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Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc.

Telling Idaho's Stories.

aka Idaho Public Television   |   Boise, ID   |  https://www.idahoptv.org

Mission

We harness the power of public media to encourage lifelong learning, connect our communities, and enrich the lives of all Idahoans. We tell Idaho's stories.

These foundational values guide our efforts to meet the needs of the communities we serve: Trust, Quality, Lifelong Learning, Accessibility, and Community.

Ruling year info

1985

General Manager

Mr. Jeff Tucker

Main address

1455 N. Orchard St.

Boise, ID 83706 USA

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EIN

82-0400218

NTEE code info

Television (A32)

Single Organization Support (B11)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Idaho has a rich and complex geography including remote and extremely rural communities. Idaho Public Television (IdahoPTV) is addressing important issues throughout the state, including: Education - our educational outreach focuses on rural areas that have limited educational resources, including kindergarten readiness and rural teacher development; Enrichment - we connect Idahoans to the world through news, documentary, travel, educational, entertaining and commercial-free programming; Civic Engagement - we connect viewers to the real-time debates and votes at the Statehouse; Accessibility - 38% of Idaho residents living in rural counties have higher poverty rates and less access to broadband internet. IdahoPTV has a special charge to maintain and update the facilities necessary to provide free, quality educational and informational programming over 5 digital channels, available to all Idaho homes regardless of income, geographic location or internet connectivity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Educational Programming and Outreach

PBS Kids educational programming is a well-trusted resource for families of young children. We air 70 hours of children’s programming on our main channel plus a dedicated kid’s channel that airs our quality educational programming 24 hours per day. This programming has a particular focus on kindergarten readiness, including literacy and math skills.
Idaho Public Television’s award winning Science Trek show now provides vide shorts available on our website. These videos and resources for kindergartners to sixth-graders cover 90 scientific topics, which meet the Common Core and Idaho State Board of Education standards. More than 2 million unique visitors view the Science Trek website every year.
Idaho Public Television is addressing the need for out of school educational opportunities. We host hands-on events environment through a variety of community outreach events. The children’s educational outreach events include STEM- learning in a traveling trunk, literacy learning in a traveling trunk, Kid’s Writers Contest, educational programming screenings and library outreach. Events are held at locations around the state in communities large or small, rural or urban to ensure each child has access to hands-on learning.
We support Idaho teachers in several ways as well. The “Teacher Community Program” works with teachers in rural school to help them create a community within their community and beyond. Our Teacher Ambassador provides teacher guided, hands-on professional development, modeling for teachers how to integrate technology and new educational resources that can enhance the classroom-learning environment. Idaho teachers are also helping Idaho teachers. Idaho Public Television works with teachers around the state to create curriculum based on local production in order to augment Idaho History curriculum. These educational resources are available at no charge on PBS LearningMedia.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Idaho Public Television has a reputation for producing award-winning quality media. Our four locally produced shows focus on our community and its many important aspects. In 2018, Idaho Public Television won 71 awards including an Emmy, several Telly’s, 17 awards at Worldfest, and local recognition form the Idaho Press Club and Idaho State Broadcasters Awards

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Idaho Public Television is a statewide, non-commercial broadcast telecommunication system. It is an entity of the Idaho State Board of Education and has been in service for 54 years. Idaho Public Television provides over-the-air broadcast television service to nearly 100 percent of Idaho's households and portions of six adjoining states and Canada.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

First Place, American Graduate “Workforce Development Council Youth Apprenticeship Initiative" 2021

Idaho Press Club

Second Place, Education Reporting "Explore Cossa" 2021

Idaho Press Club

Emmy Nomination, Historical/Cultural Short Form: "Idaho Drive-In Theater" 2021

National Academy Television Arts and Sciences - Northwest

Emmy Nomination, Historical/Cultural Long Form: Idaho Experience "Idaho's Constitution Revealed" 2021

