2014 Grantwriting and Technical Assistance Workshop

Karen Lampert, Program Officer at The Community Foundation, will be conducting a grantwriting and technical assistance workshop on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 for Idyllwild nonprofits at the Idyllwild Library community meeting room from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

This hands-on workshop will walk participants through the Idyllwild Community Fund online grant application in addition to providing basic grantwriting tips and information. Participants are asked to RSVP for the workshop to Karen Lampert or 951-241-7777.

The Idyllwild Community Fund, a fund of The Community Foundation Serving the Counties of Riverside and San Bernardino, is currently accepting grant proposals from qualified nonprofit organizations through May 5, 2014.

The Idyllwild Community Fund was established in 1997 by anonymous donors for the benefit of the Idyllwild community.

The Fund’s advisory committee of local community residents is dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of Idyllwild.  The advisory board will give funding preference to the following areas:  Arts and Culture, Human Services, Environment, and Emergency Preparedness.

Last year, the fund awarded over $12,000 in support to qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

For a full description of grant guidelines and to determine eligibility, please go to The Community Foundation’s website at www.thecommunityfoundation.net and navigate to the Grant Schedule.

The Community Foundation


The Community Foundation’s mission is to strengthen Inland Southern California through philanthropy. TCF does that by raising, stewarding and distributing community assets, working toward their vision of a vibrant, generous and just region—with unlimited opportunities. In 2014, the foundation has a renewed focus on building its endowment to ensure that The Community Foundation is Here for good. For more information, contact The Community Foundation at 951-241-7777 or info@thecommunityfoundation.net.

Mountain Disaster Preparedness, an ICF Recipient

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Thanks to Jayne Davis for this month’s nonprofit writeup.

Disaster strikes!!  Earthquake, ‘the big one’, fire, torrential rains, mudslides, extended power failure….are you prepared?  You should be, with supplies to last you and your family for up to seven days.  We who live on this mountain, with only three roads up, are so vulnerable to being cut off from timely disaster relief. That is a big concern.  First thing all residents must  do is secure their home, themselves and their families and then ‘head to a shed’ (one of eight Disaster Aid Stations dispersed throughout Idyllwild, Pine Cove and Mountain Center.)  There are eight of them on the Hill manned by Mountain Disaster Preparedness (MDP) team volunteers.

Formed in 1986, the early mission of MDP was to educate the population in emergency preparedness and disaster response awareness.  Since then, MDP has gone from community education to ‘boots on the ground’, hard core emergency relief exercises and readiness, our own Idyllwild Red Cross.  A 501(c)3, MDP volunteers serve Idyllwild, Pine Cove and Mountain Center. The organization has over 400 members (not all active), 70 expert medical personnel (EMTs, doctors, nurses), and 130 members who are trained in Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) disaster response techniques and methodology.

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Disaster Aid Stations (DAS) are a huge component of MDP community service.  It is there, at their own assigned DAS, where neighborhood residents can gather after a disaster to get basic first aide, report on their status, get medical transportation, call for search and rescue for others in the neighborhood, and generally find out what is going on. Note: Neighborhood DAS facilities are not a place to get personal supplies, i.e. food and water… residents should have all of that at home.  At the DAS units CERT volunteers and medical teams assemble and assess damage, threats, and injuries. If necessary, injured will be transported to the Idyllwild Fire Station where eighteen members of the MDP medical team will be set up to do triage.

Another important component of MDP is communication.  They have 40 radios with trained personnel and two operating systems, one a general one, and a second closed one with a repeater to increase range and transmit sensitive medical information from the field DAS units to triage stations at Idyllwild Fire Station or other designated Incident Command Center.  With the support of Third District Supervisor Jeff Stone, MDP recently acquired a satellite communication device to disperse updates in the event of power outages and loss of cell service.

Ongoing functions of MDP are recruitment and support of CERT teams and working with the Idyllwild Fire Department for various certifications and continued training.

MDP ‘s operating budget is $10,000/year and is used for replenishing medical supplies, drugs, and continually supplying DAS units.  They are funded totally by donations and grants.  Without grant monies from the Idyllwild Community Fund this important community resource would not be where they are today.  Grants in the past from ICF have allowed them to purchase hundreds of dollars of equipment to expand community outreach.  Working with the American Red Cross over the years they are gradually convincing that organization that Idyllwild can take care of itself in the event of disaster.

