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IWCF - Hearts for Boise

In the heart of Boise, Idaho, a group of dedicated individuals form a powerful force for change. This group is the Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation (IWCF), a collective of more than 400 members, pooling their resources and passions to make a lasting impact on their community. At the heart of IWCF's mission lies the Grants Assessment Committee, where individuals like Ann and Gail work diligently to ensure that the funds they grant are used effectively, providing crucial support to various organizations.

IWCF's story is one of unity and purpose. Members contribute $500 each year to a pooled fund account, creating a substantial financial resource. This collective effort allows IWCF to provide grants ranging from $20,000 to $30,000 across six key areas: financial stability, environment, education, healthcare, cultural arts, and rural communities. Their approach is unique; "pooled" between their money; they give their dollars directly to organizations, creating a tangible and immediate impact.

"It's amazing to see what can get done when 400 women combine their resources for good," said Janessa Chastain, Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity executive director. 

The strength of IWCF lies not only in their financial support but also in their dedication to education. Throughout the year, they host educational sessions and invite speakers to shed light on local issues and lesser-known organizations, fostering a deeper understanding of the community they serve.

Recently, IWCF chose to fund Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity's Critical Home Repairs Program, a decision rooted in a meticulous screening process. The Grants Committee meticulously assesses each grant application, considering the need, viability, and potential impact on the community. Habitat's Repairs Program stood out for its ability to help numerous families, allowing them to stay in their homes. This initiative struck a chord with IWCF, aligning with their vision of making a difference on a broader scale.

"We are so excited to partner with IWCF on such an impactful program, like the Critical Home Repairs Program," said Janessa. "With grant financial support, we can effectively serve more people in need in Ada County." 

Ann and Gail, both integral members of IWCF, believe in the power of philanthropy. For them, giving is not just about money; it's about making a meaningful difference. Gail, inspired by her husband's work at the Idaho Food Bank, realized the immense need within her community. By combining her resources with others, she could magnify her impact. Ann's passion for giving is deeply personal, rooted in her parents' legacy of generosity. She sees her contributions as a way to continue their tradition of giving back.

What sets IWCF apart is its unique approach to philanthropy. Unlike some foundations, IWCF members don't just donate; they actively engage with the causes they support. They invest not only their money but also their time, passion, and expertise.

The partnership between IWCF and Habitat is not just a financial transaction; it's a collaboration of shared values and a commitment to improving lives. As Habitat's Repairs Program gains momentum, IWCF members eagerly anticipate its growth. They are not merely donors; they are partners in a transformative journey, working hand in hand with organizations like Habitat to create a better future for all.

This story encapsulates the essence of IWCF's commitment to philanthropy and their impactful partnership with Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity. It illustrates the power of collective giving, demonstrating that when individuals unite for a common cause, they can create profound change in their community.

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