Nonprofit organizations from across the Valley came up with a slew of clever ways to inspire donors to open their pocket books on Thursday, the third annual Idaho Gives.

Donors were able to support their favorite nonprofits on the Idaho Gives donation website during a single 24-hour period. When that window closed at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, the event had raised a combined $1,079,656 — easily surpassing the $750,000 raised in 2014.

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Janice Fulkerson, executive director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center, the event organizer, said she watched the Idaho Gives website go live at midnight. Pre-scheduled and live donations started popping up on the home page immediately. She got just a few hours of sleep before starting her day. It included Idaho Gives proclamations by Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd and Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little.

While gathering donations is serious business for the organizations that rely on them, humor had a place on Thursday.

Friends of Zoo Boise brought a skunk to visit donors on Main Street. A member of the Winter Wildlands Alliance crooned a Johnny Cash tune on a rainy stretch of sidewalk. A real-life garden fairy cut a ribbon with a giant pair of scissors at the Idaho Botanical Garden, officially opening a new, long-anticipated entrance gate.

Boise Bicycle Project staffers took to their bikes at midnight. They planned to spend the entire 24-hour Idaho Gives period pedaling from site to site. They were at Washington Elementary in Boise’s North End at 8 a.m., partnering with the nonprofit Boise Elementary Spanish for a bike giveaway and Spanish lesson heavy with bike-centric words.

Chad Ishiyama, executive director of Boise Elementary Spanish, said the organization was participating in Thursday’s event to help raise public awareness of small nonprofits like his, a language program active in 10 local elementary schools. While Boise Elementary Spanish has participated in Idaho Gives each year, 2015 was its first “big campaign,” said Ishiyama.

Ann DeBolt, a botanist at the Idaho Botanical Garden, said she believes more people are aware of the day-long giving event than in the past.

“I’ve heard people talking about Idaho Gives who you wouldn’t necessarily expect to be talking about Idaho Gives,” said DeBolt.

The Idaho Botanical Garden is trying to raise money to build a new, larger education building on its site as well as enhance its children’s garden.

Donations to Idaho Gives are tax-deductible. The organization has already started plans for its 2016 event, including a date: May 5.

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“Students, staff and faculty of Lewis-Clark State College hosted the Third Annual Art of Giving food drive and matching fundraiser hold in conjunction with the Art Under the Elms festival during the 31st Dogwood Festival.

What has been dubbed the “Send Hunger Packing” campaign is an annual event that collects food and money for several Lewiston and Asotin food banks, including this year the Asotin County Food Bank, the Community Action Partnership, St. Vincent de Paul, The Roc – Rescue Mission, and the YWCA.

Last year the diverse campus groups making up the Art of Giving, with the help pf matching funds, raised $2,000. This year they were able to raise over $1450.

The Art of Giving is a way for people to have fun while helping out the local food drive by either voting on their favorite can sculpture for a penny or entering a drawing for a basket of prizes for a dollar or two food drive items.

The second annual can sculpture contest took place between three clubs: the Political Science Club with a voting booth and the White House on top, the Anthropology Club rebuilding the Valley of the Kings, and for the first time the new Sustainability Club also known as the Green Team with a pyramid of food covered in plants and a recycling symbol. The ASLCSC also created a non-competing LC logo. The sculptures could be voted on for a penny as many times as the voter liked and whoever received the most votes (donations) in a jar would win a trophy to keep in the club adviser’s office for the entire year. In addition to this the Political Science Club matched up to $250 dollars in donations. This year’s winners with over 14800 votes (pennies), and so far the undefeated champions, are the members of the Political Science Club advised by Dr. Leif Hoffmann and Dr. Timothy Lynch.

Non-competing due to the fact they have the opportunity to plan in advance as well as first choice of materials was the Engineering Club with a large bridge. Many festival goers commented throughout the three-day festival on the outstanding eye-catcher the Engineering Club had created.

Upon entering the drawing for a dollar or two food drive items, the donor could chose a basket for which he or she liked to put their name in. The drawing could be entered an unlimited amount of times. The three baskets represented different themes: a movie night at home, a day on the golf course, and a family game night.

In addition to raising funds, the Art of Giving volunteers, coordinated by the LC Service Corps, collected (a large amount of food) from the LC Valley community with a large portion coming from the Normal Hill area. LCSC and the Art of Giving organizers would like to thank the community, the Normal Hill donors, the volunteers, the LC clubs and everyone else involved.”

