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Seagraves Foundation gift fosters C of I philanthropy

October 30, 2014

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” Those words once floated off the famous tongue of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. And it is fair to say The College of Idaho Student Philanthropy Council, along with the Seagraves Family Foundation, have their rent covered.

Since 2006, The College of Idaho and the Seagraves Family Foundation have partnered to promote student-led philanthropy on campus and in the Caldwell community. And with a recent gift of $100,000 from Seagraves, C of I students will have a chance to make an even bigger impact.

“On behalf of the College, I thank the Seagraves Family Foundation for its continued support of philanthropy on The College of Idaho campus,” said Barry Fujishin '72, major gifts officer for the College. “The generous gift will help teach our students how to give back to their community and make positive changes.”

The SPC requested the gift in order to build its already established endowment and to double revenues distributed annually to deserving community organizations.

It is a belief of the Seagraves Family Foundation that increased funds will give a greater opportunity for the committee to understand its impact on the community. Last year, the SPC gifted grant money to four local organizations: The Idaho Youth Games ($1,000), Meals on Wheels ($1,000), The Mentoring Network ($500), and Advocates Against Family Violence ($500).

The SPC formed in 2006 after the College received a $30,000 grant from the Seagraves Family Foundation to promote philanthropy among the younger generation. The SPC established bylaws and developed and distributed grant applications to community organizations across the Treasure Valley. Its goal was to fund projects that would have a positive impact on the community and an intangible benefit to the College.

In 2010, the SPC was recognized for its philanthropic efforts throughout the community, receiving the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award from the Idaho Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

"Being involved with the Student Philanthropy Council has truly given me insight to the non-profit organizations in Canyon County and how much of a positive impact that these groups have on the community,” said Kelsey Nelson, SPC president. “This recent donation from the Seagraves foundation allows us to expand our outreach in allocating money to these organizations and increase the overall impact that we as a council can have in the Caldwell area."

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit