Grants Spotlight – Blaine County Charitable Fund
The vision of the Blaine County Charitable Fund (BCCF) is, “a community where all people can maintain stability in times of crisis, and where shared resources and knowledge help ensure that all can thrive.” And what a beautiful vision that is! Alli Frank connected with BCCF Director and Co-Founder, Mary Fauth for a Q&A.
WRWF: How has the WRWF grant furthered the mission of your organization at this moment in time?
MARY: Blaine County Charitable Fund’s mission—creating stable and resilient communities in Blaine County—took a big step forward the past few months thanks to the WRWF grant. We were able to expand our bilingual staff position to include more time and focus to support all applicants through our financial assistance program as well as the other resources that we offer. Also, we committed to more in-person time at the Hunger Coalition and Hailey Library, where we’ve been able to intersect with those already experiencing crisis. With this ability to be more hands on in the community, we’ve connected applicants to impactful resources, new housing, and deepened our relationships with our clients.
WRWF: With the support of the WRWF and the greater Blaine County community at large, where do you see the organization in three years?
MARY: The move to offering more services in-person, thanks to WRWF and our community support, has led to BCCF opening offices in Hailey in the Sawtooth Business Center (formally Marketron) at the north end of town. This was done in collaboration with the Blaine County Housing Authority who opened an office next door. In three years we envision this easily accessible hub to be a housing go-to location where not only will individuals access financial assistance, but also find opportunities for new housing and education. In addition, we hope to soon be able to provide tenant legal services.
WRWF: What is one BIG HOPE you have for the future of the Wood River Valley?
MARY: Our BIG HOPE is that EVERY individual in our community knows where they can turn for help when they are facing financial and housing stresses. And thanks to the urgency that has risen out of the current housing crisis, there will be many more opportunities to stabilize, destress and solve these issues for our community members in the future.
Grantees in the News
WRWF commends grantee, The Space, for providing access to educational support and resources for students from grades 6 to 12, and offering free summer camps and workshops for South Valley students.
The Space offers individual and group academic support, college and financial aid counseling, tutoring in math, English, science, foreign language, bilingual resources, test prep and college essay writing for under-resourced students. Applications are open now for STEAM-related camps to be held at Bellevue Library this summer. Read more at Mountain Express!
Wood River Land Trust
Namaste! Register for Yoga in the Preserves with Wood River Land Trust on 6/18!
This is just in time to celebrate International Yoga Day later this month, June 21st! This event is free to the public and the first in a four part series. Make sure you register with the link below and follow @woodriverlandtrust for more on their future events!
Committee Corner: Investment Committee
The WRWF Investment Committee (IC) is a subcommittee of the Finance Committee (FC) and is responsible for overseeing WRWF’s two endowments, our Restricted Endowment and our Board-designated Endowment, commonly known as a Quasi-endowment. https://woodriverwomensfoundation.org/endowment-fund/
The IC is composed of members who possess professional investment/asset management expertise. WRWF benefits from this expertise to formulate the overall investment policies of our Endowments, establish investment guidelines; oversee the invested assets (working with our outside investment advisor) of the Endowments; and monitor the management of the Endowments’ assets for compliance with our investment policies and guidelines.
Additionally, in collaboration with the FC and our investment manager, the IC recommends the annual spending draw from the Restricted Endowment as specified by our Investment Policy Statement. All IC actions are subject to approval by the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors.
The IC Chair serves as a member of the Finance Committee, working closely with Trinka Dyer (Treasurer and FC Chair) who is also a member of the IC. The IC Chair has the primary responsibility for reporting on the work of the Committee at each FC meeting as well as to the WRWF Board on a regular basis.
Gail Landis, WRWF Board member, Governance Committee Chair, and Chair of the IC, had a 30-year career on Wall Street as an investor, a business leader, and an entrepreneur. She brings her expertise in managing investment portfolios to this critical, yet largely unseen, role. Other members include Diana Strandberg and Linda Nicholson.