National Academy Television Arts and Sciences - Northwest

Emmy Nomination, Informational/Instructional Long Form: Idaho Experience "Through Youthful Eyes" 2012

National Academy Television Arts and Sciences - Northwest

Emmy Nomination, Writer-Non-News: Idaho Experience "Ahead of Her Time" 2021

National Academy Television Arts and Sciences - Northwest

Emmy Award, Documentary - Cultural/Historical: Idaho Experience "Ahead of Her Time" 2021

National Academy Television Arts and Sciences - Northwest

First Place, Arts and Entertainment Reporting: Idaho Experience "Idaho Drive-In Theaters" 2021

Idaho Press Club

First Place, Television Writing, Single Story: Idaho Experience "Liberlost Press" 2021

Idaho Press Club

First Place, Documentary: Idaho Experience “Through Youthful Eyes" 2021

Idaho Press Club

Second Place, Television Writing, Program: Idaho Experience "Ahead of Her Time" 2021

Idaho Press Club

Second Place, Documentary: Idaho Experience "Ahead of Her Time" 2021

Idaho Press Club

Third Place, Arts and Entertainment Reporting: Idaho Experience "Liberlost Press" 2021

Idaho Press Club

Third Place, Documentary: Idaho Experience "Idaho's Constitution Revealed" 2021

Idaho Press Club

Gold, Informational: Idaho Experience "Through Youthful Eyes" 2021

Worldfest

Gold, History and Archeology: Idaho Experience "Idaho's Constitution Revealed" 2021

Worldfest

Gold, Education: Idaho Experience: "Albion Normal: A Teacher's College" 2021

Worldfest

Gold, Cultural: Idaho Experience "Ahead of Her Time" 2021

Worldfest

Silver Telly, History: Idaho Experience "Ahead of Her Time" 2021

Telly Awards

Silver Telly, History: Idaho Experience "Idaho's Constitution Revealed" 2021

Telly Awards

Silver Telly, History: Idaho Experience "Through Youthful Eyes" 2021

Telly Awards

Silver Telly, History: Idaho Experience "Albion Normal: A Teacher's College" 2021

Telly Awards

Bronze Telly, Political/Commentary: Idaho Reports "Extraordinary Special Session" 2021

Telly Awards

Second Place, Election Reporting: Idaho Reports "Applying Lessons Learned" 2021

Idaho Press Club

Third Place, Public Affairs, TV Studio: Idaho Reports "Extraordinary Special Session" 2021

Idaho Press Club

Bronze, Government Relations: Idaho Reports "Extraordinary Special Session" 2021

Worldfest

Emmy Nomination, Environment/Science Long Form: Outdoor Idaho "Urban Wildlife" 2021

National Academy Television Arts and Sciences - Northwest

Emmy Nomination, Sports Program-Post Produced or Edited: Outdoor Idaho "The 12ers" 2021

National Academy Television Arts and Sciences - Northwest

Emmy Nomination, Informational/Instructional Long Form: Outdoor Idaho "Sawtooths on My Mind" 2021

National Academy Television Arts and Sciences - Northwest

Emmy Nomination, Writer Non-news: Outdoor Idaho "Urban Wildlife" 2021

National Academy Television Arts and Sciences - Northwest

Emmy Nomination, Photographer Non-news: Outdoor Idaho "The 12ers" 2021

National Academy Television Arts and Sciences - Northwest

Emmy Nomination, Photographer Non-news: Outdoor Idaho "Barns of Idaho" 2021

National Academy Television Arts and Sciences - Northwest

First Place, Videographer of the Year: Outdoor Idaho Jay Krajic 2021

Idaho Press Club

First Place, Outdoor/Environment Report: Outdoor Idaho "The 12ers" 2021

Idaho Press Club

First Place, Television Writing, Program: Outdoor Idaho "Barns of Idaho" 2021

Idaho Press Club

First Place, Public Affairs, Field Program: Outdoor Idaho "Trailblazers" 2021

Idaho Press Club

First Place, Videography, TV Program: Outdoor Idaho Jay Krajic 2021

Idaho Press Club

Second Place, Public Affairs, Field Program: Outdoor Idaho "Sawtooths on My Mind" 2021

