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In 2000, the estate of Gladys Langroise created a $15 million Donor Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation. Mrs. Langroise was a well-educated philanthropist with a big heart. She had a particular charitable interest in the arts and young people.

Since it was created, Mrs. Langroise’s fund has distributed more than $10 million to colleges, music programs, community art centers, schools and nonprofits that assist low-income children throughout Idaho. And there’s still more than $15 million left in the fund. That is the power of endowment and it’s also a powerful reminder of the good that is accomplished every single day with Donor Advised Funds.

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On the national stage, Donor Advised Funds have recently been viewed in a negative light because of some high-profile examples that have caused people concern – concern that is shared by the staff and Board of Directors of the Idaho Community Foundation.

These high-profile examples are of people outside of Idaho who created Donor Advised Funds in order to receive charitable tax benefits. Those donors don’t provide grants from their funds and so the money is not distributed back into the community as its meant to be.

The Idaho Community Foundation completely agrees that creating a fund should be to further the charitable intentions of the donor and to benefit communities and organizations in Idaho. We have processes in place that ensure that our Donor Advised Funds are distributing grants on a regular basis and that at least 51% of distributions benefit Idaho communities.   

And we don’t want extreme examples to overshadow the incredible good that is accomplished by Donor Advised Funds like the one Mrs. Langroise created, and the other 200 Donor Advised Funds in the Idaho Community Foundation.

Donor Advised Funds allow donors to create a charitable fund that is invested for the long- or short-term, depending on their style of giving. Long-term endowed funds, like the Langroise Fund, literally last forever and eventually give more in grants than the amount with which they were created.

The Ethel R. and Ronald Rawlinson Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation is a Donor Advised Fund that was established in 1992 to benefit charitable organizations in Gem County. Ronald Rawlinson was a family practice doctor in Emmett and his wife Ethel was his nurse. They were devoted to their community and were involved in many organizations during their lifetimes.

The Rawlinson fund was established with $560,000 and has distributed more than $890,000 in grants – far more than the amount with which it was established. And the fund still has more than $950,000 in it. Hundreds of nonprofits in Emmett and other Gem County towns have received grants from the Rawlinson Fund, exactly as the couple intended.

The Idaho Community Foundation is proud of the contributions we’ve made to communities of all sizes in our 30-year history. We’ve distributed nearly $114 million and our grantmaking reaches all 44 Idaho counties.

We hope that the actions by a small number of donors outside of Idaho looking for tax loopholes doesn’t discourage people who genuinely want to enrich the quality of life in our state from considering a Donor Advised Fund.

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Final luncheon for 2018 – Sept. 19 in Pocatello!

The ICF 30: Bistline Foundation Fund

Upcoming Deadlines

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ICF's New and Renewing Members August 2018

New Member | Renewing Member

Supporter ($50-$99)
Patricia Taylor, Moscow

Friend ($25-$49)
Kenneth Johnson, Boise
Mary Vagner, Pocatello

 

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 August 1, 2018 through August 31, 2018:

In Memory of Clint Joyce
Sharon Woodhead

In Memory of Edward Gellert
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Jerilyn Grizzaffi
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Jardo, the K-9 Officer
Robert and Catherine Paxton

In Memory of Joyce Scanlon
Harvey and Myrna Bickett

In Memory of Christy Severns-McMullen
Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership

In Memory of Anne Veseth
Bridget Johnson

In Memory of David Woolley
Alice Hennessey
Patsy Lodge

 
ICF website technical issues

We are currently experiencing technical issues with our website while we undergo a full upgrade of our software systems.

If you are attempting to apply for a grant, request a distribution from your fund, check your fund statement or any other task that requires a login, please click here to troubleshoot.

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have the full website restored soon.


Final luncheon for 2018 – Sept. 19 in Pocatello!

Our 9th Annual East Idaho Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Stephens Performing Arts Center. Click for more information or to RSVP.

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Our keynote speaker is Russ Stoddard, founder and president of Oliver Russell, Idaho’s first legal public benefit corporation. Oliver Russell has donated more than $2 million in cash and services to nonprofits since it was founded in 1991. Stoddard is also author of “Rise Up: How to Build a Socially Conscious Company.”

John St. Clair of Idaho Falls will receive the Friend of the Foundation award. John was on our very first board of directors and has also served as a regional grants panelist and member of the Leadership Council.  

Three local nonprofits who have been receiving grants from us for nearly all of our 30-year history will give brief On the Spot Grant presentations about their work in eastern Idaho – Bannock Youth Foundation, Bingham Crisis Center and Malad Valley Theater Guild.


