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January 2023
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President's Letter

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. We’re starting off the new year with a change to our management team, which is now comprised of several our long-term employees who have been promoted into leadership positions. During their tenure here, they have helped the Foundation reach new heights and they have a deep appreciation for the power and potential of the Idaho Community Foundation.

Many of you already know these employees but let me introduce them to you in their new capacity.

Judy Ramos, Vice President of Finance & Operations, will continue to serve in her current capacity, playing an incredibly important role in helping to set the direction of the organization and driving key projects. She supervises Board & Executive Coordinator Mary Stewart, as well as the Accounting Manager Megan Perez and IT Manager Zach Mars

Kris Kamann is the Senior Philanthropic Advisor for Asset Development. Kris will be responsible for driving ICF’s asset development. He supervises our Philanthropic Advisors, Rich Ballou and Peter Faucher, as well as the new Philanthropic Advisor for the South Central/Southwest Region we are currently hiring.

Lisa Bearg is the Senior Philanthropic Advisor for Community Impact and Stewardship. Lisa will drive ICF’s stewardship of existing fundholders and direct our grantmaking activities. She supervises Sarah Wissenbach, who will play a key role in our stewardship of fundholders and grantmaking. 

Zach Mars is the Information Technology Manager. Zach oversees ICF’s IT program including our donor database and cybersecurity. Zach supervises Boone Kizer, who manages our donor database and assists with stewardship, as well at the new Database Administrator we are currently hiring.

Megan Perez is the Accounting Manager. Megan oversees the accounting functions of ICF, delivering timely, accurate reports to fundholders, management and the ICF Board.  She supervises Staff Accountants Amanda Flater and Ana Muniz.

Jennifer Kronberg is the Director of Marketing & Communications. She is the main driver of telling the ICF story and coordinates the activities of everyone involved in telling it. She will supervise the new Marketing & Events Associate we are currently hiring. 

As we move forward to accomplish our many goals for 2023, I thank all these leaders for stepping up and taking on a bigger role. 

Best wishes,
Steve Burns

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

You can be one of our All-Stars in 2023 by joining ICF as a member or renewing your ICF membership. Membership is a great way to deepen support for your community and it helps us respond to needs in every corner of the state.

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

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ICF has more than 70 scholarship opportunities for students seeking assistance with the cost of higher education.

Information and applications for ICF scholarships can be found here. For questions, email Scholarships@idahocf.org  or call (208) 342-3535 ext. 19. Application deadlines vary, but most are due by March 15.

There’s a story behind each of our scholarships. The Alois and Marie Goldmann Memorial Scholarship, was created in 1997 by George and Mary Freund of Idaho Falls in memory of George’s grandparents Alois and Marie Goldmann, who died at Auschwitz.

The Goldmanns were raising George in Austria after he was orphaned. As the Holocaust began, they recognized the danger and purchased a one-way passage to the United States for 11-year-old George. He traveled alone with cash and jewelry sewn into the lining of his coat and was taken in by an aunt and uncle who lived in New York City.

Twin Falls Mayor Ruth Pierce is George and Mary Freund’s daughter.

“My father was so proud of being an American and he passed that along to all of us – how lucky we were to live in America,” recalls Ruth, who moved to Twin Falls in the late 1970s. “We buried him with an American flag because it meant so much to him.”

Goldmann Scholarship applicants write an essay or research paper about a specific aspect of the Holocaust. The scholarship has been awarded to more than 20 Idaho students.
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Forever Idaho Northern Region Grant Program
ICF’s Forever Idaho Northern Region Grant Program, which provides grants of up to $25,000, is now accepting applications from organizations that serve the following counties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone.

For more information, including eligibility and application, click here. For Forever Idaho Grant Program Guidelines, click here. Deadline for submission is February 15.

Idaho Future Fund
The Idaho Future Fund is accepting applications from Idaho organizations for preschool scholarships, charter schools, public schools, public school libraries and supplemental educational programs. Grants typically range from $10,000 to $20,000 and are intended to support gaps in educational programs (preschool through 12th grade) that gravely affect the quality of education students receive in Idaho. The grant cycle is open for all counties.

