Wood River Women's Foundation Sun Valley Ketchum Idaho
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

March 2024 News Brief

happy new year!!

Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley: SPOTLIGHT ON COMPASSIONATE CARE

In the serene landscapes of the Wood River Valley, the Hospice & Palliative Care organization stands as a beacon of comfort and dignity, providing end-of-life care and support during sudden losses. Since its inception, this vital service has been dedicated to ensuring that every individual and family facing the profound journey of life’s final stages or unexpected grief is met with empathy, respect, and professional care.


The challenges faced by the organization, from staffing shortages to infrastructure repairs, are met with a spirit of determination and hope. Each obstacle is an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment to the mission of providing dignified, compassionate end-of-life care. The resilience of the team, coupled with the unwavering support of the community and partners like the Wood River Women’s Foundation, fuels the organization’s journey forward.

The generosity of the Wood River Women’s Foundation and the community has been instrumental in advancing the organization’s mission. This support has not only sustained but also empowered the team to navigate the complexities of end-of-life care, including the recent undertaking of an EMR conversion and the essential upgrades to the organization’s home base, ensuring a safe environment for both the dedicated staff and the families they serve.


Through direct interactions with healthcare professionals, outreach to families, and the incredible support of over 60 active volunteers, Hospice & Palliative Care continues to weave a fabric of care and support that envelops those in need. The forthcoming year will also see an emphasis on leveraging technology to enhance communication and outreach, further embedding the organization within the heart of the community it serves


Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley extends a heartfelt invitation to the community to join in supporting this vital mission. Join us in making a meaningful impact in the lives of those facing life’s final chapter. Whether through volunteering, financial contributions, or simply raising awareness about the importance of hospice care, every action contributes to a larger movement of compassion and dignity. Together, we can ensure that every individual’s final journey is met with the utmost care and respect.

Members in the News

The Hunger Coalition Recognized

Congratulations to The Hunger Coalition’s committed leadership including WRWF members Krista Felton, Director of Philanthropy, Jeannie Liston, former Executive Director, and THC Board Members Carter Cox, Deb Van Law and Patti Zebrowski for being honored by The Hispanic Commission.
Focus Grant Update

The Wood River Early Learning Collaborative, established with our two-year Focus Grant, continues to make substantial progress toward the goals of its Strategic Plan. In an update provided to us in mid-November, Kathryn Ivers, Project Director, reported that the Advisory Council now includes 15 valley nonprofits with a strong interest in the wellbeing and education of young children.

committee corner

Grants Presentation Day is Here!

March 20, Noon – 4pm Mountain Time, Via Zoom

As of Wednesday the 13th, the Grants teams have completed their application reviews, site visits, presentations and recommendations and provided us with a final slate of applicants – now it’s our full membership’s turn to vote!

Wednesday, March 20th, is the day we look forward to in our annual grant-making cycle. This year, WRWF will invite 27 nonprofits to present their request for funding from our 2024 Pooled Fund. Following the meeting, all members with active accounts will be sent an email with information including ballot summaries, a link to the Zoom recording, and instructions for voting. This is our mission moment!

WRWF’s grant-making is central to our purpose and we can only do this work with the generous gifts of time and treasure from our members. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this year’s Pooled Fund. And extra gratitude to all of those who made an additional contribution to the match invitation which boosted the Fund by $108,000! With a record fund size of $400,000, we will be able to fund several more of the nonprofits that are looking for our help this year. Every one of the grantees will appreciate your support!

The members of the grants review teams were listed in January’s News Brief however, given their diligent work and the important role they play in delivering the WRWF mission, let’s give them another shout-out! Congratulations on a job well done ladies – we all appreciate your investment of time, commitment and focus to bring forward an excellent slate of applications!

View the 2024 Volunteer list for Grants Team Members

Event Recap

Apres Ski Member Appreciation 

On February 16th, 2024, the Sun Valley Culinary Institute hosted the “Après Ski Member Appreciation Event,” under the leadership of President Sandy McCullough. The event spotlighted Aaron Bronson, Executive Director at The Space Idaho, who illuminated The Space’s mission to offer tailored academic support for 6th to 12th graders. Bronson’s remarks on breaking educational barriers and fostering each student’s potential was a highlight, resonating with attendees about the importance of personalized tutoring and the importance of a safe space to learn.

