Democracy isn’t something we have but something we do!


The Idaho Organization of Resource Councils empowers people to improve the well-being of their communities, sustain family farms and ranches, transform local food systems, promote clean energy, and advocate for responsible stewardship of Idaho’s natural resources.


To live in a state where every person can meaningfully participate in decision-making processes that impact their lives to create just, healthy, self-reliant communities.

Theory of Change:

IORC believes in the promise and potential of community organizing. Community organizing brings together people with shared values and common self-interests to work at the grassroots level to build power and make change.

How We Are Organized

The Idaho Organization of Resource Councils is structured on three levels:

1. Regional Network

IORC is a member of the Western Organization of Resource Councils.  WORC is a regional network of grassroots community organizations that include 12,200 members and 39 local chapters across 7 western states. WORC helps member groups succeed by providing training and coordinating issue work. Based in Billings, Montana, WORC has field offices in Montrose, Colorado, and Washington, D.C.

2. Statewide Organization

The Idaho Organization of Resource Councils is a democratically controlled, member-based organization. Based in Boise, Idaho, IORC is a 501(c(3) tax exempt non-profit organization. It is led by a board of directors who provide oversight to the two staff.

3. Local Chapters

IORC has two local chapters the Weiser River Resource Council (WRRC), and the Portneuf Resource Council (PRC).  The founding chapter, WRRC, was launched in September2012 and is located in Washington and Payette Counties.  The second chapter, PRC was launched in October 2014 and is located in Bannock County.

How To Get Involved

Are you interested in learning more? Do you want to become a member? Contact one of our organizers by email Breland Draper at, Doug Paddock at, or by phone at 208.991.4451.