The ICF 30

 A special series recognizing those who have contributed to our success in our first 30 years

Nick and Sara IfftNick and Sara Ifft
Read about the special couple behind the Ifft Foundation Fund in ICF, which grants more than $100,000 in southeast Idaho every year. Click here for more information about Nick and Sara. 

Teater - Specialized Needs RecreationA Shared History: ICF, the Teater Fund and Specialized Needs Recreation
Learn more about Idaho artist Archie B. Teater and his ICF fund that benefits children with disabilities. Click here to read more about Archie B. Teater.


Wood River Women's FoundationSee how this women’s giving circle has made an extraordinary difference for Blaine County nonprofits
Learn more about the Wood River Women's Foundation Idaho and their impact in Blaine County. Click here to read more about the Wood River Women's Foundation.


Potandon ProduceLearn how this eastern Idaho company makes philanthropy part of its corporate culture.
Learn more about Potandon Produce and how they give. Click here to read more about Potandon Produce.

Potandon ProduceKurt and Genola Kandler
Read about the eastern Idaho farm couple who created a scholarship that is changing lives. Click here to read more about Kurt and Genola Kandler.


Richard and Donna HutterRichard and Donna Hutter
This Sandpoint couple are true ICF ambassadors. Read about their commitment to philanthropy in Bonner County. Click here to read more about Richard and Donna Hutter.

Donald and Gretchen FraserDonald and Gretchen Fraser
They were celebrated for their Olympic skiing achievements, and their ICF fund forever supports the community where they lived. Click here to read more about Donald and Gretchen Fraser.

Nancy Sue and Marc WallaceNancy Sue and Marc Wallace
Extraordinary ICF volunteers since the beginning. Click here to learn more about Nancy Sue and Marc Wallace.


Esther Becker SimplotEsther Becker Simplot
Learn more about this Boise icon, her work behind the scenes for the arts and how her ICF funds help her achieve her charitable goals.


Marion ShinnMarion Shinn
We can all learn from this lifelong teacher, former mayor and community leader. Click here to read more about Marion.

Wendell and Barbara MarshallWendell and Barbara Marshall
A quietly generous Pocatello couple whose ICF fund has given more than it received thanks to the power of endowment. Click here to read more about Wendell and Barbara.


 Mike and Jan McBrideMike and Jan McBride
They are part of ICF’s “second generation” and are creating a legacy for Twin Falls. Click here to read more about Mike and Jan.

Ford and Jean ElsaesserFord and Jean Elsaesser
This couple has served in leadership roles at ICF since our early days and helped start an ICF endowment to support nonprofits in Priest River. Click here to read more about Ford and Jean.

The F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation FundThe F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund
Music and the arts in southeast Idaho, including North Gem School District’s drama program, are thriving thanks to support from a Pocatello philanthropist. Click here to read more about The F.M., Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund.

Park PricePark Price
One of our earliest supporters who still contributes to our success today. Click here to read more about Park Price.

Grangeville Community FoundationGrangeville Community Foundation
Residents of Grangeville created a lasting legacy for their community. Click here to read more about the Grangeville Community Foundation.

Women's Gift AllianceWomen's Gift Alliance
The Women’s Gift Alliance has granted more than $1 million in Kootenai County. Learn more about the group’s success. Click here to read more about the Women's Gift Alliance.

Bob and Leslee HooverBob and Leslee Hoover
This couple is committed to Idaho’s people, places and organizations and to enriching the quality of life here. Click here to read more about Bob and Leslee.

Kissler FamilyKissler Family
A long tradition of family philanthropy continues to the next generation. Click here to read more about the Kissler Family.

Roger MartellRoger Martell
Roger Martell has played several important roles for the Idaho Community Foundation since we were founded in 1988. “We wanted to help unify the state,” he recalls. Click here to read more about Roger.

Dean BuffingtonDean Buffington
Dean Buffington served as an advisor on our largest fund and helped grant more than $10 million in Idaho. Click here to read more about Dean.

Dolores ChapmanDolores Chapman
Dolores Chapman of McCall and her family are longtime ICF donors and volunteers. Her brother established one of ICF’s first funds, and Dolores is a former ICF Board Chair who has twice served on the grant panel. Her stepdaughter also served on the ICF Board of Directors. Click here to read more about Dolores.

Boise PhilharmonicBoise Philharmonic
The Boise Philharmonic “plays” an important role in the Treasure Valley and has a long history with the Idaho Community Foundation. Click here to read more about the Boise Philharmonic.

ICF and CF History

Brief History of Community Foundations in the United States


  • In an effort to improve the way the Cleveland Trust Company did business, company president Frederick Goff established the world’s first community foundation, The Cleveland Foundation in Ohio.
  • His company, like many others, managed several small endowed charitable trusts, some of which were established for specific purposes and others which were intended simply to benefit the residents of greater Cleveland.
  • Goff’s company was having difficulty identifying the most worthy recipients for the income from these trusts. His solution created a separate organization. The bank would continue to do what it did best (investments) while the foundation would do what it did best (grant making).


