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BOISE – December 29, 2016 — The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation granted over $32 million in 2016 to benefit Idaho students, veterans, and communities. With commitment to grow opportunities for Idahoans statewide, the foundation awarded grants to 62 nonprofit organizations, providing them the ability to further their work and strengthen their impact in their respective areas of focus.
One recipient organization leading the way to prepare kids for an uncertain and rapidly changing future is One Stone, which has been serving students in the Treasure Valley since 2008. The One Stone School opened its doors in September 2016 as a non-traditional school leveraging blended and project-based learning with an emphasis on student leadership and voice.
“School models like One Stone have been proven on a national level with ingenuity and innovation as their guiding principles,” said Albertson Family Foundation Executive Director Roger Quarles. “We have been impressed with the One Stone program over the years, and are proud to support the first school of this kind in Idaho. Thus far they are proving to be the epitome of what they set out to do, which is to make students better leaders and the world a better place,” Quarles said.
A $2 million investment in Mission43 and its four pillar partners has advanced veterans’ opportunities to further their education, obtain gainful employment, leverage their skills and experience for meaningful purpose, and find a stronger connection to their communities. There are over 35,000 post-9/11 veterans living in Idaho, and through collaboration with the four partners, services are extended to both veterans and their spouses – ultimately fostering growth and prosperity for their families as a whole. Since Mission43 began outreach in July 2016, job placement through Hire Heroes USA has spanned 26 different fields with healthcare, IT and logistics comprising the majority of hires.
“Through Mission43, we have united four of the nation’s leading veterans’ programs to build strong communities across Idaho,” said Quarles. “These key partners are making a significant impact on a daily basis right here in our backyard. In just six months Hire Heroes USA has placed 75 Idaho veterans and/or their spouses in jobs with an average annual starting salary of $50,000. Mission43 is leading the way in our country in terms of providing opportunities for post-9/11 veterans to lead, learn, and inspire.”
Investment in Boise’s Whitewater Park is another example of how the foundation has committed to help increase economic prosperity and support revitalization of communities in Idaho. A $3.5 million gift to finish the second phase of the Boise River Park will help spur economic growth in Boise’s West End and ultimately provide countless opportunities for Idaho’s children and families to fish, kayak, stand-up paddle board, surf, swim, walk, run and cycle.
“We looked to where we could help transform communities and create opportunity for family engagement,” said Quarles. “Projects like the Boise Whitewater Park and recently the $1.25 million Rhodes Skate Park are foundational elements to the city’s longer term plan for family recreation and downtown revitalization.”
ADDITIONAL GRANTS TO BENEFIT IDAHO STUDENTS
Teach For America: As part of a national teacher corps focused on raising student achievement in public schools, Teach For America (TFA) introduced 30 of our nation’s emerging leaders into Idaho classrooms, providing highly qualified teachers for hard to fill positions in five high-level poverty school districts. Students in Caldwell, Homedale, Melba, Nampa, and Wilder had the opportunity to learn from these TFA core members, with 82% achieving mastery in reading and math, which is substantially above the state average.
Khan Academy LearnStorm: In an effort to improve math proficiency, students statewide took part in Khan Academy’s LearnStorm 9-week math challenge. A $2 million grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation helped fund LearnStorm, which reached over 100 school districts and over 35,000 students in 400 schools. 20,000 of those students spent 90,000 hours and completed 6 million problems. The timing was strategically aligned with spring math assessments. The top twenty LearnStorm schools saw a 5-6% gain from last year in ISAT proficient and advanced math scores in comparison to the general student population statewide which saw a 2.4% improvement. As a part of LearnStorm, 10 schools with high Free or Reduced Lunch (FRL) populations received technology grants, which allowed for over 4,300 students to participate.
Funding for the betterment of Idaho has always been a priority for the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation. The foundation is committed to helping those that set themselves apart with viable and sustainable ideas to make measureable impact, in support of our vision to make Idaho a place to learn, thrive, and prosper.
To view the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation 2016 Annual Giving Report, click here.
About the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation
About the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation is a Boise-based, private family foundation committed to the vision of making Idaho a place to learn, thrive, and prosper. In 2016, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation celebrated over 50 years of giving, totaling nearly $700 million to Idaho children and families. The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation honors the legacy of Joe and Kathryn Albertson, founders of the Albertsons grocery store, however it is not affiliated with, Albertsons, LLC. Grant-making is by invitation-only. For more information, visit jkaf.org.