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Friends of Idaho Public Television

Give With Confidence

The Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating under the laws of the State of Idaho encourages the solicitation and acceptance of philanthropic gifts to Idaho Public Television. Gifts to the Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc. can qualify for state and federal tax deductions such as the Idaho Education Tax Credit and are used to help Idaho Public Television further and fulfill its mission.

Donors considering charitable gifts are encouraged to research the organizations they contribute to and should expect transparency, accountability and confidence that their donations are being used for the purposes intended. 

The highest ratings from two independent charity evaluators demonstrate that the Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc. adheres to best practices and executes its mission with financial efficiency and transparency.

Six Consecutive Years!

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A four-star rating by Charity Navigator verifies that Friends of Idaho Public Television exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in our area of work. Idaho Public Television outperforms most other charities in America; only 17% of the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least five consecutive four-star evaluations. Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. This independent watchdog evaluator also tracks accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.

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For the sixth consecutive year, the Friends of Idaho Public Television also earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from Candid (a merger of two philanthropic ratings sites formerly known as GuideStar and Foundation Center), the world’s largest source of information about nonprofit organizations. Candid lists 9,763 nonprofits in Idaho. Only 72 of those are ranked at the Platinum level. Through data, research, and collective experience, Candid provides users with the knowledge they need to make strategic decisions and develop practical solutions to achieve their missions. Their GuideStar database makes it easier to understand nonprofits and what they do. 

Additional Information

Contact Information

Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc.
1455 N Orchard St
Boise ID 83706
(208) 373-7330

Corporate Officers

Officers are not compensated, and they may be reached via the contact information above.

President: Amy Lientz - Idaho Falls
First Vice President: Randy Morgan - Boise
Second Vice President: Jenny Emery Davidson - Hailey
Treasurer: Brad Rasor - Hayden
Secretary: Sharon Price - Idaho Falls

Current Board of Directors

Board directors are not compensated and are selected for a diverse mix of professions and industries from around the state to help represent all viewers.

Katherine Aiken, Spokane Valley, WA
Maxine Bell - Jerome
Dr. Kent Burnham, Spokane, WA
Todd Christensen, Meridian
Trent Clark, Soda Springs
Jamè Davis, Post Falls
Dr. Kimberly Eimers, Lewiston
Bev Harad, Boise - Ex Officio
Ron Hatzenbuehler, Pocatello
Jennifer Henderson, Boise
Dr. Shane Hunt, Pocatello
Garrett Kitamura, Boise
Liza Leonard, Idaho Falls
Mckinsey Lyon, Boise
Joy Matthews, Ketchum - Ex Officio
Judy Meyer, Hayden - Ex Officio
Rocky Owens, Coeur d’Alene
Stacy Pearson, Boise
Chelsea Porter, Boise
Heather Stegner, Boise
Lupe Wissel, Eagle
Brian Wonderlich, Boise
Jeff Tucker, Boise - Ex Officio

Emeritus Directors

Doug Balfour
Diane Bilyeu
Pat Costello
Byron Defenbach
Norma Douglas
Jerry Evans
John V. Evans Jr.
Ron Graves
Roger Grigg
David Hill
Craig Meadows
Katherine Moriarty
Elisabeth Ratcliff
Roy Schiele
Robert Schreiber
Gayle Wilde

Public Meetings

The Friends board meets a minimum of four times per year. Meetings are open to the public.

  • September 23, 2024 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mountain time/9 a.m. – noon Pacific time) in Coeur d’Alene and by videoconference.
  • November 13, 2024 (10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mountain time/9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Pacific time) at the IdahoPTV Boise station and by videoconference.

Organizational Structure

Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc. has the following corporate officer positions: President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. A representative volunteer board of directors has the following standing committees: Advocacy, Board Recruitment, Endowment, Executive, and Marketing/Development. The organization does not have paid employees. In lieu of a paid staff, day-to-day operations are performed by Idaho Public Television employees that are subject to applicable State of Idaho rules and policies, as well as other integral organizations such as Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

View the articles of incorporation and required annual reports on the Idaho Secretary of State website (search: FRIENDS OF IDAHO PUBLIC TELEVISION, INC.).

Additionally, this organization has an operating agreement with the Idaho State Board of Education, of which Idaho Public Television is under within the state structure, that recognizes and defines the relationship between the Friends organization and Idaho Public Television.

History Overview

In 1975 the Friends of KISU was formed. Two years later, in 1977, the Friends of KAID and Friends of KUID were formed. In 1985 the Idaho Public Television Foundation was established, incorporated and approved as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the laws of the State of Idaho.

On March 27, 2008, Idaho Public Television Foundation, Inc., together with Friends of Idaho Public Television, KAID/KIPT, Inc.; Friends of Idaho Public Television, KISU, Inc.; and Friends of Idaho Public Television, KUID/KCDT, Inc. merged together as one unified organization, which was renamed to Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc.

Financial Reports

The Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc. is a component unit within Idaho Public Television's audited financial statements. The following reports include information for the Friends organization.

Idaho Public Television has an annual audit of its financial reports, which includes the Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc. All audits are performed by an independent audit team from the Legislative Audit Division under the Legislative Services Office of the State of Idaho. Each audit is separately reviewed by a peer review committee process prior to the final report. Additional audited financial reports are available (search: Public Television Idaho).


Other Helpful Information

The State of Idaho operates a government transparency website that includes information about the state workforce (wages, demographics, etc.), budget and financial data, and other information.

General Manager Information

The general manager (similar to CEO position) of Idaho Public Television is an employee of the State of Idaho working under the Idaho State Board of Education. That board hires the general manager and works with the division of human resources and utilizes various employee studies to determine and vote upon the compensation for the position. You can see salary and other transparency information on the State of Idaho transparency website and search "Public Television" where applicable.

To learn more about IdahoPTV's General Manager, Jeff Tucker, please click here