The Committee welcomes interest from members who have relevant expertise to join the IC team. Please contact Gail at email@example.com for further information.
- June 15 – Gateway to Summer M&M – at Aroma
- July 13 – Education Event with The Alliance of Idaho at Hunger Coalition
- August 3 – Annual Meeting at Trail Creek
- August 18 – New Member Orientation via Zoom 4:00 – 5:15 pm
Upcoming ED Events
Upcoming Annual Meeting
- What: The Annual Meeting: Celebrating WRWF Grantees!
- Why: In-person Reception and Celebration of Grantees
- Who: Featured Grantee Speaker Beth Oppenheimer, Executive Director, Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children
- When: Wednesday, August 3, 11:00-2:00
- Where: Trail Creek Cabin, Sun Valley Resort
- How: RSVP and register by clicking here.
We are delighted to invite you to the 2022 Wood River Women’s Foundation Annual Meeting and Celebration of Grantees on August 3 under the tent at Trail Creek!
This yearly luncheon is an occasion for celebration and we particularly look forward to honoring the newly-named 2022 grantees in person. Our “Celebrating WRWF” theme is a tribute to the impressive work our nonprofit partners have accomplished.
- The luncheon will fill up quickly and we encourage prompt registration.
- Event cost is $60 per person. (*A credit card processing fee of $2 will automatically be incurred when paying by card for a total $62 fee. To pay by check, send your $60 payment to P.O. Box 3686, Ketchum, ID 83340.)
Your payment will be your confirmation of in-person attendance. Please submit your online payment or check early to ensure your seat.
To sign up online use the online registration. You can also send a check to: WRWF, P.O. Box 3686, Ketchum, ID 83340.
Even if you are not able to attend, all members will be receiving the information necessary to vote on the Annual Meeting components of the luncheon including the slate of officers, board terms, financials and more. Check your inbox regularly so your vote can be counted.
We hope you’ll be joining the festivities – there is much to celebrate!
We are delighted to extend a warm WRWF welcome to new members who joined this month!
New WRWF members are invited to provide photos and a bit of information about themselves to share in the News Brief. We have so many interesting members and it is fun to read about everyone’s background. Thanks so much and we look forward to meeting you soon.
Giving Back by Future Forward Member Joy Flores-Perez
This summer I will be backpacking in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York and in the North Cascades of Washington State with a group of 15-year-old, high-potential students from under-resourced communities in the greater Los Angeles area. The backpacking trek, also known as “Bridges,” is completed in partnership with NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) as the second summer experience for students in the 5-year C5 Los Angeles leadership and college access program.
Students spend seven life-changing days in the backcountry crossing rivers, hiking challenging trails, building relationships, and learning lessons that will support them on their post-secondary journeys. For many of these students, this pivotal summer allows them to realize their true potential and empowers their drive to succeed.
Although the views and peaks we summit are always breathtaking, being able to witness this change happen among the students in real-time is what keeps me coming back to be their trek guide every summer.
Joy joined WRWF in 2021 and is a member of the Communications Committee.
Member Call to Action – Social Media
We have seen a great deal of progress recently in our impact across our channels! Your social media team is calling everyone at WRWF to share our post content about members, grantees, and events via Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Re-sharing our posts will further our mission of increasing visibility, reach, and engagement. If you have questions or need any assistance with re-sharing our posts, please contact Rebecca Ybarra Palma at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please help us connect with our community even more!
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We are grateful for our sponsors and extend a hearty WRWF thank you to Graybird Foundation, Little Caesars and Zions Bank!
Thank you, Contributors!
Thank you to this month’s News Brief contributors:
Christina Bauer, Joy Flores-Perez, Alli Frank, Louisa Moats, Jill Grossman, Gail Landis, Laura Midgley, Sarah Shepard, Renee Spooner, Rebecca Palma, Peggy Walker Thompson