This event not only served as a token of appreciation for our members but also as an inspiring forum to understand and support the pivotal educational initiatives in our community. The takeaways were profound, leaving us all with a renewed sense of purpose and a deeper appreciation for the transformative power of individualized education.

Committee corner

Become a Volunteer

Membership Committee volunteers delivering the WRWF mission and having fun doing it!

New year and a new chance to lend your services to our great, all volunteer organization. All of our committees could use additional help so reach out and explore the options. From Communications to Membership, Education and Finance, we’ve got just the opportunity for you to contribute whether you are here full-time or part-time. This month, we are spotlighting the Membership Committee.

Are you passionate about connecting with new faces, fostering their engagement with the Wood River Women’s Foundation, and sharing your enthusiasm for our mission? If so, we invite you to join our dynamic Membership Committee whose primary responsibilities are growing and retaining our membership. After all, members contributions to the pooled fund are what enable the WRWF to meet our mission of serving our nonprofit partners—-growth in membership means growth in the funds we have to invest to support the growing needs of our partners!

Whether you’re full or part-time in the Valley, an outgoing extrovert or a more introspective personality, your involvement is up to you – from a few hours a year to a couple of hours each month. Your time matters, no matter the quantity. From helping with nametags to shaping event experiences, from extending warm welcomes to new members to brainstorming innovative ways to enhance member appreciation, every moment you contribute makes a tangible impact. Opportunities abound for every level of availability!

Our monthly one-hour committee meetings are accessible via Zoom and in person. Your attendance, as your schedule allows, is warmly encouraged. Together, let’s create meaningful connections and shape a brighter future for our community!

If you have questions please don’t hesitate to call or email us!
Membership Co-Chairs:


5 th Annual State of the Valley Community Forum

Panelists and WRWF members at last year’s State of the Valley
  • When: Tuesday, February 6th
  • Where: Wood River High School
  • Time: 4:00-6:00

This year’s theme is “Educate Us – Discussing challenges for education in the Wood River Valley.”  We are looking to highlight issues the educational system needs to address through programming, tutoring, early education, and alternative programs.  We will be looking at what is being provided currently and what additional support is needed.

Wendy Jaquet will be moderating a stellar panel line up that you will not want to miss.

  • Aaron Bronson – The Space, Executive Director
  • Jim Foudy – Blaine County Schools, Superintendent
  • Kathryn Ivers – WR Early Learning Collaboration, Project Manager
  • Laura Rose Lewis – Far + Wise, Executive Director

We hope you can join us.

Contact Jenni Riley, Education Chair with any questions. Jenniriley12@gmail.com

Aprés ski member appreciation event

Last year’s Après host Gail Severn

WRWF’s Après Ski Member Appreciation is an exclusive member appreciation event that brings together our members and your invited guests for an afternoon of treats, and conversation. It’s a great opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals and learn more about the impact our organization is making in the community. This year, we are excited to announce that Aaron Bronson, ED of The Space Idaho will share information on their mission and how our nearly $40,000 in two, recent grants have impacted their organization.

Attendance for the Après Ski Member Appreciation event is limited due to popular demand. To ensure everyone has a comfortable experience, RSVPs are required for this event. We encourage our members & their guests to sign up as soon as possible to secure their spot.

We can’t wait to see you at the Après Ski Member Appreciation event at the Culinary Institute on February 16th from 4-6 pm to celebrate another successful year of women-powered philanthropy.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our mission organization. Let’s continue to make a difference together!


Field Trip to wood river fire & rescue

Location: 11053 Highway 75, Bellevue, Idaho
Date: March 18th
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Meet Captain Ryan DeMoe at the Wood River Fire & Rescue Station 3 in Bellevue. Tour their station and see a demonstration of the advanced training equipment that is being used to enhance the training of our first responders throughout the Wood River Valley.



