Foundation donates $100,000 to local school districts

A new local nonprofit has made its inaugural donation of $100,000 to school districts in northern Idaho.

The Marcus Anderson Family Foundation announced Aug. 19 that it had donated $25,000 each to the school districts of Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Lakeland and West Bonner County.

“The past two years have been extremely difficult for school districts,” Amber Scarcello, executive director of the Marcus Family Foundation, said in the announcement. “We wanted to start our giving by investing in children and decided school systems were a great fit.”

The funds will be used in a variety of ways, depending on the needs of each district. Coeur d’Alene plans to allocate its funds to support the Coeur d’Alene Virtual Academy. Post Falls will use its share for the new Elementary Therapy Classroom. The other districts have yet to announce how they will use the funds.

The mission of the Marcus Anderson Family Foundation is to inspire hope for the community and for the future of northern Idaho by providing charitable funding in the areas of affordable housing, education, access outdoor recreation, therapeutic facilities and veterans programs.

The creation of the nonprofit has been a goal of President and Founder Anderson for more than 30 years. His mission is to give back to his community, to the organizations that deeply support him, and to preserve the northern Idaho way of life that he is duty bound to protect.


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