Pioneers of Alaska Fairbanks

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Igloo No. 4 Foundation

About the 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

Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation

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The Fairbanks Home has benefited 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

Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation

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Examples of the Foundation’s historic preservation projects include:

Scholarship Program

Historic Preservation

Scholarship Program

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Awarded annually to descendants of Men's Igloo No. 4 and/or Women's Igloo No. 8. Applicants must be enrolled full-time at a 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. There are additional requirements but if you have met the first three, you may want to consider applying.

The number of scholarships and amount awarded varies each year, depending upon the available funds.

Ongoing Programs

Other Past Projects

Scholarship Program

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  • 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

Other Past Projects

Other Past Projects

Other Past Projects

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  • 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

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