Committed to Our Communities

Publicly owned utilities are invested in improving the lives of those they serve

NLI contributes to the 4-H scholarship fund, teaching youngsters how to care for livestock and participate in the annual county fair. Here, Kami Williams shows Thunder. Photo by Elissa Glassman

Northern Lights Inc. is dedicated to giving back to the communities it serves. NLI contributes through both the NLI Donation Committee—which meets regularly to review requests—and the NLI Community Trust.

The seven members who serve on the trust board determine who receives funds from NLI’s Operation Round-up, which allows members to make a tax-deductible donation by rounding their bill to the next dollar.

Recipients this past year include the following groups and community-based organizations:

  • Angels Over Sandpoint Back to School
  • Backpack Program
  • Junior Achievement of North Idaho
  • Sandpoint area Seniors Meals on Wheels
  • High school graduation nights
  • Bonner County Soil and Water Conservation watershed program
  • Community Cancer Services
  • Distinguished Young Women scholarships
  • Sanders County Community Housing
  • Idaho Panhandle Habitat for Humanity
  • Jacey’s Race
  • Sandpoint Lions Club Foundation
  • Panhandle Alliance for Education
  • Idaho State Forestry contest
  • Bonner County 4-H market committee scholarship fund
  • American Legion baseball
  • Canine Companions for Independence
  • Lake Pend Oreille Fishing Club
  • Operation Second Chance Idaho
  • Montana Lineman’s Rodeo
  • American Heritage Wildlife Foundation
  • Panhandle Animal Shelter
  • Bonner County History Museum
  • Trout Creek Huckleberry Festival
  • Noxon Kids Fishing Day
  • Noxon School Booster Club
  • Priest River Booster Club (Spartans)
  • Bonner County Leadership 4-H scholarship program
  • Panhandle Autism Society
  • Priest River Animal Rescue
  • Thompson Falls Robotics Club
  • Noxon Public School
  • Pend Oreille Arts Council
  • Sandpoint Little League
  • Albeni Falls Pipes and Drums of Northern Idaho
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Kinderhaven shelter
  • Local food banks
  • Volunteer fire departments

NLI continues to sponsor Inland Northwest Blood Center drives every year for Idaho’s Sandpoint/Sagle area.

This year, the NLI Board of Directors awarded eight $1,500 educational and vocational scholarships to graduating high school seniors and undergraduate college students.

We’re In This Together

A group of kids standing holding backpacks

As a community, it’s great to see businesses and nonprofits work side-by-side to achieve positive results. That’s why Northern Lights is proud to support the Angels Over Sandpoint members and volunteers with their successful backpack program. This school year, more than 800 students in Sandpoint, Clark Fork, and Priest River received backpacks filled with age-appropriate school supplies.

We congratulate the Angels Over Sandpoint, and are honored to be a part of this community achievement.