Funding helps expand One Stone’s reach and grow partnership
Boise, Idaho – The Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation (IWCF) recently awarded One Stone a grant to do a multi-phase experiential service project in partnership with the Idaho Youth Ranch. The grant will expand the reach of One Stone’s leadership and mentoring programs to include more students, of different ages, across Southwest Idaho. The grant also supports outreach to students at-risk.
“By serving more students from a diverse background, One Stone provides real world experience and learning that goes both ways,” explained One Stone executive director, Teresa Poppen. “Through our experiential service and the design thinking process, we have the opportunity to create lasting change that is transformative for those doing the service, as well as the recipient.”
The program has three phases: Phase I is an alternative spring break in partnership with the Idaho Youth Ranch at the ranch facility in Rupert. Phase II is Eat to Beat, an outreach campaign about the connection between healthy diet and cancer prevention, in partnership with Hays Shelter Home and a 2nd grade class at White Pine Elementary. Phase III is the support of the leadership planning team for the 24 Hour Think Challenge.
Steve Woodworth, Idaho Youth Ranch President and CEO, spoke of the value of the partnership, “Our collaboration shows that kids from very different backgrounds can come together and help one another when they most need it, and that there is no shame in seeking support from others.”
The three phases of the project will be completed over the course of 2014 – 2015 and will reach an estimated 300 students and adult volunteers.
About Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation
IWCF was founded in Sept. 2001 by a small group of women whose mission was to inspire other women with the power of collaborative philanthropy. Thirteen years later, and more than 300 members strong, IWCF has invested over $2.5 million to 69 pooled-fund grant recipients in southwest Idaho and to more than 300 individual designees chosen by its members.
Members learn about the community’s greatest needs. Then, through an educated, democratic process they direct their pooled funds to those projects that will provide the greatest community impact. IWCF is recognized for exercising a rigorous process to evaluate potential grant recipients to ensure that pooled funds are spent effectively and sustainably. Through the individual designation process, members have the additional opportunity to direct half of their annual contribution to nonprofit organizations that are personally meaningful to them.
About One Stone
One Stone is a 501c(3) that makes students better leaders and the world a better place. The student-led and directed organization empowers students to develop valuable skills and values by leading engaging experiential service projects that transform individuals and communities.
About the Idaho Youth Ranch
The Idaho Youth Ranch has been helping good kids on a dangerous path find promising futures for more than 60 years, relying on private donations and revenues from its network of 28 thrift stores to fund youth programs and services throughout the state. The Idaho Youth Ranch offers emergency shelter, residential care, substance abuse treatment, job readiness training, alternative education, adoption services, family counseling, and more for at-risk kids and their families. Generous donors and thrift store sales help keep care affordable so that no child is turned away because of the family’s inability to pay for services. For more information, call 1-877-817-8141 or visit www.youthranch.org