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December 2022
Picture: Steve Burns - Caption: From the President & CEO
President's Letter

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting with ICF fundholders, community leaders and grantees in Weiser, New Plymouth and Fruitland.

One of organizations I met with was the Angel Wings Network. Located in Weiser, Angel Wings provides rides to doctor appointments for cancer patients.  Some appointments are 70 miles each way.

Angel Wings’ story has spread, and Executive Director Mabel Dobbs says they now receive regular calls from around the state and across the nation asking for help and advice in starting something similar. 

Angel Wings began as a very small organization. Volunteers used their own cars to drive patients and there was no paid staff. But they have grown in the last couple years. Two vehicles have been donated.  Their cash donations have gone up, as have the number of volunteers. And so have the calls for help – from people asking for rides and also for advice. 

As she explained all this, Mabel said something that really stuck with me: “I am not sure how we are going to meet all this demand.  I just know we have to.” 

Her words were simple, but their meaning was powerful.  “I just know we have to.”  Her belief, which is clearly shared by board and staff, is that if the Angel Wings Network continues to do good work and tell their story, then support for their mission will come. 

Mabel’s words stuck with me because I now find myself and the Idaho Community Foundation in the same place.  The demand for support from ICF continues to climb.  The challenges facing the people of our state continues to grow.  Idaho needs the Idaho Community Foundation to make even more grants — “we just have to.”

We know that in order to increase our grantmaking we will need to significantly grow the number of funds and Foundation assets.  As we move into 2023, I will be sharing more with you about how ICF will accomplish those goals and more importantly, how you can help. 

Best wishes,
Steve Burns


Thank you for your support of the Idaho Community Foundation. We truly appreciate your commitment to give where you live!

This is a friendly reminder to check us off your to-do list. Please continue your support by joining ICF as a member or renewing your membership.

We don’t tell communities what they need, we listen to them. Your membership means we can respond to the needs of Idahoans in every corner of the state by working with you, your neighbors, and others in your community.

An ICF membership is much more than a financial transaction, it’s a way to show support for your community and the people who live here.

Holiday Deadline

We appreciate the year-round outpouring of generosity from our fundholders in support of Idaho’s terrific nonprofits and community organizations. The holidays are especially a time when we see extra giving, which means December is our busiest month.

With that in mind, we’ve set deadlines for giving grants and making donations so we can ensure your gifts reach their destination by December 31:

  • Grants Contact us by Dec. 16 if you want your grant to be received before the end of the year.
  • Stock gifts – Initiate by Dec. 23 for 2022 processing. Please contact us to let us know your intentions and if you need stock transfer information.
  • Mailed gifts – By Dec. 23 to Idaho Community Foundation, 210 W State Street, Boise, ID 83702.
  • Online gifts – By Dec. 30 for end-of-year deposit. Donate now.
  • In-person drop-off – We would love to see you in person! To make sure we are in the office to greet you, please call (208) 342-3535 or email info@idahocf.org before coming to our Boise office, 210 W State Street.  
Bill Allen Holiday Giving
Bill Allen receives Excellence in Finance award Ways to support Idahoans at the holidays

Former ICF Board Director Bill Allen was a recipient of the Idaho Business Review’s Excellence in Finance award last month.

The award celebrates men and women in Idaho whose fiscal accomplishments set a high bar for their company and Idaho’s business economy. There are five categories: Banking, Corporate, Educator, Investment and Professional.

“These finance professionals have had a significant impact on their industry, communities and the entire state of Idaho,” said Idaho Business Review Managing Editor Alx Stevens.

Read Bill’s profile in the Idaho Business Review event program. (Available to IBR subscribers only.)


As your partners in philanthropy, we know firsthand that Idahoans show support for their neighbors in need throughout the year. If you’re looking for some special ways to give during the holiday season, we’ve got you covered. A single gift to these December-only programs can support dozens, or even hundreds, of Idahoans in need.
Avenues for Hope – Family homelessness is one of ICF’s Areas of Impact, and we are once again joining the Home Partnership Foundation’s Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge, which brings together nonprofit housing providers from across the state. A gift to Avenues for Hope gives Idahoans access to safe, stable, affordable housing and supportive services.

The Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge runs from Dec. 12-Dec. 31. See the Idaho nonprofits that are participating.

Click here to give to Avenues for Hope.

If you have an ICF Donor Advised Fund you can recommend a grant from your fund to support the Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge by emailing Sarah Wissenbach.

7 Cares Idaho Shares – Started by KTVB News Channel 7 in 2008, this community event collects food and monetary donations and distributes them to nine nonprofits in the Treasure Valley and Magic Valley. KTVB has a fund at ICF to handle the monetary donations and this year they have a goal to collect $250,000.

You can give now, or wait until the live broadcast on Saturday, Dec. 10 when KTVB anchors and reports will fan out to locations across the Treasure Valley and Magic Valley. 

Donations are evenly distributed between these organizations:

  • City Light Home for Women and Children
  • Lighthouse Rescue Mission of Nampa
  • River of Life Homeless Shelter
  • The Idaho Food Bank
  • The Salvation Army Boise Corps
  • The Salvation Army Caldwell Corps
  • The Salvation Army Nampa Corps
  • The Salvation Army Twin Falls Corps

Valley Women and Children’s Shelter of Nampa

Angel Wings Network Old Town Actors Studio Upcoming Deadlines
Forever Idaho Southwest grants $303K Bistline Fund awards nearly $72K in southeast Student Loan Fund of Idaho Education Fund

We are awarding more than $303,000 in grant support to 66 organizations in southwest Idaho from our Forever Idaho Southwest program – including domestic violence programs, senior centers, libraries and more.

Grantees are from Ada, Boise, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington counties. One of the unique aspects about Forever Idaho grants is that they are flexible and can be used for the recipients’ greatest needs.

“These grants are the result of hundreds of Idahoans collectively coming together to support nonprofits by giving to the Forever Idaho Fund in their region,” said Lisa Bearg, ICF’s Senior Philanthropic Advisor. “It’s a great way to make an impact and we truly appreciate the generosity of our donors.”

See the list of Forever Idaho Southwest grantees.

Comments from grantees:
Carie Lawrence, Angel Wings Network (Weiser), $5,000 grant to provide transportation to doctor’s appointments for cancer patients: “For folks in rural areas of Idaho, it can be difficult to find someone reliable enough to travel back and forth to treatment centers in larger cities. The cost of travel alone is a heavy burden due to the cost of gasoline. The funding from ICF will directly benefit cancer patients in rural areas of Idaho.”

Amanda Leader, Boise County Community Justice, $10,000 grant to provide behavioral health services in the county: “There are very limited behavioral health services within Boise County, such as counseling and psychotherapy. Not all of our communities even have basic health resources. This support will allow us to identify and overcome barriers to accessing services and provide short-term interventions.”

Abra Dodson, Gem County Recreation District, $5,000 grant to purchase high-quality, long-lasting soccer goals for community use: “We provide activities for the community at an affordable rate. We are able to go above and beyond with the help of grant funds. We appreciate the support from the Idaho Community Foundation.”

Maura Goldstein, Roots Forest School (McCall), $5,000 grant for classroom materials and staff salaries at the nature-based preschool in Ponderosa State Park: “Our Forever Idaho grant will bolster our efforts to provide livable and competitive wages and benefits to pay our staff what they are worth to us and our community.”


Arts-focused projects in southeast Idaho will receive nearly $72,000 in grants from ICF’s F.M. and Anne G. and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund.

The Bistline Foundation Fund, which joined the Idaho Community Foundation in 2011, gives grants twice a year. Previously it was a private foundation founded in 1999 by Pocatello philanthropist Beverly Bistline and named in honor of herself and her parents. Since joining ICF, it has given nearly $1.7 million.

