Investing in a brighter future

Inland Northwest Community Foundation recognizes specific milestones reached by those who give to their community through their community foundation.

On behalf of our community and future generations, INWCF gratefully acknowledges their kindness and selfless generosity of the Inland Northwest’s Lifetime Benefactors.

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Featherstone-Galbraith Circle
Lifetime Giving Level: $10 million
 

Before she passed away in 2005, Margaret Featherstone Galbraith arranged gifts to INWCF totaling nearly $12 million. Galbraith’s father Albert H. Featherstone moved to Wallace, Idaho from Minnesota in 1892 to open a law practice. He not only practiced law but also was a deputy sheriff, district judge, served as a member of the Idaho State Legislature, was a pioneer for the North Idaho mining industry and established light and water companies throughout North Idaho. Margaret was a bookkeeper and a very astute investment manager of her own money. She was quietly generous throughout her lifetime. Her legacy is the Margaret F. Galbraith Fund, which has already provided $1.4 million in support for children’s programs, conservation efforts, economic development, parks and other causes in North Idaho through the Foundation’s Community Strategies Grant Program.

 

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Leuthold Circle
Lifetime Giving Level: $5 million

Walter and Grace Leuthold traveled west in the late 1920s to start a lumber company in Deer Park, Washington. Their son John, who everyone called Sam, took over the business, Deer Park Pine Industries. Sam met his beautiful wife Betty in Texas while in the service and they made their permanent home in Spokane and Hayden Lake, Idaho. Sam and Betty had two children, John Jr. and Caroline. The Leutholds liked to travel and were involved with many local charitable organizations. The Leuthold family created the Leuthold Foundation in 1948 with $37,500. By 1996, the Leuthold Foundation had grown to $7.5 million, and the family transferred its assets to INWCF. Since 1996, the Leuthold Fund has distributed more than $2.3 million in grants.

 

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Wasmer Circle
Lifetime Giving Level: $2.5 million

Louis Wasmer brought KHQ radio from Seattle to Spokane in 1925 in his Model T automobile. KHQ went on the air as the region’s first radio station broadcasting from the Davenport Hotel. During his life, Wasmer owned nine different stations, including KGA and KREM, and was a pioneer in television. Florence Waterhouse was a staff musician at one of Wasmer’s radio stations. She also played the violin in the chamber orchestra that was a centerpiece of the Italian Gardens restaurant at the Davenport Hotel. Louis and Florence married in 1940. Florence’s love of music gave her a particular interest in the musical education of young people. When Louis died in 1967 at the age of 75, Florence used his fortune to established the Wasmer Foundation. Upon her death in 2001, the assets from the Wasmer Foundation were transferred to INWCF establishing seven endowed funds, two new grant programs and adding to several existing funds. These funds have awarded more than $1.3 million in grants since that time.

 

treede


Treede Circle
Lifetime Giving Level: $1 million

Henry Fredrick Treede was a long standing citizen of Fairfield, Washington. His father was a founder of the Bank of Fairfield and Henry followed in his footsteps as a shrewd financial planner. When he passed away in 1984, his land was placed into a trust to support his wife, Alma. Upon her death at age 92, the assets of the trust were distributed to the Henry Treede Supporting Organization at INWCF. To honor Henry’s wishes, the Foundation will oversee the operations of his productive wheat farm for 20 years before selling it. The profit generated by the farms is transferred each year to two permanent funds at INWCF. One supports a dozen charities annually that Henry selected. The other is used for grants to nonprofits serving Spokane County’s disadvantaged population. Although these two endowments are still being built, the funds have provided more than half a million dollars to charities since 2000.

 

kenney


Kenney Circle
Lifetime Giving Level: $500,000


In 1987, Neil Kenney established a scholarship fund in memory of his wife Doris to honor and support the academic achievements and higher education of Bonner County’s brightest scholars. Doris was a popular elected public official in Bonner County for 28 years. She never lost an election and in her final election took all 36 precincts in a countywide landslide. She was also a sharp shooter feared by many North Idaho ground squirrels. Neil, a successful artist and accomplished pilot, arranged for the remainder of the Kenney estate to be used to establish a second fund at INWCF to support community projects in Bonner County, Idaho. The Kenney funds have awarded nearly $225,000 in the past decade. The Kenney scholarship is the only INWCF scholarship awarded solely on academic achievement.

