Leadership Councils

The Idaho Community Foundation is a statewide public nonprofit organization whose goals include bringing community leaders, nonprofit experts, educational institutions, funders and others together through Leadership Councils (LCs) to address tangible, manageable and measureable issues in Idaho communities. LCs will focus on their issues over a three-year period. LC members are volunteers and leaders in their communities.

Current LCs

Panhandle - Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, and Shoshone counties (work completed in 2015)

South Central Idaho - Blaine, Butte, Camas, Cassia, Custer, Elmore, Gooding, Jerome, Lemhi, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls counties (in partnership with the United Way of South Central Idaho)

Southeast Idaho - Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, Power counties (in partnership with the United Way of Southeastern Idaho)

Upper Snake River Valley - Bonneville, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison and Teton counties (work completed in 2015)

Click here for more information about the current LCs

Leadership Council Purpose and Role

Idaho is composed of many communities that have their own individual characteristics. Leadership Councils provide a way of understanding and responding to distinct local needs. Leadership Council members are volunteers and leaders in their communities who will provide information and guidance to the Idaho Community Foundation’s Board of Directors about ICF services and leadership efforts across the state. ICF’s Leadership Councils will play a vital role in fulfilling our mission to enrich the quality of life throughout Idaho.

The role of the Leadership Councils will be to:

  • Consider and list the tangible regional issues in its area
  • Evaluate these tangible regional issues with the help of researchers
  • Recommend consecutive grants of $50,000 to $100,000 per year to address one tangible regional issue over a three-year period 

The current Greatest Need Regional Competitive Grant program, which provides grants up to $5,000 per grantee, is an excellent tool to support Idaho’s nonprofits and agencies. This program will continue.

Leadership Council Responsibilities

The Leadership Councils will have the following responsibilities, which are based on the highly successful Oregon Community Foundation model:

  • Assess trends and tangible regional issues in the Leadership Council area by listening to the diverse voices from the community and reviewing research and statistical data.
  • Recommend a tangible regional issue in the Leadership Council area on which to focus ICF resources.
  • Be catalysts for informed civic action and philanthropic leadership in Idaho by helping to develop new philanthropic funds with ICF.
  • Meet with other ICF Leadership Councils periodically to foster statewide community, discuss statewide trends and issues and recommend future action by ICF and for the philanthropic community as a whole. 

Leadership Council Membership

A term on a Leadership Council is three years and members are eligible for two terms. Leadership Councils will meet at least twice yearly. Qualities of members include:

  • Demonstrated appreciation for a variety of charitable activities within their community and an interest in promoting private philanthropy to support those activities.
  • Willingness to represent ICF in their communities and attend Leadership Council meetings. 
  • General knowledge of the region and its nonprofit sector and an understanding of the variety and complexity of community needs.

LC members must also be members of ICF.