The Avenues for Hope housing challenge raised a record amount for participating nonprofits on the front lines of fighting homelessness. The 20-day campaign, which ran from Dec. 12 through Dec. 31, raised $875,493 for 51 nonprofits. This year’s total surpassed 2017’s total by more than a $150,000.
This year, there were more than 2,600 donors from 46 states making nearly 4,400 donations. The campaign, organized by the Home Partnership Foundation and Idaho Housing and Finance Association, received international support with a donation from Italy. Nonprofits grew their donations thanks to nearly $280,000 in grant prizes and matching funds from 40 sponsors.
“We would like to thank all of our generous donors and sponsors for their help in making this year’s Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge a great success,” said Gerald M. Hunter, president of Idaho Housing and Finance Association. “The donations to this homeless prevention effort supports the programs and services offered to more than 4,000 Idahoans affected by homelessness. The generosity of all the donors and sponsors truly makes a difference in the lives of our neighbors.”
Since its inception in 2011, Avenues for Hope has raised more than $3 million for nearly 70 nonprofits that aim to provide safe, stable, and affordable housing for Idahoans. The campaign, for many nonprofits, has become their single-largest fundraiser of the year.
Providing a helping hand to Idaho’s homeless
North Idaho nonprofits Family Promise of the Palouse ($86,763) and Sojourners’ Alliance ($74,160) were the top two fundraisers. LEAP Charities ($63,950), CATCH ($54,587) and Corpus Christi House ($53,550) in Southwest Idaho rounded out the top five.
“This campaign allows us to raise funds for over half of our annual budget,” said Katti Carlson, executive director of Family Promise of the Palouse. “The funds raised during this campaign support our primary operations.”
Family Promise of the Palouse works to provide immediate shelter to homeless families in the Moscow, Idaho area. The nonprofits also provides support services to those living on the street to help them achieve lasting independence.
“We assist on average 12 families annually to find long term permanent housing with an 80% success rate. Family Promise of the Palouse is grateful to the Home Partnership Foundation and all donors to the Avenues for House Housing Challenge and to Idaho Housing and Finance Association for keeping the campaign up and running,” said Carlson.
The online campaign started during the economic downturn when the number of people on the brink of homelessness continued to rise, while those organizations working to help homeless Idahoans saw their programs’ support and funds diminishing.
Any nonprofits, businesses, or individuals interested in participating in next year’s campaign should contact The Home Partnership Foundation Director of Development Deanna Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a list showing how much each participating nonprofits was able to raise throughout the campaign:
|City||Number of Donors||
Total Funds Raised
|Bonner Community Housing Agency||Sandpoint||10||$7,950,000|
|Bonner County Homeless Task Force||Sandpoint||107||$47,387,000|
|Boundary County School District||Bonners Ferry||4||$150.00|
|Family Promise of Lewis Clark Valley||Lewiston||17||$11,950|
|Family Promise of North Idaho||Coeur d’Alene||188||$26,827.85|
|Family Promise of the Palouse||Moscow||591||$86,763.38|
|Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho||Hayden||16||$4,725.00|
|Moscow Affordable Housing Trust||Moscow||31||$5,330.00|
|Safe Passage||Coeur d’Alene||11||$760.00|
|St. Vincent de Paul of North Idaho||Coeur d’Alene||8||$2,550.00|
|Union Gospel Mission||Coeur d’Alene||60||$13,520.80|
|Southeast||City||Number of Donors||Total Funds Raised|
|Aid for Friends||Pocatello||74||$13,311.00|
|American Falls School District 381||American Falls||8||$350.00|
|Bingham Crisis Center||Blackfoot||2||$100.00|
|CLUB, Inc||Idaho Falls||40||$3,938.00|
|Community Resource Center of Teton Valley||Driggs||55||$34,220.00|
|Family Services Alliance of SE Idaho||Pocatello||53||$5,170.00|
|Gateway Habitat for Humanity Pocatello||Pocatello||54||$5,500.00|
|Habitat for Humanity of the Magic Valley||Twin Falls||66||$9,550.00|
|Idaho Falls Rescue Mission||Idaho Falls||66||$11,109.50|
|Minidoka School District||Rupert||49||$4,120.00|
|South Central Community Action Partnership||Twin Falls||10||$450.00|
|Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency||Pocatello||6||$5,250.00|
|The Mahoney House||Salmon||27||$3,225.00|
|Twin Falls Optimist Youth House||Twin Falls||56||$22,500.00|
|Voices Against Violence||Twin Falls||9||$7,585.00|
|Southwest||City||Number of Donors||Total Funds Raised|
|Advocates Against Family Violence||Caldwell||15||$4,420.00|
|Boise Public Schools Foundation||Boise||52||$8,380.00|
|Boise Rescue Mission||Boise||9||$970.00|
|Corpus Christi House||Boise||404||$53,550.00|
|Good Samaritan Home||Boise||140||$25,345.00|
|Home Partnership Foundation||Boise||52||$4,730.00|
|Hope House, Inc||Marsing||7||$6,300.00|
|Idaho Youth Ranch||Boise||15||$3,030.00|
|International Rescue Committee in Boise||Boise||31||$7,215.00|
|Nampa School District McKinney Vento Program||Nampa||3||$300.00|
|NWRECC Stepping Stones||Boise||158||$7,211.00|
|Society of St. Vincent de Paul, SW Idaho Council||Boise||310||$37,395.00|
|The Community Builder||Nampa||19||$17,030.00|
|The House Next Door||Nampa||178||$28,075.00|
|The Jesse Tree of Idaho||Boise||49||$29,840.00|
|Trinity New Hope||Nampa||120||$11,900|
|Women’s and Children’s Alliance||Boise||27||$4,620|
Avenues for Hope Sponsors
PLATINUM: Idaho Housing and Finance Association Wells Fargo
GOLD: Academy Mortgage KeyBank Mountain West Bank Stifel The Hawkins Family Foundation
SILVER: Barclays Blue Cross of Idaho Boise Housing Corporation First Interstate Bank Idaho Power Magellan Health New Beginnings Housing Northwest Integrity Housing Skinner Fawcett LLP Thomas Development Wright Brothers
BRONZE: Alliance Title & Escrow Bank of Commerce Bank of Idaho Citizens Community Bank Eide Bailly LLP Essent Evergreen Home Loans Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines George K. Baum & Company Guild Mortgage Company Icon Credit Union Idaho Independent Bank Idaho Mortgage Lenders Association Landmark Promotions P1FCU Pacific Companies Teton Valley Real Estate Teton Valley Realty Management TitleOne Corp. Valbridge Property Advisors Westcor Land Title Insurance Company