St. Luke’s Health Foundation recognized Susan Smith with the Ralph J. Comstock Jr. Light of Philanthropy Award Nov. 21 for her long-time dedication to the Boise community as a volunteer and humanitarian.
Susan came west from Illinois to attend nursing school in Oregon. While working as a public health nurse in 1972, she met her husband. The couple moved to Boise and were married.
In 2001, she was inspired to start the Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation. She served as the organization’s founding president and led IWCF for its first decade, growing membership from six original members to more than 300 and facilitating more than $2 million in charitable gifts to hundreds of local organizations.
She also has supported numerous other local organizations, including the YMCA, Idaho Humane Society, Junior League of Boise, Family Advocates, Learning Lab, and Boise Art Museum, and is a member of the St. Luke's Women's Forum.
The Light of Philanthropy Award recognizes outstanding achievements by community members who reflect the spirit and leadership of the late Ralph J. Comstock, Jr. a philanthropist, humanitarian, and long-time executive with First Security Bank of Idaho whose civic involvement included work with Boise’s Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute, and St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center.
More information on the award and recipients can be found on our website.