Igloo No. 4 Foundation

Igloo No. 4 Foundation was formed and incorporated with the State of Alaska on March 14, 1976, by Alden L. Wilbur, Howard Marlin and William Sheaffer with a 501(c)(3) designation.

Its mission is to:

  • collect and preserve the history of Alaska, its art and literature
  • promote the social welfare of Alaska, especially in the Fairbanks area.

To accomplish these goals, the Foundation accepts donations, gifts, bequests of funds, real property and personal property. Such contributions are generally eligible deductions per Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Unless otherwise indicated, the contributions become part of the Foundation’s permanent endowment, and only the earnings are used to carry out the work of the organization.

The Board of Directors

The Foundation operating board is comprised of six representatives from Men’s Igloo No. 4 and five from Women’s Igloo No. 8.

How the Foundation uses its Gifts

Alaska Pioneer Homes and their Residents

The Fairbanks Home has benefitted from projects funded through the earnings of bequests from many local Pioneers. Some notable projects include:

  • participation in construction of a gazebo
  • providing a widescreen TV in the nursing area
  • support for residents’ shopping
  • personal care
  • magazine and newspaper subscriptions
  • special meals
  • bingo and other entertainment

The other five Alaska Pioneer Homes also receive annual support intended to personally benefit the residents.

Historic Preservation

Examples of the Foundation’s historic preservation projects include:

Other Past Projects
  • major contributions toward the reconstruction and expansion of the Borough’s Noel Wien Library
  • fund drive to raise over $25,000 toward the construction of the Denali Center long-term care facility
Ongoing Programs
  • replacement of lost or deteriorated markers at the historic Clay Street Cemetery and Birch Hill Cemetery
  • funding of scholarships awarded to students attending the University of Alaska, thereby continuing the Pioneers’ long time support of the University
Scholarship Program

Each year, Igloo No. 4 Foundation awards multiple scholarships to descendants of members of Pioneers of Alaska Men's Igloo No. 4 or Women's Igloo No. 8. Applicants must be enrolled full-time at any statewide University of Alaska facility for the Fall semester and have completed 12 or more credit hours of classes numbered 100 or above the previous Spring semester. The amount of the scholarship varies each year, depending upon the number and qualifications of the applicants.

There are additional requirements. Be sure to read all of the requirements on page 2 of the application before filling out the form. All application materials (application, current transcript, biographical essay, Fall 2018 registration) must be MAILED in the same envelope and postmarked no later than June 15, 2019. Do not hand deliver.

The form can be filled out online if you have Acrobat Reader installed and your browser is configured to use it. If you have difficulty filling the form out online, try switching to another browser, or download the form and fill it out on your computer. You can also print the form, fill it out by hand and mail it to:

Pioneers of Alaska
Igloo No. 4 Foundation
PO Box 70145
Fairbanks, AK 99707-0145

Do not hand carry. The application must be mailed.

Making a Planned Gift

A planned gift to the Igloo No. 4 Foundation greatly benefits the Pioneers while providing tax advantages for you or your heirs. Before making planned gifts, always consult a tax advisor or attorney. Consider one of the following options.


A simple bequest can be made in your Will indicating the Foundation as the intended beneficiary. As a donor, you should inform the Foundation of your bequest. Value need not be discussed at that time. Naming the Foundation as a beneficiary in your Will may reduce the impact of federal taxes on your estate.

Life Insurance

Life Insurance offers the alternative of funding a policy during your life that will fund a sizable charitable donation later, leaving your estate intact for your heirs.


Generally all donations mailed by December 31, can be deducted for federal income taxes for the same tax year.

Memorial Gift

A donation in memory of a loved one can be made to the Foundation at any time. Names of Pioneers who have been memorialized with donations are engraved on an attractive plaque permanently displayed at Pioneer Hall.

Alaska State Flag

The Foundation carries out the Pioneers' mission of preserving Alaska's history and providing scholarships to descendants of Men's Igloo No. 4 and Women's Igloo No. 8 members.