Priest River Community Foundation

PO Box 1932

Priest River, ID 83856

Priest River Community Foundation (PRCF) has a long history of helping individuals and families with basic necessities, providing scholarships to students and honoring the history of Priest River. Since 2007, the PRCF has raised over $120,000 through special events to support various projects and charitable organizations in West Bonner County. 

In August of 2012, the Priest River Community Foundation was invited to join the Idaho Community Foundation as an affiliate. Through the partnership, PRCF established an endowment (legacy) fund creating a forever source of funds for “our children, our home”. We invite you join us in creating a legacy, ensuring the traditions and heritage of Priest River grow and thrive, forever.

2013 Highlights

7th Annual semi-formal dinner auction raised over $30,000 to help fund educational opportunities and other community projects. It was recognized as the “Event of the Year” in 2012 and 2013 by the Priest River Chamber of Commerce.

Raised $41,000 for the Legacy Fund in the first year.

Brought the Pacific Science Center (Seattle, WA) to the community to engage local students in exciting, hands on science and technology.

Supported the Priest River Food Bank, which serves 450 people weekly.

Provided $4,500 in scholarships to local college-bound youth.

Currently planning an exciting summer 2014 event, so check back soon for more information!

Our Advisory Board

Priest River Community Foundation is over seen by local community members responsible for determining policies, principles and procedures that will guide the purpose and use of the funds generated and how they are distributed.  As an affiliate of the Idaho Community Foundation, ICF retains overall fiduciary and legal oversight responsibilities.

The founding, and current, Advisory Board members include:

Jean Elsaesser
An accountant by profession, Jean is a long-time Priest River community member. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Idaho Community Foundation and is very active in the community assisting with projects and events.

Holly Janhsen
Community member and small business owner, Holly Janhsen has been involved with many community projects doing what she can to help Priest River thrive. Holly worked in the family –run lumber mill for most of her life, starting at the bottom (cleaning bathrooms) and working her way up to bookkeeper and business owner. She and her family are currently working on building a community center that will support a variety of activities and events. 

Susie Luckey
Susie is a fourth generation member of the Naccarato family of Priest River.  She and her husband, Mike Luckey have four children including two sons and two daughters.  She is principal of Idaho Hill Elementary School.  Susie considers the Pacific Northwest to be "God's Country" due to its beauty in every season. 

Jim Martin
Jim was born and raised in Priest River and is a 4th generation Priest River area resident. A graduate of Priest River Lamanna High School in 1986, he received his BA from Eastern Washington University, attended graduate school at Arizona State University and received his Masters Degree from the University of Montana. Jim is employed full time managing the Juvenile Detention Center for Bonner County, has been the Mayor of Priest River for 8 years, and is very involved in the community.

Jim and his wife Kerri own The Beardmore Bistro, a new upscale coffee shop in the historic Beardmore Building that opened April 2013. When he does have a little free time Jim enjoys golfing and spending time with his family, which includes wife Kerri of 17 years, two stepsons and four grandchildren. Jim enjoys working with people in the community and is looking forward to growth and making Priest River the place to live, work, and visit.

Kerri Martin
Kerri is a Co-Founder of Priest River Community Foundation. She was born and raised in the Coeur d’Alene area and graduated from Lakeland High School in 1978. Kerri moved to Priest River in 1978 where she worked in retail for 34 years. Kerri is currently the president of the Chamber of Commerce where she in very involved in the community.

In April 2013 Kerri and husband Jim opened an upscale coffee shop The Beardmore Bistro in the Historic Beardmore Building in downtown Priest River. Kerri & Jim have two sons, Chris 29, Sean 25 and four grandchildren. Hayden 7, Dawson 4, Karson 4, Libby 3.

Denise Roberts
Thirty-nine years ago Denise married her prince charming Ray. (According to Denise, yes fairy tales really do come true.)  Denise is mother to four great children and blessed with eight grandchildren.  For 17 years, Denise provided in-home daycare to the community’s children.  Now retired, she enjoys volunteering for different groups in Priest River as she had done for the past 10 years.

Ray Roberts
Ray moved to the Priest River area in 2003 with his better half, Denise, after retiring as an assistant chief of police from the Tacoma Washington Police Department.  He is presently the City of Priest River Chief of Police and a past president of the Priest River Chamber of Commerce.

Lila Hurst
Coming Soon

Community Grants

The Priest River Community Foundation provides grants for the following:

1. Educational opportunities and activities for local students (ex: bringing the Pacific Science Center
     from Seattle to our elementary schools).
2. Promoting the history of our community.
3. Scholarships for qualifying seniors going on to further their education.
4. Supporting the local food bank.

To apply for a grant, simply download and complete the application. Applications are reviewed monthly for consideration and approval. Click Here for the application.


Check back soon!