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February 2018 News Brief

By March 6, 2018Newsletter

Welcome and Greetings from Margery Friedlander, Board Secretary


The grants process is moving along. Multiple applications each year are from these categories: education, environment, arts and recreation, social services, and health. Before the entire membership receives their ballots on March 7th and votes on April 6th, there’s more to be done with the grants process.

Our subcommittee met today to discuss eight of the 33 proposals from non-profits. After each presentation, we voted to highly recommend that these applications go forward to the next review. On February 21st, our subcommittee and others will present their evaluations and recommendations to the entire Grants Committee. Depending on how much money there is to allocate, the Grants Committee will vote on which applications should advance to the final ballot.

On March 6th, those finalists will make brief presentations of their projects to the entire membership. The entire membership will get to see and hear those presentations either in person or through live streaming. It’s always exciting to hear the Executive Directors of the non-profits pitch their projects and argue why their project deserves WRWF support.

I urge all members to watch the presentations before you vote. In all likelihood you will be introduced to an organization you did not know existed, and you will learn more about the good work each organization does in Blaine County. Remember, YOU have the final say in awarding the grants.

–Margery Friedlander, WRWF Board Secretary

Members hear pitches from grant applicants in 2017

Don’t Miss the Executive Director of the David Rockefeller Foundation

Our Winter Education Forum is coming up! Join us Monday, February 26th, 5:00 – 6:30 PM, at the Community School Auditorium. We are extremely fortunate that Lukas Haynes, Director of the David Rockefeller Foundation, will lead our Winter Forum. Speaking on “Significant Change Through Philanthropy,” Mr. Haynes will deliver a wide-ranging talk on the opportunities and challenges of philanthropic giving for leveraged and sustainable impact. Mr. Haynes will share a wealth of experience developing grant-making programs in areas as diverse as community development, art for social impact, and climate change solutions.

Mr. Haynes served on the policy planning staff of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and has worked at the intersection of policy, philanthropy, donor education, and non-profit advocacy his whole career. He is also a trustee of Protect Our Winters, dedicated to saving the snow sports industry from climate change, and Lulu’s Fund, created in memory of his daughter.

Members, non-profits, guests, and the public are all invited. $20 advance registration

We Have An Office!

Thanks to the diligence and wisdom of our task force members Sandra Flattery and Sylvia Miller, the WRWF now has leased month-to-month office and meeting spaces at Ketchum Works on Sun Valley Road in Ketchum. Our February board meeting and various committee meetings have already been held in this wonderful new space. Since WRWF has grown to over 300 members and has been operating without a regular meeting location, we found we were in need of continuous usable workspace and a conference room in which to have our board and committee meetings. We are also fortunate that donations from two WRWF members to support operating expenses (rent and more staff support) have allowed us to move forward knowing that rent for 2018 has been underwritten. Beyond 2018, we expect that the endowment spending policy our Board has approved will be a significant factor in support of our growing administrative needs. We are pleased that renting this new office does not impact our Grants funding in any way.


Apres Ski Tea Welcomed New Members and Guests

February gathering at the Gail Severn Art Gallery

New members, current members, and guests enjoyed the Apres Ski Tea at the Gail Severn Art Gallery on February 7th. Our guest speaker, from one of our funded non-profits, was Courtney Jelaco, Major Gifts Officer of the Wood River Land Trust, who described the new bridge in the Draper Preserve funded by a grant from the WRWF. Many thanks to Gail Severn, our Membership Committee, and Maija Eerkes for arranging and hosting this delightful gathering.

Gail Severn accepting a bouquet from Kathleen Eder, in appreciation for her generous donation of space

Courtney Jelaco of the Wood River Land Trust

Next Meet & Mingle, will be March 29th at the Knob Hill Inn in Ketchum, from 5:00 – 6:30. All members and guests are welcome. There is no advanced registration or fee for this event. Enjoy this informal gathering!

Brief Board Notes

  • Esther Ochsman has chosen to step away as Vice President of the WRWF for personal reasons relating to her family. She will be retaining her Board position as the Education Chair. Stepping in for Esther as Interim Vice President, and with the board of directors’ vote of approval, is Terri Bullock. Terri has been a member since June 2016, joined the Board in June 2017 and is our Social Media Committee Chair and technical advisor par excellence
  • The Kiwanis Club, Balmoral Park pavilion grant, awarded last spring, will not commence until May, 2018. Final report to the WRWF will be submitted upon completion of the project
  • What happens if a grant is awarded and not used by the recipient? Funds not used by July 1 of the year following their receipt, must be returned to the Foundation. The Foundation returns the funds to the pooled fund to be used in the next grant cycle

Closing Message from Peggy Grove, Ph.D., President of WRWF

Dear Members,

Mark March 6th on your calendars in order to watch the final presentations of those who have qualified to be finalists for our Grant funding. It is one of the most important days of the year for WRWF. You will see the Executive Directors of each non-profit present their well deserving projects to the entire WRWF membership. As Margery Friedlander says in our News Brief opening, come to the presentations and watch in person or watch through live streaming. Following the presentations, you will receive a ballot on-line and your vote will be counted. These will be the non-profits who will receive our grant money for the year.

And then to jump ahead to one of the other most important days of the year for WRWF — mark August 8th on your calendars to come to the Annual Awards Presentation Luncheon under the tent at Trail Creek to meet each of the grantees and experience the concept of your collective giving at its greatest.

Peggy Grove, Ph.D.
WRWF President

Peggy Grove, President

Foundation Website

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
Foundation Website

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

Mark Your Calendar:

Monday, February 26th, 5:00 PM
Winter Educational Forum
Lukas Haynes, Guest Speaker
Community School Auditorium in Ketchum
Open to the Public
$20.00 per person,
payable here or at the door

Tuesday, March 6th, 1:00 PM
Grant Finalists’ Presentations
Community Library, Ketchum
Open to all WRWF Members

Thursday, March 29th, 5:00 – 6:30 PM
March Meet & Mingle
Knob Hill Inn, Ketchum

April 6th, 2018
Deadline for Voting on Grant Priorities
(Ballots will be sent to all WRWF members via email)

Welcome New Members

Susan Giannettino
Hailey, ID

Deborah Gilbert
Sun Valley, ID

Christy Holloway
Stanford, CA

Ina Lee
Sun Valley, ID

Lisa R. Mayer
Ketchum, ID

Connie Price
Sun Valley, ID

Kathy Robinson
Sun Valley, ID

Megan Vorm
Ketchum, ID

Shirley Wes
Atherton, CA

News Brief Team:

Louisa Moats
Susan Jackson


Judy Cahill
Charlotta Harris