Educated philanthropy is WORKING in our community, thanks to our Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation members. In May, we awarded eight new pooled-fund grants totaling $291,917 to bring our total charitable investment to over $4.4 million since 2002. This achievement was only possible with the membership’s generosity and commitment to IWCF.
In 2016, the membership voted to launch a new pooled-grant fund area to address a special need category “above and beyond” our traditional five grant interest areas. The first Above and Beyond Grant was awarded to Valley Regional Transit for Village Vans to help very- and extremely-low income people unable to access standard bus operations get to work. This year’s recipients, Desert Sage Health Centers and Hacker Middle School received, $59,642 and $60,000, respectively — our largest single investments to date.
Since IWCF invests in projects serving a broad spectrum of Idahoans, 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 as philanthropy advocates. We seek members from across southwestern Idaho, believing diversity adds strength and purpose to our giving.