The ICF grant awarded to MDP in 2012 was used for the purchase of a 2nd closed radio network and equipment to go with.   The grant awarded for 2013 will be used to   purchase two emergency cabinets (tough, mobile, and secure).  These will be stored at Idyllwild Elementary School.  ICF has made all this possible and MDP  is grateful beyond compare.

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A DAS shed is packed….easy-ups, tables, medical supplies, fire extinguishers, tools, rope, flashlights, batteries, cots, blankets, sleeping bags, paper products, emergency water, small rations,power cords, a generator…..

A huge job and expense is checking expiration dates of shed contents and resupplying as necessary.  Marty Krieger is in charge of all that.

The Human Relations Council of the Greater Hemet, San Jacinto and Menifee Regions

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The Human Relations Council of the Greater Hemet, San Jacinto and Menifee Regions was started by Charles Knox, a former legislative aide and civil rights activist, in 1998. He joined with other persons in the community: Ajit Singh, a businessman from India, Dr. Joseph Diaz, an educator of Mexican descent, Michael Madrigal, a Native American church administrator, Dorothy Trammel, an African-American registered nurse from the Midwest who first integrated the Pasadena CA area, and a few others. Charles watched the growing diversity in the Valley happen gradually and then faster and faster, as head of one of the first black families who settled here in the 1970′s.

Charles KnoxAccording to Charles,

“Race and racial intolerance are sensitive topics in our communities, and need careful sensitive attention. Believing strongly in the enormous value of ethnic diversity, the founders of the H.R.C. commit themselves to promoting activities that will improve communication between ethnic/cultural groups and foster understanding, respect and appreciation.”

The Human Relations Council has continued to follow in the footsteps of Charles Knox — in fact, he is still one of our most valued members. Our mission is to promote positive human relations in the community, which we have done for over fifteen years.

Initially prompted by hate graffiti in Idyllwild, a concerned group of community members on the Hill began to provide films and discussion to promote diversity, under the auspices of the Human Relations Council.  We are continuing this “Seeing Diversity Film Series” in Idyllwild through our “Family Monday Movies” at the Idyllwild Library (7 movies throughout the summer vacation time), as well as enhancing the compilation of a lending collection of books and videos to be used by community groups and schools.

pattycarratelloandkidsWe initiated “Teens & Tweens”, a monthly diversity activity series for Idyllwild Middle School students. This two hour series takes place once a month after school on Friday. Students are led in a diversity activity, watch a movie celebrating diversity and encouraging acceptance and understanding, join in a discussion about the movie and how its message could impact the students’ lives, and exercise some kind of creative art activity. Through these activities, students can deepen their understanding and appreciation of race, culture, religion, sexual identity, color, ethnicity, economic status, and other forms of diversity. They are also learning how to recognize bias, stereotypes and prejudice. They have the unique opportunity to examine how they would respond to everyday dilemmas that test their character and value system.

Mary Morse has been president of the Human Relations Council of the Greater Hemet, San Jacinto and Menifee Regions for 12 years and now serves on the Idyllwild Community Fund Advisory Board.

Mary Morse has been president of the Human Relations Council of the Greater Hemet, San Jacinto and Menifee Regions for 12 years and now serves on the Idyllwild Community Fund Advisory Board.

Although we’ve had a slow start with the “Teens & Tweens” this school year due to ailing committee members, we are now back on track and very grateful to the Idyllwild Community Fund for allowing the Human Relations Council to continue in its mission.  ICF funding has made it possible for us to purchase the films we show and to pay for advertising, including ads in the Town Crier and the printing of flyers and posters.  ICF funding also allows us to purchase supplies and snacks for our “Teens & Tweens” activity series and to pay some of our field trip expenses.

As a final aside, the Idyllwild “Seeing Diversity Film Series” has served as a pilot project for the other areas that HRC serves.  Starting in April 2014, the film series will begin for the communities of the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley.

Learn more about the HRC here and here.

A New Year, New Members and a New Focus

The Idyllwild Community Fund Advisory Board begins 2014 with five new members, new officers and an energized commitment to serve the needs of the community by making grants to local non-profits – assisting those local organizations in accomplishing their missions. In newsletters to come, we’ll profile last year’s grantees, their roles in the community and how they plan to use their grants. In awarding grants, the board strives to engage with the community, understand its needs, and review and respond to grant requests as the original Idyllwild donors intended.

