The Idaho Freemason Foundation is an independent charity, established by the Grand Lodge of Idaho to help kids and further the ideals of Masonry.
After several years of hard work and preparation by a number of Idaho Masons, the Foundation was incorporated in the State of Idaho in 2011. Originally name the “Grand Lodge Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Idaho Charitable Fund, Incorporated,” the Foundation officially changed its name in 2022 to the easier-to-remember Idaho Freemason Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is “to support the education, safety, and well being of children.”
It performs this duty by supporting the charitable activities of individual Lodges throughout the state, fulfilling the Fraternity’s belief and obligation in charity, and to shine the Light of Masonry on the people of Idaho. Lodges are free to run their own charitable effort, or to choose one to support. They administer and operate their charity as they see fit. If their charity fulfills the Foundation purpose, they qualify to apply for financial support. The application process is simple and easy. All we ask in return is pictures or videos of the event to use in publicity and in our own fundraising efforts, and an accounting of how the funds were used.
The Chairman of the Foundation is Most Worshipful Past Grand Master Greg Winther. Brother Winther is the former owner of Winther Music in Boise, and is a licensed real estate broker. In addition to his service to Freemasonry, he serves in the Idaho Realtors State Board of Directors. He was recognized with the Code of Ethics Award by Boise Regional Realtors.
Treasurer Jason Morales is a member of Boise Lodge #2 and is a Business Strategy Leader for Data & AI for Microsoft. He is the founder of Ming Studios in Boise, to support artists and to help bring international artist residents to Idaho.
Foundation Secretary Mark Smith is a retired Air Force Colonel, with numerous technical degrees. He is also a Past Master of Meridian Lodge #47.
Director Derek Sprague has extensive experience in fund raising and non-profit and commercial management. A senior DeMolay, Derek maintained his involvement in the Order, attaining State and National leadership positions.
Director Dan LaVine is a businessman from Coeur d’Alene, and brings to the Board experience in public relations and sales. He is a member of Kootenai Lodge #24 (home Lodge) and other area lodges and Masonic bodies, and is vice-president of his church council.
The Idaho Freemason Foundation welcomes participation as directors, ambassadors and volunteers to further its work. The current board is heavily represented by Masons from southwestern Idaho, and members from other regions are invited to participate. Meetings are teleconferenced, so distance is no object. If you are interested, contact us for an application.
Donations from the brethren or friends of the Fraternity are fully tax deductible. These donations may consist of cash, stocks, bonds or anything else of value.
The Foundation is a worthy recipient of a bequest. To support the Foundation in your will, consult your accountant or tax advisor for advice. The Chairman or Secretary may be able to answer any questions they may have. Larger foundations often subsidize other worthy causes.
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