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September 2020
From the President
From the President

The week of Labor Day always raises conflicting feelings for me. It is the “official” end of summer and to the enjoyment of long days and time with family and friends; but it also signals the excitement of fall, cooler temperatures, roasted chilies, apples and pumpkins! 

This year, the feeling is even more bittersweet. We are still experiencing unprecedented uncertainty, and our neighbors and people we love may be experiencing anxiety, financial stress and loss. 

It’s impossible to ignore the wildfire smoke drifting through the air and we all mourn the devastation that the fires are bringing to people and places in California, Oregon, Washington and here at home.

Despite this challenging environment, I am reassured by the generosity of our communities and the amazing work of local nonprofit organizations.

If you would like to consider a gift to support those affected by the wildfires, here are some places to start. This is an incomplete list and there are other wonderful nonprofits serving people dealing with loss caused by fires:

Regional:
American Red Cross

California:
California Community Foundation (Los Angeles)

Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County

Latino Community Foundation NorCal Wildfire Relief Fund

Napa Valley Community Foundation’s 2020 Napa County Wildfire Fund

North Valley Community Foundation Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund

Woodside Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

Oregon:
List of organizations by county and area from the Oregon Community Foundation

Washington:
Community Foundation of Kittitas County

Community Foundation for North Central Washington

Gifts to community foundations like ICF and other place-based organizations have an amazing impact. In this e-bulletin, you will read about how the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho is helping communities across our state and how you can continue to support the needs of Idahoans.

We are also sharing some lighter news – the 90th birthday of an Idaho philanthropic champion and photos of our staff who got married this summer, despite the challenges presented by the pandemic.

As always, I am deeply appreciative of your partnership in all of this work.
Expressions of gratitude and continued need from COVID grantees

We’re sharing some of the responses of a brief survey we sent to COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho grantees, and calling attention to the needs that still exist in communities.

The Fund is a partnership between ICF, the Idaho Nonprofit Center, United Ways in Idaho and has been supported by foundations, companies and individuals from throughout Idaho and the region. More than $1.3 million has been granted.

“We are so proud of this partnership and how quickly we were able to get support to Idahoans in need,” said ICF President and CEO Karen Bilowith. “However, the crisis caused by the coronavirus is not over.”

Several grantees who responded said they were grateful to their communities for the support they received and to their staff for quickly pivoting to provide services in a safe, socially distant way.

“Our training program is currently having what we call Full Circle Impact,” said Cyn Reneau, CEO of Create Common Good in Boise. “Homeless parents have taken our class and prepared the food to be consumed by their peers, and ultimately secured employment. Three families have also moved into permanent housing!”

Cancelled fundraisers or those that didn’t bring in as much money as in past years have been an issue for nonprofits throughout the state.

“Our organization has cancelled two major events, one in April and one in June, and we anticipate moving our November event to a virtual platform,” said Stephanie Hudson, executive director of the Twin Falls School Foundation. “We have also had to pivot in regard to what we are fundraising for. We have shifted to basic student needs such as school supplies and stocking our food pantries.”

Some noted that volunteers were not able to continue giving their time to organizations.

“In a normal year, we rely on over 400 volunteers to help sustain our programs and save us approximately $250,000 in staffing costs,” said Jeanne Liston, executive director of The Hunger Coalition in Blaine County. “Since March, we've had to halt almost all volunteer positions and rely strictly on staff and part-time contractor support.”

Six months of living in a pandemic is also taking a toll on organizations and those they serve.

“The biggest challenge we will face will come the tourist season ends,” said Lori Anderson of the Cascade Food Pantry. “Many folks will be working reduced hours and this lull will last until snowfall. We anticipate an increase of households with children coming for supplemental food boxes.”

Despite the uncertainty and the serious and significant challenges they face, Idaho nonprofits also expressed appreciation for the strong bonds they have with funders and other organizations.

“We served some of the more vulnerable and low-income families in Nampa even before COVID-19,” said Melissa Gentry, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Nampa. “We are committed to doing whatever is needed to respond to the needs of kids and our community during these uncertain and unusual times.  We are especially grateful to working in partnership with the Nampa School District and the support we have received from Idaho Community Foundation. The story develops and changes daily, but we are here and doing all that we can.”

What can you do?
We know many of you have already given generously to the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho either with a cash gift or through your ICF Donor Advised Fund. We sincerely thank you.

