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IDYLLWILD COMMUNITY FUNDDonate to the Idyllwild Community Fund
A Nonprofit Organization
PO Box 761
Idyllwild, CA 92549

PresidentMerria VelascoVice President

Nancy Beddingfield



Maygen Sandrini


Cathie Davis


Events Chair

Annie Weaver


Fundraising Chair

Maureen McElligott



Linda McCaughin


Social Media Chair

Jean Waggoner


Strategic Planning Chair

Christine Hunt


Youth Grantmakers Chair

Shannah Zorn


Committee Members

Justin Barrett

Carol Mendoza

Jason Park

A Fire, and Flood, and a Pandemic walk into a… COMMUNITY.

This is exactly what has happened in Idyllwild within less than two years. And yet here our community stands, with determination and resiliency to move forward – together.

Idyllwild Community Fund was founded in 1995 by a local couple who were adamant that there is need all around us, but there are also good people willing to step in to affect change. Our mission is Strengthening Idyllwild through shared resources. Receiving no government or corporation funding, we grant local nonprofit organizations with the funding they need to carry out incredibly important pillars of support and sustenance in our region.

We fund indispensable services in our mountain communities, totaling more than $300,000 over the last 22 years. In recent years, this funding has allowed:

Supplies for rebuilding of a portion of the Tahquitz Fire Lookout enabling safe access for visitors and tower volunteers with the Southern California Mountain Foundation

Purchasing a new saw for the Woodies (Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council) who provide tree abatement services and coordinate with the Idyllwild Help Center for free wood distribution to those in need

Science trips for middle-schoolers through the Idyllwild School Booster Club outdoor education program

Utility assistance for low-income residents in our community with Idyllwild Help Center

Free distribution of hygiene products to low-income women and children in our area through Soroptimists of Idyllwild

Scholarships to college-bound Idyllwild students with Idyllwild Scholarship Fund

Counseling programs at Spirit Mountain Retreat Center for men and women with past trauma

Art classes at Idyllwild School in partnership with smARTS and the Idyllwild School PTA

Centennial festivities for the 100th anniversary of our beloved local library through Friends of the Idyllwild Library

And every year the list of local needs continues to grow. All of these programs and services are made possible because of donors like you.

Additionally, we fund and manage the Youth Grantmakers program at Idyllwild School in partnership with the Inland Empire Community Foundation. This program allows our middle school youth to learn the importance of philanthropy and giving back to their community. Just in the past few years, these students granted awards to provide free middle school field trips to the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, funding for low-income students to attend outdoor education trips, after school theatre programs, scholarships for children’s sports activities, and hygiene necessities to local underprivileged youth.

Our town comes through again and again for those in need, and we saw this recently with the outpouring of support for those most deeply affected by the Cranston Fire. Because of this, ICF was able to grant thousands of dollars’ worth of aid to Idyllwild Help Center for additional aid for victims of the Cranston Fire and to Forest Folk for free shuttle operations to the local food bank.

It is only through local financial support that we are able to continue funding these incredible and often life-changing programs and services. You can send your tax-deductible donation, payable to the Idyllwild Community Fund, in the enclosed envelope, or make a PayPal contribution online at

We ask you to partner with us today, to help carry Idyllwild powerfully into the future.


With appreciation,

Merria Velasco

President, Idyllwild Community Fund


P.S. If you would like to include Idyllwild Community Fund in your will or trust, you may contact Jose Marquez by phone at (951) 241-7777, by email at, or by mail c/o The Inland Empire Community Foundation, 3700 Sixth Street, Suite 200, Riverside CA, 92501.