deadline to register is Wednesday, Nov. 6.

East Idaho
Tuesday, Nov. 12 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center in Fort Hall

Keynote speaker: Roger Plothow, president of APG Signature Events, former editor and publisher of the Idaho Falls Post Register.

Click to see the list of honorees for east Idaho.

Southwest Idaho
Wednesday, Nov. 13| 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Grove Hotel in Boise

Keynote speaker: Angela Taylor, partner and co-founder of Dignitas Agency Owner; Chief Indulge Officer, Indulge Boise Food Tours.

Click to see the list of honorees for southwest Idaho.

North Idaho:
Thursday, Nov. 14 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn

Keynote speaker: Jessica Bonar, benefits advisor at Advanced Benefits and national speaker on topics that include professional leadership, personal mindset and spiritual growth.

Click to see the list of honorees for north Idaho.
President's Letter Lori McCann McCall Roundtable
President’s Letter New Board Member: Lori McCann It’s Sept-Member and time to renew!

The Idaho Community Foundation sits at the center of generous people who care about improving the quality of life in Idaho and the organizations that can help do that. Our sole purpose is to connect people to the causes and issues that are urgent in our local communities and provide opportunities for them to help. 

As I travel throughout the state and learn about the issues facing communities large and small, urban and rural, two things always stand out. 

The first is that Idahoans share a deep commitment to the places they call home. Many people express to me a desire to preserve the spaces and the spirit that makes their communities “home.” 

The second has been more surprising, because Idahoans generally believe their region is unique and distinct from the others. And while that’s true, people are concerned about similar issues in all regions of the state.

The associated challenges and community-driven solutions may differ between regions, but we can learn from listening to local communities and sharing stories about how people make positive impact across Idaho.

This edition of our e-bulletin tells two of these stories. One is about our donors in north Idaho who are quietly, and anonymously, helping address mental health. The other is our continued partnership with Chobani, which promotes economic opportunity in the Magic Valley.

The need to improve access to mental healthcare and develop economic opportunities are two key issues that we have heard repeatedly as we identify our priority issues. To see more about the four issues we’ve identified as a result of our statewide Community Conversations, watch this 2-minute video.

The Idaho Community Foundation has been here for more than 30 years and we’ve developed a deep knowledge of communities. We are a partner for generous people who are working to improve the quality of life in their hometowns and the organizations that can help.  You can help us become an even more effective grantmaker by participating in ICF events, contacting the ICF staff person near you or contributing to the Forever Idaho Fund that supports your region.

The Idaho Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Lori McCann of Lewiston to its Board of Directors.

Lori is a retired professor from Lewis-Clark State College who now works with her husband and son on the family ranch. She is also the office manager for the family’s law office, commercial and residential property management companies.

In addition to serving on ICF’s Board of Directors, Lori is vice president of the Lewis-Clark State College Foundation Board of Directors, chair of Lewiston’s Schoolhouse Strategy Committee for Idaho Business for Education and serves on ICF’s Northern Region Grants Panel.

She enjoys riding horses, helping with branding, moving cattle and hauling hay, along with spending time with family and friends, reading and scrapbooking.

Lori appreciates ICF’s role with smaller communities throughout the state.

“It warms my heart to be part of helping these folks make their communities a better place to live and raise their families,” she said.

Lori and her husband Bill have four children and 10 grandchildren.


We are so appreciative of the more than 600 people from Idaho and elsewhere who support us through our annual membership program!

You can renew your membership or purchase a new membership for yourself, family or friends by clicking here. Scroll down to see who has already renewed their membership!

ICF memberships ensure that people from throughout the state have a voice in our governance and grantmaking. They also help support our community outreach efforts, including grant workshops and Community Conversations.

With help from our members, last year ICF provided nearly 1,800 grants and community improvement awards totaling $7.5 million in all 44 Idaho counties. ICF also awarded 200+ scholarships totaling more than $400,000 to Idaho students so they could continue their education.

Over our 30+ years, ICF has distributed more than $120 million in grants to communities of all sizes throughout Idaho!

Annual support from our members helps us support food pantries, arts programs, education and much more. Your membership enriches thousands of people’s lives through ICF grants and scholarships. We can’t do our work without you.

Community Assessment Welcome Members
United Way of Treasure Valley Community Assessment Survey New & Renewing Members

The United Way of Treasure Valley wants to hear from you through its 2020 Community Assessment Survey.

Please share your voice by completing this 5-minute survey to help them better understand the needs of community members and inform regional community improvement activities. All responses are anonymous, and there are no right or wrong answers; it’s your opinion that matters.

