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President’s Message

Reflections of 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, I wish to Highlight the accomplishments & innovative ideas of WRWCF

Grants – $162,000 granted in 2014 – over $1,300,000 to date; reviewing processes to best support our nonprofits as our pooled funds grow

Impact – Created an Impact Team to form relationships with the Grantee’s; well-received by the agencies; allows WRWCF to track use & impact of our Grants

Membership – Active in welcoming new members & guests with upbeat informational gatherings; over 50 new members joined during 2014

EducationWinter Educational Forum with the author of Happy Money, highlighting the research of achieving greater happiness related to how you spend your money

News Brief – An effort to keep our membership informed with recaps of events, educational information & involvement opportunities

Events – Offered a variety of social & educational gatherings for our membership & their guests throughout the year

Social MediaFacebook & Twitter sites created to better reach a larger diverse audience

Governance – Continual refining of governance documents to keep WRWCF functioning with clear policies

The Board wishes to thank each member for her commitment to pooled giving.  Your support has truly made a difference in the health of our community.  We look forward to a bright 2015 filled with new ideas & connections with our members.
Happy Holidays!
Janet DeBard

Getting to know Our Member Series

WRWCF Instills in Women the Idea of Philanthropy

Marcia Liebich’s definition of a philanthropist is this ~ “A philanthropist is someone who gives away something – time, money, skills, and access to personal networks – in order to create a better world.” To those of us who embrace WRWCF, we are in the process of finding a path toward understanding others and giving back those very important “somethings”. We integrate a particular way of seeing the world around us along with living in this wonderful community. To begin our journey, we first become educated to the needs in our community. Then we become action oriented and initiate participation in many areas of philanthropy.

Here are personal reflections on how philanthropy has enhanced the lives of three women from WRWCF as they speak about their personal involvement with philanthropy and with WRWCF:

Marcia Liebich – Founding Member of WRWCF, Past President

Janet DeBard with Marcia Liebich

These are two of Marcia Liebich’s favorite sayings:

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not!” Quote by Dr. Seuss

“Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Quote by Margaret Mead

For me, philanthropy is an investment in which lives, not monetary profits, are at stake. There is a big difference between charity and philanthropy. Philanthropy requires us to be engaged. My involvement in philanthropy most likely began when I went to Elmira College, a small liberal arts women’s college in New York where we had a required community service component. My parents did not have a lot of money, but my Dad was a college professor and was President of the school board. My mother volunteered. I was active on campus. Later, as a college trustee for 20 years, our first major gift was the funding of a state of the art classroom named for us. As our capacity grew, our interests grew. When Don’s father retired from Sysco, we started a college scholarship fund for a child of an employee of SYSCO in NY in his honor. We both believe that much is expected from those who have been blessed with resources.

Peggy Goldwyn – Grants Co-Chair

Peggy Goldwyn

The 2015 Grants cycle is the third year I have been co-chair of the Grants committee.  I volunteered for Grants right after I joined The Wood River Women’s Charitable Committee five years ago, which was about the time I moved to the Wood River Valley permanently.  Meeting the other women on my committee and learning about all the wonderful organizations who submitted Letters of Inquiry did more than anything else to make me feel part of the community.  The following year, I co-chaired a sub-committee and my circle of friends and knowledge about the non-profits who matter so much to us widened, as did my conviction that I had made the right choice in moving to Blaine County. I’ve discovered it isn’t necessary to make the time commitment I have chosen in order to reap the benefits of being a part of the Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation. At any level of participation, it is possible to learn the needs of the Valley and make a real contribution.

Kat Vanden Heuvel – New Member

Kat Vanden Heuvel
Whether through my work for my favorite non-profits, such as The Hunger Coalition and Wild Gifts, and in my role as the new Executive Director of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, or in my volunteering, I love being a part of my community’s growth and helping others, so it was a natural fit for me to join the Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation. I’ve always been impressed by the organization and the women involved in it. I like being around people who make things happen. Thus, it all just fell perfectly into place for me to join WRWCF. As a new member I’m already enjoying being a part of the Grants Committee.  Learning more about organizations, their challenges & successes within our community, and seeing the many projects and ideas they have is very inspiring. As we discuss the proposals, I also feel like I’m getting to know my fellow members of WRWCF better and I am thrilled to be a part of it.

Holiday Social

Holiday Social ~ Friday, Dec 19, 2015
 – At the home of Gina Knox 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Parking will be available at the lower Dollar Lodge parking area. There will be shuttles to take you from the parking lot to the house. We highly encourage that you take the shuttle as parking is very limited and it could be icy.

Invitations will be sent out via email and the RSVP will be included in the invitation. It is a members’ only event.

Please join us! This is a great way to meet other members and get involved in our organization.

Recommended Reading for December

Swiftsure Therapeutic Equestrian Center serves 116 riders weekly offering seven different programs.  WRWCF funded two programs in 2014– $25,000 for the Ranch Hand Summer Program, and $8,000 for a joint venture between Swiftsure and The Senior Connection. Among the 116 horseback riders served each week there are 15 to 20 veterans.

Swiftsure Ranch Hand Summer Program Participants

This is what Hugh Blue, a longtime volunteer at Swiftsure says about the benefits of the riding programs:

“The walking motion of the horse closely resembles the human walking gait. Horses used in equine assisted-activities and therapy (EAAT) benefit their riders through activation of postural control, balance, and motor and sensory systems that cannot be recreated in normal therapy settings. Other benefits that we see are improved sequencing and planning skills, added trust and patience, improved impulse control, and empathy. Also, a renewed level of kindness, respect and self-confidence.”

Recommended Reading:

How to Think Like a Horse
by Cherry Hill

Zen Mind Zen Horse
by Allan Hamilton

Google this outstanding documentary:
‘Riding My Way Back’
The story of an Iraq and Afghanistan vet on the verge of suicide who is guided back to the world by a horse named Fred.

Alice Calvert

Grants Member Forums

Calling all members!  The grants committee will be holding member forums during January and February and we want your input.  A separate email with all the details will be coming soon.

May you feel comfort in knowing that you have participated in making our community healthier and stronger.  The Board of WRWCF wishes each of you a peaceful joyful holiday season.

Janet  DeBard

 Janet DeBard

Our Mission Statement

The WRWF inspires and educates women to become leaders in philanthropy and brings significant, positive change to the community by pooling and distributing its members’ resources.

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PO Box 3686
Ketchum, ID 83340

Nonprofit Education 
Initiative Series
Sponsored by:
Don and Marcia Liebich

Nell Edgington of 
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Topic: Messaging Impact
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Location: College of Southern
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Time: 1:00-5:00

Cost: $25.00, partial scholar-
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Holiday Social 
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Gina Knox’s Home
December 19, 2014
5:30-7:00 pm

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