Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc.


The Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and has a board of directors comprised of individuals from across our service areas. The Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc. also solicits funds for the Idaho Public Television Endowment, which funds the creation and acquisition of IdahoPTV programming and capital equipment.


The mission of Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc. is to assist Idaho Public Television in securing financial support, publicizing services, and ascertaining needs from the communities we serve.

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.

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 annual reports on the Idaho Secretary of State website.

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.


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

Upcoming meetings:

  • September 17, 2018, in Coeur d'Alene
  • November 27, 2018 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mountain/9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Pacific), videoconferenced with the IdahoPTV Boise station, IdahoPTV Moscow station, and IdahoPTV Pocatello station.

Idaho Public Television Financial Reports

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 include 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 here (see "Public Broadcasting"):

More Idaho Public Television Reports and Docs

Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc. Tax Form 990

Audited Financial Report

See Audit and Annual Reports

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 - Jeff Fox
First Vice President - Roy Schiele
Second Vice President - Laura Little
Treasurer - Joy Fisher
Secretary - Sheri Freemuth

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.

Doug Balfour, Pocatello
Diane Bilyeu, Pocatello
Gail Bray, McCall
Michelle Britton, Coeur d'Alene
Byron Defenbach, Boise
Norma Douglas, Sun Valley
John V. Evans Jr., Burley
Joy Fisher, Moscow
Jeff Fox, Twin Falls
Sheri Freemuth, Boise
John Goffinet, Orofino
Ronald Graves, Boise
Roger Grigg, Coeur d'Alene
Bev Harad, Boise
David Hill, Idaho Falls
Amy Lientz, Idaho Falls
Laura Little, Coeur d'Alene
Mark Lupo, Pocatello
Craig Meadows, Boise
Judy Meyer, Hayden
Katherine Moriarty, Island Park
Martin Peterson, Boise
Ron Pisaneschi, Boise (Ex Officio)
Perry Pleyte, Bliss
Brad Rasor, Hayden
Roy Schiele, Boise
Bill Stratton, Pocatello
Josh Tyree, Boise
Lupe Wissel, Eagle

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 department of human resources and utilizes various employee studies to determine and vote upon the compensation for the position. Ron Pisaneschi is the general manager with an annual base salary of $107,224 plus state health benefits of $12,200 for a total of $119,424. You can see additional salary and other transparency information on the State of Idaho transparency website and search "Public Television" where applicable.

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. See that website here: