“Connecting consumers to the farmland is actually our real work. It's intangible and invisible now, but in the long run is really important. Its benefits will be manifest many years down the road.”— Kevin Kelpe, Partner
“The Fund for Idaho is helping Idaho Community Action Network (ICAN) mobilize members to take action against predatory lenders, hold immigration training, and conduct Medicate roundtable!”— Heather Smith, Program Coordinator
“ACD was enabled to conduct a four part workshop series for new Americans' cultural adjustment in the US. We sincerely thank the Fund for Idaho for the opportunity. It was a great success!”— Buta Muzuri, Program Coordinator
“It is a great honor to be recognized by the Fund for Idaho. They do so much important work for our state”— Maria Andrade
“Without the Fund for Idaho it would be difficult for our small, all-volunteer organization to exist. The value of a local funding source that values our work is immense.”— Zee Quintana, Mujeres Unidas de Idaho
Become a DonorWays to Give
Giving donors unique opportunities to support to Idaho’s grassroots organizations and programs that reach beyond surface symptoms of social and environmental injustices to address their root causes
Meet Our GranteesLearn More
Using an inclusive grant-making process that actively engages people affected by a problem in identifying and pursuing solutions. In addition to receiving financial support, grantees are given a platform to tell their stories, document events, and show how issues impact their lives.
In these troubled times, Fund for Idaho has dedicated the Persistence Fund grant program to supporting groups pushing back the rising tide of intolerance and divisiveness in Idaho. Your donations provide crucial dollars to match funds raised by local grassroots efforts pushing back against the rising tide of hate and discrimination in our state. The Persistence Fund supports efforts that minimize the harm to the most vulnerable Idahoans – efforts by groups that share our values and are putting them into action.
These grants will give Idahoans most at-risk from policy changes targeting the most vulnerable a chance to push back against unfair policies and build vital, healthy communities. The primary issues the Persistence Fund is focusing on include: immigrant rights; disability and health care rights; racial justice; equal rights for all; and environmental degradation. Your donations will support groups that are too small, too new, or too controversial to attract other grants.
Our Grant Recipients
Recognizing our 2023 Grantees
We are all in this together!
What we do:
We rely on the wisdom and experience of both the donors AND activists engaged in the on-the-ground work to direct our grants to organizations addressing the root causes of problems. Bringing together social change activists (those actively working on gender equity, racial and ethnic parity and environmental integrity) as equal partners with donors to decide our grant decisions assures that our grants will have the most impact.
We raise funds from donors and use those funds to make grants to Idaho-based nonprofits that are too new, too small, or too controversial to get funded by more conservative funders.
We celebrate and affirm leaders who have played a role in making policy changes that make Idaho a more positive place for everyone to live.
We host events to raise awareness about the challenges facing Idahoans who are not part of the mainstream for many reasons: poverty, racial inequities, different abilities or gender identities, and the consequences of environmental contamination.
We support grantees in improving their grant-writing skills and organizational capacity.