 

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Wilson home on Mondovi Grange


Showalter-Wilson Circle
Lifetime Giving Level: $250,000
 
When Dale Wilson and Alice Showalter married and began farming in the Mondovi Grange area of Washington, they probably never imagined the legacy they would one day create. Without children of their own, they established numerous scholarships to benefit area youth and local universities. One scholarship was created in 1982, specifically to support students living in and near the Mondovi Grange farming community and the descendents of those who worked on the Wilson farm. Named the Dale Wilson/Mondovi Grange Scholarship Fund, it was the first scholarship fund established at the community foundation. In the past decade, the fund has provided scholarship awards of nearly $240,000.
 

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Toole Circle
Lifetime Giving Level: $100,000
 
In 1974, at the urging of Spokane’s Junior League, attorney Allan Toole drafted the Articles of Incorporation for a local community foundation. Allan, a native of Spokane, was one of 23 original founders of that foundation, known today as Inland Northwest Community Foundation. A Captain during World War II, he was honorably discharged in 1946 after four years of military service. Toole graduated from Gonzaga Law School in 1948. He became a senior partner in the law firm of Witherspoon, Kelley, Davenport & Toole in 1954. Allan was passionate about his civic and philanthropic work and loved his community. In 2006, just four years before his death, he and his wife Ainslie established the Allan H. & Ainslie Palmer Toole Fund at INWCF to continue the Tooles’ charitable support of the community forever.

 

neill public library


Neill Circle
Lifetime Giving Level: $50,000
 
Robert W. Neill (born in 1889 in Seneca, Kansas) and Anna Allen (born in 1891 in Barry County, Missouri) were married in Moscow, Idaho in 1911. The couple had two children, Helen and Robert “Bob” Neill Jr. Robert Sr was a businessman in Pullman and owned Neill Furniture. He and Anna were extremely community minded and believed that if a community was good to you as a business owner you needed to give back to that community. They helped build the Pullman library, supported the Pullman Hospital, youth programs, scholarships to students attending Washington State University and the swimming pool at Reaney Park. When Robert Sr died in 1952, he left a large endowment in his will to continue the Neill family’s support for the library. In 1963, just three years before her death, Anna was able to attend the renaming of the library in honor of her and her late husband to the Neill Public Library. The Robert & Anna Neill Library Fund is now managed at INWCF. Established in 1981 with a gift of $47,000, the fund now has a balance or more than $100,000 and has provided nearly $50,000 in grants to the library since 2002.

 

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Lenhart Circle
Lifetime Giving Level: $25,000

When former Bonners Ferry, Idaho Mayor Frank Lenhart left an inheritance to his niece Helen E. Schaefer he inspired her to honor him and the community that he and his wife Irene loved. Helen, a school teacher and mother of three, established the Lenhart Scholarship to provide assistance to Bonners Ferry High School graduates who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need, with a preference to students interested in music. Lenhart owned and operated the corner gas station and auto shop and knew everyone in town. His generosity and concern for others inspired Helen to establish a second scholarship fund near the end of her life. The second fund, the Joy Hughes Scholarship, in memory of her first husband Arthur Hughes, benefits her own alma mater, Rogers High School. At Rogers, students were seated in classes alphabetically by last name, which put Helen Joy by Arthur Hughes. Their first date was after graduation and they married soon after. Hughes died in World War II just one month before their daughter was born.

 

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Ingraham Circle
Lifetime Giving Level: $10,000
 
George Ingraham worked for Pacific Northwest Company as a well known, dedicated stock broker in the Spokane area. George gave of his talents volunteering to serve as the first executive director of the newly formed community foundation in greater Spokane in 1974. He and his wife Helene were committed to the Foundation and its mission. They also gave of their treasure by arranging numerous gifts, including an ultimate gift of $50,000 in 1981 to establish a charitable trust. The trust supported George and Helene for the rest of their lives. The remainder went to the Foundation to support the community’s greatest needs.