Mission & Values

What Is Our Mission?

Fund for Idaho’s mission is to create a more just, compassionate, environmentally sound and healthy society in Idaho through strategic grant-making.  We implement our mission through two primary core services:

  1. 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; and,
  2. Using an inclusive grant-making process that actively engages people affected by a problem in identifying and pursuing solutions.

How Our Grantmaking Reflects our Values

This quote by Bruce Springsteen inspires us:

There’s the beautiful quote by Dr. King that says the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. Now, there have been many, many days of recent when you could certainly have an argument over that. But I’ve lived long enough to see that in action and to put some faith in it. But I’ve also lived long enough to know that the arc doesn’t bend on its own. It needs all of us leaning on it, nudging it in the right direction day after day. You gotta keep, keep leaning.

Unlike most foundations, Fund for Idaho’s grant making process relies on the wisdom and experience of both the donor community AND those engaged in the on-the-ground work to direct our grants to organizations addressing root causes of problems. By bringing social change activists (those actively working on gender equity, racial & ethnic equality and environmental integrity) together as equal partners with donors to decide how we will allocate our grant funds, we assure that the grants made will be the most strategic and that our funds will have the most impact.