Complete the survey in English, Spanish, Somali or Swahili (select from the dropdown menu)

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Benefactor ($1,000 and above)
Alan Dachs, San Francisco, CA
Sus Helpenstell, Nampa
George and Sondra Juetten, Boise
Dallas Peck and Cynthia Keller-Peck, Boise
Kevin and Lisa King, Idaho Falls
Celia Kunau, Burley
Roger and Claudia Martell, Star
Doug Oppenheimer, Boise
Richard and Susan Parrish, Meridian
Debra Riedel and Kelly Turk, Boise
Ron Sali, Eagle
Nick and Carole Stokes, Boise
Paul Yochum, Pocatello

Patron ($500-$999)    
Mary Abercrombie, Boise
Gerard and Cindy Connelly, Troy
Mark Kubiak and Susan Fenton Kubiak, Dover
J. Brent and Sandy Fery, Boise
Clark and Sydney Fidler, Boise
Ron Graves and Diane Plastino Graves, Boise
Tim and Sue Hamilton, Ketchum
Robert and Anne Hay, Boise
Andy and Lisa Marshall, Caldwell
Mike and Jan McBride, Twin Falls
James and Willa McLaughlin, Ketchum
Alan and Royanne Minskoff, Boise
Erin and Randy Nuxoll, Eagle
J.L. and Pat Scott, McCall
Sue and Tom Thilo, Hayden
Stephen and Carol Trott, Boise
Richard and Pamela Tucker, Hailey
Mary Wagers, Meridian
Linda Wilkins, Swan Valley
Raymond and Janice Wolfe, Caldwell

Sponsor ($250-$499)
Randy and Candi Allphin, Boise
Donald and Trudy Anderson, Boise
Clen and Emma Atchley, Ashton
David Barber, Boise
Benjamin Rydalch and Laura Bettis, McCall
C. Richard and Vonnie Lue Broulim, Rigby
Steve and Cindy Carr, Idaho Falls
Julie Chenoweth, Orofino
Thomas and Linda Dixon, Boise
Brad and Annette Elg, Boise
Roy and Frances Ellsworth, Boise
B. Hyatt and Belen Erstad, Boise
Fred and Susan Faulkner, Gooding
Art and Nancy Flagan, Coeur d’Alene
Jeremy Gray and Bron Roberts, Boise
Guy Hearon and Cheryl Stewart, Sandpoint
John and Deb Holleran, Boise
Doyle Jacklin, Coeur d’Alene
Jon and Sharon Kimberling, Moscow
Bill and Lori McCann, Lewiston
Patrick and Lisa McMurray, Boise
James and Linda Neeley, Idaho Falls
Kay and JoAnn Nelson, Coeur d’Alene
James Patano, Coeur d’Alene
Robert and Beth Rohe, Ketchum
David and Pamela Shaw, Emmett
Dale and Victoria Smith, King Hill
Randy and LaDean Smith, Pocatello
Fred and Charlotte Thompson, Boise
Sharon Woodhead, Boise
John and Helen Yuditsky, Coeur d’Alene

Sustainer ($100-$249)           
Jessica and Mark Aguilar Gier, Boise
Bill and Elizabeth Allen, Salmon
Kay Alspaugh, Boise
Lisa and Rich Bearg, Meridian
John Bennett and Stephany Hamilton, Coeur d’Alene
Robert Lantz and Cynthia Berlin-Lantz, Rupert
Ernest Blackwelder and Sheila Hennessey, Boise
Joni Buckley, Nampa
Dean and Judy Buffington, Boise
Stewart and Mary Butler, Hayden Lake
Mary and Thomas Carver, St. Maries
Freda Cenarrusa, Boise
Donald and Dolores Chapman, McCall
Lee and Lori Cullen, Vista, CA
Leroy and Barbara Custer, Boise
Jim and Judith Eisses, Coeur d’Alene
Terry and Anne Freund-Ross, Hudson, WI
Sheila Gary, Hayden
William and Melissa Gilbert, Boise
Richard and Lynne Haensli, Caldwell
Klara Hansberger, Meridian
Michele Hansen, Idaho Falls
Craig Hobdey, Gooding
Donald and Dorothy Jacklin, Post Falls
D. Blaine and Cynthia Jacobson, Boise
James and Wendy Jaquet, Ketchum
Larry and Sharon Johnson, Meridian
Edward and Siwen Hu Lieskovan, Cottonwood Heights, UT
Patsy Lodge, Eagle
Grace and Clark Lusk, Hayden
Michael and Beth Markley, Boise
John and Mary McGown, Boise
David and Diane Myklegard, Boise
Marvin and Dianne Pett, Malad City
Donald and Rose Price, Nampa
Nicholas and Sharon Purdy, Bellevue
Stephen and Julie Rice, Lewiston
Joy Richards, Hayden Lake
Heidi Rogers, Coeur d’Alene
Ron and Susan Rope, Idaho Falls
Marilyn Sabella, Sandpoint
H. Thad and Judith Scholes, Twin Falls
James and Susan Shelledy, Sagle
Marion Shinn, Lewiston
Philip Shinn, Lewiston
Jerry and Ann Shively, Idaho Falls
Esther Simplot, Boise
Walt and Kristin Sinclair, Boise
Dorothy Snowball, Boise
Don and Andrea Solberg, Grangeville
Craig and Jane Spencer, Grangeville
John and Brenda St. Clair, Idaho Falls
Kiki Tidwell, Hailey
Rebecca Tuttle, Portland, OR
Robin and Mimi Wallis, Boise
Stephen Weeg and Nancy Greco, Pocatello
H. James and Stephanie White, Boise
David and Shannon Wimer, Grangeville
Gerald Woodworth, Rupert
Clement Yonker and Lori Getts, Sandpoint