Private foundations came under increasing attack for a perception that they abused their tax-exempt status.


The Tax Reform Act of 1969 was passed, a sweeping change in tax legislation to combat the perceived abuses of private foundations in the 1950s. These changes resulted in private foundations becoming more strictly regulated and made community foundations a more attractive option for many donors because:

  • Lifetime gifts to a community foundation of certain kinds of appreciated property, such as real estate and interests in closely-held businesses, can be deducted at full fair-market value.
  • The annual deduction limit for individual gifts is higher for a community foundation than for a private foundation.
  • Community foundations are free from excise tax and other requirements that apply to private foundations, enhancing their appeal to many donors.
  • There are no legal costs for the establishment of funds.
  • There is no requirement of a 5 percent yearly distribution.
  • Fund donations are 100 percent tax deductible and donors can remain anonymous.
  • Separate tax returns for donors to file are not required.
  • Limited public access to tax records for individual community foundation funds, though a community foundation’s general tax return is public.


There are more than 700 community foundations in the United States and 1,800 abroad. Largest ones:

  1. Silicon Valley Community Foundation (CA); $8.3 billion in assets (2016)
  2. Tulsa Community Foundation (OK); $4.2 billion in assets (2016)
  3. Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (MO); $2.7 billion in assets (2016)
  4. The New York Community Trust (NY); $2.6 billion in assets (2016)
  5. The Chicago Community Trust (IL); $2.5 billion in assets (2016)
  6. The Cleveland Foundation (OH); $2.1 billion in assets (2016)
  7. Foundation for the Carolinas (NC); 2.05 billion in assets (2016)
  8. The Columbus Foundation (OH); $2.01 billion in assets (2016)
  9. The Oregon Community Foundation (OR); $1.9 billion in assets (2016)
  10. Marin Community Foundation (CA); $1.6 billion in assets (2016)

Source: Foundation Center

History of the Idaho Community Foundation

Steering Committee:
These individuals explored the feasibility of a community foundation for Idaho and served as the Foundation’s incorporators in 1988:

* Gordon Black *Robert E. Krueger
* John B. Fery * Roger A. Martell
* Margaret Gigray * Warren McCain
* Alice E. Hennessey * Daniel R. Nelson
* C.E. “Gene” Hill * John L. Runft
* D. Whitman Jones  

Founding Donors:

The Idaho Community Foundation owes its existence to the foresighted individuals, corporations, and organizations which joined together to create and endow the Foundation.

Our Founding Donor campaign concluded December 31, 1992, having raised a total of $5 million. We are pleased to give continuous recognition to the vision and generosity of those who supported the Foundation in its first stages of growth.

Many of these donors have made additional contributions to the Foundation in subsequent years.

Major Founding Donors (Gifts of $250,000 or more)

J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Donald and Gretchen Fraser
Northwest Area Foundation Ethel B. “Stevie” Rawlinson
Earl C. Reynolds Jr. J.R. Simplot


Leadership Founding Donors (Gifts of $100,000 or more)

Albertson’s, Inc. Harry Bettis
Boise Cascade Corporation Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Daugherty Foundation John B. and Delores L. Fery
Lewis Hower G. Nicholas and Sara Ifft
Sara M. Maas Warren E. McCain
Arthur and Jane Oppenheimer Treasure Valley Family YMCA
U.S. Bank The Whittenberger Foundation
Miles and Virginia Willard  


Founding Donors (Gifts of $25,000 or more)

Arthur Andersen LLP Amalgamated Sugar
Boise Philharmonic Association, Inc. Joan Chesbro
Jim and Barbara Cimino Robert and Mary Evans
Roger and Sybil Ferguson First Security Bank of Idaho, N.A.
Global Travel, Inc. Linda Grable-Curtis
Green Giant/Pillsbury Hecla Mining, Inc.
Tom and Alice Hennessey William R. Hewlett
Hewlett-Packard Company Richard M. and Mary B. Hormaechea
Idaho Power Company Intermountain Gas Industries Foundation
Kenlon P. and Carol J. Johnson D. Whitman and Paula Jones
Key Bank of Idaho H.F. and Colleen Magnuson
Merrill Lynch & Co. Foundation Park Price Motor Company
David and Vaniece Petso Potlatch Corporation
Robert and Dorothy Rebholtz Bob and Carol Reed
Tom, Sheila, John and Joy Richards Jim and Bette Roper
John Roper Carmelita G. Spencer
The Terteling Company, Inc. Harry B. Turner
Union Pacific Foundation U S WEST Communications
Wells Fargo Bank (formerly First Interstate Bank)