Janice Seagraves Family Foundation
Founded in 2001, the Janice Seagraves Family Foundation is a private, nonprofit family foundation located in Twin Falls, Idaho. Twin Falls is situated on the Snake River Canyon in South Central Idaho and serves as a retail hub for a larger agricultural area known as the Magic Valley. The Magic Valley consists of eight counties: Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls. Those eight counties roughly make up the geographical limitations of the Foundation's grantmaking. Specifically, the Foundation grants to entities along the Highway 93 Corridor from the northern Nevada border to the southern border of Custer County.
The Janice Seagraves Family Foundation was founded by Janice Seagraves using her winnings from the Powerball Lottery. On Christmas Day 1996, Ms. Seagraves won the Powerball drawing. Hoping to make a lasting impact in the community, Ms. Seagraves used her winnings to set up the Janice Seagraves Family Foundation to help future generations. Since 2001, the Foundation has awarded grants to a variety of organizations around the Magic Valley. Although Ms. Seagraves passed away, her legacy lives on through the Foundation and its governing Board of Directors.
Moving forward, the Foundation seeks innovative ways to help the community. Thus, the Foundation accepts grant applications from new entities and those organizations that have previously received money from the Foundation. The Foundation recently hosted the first community-wide meeting of foundations and organizations to start a dialogue about the needs facing the Magic Valley. Hopefully, this meeting will inspire continued dialogue and collaborative grantmaking to better serve the community.
The City of Buhl received a large grant from the Foundation in 2010 and completed Pocket Park. This photo was taken in September 2011.
Magic Valley Arts Council piano purchased with the help of a grant from the Foundation