Supporter ($50-$99)  
Gary and Janet Benoit, Boise
Jean Betebenner, Boise
Dan and Brenda Blitman, Kuna
Betty Carr, Idaho Falls
Annie Chalfant, Boise
Teri and Bob Farr, Coeur d’Alene
Richard and Donna Hutter, Sandpoint
Nancy Ives, Boise
Ernest Jensen, Idaho Falls
Cary Jones, Blackfoot
Betty Jordan, Boise
Peter and Terri Koehler, Caldwell
Peter Kozisek and Julia Robinson, Boise
Robert and Ann Loucks, Salmon
Todd Maddock, Spokane, WA
David Marotz, Rigby
Mike McHargue, Boise
Linda Milam, Idaho Falls
Mark and Holly Motes, Boise
Robert Myers, Pocatello
Randall and Melissa Nelson, Boise
Dennis O'Brien, Wallace
Carol Pintler, Ketchum
Arthur and Renee Rammell, Idaho Falls
Madelyn Rawlinson, Seattle, WA
Richard and Donna Sagness, Pocatello
Joseph Schmidt, Lewiston
Jane and William Slattery, Boise
Brian Smith, Boise
Monique Smith, Boise
Patricia Taylor, Moscow
Thomas and JoAnn Trail, Moscow
Juno Van Ocker, Boise
Cara Walker, Boise
Robert and Lori Ward, Twin Falls
Gayle Wilde, Boise
Kathryn and Christian Zimmerman, Boise
Dirk and Lindsay Zondag, Hailey

Friend ($25-$49)        
Donna Boe, Pocatello
E. Gene Caldwell, Malad City
Betsy Carver, Boise
Mabel Dobbs, Weiser
Kevin Dunn, Boise
Mary Fauth, Hailey
Barbara Hawkins, Pollock
Pamela and Bruce Lake, Blackfoot
Holly Llewellyn, Malad
Karen Morrison, Boise
Mark and Eva Nye, Pocatello
Janet Parks, Boise
Carlos Roundy, Burley
Harold E. Rumsey, Boise
Donna Shines, Nampa
Doyle Stewart, Coeur d’Alene
Beverly Williams, Boise

Corporate and Nonprofit Members
Family Health Services Corporation, Twin Falls
Fuller & Fuller, PLLC, Preston
Minidoka Soil and Water Conservation District, Rupert
Senior Activity Center, Pocatello
Sixth Judicial District CASA Program, Pocatello
West Side School District #202, Dayton

Legacy Society Memorials and Honors Newly Established Funds
New Legacy Society Memorials & Honors Newly Created Funds

We sincerely thank Bob and Anne Hay of Boise 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 of our Legacy Society members for enriching the quality of life throughout Idaho.


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 including the Idaho Community Foundation Forever Idaho funds.

The following gifts were received September 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019:

In Memory of Bud Ashford
Tom Garnier

In Memory of Julie Baltes
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Dennis Bilow
Robert Bilow and Jeannine Mehrhoff

In Memory of John Bilow
Robert Bilow and Jeannine Mehrhoff

In Memory of Isabel Brassey
Junior League of Boise

In Memory of Darlene Ennis
Robert Bilow and Jeannine Mehrhoff
Junior League of Boise

In Memory of Sandra Clark
Bill and Lori McCann

In Memory of Fritz Eymann
Idaho Society of CPAs

In Memory of Junior Garnier
Tom Garnier

In Memory of Leora Hansen
Jerry Hong

In Memory of Linda Harter Booth
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Stanley Johnson
Idaho Society of CPAs

In Memory of Marty Jorcyk
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Johnney Kirby
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Yumin Liu
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Camille McCray
Janine Florence
Thrasher Koffey Foundation

In Memory of Douglas McKibben
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Meredith McTeer
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Arch and Irene Mehrhoff
Robert Bilow and Jeannine Mehrhoff

In Memory of Jim Morgan
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Nathan Morin
Idaho Society of CPAs

In Memory of Kitty Olson
Idaho Society of CPAs

In Memory of Lan and Pam Smith
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Phil Soulen
Fred Cenarrusa
David and Diane Myklegard

In Memory of Jim Wogsland
Tom and Sue Thilo

In Honor of Sally Jarvis
Janine Florence


First Judicial District CASA Program Fund (Non-Endowed Agency) – Established to further the organization’s mission to recruit, train and support a diverse network of Court Appointed Special Advocates to represent and advocate for abused and neglected child victims in north Idaho.

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