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

Dear ICF Supporters:
As I travel around the state, I am amazed by two things – the incredible people that the Idaho Community Foundation has relationships with, and the breadth of causes that we support. 

Over the last three months, I have had the good fortune to meet with philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, Rotary Club members, elected officials, school board members and many others. The people with whom ICF works are glue of their communities, working hard to take advantage of opportunities and tackle hard problems. 

The breadth of causes that ICF supports is as wide as the state is big. On a recent trip to Coeur d’Alene, Priest River and Sandpoint, I met with Idahoans who use their ICF charitable giving funds to make a huge difference in their communities.

Our affiliates at the Priest River Community Foundation have a literacy program for young children among many other things, and our fundholders at Panhandle Alliance for Education supplement programs and projects for the Lake Pend Oreille School District.

The Bonner County Human Rights Task Force uses their ICF fund to promote tolerance, support human dignity, and educate adults and youth across the county. Bonner County General Hospital uses its ICF fund to better understand health care issues in north Idaho and provide excellent care for all patients. The Friends of the Scotchman Peaks established their ICF fund to ensure that the amazing wilderness area they love will be conserved forever.

And that was only one day of a 3-day trip! 

This is the beauty of the Idaho Community Foundation. We are rooted in Idaho and because of our long history and strong network of volunteers, donors, members and other supporters, we can help address the difficult issues.

Our charitable giving funds are a vehicle to help people focus their philanthropy on the issues and community organizations they care about most. No matter what someone’s passion is we can help make sure that cause is supported forever.

Best wishes,

Steve Burns
Background: Neighborhood with streets and houses - Caption: Project Neighborly Idaho
40 community projects receive Project Neighborly grants

We are excited to announce that 40 community projects in east Idaho, north Idaho and the Treasure Valley have received Project Neighborly grants totaling $135,000. Project Neighborly is an ICF program aimed at fostering inclusion and inspiring neighborliness in local communities by proving grants for hyperlocal projects such as community gardens, neighborhood dinners and acts of kindness.

Project Neighborly is led by the Idaho Community Foundation with support from community partners Battelle Energy Alliance, manager and operator of Idaho National Laboratory; Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Idaho Central Credit Union and Innovia Foundation.

This is the second year of the program. This year’s recipients are:

East Idaho
Bonneville Neighborhood Association (Bannock) – $5,000 to commemorate and revive interest in and contributions of multi-ethnic members of the Triangle Community in Pocatello.

Butte Soil and Water Conservation District (Butte) – $3,500 to build a sense of community through increased participation from vendors and shoppers at the local farmer’s market in Arco.

College Neighborhood Association (Bannock) – $3,475 to have a holiday tree lighting celebration in the neighborhood park as a get-together for the residents and improve/expand the bi-annual newsletter.

Eastern Idaho Jazz Society (Bonneville) – $1,000 to support a free full-day, jazz and blues music festival in Idaho Falls, featuring eight of the best regional jazz and blues bands and a nationally recognized headlining artist.

Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (Bannock) – $650 to support a neighborhood festival to introduce the activities and groups that meet in the church building to each other, as well as allow the congregation to meet their neighbors and find out how they can be of service to them.

Family Services Alliance of SE Idaho, Inc. (Bannock) – $5,000 to host a special event to support and lift stories of people affected by domestic violence.

Growling Garden (Bannock) – $1,900 to buy organic vegetables, fruit plants and organic compost.

Idaho Falls Arts Council (Bonneville) – $2,500 to support the River Concert Series, which includes free concerts at the Greenbelt Stage on the Idaho Falls River Walk every Tuesday evening from mid-June through the end of August.

Life, A Center for Independent Living (Bannock and Bonneville) – $1,675 to support a social gathering and networking opportunity for disabled service agencies, their clients and others in the community to build awareness of the services available for the disabled community and promote strong bonds and relationships.

New Day Products and Resources (Bannock) – $2,300 to develop a southeast Idaho community leadership book club.

Senior Activity Center (Bannock) – $5,000 to provide a free activity for the community, including a pancake breakfast, car show and social gathering.

United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County – $5,000 for the United Way Bike Project, a community event held at elementary schools to repair school-aged kid’s bikes and teach bike safety to prepare them for a safe and fun summer.

United Way of Southeastern Idaho (Bannock) – $5,000 to bring together local businesses, diverse volunteer groups and the community to provide household items to families in need that are not covered by SNAP benefits.

