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You’re Invited…

March 18 is your opportunity to hear the 2015 Grant Finalist Presentations
1:00 – 5:00 PM @ Light on the Mountain

For the past six months the Grants Committee has been thoughtfully working on the Grant selection process:

  • Reviewing the Letters of Inquiry – the short applications
  • Narrowing the applicant pool & requesting full applications from those moving to the proposal stage
  • Reviewing the full applications
  • Visiting the applicants – site visits to ask pertinent questions
  • Selecting those that will become the 2015 finalists 

Now you have the opportunity to learn more about these worthwhile projects, allowing you to cast an informed vote.  This is always a heartfelt event – listening to the ways our nonprofit agencies are interacting with their constituencies to bring social change.

We have $216,000 to award in Grants in 2015.  This is our highest dollar amount.  We are so grateful to all of our members for becoming leaders in philanthropy through pooled giving.  We are a force in supporting positive change in our community.

Please plan to attend the Grant Finalist presentations!
Janet DeBard

We are changing —
Our Name – Our Look – Our Messaging

As we approach our 10th Grants cycle, we are incorporating some fresh ideas.

Look for a name change in the near future.  Our name was always difficult to remember – WRWCF – so we have shortened it a bit.  To complement this, we have a new logo – vibrant colors & design.  Very soon Wood River Women’s Foundation – WRWF will appear on all of our communications:  Website, News Brief, all of our Social Media, and all print.

Our Website is in the final stages of revision.  It will be easy to navigate and incorporate all the information you may wish to access under the headings of Our Members, Grants History, Calendar, Newsletters, and much more…

Our Social Media avenues are gaining a following – another way to interface with WRWF – Facebook and Twitter—others to come.

To carry out our mission, we will be incorporating the idea ofInvestment In Social Change – how our grants impact sustainable social change.

We will inform you when all is complete!

Janet DeBard

Where Your Money Goes —

The annual donation to the Wood River Women’s Foundationis $1,000, plus a $100 Administrative Fee.  You can always elect to donate more than the minimum.

If you designate the full $1,000 to go the Pooled Fund, your entire donation will go to the money distributed to the grants recipients.

A minimum of $500 of your $1,000 must go to the Pooled Fund.  If you designate either $250 or $500 of your $1,000 to go to an agency of your choice, it will be held at Idaho Community Foundation for at least six months before being sent to the nonprofit.  This is the agreement we have with ICF in order to avoid having to pay fees.  You will be notified when your designated donation is distributed.

The Administrative Fee of $100 helps fund some of the WRWF events and covers administrative costs.  WRWF is run by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Sara Nelson

Meet two members of our Executive Grants Committee:
Lynne Heidel and Charlotte Unger
Talk About the Grants Process
As a new member of the Executive Grants Committee, I am pleased to be playing a role in overseeing the grants process.  Last year when I participated on a grants subcommittee, I learned the importance of the role in vetting the proposals submitted to us by the wide variety of nonprofits.  I am now a member of the Executive Grants Committee and can report that 60 Wood River Women’s Foundation members volunteered to review 54 Letters of Inquiry, representing $750,000 in grant requests.  Our pooled fund has $215,000 so we are not even half way to funding all the proposals.

The task of the Executive Grants Committee is to assign volunteers to subcommittees and give them the tools to review and evaluate the proposals from the nonprofits applicants.  The volunteers identify and then present to the entire WRWF voting membership those proposals deemed most worthy of consideration for a grant.

We hold training sessions for all our volunteers.  We have worked to standardize the format of the review process within the subcommittees.   We do not simply give nonprofits funds.  We see ourselves as partners with a stake in assuring their success because we share a goal to enhance the quality of life in our community.

As an added challenge, I was pleased to be part of the Grants Task Force where we organized member forums to collect input on the grants process.  This allows us to respond to the needs of the nonprofits and the desires of our membership.  The Task Force will hold more forums in the summer, after which we will present our findings to the Board and to the membership.  I am impressed with the thoughtful input we have received so far.

Lynne Heidel
Grants Executive Committee

Our recent increase in membership is exciting for the Wood River Women’s Foundation and for our Blaine County nonprofit community.

That growth is paying dividends!  We strengthen the fabric of our community with each grant we make, with each site visit to the nonprofits, with our impact teams, and with each education event.

My own interest in philanthropy grew from my family’s business where we supported our employees and their families as well as reaching out through United Way, our local YMCA, and a thriving low-income housing and job training program.  When we moved to the Wood River Valley, I volunteered with the schools and programs where my kids were involved and later with The Advocates.  The WRWF was an easy “Yes!” for me when I was invited to join the founding members.

Now as a member of the Executive Grants Committee, along with Lynne Heidel, Peggy Goldwyn, Gail Wilkie, and Kat Vanden Heuvel, I help to organize and direct the grants process.  My focus is the communication with the nonprofits, but the full Executive Grants Committee weighs in on each step of the yearly grants cycle.

We welcome your involvement.  You are a vital part of WRWF!

Charlotte Unger
Grants Executive Committee

Recommended Readings:

Morley Golden and Louise Stumph of WOW, one of our funded agencies, want Blaine County students to take responsibility for their community by demonstrating the power of generosity and compassion.

Raising Charitable Children by Carol Weisman.  A good starter book for younger children on volunteering and giving.

The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects:  500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference by Barbara Lewis

The Opposite of Spoiled:  Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous and Smart About Money by Ron Lieberman.  Two ideas are that empathy and social justice are not prideful activities and that young people should feel humble about privilege.

Alice Calvert
News Brief Co-Editor

What’s New?

Our Funded Agencies and Our Members

Our member, Sarah Michael, was named Idaho Woman of the Year by the Idaho Business Review.  Sarah was Blaine County Commissioner from 2001-2008.  Among her many accomplishments, she spearheaded the Mountain Rides Transportation Authority, and she and her husband organized the Wild Gift Program.   Congratulations, Sarah!

I wish to thank our dynamic, involved membership for all they contribute in making our mission possible.  

 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
Welcome New Members:

Christine DePosit
PO Box 489
Freeland, WA 98249

Peggy Grossman
PO Box 1325
Sun Valley, ID 83353

Mary Hogg
91 Rainbow Bend Rd
Ketchum, ID 83340

Jori Potiker
PO Box 675152
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Sandra Webel
P.O. Box 3441
Ketchum, ID 83340

Anita Weissberg
PO Box 1326
Ketchum, ID 83340

Tricia Wood
PO Box 3802
Ketchum, ID 83340

Mark Your Calendars

Final Presentations for the Grants Finalists Wednesday, March 18th from 1:00 – 5:00 @ Light on the Mountain, Hailey, ID

All WRWCF members are urged to attend the presentations of the Grant finalists on this day

Peggy Grove ~ Editor and Communications Co-Chair Alice Calvert ~  News Brief Co-Editor