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March 10, 2023 – Grants Ballot Question & Answer Session

Look for your grant selection ballots in your email on March 10th! Members of the Grants Committee had an online discussion to learn about this year’s grant cycle and ballot nominations. Watch that recording here.

February 1, 2023 – Education Event: Winning Strategies for Family Caregiving

In a hybrid Zoom and in-person event, participants learned from experts how to create a caregiving game plan for your family so you can reach the “finish line” with the best quality of life possible, with family relationships and resources intact. This interactive virtual event helped participants develop tools for their personal caregiving toolbox.

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February 1, 2023 – Education Event: Winning Strategies for Family Caregiving – Handouts

Please find handouts for the February 1, Caregiving Part II hybrid event on Winning Strategies for Family Caregiving.

“Lessons From Family Game Night” slides

Team Member Worksheet

Care Plan Template

Activities of Daily Living

Independent Activities of Daily Living

January 25, 2023 – Education Event: Supporting Caregivers in Our Community

Many people do not identify as a caregiver and yet one in four Idahoans support a friend or family member of any age with physical, cognitive, mental health, and/or chronic needs. On Wednesday, Jan. 25 members of IWCF and their guests were treated to an educational event outlining the need for additional support for those serving as caregivers as well as information on the many resources available in Idaho. 

Click Here for a list of resources.

Click Here for the presentation slides.

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January 26, 2022 – Education Event: Managing the Impact of Growth on Infrastructure in Boise

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean discussed how her staff is working to rise to the challenges caused by Boise’s incredible growth.

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October 26 – Education Event: The Impact of Sexual Abuse and Family Violence in Our Communities

A panel of three women: Bea Black (Women’s and Children’s Alliance), Paige Dinger (Faces of Hope), and Kathryn Seebold (Family Advocates), facilitated by moderator Lauren Necochea. The panel shared their insights into, and information about, sexual abuse and domestic violence in the Treasure Valley. They also answered questions and discussed what individuals can do to help.

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2021 Insights into IWCF Grants – Discussion for Nonprofits

A recording of the 2021 grants information session for Southwest Idaho nonprofits.

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IWCF Annual Meeting 2021

Enjoy this virtual celebration of our 2021 pooled-fund grantees! Unlike any other Annual Meeting we’ve held, our grantees gave video presentations describing their funded project and the impact that it will have on their organization and the community at large.

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Grants Ballot Q&A

The grants cycle is coming to a close. Listen to the Q and A as we share with you the projects headed to the ballot.

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Education Event: Working Together During the Progressive Era: The Legacy of Women’s Clubs in Idaho

This presentation, by State Historian HannaLore Hein, explores the circumstances that allowed for the development of women’s clubs in the United States between the mid-to-late 1800s and early 1900s and the underlying ideologies and sentiments that spurred the Progressive Era. With this foundation the presentation will then explore the emergence of women’s clubs in Idaho, the specific work of these clubs, and the impact that these clubs had in their communities. The work of club women at the turn of the century supported various facets of the community, including health, education, the arts and humanities, and political and civic engagement. The presentation ends with an exploration of how some of these clubs adapted and continued to serve their community well into the 20th and 21st centuries, and how, thanks to the record keeping of these organizations, we (with the help of historians) can learn from the women leaders of the past.

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New Member Orientation

Learn how IWCF internally operates. Board members discuss their committee functions and how they contribute to the whole organization.

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Holiday Social

Lisa Peterson of A’Tavola Market Place and Cafe invited us on a virtual tour of her Christmas Room and an opportunity to see her demonstrate some fun holiday themed appetizers. We also invited our members to come to the event with a special tradition, food idea, or memory to share. Happy Holidays!

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Welcome to Grants

Have you ever thought about joining the IWCF Grants Committee? This might be your year! Hear about our 2020-2021 grants cycle, get an update on our most recent recipients and ways to be involved in this year’s process.

Most of our events will be held virtually, so if this is something you are interested in but live far way or don’t like to drive in the winter please join us from the comfort of your couch, office, or comfy chair.

Already know you want to be a grants committee member? Sign up here and we will be in touch.

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Giving Graciously to Ourselves

Are you tired of being last on your to-do list? Do you give and give until there is nothing left to give? When women fill ourselves up, we naturally give to others. Just in time to rescue you from yourself before holiday madness sets in, get into your comfies and we will explore new possibilities, best practices and easy-peasy ways to fill your tank so you can thrive through the shifting sands of the 2020 holidays. Member Carolyn Casey has graciously offered her time and talents to lead this session.

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Planned Giving Workshop: “Your Philanthropic Legacy: Why and How”

Thoughtful estate planning that includes philanthropy is an effective way to leave a legacy that reflects your values and has advantages for you, your family and your community. Susan and Laura share reasons to create your giving plan, questions to consider, who to involve and how you can get it done.