The LC Service Corps would also like to thank 4imprint. The Art of Giving planning committee, LCSC Sustainability, and the Green Team (student club) were concerned about the hundreds of plastic bags used in past years polluting and hurting volunteers. To eliminate these concerns, we (the LC Service Corps) submitted a 4imprint One-by-One grant. We received %100 of what we requested: 500 overstock reusable bags for the LCSC Art of Giving food drive for next year and upcoming years. There will be no more plastic waste floating around, annual plastic bag donations, or food falling on volunteer’s feet at the food drive. The donated bags were overstock, so we are reusing in this sense as well. Thank you 4imprint!

“Idaho Gives is a statewide, 24-giving day taking place on May 7th and it’s all online!

Every year on one amazing day, people across our state come together for Idaho nonprofits. It’s a day to celebrate the awesome work of Idaho’s nonprofits and benefit from the power of many. Idaho comes together—be a part of it!

Donors who give on “Idaho Gives” day on May 7 will have more than 580 nonprofit organizations with more than 675 causes, from every region in Idaho, to choose from when they make their charitable donations. “We are very excited at the diversity of nonprofits who have signed up for Idaho Gives this year, and that a huge number of new nonprofits are participating in this great day for Idaho,” said Janice Fulkerson, Executive Director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center, which is presenting the event. “There really is a nonprofit cause for every donor. Donors will find causes that support needy families, help animals without homes, organizations that provide cultural experiences we cherish, and everything in between!” Last year, Idaho Gives raised more than $780,000 for causes across Idaho, with donors from each of the 44 counties pitching in to help. Modeled after highly successful giving days in other states and cities, the organizers hope to see a similarly successful event this year, in terms of increased donations. The event mostly takes place online, driven by a central web site, where donors can learn about and designate funds for nonprofits in a variety of categories. Corporate and individual donors have contributed an additional $55,000 for a pool of award funds, which will be distributed to nonprofits through random drawings and daylong contests, allowing organizations and donors to multiply their donations. Idaho Gives allow nonprofits to elevate their profile, expand their online and social media presence, call attention to the work they’re doing, and raise critical funds. Idaho Gives is sponsored by Idaho Central Credit Union, PacificSource Health Plans and the Idaho National Laboratory. For more information, go to, or look for Idaho Gives on Facebook and Twitter”

Govenor Otter appoints Maldonado as member of 'Serve Idaho'

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LEWISTON, ID – Lewiston’s youngest City Council Member is now a member of the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.

Jesse Maldonado was elected to the Lewiston City Council when he was just 18-years-old. Governor ‘Butch’ Otter appointed Maldonado as a member of ‘Serve Idaho.”

The commission encourages voluntary public service and volunteerism throughout the state. Right now the Gem state ranks second in the nation for volunteerism.

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May 05, 2015

LEWISTON, Idaho – The Ninth Annual Lewis-Clark State College Research Symposium will be held Wednesday through Friday this week at LCSC’s Williams Conference Center. The symposium is free of charge and open to the public.

Hundreds of students from a variety of divisions across campus will present over the three-day period. Other highlights of the program include keynote addresses, an alumni panel, and a poster session.

The keynote speakers are Michael Holloman, professor of fine arts at Washington State University, at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, and LCSC professor of history Amanda Van Lanen at 1 p.m. on Thursday. Chris Riggs, chair of LCSC’s Social Sciences Division, will facilitate the keynote panel on Wednesday as well beginning at 1 p.m.

Holloman, who is a registered member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation, will present on “Clyfford Still: The Colville Reservation and Beyond, 1934-1939,” while Van Lanen’s presentation is titled “Reluctant Producers and Uninformed Consumers: Creating Brand Recognition in Washington Apples, 1910-1930.”

The poster session, available for viewing all three days, includes presentations from the Hells Canyon Institute, the LCSC Teaching & Learning Center, and the psychology, social sciences, political science, justice studies, and biology and chemistry programs at Lewis-Clark State.

In addition, a Faculty Showcase, highlighting the research, writing, and other scholarly work of LCSC faculty, will be on display each day.

The mission of the LCSC Research Symposium is to enhance student academic achievement and professional development, while also awarding research excellence by providing the opportunity for students to present their research in a symposium.

For more information contact Kerensa Allison at or 208-792-2348, or Rachelle Genthos at or 208-792-2631.

The National Youth Leadership Council has been a home to me for the past four years of my life. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Laura Bolling. I am currently a senior at Hamline University, finishing off my final days. I will be graduating with a BA in Communication Studies. I was brought into the NYLC family 4 years ago when I applied for a work-study position, and I got placed to be the Conference Assistant. I was kind of thrown in, not knowing anything about anyone, and not knowing much about the organization either. Being an 18 year old in a new city, meeting new people, I was naïve and very unsure of what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be.