Grantees are:

Bear Lake High School – $3,000 to purchase costumes, props, and equipment to help produce student movie shorts.

Empower Humanity – $3,000 for computers for the office and teachers.

Idaho International Choral Festival – $5,000 to host meals for festival performers from outside the United States.

Idaho Public Television, Inc. – $5,000 to help underwrite arts, drama and culture programming expenses.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Inc. – $3,000 to support the eastern portion of the educational outreach programs, Idaho Theater for Youth and Shakespearience.

Idaho State University Foundation – $3,975 to provide a music camp that offers week-long music instruction to pre-college pianists and string players.

Malad Valley Welsh Foundation – $3,800 to pay stipends and travel expenses for Celtic musicians to perform at the Malad Valley Welsh Festival.

Musicians West, Inc. – $5,168 to provide stipends, piano tuning and awards for the 2023 Piano Festival and Competition.

Old Town Actors Studio – $5,000 to provide distinctive and innovative musical theatre projects.

Oneida County Library – $5,000 for an Art in the Park program to provide hands-on pottery and sculpture instruction to underserved youth in the community.

Opera Idaho, Inc. – $5,000 to provide free professional opera performances to elementary and middle school students.

Oxford Peak Arts Council – $5,000 for the youth production and musical of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Pocatello Art Center – $5,000 to create the Sagebrush Arts Celebration, a community-wide program showcasing and supporting visual art in public spaces and local businesses.

Snake River School District #52 – $9,769 to purchase new violins, violas and cellos for the orchestra program.

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Inc. – $5,000 to provide hands-on art lessons to students attending elementary schools in Shelley, Firth, Blackfoot and Fort Hall.

The Student Loan Fund of Idaho Education Fund, which provides grants for education institutions in the state of Idaho to encourage upper class students to complete their postsecondary education by providing financial assistance, is now accepting applications. The minimum grant amount per education institution is $5,000.

For more information, including guidelines and application, click here. Deadline for submission is January 15.
Caption: Legacy Society Background: Blue Color - Caption: New Funds Memorials and Honors

The Legacy Society is comprised of generous donors who will shape Idaho’s communities through an estate gift to the Idaho Community Foundation. These gifts guarantee support for the organizations and causes that are meaningful to members of our Legacy Society.

Jim and Lisa Michelle Chretien of Eagle recently joined the Legacy Society. We sincerely thank them for their support of Idaho’s future.


Community is our middle name and grantmaking is at the heart of what we do at ICF. Our work starts by talking to you about your passions and listening to your philanthropic goals. With six different fund types, both endowed and non-endowed, we’ll tailor a charitable giving fund to fit you.

Jordan Family Advised Fund (Donor Advised) – Created to provide support for local charities and causes that are important to the Jordan family.

Steve and Joan Riggers Family Fund (Donor Advised) – Created by Steve and Joan Riggers of McCall to support local charities and causes.

Dan and Judi Williams Family Fund (Donor Advised) – Created by Dan and Judi Williams of Boise to support local charities and causes.


The Idaho Community Foundation recognizes gifts made as memorials to those who have passed or as a tribute to honor someone. Memorial and honor donations can be made on our website, by check or by transfer from a bank, brokerage account, IRA, etc. When possible, gifts received from IRAs, donor advised funds, etc. will recognize the name of the person who requested the donation.

The following gifts were received since our last newsletter:

In Honor of Candi Allphin

Melissa Tucker

In Honor of Lester Madsen
Jackie and Bill “Action” Jackson

In Memory of Charles Gates
Heidi Rogers
Sue and Tom Thilo

In Memory of Frances Field
Freda Cenarrusa

In Memory of Jan Schoo
Mary and Phil Jahn

In Memory of Jeff Kutner
Mary and Phil Jahn
Jane and Craig Spencer

In Memory of Marcia Hagenbuch
Chris Hagenbuch

In Memory of Marie Bridge
Mary and Phil Jahn

In Memory of Randy Doman
Mary and Phil Jahn
Jane and Craig Spencer

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