Susan M. Graham, Certified Elder Law Attorney, Senior Edge Legal, a law practice devoted to estate planning for those anticipating or in retirement.

Laura C. Simic, Vice President, Grenzebach Glier & Associates, consultants in philanthropic management serving education and nonprofit organizations worldwide.

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Member Event: Opera Idaho Performance & Social

IWCF members & guests enjoyed this performance by Opera Idaho, a recent recipient of an IWCF grant. This event included information about their programs and a performance by soprano Jena Carpenter along with accompanist Betsi Hodges. IWCF members Vicki Kreimeyer and Laura Simic are members of the Opera Idaho board of directors, and served as our hosts for the evening.

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Education Event: “Feeding the Hungry”

Karen Bilowith, President and CEO of the Idaho Community Foundation and IWCF member moderated this panel discussion. Panelists included Karen Vauk, President and CEO of the Idaho Foodbank; Grant Jones, CEO of Metro Meals on Wheels; and Dr. Teri Thaemert, Capital Area Director, Boise School District.

While the panelists provided extensive information on the magnitude of the problem of food insecurity exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the major focus of their presentations was the response of area organizations and individuals to community need.  All four speakers stressed the importance of collaboration and coordination, offering examples of the partnerships among their organizations.

Click here for the slide referred to by Karen Bilowith in the recording.

Websites for more information and donations on the presenting organizations are listed below:

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Insights Into IWCF Grants: Education Session for Nonprofits – Rural Communities

Jen Sampson, Grants Chair, goes over details and tips about the IWCF grant process for 2020-2021. The first session included nonprofits that are located in or serve Rural Communities. Both sessions include a question and answer session.

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Insights Into IWCF Grants: Education Session for Nonprofits – General

Jen Sampson, Grants Chair, goes over details and tips about the IWCF grant process for 2020-2021. This second session included other general nonprofits. Both sessions include a question and answer session.

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Grants Education Session: Proposal Evaluation

Members of the grants committee attended this informational meeting outlining proposal evaluation. At this session we talked through evaluating grants and took a look at our new grants software.

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Annual Meeting & Anniversary Party Virtual Celebration 2020

84 IWCF members and guests celebrated both our 2020 grantees and member anniversaries at this combined event! It was a touching virtual presentation where we learned that despite the pandemic, grantees past and present are finding ways to move forward with their projects and connect with their constituency, and IWCF members are staying engaged with 98% voting in the spring. Board President, Christine Avey, shared a look forward including new member payment options, and how IWCF is set to hit a $5 million grant milestone in our upcoming 20th Anniversary year! We were also pleased to watch a video of each 2020 grantee explain in their own words where they are with their projects – including a first look at the Wassmuth Center for Human Right’s “Be an Upstander” video we funded!

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Grants Panel 2020! What’s Happening?

A big thanks to our participants at IWCF’s first grants panel. As different as our nonprofits are in the guests and communities they serve, our panelists shared how they are coping with 2020 and how they are working everyday to meet people where they are at in terms of learning and services, how the word PIVOT has become the brand of 2020 from fundraising to performances, and how although this is a difficult time, they are all working, not just to get back to normal but to get somewhere better.

For more information about our participants here are their websites.

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February 7, 2024 – Grants Committee Education Session “Site Visits”

This will be an informative meeting for Grants Committee Members about the site visit phase of the grant selection process. The goal of the site visit is to help us make the difficult decision of narrowing down grant proposals to the final two proposals in each interest area that will be presented on the membership ballot this spring.…

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December 12, 2023 – Welcome to Grants

Have you considered joining the IWCF Grants Committee? Are you interested in learning about how IWCF selects the grant proposals on the ballot each year? Join us for an informative lunchtime meeting for members who are interested in potentially serving on the IWCF 2024 Grants Committee. We will share more about the process and how…

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December 5, 2023 – IWCF Holiday Party

Mark your calendars for our annual fun-filled holiday party! We will be celebrating this year with our fellow members and friends in person at Hillcrest Country Club. Please join us for heavy hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. $30/person. Guests welcome! Register Here. Please RSVP by November 28. Tuesday, December 5, 2023 6:00 – 8:00…

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September 12, 2023 – IWCF Anniversary Celebration

Join us in celebrating 22 years of educated philanthropy and collective giving in Southwestern Idaho! Connect with fellow members and new guests while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and a hosted bar. Remarks and recognition of IWCF members at 6:15 p.m. Guests are welcome! Monday, September 12, 2022 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Home of Arlene McCarthy Eagle,…

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June 18, 2023 – IWCF Idaho Shakespeare Volunteer Evening

In 2014, we awarded the Idaho Shakespeare Festival a grant of $20,000 for a van to take actors and their stories out into many areas of Idaho where theater has not been readily available to the community! Over the last several years, we are fortunate to have had the opportunity to volunteer at the festival.…

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