Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Positive Change Through Thoughtful Giving

Letter from our President

Suzanne Groff Lierz (Past President, Mariel Hemingway (2016 Symposium Speaker), Heather Jauregui (President)

Educated philanthropy is WORKING in our community, thanks to you and your membership in Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation. In May of 2017, we awarded 6 pooled-fund grants totaling $161,500 thus bringing our investment to over $3.5 million since 2002.  This could not have been done without your generosity and commitment to IWCF. Please know we are extremely grateful to have you as a member.

In spring 2016, the membership voted to explore a new scenario: How to meet the immediate needs of very-low and extremely-low income citizens in Boise and County. Hence, the $40,000 pilot Above and Beyond Collaboration (ABC) Grant was created.  It is our largest single investment to date and has been awarded to Valley Regional Transit.

Since IWCF invests in projects serving a broad spectrum of Idahoans, our Board is now focused on increasing member diversity. It is incumbent upon us to get a variety of voices at our IWCF table in order to understand our grantees’ needs and to widen our sphere of influence. Please help us fill this void.

As a member, you need to donate annually to IWCF to fund grants, submit the allocation for your Individual Grant Designation(s) and vote for the final grants. However, we challenge you to enrich your own personal IWCF experience by:

  • Getting involved on a committee or short-term project.
  • Consider placing your Individual Grant Designation (IGD) in the Susan Smith Endowment Fund.
  • Engaging one new member in IWCF.  Remember, we don’t fundraise, we member raise.

Please consider attending one of our upcoming events.


Heather Jauregui
President, IWCF


You’ll learn about the needs of our community, and will be inspired to make focused investments that create real change.

IWCF members are focused on making a real impact through educated philanthropy—understanding the needs of the community, evaluating new approaches to address those needs and providing meaningful funding to selected grantees. We believe the collaborative power of giving can significantly address a critical or immediate community need that may otherwise be neglected. Successful projects funded since 2002 have proven that together we make a difference.

Membership is open to anyone interested in advancing women’s involvement and leadership in community philanthropy.

  • New Members – may join at any time throughout the year. Annual contributions are payable upon joining.
  • Renewal period is November 1 through January 31 for 2017-2018
  • Various ways to pay for your membership—Check, Stock or Credit Card
  • Matching grants are also encouraged. To learn more about IWCF please contact our office. (208) 343-IWCF (4923)