Wood River Women’s Foundation Awards Record-Breaking $348,000 to 16 Idaho Nonprofits
The Wood River Women’s Foundation (WRWF) member votes have been tallied and 16 Idaho nonprofits that serve the Wood River Valley will be awarded grants totaling $348,000 in 2022. Since its founding in 2005, WRWF has awarded 183 grants surpassing $3 million to nonprofits throughout the Wood River Valley.
“To our delight 2022 proved to be a record-breaking funding year for WRWF,” said Terri Bullock, WRWF President. “Our generous philanthropic-minded members contributed close to $350,000 for Wood River nonprofits. This is more than $43,000 above what we awarded in 2021. We are honored to collectively support those doing the work to deliver services throughout our community, especially in a difficult pandemic-driven environment.”
This year, the 325+-member Foundation funded local nonprofits that address housing, education, outdoor initiatives, and emergency, social and therapeutic services. New in 2022 is the first-ever, multi-year Focus Grant (FG22). To help close the opportunity gap in education, WRWF awarded up to $200,000 for the creation of the Wood River Valley Early Learning Collaborative in partnership with the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children. More information about this transformational initiative will be shared in the coming weeks.
“Our grant-making process provides our members with a window into the important work being done by nonprofits in the Valley,” said Sandy McCullough, WRWF Grants Co-Chair. “We equip our members with the technical tools necessary to evaluate grant proposals and make informed decisions about where the pooled funds will be awarded and put to needed use.”
Listed below are the WRWF 2022 Pooled Grant Recipients, grant titles and amounts awarded.
2022 Pooled Fund Grantees
- ARCH Community Housing — Housing for Essential Workers $20,000
- Blaine County Charitable Fund—Emergency Assistance Grant Program $18,000
- Higher Ground Sun Valley— Higher Ground Cycling Program $18,275
- Idaho Trails Association— Youth Trail Program 2022 $6,400
- Ketchum Fire Department— Back Country Rescue $20,000
- Kids Mountain Fund— Rotarippers Lease Package $6,500
- Men’s Second Chance Living— MSCL House Operations $20,000
- Swiftsure Therapeutic Ranch— Safety Surround Wall $14,200
- The Advocates— Healthy Child Development Program $15,000
- The Alliance of Idaho— Support for Legal Services $20,000
- The Crisis Hotline— My Life Matters Enhancement $20,000
- The Hunger Coalition—The Value of Trust $20,000
- The Space Idaho— Forward Learning Scholars $18,900
- Wood River Fire & Rescue— Chain of Survival $18,526
- Kiwanis Club of Hailey— Pavilion for Lion’s Park $2,400
- Syringa Mountain School— Literacy Program $2,400
- The Nature Conservancy— Silver Creek Conservation & Ed. Ctr. $2,400
- Wood River Land Trust— Colorado Gulch Orchard $2,400
- FG: The Community Library— Blaine County Teen Literacy Team $2,500
For descriptions about how the WRWF 2022 Grantees plan to use the funds, visit our website here.
We are extremely excited that our first-ever Focus Grant has been awarded!
Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children
2022 Focus Grant Winner IDAEYC
New in 2022 is the first-ever, multi-year Focus Grant (FG22). To Help Close the Opportunity Gap in Education, WRWF awarded up to $200,000 for the creation of the Wood River Valley Early Childhood Collaborative with the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children. More information about the Early Childhood Collaborative will be shared in the coming weeks and we’ll write a more in-depth article for the April News Brief.
Grantees in the News:
I Have A Dream
St. Luke’s Foundation
I Have a Dream
Grantee in the News – I Have A Dream Foundation
In 2012, a full class of 49 local third-graders were selected by the “I Have A Dream” Foundation to get extra help in the form of extensive after-school programming, tutoring, field trips and emotional support. The end goal was to prepare them for college.
This year, 41 of those students are still in the program and will graduate from Wood River High School and benefit from $8,400 to pay college tuition costs promised to them 9 years ago—enough to support 2 years of education at the College of Southern Idaho (CSI).
