Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation

Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation

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The IWCF fosters educated philanthropy through collaboration, pooled resources and individual giving to positively impact the community. On September 12, 2001, a small group of women gathered to found an organization whose mission was to inspire other women with the power of collaborative philanthropy.

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Photos from Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation's post 09/14/2021

What a beautiful celebration! It was so wonderful to gather together Sunday, 9/12, for IWCF's 20th Anniversary. We were inspired by speeches from members who were there from the start and who more recently joined, socialized while we enjoyed brunch and a string quartet and ended with a toast to two decades of collaborative giving in Southwest Idaho - totaling more than $5 million!

Thank you to our amazing members, guests, speakers, Boise Philharmonic, 3 Girls Catering Boise, Heather M. Webster Photography, & Idaho Botanical Garden for making this anniversary so special.

Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation Celebrates 20 Years Of Philanthropy 09/13/2021

Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation Celebrates 20 Years Of Philanthropy

You may have heard IWCF in the media more often recently! Our 20th Anniversary was noted on Boise State Public Radio, soon Maggie O’Mara will feature our history, and just the other day, Gemma Gaudette with "Idaho Matters" interviewed our Grants Chair, Jen Sampson, and former President, Heather Jauregui.

Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation Celebrates 20 Years Of Philanthropy In September 2001, a group of women formed the Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation, determined that they could make a significant difference in Idaho communities. Twenty years later, this organization has given more than $5 million in grants to organizations across the state.

Photos from Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation's post 09/13/2021

Some of the exceptional women who have made IWCF the effective organization it is spoke today at our 20th Anniversary Celebration. Bravo to them and all of our past and present members who together have raised and invested $5.2 million in southwestern Idaho nonprofit work!

09/09/2021

Grantee Update! With the support of a 2019 IWCF grant, Hacker Middle School in the Mountain Home School District installed the first ever fitness playground on their campus! After receiving our grant, other organizations and businesses pitched in their support and the Burke ELEVATE Fitness Course (REV-8) is now helping improve the physical and mental health of students and the whole community!

Students enjoyed the playground during the last quarter of the school year when they were in full-time in-person learning. Hacker Middle School added a new physical education teacher in the current school year who is revising her plans to use it in her curriculum as well.

Grantee Update! With the support of a 2019 IWCF grant, Hacker Middle School in the Mountain Home School District installed the first ever fitness playground on their campus! After receiving our grant, other organizations and businesses pitched in their support and the Burke ELEVATE Fitness Course (REV-8) is now helping improve the physical and mental health of students and the whole community!

Students enjoyed the playground during the last quarter of the school year when they were in full-time in-person learning. Hacker Middle School added a new physical education teacher in the current school year who is revising her plans to use it in her curriculum as well.

08/31/2021

Listen to Aaron Houston, CEO, of 2021 IWCF Grantee Family Health Services as he goes into more detail on our grant to provide access to much needed mental health and counseling services to those living in Camas County!

08/27/2021

Grant Update! The Spark Program by The International Rescue Committee in Boise received a 2019 IWCF grant to support staffing, curriculum design, refugee recruiting and volunteer training. By integrating vocational English instruction with financial literacy, job readiness, and social wellness curriculum and activities, refugees with the highest barriers to employment are given the support and training they need to be self-sufficient and provide for themselves and their families.

The Spark program has adapted to meet the changing needs of students, especially during the pandemic. Over the past three years, the program focused on developing literacy and numeracy skills and incorporated self-reliance and wellness modules into existing curriculum. By incorporating these modules at this crucial time, Spark has increased its ability to support even stronger employment outcomes. To promote social distancing, 31 digital devices were also provided at no cost to the participants. IRC also partnered with other funders to connect students with Wi-Fi hotspots and provide a 6-month plan at no charge.

#iwcf #grants #impact #support #community

Grant Update! The Spark Program by The International Rescue Committee in Boise received a 2019 IWCF grant to support staffing, curriculum design, refugee recruiting and volunteer training. By integrating vocational English instruction with financial literacy, job readiness, and social wellness curriculum and activities, refugees with the highest barriers to employment are given the support and training they need to be self-sufficient and provide for themselves and their families.

The Spark program has adapted to meet the changing needs of students, especially during the pandemic. Over the past three years, the program focused on developing literacy and numeracy skills and incorporated self-reliance and wellness modules into existing curriculum. By incorporating these modules at this crucial time, Spark has increased its ability to support even stronger employment outcomes. To promote social distancing, 31 digital devices were also provided at no cost to the participants. IRC also partnered with other funders to connect students with Wi-Fi hotspots and provide a 6-month plan at no charge.

#iwcf #grants #impact #support #community

Timeline Photos 08/25/2021

We were so thrilled to return as Idaho Shakespeare Festival volunteers this year! Last Friday night, IWCF members joined together for a service night supporting ISF's performance of "The Tempest" and had an amazing time, as always.

