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May 2023
Picture: Steve Burns - Caption: From the President & CEO
President's Letter

On a recent trip to Hagerman, I saw a framed portrait of one of our state’s most famous residents — Ernest Hemingway. In 1939 he came to Idaho by invitation from the Union Pacific Railroad Company to promote their new Sun Valley Lodge. Next to his portrait was a quote from his visit: “...a lot of state, this Idaho, that I didn’t know about.” He spent part of the next 20 years learning enough about our state that he finally took up permanent residence here in 1959. 

Hemingway’s quote resonates with me because it seems that in a way, his quote applies to the Idaho Community Foundation as well.  “...a lot of Foundation, this ICF, that I didn’t know about.” Nearly every day I visit with people who don’t know about the Idaho Community Foundation. They are amazed to hear such an organization exists. They are delighted to hear about all the people who have created funds with ICF and the impact we’ve had across the state. Their reaction is always that same, “so much…that I didn’t know about.”

This year, we adopted a goal of granting at least $20 million per year by our 40th anniversary in 2028. This is an ambitious goal, but it is what Idaho communities need from us — to continue to build the Idaho Community Foundation to help meet the needs of our rapidly growing state. 

This means that we will need to work with hundreds of Idahoans to create charitable funds that help them take care of their communities. The first step in making this happen is for people to know the ICF story.

We adopted a second goal of telling our story 20,000 times per year through our 40th anniversary. This is a challenging goal. Idaho is a big place. As Hemingway said “...a lot of state this Idaho.” This is where we need your help — telling our story.

Recently we created this document that provides an overview of the Idaho Community Foundation and our work throughout the state. If you have trouble explaining what we do or aren’t sure you’ll get it right, we want to help. If you know someone who should know about ICF, then please share In Idaho For Good with them. If you prefer, you can print it and share it that way. We appreciate that you’ve chosen ICF as your partner in charitable giving and we hope that you will tell your friends. We hope this makes it easy for you to do so. 

Thank you. 

Best wishes,
Steve Burns

Background: Series of shapes in a variety of colors - Caption: Celebration of Philanthropy - celebrating over $25 million of giving in east Idaho!
Help us celebrate East Idaho Philanthropy!

We are proud to be your partners in charitable giving. Together, we granted more than $1.4 million in east Idaho communities from Island Park to Bear Lake in 2022. Since our grantmaking began in 1990, we’ve granted more than $25 million in the region!

We’ll share some of the stories behind the numbers at our in-person Celebration of Philanthropy this month. We will recognize retiring Board Director Steve Carr as a champion of philanthropy by presenting him with the Friend of the Foundation Award, which recognizes exceptional contributions to the Idaho Community Foundation and to Idaho. Deadline to RSVP is May 10.

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. (award presentation at 7:30 p.m.)
Location: Museum of Idaho, 200 N. Eastern Ave., Idaho Falls
Cost: $50 per person, includes hearty appetizers, beer, wine, cider and nonalcoholic beverages, and admission to the museum exhibits.

RSVP Today!

Sincere thanks to:
Presenting Sponsors Oppenheimer Companies Inc and The Hartwell Corporation
Philanthropic Sponsors Nelson Hall Parry Tucker PLLC and Bank of Idaho

Background: A series of logos - Caption: Thanks to our generous sponsors: Oppenheimer Companies Inc, The Hartwell Corporation, Nelson Hall Parry Tucker, PLLC, Bank of Idaho

Background: ICF Pinecone and Idaho Gives Logo - Caption: What can you give Idaho? Participate at idahogives.org - Idaho Community Foudation, Idaho Gives - Idaho Nonprofit Center

Idaho Gives, the statewide day of giving hosted by the Idaho Nonprofit Center, is back for its 11th year! Last year, nearly 14,000 donors gave nearly $3.7 million to community organizations throughout the state. Idaho Gives runs May 1-4.

We are excited to partner with the Idaho Nonprofit Center to make it easy for ICF Donor Advised Funds to support Idaho Gives. Using your DAF to give is as simple as 1-2-3!

  1. Visit the Idaho Gives website and decide which community organization(s) you wish to support.

  2. When you checkout, you’ll see an option for Donor Advised Fund. From the dropdown menu titled “Where are your funds held?” select “Idaho Community Foundation” and complete the transaction.


    Send an email to Sarah Wissenbach telling her which organization(s) you’d like to support and in what amounts.

  3. Keep an eye on the Idaho Gives website to see how your favorite organizations are doing. Grants from ICF Donor Advised Funds will be considered toward prizes for your nonprofit!

Thank you for choosing the Idaho Community Foundation as your partner in charitable giving. Together, we are making Idaho communities even better through philanthropy.

Background: Desk with computer and plants - Caption: Beginning May 15: New login for ICF Portal Background: None - Caption: Upcoming Deadlines

On May 15, our Fundholder and Grant Applicant portal will begin using multi-factor authentication to provide you with an extra layer of security, similar to other secure transactions.

After entering your username and password to login to the portal, you’ll receive a code via text or phone call, or you can use the Authenticator app. You’ll be prompted for the verification code each time you login.

Setting up multi-factor authentication will initiate automatically when you log into your account on or after May 15. After logging in, you’ll be prompted to set up multi-factor authentication on your account. Follow the onscreen instructions by selecting which authentication method you would like to use (text, phone call or Authenticator app) and complete the verification/validation process.

If you have any questions, or need assistance, please contact a member of our IT Team at mfa@idahocf.org.

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 to apply is June 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.

Linda K. Fleetwood of McCall recently joined the Legacy Society. We sincerely thank her for her support of Idaho’s future.

Bob and Gail LeBow Family Fund – Created by Gail LeBow and Ted LeBow to provide support to local and national charities and causes.

Doris E. Denney Forever Idaho Fund – Created by Doris E. Denney of Boise to support art and Idaho history organizations in rural southwest Idaho communities.

William L. and Virgnia B. Woolley Fund – Created by the William L. and Virginia B. Woolley Trust to forever support the Treasure Valley YMCA.

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 Katy Benoit
Margie and Paul Baehr

In Memory of Darlene Cornilles
Patsy Lodge

In Memory of Judge Judi Hale
Andrea Dixon

In Memory of Leora Hansen
Nancy Moyle
Dianne Lewis

In Memory of Dr. Larry Knight
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of Dr. Richard Roberge
Patsy Lodge

In Memory of Blanche Rockwell
John Bennett and Stephany Hamilton

In Honor of Susan Bird
Martha Owen

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