Idaho Press Club

Second Place, Videography, TV Program: Outdoor Idaho "Barns of Idaho" 2021

Idaho Press Club

Third Place, Television Writing, Program: Outdoor Idaho "Urban Wildlife" 2021

Idaho Press Club

Third Place, Public Affairs, Field Program: Outdoor Idaho "Urban Wildlife" 2021

Idaho Press Club

Third Place, Best Audience Engagement: Outdoor Idaho "Urban Wildlife" 2021

Idaho Press Club

Platinum, Agriculture: Outdoor Idaho "Barns of Idaho" 2021

Worldfest

Platinum, Travel/Tourism: Outdoor Idaho "Sawtooths on My Mind" 2021

Worldfest

Platinum, Informational: Outdoor Idaho "State of Change" 2021

Worldfest

Gold, Community Affairs: Outdoor Idaho "Urban Wildlife" 2021

Worldfest

Silver Telly, Travel/Tourism Regional TV: Outdoor Idaho "Sawtooths on My Mind" 2021

Telly Awards

Bronze Telly, Travel/Tourism: Outdoor Idaho "Sawtooths on My Mind" 2021

Telly Awards

Bronze Telly, Information: Outdoor Idaho "State of Change" 2021

Telly Awards

Bronze Telly, Nature/Wildlife: Outdoor Idaho "Urban Wildlife" 2021

Telly Awards

Emmy Award, Informational/Instructional Long Form: Outdoor Idaho "Sawtooths on My Mind" 2021

National Academy Television Arts and Sciences - Northwest

Emmy Award, Sports Program Post Produced or Edited: Outdoor Idaho "The 12ers" 2021

National Academy Television Arts and Sciences - Northwest

Emmy Nomination, Children/Youth/Teens: Science Trek "Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases" 2021

National Academy Television Arts and Sciences - Northwest

First Place, TV Graphics: Science Trek Cassandra Groll 2021

Idaho Press Club

First Place, Website, Best Website Special Purpose TV: Science Trek 2021

Idaho Press Club

Gold, The Space Awards: Science Trek "Satellite" 2021

Worldfest

Third Place, Outdoor/Environment Report: Science Trek "Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases" 2021

Idaho Press Club

Bronze Telly, Education and Discovery: Science Trek "Viruses" 2021

Telly Awards

Finalist, Overall Educational Outreach: IdahoPTV's Educational Outreach 2021

NETA

Emmy Nomination, Public Service Announcement: Memorial Day "In Honor of Our Heroes" 2021

National Academy Television Arts and Sciences - Northwest

First Place, Online Video Program General: The 180 "Johnathan Amissa" 2021

Idaho Press Club

Third Place, Online Video Program Genearl: The 180 "Howard Oliver" 2021

Idaho Press Club

Platinum, Public Service Announcement: Memorial Day "In Honor of Our Heroes" 2021

Worldfest

Gold, Religion/Ethics/Spirituality: Resilient Idaho "Father David" 2021

Worldfest

Bronze, Web Series: The 180 2021

Worldfest

Honorable Mention, Serious Feature: Memorial Day "In Honor of Our Heroes" 2021

Idaho Press Club

Award of Distinction: Science Trek, Jay Krajic, "Mountain Goats," Educational/Children 2020

Videographer Awards

Gold: Outdoor Idaho, "Pend Oreille Country," Travel/Tourism 2020

Wordlfest, Houston International Film Festival

Emmy Nomination: Science Trek, Science Trek Composite, Reporter/Programming 2020

National Academy Television Arts and Sciences-North West

Award of Distinction: Science Trek, Jay Krajic, "Mountain Goats," Educational/Children 2020