Valley Mission with PWCC (Bannock) – $3,000 to support a program for the Pocatello Women's Correctional Center to teach marketable skills to women to prepare them for release.

North Idaho
Arts and Culture Alliance (Kootenai) – $1,000 to create a Little Free Art Gallery, a public miniature art gallery that is free and open to everyone in the community to take a piece, leave a piece, both, or simply enjoy the gallery.

City of Spirit Lake (Kootenai) – $4,900 to purchase an outdoor movie package so the city can offer outdoor movie nights in the park.

Coeur d’Alene Rotary (Kootenai) – $5,000 to create a program to match people who have different points of view and allow them to have authentic dialogue. The pilot program would create opportunities to understand what has shaped their matched partner’s views and find their similarities.

Community Library Network (Kootenai and Shoshone) – $5,000 to keep communities connected by providing fun library events and celebrating the unique community.

Cup of Grace (Kootenai) – $4,650 to provide free sack lunches to children every Saturday during the summer, and invite community partners such as dentists, firefighters and others.

Love Lives Here CDA (Kootenai) – $1,500 to recruit volunteers to personalize 5,000 kindness cards and hand deliver cards to their own neighbors.

NAMI CDA (Kootenai) – $4,500 to support two events to promote discussion and education regarding mental health awareness and stigma reduction.

North Idaho Pride Alliance (Kootenai) – $3,000 to incorporate a schedule of engaging community activities designed for all ages at Pride in the Park.

Rathdrum Community Center (Kootenai) – $5,000 to bring individuals and families together for a good meal prepared by the center.

Sanders Beach Neighborhood Residents (Kootenai) – $700 to create a Little Library for the growing number of residents in the neighborhoods south of Sherman Avenue.

Shared Harvest Community Garden (Kootenai) – $2,750 to a biweekly pizza party during harvest nights with the neighborhood.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Human Rights Education Institute, Museum of North Idaho (Kootenai) – $5,000 to support a series of small group discussions about the realities, challenges and opportunities that are part of life in the Inland Northwest.

The Way Home Church (Benewah) – $2,000 for a monthly gathering of all women in the UpRiver area to build community, introduce neighbors to each other and dispel the loneliness experienced over the last few years.

Treasure Valley
Advocates Against Family Violence (Canyon) – $4,600 to support easily accessible, facilitated gatherings to encourage relationship building through food, snacks, crafts and projects for all ages.

Collister Neighborhood Association (Ada) – $1,000 to bring awareness and solicit signatures to update and remove racist language found in the Collister Neighborhood CC&Rs.

Global Lounge (Ada) – $3,500 to support the Global Lounge Market and invigorate the Boise Bench area through food, culture, storytelling and art.

International Rescue Committee (Ada) – $3,500 to provide a night of celebrating the vibrant international refugee community in Boise with speakers, cooking classes, dance classes and live music/dance performances.

Islamic Center of Boise (Ada) – $5,375 to invite neighbors who have never met each other to share a table of food and engage in mindful conversations.

Juneteenth (Ada) – $5,000 to commemorate Juneteenth with an evening for the community to come together and celebrate and reconnect with its roots, while expanding and deepening networks of support.

King of Glory Community Garden (Ada) – $1,000 to develop an accessible community garden plot for refugees with mobility issues.

Meridian Library District (Ada) – $600   for supplies to engage volunteers in a craft to give back to their community.

NeighborWorks Boise (Ada) – $2,425 to support Around the World, a community cultural event to engage community members, bridge gaps between neighbors and celebrate cultures.

One Stone, Inc. (Ada) – $4,000 for a project for West Bench neighbors to work together and grow food for themselves and their community.

Surel’s Place (Ada) – $4,000 to leverage the popular First Friday Art and Studio Strolls in Garden City’s Surel Mitchell Live-Work-Create District to galvanize new community engagement and visioning through the Garden City Placemaking Fund.

Tanta Inc. (Ada) – $5,000 to explore the beauty of ethnic hair and the different ways it’s worn, while addressing some of the preconceived ideas and myths about it.

Tidwell Social Work Services and Consulting, Inc. (Ada) – $5,000 for community dinners that provide a platform for exchange and social integration between native Idahoans and new Idahoans.
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Welcome Amanda Flater and Ana Muniz!

We are pleased to announce that we have hired two new Staff Accountants to join our team.

