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The purpose of Sun Valley Institute for Resilience is to advance community resilience in Idaho’s Wood River Valley region by educating, investing and collaborating to ensure that the economy, environment and people thrive.

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How We Work

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RAISE AWARENESS

To inspire participation and action we are raising awareness and mobilizing our neighbors around building community resilience.

Local Food Alliance Sprout Kit initiaitve volunteers

COLLABORATE

We are bringing local and regional entities to the table to harness the positive impact and strength of working together.

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INVEST

We mobilize blended capital for innovative projects advancing community resilience in central and southern Idaho.

TESTIMONIAL

"As a relatively new farm, we are so grateful for the work SVIR has already done with the Locally Grown Guide and Elevated Table farm-to-table dinner series. But what they're doing with the Impact Idaho Fund is the next level."

Briana Swette, Lookout Farm
TESTIMONIAL

“Community is about people and place. Among our biggest challenges locally and globally is to create stable and sustainable economies while practicing responsible stewardship of our most essential resources like water and energy. This is the nature of resiliency. What we learn and accomplish here can have the broadest applications.”

Larry Schoen, four-term blaine county commissioner
TESTIMONIAL

“We greatly appreciate Sun Valley Institute and Local Food Alliance's unwavering support of local food producers. The Wood River Farmers Market Association is excited to continue our partnership and we look forward to future local food accomplishments."

Katie Zubia, Wood River Farmers Market Board President
TESTIMONIAL

“There may be no greater concern for investors than climate risk, yet very few have begun taking the next step – consideration about resilience. The Sun Valley Institute for Resilience is pioneering this discussion like no other."

Dana Lanza, CEO and Co-founder, confluence philanthropy
TESTIMONIAL

“Everywhere I travel, inside the United States and worldwide, I’m finding small communities struggling to figure out how to meet basic needs of food, energy, water, and so forth in a world that appears more wobbly and uncertain every day. The Sun Valley Institute for Resilience holds the promise of providing them much needed hope, ideas, and guidance.”

Michael Shuman, Director of Local Economy Programs for Neighborhood Associates Corporation
TESTIMONIAL

“Our parents and students both loved the SPROUT Kits you provided. The kids have been coming to school all week to give reports on their bean salsa and planting activities! What a great way for families to interact with our local food system.”

SPROUT Kit Participant

The Problems We Face

52% of our valley's households are below the poverty line and struggling to afford basic household necessities.

In 2021, 57% of Blaine County is in a severe drought and 12% is in an extreme drought.

Home prices between 2016 and 2018 increased by 33% while median income went down.

More than 90% of what Blaine County residents eat is imported while over 90% of what is grown in Blaine County is exported.

Tourism and recreation account for almost 66% of our local economy.

Over 20% of Wood River Valley residents live with some level of food insecurity.

Sun Valley Institute for Resilience Programs & Initiatives

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Give Money

Your contribution will support our Impact Idaho Fund and Local Food Alliance projects. Contact Annie to learn more.

Give Time

We need volunteers to help us put on our local events, join with our community partners and share knowledge through 5B Resilience Gardens. Contact Amy if you'd like to be added to our volunteer list.

Give In-Kind

Gardening knowledge, event logistics, graphic design and photography, your skills can help further the effort to build community resilience in the Wood River Valley. Contact us if you have a particular skill that you would like to contribute.

Have a question? Feedback? Want to get involved?

We'd love to hear from you! Use our contact form on the left or, if you prefer, send an email or even a letter. 

Mailing address

Sun Valley Institute for Resilience
P.O. Box 3537
Hailey, ID 83333
United States

Physical address

Sun Valley Institute for Resilience
Meriwether Building
111 North First Ave., Suite 2I
Hailey, ID 83333
United States

Phone

(208) 788-4780