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

I recently looked up the most charitable states in the county. Utah came in at #1. Oregon #5. Wyoming #6. Washington #15. Idaho is #31. The per-capita ranking done by WalletHub was comprised of two factors. In the volunteering category, Idaho ranks #8, but in charitable giving we rank 49th. Only Arizona is below us. 

As I have traveled around the state for the last year, I have seen Idaho’s issues and challenges firsthand. And I have met caretakers throughout the state who are making a difference for people in their communities. Idaho needs to improve our #49 ranking and growing the reach of the Idaho Community Foundation is one way to do it. As the only community foundation serving the entire state of Idaho, ICF has the unique ability to connect generous givers to community caretakers in all 44 Idaho counties.

Through the generosity of our hundreds of fundholders, we have now made more than $165 million in grants across the state. Given the scale and scope of the challenges facing Idaho communities, the Idaho Community Foundation has put strategic plan goals in place to grow our grantmaking both in size and number.

For nearly 35 years, hundreds of Idaho families, organizations and businesses have looked to the Idaho Community Foundation to help achieve their philanthropic goals of taking care of their community and causes important to them. We need even more people to know we are here to help them do the same. 

I believe everyone in Idaho would like us to improve our second-to-last ranking. The Idaho Community Foundation pledges to do our part to help. We hope you will partner with us in this effort to provide Idaho with a community foundation that is growing as fast as our state’s communities. 

You can help:

  1. If you already have a fund with ICF, thank you.  Please think about growing the size of your fund to make an even bigger charitable impact.
  2. If you know someone who should know about ICF, please make an introduction.
  3. Help tell ICF’s story so more people realize we are an option when deciding how best to take care of their community. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Or you can subscribe to my weekly letter, This Week at the Foundation by emailing Jennifer Kronberg.

Best wishes,

Steve Burns
Background: Dark Background with stars illuminated by lights - Caption: You can joint our membership All-Stars

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.

Three young women dressed in business clothes are standing in front of a building and smiling.
New Staff at ICF

We are excited to announce three new additions to our ICF Staff!

Kristen Liccini
Kristen is the Executive and Operations Coordinator. She serves as support for executive leadership, the Board of Directors, Committees, and Regional Councils.

Kristen has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Minnesota. She previously served as Vice President Administrative Assistant for Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Yakima, Wash. She is excited to join the team at ICF and looks forward to being involved in making an impact for the wonderful communities of Idaho.

Kristen and her husband Anthony, whom she met in a coffee shop, have two cats, Louis and Indie. Kristen’s hobbies include reading, hiking and crocheting.

“I’m excited about getting involved in the community of Boise and learning about all the ways ICF impacts the different communities throughout the state of Idaho,” she said.

Brooke Freiheit
Brooke is the Marketing and Events Associate. She helps share ICF’s story and organizes foundation events throughout the state. She looks forward to learning about the generous work being done by nonprofits throughout the state of Idaho.

Before coming to ICF, Brooke was the Marketing and Development Lead for Luther Heights Bible Camp, a camp and retreat center in the Sawtooth Mountains. She has a bachelor's degree in Business and Exercise Management with minors in English, Journalism and French from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD.

Brooke’s hobbies include camping with her husband and their dog, biking on the Greenbelt to get coffee, and curling up with a good book. She got her Pivot Pilot license when she was 18 and always goes flying with her dad when she visits home in Minnesota.

“I’m passionate about the work of nonprofits, and I’m excited to be joining Idaho Community Foundation in supporting nonprofits throughout the state and sharing their stories.”

Savannah Slater
Savannah is the Data Services Coordinator. She assists with the maintenance and organization of database systems and supports ongoing stewardship activities and projects.

Savannah will graduate with a Master of Public Administration from Boise State in May. She recently served as the Program Support and Administrative Coordinator for Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho (CAPAI).

From 2009 to 2010, Savannah lived in Ähtäri, Finland as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student. She says the experience profoundly impacted her life and recommends Finland as a top travel destination.

Savannah takes advantage of living in Idaho by hiking, sledding, listening to live music and camping. She and her fiancé Clifton have two cats, Ichabod and RayRay, and two dogs, Chino and Luna.

“I am incredibly eager to be working alongside a group of people that share a passion for lifting up the communities that make Idaho such a beautiful and unique state!” she said.

A young woman with her hair in a braid is standing outside holding a small dirty pig. Caption: ICF scholarship deadline next week.

The deadline is fast approaching to apply for ICF’s 50+ scholarships. Many applications are due March 15. Click for more information or email Sarah Wissenbach.

We recently received a terrific note from Raquel Dimond (pictured), a recipient of the Erle and Cynthia Byram Scholarship: “Thank you so much for helping make this journey possible. I have loved my time at the University of Idaho and am so excited to continue my education and finally fulfill my goal and dream of becoming a veterinarian. I know I am not the only one who has been positively impacted by your generosity. It is truly humbling to have support from people like you, people whom I have never met, yet have been integral in making my college education possible.”
Background: None - Caption: Upcoming Deadlines Memorials & Honors

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 and select East Idaho. Deadline to apply is March 15.

Bonner County Endowment for Human Rights
The Bonner County Human Rights Task Force Fund in ICF is seeking grant requests from organizations whose activities reflect commitment to the ideal that everyone is equal, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

Grant requests up to $8,000 will be considered. Grant requests will only be considered from Bonner County. For more information, including eligibility and application, click here and select North Idaho. Deadline to apply is April 30.

Bonner County Fund for Arts Enhancement
The Bonner County Fund for Arts Enhancement in ICF is seeking grant requests for projects that demonstrate how the arts encourage creative and critical thinking, stimulate economic vitality and enhance the quality of life in a community.

Grants typically range from $3,000-$12,000. Grant requests will only be considered from Bonner County. For more information, including eligibility and application, click here and select North Idaho. Deadline to apply is April 30.

F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund
The F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund in ICF is accepting applications for projects related to the arts in the southeast Idaho counties of Bannock, Bingham, Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Power. Grants may fall under two categories:

  • Supporting arts activities that will provide entertainment or art-related education to the general public. 
  • Supporting the education, skills training, performance, or display opportunities for local artists.

For more information, including eligibility and application, click here and select East Idaho. Deadline to apply is May 1.

Junior Garnier & Bud Ashford Military Veterans Fund
The Junior Garnier & Bud Ashford Military Veterans Fund in ICF is accepting applications for veteran’s organizations located in Bonner and Boundary counties that are serving veterans in that region. This includes American Legion posts, Disabled American Veterans chapters, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States posts, Vietnam Veterans of America chapters, and Marine Corps League detachments.

For more information, including eligibility and application, click here and select North Idaho. Deadline to apply is May 1.

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 Shirley Bodmer
Patsy Lodge

In Memory of Carl Hulick
Patsy Lodge

In Memory of Patty Marshall
Alice Hennessey
Holly and Mark Motes

In Memory of Judy Post
Patsy Lodge

In Memory of Henry Reents
Ray and Linda Stark

In Memory of Landon Smyser
Ray and Linda Stark

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