News Brief Christmas 2011

In This Issue: Membership Renewal Deadline is Friday, December 30 ....................................................1 Casual Holiday Gathering for WRWCF Members ..............................................................1 Celebrating Our Collective Power! Winter Forum ..............................................................2 Save The Date: An Invitation ..............................................................................................2 WRWCF Board News..........................................................................................................2 Volunteer Opportunity at Wood River High School – January 19, 2012 ............................3 Grants Update, December, 2011 ..........................................................................................4 New Members ......................................................................................................................4 We are currently working to update the WRWCF website and expect to have the changes in place during January. Thank you for your patience.

Membership Renewal Deadline is Friday, December 30
If you have already renewed your membership in WRWCF, we are delighted to welcome you back for another year of impactful grant-making. If you did not receive your renewal request by email, please contact Treasurer Joanne Wetherell (joannew@remax.net) to submit your 2012 membership. The annual fee is $1,000 plus $75 for administration and is due before the end of December. This ensures that your gift will be distributed in August, 2012. Please send your payment to WRWCF, PO Box 3686, Ketchum, ID 83340. Make checks payable to: Idaho Community Foundation, WRWCF. Sincere thanks to all our members for their contributions.

Casual Holiday Gathering for WRWCF Members
December 29, 2011 – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. WRWCF members and their interested special guests are invited to join other members for a glass of holiday cheer hosted by Barbara Thrasher and WRWCF board members. Invitations have been sent to all members via Paperless Post where you may rsvp.

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Celebrating Our Collective Power! Winter Forum
From Gale Elkins The collective power of WRWCF, an amazing group of women, is celebrating a six year accomplishment in grant giving. We have achieved the half-million dollar mark in supporting nonprofits in Blaine County. Join us as we mark this milestone at our annual Winter Forum on February 15, 2012 from 2:30 pm -4:30 pm at The Valley Club. Our exciting featured speaker will be Colleen Willoughby. She is the founder of the Washington Women’s Foundation and served as its first president for 13 years. As she assisted us in our inception and was our first Winter Forum speaker, it is fitting that she reflect on our past as the prologue to our future. Her experience in women’s national and international philanthropy will provide insight into the next chapters for WRWCF.

SAVE THE DATE An Invitation
From Marcia Liebich Tuesday, January 10th from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm, Church of the Big Wood - River Room Morley Golden of The Wood River Foundation has invited WRWCF and The Little Black Dress Club members to have a conversation with Leanne Kaiser Carlson. In October, Leanne spoke to Wood River nonprofits (or “social profits” as she prefers to call them) and later to Blaine County representatives from local foundations. She was very well received by both groups. It is an opportunity to hear a futurist talk about philanthropy. She believes there is no scarcity, but a disconnection of resources. Leanne urges more collaboration and has much to say about the relationships between organizations and their donors. You can find more information about her at www.wow-projects.org. Her website is http://kaiser.net/leanne-kaiser-carlson. An invitation will be sent to members immediately after New Year’s Day. To help with Morley's planning, please respond as quickly as possible to the invitation. This afternoon seminar is free to these two groups.

WRWCF Board News
The Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation is pleased to welcome Peggy Goldwyn and Esther Ochsman to our board. Each is an experienced, capable, engaged contributor to philanthropy both here in the Wood River Valley and world-wide. We very much look forward to having their informed input, counsel and perspective as we move forward. We are also delighted to announce that Marcia Liebich will become our Board president in January, taking the helm for a 2-year term. As a founding member of the organization, Marcia has vast experience with the WRWCF, particularly on Grants and Capacity Building, and is involved with many other philanthropic organizations in Idaho and internationally. She brings enormous leadership skills and sound guidance to our foundation.

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Volunteer Opportunity at Wood River High School – January 19, 2012
Mike Burchmore of the Blaine County Education Foundation (a 2010/11 WRWCF Grant recipient) is seeking volunteer panelists from the community to join with teachers in reviewing Senior Project presentations. WRWCF is pleased to inform members of this opportunity. A description of the request follows: Senior Projects are a requirement for graduation from Wood River High School. Studentdriven, independent learning is a capstone to the Blaine County education curriculum. All seniors present their projects to panelists, articulating their goals for the project, what they learned and their plans for the future. This year, Senior Project Day will take place on Thursday, January 19th, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Wood River High School. Preparation by volunteers is minimal and not a requirement; there will be an open house at WRHS from 10:00 to 11:30 and an orientation/lunch from 1:00 to 12:30 to which panelists are invited. The format of the review process is as follows: Panelists are given a rubric to use for the evaluation (yes/no answers). They may ask questions, and there is a section for openended comments. A student's grade is not impacted by the evaluation. A survey will be requested of the panelists on ways to improve the program. If you are interested in serving as a panelist, please contact Julia Grafft at jgrafft@blaineschools.org or call 578-2215. Thanks, Mike Burchmore MBurchmore@blaineschools.org Executive Director Blaine County Education Foundation 208 578-5449 www.supportbcef.org P.O. Box 253 Hailey, ID 83333 Our mission is to focus community resources and raise funds for the BCSD, promoting academic excellence, equitable education and a healthy and sustainable student environment.

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Grants Update, December, 2011
From Charlotte Unger Following the Grant subcommittee members' November meetings to review and evaluate the 38 Letters of Inquiry submitted, over half of the volunteers attended the LOI selection meeting in early December. Together we chose the nonprofits from which we have now requested full proposals as we move toward determining our 2012 Pooled Fund Grant Award finalists. The Grant chair will receive all proposals and distribute them to the appropriate subcommittees by the end of January. Site visits will then be scheduled to take place during February and all Grant committee members will reconvene in early March to select the finalists. WRWCF members are cordially invited and encouraged to attend the proposal presentations by the finalists on Wednesday, March 21st, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Community Library Lecture Room in Ketchum. Please note this date on your calendar and plan to attend for as much of the program as you can. The details given within these proposals provide critical information and relevant background for casting your votes. All members will receive a ballot by email and voting will take place through mid-April.

New Members
Renata Beguin Sandra Flattery Sandy Shaw

Comments? Please contact Debby Law at debby@wrwcf.org

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