Bingham Community Foundation

Bingham Community Foundation

PO Box 1438

Blackfoot, ID 83221

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In 2013, the Bingham Community Foundation was established to create a community endowment that will forever provide a source of funding for our children’s, grandchildren’s and their children’s home. We invite you to join us and other local families in honoring our parents and grandparents who built the community, and leave a legacy that ensures Bingham County will forever be vibrant, thriving and self-sufficient.

2013 Highlights

◊ Advisory Board members create Legacy Ambassadors campaign to reach out to founding contributors.
◊ Community grant making program outlines for 2014 and incorporates a community scholarship fund.
◊ Over $5,000 generated for Legacy endowment in less than six months!

2015 Highlights

 BCF AwardThe BCF receiving a $12,000 gift from the Bingham Mayoral Scholarship fundraiser for our scholarship fund. Pictures are: Mayor Paul Loomis (Blackfoot), Katie Harris (BCF Board Member), Mayor Stacy Pascoe (Shelley)

Our Advisory Board 

Bingham Community Foundation is over seen by local community members responsible for determining policies, principles and procedures that will guide the purpose and use of the funds generated and how they are distributed. As an affiliate of the Idaho Community Foundation, ICF retains overall fiduciary and legal oversight responsibilities.

The founding, and current, Advisory Board members include:

Bart Brown
Bart was born and raised in Blackfoot and then attended the University of Utah. After college and a few job relocations he and his family moved back to the Blackfoot community in 2007. For the past 18 years, Bart has enjoyed working banking, first in the area with Idaho AgCredit, FLCA as an agricultural loan officer and now with Key Bank as the Commercial Relationship Manager. In 2012, Bart was elected to the Blackfoot City Council. He has also been recognized for his service to the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce as a board member and past President.

When asked about why he became involved with Bingham Community Foundation, he said, “My children will be the fourth generation of our family to live in the Blackfoot community and we feel a connection and responsibility to this city. It's important for us to make sure the education and other organizations of this city continue to grow and provide a good quality of life for our children and our community.”

Karen Clark
Coming Soon

Tish Dahmen
Coming Soon

Ashlee Howell
Ashlee is a graduate of Blackfoot High School and studied Elementary Education at Idaho State University. She and her husband are proudly raising 4 beautiful children in Blackfoot. Ashlee founded Blackfoot Community Center for early childhood education and afterschool programs in 2007. She continues to serve as the Executive Director leading and growing the organization that benefits hundreds of children each year. Her love of coaching led her to establish her own cheerleading and gymnastics business in 2006. Ashlee received the 2013 Idaho State Journal Business and Achievement "Extraordinary Under 40" Award.

Susan Mann
Susan Mann is a lifelong resident of Southeast Idaho.  After 27 years of teaching choir at Blackfoot High School, she retired from teaching to become the programming director for the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.  She was an early visionary and fundraiser for the construction and success of the Performing Arts Center.  She loves living in Southeast Idaho and is actively  involved in many area activities.  Besides her involvement in the BPAC, she serves on the Southeast Regional Board of ICF, works as a supervisor of student teachers for Idaho State University, plays piano weekly for an assisted living center, sings with the ISU Camerata Singers, and teaches private voice students.  She and her husband, Danny, raised three children, and are very involved with them and six grandchildren.

Dr. Bud Miller
Coming Soon

Katie Wieland Harris
Katie is a graduate of Blackfoot High School and after years away for schooling she returned to Blackfoot in 2000 to raise her family in the community she loves. She has a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. She owns Perfect Point Marketing, specializing in marketing and business development. She is the mother of three great kids and is married to Jonathan W. Harris, a partner at Baker & Harris Law. Katie has a passion for helping businesses, non-profits, and individuals grow and succeed.


Community Grants

The Bingham Community Foundation invites applications from nonprofit entities within and/or serving Bingham County to apply to one of two grant cycles each year.

Spring Cycle - Opens January 1st and closes March 23rd. All applicants will be notified the status of their grant proposal by June 1st.

Qualifying organizations include entities with current 501(c)3 not-for-profit status under IRS Code Section 170, or governmental entities including subsidiaries and public educational institutions. In some cases, nonprofits without the appropriate status may use a fiscal sponsor to receive grants.

BCF also accepts emergency grant applications throughout the year to accomodate organizations with immediate needs. Applicants must use a special Emergency Grant Application, and will be notified of the status of their application as soon as possible.

Applications must be submitted to PO Box 1438, Blackfoot, ID 83221 with a postmark of no later than April 15, 2015.  Late and/or materially incomplete applications will not be considered.
For guidelines Click Here. To apply Click Here.

BCF Scholarship Fund

Bingham Community Foundation Scholarship Fund was established under the umbrella of the Bingham Community Foundation. The Scholarship is an endowment to benefit graduating seniors throughout Bingham County.

Applications and interviews will be handled by the Bingham Community Foundation Scholarship Committee. Individuals, companies, and organizations interested in contributing to the BCF Scholarship Fund are invited to participate in the awards process if they are interested in doing so.

The first scholarship established is the Blackfoot Community Mayoral Scholarship. We are excited to announce the first Blackfoot Community Mayoral Scholarship will be awarded May 2014.

We are excited to build this scholarship fund and over $13,000 donated has been donated within the first few months. At $50,000 the fund becomes perpetual and a legacy of giving scholarships and providing educational opportunities to youth throughout Bingham County becomes a reality.

Contributions in any amount are appreciated and are tax-deductible. The BCF Scholarship Fund is working in cooperation with the Blackfoot High School Counselors Office to add current scholarship contributors to the Bingham Community Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Please send contributions to PO BOX 1438 Blackfoot, Idaho 83221 c/o - Scholarship Fund or donate online by clicking here.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact BCF Scholarship Chairperson Katie Harris at 208-681-6448.


Idaho Gives Day
Featuring... Jazz House Big Band

May 1st at 7:30 pm
Blackfoot Performing Arts Center
$20 suggested donation

Don’t miss your opportunity to attend a great concert and support the Bingham Community Foundation! Jazz House Big Band is donating their time to this great event us create an endowment that will support the many nonprofit organizations in Bingham County for years to come. All money will go to our Legacy Fund, with the first grants being given in the fall of 2014.

Jazz House Big Band is an area-wide big band made up of the finest jazz musicians in Southeast Idaho. The group, directed by jazz master Doug Wareing, has been playing together for 15 years. His expertise in jazz has been honed through many years of playing trombone, saxophone, drums and teaching hundreds of students.

Doug Wareing says of the event, “This is a really great event to support! Anything we can do to help our neighbors and keep our money in the community is a wonderful thing! I hope the community gets out and really supports the event. We are going to put on a great show!”