St. Luke’s Foundation
Grantee in the News – Family Health Services Clinic Funded by St. Luke’s Foundation
We salute St. Luke’s Foundation for their generous $1 million grant to Family Health Services—a federally-qualified healthcare provider that serves people of all ages, including Medicare and Medicaid patients. With this grant, Family Health Services was able to open a new 4,100-square-foot health clinic on February 1st in Bellevue.
This clinic now includes dental, behavioral health, pharmacy services, and accepts all forms of insurance. This expansion enables affordable healthcare for all those who may not have had access to it previously.
Spring is my favorite season for a variety of reasons, and this year, especially, I feel a sense of hope, renewal and growth. Temperatures are warming up, days are getting longer, birds are beginning to sing, baby animals are afoot, and flowers will soon be blooming.
As nature ‘opens’ in the spring, WRWF is also opening to a renewed sense of togetherness. We have all missed the social connections that enable our organization to thrive. The attendee numbers at our recent Meet & Mingles and our first Aprés Ski Tea in two years indicate we are all welcoming a sense of normalcy. Look for more events in the spring and summer.
I am also excited to share that in 2022—WRWF’s 17th grant cycle—we hit three major milestones:
1. This year marks our largest pooled fund since inception – $348,000!
2. Once these funds are distributed, WRWF will have granted more than $3 million in our 17-year grantmaking history.
3. And finally, we voted on our first ever multi-year Focus Grant that addresses a persistent need in Blaine County: Closing the Opportunity Gap in Education.
Each of these achievements represents hours of hard work contributed by dozens of volunteers. We made extraordinary efforts during the past two difficult years to ensure our mission not only carried on, but thrived. I am thankful for every member who gave her time, talent and treasure to continue elevating our work in the community.
As you may already know, this will be my last year as your President. It’s impossible for me to convey on paper how fortunate and grateful I feel to have had the opportunity to lead this organization. As Ernest Hemingway described spring in his novel A Moveable Feast, “Change is a-comin’, and everything is going to be better for it.”
Until next quarter,
Terri Bullock, President
As you may recall from the January 2022 News Brief, Terri Bullock’s tenure as WRWF President is coming to a close in August. Sandy McCullough was tapped to serve as President-Elect. We are delighted to announce to our members that the Board of Directors unanimously approved Sandy. Per WRWF Bylaws, the membership will be presented a ballot to vote on Board and Officers in July, and can confirm her officially as our next president.
“Sandy and I have worked together as board and executive committee members for several years, and I am confident in her ability to lead WRWF through our next evolution of growth,” said Terri. “Sandy understands the legacy that WRWF was built upon, and she will bring the creativity and direction necessary to explore and encourage strategies that are mission-centered around creating significant, positive change in our community. I couldn’t be more excited to partner with Sandy over these next few months to assure a seamless transition.”
WRWF has benefited from Sandy’s Board service since 2018, and currently she is Board Secretary, Grants Co-Chair and serves on the Executive Committee.
Sun Valley Legacy
Sun Valley Legacy – Bobbi Henderson Robinson
Our new WRWF member, Kristine Monroe, shared a fun story about her unique family history in the valley!
Kristine’s mother, Bobbi Henderson Robinson, was featured in the vintage Union Pacific Railroad poster selected by the Sun Valley Company during the 1948-49 winter season. Bobbi was the inspiration for the diamond anniversary observance of “Winter Sports Under a Summer Sun” as seen in the poster the Sun Valley Resort used for its 75th-anniversary celebration in 2011.
The black & white photo was found by Kristine’s husband David and friend Anne Lawler—also a WRWF member—during their research at the Sun Valley Museum of History in Ketchum. We love our deep WRWF legacy in the Valley!
Meet & Mingle
April 20 – Meet & Mingle
Sun Valley Wine Company
Aprés Ski Tea
Aprés Ski Tea at Susan Flynt’s beautiful home
Approximately 70 members of the Wood River Women’s Foundation gathered at Susan Flynt’s lovely, light-filled home on the afternoon of Thursday, March 3rd for the annual Apres Ski Tea event. It felt particularly special to join together for this event, as the previous Tea was held just before the COVID-19 outbreak hit Sun Valley. Both Terri Bullock, current Foundation president, and Barbara Thrasher, past president and founder, shared reflections on the growth of WRWF and the impact we have had over the years… as we approach our 17th anniversary!