Established in 1996 by a local couple whose mission it was to provide, in perpetuity, a fund and legacy to be used in the wider Idyllwild community for general charitable purposes, the fund or endowment is administered by the ICF Advisory Board operating under the umbrella of The Community Foundation, headquartered in Riverside.

Both the ICF and The Community Foundation are charged with increasing their founding endowments through marketing and fundraising so that those endowments grow. Grants are then made from interest on the principal. From 1999 through 2013, ICF grants to Idyllwild non profits totaled $171,000.

The 2014 ICF board is already planning new fundraising programs to engage, entertain and enroll the community in joining hands to bring a better quality of life to our neighbors and friends.

Current board members are Summer Brown, Mary Collier, Jeri Sue Haney, Gigi Kramer, Ron Krull, Marshall Smith, Bill Sperling Trish Tulley and Adele Voell. Our five new members are:

Jayne-DavisJayne Davis, native New Englander, retired teacher and current Idyllwild Master Chorale librarian and vocalist, brings a strong history of volunteering, deep knowledge of the community and excellent organizational skills to the board;

SteveTaylor-BioLocal realtor Steve Taylor has lived in Idyllwild for nearly 19 years and both through his work and volunteer activities – with the Help Center Board and the Art Alliance of Idyllwild – has developed a nuanced understanding of what he calls, “this very special little town.” Steve has also served as president of the local Board of Realtors;

Mary-MorseMary Morse, current Director of Resource Development for EXCEED, a Hemet based non profit providing vocational training to adults with disabilities, is a Pine Cove resident who brings her experience in non profit administration, teaching, counseling and marketing to the board;

KathyHarmonLuberKathy Harmon-Luber, 11 year Idyllwild resident and previous Director of Development for the Idyllwild Arts Foundation, is an experienced fundraiser, having raised over $100 million for organizations advocating the arts, education, children, health and social services and political change in both Southern California and Washington D.C. Kathy also currently serves on the boards of the Art Alliance of Idyllwild and the Associates of Idyllwild Arts;

Jim-NutterJim Nutter, current Vice President of the Idyllwild Master Chorale, 24 year member and five time president of the Idyllwild Lions Club, current adjutant of the Sons of the American Legion, post 800 and Post Honor Guard member, brings dedication and discipline and a reputation for hard work to the board. Jim is currently employed with the Fern Valley Water District.

New ICF Advisory Board officers are Marshall Smith, President, Ron Krull, Vice President, and Summer Brown, Corresponding Secretary. Unfortunately for us, Dianne Suechika, a most vibrant and engaged board member and current Recording Secretary, had to resign because of family issues. Her board seat and officer position are now open.

Our year will be exciting and we will keep you informed. Thanks for making this journey with us.

Grant applications open on March 10th and remain open through May 5. We conduct our site visits to potential grantees from June 2nd through 6th, make our decisions in August and have our annual reception, awards ceremony and gala on September 25.

Keep an eye out for our new fundraising events which, given the character of this board, should be fun and entertaining.

Developing Youth Philanthropists: The Idyllwild Youth Grantmakers

Photo Credit: Barbara Reese

Idyllwild Youth Grantmakers. Photo by Barbara Reese

The Idyllwild Youth Grantmakers Committee is the newest project to which the Idyllwild Community Fund is devoting time and resources. It is an exciting initiative designed to develop young philanthropists, seeking to cultivate in them a lifelong commitment to giving and community service.

Current board member Trish Tuley, who along with Dianne Suechika, spearheaded the drive to implement the Idyllwild Youth Grantmakers Committee at Idyllwild Middle School, commented on why it is important to her:

“I was reviewing the annual report for the Community Foundation a couple years ago and saw the Youth Grantmakers and thought, ‘Wow, this is just what Idyllwild needs!’ It just seemed to me that the youth of Idyllwild were underserved with really not much happening for the middle and high school kids. Now with the program in place 6th through 8th grade students get to decide which local non-profit applicants should receive funding. They get to decide which programs best meet the needs of their own age group rather than adults making those decisions for them. Also, introducing them to the idea of philanthropy at a young age may affect their entire lives.”

