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President’s Message

Winter brings to the members of the Wood River Women’s Foundation one of the most exciting events in our year. On Wednesday, March 9th, from 1:00 to 4:00, all of our grant finalists will be making their presentations of their individual proposals in order for us to listen in person or watch on live streaming. Later in March, we will vote for those we feel would benefit the most.

I’m thrilled to announce that your continuing support will allow the WRWF to grant $276,000 in collective giving for 2016! Congratulations! Our local non-profits will receive $224,600 and our member-designated fund is $51,400. The total is our largest amount ever!

Joanne Wetherell


Discover Your Philanthropic Passion! Join us at the Winter Educational Forum— Monday, February 22, 2016,Valley Club, 1-3 pm

Janet Boguch, Principal at Non-Profit Works in Seattle, a dynamic speaker and non-profit consultant with 25 years of experience, will talk us through cutting-edge trends in philanthropy. We will discover and reflect on our personal values — an essential step in becoming strategic and intentional philanthropists. Learn more about Janet at

Make your reservation today by clicking here. The cost is $20 per person, payable by credit card or check to WRWF, PO Box 3686, Ketchum, Idaho 83340. Guests are welcome at this event.

See you at the Valley Club!

Grants Finalists Presentation Coming Up on March 9th

January was a busy month for all of our Grants Committees. Volunteers reviewed and analyzed all of the applications, conducted their site visits, and decided which proposals to advance to the presentation phase and subsequent voting by our membership.

On Wednesday, March 9th, from 1:00 to 4:00, the finalists will present summaries of their proposals to the WRWF at the Light on the Mountains Center at 12446 State Hwy 75. Those non-profits requesting over $10,000 will make oral presentations. Those non-profits requesting $10,000 and less will be introduced, but will only provide a brief written description of their grant request.

Summaries of all grant proposals will also be included in the ballot you receive in late March. If you cannot attend the presentation on Wednesday, March 9th, you can watch the live stream recording on-line. The live stream recording will remain on the web for several weeks so that you can watch it when it is convenient for you. Just log onto:

In late March you will receive your on-line ballot. The email ballot will indicate the voting deadline, so be sure to complete your ballot for your vote to count! Once the ballots are counted the applicants will be notified and we will announce to the WRWF which grants were awarded.

Gina Wolcott
Grants Co- Chair


Leadership Development & Nomination Committee 2016

The 2016 Governance Nominating Committee has compiled a list of enthusiastic, involved women who may wish to step up to leadership roles with WRWF. We wish to fill Board of Director positions as well as Committee Co-chair positions that could lead to a position on the Board in the future. Applications will be accepted until March 10, at which time the Nominating Committee will evaluate the applications for submission to the Board for discussion and voting. Members who have served on a WRWF Committee are eligible to apply. If you wish to submit an application, please contact: Janet DeBard, Nominating Chair, for information and an application:



Apres Ski Tea Orientation For New Members — February 17th, tea and nibbles and getting acquainted while learning more about WRWF. 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at the home of member Sara Nelson, 120 Tail Feather Lane, Golden Eagle (please note change in location)

Strategic Advance Highlights Wood River Women’s Foundation Future Planning

Kevin Cahill of the Deming Institute, Joanne Wetherell, Kelly Allan, Deming Institute Facilitator.

Last month we were thrilled to team up with The W. Edwards Deming Institute® for an intensive 1.5 day interactive Strategic Advance with current, past board members, and several members at large. Member Judy Cahill’s husband, Kevin Cahill, is the Executive Director of The Deming Institute, and along with Deming Institute facilitator Kelly Allan, they have donated their time to work with us over the long term to gain greater strategic insight into becoming even more efficient, effective, and productive. We will utilize every dollar we bring in to its fullest. We all came away energized and eager to begin implementing some of the new ideas and approaches we learned about!

Judy Cahill
Social Media Committee and Photographer

Strategic Advance participants hard at work.


Upcoming Topics 

For CSI Nonprofit Classes

Sponsored By Marcia And Don Liebich
For more information and to register,
contact CSI at 788-2033 or

Storytelling for Nonprofits
How many pie charts and bullet points does it take to turn on an audience? Um, right. Too much pie and too many bullets are rarely a good thing, as a general principle. When it comes to getting people to really engage with you and your nonprofit, a story beats a pie chart hands down. But how do you tell an engaging story? And which story do you tell? In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore what happens when the ancient art of storytelling takes on your organization’s needs. Come ready to absorb, think, write, speak and laugh! A Nonprofit Story Slam just might be had at the end.

TEDxBoise Instructor: Nancy Buffington; Tuesday, March 8, 1:00-5:00 pm

Tuition $25

Diversify Your Nonprofit, Strengthen Your Nonprofit

In this interactive workshop presenter, Leo Morales, the executive director of the Idaho ACLU, will provide you with the language and tools you need to diversify your board, your staff, your volunteers and your strategic plan. Work with the ACLU of Idaho to engage your stakeholders and explore the benefits of effective outreach.

Tuesday, April 19, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Tuition $25


President’s Closing Statement

Thank you, our Members, for your continued support of our Foundation. I find it both humbling and remarkable that we have set a record for collective giving in our community. I hope as well that the WRWF connects you with new friends and acquaintances, and that we will see you at an upcoming event.

Together we are making an impact. You make a difference!

Joanne Wetherell

Joanne Wetherell

Joanne Wetherell, President

Our Mission Statement

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

Wood River Womens Foundation

PO Box 3686
Ketchum, ID 83340

Please note that the old website address will take you to the new website

Welcome New Members:

Mary Ann Chubb

PO Box 175
Ketchum, ID 83340

Important Dates:

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Last minute change:
Sara Nelson’s Home, 120 Tail Feather Lane, Golden Eagle
New Member Orientation

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Valley Club
Winter Educational Forum

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Community Library-Ketchum
Grants Volunteer Meeting

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Light on the Mountain-Hwy 75, north of Gimlet
Grants Presentations


Renewals can be made
at any time. Go to our
website for renewal forms
The due date is
December 15, 2015

News Brief Team:

Alice Calvert
Janet DeBard
Peggy Grove
Louisa Moats
Julie Weston