Guests also had the pleasure of hearing about this impact firsthand from I Have a Dream – Idaho Executive Director Laura Rose-Lewis. She thanked WRWF for their continued support and brought two Dream Scholars who have been involved in the program since 3rd grade.
These students will graduate high school this spring! They bravely addressed the full crowd and shared their post-graduation plans. One of the scholars will be attending a Registered Nursing program, and the other shared his intentions to go to culinary school. The WRWF crowd was thrilled to be let in on a secret that the aforementioned student was on his way to find out that he had been awarded a full-ride scholarship to the Sun Valley Culinary Institute!
A big thank you to Susan Flynt for opening her beautiful home and to Kathleen Eder and Kristin Hovencamp, along with the membership and events committees, for putting together an afternoon to remember!
Past President Spotlight
Past President Spotlight:
Sixth WRWF Board President Peggy Grove Shares Valley Roots and Contributions
By EMILY JONES
As the sixth board president of the Wood River Women’s Foundation, Peggy Grove helped draft the board’s long-term strategic plan, popularized membership coffee talks and began monthly informative presentations on education-related issues in the valley.
Grove, an author and retired anthropologist and lecturer, first came to Sun Valley from the San Francisco Bay area to ski with her family before permanently settling in the valley about 25 years ago.
She holds a Ph.D. in Women’s Spirituality and Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and has conducted extensive research on the ancient art and rituals of the Australian Aboriginal indigenous people. For seven years, she lived with and was guided by Aboriginal elders in the rugged stone country of northern Australia.
Peggy finds joy in sharing the stories of ancient women. Her new book, “Woman Inscribed: Ancient Memories Found in Niches, Discovered in Fragments, Inscribed on Bodies, and Recreated from Archeological Field Journals of the Past,” was published in 2020 and is the memoir of her life in the field and in her life in Sun Valley. In addition to writing books and plays, (she and Tony Tekaroniake Evans are writing a play called Oz Chronicles to be performed this summer) she enjoys hiking with her new black puppy and snowshoeing the trails, volunteering with several local nonprofits and visiting family in California, Arizona, and traveling to Mexico with her granddaughters.
Grove resides in Hailey with her Havanese dog, Luna.
Q: Tell us a bit about your upbringing.
A: I was born in Summit Hill, Pennsylvania. That’s Pennsylvania Dutch country. I have many fond memories of my aunt buying vegetables from the horse-drawn carriages as the Amish farmers trotted by with their farm goods. I love shoe-fly pie and corn cakes and all of the Pennsylvania Dutch dishes that my grandmother used to make. We spent every summer there picking huckleberries and hiking. We are going back to Lake Harmony, Penn. this summer for a family reunion.
Because my father was in the oil business and worked as a geologist, my family lived in over a dozen places in the U.S while I was growing up. Anywhere there was oil was where we went! We had to be flexible as children because we attended over 14 schools during our childhood.
Q: How did you find your way to Sun Valley?
A: My husband, Jack, and I raised our boys in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they went through junior high, high school and college. When they were teenagers, we started coming up here to ski because Lake Tahoe was so crowded during the winter season. Going to Tahoe would be these 3-hour trips that turned into sitting on the road for 8 hours. We have been skiing in Sun Valley for the past 40 years and never stood in a lift line!
The agreement with my husband—he has since passed away—was that if we were going to live in Sun Valley, it had to be in an authentic house. So, we moved into a hand-built log cabin. It’s a cute, petite treasure box. The builders, a married couple, actually sat on the floor and ran the logs through a log-peeler.
Q: What are your current and past positions with WRWF?
A: I previously served as a board member for six years and was the vice president under Joanne Wetherell before I became president. I think it’s important to know who our presidents were and what they did, to make sure they’re not forgotten—each one of us has built her foundation on the president who came before her.