The need still exists and the fund continues to accept donations. All money raised will support Idahoans in need.

“We also encourage you to provide support directly to organizations in your community,” Karen Bilowith said. “Idaho has done an amazing job of supporting our neighbors during this time and it is much appreciated.”
Save the Date Ed Session

What is the current landscape of mental healthcare and access to services in Idaho?

September is National Suicide Awareness month. We are all affected by issues connected to mental health and the ability of our communities to serve those in need.

Please join the Idaho Community Foundation for a special presentation about the landscape of mental healthcare and access to services in Idaho.

Wednesday, September 30
1 p.m. Pacific/2 p.m. Mountain

The discussion will be moderated by Kendra Witt-Doyle, Executive Director of the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. A panel of Idaho mental health experts will provide information about current challenges facing our communities and ways you can get involved.

Mental Health and Access to Services are two of ICF's Areas of Impact, which have been identified as important issues in Idaho. This is one of several events designed to stay connected and provide you with content you may find beneficial.

 
John and Dee Fery ICF Weddings
Cause for celebration: Dee Fery turns 90! And ICF staff weddings!

Dee Fery, the wife and philanthropic partner of Idaho Community Foundation founder John Fery, celebrated her 90th birthday earlier this month. Dee and her family celebrated in McCall over Labor Day weekend.

“The highlight of my celebration was having my great-granddaughter with us,” Dee said. “Never a dull moment with an active 1-year-old keeping us entertained.”

The Ferys are well known throughout Idaho for their philanthropy. In addition to establishing ICF, they have been major supporters of the Treasure Valley YMCA, the World Center for Birds of Prey, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and many, many others. The ICF office at 210 West State Street in Boise is named in their honor. John passed away in 2017.

Dee and John were college sweethearts who met at the University of Washington in freshman English class. They married in 1953 after a long-distance engagement during which John served with the Navy overseas during the Korean War.

Happy birthday, Dee and cheers to many more!

Two ICF staffers got married this summer – congratulations to Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer Cara Walker Nielsen and Program and Donor Services Assistant Sarah Wissenbach!

Sarah and her husband Steve Moodry were married on July 11 at Brundage Mountain in McCall. Brundage is special to the couple because Sarah grew up skiing there and always imagined herself riding the chairlift in her wedding dress. It was also the first place the two ever skied together.

“And where I begrudgingly admitted that he was good, even though he’s a snowboarder,” Sarah laughed.

Cara and her husband Russ Nielsen were married Aug. 4 on the shore of Deadwood Reservoir. The couple are avid anglers who planned to elope at an Alaskan fishing lodge, but the pandemic made travel to Alaska nearly impossible.

“Staying close to home meant we could include a very small group of friends and family in our ceremony, which was really nice,” Cara said. “And we were able to honeymoon in Oregon where I caught the biggest fish of my life, so we didn’t miss out on that either!”.
 
 
Deadlines Bordered Honors & Memorials
ICF Upcoming Deadlines - Grants and Scholarships Honors and Memorials

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 here to apply.

Bistline Foundation Fund
The F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund in ICF is accepting applications 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 here for more information about eligibility and to apply – deadline is Nov. 1.

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, 2020 through August 31, 2020:

In Memory of C.B. Coates
Freda Cenarrusa
Joan Coates
Roy and Miren Eiguren

In Memory of Fern Coates
Freda Cenarrusa

In Memory of Virginia Eichelberger
Freda Cenarrusa

In Memory of Gerry Guentz
Ronald and Susan Aldrich
Andrew and Chrystine Brassey
Terry and Karma Jensen
Peggy Jo Jones
The Wes and Rosie Hoalst Family Trust

In Memory of James Howard
Freda Cenarrusa

In Memory of Stanley Johnson
Karen Johnson

In Memory of Yoshie Nordling
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Maureen Smith
Freda Cenarrusa

In Memory of Jim Wogsland
Caterpillar, Inc.

In Honor of Kayla Homer Godleski
Andreea Gorbatai

In Honor of Cathy Kriloff and Ray Lappan
Paul Kriloff

In Honor of Mike McBride
Pitney Bowes

In Honor of Cara Walker Nielsen
The New York Community Trust

In Honor of Devon Townsend
Vida Landa

 
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