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WRWF Zoom Into Philanthropy Sessions 

With social distancing guidelines in place, the launch of WRWF ZIP Sessions provides new, virtual opportunities for all members to stay engaged in our mission and to stay connected with each other. ZIP Sessions will, over time, cover a variety of topics relevant to the work of the Foundation with the purpose of further boosting our philanthropic expertise. We are thrilled to bring you this exciting new engagement tool and hope to ‘see’ you participating no matter where you are located!

ZIP Sessions: Series One launched May 5th!

Given the extraordinary conditions resulting from COVID-19, ZIP Sessions launched with Series One: When in a Pandemic – How nonprofits are navigating through the coronavirus landscape. We hear directly from Blaine County nonprofit leaders on the immediate state of their organizations, how they are operating, what decisions they are facing and how these difficult decisions are being made.

Here’s the line up for our Series One kick off:

Episode One: The Crisis Hotline, Tuesday, May 5, 2pm (MT)

We joined Tammy Davis, Executive Director, The Crisis Hotline in conversation with Kat Vanden Heuvel, ZIP Sessions Producer. Since the emergence of Covid-19, calls to The Crisis Hotline have spiked more than 100%. We learned how they are managing this demand while also expanding to include bilingual support. 



Episode Two: “I Have A Dream” Foundation, Tuesday, May 19, 11am (MT)

We joined Laura Rose Lewis, Executive Director, “I Have a Dream” Foundation in conversation with Kat Vanden Heuvel, ZIP Sessions Producer. We learned how they are helping students navigate the coronavirus and virtual education platforms while looking ahead to scale up their summertime programs in order to reach even more kids.



Episode Three: Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley, Thursday, June 4th, 11am (MT)

We joined Lisa Wild, Executive Director, Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley in conversation with Kat Vanden Heuvel, ZIP Sessions Producer.



Episode Four: The Senior Connection, Tuesday, June 16th, 11am (MT)

We joined Teresa Beahen Lipman, Executive Director, The Senior Connection in conversation with Kat Vanden Heuvel, ZIP Sessions Producer. 



Episode Five: Blaine County Education Foundation, Wednesday, November 18, 10am (MT)

We joined Kristy Heitzman, Executive Director, Blaine County Education Foundation in conversation with Kat Vanden Heuvel, ZIP Sessions Producer.



ZIP Sessions: Education Series launched June 24th!

We are excited to announce the launch of the Education Series!

Episode One: So How DO I “Examine My Privilege”?, Wednesday, June 24, 10am, (MT)

We joined Beth McCaw, President and CEO, Washington Women’s Foundation in conversation with Kat Vanden Heuvel, ZIP Sessions producer. We learned how to engage ourselves in “checking our privilege”, whose voices need to be heard, and what actions are key to being better allies with our communities of color. 



Episode Two: Education ZIP Session: “There is No Away” – An Update on our Collaborative $75,000 Grant Recipients, Thursday, September 24, 5pm, (MT)

We learned more about our innovative, collaborative $75,000 grant, awarded to a consortium of nonprofits to tackle a major environmental challenge. Looking beyond the COVID-19 crisis, we heard about the progress being made toward an effective waste management and recycling program for Blaine County. We learned why this project is so important for our future well-being. Presenters were Sharon Patterson Grant, Ketchum Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC), Lexie Praggastis of the Sun Valley Institute: A Center for Resilience (SVI), and Lindsay Mollineaux of the Environmental Resource Center.



Episode Three: Education ZIP Session: Struggles & Strategies in Education During the Covid 19 Era: The Wood River Valley & Beyond, Thursday, November 12th, 4pm, (MT)

As if middle and high school wasn’t challenging enough for teenagers, the pandemic has added difficulty never experienced before.  In March 2020, educators, students and their parents were thrown into an experiment in virtual and hybrid learning. Covid-19 revealed and exacerbated the equity gap already growing in education across the United States and in our local community. Innovative and flexible solutions are needed to ensure student success in high school through college graduation. In this session, we learned  how The Space is supporting our community during this turbulent time.  Presenters were cofounders Naomi Runkel, Kate Ristow, and Millie Reidy, as well as their new Executive Director Tamar Dolgen.




Please contact Christina Bauer, WRWF Executive Assistant with questions: wrwcf1@gmail.com or call 208.309.2530. We hope you will join us for our ZIP Sessions!

WRWF ZoomIntoPhilanthropy team,

Kat Vanden Heuvel, Producer

Sandy McCullough, Communications Committee Chair