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The Andrus Center for Public Policy is a nonprofit entity within Boise State’s School of Public Service.  All gifts to the Center are managed by Boise State University Foundation,  a tax-exempt Idaho organization under 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (#82-6010706), and are eligible for federal and state charitable income tax deductions. The Center is overseen by a Board of Governors with Tracy Andrus serving as Chair in the wake of the passing of her father, Cecil D. Andrus.

The Center’s conferences have focused on, among other issues, the environment, journalism and public policy, national security, equality in the workforce and civil liberties. The Center has been instrumental in bringing to Idaho top national environmental and natural resources leaders, current and former members of Congress, nationally prominent journalists and business leaders.

As a nonprofit organization, we rely on the financial support of individuals, corporations, and foundations in order to sustain our work. If you enjoy what the Andrus Center has to offer, please consider donating a one-time, monthly or sustaining gift. Not only is your gift tax-deductible but it is also eligible for the Idaho Education Tax Credit.

Donors can choose to give in four categories:

Andrus Center Administrative Fund  is used for day to day business operations and programming. Excess funds in the Administrative Account are rolled to the endowment on an annual basis.

Andrus Scholars Fund Endowment supports the selection of annually three (3) sponsored internships with federal, state, nonprofit, or other mission-centered business enterprises that provide Boise State Environmental Studies students with meaningful work experience that will enhance learning and skill development, assist in post-graduation job placement, and ultimately support the development of the environmental and public lands stewards of tomorrow.

John Freemuth Student Congress Fund

The late Dr. John Freemuth, Boise State University Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Cecil D. Andrus Endowed Chair for Environment and Public Lands, was heavily involved in past biennial Student Congresses. Starting in 2022, the event will be re-named in his honor to continue his legacy. 

Held bi-annually, 20-30 college students and recent graduates from colleges and universities across the nation have the opportunity to participate in a 4-day event focused on rotating Natural Resource areas of focus and is in collaboration with various institutions across the country. These students have no out of pocket expenses when selected to participate. Expenses are covered by the generosity of donors, grant funding, and facilitating partners. There is an estimated $2,500 per student cost and location coordination involves a large group of volunteers and constituents to facilitate.

Cecil D. Andrus Chair for Environment and Public Lands Fund Endowment  funds the naming of a distinguished scholar to lead the Center’s environment and public lands work. 

To donate to one of the above giving center options, please select the fund you wish to contribute to from the dropdown list below.