I’ve always been part of our Grants Committee and I’ve also been on the Communications Committee. Now, I now spend my time as Chair of the Presidents’ Council and also chair the Nominating Committee, so I’m the first person someone will make contact with when they submit their application. If our current President, Terri Bullock, our interim Vice President of Leadership, LeeAnne Linderman, or a chair of a committee recommends someone to be moved to a leadership position, I’ll begin the process by sending the woman who was recommended a Leadership Application. Those of us on the Nominating Committee also request interviews with the person who was recommended. After we vote our approval, the Board members vote their approval.
As a past President and Chair of the Presidents’ Council, I help other past presidents mentor our current president. I am often asked to clarify things for our Board. We, as members of the council, consider ourselves as a WRWF ‘think tank.’
Q: What other commitments do you have outside of WRWF?
A: My husband used to be on The Hunger Coalition’s board, so I’ve been very connected with them for years. I am also active with The Senior Connection and volunteer at the 160-acre Springs family ranch in Gannet, gardening and then taking the organic vegetables from the farm to the Senior Connection in big bins. They’ve got a great in-house restaurant there and use the vegetables in their lunches and in the 200 or 300 meals they deliver every day.
Before it snows, we pick hundreds of tomatoes for The Senior Connection to brighten and nourish their salads. And potatoes! And squash! My nails get pretty short from working out there every week, or sometimes even three times a week during harvest season. We often also take extra and unusual items we have grown, such as tomatillos and kale, to The Hunger Coalition and they hand it out on Thursdays at their Bellevue facility.
I am also involved with the Ketchum Community Library and we have begun the Jack Grove Writer-In-Residence program to honor my late husband. We have been so fortunate to have Cheryl Strayed, who wrote the best-selling memoir titled “Wild,” as our inaugural Writer-in-Residence at the Hemingway House, as well as Betsy Quammen, who wrote “American Zion,” and is now writing “True West: Sorting Realities on the Far Side of America.” Betsy is also interviewing our Book Club to touch on their experiences of the true West.
Q: What would you say are some of your proudest accomplishments as a board member, board president and vice president of the Wood River Women’s Foundation?
Two of the simplest things that I was able to encourage please me as I look back. During Marcia Liebich’s term—she was our third President—I helped the Foundation transition from paper newsletters to email newsletters. We went from a printed News Brief every three months to an every-month newsletter via email to help keep our members better informed.
As President, I partnered with Louisa Moats, our past Education Committee chair, to change our educational briefings from once a year to about once every month. The briefings have added greatly to our knowledge of what is needed in the valley and brought to WRWF an understanding of where our grants can do the most for our community. The idea was instead of having a ‘big hurrah’ event once a year, we could constantly monitor and check the pulse of the valley by going to talks and listening to what the executive directors, principals of schools, and doctors and nurses had to say. We started going around to the schools, hospitals and housing districts and doing informational talks. It was, and still is, great fun.
I was also thrilled to appoint Terri Bullock as president because of her great business background. We currently spend many hours at Hank & Sylvies, talking about the future of the organization.
A Warm Welcome to New WRWF Members
We are delighted to extend a warm WRWF welcome to new members who joined this month!
- Yanna Lantz – Future Forward
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.
Meet two of our newest members, Jennifer Townsend, and Deb Healy who recently joined WRWF and graciously submitted their bios and images. Thank you Jennifer & Deb and welcome to WRWF.
New Member Jennifer Townsend
Jennifer Townsend is excited to join the WRWF, as she loves helping others
and building community.
Jennifer enjoys writing, photography, and education. She has created mindfulness,
and anti-bullying curriculum for local organizations, has won awards for her photography, and writes a weekly blog.
After earning her MBA and accolades for advertising in her earlier career, Jennifer now focuses on sharing her faith. She leads a community Bible study that started in her home 13 years ago and has connected many women through faith in California.
Jennifer married in Sun Valley 26 years ago and recently purchased a home where she hopes to do more of what she loves: skiing, hiking, biking, and pickleball. Please let her know if you are interested. She is most loved by her husband Brooks
and her two young adult children, Bella and Cole.
She looks so forward to meeting you.