Nonprofit Finalists Presentations

Location: Virtual Presentation
Date: March 20th
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mark your calendars for an extraordinary showcase of inspiration and community impact at the Wood River Women’s Foundation's virtual presentations by nonprofit finalists on March 20, 2024.

Welcome to WRWF - New Member orientation in-person!

Location: Zions Bank - 311 N. Main St. Ketchum - 2nd Floor Community Conference Room
Date: March 22nd
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Welcome to WRWF - New Member orientation by Zoom!

Location: A Zoom link will be emailed to you.
Date: March 28th
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Meet & Mingle

Location: Sun Valley Club House - 200 Trail Creek Rd
Date: April 25th
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Meet & Mingle + Wine Tutorial

Location: To be announced
Date: May
Time: To be announced


Event Recap

2023 Holiday gathering

More than 50 WRWF merry-makers enjoyed holiday festivities together on December 19th, at the home of WRWF Board Member, Trinka Dyer. We were delighted to celebrate another year of collectively supporting our community – a year in which we welcomed more than 50 new members, raised a record $353k Pooled Fund that was awarded to 22 nonprofit partners in April, and saw our members reach deep into their pockets to help fund local needs as well as the WRWF Endowment Fund. Thank you for your commitment to our mission and community!

And our work continues. We are excited about the upcoming grants cycle which opens January 12th and look forward to voting as a collective in March.

Thank you to all for your continued support of our wonderful community and organization and best wishes for a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2024!

Year in Review Slideshow

Grant Cycle

new members

We are delighted to extend a warm WRWF welcome this month to:

  • Kathryn Ivers
  • Kinsey Leodler
  • Britt Rescigno
  • Sara Steppe

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. Welcome!

New Member Spotlight


We are happy to welcome new member Kelly Chung. Here she shares a bit about herself:
  • What inspired you to join WRWF?
    • I just moved to the Wood River Valley full-time this summer and after surveying opportunities to be involved in the community, I was very impressed with how well the WRWF is organized and the reach this group is able to have. I am looking forward to learning more about the process of evaluating grants and learning about the projects going on in the valley!
  • What can you tell us about your professional life, education and previous volunteer experience?
    • I just retired from a 30-year career as an ophthalmologist, half of which was spent in academia and half in private practice in Portland, Oregon. My husband, is also an ophthalmologist, and I enjoyed volunteering internationally over the years, both performing surgery and teaching as well as being on the Eye Care America panel for many years.
  • What do you like to do for fun? (hobbies/recreation)
    • I love the outdoors like most of the other people who live here. I enjoy playing golf, hiking and fly fishing in the summer and being on skis, nordic and downhill in the winter!


a new volunteer recognition program

At the Wood River Women’s Foundation, it is truly our volunteers who make it all happen! Our fun social gatherings, our thought provoking Field Trips, our Educational Events like State of the Valley, this Newsbrief that you are reading, our Financial Management, our Operations, our Grants cycle and so much more!

2024 will be the year of the “Wowies” – recognizing those volunteers who go the extra mile for our organization or community, those volunteers who selflessly give their time and their bounty to help the WRWF serve our mission and exemplify our core values as an organization.

Our core values are a list of guiding principles that define how we achieve our mission and pursue our purpose and they are as follows:

    • Collaborative: We
      • Work as a team with a keen focus on the WRWF collective giving mission
      • Encourage, welcome and constructively debate new ideas
      • Generously share decision-making and knowledge
    • Inclusive: We…
      • Welcome every member to engage at whatever level she chooses
      • Treat everyone with respect and kindness and address actions inconsistent with our values
      • Work to build teams that are welcoming to all members and their voices
      • Embrace differences in skills, backgrounds, talent, and cultures
      • Acknowledge our inherent biases and work to counter them
    • Engaged: We…
      • Actively work to build positive relationships between WRWF members and the community
      • Give what time we can to further the WRWF mission
      • Approach our work as ‘community’ service
      • Show up when unexpected needs arise and support each other
    • Transparent: We…
      • Share information even when uncomfortable
      • Give and receive feedback across the foundation
      • Act with good intentions and assume others are doing the same
      • Communicate with candor and empathy
    • Professional: We…
      • Strive to do what’s best for WRWF and our mission
      • Perform our volunteer duties as if we were being paid and as a reliable colleague
      • Make tough decisions and accept risk when necessary to further our mission
      • Spend our limited funds wisely
    • Fun: We…
      • Celebrate, appreciate and support each other at every opportunity
      • Inspire giving among ourselves, other women and the community
      • Revel in the friendship and collegiality of our fellow members
      • Approach our participation in WRWF with pride, generosity and a willingness to learn new things

