How We Work in Communities

The Idaho Community Foundation’s mission is to Enrich the Quality of Life Throughout Idaho and we strive to achieve that mission through our community impact programs, including:

Community Conversations

We hosted eight Community Conversations throughout the state in 2018 to learn about needs in Idaho communities, the challenges facing them and the existing resources and promising new solutions that are helping improve the quality of life.

From the Community Conversations we developed our four Areas of Impact: family homelessness, mental health, educational opportunities and access to services. We will be increasing our grantmaking and awareness efforts in those areas.

Watch the 2-minute video below to see what we learned from these eight communities.

Partnership Graphic

Two ICF partnerships have recently concluded and their findings help reinforce our Areas of Impact, the four statewide issues where ICF is increasing its grantmaking and awareness efforts – mental health, family homelessness, educational opportunities and access to services.

The Rural Health Initiative - Voice of the Community Project, deepened understanding of health care issues and needs in rural Idaho communities by conducting focus groups in American Falls, Cascade, Council, Pierce-Weippe, Shoshone and Salmon.

The Community Needs and Opportunity Assessment was conducted for the Lewis Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation, which serves nine counties in north central Idaho, northeast Oregon and southeast Washington. Community organizations and local residents were encouraged to share input on community needs. Click here to read more.

Partnerships with organizations like the Idaho Nonprofit Center, to strengthen nonprofits through the Nonprofit Leadership Summit, convene community leaders through our Community Conversations and celebrate philanthropy through Idaho Philanthropy Days.

Grant opportunities for nonprofits, schools and charitable organizations. We also offer free educational workshops for grantwriters.

Organizational Funds, which are established by nonprofits and schools to support their work.

Together Idaho Affiliates and Community Funds, which provide a way for communities to form a “mini Idaho Community Foundation” and raise support for projects that benefit people in their town.

Women’s Giving Circles, which are groups of women joined together by their desire to support projects in their communities by pooling their resources to give substantial grants.