IWCF members & guests enjoyed this performance by Opera Idaho, a recent recipient of an IWCF grant. This event included information about their programs and a performance by soprano Jena Carpenter along with accompanist Betsi Hodges. IWCF members Vicki Kreimeyer and Laura Simic are members of the Opera Idaho board of directors, and served as our hosts for the evening.
Karen Bilowith, President and CEO of the Idaho Community Foundation and IWCF member moderated this panel discussion. Panelists included Karen Vauk, President and CEO of the Idaho Foodbank; Grant Jones, CEO of Metro Meals on Wheels; and Dr. Teri Thaemert, Capital Area Director, Boise School District.
While the panelists provided extensive information on the magnitude of the problem of food insecurity exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the major focus of their presentations was the response of area organizations and individuals to community need. All four speakers stressed the importance of collaboration and coordination, offering examples of the partnerships among their organizations.
Click here for the slide referred to by Karen Bilowith in the recording.
Websites for more information and donations on the presenting organizations are listed below:
Idaho Community Foundation: www.idahocf.org/current-future-donors/donate-now
Idaho Food Bank: https://idahofoodbank.org
Metro Meals on Wheels: http://www.metromealsonwheels.net
Boise Public Schools Foundation: http://boiseschoolsfoundation.com
Jen Sampson, Grants Chair, goes over details and tips about the IWCF grant process for 2020-2021. The first session included nonprofits that are located in or serve Rural Communities. Both sessions include a question and answer session.
Jen Sampson, Grants Chair, goes over details and tips about the IWCF grant process for 2020-2021. This second session included other general nonprofits. Both sessions include a question and answer session.
84 IWCF members and guests celebrated both our 2020 grantees and member anniversaries at this combined event! It was a touching virtual presentation where we learned that despite the pandemic, grantees past and present are finding ways to move forward with their projects and connect with their constituency, and IWCF members are staying engaged with 98% voting in the spring. Board President, Christine Avey, shared a look forward including new member payment options, and how IWCF is set to hit a $5 million grant milestone in our upcoming 20th Anniversary year! We were also pleased to watch a video of each 2020 grantee explain in their own words where they are with their projects – including a first look at the Wassmuth Center for Human Right’s “Be an Upstander” video we funded!
A big thanks to our participants at IWCF’s first grants panel. As different as our nonprofits are in the guests and communities they serve, our panelists shared how they are coping with 2020 and how they are working everyday to meet people where they are at in terms of learning and services, how the word PIVOT has become the brand of 2020 from fundraising to performances, and how although this is a difficult time, they are all working, not just to get back to normal but to get somewhere better.