#volunteer #iwcf #service #shakespeare

We were so thrilled to return as Idaho Shakespeare Festival volunteers this year! Last Friday night, IWCF members joined together for a service night supporting ISF's performance of "The Tempest" and had an amazing time, as always.

#volunteer #iwcf #service #shakespeare

Timeline Photos 08/17/2021

2021 Grantee Spotlight! Family Health Services applied for an IWCF grant in order to expand their services in Frontier Camas County. Their awarded grant will support the hire of a mental health counselor and purchase of a DEXIS Titanium Adult Dental Sensor. This expansion impacts nearly every family in the rural Camas county, as well as some in Blaine county, by providing access to much needed mental health and counseling services and easy access to affordable digital imaging at the Fairfield dental clinic where there has been none of either before! We look forward to learn more about their expansion in an upcoming progress report this fall!

#iwcf #grantspotlight #healthservices #impact #expand

2021 Grantee Spotlight! Family Health Services applied for an IWCF grant in order to expand their services in Frontier Camas County. Their awarded grant will support the hire of a mental health counselor and purchase of a DEXIS Titanium Adult Dental Sensor. This expansion impacts nearly every family in the rural Camas county, as well as some in Blaine county, by providing access to much needed mental health and counseling services and easy access to affordable digital imaging at the Fairfield dental clinic where there has been none of either before! We look forward to learn more about their expansion in an upcoming progress report this fall!

#iwcf #grantspotlight #healthservices #impact #expand

BIPOC PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL | Velma V Morrison Center Official Site 08/06/2021

BIPOC PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL | Velma V Morrison Center Official Site

Today begins the first BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) Playwrights Festival produced by Boise Contemporary Theater as a result of a grant we awarded them this spring! Tickets are still available at the link below!

Playwrights from across the US have gathered in Boise to participate in the Festival, including: Jaime Castaneda, Juan Alfonso, Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters, Jeff Liu, and M’Balia Singley. All artists will contribute to panels open to the public as well as presenting three original works addressing contemporary culture and issues - all at the Morrison Center. This festival will be a unique opportunity for our community to experience original plays, as well as for the playwrights who will be able to network and collaborate through the Festival.

BIPOC PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL | Velma V Morrison Center Official Site 2:00pm HALF OF CHOPSTICKS by Stephanie Kyung Young Walters, directed by Jeff Liu  8:00pm MIDDLE OF THE WORLD by Juan Alfonso, directed by Jaime Castañeda

Photos from Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation's post 08/06/2021

Grantee Update! Through outreach, education, and accessibility, Step Ahead Idaho College Advising Center aims to close the gap and help more junior and high school students understand that college is both affordable and accessible. A 2019 IWCF grant supported furnishing the Hillcrest Center space and student outreach!

Choosing a college or trade school is complex; the College Readiness project tailors counseling to each student's needs and provides a series of free workshops. During the pandemic, they worked with nearly 50 students in Zoom group sessions for standardized test prep, in partnership with vetted local tutors to help students prepare for ACT and SAT tests allowed their outreach to extend beyond the Treasure Valley to eastern Oregon, Ketchum, and McCall area students.

“Step Ahead gave me the tools and support I needed to succeed in the college admission process. My advisor made a process that is typically grueling and stressful much easier and more manageable. With her help I was able to find the colleges that matched me as a student and individual. … I showed my best self to the schools I was passionate about, and found (and got admitted to!) the college that makes me incredibly excited for the next chapter of my life.” Seth, Sage International School.

#impact #grants #iwcf #members #education

MEET THE ACTORS! 07/28/2021

MEET THE ACTORS!

Tickets on sale now for the Boise Contemporary Theater's BIPOC Playwrights Festival! In just a couple weeks, the festival kicks off at the Morrison Center. Click the link to read more about the artists!

MEET THE ACTORS! Friends, We are super excited to introduce you to some of the actors taking part in our First Annual BIPOC Playwrights festival hosted by The Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. We wanted to introduce you to some of the actors coming from all over of the country.Readings of Middle of the World....

Timeline Photos 07/26/2021

Grantee Update! IWCF’s 2019 grant support helped Learning Lab Idaho create a community partnership with two new elementary school Community Centers. Learning Lab knows it is critical for students to feel safe and supported and their partner locations create a sense of community within the classrooms allowing bonding with their teachers, tutors, and other classmates. They also provide low-income, low-literacy parents with language, literacy, and basic skills to equip and support themselves, their family, and their children’s educational development! At the end of the grant period, 32 adult students and 6 children were served – 14 adults were refugees and 18 were immigrants!

Learning Lab faces the pandemic challenges by adapting to students’ needs in multiple locations. Some Community School students attend the Learning Lab in Garden City for in-person tutoring or use the facility technology for Zoom sessions with their tutors. Some students elect to attend classes via Zoom from a location convenient to them. Even good old snail mail is used to send lessons to students!