Launched in 2009 by The Community Foundation for high school students in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the Youth Grantmaker program was offered to ICF in 2012 in a first of its kind pilot program for middle school students, 6th through 8th grade. By working with Idyllwild School administration and faculty, ICF board members Diane Suechika and Trish Tuley laid the groundwork to successfully implement the program locally.

Karen Lampert, Community Foundation Program Associate, coordinates the IYGC six month sessions and teaches the Idyllwild School volunteers about philanthropy and grant making with the invaluable support and assistance of IS teacher/sponsors George Companiott and Donna Mercer. This is the second year of the program and this year there are 18 highly committed students who spend 16 to 20 after school hours training in grant evaluation and grant making as well as an additional 10 hours of community service.

Karen describes the project:

“The Idyllwild Youth Grantmakers Committee (IYGC) was formed in February 2012 as a collaborative partnership between the Idyllwild Community Fund and The Community Foundation.  The IYGC is a unique philanthropic program that actively engages Idyllwild Middle School 6 through 8th grade students in a series of 8-10 rigorous hands-on learning sessions.  The sessions enable students who have volunteered for this project to develop leadership skills by learning about philanthropy;  expanding knowledge of their community through needs assessments and service-learning activities; as well as teaching them to meet community challenges by evaluating and making grants to local non-profits with core projects that address the concerns of youth.”

IYGC is part of The Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Initiative.   ‘The goal of our Youth Philanthropy Initiative is to teach young people about the tradition of philanthropy,” said Celia Cudiamat, the foundation’s Executive Vice President. “We want to increase their awareness about youth issueswithinandoutside the confines of their own neighborhood, improve their skills in conflict resolution and communications, increase their knowledge about grant making, local nonprofits and foundations, and teach them leadership and civic skills.  We hope the end result isthatstudentsdevelopanethicofserviceandlifelonginvolvement in their community.’

The mission of the Idyllwild Youth Grantmakers Committee is to cultivate and develop the spirit of philanthropy in young people, and to inspire a lifelong interest and commitment to serving others and addressing youth issues.

IYGC members are students who are able to exhibit tenacity, service and personal growth. Each individual Youth Grantmaker brings with them  unique backgrounds and perspectives that when combined with other members, create an atmosphere that welcomes diversity, ethical debates, and in the end forms true bonds of solidarity and friendship.

The Idyllwild Youth Grantmakers Committee meets after school once a month. IYGC members undergo training and education in the nonprofit sector, social change model of leadership development, skills building workshops on diversity, asset building of proactive skills and team building.  Members are taught how to review and analyze grant proposals. By reviewing grant proposals and allocating money from various donors, youth are able to experience the behind-the-scenes processes that help nonprofit organizations function. As part of their training, members interact with nonprofit agencies through engagement in site visits, presentations, and service.   IYGC members are exposed to many nonprofit agencies and learn from leaders in the Idyllwild community.  IYGC members learn how to lead, show empathy, and prioritize.

In 2012 IYGC awarded $3,713 in grant funding to five Idyllwild nonprofits to help meet the needs of youth in the community.

smARTS Program Expands Middle School Offerings

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Joanne Tomsche, middle school art coordinator, told this month’s guest editor, Dianne Suechika, how the role of art in the middle school curriculum has been amplified with help from ICF. (Joanne and student are pictured left.)

Since its inception in 2002, the smARTS program has been widely acclaimed for its dedication to integrating the arts into the curriculum at Idyllwild School. ICF supports the smARTS program with grant funds and promotion. This year the generous support of ICF allowed for greater expansion in the middle school.

Two new Idyllwild middle school teachers worked with Joanne Tomsche, a founding artist of the smARTS program, to significantly increase the number of classes in which art has been integrated into social studies and language arts curricula.  They acknowledged the level of volunteer involvement and the depth of resources available through the smARTS program.

Starting in October, 2012, smARTS began a series of classes designed to give all middle school students confidence in basic drawing skills. Other smARTS classes have included handmade language arts journals for the 8th grade and hand-built coil pots, created to promote understanding of ancient cultures, in the 6th grade. The 7th graders designed and painted illuminated manuscript letters and gothic cathedral windows as they studied Medieval history. Classes connected to the math and science curricula were featured during the spring term.

Also during this past year, ICF funded the weekly Friday art program for Kindergarten through 5th graders, the annual art history presentation by Ken Young, purchase of consumable art supplies, and field trip transportation. The partnership between ICF and smARTS has, from the very beginning, been the foundation for the continued stability of this unique and valuable program.

