Pride Foundation is the only LGBTQ community foundation in Idaho. Pride Foundation has been growing support for local Idaho organizations and scholars thanks to donors and volunteers.

As a donor-supported community foundation and a catalyst for change, we support transformative philanthropy, programs, and individuals in the Northwest that help people find joy and strength in who they are and where they are—in urban, rural, and remote communities.

Steve Martin is Pride Foundation’s full-time Regional Development Organizer in Idaho based in Boise. Steve travels throughout Idaho meeting donors, volunteers, grantees, and scholars from Sandpoint to Twin Falls, Boise to Idaho Falls, and points in between.

Contact Steve to learn more about Pride Foundation’s work in the Gem State and to find out how you can get involved. Be sure to sign up for Pride Foundation’s monthly eNewsletter to learn more about our supporters, grantees, and scholars. You can also read all of Steve’s Idaho stories online.

Local Leadership: Building Idaho’s LGBTQ Community

Local leadership makes Pride Foundation’s work meaningful and relevant as local Idaho volunteers help award our grants and scholarships in Idaho. Idaho’s Leadership Action Team is one group of volunteers that provides guidance and advice to staff. With representation from Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint, and Pocatello, members of the Leadership Action Team are:

  • Lucy Groves, Boise, president of Boise/Treasure Valley PFLAG, scholarship review volunteer

  • Jim Huggins, Moscow, LGBTQ activist, grant review volunteer

  • Emilie Jackson-Edney, Boise, LGBTQ activist, Pride Foundation board member, scholarship and grant review volunteer

  • Susie Matsuura, Pocatello, human rights activist, Pride Foundation board member, scholarship and grant review volunteer

  • Rick Ramos, Boise, board member/volunteer for the Boise LGBTQ Community Center, scholarship review volunteer

  • Stephanie Bell Thomas, Boise, scholarship review volunteer, co-organizer of Equality Rocks concert fundraisers for Pride Foundation

  • Juli Stratton, Post Falls, co-founder of PFLAG Coeur d’Alene and North Idaho Pride Alliance, scholarship review volunteer

  • Leroy Van Camp, Boise, scholarship review volunteer

  • Lora Volkert, Boise, software developer, founder of Pride Foundation’s Friends of Alan Turing scholarship fund, scholarship and grant review volunteer

Pride Foundation work happening in Idaho: Ongoing work continues with the Idaho Legislature to pass a statewide “Add the Words” bill that would protect all LGBTQ Idahoans from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. As a part of this, Pride Foundation staff and volunteers are part of an Add the Words Coalition that collaborates on strategy and outreach around getting the Legislature to include the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as part of the Idaho Human Rights Act.

Pride Foundation staff and volunteers speak at and table several LGBTQ Pride festivals, rallies, fundraising events, and other public events throughout the year in Idaho, and travel throughout the state to talk about Pride Foundation programs and plug into communities to help advance LGBTQ equality. Staff also organize annual volunteer scholarship and grant application review committees, and help review applications and make funding decisions.