The ICF 30: Bistline Foundation Fund

The F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund became an ICF fund in 2011 and since then has provided more than $657,000 to arts-focused nonprofits, educational institutions and more in southeast Idaho.

Pocatello philanthropist Beverly Bistline established a private foundation in 1999 and named it in honor of her parents. Bruce S. Bistline, a cousin of Beverly, said she had a passion for arts of all kinds. She was an attorney who graduated with a theater arts degree from the University of Idaho and lived in San Francisco during the late 1960s, where she was active in the city’s art and music scene.

“She believed that art and music were crucial to a functioning society,” Bistline said. “In her view, if there weren’t good art and music opportunities in a society then it probably wasn’t very creative in other ways either.”

The F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation FundMusic and the arts in southeast Idaho, including North Gem School District’s drama program, are thriving thanks to support from a Pocatello philanthropist.

When Beverly passed away in October 2010 she left the majority of her sizeable estate to her foundation, which was converted into an ICF fund the following year so it would be easier for the fund’s advisors to manage. 

The North Gem School District in the small community of Bancroft, has received six grants totalling $20,000 from the Bistline Fund in ICF. The rural district has 160 students and grades K-12 all attend school in the same building.

“This support has meant everything to our struggling school,” said Rhonda Banks, the North Gem Education Foundation grant facilitator.

Grants from the Bistline Fund allow North Gem to provide classes in art, music and theater performance that the district would otherwise have to eliminate. Bistline grants have purchased art supplies for elementary students, repaired and updated the sound system for the music department and improved the costumes and props in the drama department.

“We are so grateful for the Bistline Foundation Fund and the Idaho Community Foundation for their continuous and generous support,” Rhonda said.

The Bistline Foundation Fund is accepting applications until Nov. 1. See below for details or click here and scroll to F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund.

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

Limelight Ketchum Community Fund – Wood River Valley
The Limelight Ketchum Community Fund is now accepting grant applications. Requests should focus on mental health, domestic abuse, education and organizations whose work addresses those in crisis (emotional, physical or otherwise) in the Wood River Valley. The application deadline is Sept. 14.

Average grants will be $6,000. The Fund may consider larger requests if proposals clearly demonstrate a unique opportunity to make significant impact on issues of critical importance to the Wood River Valley. Eligible recipients may be nonprofit organizations, schools or government agencies.

Applicants can request an electronic grant application, eligibility guidelines or more information from Matthew Hamilton at mhamilton@aspensnowmass.com. Completed applications should be emailed to Matthew. Click here for more information, including a list of past recipients.

North Idaho Action Fund – Bonner and Boundary counties
The North Idaho Action Fund, a grant cycle that supports support organizations and projects working to improve the accessibility and quality of behavioral health programs in Bonner and Boundary counties, is now open. Grants of $5,000 to $30,000 are available.

For more information, including eligibility and application, click here and scroll to North Idaho Action Fund. Deadline to apply is Sept. 30.

The Cancer Connection Idaho (TCCI) Fund – Statewide
The Cancer Connection Idaho (TCCI) Fund is offering grants up to $5,000 to nonprofits, public educational institutions, governmental entities and others that provide programs for those affected by cancer. The deadline is Nov. 1.

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.

For more information or to download an application, click here and scroll to Cancer Connection Idaho Fund.

Bistline Fund – Southeast Idaho
The F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund 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:

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

For more information about eligibility and to apply, click here and scroll to F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund.


Upcoming Events
ICF 30th Anniversary Celebration – Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 5-7 p.m. at JUMP in Boise. More details to come!

Idaho Nonprofit Center Statewide Conference – Sept. 19-21
Join over 300 nonprofit professionals, including board members, CEOs and staff, at the premier event for Idaho nonprofit leaders as they address critical issues and opportunities in the nonprofit sector. The conference is at the Nampa Civic Center.
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Preconference is Sept. 19 and has more than 10 topics to from which to choose. The main conference is Sept. 20-21 and features keynote speakers, breakout sessions and table talks that will focus on areas important to a nonprofit’s success.

Prices range from $195-$405 depending on number of days attending and whether your organization is a member of the Idaho Nonprofit Center. Discounts are available if more than one person from the same organization attends.

Click for more information or to register. Registration closes Sept. 12, but walk-in registrations are available Sept. 19-21 at the conference.


Newly Created Funds

Caldwell United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund (Designated) – Created by the Caldwell United Methodist Church for the purpose of supporting its annual scholarship awards.

Learning With Lucky by Camy Fund (Designated) – Created to support first-grade reading programs in elementary schools, utilizing the Learning With Lucky program.

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