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Albertson Family Foundation awards $24.5M in 2015

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Veterans, families benefit from learning focus

BOISE – Dec. 29, 2015 — The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation invested $24.5 million in 2015 to benefit Idaho veterans, students and families.

Among the 59 nonprofit organizations statewide who received grants in 2015, four received a total of $2 million to help Idaho veterans find jobs, connect socially and develop purpose as they transition from military to civilian life.

“The Albertson family believes that veterans deserve the best support possible,” said Albertson Family Foundation Executive Director Roger Quarles. “Wyakin Warriors Idaho, Hire Heroes USA, Team Rubicon and Team Red, White and Blue have an excellent track record for serving veterans. What is really special is that they’ve come together to create a unique partnership that will provide services exclusively for Idaho veterans.”

Founded by grocery store mogul Joe Albertson and his wife Kathryn, the Albertson Family Foundation’s mission is limitless learning for all Idahoans.

In recent years, the foundation focused on making education the top priority in Idaho. According to Quarles, the focus has shifted from education to limitless learning, especially teens.

“Idaho teens are struggling,” Quarles said. “Our high school graduation rates are getting worse, college go-on rates are among the lowest in the country and our teen suicide rates are among the highest, so we are funding several new initiatives that provide support and give teens a voice.”

The foundation funded a new YouTube-based awareness campaign that asks high schoolers to “Buck The Quo” by helping them focus on finding passions and options for learning after high school. The second annual 24-Hour Youth Think Challenge, produced by the Boise-based youth-led organization One Stone, also provided a forum for teens to explore and express how Idaho can reimagine learning.

Quarles said a $300,000 grant to the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline to provide crisis text and message services is a step in the correct direction to support Idaho teens.

ADDITIONAL GRANTS TO BENEFIT STUDENTS, FAMILIES

Khan Academy LearnStorm: A continued partnership with Khan Academy provides support for LearnStorm 2016, a statewide math competition in which Idaho students can compete to earn prizes for themselves and their school. Idaho joins Chicago, San Francisco and Ireland for this exclusive event. To sign up for LearnStorm, click here.

BLUUM: The foundation continued its longstanding support for expanding learning options for Idaho families with an investment in BLUUM, an organization that helps high-performing K-12 schools expand in the state. BLUUM has helped several public traditional, public charter and private schools provide an additional 5,000 high-performing seats for students throughout Idaho.

Idaho PTECH Network: PTECH partners with businesses and schools to provide Idaho high school students a seamless pathway from school to career. Almost 300 high school students are in the program.

North Idaho College: Based in Coeur d’Alene, NIC received a $1 million grant to complete a new career and technical education center designed to meet student and industry demand for well-trained and qualified graduates in high need career and technical fields.

To view the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation 2015 Annual Grant Report, click here.

About the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation
The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation is a Boise-based, private family foundation committed to the vision of limitless learning for all Idahoans. In 2016, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation will celebrate 50 years of giving, totaling more than $650 million to Idaho children and families. The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation honors the legacy of Joe and Kathryn Albertson, founders of the Albertsons grocery store, however it is not affiliated with, Albertson, LLC. Grant-making is by invitation-only. For more information, visit jkaf.org