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October 2019
McCall Roundtable
It’s Sept-Member and time to renew!

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

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

With our members help 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 through ICF grants and scholarships. We can’t do our work without you.

You can renew your membership or purchase a new membership for yourself, family or friends by clicking here.
New Fund: Garden City Library Foundation

On the heels of being named Idaho Library of the Year for the second time, the Garden City Public Library Foundation recently announced it has established an ICF agency endowment as a way to provide permanent, ongoing support for the library.

“The permanence of this investment will be the bedrock for the library’s long-term growth and support,” said Sue Philley, chair of the Garden City Library Foundation Board.

The Garden City Public Library Foundation was established 15 years ago to support the efforts of the library. It provides $40,000-$55,000 per year for programs like Bells for Books, the library’s distinctive blue bookmobile, and programs for library patrons of all ages. The foundation also helps the library with capital improvements, like constructing the beautiful Legacy Courtyard.

Philley said the library foundation decided to establish an ICF fund for several reasons, including that ICF’s investment returns are consistently higher than returns on money market funds and CDs. Donors to the fund are also eligible for tax deductions and the Idaho Education Tax Credit.

“And our long-term committed donors may want to give large gifts and stock,” she said. “Now we can direct them to this professionally managed fund.”

Philley said the ultimate goal for the ICF endowment will be that it generates enough income to support all of the library’s core programs.

“This will allow the foundation to broaden our impact for the library and also our community,” she said.
Cara Impact Investing
ICF welcomes Cara Walker to the staff ICF hosts successful Impact Investing Forum

We are pleased to welcome Cara Walker as our new Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer. Cara is filling the position left vacant by Elly Davis, who took a job with national grantmaking organization Peak Grantmaking in August.

Cara comes to ICF from Boise State University where she has held several positions, most recently as executive director of development annual giving and interim senior director of donor relations.

“I am very excited to join ICF and work to create partnerships across Idaho around the important issues facing our communities,” Cara said. “I am thrilled at the chance to collaborate on innovative programs that will bring meaningful impact to our state.”

In addition to her six years at Boise State University, Cara also worked as the community and government relations manager for Albertsons/SUPERVALU and as a development administrator for the Idaho State Historical Society.

She has undergraduate degrees in English and political science from Boise State University.

Cara’s hobbies include fishing, hiking, gardening and reading.

“I am looking forward to being part of a team committed to making Idaho communities stronger,” she said.

We thank everyone who attended our Impact Investing Forum in Ketchum last month to learn more about different types of impact investing, also known as socially responsible investing.

Socially responsible investments are those that seek financial return in addition to beneficial social impact.

Bernstein Private Wealth Management, which had an expert on the panel and sponsored a reception after the forum, offers the following definitions for how socially responsible investments are selected.

  • Screening: Narrowing the investment universe through negative or positive screening based on environmental/social/governance criteria or driven by the investor’s moral or ethical perspective.
  • Goals-Based: Investment approaches that incorporate an additional dimension of responsibility along with financial return
  • Sustainable: Strategies that leverage a top-down framework to focus on issues enabling positive societal outcome and whose managements exhibit responsible behavior.
  • Impact: Investments made with the intention to generate a measurable social and/or environmental impact alongside a financial return.

The forum was moderated by Rosalie Sheehy Cates, senior advisor for The Giving Practice and an Impact Investing Catalyst Fellow. The panelists were:

  • Todd A. Feld, senior relationship manager for The Vanguard Group
  • Dutch Haarsma, president of the Idaho-Nevada Community Development Financial Institution
  • Beata Kirr, head of core asset strategies for Bernstein Private Wealth Management
Oneida County Library Eastern Region Grant Cycle
Idaho Future Fund awards nearly $100K in grants for education projects in east Idaho Eastern Region Grant Cycle awards $237K+ to 71 organizations

The Idaho Future Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation is providing $98,000 in grants to education projects in east and southeast Idaho.

The Idaho Future Fund was established at ICF by an anonymous couple from Blaine County. Grants from the fund are intended to create, sustain or reinvigorate impactful educational programs throughout the state in the areas of preschool scholarships, charter schools, public schools/public school libraries and supplemental educational programs.

