BOISE, Idaho — ImpactClub Boise, a community charity that gathers together quarterly to hear from three nonprofit organizations doing good work in our community, announces the winner of over $20,000 at Wednesday’s event.
ImpactClub is a charitable organization, with individual, local clubs spread throughout the United States, and one of them is right here in Boise.
“ImpactClub kind of started with the idea of, people who wanted to do more but feel like their $100 wasn’t really, could go all that far,” said Mike Turner, ImpactClub Boise Co-Founder.
So four times each year, ImpactClub Boise gathers together, pooling at least $100 from each donor in the club, and gives 100 percent of that money away to one lucky nonprofit that is doing good work in the community.
“On average, about 40 to 50 different nonprofits are nominated for every event,” said Turner.
That 40 to 50 is narrowed down to a mere three nonprofits, who each take five minutes at the event to give their pitch, telling the donors why that $23,000 might be helpful to their organization.
This quarter's round of nonprofits ranged from the Garden City Library Foundation’s bookmobile, “It provides library services to kids, um, in areas where they don’t have access to the library and reading materials,” said Suzy Cavanagh, Board Member of the Garden City Library Foundation;
To a local artist organization, “Surel’s place is Idaho’s first non-profit artist residence program. We welcome artists in from all over the world to live and work at Surel’s place for a month at a time,” said Karen Bubb, Board Member of Surel’s Place;
And a nonprofit helping to improve the employment rate of citizens with disabilities, “We focus on instilling job skills for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities, so, by teaching them how to roast coffee actually,” said Suzanne Mcintosh, President of the Percolator Fund.
Votes were cast, and the overwhelming majority decided the Percolator Fund should be the recipient of the $23,000, money they say will go to help not just students, but adults with disabilities who are struggling to find employment.
“We want to be able to bring a coffee roasting workshop to adults who have experienced chronic unemployment where they are,” said Mcintosh.