Amanda Flater has a degree in accounting from Colorado Technical University. She previously worked as an accounting technician for Wake County Smart Start in North Carolina. She and her husband Mike have lived throughout the United States as part of his active-duty military service. They’ve settled in Middleton with their three children.

Her hobbies are hiking, kayaking, traveling and reading. She also loves all genres and eras of music, matching her listening to her task – cleaning house is classic rock, traveling with her family is 70s, 80s and 90s pop, and it’s country when she’s feeling introspective.

“I’m looking forward to working for a nonprofit again and seeing the difference that the Idaho Community Foundation makes in communities,” Amanda said.

Ana Muniz came to ICF from vacation rental company Vacasa, where she was a trust accountant. She has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Foreign Language and Literature from Portland State University and Certificates of Achievement in Accounting, Business and Management from Coastline Community College. She spent her senior year of college studying in Spain and her first year after college teaching English in Mexico.

She and her family live in Boise with their German Shorthaired Pointer named Keyser. They enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing and snowshoeing. When it’s cold and dark outside, she enjoys curling up with a good book.

“I’m proud to work at the Idaho Community Foundation because of its commitment to benefiting the people who live and work in Idaho,” Ana said.
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Impact Report now available Philanthropy Day nominations are open  

Our 2021 Impact Report is now available! Highlights include an interview with our new President and CEO Steve Burns, a feature about the Women’s Giving Connection of Southern Idaho – a women’s giving circle founded by our Board Director Linda Watkins of Twin Falls, and a story about the Galli Family of Boise and King Family of Idaho Falls, who have started Donor Advised Funds at ICF as a way to engage their children in philanthropy and charitable giving.

You can read it online or email Jennifer Kronberg to request a copy.

It’s time to nominate your favorite community volunteer (of any age), volunteer manager, philanthropic company and/or outstanding nonprofit for recognition on Idaho Philanthropy Day!

Idaho Philanthropy Day is hosted by the Idaho Nonprofit Center and Serve Idaho and is celebrated at events held throughout the state.

You can nominate as many people and organizations as you want through a simple online form. Nominations are due June 19. Click for more information and a link to the nomination form.

Forever Idaho East Region Grant Program
ICF’s Forever Idaho East Region Grant Program, which provides grants of up to $25,000, is now accepting applications from organizations that serve the following counties: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Caribou, Clark, Custer, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Oneida, Power and Teton.

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

Background: None - Caption: Legacy Society Memorials & 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. 

A person who prefers to remain anonymous has joined the Legacy Society. We sincerely thank them for their support of Idaho’s future.

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 Memory of Diane Arrants
Glen and Christine Katzenberger

In Memory of Kathryn Benoit
Tracey Locke

In Memory of Larry Gebert
Gary and Merrie Albright
Danielle Allsop
Donna Barker
Boise Greek Food Festival
Shelley Bolyard
Michael Bouton
Fred Brooker
Charles Christiansen
Mary Christon
David Crawforth
Darla Drummond
Mary Eide
Meridian FFA
Dawn Gale
Wilma Gnemi
Rodney and Julie Gramer
Ronald Graves and Diane Plastino Graves
Angela and James Griffiths Dixon
Patricia Harrison
Sandy Hemenway
Travis Hollifield
John Holmquist
Amy Howe
William and Catherine Jonakin
Ingrid Kelley
Carri King
Chapman Leek
Liz Littman
Morley Marshall
Sue Mattison
Donna Monroe
Jennifer Ness
Curtis Oakes
Alan Oldfield
Sandi Perkey
Kim Philipps
Karen Retheford
Janice Ruiz
Stephen and Claire Ryberg
Sage Health Care PLLC
Ronald and Mary Lynne Schilling
Sandra Sheehy
Amy Stahl and Kevin Learned
Ray and Linda Stark
Lisle Steelsmith
Steve and Reveta Strolberg
Scott and Libby Taylor
Frieda Thomas
Barbara Wilson
Karen Wilson
Lonnie Zuccaro

In Honor of Nichole Grotjohn

In Memory of Don Hendrickson
Idaho Society of CPAs

In Memory of Susan Lambuth
Junior League of Boise

In Memory of Corbin Mosby
John Mosby

In Memory of Marion Shinn
Wayne and Peggy Thiessen

In Memory of Jean Vandenburg
Junior League of Boise

In Memory of Bill Woolley
Patsy Lodge

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