Mountain Disaster Preparedness at the Ready

Marshall This month’s guest editor, Marshall Smith, discussed Idyllwild’s emergency preparedness with MDP President Mike Feyder.  Mr. Smith is also a CERT-trained member of MDP and commander of the DAS unit D at Town Hall.

Mountain Disaster Preparedness (MDP) is a local non-profit Hill resource that may be critically important when the sleeping San Andreas Fault erupts. Riverside County Office of Emergency Services Deputy Director Peter Lent advises outside assistance might not reach the Hill for two weeks or more when the “Big One” strikes. That isolation is what makes the work of MDP so important.

MDP volunteers work with professional responders in times of disaster to provide neighborhood damage information using MDP’s radio network, register residents at MDP Disaster Aid Stations (DAS), and direct them to approved Red Cross shelters. Emergency medical treatment can be provided under the direction of MDP’s Medical Officer Dr. Dick Goldberg. DAS units are kept stocked with emergency provisions kept up to date by MDP and overseen by local neighborhood commanders and captains.

Established in 1986, MDP grew in numbers of registered volunteers and those who are Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trained. CERT volunteers go through a weekend course with hands-on training that equips them to work productively with professional emergency responders.

All Hill volunteer organizations play important community roles. MDP may be one of the few that could also save lives.

It’s All About Communication

“We’re going to be no good up here unless we can talk to each other,” said Mountain Disaster Preparedness President Mike Feyder.
MDP depends upon radio communication.  With eight Disaster Aid and Assembly Stations spread throughout Idyllwild, Pine Cove, and Mountain Center, radio communication from those units to an incident command center as well as to MDP search and assessment teams is a vital link in reporting structure damage and reporting injuries and casualties following a disaster.
MDP plans to use the Idyllwild Community Fund grant to purchase four Kenwood TK 3160 military grade radios specifically for use by core medical personnel under the direction of Dr. Richard Goldberg.  Radios will be used to communicate with MDP field personnel and incident command center to ascertain numbers of injuries, consequent medical needs, supplies needed, and treatment and/or medical transportation options.  The additional radios augment current MDP equipment.
“Our ability to communicate disaster assessment information is critical,” Feyder stressed.  He said the ICF grant would greatly expand MDP’s ability to respond to medical situations and better facilitate transmission of sensitive medical information.

Wow! Our Kids Are Learning How to Give Back!

Can a group of sixth and seventh grade students acquire the skills necessary to organize and run a philanthropic program? You bet they can! Funded by ICF and The Community Foundation, the Youth Grantmaker Program is officially underway.

Beginning on February 28 and continuing through April 25, Karen Lampert of The Community Foundation will hold a series of workshops helping students understand the concept of philanthropy and the needs of the nonprofit community. Through guided instruction, she will help students acquire the requisite skills to write and review grant applications and ultimately to award qualifying grant applications with a check at a ceremony on May 23.

This program is funded for three grant cycles through 2015 and will be coordinated by volunteer teachers Donna Mercer and George Companiott.

You are Part of Idyllwild History

Dave Pelham, ICF Board Chairman and this month’s guest editor, met with Bob Smith, board member of the Idyllwild Area Historical Society to talk about his involvement with the Historical Society and a special project which will make much of Idyllwild’s recorded history available online.

Bob’s interest in local history and historical research stems from the discovery of old family papers belonging to his grandparents, Frank and Mabel Moote, who were early Idyllwild property owners and developers.

 The award-winning Historical Society formed and began to gather historical information on our area in 2000 and, by 2003, property had been purchased and the museum opened. In 2005, the family of Avery Field, Riverside’s most noted commercial photographer, donated his photo library to the Historical Society. These photos of old Idyllwild were digitized and restored by John Drake, adding immensely to the compilation. With the opening of the Idyllwild Area Historical Society Museum and its collections, the focus shifted from data-gathering to developing ways to display and communicate it.

Bob, along with Carolyn Levitski and a very active and productive board, has continued to explore possibilities and expand the museum’s efforts, including the building of the Archive Center in 2010, the publication of a book, Idyllwild and the High San Jacintos, which Bob authored, and a newsletter.  For more information about IAHS projects, visit the Idyllwild Area Historical Society website.