New Member Deb Healy
Deb fell in love with Sun Valley in the late 70s when she and a few friends took two winter quarters off from college in Montana to “ski bum” here. Working for Sun Valley Company under the ownership of a skier like Bill Janss was a dream. The first year, she worked part-time living in the dorms, eating cheaply and skiing a lot. She decided at once to return and live here one day.
Deb and her husband Bennett have two children, Kate, 30 and Davis, 28. They lived in the Seattle area, and bought a family home here with her brother in 1999, allowing them to spend two winters in Sun Valley while the kids were growing up. Her children attended Hemingway, The Community School and Wood River High School during those stays. They made life-long friends while here, so thankfully, they visit often. The Healys purchased their current home in Eastfork in 1994. They live here for 6-8 months a year.
Deb’s career began in food and medical sales right out of college, which led to positions in middle and senior management. She worked for Xerox’s consulting, training, and development subsidiary in Los Angeles. Deb returned to Seattle and worked for herself facilitating top-down management and sales training programs for McCaw Communications/Cellular One at their head office in Kirkland as well as their locations across the US. She provided the same services for US Bank throughout Washington State. In 1994 Deb retired and worked part-time helping her brother and husband manage and grow the printing company they founded in 1987. It grew to be the largest family-owned printing company in the Northwest.
Deb learned bits and pieces about WRWF over the years from many friends and locals. Now that she spends more time in Blaine County, Deb wants to invest in giving back to the community. She currently volunteers with the Hunger Coalition. When considering the variety of options for additional volunteer opportunities, Deb thought of the WRWF, researched our grant history, and decided that by joining WRWF, she would be working with a group of like-minded, inspiring women who are making a difference in the lives of so many.
Deb loves all our outdoor activities. She is interested in taking a deeper dive into the environmental and affordable housing challenges in Blaine County.
I look forward to meeting you!
Member Call to Action
As we continue to find new ways to grow the visibility and expand the network for WRWF, we have branched out and revised our Foundation page on LinkedIn. Please have a look here.
We encourage all members to update their LinkedIn profiles by adding their WRWF affiliation. If you would like to see the steps to add WRWF, please watch our short video here or below.
If you do not already have a LinkedIn page and would like help in creating one, please email Rebecca Ybarra Palma on the Communications Committee firstname.lastname@example.org. This is also a great opportunity to “link” with other members and add them to your LinkedIn network. Thank you!
Membership Committee Launches Full 2022 Schedule!
If you enjoy welcoming new WRWF members, helping women find their place in the Foundation, planning and executing social events, and engaging with our nonprofit partners, this committee is for you!
Now that many COVID restrictions are lifted, the Membership Committee is excited to get back to gathering us in-person to support our mission. If you have time and talent to share in bringing WRWF members together, please contact Kathleen Eder email@example.com or LeeAnne Linderman firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to express our gratitude to Terri LeFaivre, who is stepping down after almost ten years as a member and six years of service on the Board.
First introduced to Sun Valley by her daughter who fell in love with the area while in college, Terri has been a full-time resident of the valley since 2011. Philanthropy has always been a part of her DNA, and she became an active volunteer here right away.
Terri served on the St Luke’s Volunteer Core Board as treasurer and managed their Retail Therapy Gift Shop. She was named St Luke’s Wood River Volunteer of the Year in 2016.
A member of WRWF since 2013, Terri joined the Board in 2016. She co-chaired the Membership Committee before moving to lead the Impact Committee as chair in 2019. Terri also served on the WRWF Nominating Committee.
Long retired from banking and teaching, Terri and her husband Rick enjoy playing golf at Elkhorn. We will miss her on the Board and extend our thanks for her service to the Foundation.
Thank you, Sponsors.
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We begin 2022 with our hearts full of gratitude for our local sponsors. A hearty WRWF thank you to Graybird Foundation, Little Caesar’s and Zions Bank!
Thank you, Contributors!
Thank you to this month’s News Brief contributors:
Christina Bauer, Terri Bullock, Jill Grossman, Carol Hoffman, Anne Jeffery, Emily Jones, Sara Lichtenberg, LeeAnne Linderman, Deb Prost, Sarah Shepard, Renee Spooner, Rebecca Ybarra Palma