I slowly got to know the staff my first year, and was taking on anything and everything that the conference team needed me to do. This included: data entry, reaching out to affiliates and exhibitors, marketing the conference, organizing things in the office, being the volunteer coordinator at the conference – the list goes on. I don’t think I was able to fully appreciate everything that I was doing or the purpose of the organization until I was able to see everyone working together in action at the National Service-Learning Conference® that year. It was amazing to see everything that I’d been helping work toward all come together, and hearing what others had to say about what we had pulled together. At that moment it clicked for me: this small organization with only about 20 members was kind and helped rekindle my hope and faith in this world. The conference helps change people’s lives, inspires people to go out and complete service and promote service-learning, and most importantly advocates that the youth in today’s society are the key to everything. The youth of today are the ones who will change the world and are the ones who will continue to make a difference.

This organization is here to recognize that and to give youth resources to network, learn about service-learning, and to spread the word and help change the world. I knew right then and there that I did not want to leave this organization. I remember when I told my supervisor that I wanted to come back, a look of shock crossed her face and she asked: “Wait, you want to come back?” I said yes, and that I’d be back near the end of August and would start as soon as I could, and have been back every year since then.

A lot has changed within this organization in the past four years: the people on the staff, the office space, the hours that I worked, but there’s one thing that has stayed the same and that is the meaning and purpose of NYLC. I’ve learned to “create a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world with young people, their school, and their communities through service-learning”. I will always remember this organization and intend to come back. I will Serve. Learn. Change the World® through my next steps in life, starting off by working for AmeriCorps in a Minneapolis high school this next year.


What a cool idea for partnering with a Humane Society!

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Spring 2014 Community of Practice, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

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HAPPY Earth Day Everyone!

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Happy Earth Day! I am notoriously an indoor person, but that doesn’t mean I don’t care about the environment. Despite my vampire tendencies I am all about going green, because it saves energy AND money. So in honor of Earth day, here are 22 inexpensive ways to help the environment.

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1. Turn off your computer. Sleep mode uses a lot of energy, because even though you’re not using it your computer it’s still on. At the end of the day at work or when you’re done using your computer at home, shut it all the way down.

2. Use both sides of the paper. Every year American businesses throw away 21 million tons of paper. That’s about 175 pounds per person. You can cut your paper waste in half by setting your printer default to double-sided. Or once your done with one side of the paper, use the other side…

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Thirteen students at Central Michigan University are spending the semester in prison.

Members of CMU’s chapter of the national Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program spend Tuesday nights in the Central Michigan Correctional Facility in St. Louis. The class, Social Issues through the Prism of Prison, is taught by sociology professor Justin Smith.

This is the second semester CMU has offered the course.

The Inside-Out program began in 1997 at Philadelphia’s Temple University, and has since become a staple of social and criminal justice education at over 100 universities, including Michigan State, the University of Toledo, Penn State and Dartmouth.

“It’s (13) students from the inside and (13) students from the outside,” Smith said, explaining that the incarcerated men are between the ages of 20 and 65. “A lot of this is a reaction to making sure we’re improving education in prisons, but also in higher education institutions. It’s a way to offer CMU students a very diverse setting to learn in (and) a way to learn from a variety of experiences, a variety of ages.”

The prison portion of the class consists of group discussions. Issues range from the criminal justice system to gender, race and racism, class, social change, social movements and collective action.

“Both the inside guys and outside students get a lot out of it,” Smith said. “The inside guys are mostly older, and they’ve been through a different lifestyle than the students. The students have had a lot more access to education. We’re able to have a lot of good discussions.”

CMU senior Samantha Christie, who’s taking the course, says, “A lot of (the men) have been incarcerated for several years, but they’re up to date on current events. There’s been class periods when I’ve learned more about a current events from one of them.”

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Lewis Clark State College is asking state lawmakers to fund a ‘Work College’ trial program in which students work at a job at the college in exchange for tuition costs and a stipend. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley has more. (1:15 )

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LCSC President Tony Fernandez says this proposal is not a work study program, but instead a new idea for Idaho. He told members of the state’s Joint Finance Appropriations Committee this week that under this program, the student would hold a regular job at the college for ten hours a week, ten months a year:

Tony Fernandez:  “We think that LCSC is ideally suited for this approach in Idaho. We have the lowest student cost among the four year institutions, we have the leanest staffing, we can definitely put these students to good use. And, we will piggy back on our existing AmeriCorps experiences, student learning, work…

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