For more information, including eligibility and application, click here. Deadline for submission is March 1.

Ifft Foundation Fund
The Ifft Foundation Fund in ICF is seeking grant requests for projects that will provide landscaping, beautification and public recreation in southeast Idaho. Grant requests will only be considered from the following counties: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Power.

For information about eligibility, or to apply, click here. Deadline for submission is March 15.

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.

Albert and Dorothy Burgemeister Endowed Fund – Created by Arnold Burgemeister of American Falls in honor of his parents, Albert and Dorothy Burgemeister, to support local and national charities and causes.

Albert C. Pistorius Forever Idaho Fund – Created to forever benefit north Idaho nonprofits and other community organizations. Grants from the fund will be recommended by ICF’s North Idaho Regional Council.

Arrington Scholars Fund – As loyal and proud Idaho Falls High School alumni, this fund was created by John and Martha Arrington in memory of Woodrow E. and Marjorie D Arrington to provide post-secondary scholarships for graduating students of Idaho Falls High School planning to major in STEM programs.

Debra K. Riedel Charitable Fund – Created by Debra Riedel of Boise to support local charities and causes.

Jim and Mary Schmidt Charitable Fund – Created to provide support for charities and causes that are important to the Schmidt family.

Karen Boos Charitable Fund – Created by Karen Boos of Boise to support local charities and causes.

Walt and Kristin Sinclair Family Fund – Created by Walt and Kristin Sinclair of McCall to support local charities and causes.

Zachary Lloyd Pennisi Memorial Fund – Established in loving memory of Zachary Lloyd Pennisi by his parents to benefit organizations that support people who are reclaiming their lives from addiction.

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 Jean Allan
Alice Hennessey

In Honor of Susan and Patrick Bird
Martha Owen

In Honor of Bill and Patty Davis
Bill and Patricia Davis

In Honor of James Hawkins
Vickilyn Hammer

In Honor of Alice Hennessey
Holly Blackwelder
Dixie and Blaine Lenon
Connie Weaver

In Honor of Bill Kreamer
Bill “Action” and Jackie Jackson

In Honor of Blaine and Dixie Lenon
Alice Hennessey

In Honor of Jerry and Carolyn Panko
Karrol and Carol Williams

In Honor of Heidi Rogers
Linda Davidson

In Honor of Patricia and George Wade
Robert and Jeannine Bilow

In Honor of Carol and Willy Williams
Donna and Steve Guerber

In Memory of Andrew Charles Balionis
Bill “Action” and Jackie Jackson

In Memory of John Brown
Bill “Action” and Jackie Jackson

In Memory of Betty Carr
Mary Lynn Hartwell

In Memory of Frances Field
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of Timothy Fleming
Rotary Club of Emmett Foundation, Inc.

In Memory of Charles Gates
Michael Nail

In Memory of Larry Gebert
Kathleen Armstrong
Susan Noel

In Memory of Joan and Maria Hagenbuch
Darcy James

In Memory of Leora Hansen
Kathryn Matsuura

In Memory of Tip Hennessey
Alice Hennessey

In Memory of Ken Hill
Robert A. Russell

In Memory of Albert Horne
Bill “Action” and Jackie Jackson

In Memory of John William Jackson
Matthew Katz
Paul Jellema
Cecile Nguyen

In Memory of Frances Kissler
Bill “Action” and Jackie Jackson

In Memory of Hy Kloc
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of Coach Mike Leach
Robert and Jeannine Bilow

In Memory of Brad Lutz
Genny and Brad Lutz

In Memory of Ron Ouren
Sue and Tom Thilo
Scott Carlson

In Memory of Zachary Pennisi
Lisa Doulong

In Memory of Lee Read
Bill “Action” and Jackie Jackson

In Memory of Roy Smith
Denton Wilde

In Memory of John P. Tate
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of Pham The Tu
Bill “Action” and Jackie Jackson

In Memory of Quang Tu
Rainer and Chon Famulla

In Memory of Pat Wade
Patty Paul

In Memory of Eleanor “Poofy” Wagner
Susan Brown

In Memory of James Walton
Karrol and Carol Williams

In Memory of James Ware
N. Charles and Polly Hedemark

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