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INWCF works in partnership with other local funders to acheive community improvement.
 
INWCF has seen extraordinary growth in the past few years and is becoming a visible community leader.
 
INWCF is recognized as a key collaborator in initiative to improve high school graduation rates.
 
INWCF is recognized as Philanthropic Organization of the Year” at the Spokane Philanthropic Awards held October 21.
A group of educational, business, and nonprofit partners—brought together through an innovative civic model—will collaborate with Spokane Public Schools to expand efforts to help at-risk middle school students in northeast Spokane.
 
A three-year, $400,000 grant funded by Community Partners for Middle School Success is going toward the Hillyard Youth Collaborative, a program that will work to keep students at Shaw and Garry middle schools on track and ready for high school.
Three nonprofits in the Silver Valley were awarded grants from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation (INWCF) to improve their businesses. The Wallace District Mining Museum, Sierra Silver Mine Tours and Feline Friends all will receive support from the foundation as part of the Community Strategies Grant Program.
Feline Friends received a letter from President and CEO Mark Hurtubise of the Inland Northwest Community Foundation (INWCF) announcing the award of $4,350 to the Wallace Community Cat Project. The application for the Community Strategies Grant Program was written and submitted by Lisa Hardy, Linda See, Pete Dufresne, and Jim See.
The Coeur d’Alene 2030 Visioning Project (CDA 2030) has received a generous grant to help create a vision and action plan for a vibrant future for Coeur d’Alene.
Children of veterans affected by military-related stress can now receive help at Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) through its Our Veterans, Their Kids program. 
Bonners Ferry High School students receiving Lenhart Scholarships were Benjamin Horton, $1,000, and Jessica Bezer, $400.
 
Co-funding model helps donors tackle complex community priorities.
 
Foundations work with investment advisers to net greater returns on donor dollars.  
 
 
Brandi Smitherman wanted to change the fate of the many teens she comes to know at Crosswalk North Idaho. So two years ago, Smitherman began developing Work Ready, a five-phase employment readiness training program for income-eligible Kootenai County 16- to- 21-year-olds.
 
Each time Alisha Kernkamp has to turn away someone with mental illness seeking affordable housing, it hurts. "We always have a waiting list," said Kernkamp, life skills program director at the local nonprofit Trinity Group Homes. "There's definitely a need." But local groups are responding to help fill that need.
 
The Grassville Bluegrass Band will kick off the 2012-2013 season of the Shoshone County Community Concert Association with a Sunday, Oct. 14, performance at 3 p.m. at Kellogg Senior High School.
 
The Inland Northwest Community Foundation recently awarded scholarships to area students for the 2012-’13 school year. The foundation awarded 94 scholarships overall, totaling about $132,000.
 
Inland Northwest Community Foundation (INWCF) is accepting applications for the Community Strategies Grant Program. The application period began July 16 and ends Aug. 28.
 
A bluegrass band, an internationally acclaimed chamber music trio and a talented family of redheads from Alaska will be coming to the Silver Valley as performers for the 2012-2013 season of the Shoshone County Community Concert Association.
 
COEUR d’ALENE – D. Patrick Jones had some good news and some bad about Kootenai County’s economy, and more still that was open to perspective.
 
A year ago in December, we started the Leadership Spokane Foundation within the Inland Northwest Community Foundation. Working with INWCF, we are launching a major effort to grow the Foundation, both with new gifts and planned giving. This is the fund for our 10,000th Graduate!
 
The Harrington Opera House, in this wheat-farming town of 424 people, has been witness to plenty of great stories.
 
Dr. Robert Ruby, of Moses Lake, donated $50,000 toward an endowment fund for the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center this week.
 
Schools to experience 'Little Red Riding Hood' | Coeur d'Alene Press | May 25, 2012
Opera Coeur d'Alene is bringing the drama of live, interactive opera to local schools with "Little Red Riding Hood."
 
Gates Foundation grants give local groups a boost | The Seattle Times | May 24, 2012
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is spreading its wealth across the Northwest by giving grants to community organizations that in turn will fund local projects that help low-income families.
 
Six Palouse charities receive foundation grants | Lewiston Tribune | May 24, 2012
Six charities on the Palouse received grant awards totaling more than $17,000 from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation.
 
Pacific Northwest Communities Launch New Initiative to Expand Local Philanthropy | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | May 24, 2012
Nine organizations set to receive more than $5 million for local programs from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Gates Foundation launches initative to expand local philanthropy | Business Examiner | May 24, 2012
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing funding to nine community philanthropic partners in the Pacific Northwest to re-grant foundation money to reduce intergenerational poverty. Local partners will allocate the money through community defined strategies, including education supports for children and youth, assistance in reaching self-sufficiency for families and other strategies that build stronger communities.

Gates Foundation Announces Millions in Grants | The Wenatchee World | May 24, 2012
More famous for fighting sickness and poverty abroad, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is spreading a little more of its wealth across the Pacific Northwest with grants to nine community organizations

INWCF grant money will help non-profit organization | KLEWTV.com | May 22, 2012 (video)

INWCF grant money will help non-profit organization | KLEWTV.com | May 22, 2012 (article)
Nearly $84,000 go to six organizations in Whitman, Latah and Nez Perce counties from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation. The Spokane organization is proud to provide grant money to organizations such as the Lewiston Public Library and others throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

Stairway teardown in need of help | Shoshone News Press | May 21, 2012
Residents of Wallace, and the rest of the Silver Valley, who are willing to get their hands dirty are needed today to help with the demolition party being held by the Wallace Stairs Project to remove and dispose of the old stairway on High Bank Street at Third Street that leads to the South Hill.

IWNCF Donates to area nonprofits | Coeur d'Alene Press | May 18, 2012
Inland Northwest Community Foundation announced Friday that it has awarded more than $200,000 to North Idaho nonprofit organizations this month through its Community Strategies Grant Program. The grants will fulfill one of the three following goals: increase sustainable economic development; increase stewardship of natural and cultural resources; or increase civic capacity to constructively engage in solving community problems.

Nonprofit Board Development Training For South Stevens County Starts May 18 | Outpost Weekly Newspaper | May 9, 2012
WSU Stevens County Extension is offering a three-part training program to help your organization be more successful. The “Six Steps to a Highly Effective Organization” is a ‘checkup’ for local organizations to help their leaders identify the group’s strengths and weaknesses. It includes an individualized assessment of the group, and in-depth training on the skills necessary to improve the organization’s ability to achieve its goals, including effective decision-making, leadership development, organizational structure, and resource generation.

Collaborating on reality | Spokesman Review | May 5, 2012

Kootenai County at your fingertips | Coeur d'Alene Press | April 18, 2012
A website providing data about Kootenai County that is intended to help businesses, individuals and organizations make more informed decisions was unveiled Tuesday to the public.

Institute's website will track Kootenai Economic Indicators | Spokesman Review | April 18, 2012
The Community Indicators Initiative spearheaded by Eastern Washington University has expanded to include Kootenai County.

Economic Developers to ID Priorities | Bonner County Daily Bee | January 31, 2012

A final $1 million gift will help children in need | Spokesman Review | January 24, 2012
When Spokane businessman James W. Crow died last year, he left a million-dollar legacy that will help thousands of children. It was a quiet act of generosity from a man whose character was forged by struggles during the Great Depression, valor during World War II, and an inventive mind that translated into financial success. His vision loss later in life did not dampen his enthusiasm.

Inland Northwest Community Foundation Announces Director of Community Engagement | Coeur d'Alene Press | January 24, 2012 

Foundation here lands $1 million endowment, establishes new fund | Spokane Journal of Business | January 19, 2012
The Spokane-based Inland Northwest Community Foundation says a donor's gift of more than $1 million has enabled it to launch a new endowment fund that will benefit three Spokane nonprofit organizations in perpetuity.

When a "no" doesn't mean a "No!" President & CEO, Mark Hurtubise | Movie Mondays | 501 Videos
You've made an ask of a donor who has the interest, the capacity, and the relationship with your organization, but the donor says "No" and turns your request down. Have you experienced that?


JPMorgan Chase Presents INWCF with $30,000
for middle school initiative
 

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Cree Zischke (second from left) of JPMorgan Chase presents a check for $30,000 to support Inland Northwest Community Foundation's collaborative work with Priority Spokane and the Spokane Public Schools middle school initiative. The award was announced at the January 21 grand opening of the new Chase Indian Trail branch in north Spokane. Pictured from left to right are Kevin Parker, Cree Zischke, Steve Westenskow, Chase the Dog, Kim Knight, Amber Johnstone, Brett Macleod and INWCF President & CEO Mark Hurtubise.  For more information about Priority Spokane, please click here.


Community Grants program open to applicants | Moscow/Pullman Daily News | December 24, 2011

Data diggers, here's a gold mine | North Idaho Journal of Business | November 30, 2011
Eastern Washington University’s Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis has collaborated with United Way of Kootenai County, and a number of Kootenai County organizations to establish a one-stop shop for data — a data enthusiast’s dream!

BCEDC details economic initiatives | Bonner County Daily Bee | November 30, 2011
For Bonner County Economic Development Corporation associates, some of the most exciting times are just around the corner.

