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May 2018 News Brief

By May 16, 2018Newsletter

Welcome and Greetings from Louisa Moats, Board Member


The recent announcement of this year’s grant winners was a climactic and gratifying moment for all of us on the board and, I hope, for all of our 340 members. Many hours of volunteer time – not to mention the generous contributions of donors — made this possible. Isn’t it fantastic to see what we can do with pooled funds? Community art and theater, programs for people with disabilities, facilities for the elderly, environmental stewardship, mental health services…much more than most of us could do alone. I trust that you, too, are touched, pleased, and inspired by what we are accomplishing together.

Louisa Moats, Board Member; News Brief Editor

A New Grant Cycle Begins

River Library and Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center


The Grants Winners for this Grant Cycle were announced on April 6th. Approximately 70% of our members, a huge percentage in any voting procedure, voted for their grant funding priorities. $278,579 in pooled grant funds has been awarded to 16 non-profits in Blaine County for special projects ranging from production of musical theater to bathrooms for seniors. If you missed the announcement last month, you can find a list of this year’s grantees here click here. All grantees will be honored at our membership meeting and luncheon on August 8th. We hope you will be there; keep an eye out for details.

2017 Grantee in the Spotlight: KDPI, Our Local Radio Station

KDPI staff members, Kristen Radakovich and Ellie Newman, express delight with the new Shure SM7 speakers

Additional speakers enable studio participants to be seated on either side of the workstation

KDPI Drop In Radio has used their grant of $1,286 to install a new mixing board, two state-of-art speakers, and a new microphone. This new equipment registers superior voice quality and tone for live or recorded broadcasts. Tune in to 88.5 FM to hear local community radio at its best. Better yet, stop in and contribute to a broadcast! If you missed our Winter Forum speaker, here’s the link to Lukas Haynes’ live interview with Ellie Newman on KDPI click here. Many thanks to KDPI for that wonderful opportunity!

We Are One of Many in The Women’s Collective Giving Network (WCGN)

The WRWF has been a member of The Women’s Collective Giving Network since 2014. WRWF members are automatically members of WCGN. WCGN is an association of 50 organizations like ours functioning in 25 states and two countries. Membership across all collective giving organizations is more than 13,000 women.

The WCGN also sponsors a national conference every 18 months. The next conference is in Philadelphia, October 21-23, 2018 and several of our WRWF board members are planning to attend. The WRWF has been well represented at these conferences and has often been asked to speak. Last year, Gina Wolcott presented a session highlighting our support of the Bellevue Library. Our Board President, Peggy Grove, will speak at the October 2018 meeting.

WCGN offers a member directory, supports the creation of new collective giving organizations and advances the concept of collective giving. For more information, check the WCGN website here:


Members and guests at the new Hangout Bar in April

We Met and Mingled in April – The Hotel Ketchum provided its new Hangout Bar for our informal gathering last month. Approximately 40 members and guests came to enjoy each others’ company.

May Meet & Mingle – Members and guests are invited to our May no-host gathering at Ketchum Works, Thursday, May 24th, 5:00-6:30. BYOB. No RSVP requested.

Brief Board Notes

  • Several task forces are working to streamline our communication processes and reconsider our committee structures.
  • Louisa Moats, News Brief Editor, was the keynote speaker at the the Lee Pesky Learning Center annual dinner, speaking on the topic of reading instruction and dyslexia. The LPLC is a current grantee.
  • Please take a moment to complete the very brief member skills survey. We know our members have a wealth of talents to share and we’re interested in learning about them. To take the survey go to:

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

Peggy dons sunglasses to welcome in the summer season!

The work of the WRWF is focused on supporting our entire community through our many non-profit partners and this year is no exception. None of our work happens without the willingness of you, our members, to step up to help each and every year. As Louisa says in the opening paragraph, all of you should be ” touched, pleased, and inspired by what we are accomplishing together.” My heartfelt thanks to all of you, who are investing in the vibrancy of our wonderful valley.

A huge thank you is also in order for the dozens who volunteered your time over the winter months to evaluate, interview and present the grant applications. While this work is time-consuming, it is also rewarding, and I hope you enjoyed making such a significant contribution. Finally, thank you to the 70% of our membership who voted. Given that every applicant is worthy, these are tough decisions, but you did it!

As we kick into summer, I hope to see you at our Grant Recipient Awards Celebration & Annual Membership Meeting on August 8th where we will be recognizing this year’s grants recipients. This is an inspiring luncheon and a terrific opportunity for members to connect with each other and to meet representatives of our non-profit partners. I’ll see you there!

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.

PO Box 3686
Ketchum, ID 83340
(208) 309-2530
Foundation Website

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

Mark Your Calendar:

Thursday, May 24th 5-6:30pm
Meet & Mingle
Ketchum Works
No registration necessary;
Guests Welcome

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 4:30-6:30pm
A New Member ‘Tini Orientation and Summer Social
In the garden of Nancie Tatum
146 Canyon (off Gimlet), Ketchum, ID
Raffle benefiting Grants
1 ticket for $2.00
3 tickets for $5.00
Cash or check only

Wednesday, August 8th, 11-1:30pm
Annual Meeting and Luncheon
Trail Creek Cabin, Sun Valley
Registration Required


Welcome New Members

Carol A. Knaup
Sequim, WA

Christy Tew
Sun Valley, ID

News Brief Team:

Louisa Moats
Susan Jackson


Judy Cahill
Charlotta Harris