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Eliminating the Burden of a Private Foundation

Eliminating the Burden of a Private Foundation

Bruce Bistline, a cousin of Beverly Bistline and chairman of the Bistline Foundation, said she had a passion for arts of all kinds. Beverly was an attorney who graduated with a theater arts degree from the University of Idaho and lived in San Francisco during the late 1960s, where she was active in the city's art and music scene.

"She believed that art and music were crucial to a functioning society," Bistline said of Beverly. "In her view, if there weren't good art and music opportunities in a society then it probably wasn't very creative in other ways either."

The Bistline Foundation was founded by Beverly in 1999 and gave grants in southeast Idaho totaling about $25,000 per year. Recipients have included the Gateway Foundation for Theatre and Dance, Musicians West, the Idaho State University Music Department and Theater Department, and many others. When Beverly passed away in October 2010 she left the majority of her sizeable estate to the foundation, which meant more grant money was available.

The increased endowment "looked like it was going to become a lot of work and responsibility that we weren't ready for," Bistline said of the decision to turn the foundation into an ICF fund. ICF will invest the fund, gather the grant applications, verify the nonprofit status of applicants and other administrative tasks.

Bistline, who is an attorney with Gordon Law Offices in Boise; Alan Van Orden, a Pocatello CPA; and Jesse Robison, a Pocatello attorney and mediator who has been involved with many southeast Idaho nonprofit arts groups, are fund advisors. They will review the grant applications and make recommendations to the ICF Board about how to distribute the money. Van Orden is treasurer of ICF and serves on its board of directors.


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