St. Vincent de Paul receives $1.57 million grant | Coeur d'Alene Press | November 17, 2011
St. Vincent de Paul holds an agency fund with INWCF. We are proud to be apart of such a great organization.

Why we went digital with our donor stories | Council on Foundations Blog Series | November 16, 2011
Director of Gift Planning, PJ Watters, explains INWCF's reasoning for why we took our donor stories to television PSA's as part of the Council on Foundations blog series published during Community Foundation week.

Chickering auction to benefit Winderman Fund |  Coeur d'Alene Press | October 21, 2011
When Spokane native Dr. Marjorie Winderman died in 2007, she bequeathed her cherished 1920s Chickering baby grand piano to benefit future opera singers.

Florence Wasmer Died in 2001, But Today She Is Still Giving | Sandpoint & Bonner County KXLY | October 17, 2011
So how was Florence Wasmer able to accomplish such a wonderful thing and who did she give to? 

First of all, Florence Wasmer loved music and was very interested in young people receiving a musical education.  She was a violinist and played in the chamber orchestra in the Italian Gardens restaurant in the Davenport Hotel.  Florence was married to Louis Wasmer who brought KHQ radio from Seattle to Spokane in 1925. When Louis died, Florence established the Wasmer Foundation and after Florence's death, the Wasmer Foundation were transferred to INWCF (Inland Northwest Community Foundation).

Foundation funds nonprofit projects | Spokesman Review | October 13, 2011
More than $114,400 in grants was distributed to 24 nonprofits in Eastern Washington and North Idaho from two foundations established in the name of a late Spokane violinist.

City of Coeur d'Alene press release | September 16, 2011
Camp All-Stars Receives $4,200 from Inland Northwest Community Foundation.

Business Beat | Spokesman Review | September 11, 2011
The following individuals have been elected as 2012 officers for the Inland Northwest Community Foundation: chairman, Robert Larson of Merrill Lynch; vice chairman, William Bouten of Bouten Construction; and secretary, K. Duane Brelsford of Corporate Pointe Developers. New directors include: Shelley Bennett of Palouse Commercial Real Estate; Patricia McRae of KHQ Inc.; and Dale Schuman of Panhandle State Bank.

Chickering piano to debut in Coeur d'Alene | Coeur d'Alene Press | September 9, 2011
Piano lovers have a unique opportunity to hear a restored 1920s Chickering piano in its debut public performance on Oct. 2 at the Scharelant Center in Coeur d'Alene.

Smithsonian's traveling exhibit debuts in big event for little Priest River | Spokesman Review | September 15, 2011
When one lifelong resident of Priest River, Idaho, learned a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution would spend more than a month in her hometown, this was her response:

Young at Art | Moscow/Pullman Daily News Online | July 28, 2011
Two more kids' creativity workshops at Artisans at the Dahmen Barn in Uniontown will take place on Aug. 4 and 11. On Aug. 4, topics will be tie-dyeing a T-shirt and making a bound book for sketching or journaling. The two topics on Aug. 11 are creating with frosting on cupcakes and working together to build a large scale sculpture.

Community Center to be Built this Summer | Moscow/Pullman Daily News | July 8, 2011
About five years' worth of fundraising and grant-writing will pay off this summer when the Palouse Community Center is finally able to begin construction of its public-use building.

INWC Foundaton awards $30k to Endicott project | Whitman County Gazette | June 16, 2011
Inland Northwest Community Foundation recently awarded the Friends of Whitman County Library $30,000 to renovate the Endicott Library with support from the Joe M. & Florence P. Smith Fund and the Spokane Foundation Fund.

Spokane-based foundation lands large endowment | Journal of Business | June 30, 2011
The Spokane-based Inland Northwest Community Foundation says a donor has established a $3.5 million endowed fund through that organization that will be used to support youth programs in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

Measuring Community: A Newsletter of Spokane's Community Indicators Iniative (CII) | June 2011

A Pirates Life for Him | Spokesman Review | June 10, 2011
"Pirate Life: A day in Rogers High School," is a limited release video game targeted to a specific group of players: eighth-graders from Shaw and Garry middle schools.

EWU Institute to amass Kootenai date | Spokesman Review | May 28, 2011
The group that maintains a data collection for Spokane and other Eastern Washington counties will cross the state line and launch a similar project for Kootenai County next year.

Priority Spokane: Preventing High School Dropouts | Gonzaga Magazine
A year ago, assistant professor of education John Traynor led a small group of colleagues in a national search for evidence-based ways to stem the flow of Spokane high school dropouts, then at 39 percent.