Recipients of Idaho Future Fund grants in east Idaho are:

Idaho Falls Family YMCA – $20,000 to expand the current Early Learning Readiness program; and expand access to educational enrichment and care for low-income working families with school-age children during school breaks and summer months.

Island Park Charter School – $17,812 to purchase equipment and supplies needed to start a local charter school for children in pre-K through 3rd grade.

Lee Pesky Learning Center – $19,500 to train and mentor approximately 31 early childhood educators in Jerome and Shelley in evidence-based literacy practices so they can improve reading readiness in young children.

Madison School District #321 (Burton Elementary School) – $15,000 to purchase high-quality books for preschool students and lower-level elementary grades to promote reading in the home.

My World Discovery Museum – $10,500 to purchase exhibits and learning materials to provide educational outreach programming to an estimated 3,000 children each year.

North Gem Education Foundation – $5,188 to provide educational Chromebooks for the high school math department to be used for the daily online math program.

Oneida County Library – $10,000 to build media centers to serve children and teens with “Making Spaces” and STREAM (Science Technology Reading Engineering Art Mathematics) opportunities.


Our Eastern Region Grant Panel met recently and recommended that the following 71 organizations should receive more than $237,000 in grants from ICF. The Board of Directors voted to accept the recommendation at its September meeting.

Bannock County
Aid for Friends, Inc. – $4,000 to augment the equipment needs for a “mini-laundry mat” at a new facility that has been purchased and will soon be renovated for the Pocatello homeless shelter.

Bannock Youth Foundation, Inc. – $2,500 to provide training booklets to participants for sexual abuse prevention education and purchase a snow blower to care for the organization’s properties.

Health West, Inc. – $2,500 to support the Reach Out and Read program, which provides every child receives an age appropriate book during their annual wellness visit.

Idaho Foodbank Warehouse – $5,000 to support the Backpack program, which provides food-insecure students with weekend backpacks filled with six meals and two snacks so they can eat consistently throughout weekends when school meals are unavailable.

Idaho Network 4 Mental Wellness – $1,000 to offer free classes on a wide spectrum of mental health topics to educate participants about mental illness, teach coping skills and help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

Idaho State-Civic Symphony Association, Inc. – $3,000 to provide continuing musical training and education for Orchestra members.

My World Discovery Museum – $4,000 to purchase an enclosed cargo trailer that will allow the organization to provide educational outreach programming.

NeighborWorks Pocatello – $3,000 to construct shed to house a neighborhood lawn and garden tool lending library.

New Day Products and Resources – $5,000 to help persons with disabilities reach their highest economic, social and personal potential through vocational, personal, social and employment services.

Pocatello Free Clinic – $4,719 to improve the health of low-income patients with diabetes and prevent complications of untreated diabetes, such as heart attack, blindness, amputations by providing monitoring devices, strips, labs and diabetic education.

Bear Lake County
Bear Lake Senior Citizens Inc. – $3,000 to continue to provide nutritious meals to all ages in the Bear Lake Valley and surrounding areas.

Bingham County
Bingham Crisis Center for Women, Inc. – $5,000 to complete the second phase of a remodel project by purchasing dressers, beds and appliances for the shelter.

Hazel T. Stuart Elementary School – $1,441 to purchase fiction and non-fiction library books for students.

Lee Pesky Learning Center – $1,920 to provide families of PreK students in Jerome and Shelley with early literacy kits and parent engagement evenings to improve early reading and school readiness.

Shelley Supporters of the Arts – $2,500 to purchase sheet music for Shelley High, Hobbs Middle, and Stuart Elementary schools, and purchase choir dresses that can be borrowed by students.

Bonneville County
Catholic Charities of Idaho – $3,000 to provide active parenting classes in English and Spanish to parents who need assistance in strengthening the research-based parenting protective factors that combat neglect and abuse.

Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council, Inc. – $5,000 to provide girls in eastern Idaho with early and positive exposure to STEM.

Hospice of Eastern Idaho, Inc. – $2,500 to upgrade the Electronic Medical Record system mandated by Medicare to maintain protected health information for patients and families we serve.

Idaho Diaper Bank, Inc. – $5,000 to purchase 30,000 diapers in bulk from Kimberly-Clark Huggies to be delivered and stored at the Community Food Basket in Idaho Falls for monthly distribution to multiple social agencies in the Eastern Idaho Diaper Bank Alliance.