Videographer Awards

Award of Distinction: Science Trek, Jay Krajic, "Mountain Goats," Educational/Children 2020

Videographer Awards

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of broadcast audience members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Family relationships, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Television Service to Idaho and Six Surrounding States

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Weekly viewing audience numbers for Idaho Public Television., broadcast

Number of favorable critic reviews/awards of art produced given by media or peers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Family relationships, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Original Television Production

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2023 IdahoPTV received 69 nominations and awards for locally produced programs from The Idaho Press Club, WorldFest Houston Int'l. Film Festival, & NATAS, NW Chapter (Emmy), among others.

Percentage of households reached by broadcast signal statewide

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations, Health

Related Program

Television Service to Idaho and Six Surrounding States

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Percentage of Idaho households reached by our free, over-the-air broadcast signals and 5 digital broadcast channels.

Number of Pre-K children who received Kindergarten readiness kits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The overarching goal of Idaho Public Television (IdahoPTV) is to provide all Idahoans - regardless of where they live or their socio-economic status - with access to quality programming that educates, empowers, and entertains. We do this through a combination of high quality national programming from PBS and award winning local productions that tell Idaho's complex stories, from delivering news and public affairs to examining historical events and wilderness areas. As a part of this mission one of our long-term goals is to make our broadcast signal available to all households in Idaho. The biggest hurdle to meeting this goal is reaching more remote mountainous areas within Idaho's rugged geography.

IdahoPTV works to promote childhood education and lifelong learning by giving all families and teachers complete access to PBS and IdahoPTV's free, high-quality educational resources. A 24/7 channel dedicated to educational children’s shows, locally produced Science Trek videos and resources, and our accompanying work with teachers creating relevant teaching materials and assisting with instruction all further this goal.

Idaho Public Television (IdahoPTV) is a public media entity that works closely with numerous partners to provide funding and programming. IdahoPTV receives funds from the State of Idaho for maintenance of our facilities and equipment necessary for our broadcast signal. In addition to the transmission of television programming, our broadcast signal is also used to transmit emergency messages such as Amber alerts. We work with the State Department of Education, who oversees our work, to produce educational programs.

55% of our funding comes from private individuals, corporations, and sponsors. Funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) helps us purchase national and international programming to broadcast to the people of Idaho, including shows from PBS and the BBC. IdahoPTV has more than 20,000 donors who help support our work. Our mission would be impossible to achieve without the support from the people of Idaho.

Transmitting Idaho Public Television (IdahoPTV)'s broadcast signal around a state as mountainous as Idaho is no small technical feat. Statewide IdahoPTV owns and maintains three television studios, five digital transmitters, and 47 translators/translator stations. All of this equipment must be maintained and repaired so that we can continue to provide free over-the-air broadcast services to nearly 100% of Idaho households and portions of six adjoining states and Canada.

Idaho Public Television (IdahoPTV) has been telling Idaho's stories for more than 50 years and consistently ranks among the most watched PBS station per capita in the nation. 500,000 people tune into our informative and entertaining programming each week.

IdahoPTV's locally-produced shows are some of our most popular programs and continue to exemplify excellence. Idaho Reports is the longest-running legislative show in the West and highlights the political issues that affect Idahoans with in-depth politician and expert interviews. Since first airing in 1983, Outdoor Idaho continues its tradition of highlighting the beauty of Idaho's natural environment and the big personalities of its residents. Dialogue brings a variety of interesting and influential topics and guests to the people of Idaho. Science Trek is in its 20th season of educating the children of Idaho and remains an excellent example of scientific journalism. IdahoPTV's newest series, Idaho Experience, has seen tremendous success providing historical accounts of the people and events that have shaped our great state.

In 2023 IdahoPTV's local productions were recognized by our peers with 69 national, regional, and local awards and nominations.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/07/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Amy Lientz

2024

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/7/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/24/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.