Lemhi Valley Community Foundation

PO Box 1175

Salmon, ID  83467

(208) 756-1567

Founded in 2012, Lemhi Valley Community Foundation inspires and utilizes local philanthropy for community investment, lasting legacies and for the purpose of creating a better future in Lemhi County. Our Advisory Board is actively working on building an endowment fund and community grants program to ensure Lemhi Valley is a vibrant, thriving, self-sufficient place forever. To that end, unless otherwise designated, 90% of all contributions will be allocated to the Lemhi Valley Legacy Fund and 10% will be allocated to the Lemhi Valley Community Grants Fund.

2013 Highlights

IGNITE Lemhi Valley kicks off the LVCF community grant making with an evening of “on-the-spot” grant awards. Over 70 attendees voted on award amounts given to: Whitewater Therapeutic & Recreation Riding Association ($1,000); Lemhi Education Project ($500); Lemhi County Farmers Market ($500); Lemhi County Crisis Intervention/Mahoney Family Safety Center ($250); and Salmon River Industries ($500).

Lemhi Valley Century Ride contributes $1,000 of their proceeds to LVCF to support local grant making and the Legacy Fund.

Contributions to our Legacy Fund exceeds $11,600+ from our generous Founding Circle donors.

Our Advisory Board 

Lemhi Valley Community Foundation is over seen by local community members responsible for determining policies, principles and procedures that will guide the purpose and use of the funds generated and how they are distributed.  As an affiliate of the Idaho Community Foundation, ICF retains overall fiduciary and legal oversight responsibilities.

The founding, and current, Advisory Board members include: 

Bill Allen

Owner and founder of Allen Accounting Group, Bill is a Salmon native and member of the Idaho Community Foundation Board of Directors. Bill is active in the community serving on various boards and assisting community activities and events.

Cori Allen, Treasurer

Cori Allen has been involved with the Salmon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, The Working Together Group and other civic minded organizations focused on strengthening Salmon and the Lemhi Valley.  Since 2006, she has worked at Allen Accounting Group, where she currently provides payroll and bookkeeping services. 

Sherry Elrod
, Secretary

From 1982-2001, Sherry co-founded a software company, JET Systems, Inc., in southern California where she oversaw design and development of a multi-user word processing software product and created marketing strategies for various distribution channels. Since moving to Salmon in 2007, Sherry has served on the executive steering committee of the Northwest Area Foundation/University of Idaho Salmon Horizons project and is an Idaho Master Gardener, founder of the Kids Jr. Master Gardener summer program at the Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural, and Educational Center and member of the Salmon Valley Stewardship Board of Directors.

Cindy Phelps, Vice Chair
Cindy Phelps, retired chemistry professor, California State University-Chico, currently serves as the President of the Board of the Lemhi County Humane Society as well as on the steering committee of the Lemhi Education Project.

Bob Russell

Bob Russell came to Salmon as the Salmon District Ranger on the Salmon National Forest in 1988. Since that time, Bob has been very active in community affairs, including representing the Forest Service on the Lemhi County Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Committee. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Salmon Arts Council and the Sacajawea Center Committee. He is currently on the Boards of Salmon Valley Stewardship, Lemhi County Historical Society and Chairs the Idaho Governor’s Lewis and Clark Trail Committee.

Tammy Stringham, Chairman

Chairman, Tammy Stringham, retired from the United States Air Force and now serves as the Executive Director of the Lemhi County Economic Development Association.

Community Grants

Grants ranging from $250-$1,000 are awarded to eligible organizations within Lemhi County or whose primary purpose is to benefit residents of Lemhi County. The grant applications will be accepted until February 1, 2016 and notification will be made March 1, 2016.

For the LVCF Grant Guidelines Click Here and to apply Click Here.


“Community Charitable Giving Through Estate Planning”, a FREE workshop
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Salmon Valley Business & Innovation Center

Join us for a FREE workshop featuring Guest Speaker Lary S. Larson, Esq. and learn the most common estate planning concepts for average Americans, including planned charitable giving. For more information, please view the event brochure or call (208)940-0213.

IGNITE Lemhi Valley
Thursday, October 16
7:00 – 9:30pm
Elks Lodge,  Salmon

An evening of fun and community giving featuring a live, on the spot grants program where the audience votes to give the top awards.  Five community service projects will present and the one with the most votes will receive $1,000 and the two runner-ups $500 each. Every presenter walks away with at least $250.  Join us!

Please email your RSVP to