Here is where you come in – please nominate a member who you believe deserves recognition along one of these dimensions by sending their name and a brief reason why you are nominating them. Awards will be announced at our gatherings 2x a year.
Submit your 250 word (max) nominations to: wrwfcomms@gmail.com

Membership Renewal Reminder

Renew your membership if you haven’t already

Thank you for being committed to supporting WRWF’s nonprofit partners across Blaine County! We are honored to contribute to the work they do to ensure a healthy and vibrant community. Our next grant cycle will be WRWF’s 19th year of generous women pooling our funds to meet our mission – we hope you will be part of it

This year we have onboarded a new membership management platform and you will see something a bit different when you click this link to renew.

To begin the renewal process, click the “member renewal” button. You will be asked to “login” to the website. If you haven’t done this since the switch to the new website in August, please click “forgot your password” and put in your email address currently associated with your WRWF account. You will receive an email that details further instructions. Now you are ready to fill out the form on the membership renewal webpage!

These transitions are always a bit tricky and we appreciate your patience as we smooth out any hiccups. If you prefer to renew by check or DAF, there is a button to “Pay Later” that will capture your information in the new software system and allow you to mail the check in separately. If you just want to mail a check in that’s fine too, just send it to P.O. Box 3686, Ketchum, Idaho 83340.

If you have any questions while working your way through the form, please don’t hesitate to email the office for help at info@woodriverwomensfoundation.org – we welcome your questions.

If you have already received a renewal email and completed your renewal – thank you! If not, please renew at your earliest convenience and no later than November 15 so we can ensure we are ready to meet the next batch of grant requests from our non-profit community.

With Gratitude, your fellow members on the WRWF Board.

Blaine County School District Survey

Blaine County School District invites WRWF member participation in survey

In a nod to the respect WRWF has earned throughout the community, the BCSD will be sharing a survey with our membership as a step towards helping the school district develop its 2024-2029 strategic plan. Look for an email sent from WRWF with a link to the BCSD survey in January. Following the survey, BCSD will be conducting a series of community round table discussions. The last question on the survey will ask if the responder would be interested in attending a round table discussion which will go deeper in details and gather additional feedback.
We appreciate this opportunity to help the school district define its future strategic direction. It is yet another example of the value of your WRWF membership, giving you an amplified voice in Blaine County!

BFF! Membership Initiative

Calling all WRWF members! We’re here to remind you about our membership initiative program “BFF! – Bring Forth Friends!”

If two new members join WRWF under your encouragement, you will be thanked for your recruitment efforts with either a $25 coffee card or a bottle of wine. This is an opportunity to continue growing and strengthening our collective membership through your personal and unique networks. Remember, there is no limit to how many rewards you can receive in a year. Be sure your BFFs give you credit when they join so we can track your success towards a reward!

Keep spreading the word about WRWF and our mission!

This reward is being underwritten by a generous WRWF member.

job opening


The Wood River Women’s Foundation office is busy! If you know anyone who is proficient with technology wants to make a positive impact on our community, and is interested in a part-time year-round job, please refer them to us.

THANK YOU, Sponsors!

We are grateful for our sponsors and extend a hearty WRWF thank you to Graybird Foundation, and Zions Bank!

THANK YOU TO OUR contributors

Thank you to this month’s News Brief contributors:


  • Carol Hoffman
  • Sandy McCullough
  • Karissa Price Rico
  • Sarah Shepard
  • Karyna Veisberg