Through ImpactClub®, as Impact Venture Capitalists, we invest heavily in local charities that demonstrate a powerful “Story Engine” and have proven their willingness to fight for their cause – by competing in and winning a high-stakes competition. As a result, ImpactClub®, through Impact Venture Capitalism, has dramatically multiplied the Impact that a single person can have on charities in their local community.
Hope House was founded in 1973 and exists to provide a home for children who are emotionally impaired, developmentally disabled, and/or come from disrupted adoptions or dysfunctional families. Whatever the reason, these young people have exhausted other options and living with their families is no longer possible. Hope House serves children from all areas of the United States, though the majority come from the western United States. Our mission at Hope House is to provide a home-like, family atmosphere where, through love, structured activities, appropriate discipline, educational and vocational opportunities, and people who will listen, young people can reach their fullest potential. Our goal is to return young people to their families, where appropriate, and to the world at large, who are able to interact appropriately with their peers and those in authority, provide for their own economic needs, and to be successful in the pursuit of their personal goals and ambitions.
Family Advocates is celebrating it’s 40th year of providing programs to support families in an effort to keep kids safe. We run the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program in the 4th District of Idaho, training and supporting volunteers to represent children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect in the courtroom. We also run our preventative Family Strengthening programs in Boise, Caldwell and Mountain Home for limited income families who need some support in order to keep their family safe and intact. All of our programs focus on safe kids and strong families through the work of brave volunteers who help us run these critical programs.
In 1983, the Idaho Hunger Action Council recognized a need for a food banking system in Idaho, and opened The Idaho Foodbank in Boise in 1984. We have since opened regional warehouses in Lewiston (serving north Idaho) and Pocatello (serving eastern Idaho). We have built a network of partner agencies and distribute free food to more than 220 nonprofits around the state such as local pantries and senior centers, allowing us to have a statewide reach and a local touch. We operate seven direct service programs that target specific hunger needs, and have received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for nine years running. Over the current fiscal year, we are on pace to distributed 20 million pounds of food – enough for 16.7 million meals. This is necessary because hunger is a real issue for more than 220,000 Idahoans. Hunger not only deprives people of a basic human need – it also causes health challenges that can affect people and their communities for years afterwards. As a result, we have also launched our Hunger-to-Health initiative that seeks to incorporate community health as a primary factor in our services. In the end, we will foster healthier, stronger, and happier communities across Idaho.