Idaho Falls Area Humanitarian Center, Inc. – $3,709 to manufacture and deliver laminated educational games to schools in the area and hygiene kits to shelters, in addition to wooden toys and jump ropes to low-income children for Christmas and quilts for those in need.

Idaho Falls Arts Council – $3,500 to support transportation, staffing and supplies for field trips to ARTitorium on Broadway from schools in eastern Idaho that otherwise would not be able to visit.

Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen – $5,000 to provide items needed on a regular basis for the Soup Kitchen to operate efficiently and effectively.

Idaho Falls Youth Arts Centre, Inc. – $2,500 to support and grow the mentorship program which provides opportunities for youth to participate in hands-on mentorship and skill building. 

Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Inc. – $3,000 to support the Eastern portion of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s theater education outreach tours, Idaho Theater for Youth and Shakespearience, which travel to elementary and secondary schools during the academic year.

Museum of Idaho – $5,000 to ensure at least 1,000 students will visit MOI on school-organized field trips on the reduced student ticket initiative.

Regional Council for Christian Ministry, Inc. – $5,000 to support the food purchase program to provide emergency groceries for families.

Senior Citizens' Community Center, Inc. – $1,500 to purchase replacement prep table drawers and tracks that hold kitchen utensils.

Seventh Judicial District CASA Program – $2,500 to provide a CASA volunteer and volunteer attorney to all children who are the victims of abuse and neglect in Bonneville and Bingham counties.

Shepherd’s Inn Corporation – $4,084 to continue to provide responsive, individualized supportive counseling and education to pregnant and parenting youth and young adults in the community, and provide outreach to alternative high schools where there are parenting students.

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Inc. – $4,202 to take hands-on art lessons to K-6 grade classrooms in rural schools in eastern Idaho including Ririe, Arco, Dubois and Howe.

Butte County
Lost Rivers Medical Center Foundation – $4,812 to purchase and install a replacement evaporator for the walk-in freezer.

Caribou County          
City of Soda Springs Public Library – $3,500 to purchase a new 3D printer for the library.

Grace High School – $1,000 to purchase volleyball equipment.

Grace Joint School District #148 – $2,500 to purchase equipment for the concessions room at the high school.

Soda Springs High School – $3,500 to update the computer lab.

Custer  County
Challis Arts Council, Inc. – $4,000 to replace a decaying cedar shake roof on MadDog Gallery, which the Challis Arts Council owns.

City of Challis – $3,600 to purchase and install two trailhead kiosks at multiple-use access sites and to print and distribute trail maps.

Mackay Joint School District #182 – $2,900 to install two small propane heaters to maintain two lab spaces for teaching workplace readiness skills and STEM principles.

Franklin County
Franklin County Reading Association – $3,000 to purchase books to be given to students in developmental preschool, Head Start, Title 1 and all special needs classes in both school districts and help the alternative high school.

Larsen-Sant Public Library – $2,500 to purchase materials that will expand and grow the STEAM experiences to be offered to youth through library programs and take-home kits.

Sixth Judicial District CASA Program – $4,210 to serve children with an open child protection case in Franklin County.

West Side School District #202 Education Foundation Inc – $5,000 to purchase a software program that provides over audiobooks to support comprehension, fluency, adequate access, auditory processing, visual processing and motivation for all K-12 West Side  students.

Fremont County

Rotary District 5400 Charitable Programs, Inc. – $3,000 to assist in the purchase and installation of a sculpture to beautify the existing youth baseball and softball facility in St. Anthony.

Upper Valley Child Advocacy Center – $3,500 for gas cards and mileage reimbursements for those providing advocacy and mental health services to child victims of abuse and their non-offending caregivers.

Jefferson County
Giving Cupboard – $5,000 to purchase food coolers for the Choice Food Pantry

Lemhi County
Salmon Valley Stewardship – $2,500 to provide economical access to tools and shop space, allowing community members to engage in small entrepreneurial developments, business incubation, creative experimentation, or other home improvement, DIY or community projects.
Whitewater Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Association – $2,500 to improve the infrastructure and environment of the equine facility and provide increased opportunities for underserved populations in Lemhi County to engage in therapeutic equine-assisted activities.

