November 2016 Around Town

Idaho Foodbank recognized 
with four-star rating

For the seventh consecutive year, Charity Navigator has awarded the Idaho Foodbank with a four-star rating. The rating is the highest made by Charity Navigator, the country’s largest independent evaluator of nonprofits.

As Charity Navigator’s President and CEO Michael Thatcher stated in his letter to The Idaho Foodbank President and CEO Karen Vauk, “Only 2 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least seven consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Idaho Foodbank outperforms most other charities in America.”

Charity Navigator awarded only seven four-star ratings in Idaho this year.

“It’s important to us that donors can trust their donations will be handled responsibly, and with a commitment to supporting Idaho’s families, children, and seniors in need,” Vauk said.

In the last fiscal year, 94 percent of all donations went directly to support The Idaho Foodbank’s programs and services. The other 6 percent went to administrative costs directly related to fulfilling the Foodbank’s mission.

Laree Goodman named to 
Boys & Girls Club board

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County recently named Laree Goodman to its Board of Directors. Goodman is Realtor with the Goodman Real Estate Team. She has five years of experience volunteering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County’s Wild West Auction team. She runs a monthly teen workshop where she introduces club members to various career paths.

“With each encounter at the club, my passion for the children of this community grows. I am excited about joining the Board and having an opportunity to make an even bigger impact,” Goodman says.

More than 4,000 local at-risk youth and children participate in programs at the clubs’ four sites. Clubs include the Moseley Center in Garden City, the Meridian Boys & Girls Club in Meridian, and the summer programs in Boise and Kuna.

Boise Airport receives FAA 
funding to lower emissions

The Boise Airport has completed a project that will make it a more environmentally sustainable facility. The airport received Federal Aviation Administration funding from a Voluntary Airport Low Emissions grant which funds projects that reduce fossil fuel emissions in EPA designated areas.

The VALE grant provided funding for two ground power/pre-conditioned air units. These units are electrically powered and replace four diesel-powered units that had been in use previously. Three diesel-powered mobile light units were replaced by three new electrically powered LED lights.

The ground power and pre-conditioned air units provide the aircraft with power, heat and air conditioning while parked. This allows the aircraft to completely power off – reducing fuel consumption and emissions due to long idle periods.

“This project is just one example of how the airport is focused on sustainability,” said Boise Airport Director Rebecca Hupp.

Local firms T-O Engineers and CSHQA provided design and construction administration services, while the national firm Leigh Fisher helped secure the $660,000 FAA VALE grant used to fund the project.

Boise woman wins $5,000 
marine research award

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation has announced the eight recipients of the Guy Harvey Scholarship Award, including one student from Boise. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in marine science research at the collegiate level. Each winner, chosen from five Florida universities, receives $5,000 to support their individual academic programs.

Sarah Hoffmann from Boise is a doctoral student at Florida Atlantic University studying integrative biology with research in comparative morphology and kinematics of hammerhead sharks.

In addition to the $5,000 grant, Hoffmann also received a certificate designed and signed by world-renowned marine wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey.

Established in 2010 through a partnership between Florida Sea Grant and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the scholarships recognize students at universities whose research focuses on the biology, ecology, habitat or management of fish in Florida’s marine environment. Since 2010, 42 students have received these scholarships.

Idaho Botanical 
Garden hires new executive director

The Idaho Botanical Garden announced the hiring of Erin Guerricabeitia as its new executive director. Guerricabeitia is responsible for overseeing the garden’s daily operations, member services, programming, events and horticultural efforts. She will be charged with cultivating new sources of financial support for the garden, acting as a liaison between board and staff, and implementing the strategic and master plans for garden programs and capital development.

Guerricabeitia has served as the executive director of the Boise Urban Garden School and the Foothills Learning Center under the city of Boise. She has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit management. Guerricabeitia is also an active community volunteer and is the president of Junior League of Boise.

“The Idaho Botanical Garden has a rich history of providing outstanding garden experiences through botanical collections, educational programming, and a variety of cultural and community events,” Guerricabeitia says. “I look forward to helping the garden grow.”