#impact #grants #iwcf #members #education

Grantee Update! IWCF’s 2019 grant support helped Learning Lab Idaho create a community partnership with two new elementary school Community Centers. Learning Lab knows it is critical for students to feel safe and supported and their partner locations create a sense of community within the classrooms allowing bonding with their teachers, tutors, and other classmates. They also provide low-income, low-literacy parents with language, literacy, and basic skills to equip and support themselves, their family, and their children’s educational development! At the end of the grant period, 32 adult students and 6 children were served – 14 adults were refugees and 18 were immigrants!

Learning Lab faces the pandemic challenges by adapting to students’ needs in multiple locations. Some Community School students attend the Learning Lab in Garden City for in-person tutoring or use the facility technology for Zoom sessions with their tutors. Some students elect to attend classes via Zoom from a location convenient to them. Even good old snail mail is used to send lessons to students!

#impact #grants #iwcf #members #education

07/20/2021

Jennifer Henderson with Boise Public Schools Education Foundation shares how their recent IWCF grant will support local students and families while also giving us a tour of a community school!

#impact #iwcf #CommunitySchools #members #grants

07/14/2021

2021 Grantee Spotlight! With support from IWCF, Boise Public Schools Education Foundation will expand their Boise Community Schools program to Capital High School! As the first Community School at a traditional high school in Boise, this will impact a diverse student background with a high refugee population, generational poverty, chronic homelessness, addiction and unstable home lives. These Community Schools exist to provide the students, and their families, the resources and tools including a food pantry, clothing, toiletries, and more needed to not only allow them to stay in school, but to be successful and develop life skills to take into adulthood.

The Foundation was founded to help teachers implement creative ideas that expand their students' learning experiences without using tax dollars. Today, they are a critical District partner providing extra resources that can often be the tipping point in the success of a school or a student's life.

#iwcf #grantspotlight #CommunitySchools #impactexpand

2021 Grantee Spotlight! With support from IWCF, Boise Public Schools Education Foundation will expand their Boise Community Schools program to Capital High School! As the first Community School at a traditional high school in Boise, this will impact a diverse student background with a high refugee population, generational poverty, chronic homelessness, addiction and unstable home lives. These Community Schools exist to provide the students, and their families, the resources and tools including a food pantry, clothing, toiletries, and more needed to not only allow them to stay in school, but to be successful and develop life skills to take into adulthood.

The Foundation was founded to help teachers implement creative ideas that expand their students' learning experiences without using tax dollars. Today, they are a critical District partner providing extra resources that can often be the tipping point in the success of a school or a student's life.

#iwcf #grantspotlight #CommunitySchools #impactexpand

07/07/2021

Grantee Update! An IWCF 2019 grant allowed Opera Idaho to purchase a 12-passenger van to transport multiple artists, instruments, costumes, and sets. Two years later, the van continues to propel their Educational Engagement Program to impact more schools, especially in rural areas - revealing a definite need for exposure to performing arts as many students don't know what “cultural” events opportunities are possible.

While last year was difficult, Opera Idaho was still able to keep the music going through smaller events and some digital offerings. They produced a free digital game show style presentation for students entitled “Who Wants to be an Opera Star?” This outreach extended to 80 different schools and over 10,000 students. The Educational Engagement Program will soon once again hit the road in the van and present 71 free in-person performances to students in K-6. Opera Idaho also plans to expand the program to middle and high school students in the near future!

Grantee Update! An IWCF 2019 grant allowed Opera Idaho to purchase a 12-passenger van to transport multiple artists, instruments, costumes, and sets. Two years later, the van continues to propel their Educational Engagement Program to impact more schools, especially in rural areas - revealing a definite need for exposure to performing arts as many students don't know what “cultural” events opportunities are possible.

While last year was difficult, Opera Idaho was still able to keep the music going through smaller events and some digital offerings. They produced a free digital game show style presentation for students entitled “Who Wants to be an Opera Star?” This outreach extended to 80 different schools and over 10,000 students. The Educational Engagement Program will soon once again hit the road in the van and present 71 free in-person performances to students in K-6. Opera Idaho also plans to expand the program to middle and high school students in the near future!

Thoughtful Philanthropic Giving

In the Fall of 2001, a small group of women founded an organization whose mission it was to inspire women with the power of collaborative philanthropy – Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation. Thirty-four motivated women joined during our inaugural year. Today, the membership is more than 400 strong.

Just as our organization has grown, so has our ability to make a difference. We have invested more than $2.2 million in 102 local projects with our pooled-fund grants. These grantees range north to McCall, west to the Oregon border and east to Gooding. One of the unique aspects of IWCF membership is the opportunity to designate $500 of your contribution to organizations of your choice. Those designations, to more than 400 other grantees, have increased our overall giving to over $4.4 million.

For more information, please visit our website: IdahoWomensCharitableFoundation.org

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