Welcome to the
IEA Children’s Fund
Helping Idaho school children in need
Virtually all administrative and staff costs of the Fund are paid by the Idaho Education Association. That means that nearly 100 percent of your contribution will reach our students in need. Since its establishment, the Fund has responded to requests from members for aid in a wide variety of circumstances.
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What is the IEA Children's Fund?
The IEA Children's Fund is a special fund devoted to providing financial assistance - be it money, clothes, food, school supplies, or health care services - to Idaho public school children and their families who face extraordinary needs.
The Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The IEA does not reveal the names of the members requesting specific grants nor of the students for whom the grants are requested. Names of all Children's Fund recipient's are kept confidential.
How does the Fund help Idaho children?
Here are just a few examples, as told by IEA members who accessed the Fund:
History of the Fund
The Idaho Education Association recognizes that many students in our public schools are struggling. They live without the basic necessities of food, clothing, eyeglasses, and doctors’ visits, despite the availability of social assistance programs.
We wanted a vehicle to pool our resources and be able to dispense these funds quickly. So the representatives at the 1996 IEA Delegate Assembly voted unanimously in favor of creating this fund. In fact, after the vote, a number of local associations stepped up and donated a total of $1,184.74 on the spot to get the Fund started.
Does the Fund accept memorial donations?
Yes. You can make a memorial donation to the Fund in the name of a loved one.
This memorial contribution will be recognized on a perpetual plaque housed in the IEA headquarters’ office, if an individual or accumulated amount in honor of a loved one totals at least $100.
A special memorial plaque for pets that are a part of your family is also available. Your pet can be memorialized for $100. Memorial donations are acknowledged.
Is the Fund supported by other individuals and groups?
Yes. Although the overwhelming majority of the donations to the Fund come from IEA members, there are other people and organizations who help make the IEA Children’s Fund possible. They include:
- United Way of Southeast Idaho
- United Way of Treasure Valley
- California Casualty
- Choices in Community Giving
- Rosehill Coins & Jewelry
- School Nurse Organization of Idaho
- United Way of Northern Idaho
- Wells Fargo
- Rotary District 5400
Help struggling Idaho children.
Your donations are needed this holiday season.
For IEA Members
How can I contribute to the Fund?
We have provided a voluntary check-off space on the IEA membership enrollment form to enable your tax-deductible contribution to be included with your monthly payroll deduction. If you would prefer to make a cash contribution, you may do so by sending your check made payable to IEA Children’s Fund, c/o Idaho Education Association, PO Box 2638, Boise, ID 83701. Members of the public are welcome to donate, too.
How do I make a request for a grant?
You are just a phone call away! There is never any red tape or lengthy delay for members who want to access the Fund. We only have two rules for honoring donation requests: 1) the request must come from an IEA member, and 2) there must be a sufficient balance in the Fund. That’s it! Call the IEA headquarters at (208) 344-1341 or 1-800-727-9922 and your request will be processed, generally within two weeks. All requests are handled discreetly and in confidence, so the recipients are not embarrassed by the donations. In fact, often it is the member involved who actually delivers or arranges for the needed services. It’s the personal nature of the Fund’s operation that sets it apart from most traditional sources of financial assistance. When requesting a grant, please have the following information ready:
- Child’s name and age*
- Parent/guardian’s name*
- Amount of money requested
- Description of assistance needed