Youth Employment Program, Inc – $3,500 to continue and improve a career exploration and mentoring program for middle school youth in Salmon.

Madison County
Madison High School – $2,500 to upgrade fiction and nonfiction books and to purchase books on CD for lower level readers and non-readers.

Madison School District #321 – $4,500 to purchase high-quality, library-bound books which support the ages and interests of students.

Rexburg Free Clinic – $4,000  provide free primary care and preventative medical services to over 800 patients in Madison and surrounding counties 

Sugar-Salem High School – $2,200 to purchase calculators that can be used on an ongoing basis in the classroom for the Academic Decathlon class, which includes a number of at-risk students.

Thomas D. Kershaw Intermediate School – $4,684 to provide smart motors, controllers and chords to connect to the school’s VEX Robots.

Oneida County

Malad Elementary School – $2,500 to purchase classroom sets of recorders, ukuleles, and lummi (rhythm) sticks plus related workbooks and music.

Malad High School – $1,800 to purchase ball and wobble chairs, books and games to teach social and life skills, headphones, and math manipulatives for the special education program.

Malad High School – $500 to purchase calculators for use during standardized tests, including the ACT and SAT.

Malad Middle School – $2,000 to purchase Second Step, a set of social skills lessons for use by the counselor.

Malad Middle School – $600 to purchase hands-on materials, supplies and other laboratory equipment for science classes.
Malad Valley Theater Guild – $2,487 to replace carpeting in the lobby and storage/technical area of the theater and upgrade the plumbing by replacing bathroom sinks.

Nell J. Redfield Memorial Hospital – $5,000 to purchase and install automatic front doors that are ADA compliant.

Oneida County Ambulance – $2,600 to provide a new furnace and heating system to service the building, which is used to park the ambulances and equipment, and provides training areas for community and youth groups, including the high school EMT program.

Oneida County Library – $5,000 to provide a safe, creative, media center where library visitors can explore and create in Maker Spaces provided to enhance learning and encourage higher education.

Oneida County Relic Preservation and Historical Society, Inc – $1,000 to purchase and install fire alarms, smoke detectors, and alarms for back doors of Oneida Pioneer Museum.

Samaria Community Foundation – $5,000 to purchase toilets, sinks and more for a bathroom at the Malad Valley Heritage Square, located in Samaria.

Power County 
American Falls School District #381 – $1,800 to purchase a classroom set of My Health, 3rd Edition and cover the cost of shipping.

American Falls School District #381 – $5,000 support the developing EmPOWERing Youth project, which includes purchasing equipment in the middle school and high school weight rooms, such as Olympic bars, bumper plates, slam balls, resistance bands and more.

Power County Hospital District Foundation – $3,200 to buy kitchen equipment for nursing home residents to bake and cook with staff and family to promote the wellness and independence of residents.

William Thomas Middle School – $4,861 to offer a ukulele ensemble.

Teton County
ABC - Above and Beyond the Classroom in Teton Valley – $5,000 to provide afterschool programming to at-risk children in K-3.

Teton Valley Community Recycling – $1,250 to purchase a trailer with a lock for collecting and transporting recyclable items.
Teton Valley Foundation, Inc – $5,000 to better serve the 1,400 weekly skating rink users by providing additional space to host users and tournaments.

Upcoming Deadlines Fruitland School District
ICF Upcoming Grant Deadlines Newly Established Funds

The Cancer Connection Idaho 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.

The deadline is Nov. 1. Click for more information, then go to Additional Grant Programs/Grants by Region/Statewide.

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 until Nov. 1 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:

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

The Bistline Foundation was founded by Beverly Bistline of Pocatello to pay special tribute to her parents and their commitment to the arts, as well as to further her own support within the field. She passed away in October 2010 and her foundation became an ICF fund in 2011.

Click for more information, then go to Additional Grant Programs/Grants by Region/East Idaho.


Fruitland School District Endowment Fund (Agency) – Created by the Fruitland School District (photo above) to forever support its mission of educating all students to their full potential.

Garden City Library Foundation Endowment Fund (Agency) – Created by the Garden City Public Library Foundation, whose mission is to support the Garden City Public Library in its efforts to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen the community.

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