Endowment to assist seniors | Coeur d'Alene Press | May 5, 2011 
The Area Agency on Aging of North Idaho announced the creation of an endowment fund for the aging population on Wednesday during a ceremony at the Post Falls Senior Center.

Grant to be used to keep kids in school | Spokesman Review | April 19, 2011 
Financial services firm JP Morgan Chase recently awarded $100,000 to the Inland Northwest Community Foundation to be used to address the area’s high school dropout rate.

Students' Mural Celebrates Diversity | Bonner County Daily Bee | March 24, 2011
It’s appropriate that the theme of the latest collaboration between the Arts Alliance and local schools is diversity — an eclectic group of individuals contributed to its creation. After all, the art project in progress is the product of 30 diversely-aged students and a group of committed volunteers.

Finding the Center Conference to Promote Protection of Human Rights | University of Idaho | March 14, 2011
The University of Idaho will host the Finding the Center Conference on Saturday, April 9. The one-day human rights conference will promote the protection of human rights through community-based change.

Offering More Ways to Give Back | Journal of Business | March 10, 2011
Inland Northwest Community Foundation, the Spokane-based nonprofit that manages assets for charitable organizations and donors in 20 counties throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho, says it has seen recent growth in some types of funds it manages, as well as more variation in the types of assets donors are using to set up such funds.

Foundation to Manage Funds for Children | Spokesman Review | February 11, 2011
Inland Northwest Community Foundation will manage a multi-million dollar endowment benefiting children on behalf of the Exchange Club of Downtown Spokane.

Priority Spokane...Steps begin here to cut dropout rate | Journal of Business | January 13, 2011
Comprised of community leaders, Priority Spokane believes that only through collaborative and focused efforts on community priorities can there be sustained improvements to economic vitality, education, the environment, health and safety so that all who live and work here will flourish.

Raikes grant aims to smooth middle school transition | 
The Raikes Foundation recently awarded Spokane Public Schools a $150,000 grant - potentially renewable for another two years for a total of $450,000 - to develop a transition plan for students moving from sixth to seventh grade.

New grant aims to curtail high school dropout rates | Northwest Cable News | January 31, 2011
A grant from United Way, Empire Health Foundation, and Inland Northwest Community Foundation gave the district $45,000 for a new study.

Community Organizations Fund Dropout Study | January 25, 2011
The Empire Health Foundation, Inland Northwest Community Foundation andSpokane County United Way, collectively have provided $45,000 to Spokane Public Schools to fund a longitudinal study to identify characteristics of students at greatest risk of dropping out and not graduating on time.

Spokane CARE program  | Spokesman-Review | December 7, 2010
A grant from Inland Northwest Community Foundation provided stipends to interns with the CARE program.

Press release - Whitman County Humane Society Receives Community Focus Trust Grant
A grant from Community Focus Trust managed by Inland Northwest Community Foundation assists programs which have a direct impact on animals.

INWCF announces scholarship winners | Spokesman-Review | August 3, 2010
Inland Northwest Community Foundation announced scholarship winners for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Gonzaga University School of Education researches high school drop-out rates  | Gonzaga University  | May 10, 2010
Read the April 30 report from Gonzaga on enhancing the middle school experience.

Dropout solutions under study at Gonzaga University | Journal of Business | April 22, 2010
A $43,000 grant from Inland Northwest Community Foundation funds research to find successful programs.

Research aims to curb Spokane high school drop-out rates  | Gonzaga University | March 16, 2010
Preliminary findings scheduled to be released on April 30, 2010.

Roger and Mona Crawford set up $1.9 million fund | Spokesman-Review | Feburary 20, 2010
Donor-Advised Endowment to Benefit People in the Region for Generations to come.

Middle Schools subject of study | Spokesman-Review | November 21, 2009
INWCF and Gates Foundation each contribute $25,000 for Priority Spokane middle school study.

Grants offer relief to poor in region | Spokesman.com | Oct 30, 2009
Ten community foundations will receive $672,000, including Inland Northwest Community Foundation, which will receive $150,000 to assist families in northeast Washington.

Active 4 Youth receives INWCF scholarship | Spokesman-Review | October 8, 2009
Active 4 Youth organization restarts running programs.

INWCF announces scholarship winners | Spokesman-Review | October 1, 2009
Inland Northwest Community Foundation announced scholarship winners for the 2009-2010 academic year.

What Works For Me | Inland Business Catalyst | October 2009
President & CEO Mark Hurtubise writes about the promise each parent makes to their children.

INWCF forms North Idaho Partnership Council | Spokesman-Review | March, 29 2009
Newly formed North Idaho Partnership Council will benefit six North Idaho counties.

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