Non-Profit

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

About a dozen teenagers are helping set up a stage in a burrito shop in downtown Boise. (The salsa bar is stage right.) Some are stringing decorations from the ceiling and walls, in preparation for the slew of bands they'll host during Treefort Music Fest.

Gus Marsden is helping run this new venue as a leader of the festival's all-ages volunteer team.

New York Road Runners

A Boise nonprofit has become the first ever Idaho charity to partner with the New York City Marathon.

The Lee Pesky Learning Center serves kids with learning disabilities in reading, writing and math. The nonprofit has offices in Boise, Caldwell and Hailey.

“And we work on intervention strategies that support the needs of the whole child so that they can overcome their learning challenge and be successful in school and in life.”

Boise Bike Project

The Boise Bicycle Project is looking for kids to who want their own dream bike. It’s the nonprofit group’s 10th Annual Kid’s Bike Giveaway.

The goal is to give away over 400 bikes to kids who may not otherwise have access to a bicycle. They’ll also get a helmet, lock and safety lesson from the Boise Police Department.

The Project refurbishes donated bicycles and gives them away in the community.

Harrison Berry / Boise Weekly

As the Grove Plaza continues to shape up in downtown Boise, the newest addition is the opening of a third Gyro Shack location in the Treasure Valley. But before the local franchise could expand too much, it had to solve a saucy problem. 

Boise Hive

A Boise nonprofit got a makeover and is ready to share its updated building with the community. The Boise Hive is celebrating its updated space with an open house Thursday from 5-9 p.m.

The Hive opened its doors on the Bench two years ago. The nonprofit serves musicians, offering rehearsal and recording space – but also mental health counseling for those struggling with issues like depression and anxiety.

Idaho Gives / Facebook

Idahoans donated roughly $1 million to more than 800 nonprofits and charities Thursday as part of "Idaho Gives," the 24-hour, online fundraising blitz.

Organizers say nearly 7,500 people made donations to help the causes of nonprofits taking part in the fourth annual statewide fundraiser.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest gathered in around $32,000 in donations, claiming the top spot among large nonprofits. Meanwhile, The Idaho Humane Society attracted the highest amount of donors, with 358 people giving more than $19,400.

Christina Birkinbine / Treefort Music Fest

Treefort volunteer coordinator Elizabeth Corsentino says since Treefort began in 2012, the festival heard from local nonprofits that wanted to get involved. Corsentino says this year, the team behind the festival created some new opportunities for these groups to get exposure – and hopefully get more helping hands.

JUMP

It has been called a creative center and a community gathering place. Now primary construction is complete and JUMP is about to open its doors to the Boise community.

JUMP, or Jack’s Urban Meeting Place, was built by the J. R. Simplot Foundation in honor of Jack Simplot. He died in 2008, and since then the foundation and the Simplot family have been working to get JUMP built near the connector in downtown Boise.

Discovery Center of Idaho

The Discovery Center of Idaho wants more young people to get excited about science, technology, engineering and math – better known as STEM. To do that, the center has partnered with another Boise nonprofit, Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Center. The two groups are asking people in the community to sponsor 50 low-income families with memberships to the science center.

Mecale Causey is with the Discovery Center. She says the idea fits perfectly with their overall mission.

Boise Hive

The Boise Hive is at a crossroads.

The nonprofit arts organization has until October 9th to raise $75,000. The Hive serves artists and musicians in need of mental health resources. The organization needs the money for a down payment to buy the building they currently rent, which has received an offer from another buyer.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVdPK-W15ts&feature=youtu.be / Ballet Idaho

In its third year, a record of 580 groups are participating in Idaho Gives. The annual event – which is modeled after a similar one in Minnesota – is sponsored by the Idaho Nonprofit Center, and has grown in scope every year.

Idaho, Montana Komen Breast Cancer Foundations To Merge

Apr 2, 2015
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The Idaho and Montana chapters of the breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen are merging.

MTN reports the Boise-based group is merging with the Helena, Montana-based group in June. The merged foundation will be called Susan G. Komen Idaho Montana.

The merged organization will share leadership and fundraising resources to serve both states.

Curt Bowen

We’ve been following an Idaho non-profit over the years as it helps farmers in Guatemala grow more sustainable crops. We first learned of Semilla Neuva - that’s “New Seed” in Spanish - in 2011. The fledgling group was giving advice on farming techniques to Guatemalan farmers.

the hive, gabe rudow
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Organizers of a new nonprofit want to do more than provide cheap studios for Boise’s growing music scene. They’re helping musicians who are struggling with things like stress, depression and addiction by connecting them with low-cost services.

Boise Arts Industry Worth $48 Million

Oct 12, 2012
Courtesy Idaho Nonprofit Center

The arts and culture industry generates more than $48 million a year in Boise. That’s according to a new study by Americans for the Arts. Today’s numbers paint a nice portrait of the city’s growing art scene.

Randy Cohen is with Americans for the Arts, the DC-based organization that put out the study.  

Cohen says that arts organizations like the Trey McIntyre Project and the Boise Philharmonic help create a community people want to live in. But they also create revenue.