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Jim Faucher

Jim Faucher has over 30 years of professional fundraising experience. During his career he has been a director of or consultant to many not-for-profit healthcare, social service, religious, business-oriented, academic and athletic organizations.

He has provided consulting services to non-profit organizations in the states of Montana, Wyoming, Washington, and in Idaho: Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint, Moscow, Kellogg, Boise, Lewiston, American Falls,Salmon and McCall/Valley County.. Those services have included needs assessments, feasibility studies, capital campaigns, board development, planned giving and donor research and solicitation. His most recent clients include: the Kootenai Humane Society; the Museum of North Idaho; the State of Idaho; St. Thomas Catholic Parish, Coeur d’Alene;  Hospice of North Idaho; the Idaho Youth Ranch; St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho; the Helena (MT) Area Chamber of Commerce; and the Blood Center Foundation of the Inland Northwest. Projects for The Salvation Army include the Coeur d’Alene Kroc Community Center and other work for The Salvation Army in Lewiston, Idaho; Grays Harbor, the Tri-Cities and Bremerton, WA.

Jim became Vice President for Philanthropy for Providence Health Care (PHC), in March 2000 supervising and coordinating fundraising, including planned giving, for the ten non-profit ministries and five non-profit foundations in the Eastern Washington PHC healthcare system. He helped facilitate a $7 million capital campaign for Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and Sacred Heart Women’s Health Center. Jim resigned his position at PHC in 2006 to form his own consulting business.

Prior to his time with Providence Health Care, Jim was Vice President for Community Development and Executive Director of the Kootenai Health Foundation in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from 1984-2000. He was the foundation’s first executive director. During his tenure at the foundation, he facilitated the raising of almost $12 million; coordinated four capital campaigns and was the founder of the very successful Festival of Trees. He started the Kootenai Health Foundation’s life insurance and planned giving programs.

Before his move to North Idaho in 1984, Jim held three positions at Boise State University over a 13-year period of time – Sports Information Director, Executive Director of the Bronco Athletic Association and Executive Director of the Boise State University Foundation. His first capital campaign was the BSU Pavilion (Taco Bell Arena) project. He also did radio and television broadcasting for Boise State Bronco athletics.

Jim has been on many community boards. He is a Coeur d’Alene Rotarian; Paul Harris  Fellow; former Rotary board member; Rotary club President in 1992-93 and founder of the Coeur d’Alene Sunrise Rotary club in 1995.  He is a past board member for Ronald McDonald House Charities; emeritus board member of the Inland Northwest Blood Center and past president of the Coeur d’Alene estate planning council. Jim is on the advisory board for the U. of Idaho College of Letters Arts & Social Sciences; he is a CASA board member and an Innovia Foundation regional leadership council member.

A Boise, Idaho native, Jim is a graduate of the University of Idaho and U.S. Army veteran.  He was a U. of I Alumni Association board member and then national president in 1995-96. He is also a recipient of the U of I Alumni Association Service Award and the U of I Jim Lyle Volunteerism Award. Jim and his wife, Sandy, a retired nurse, enjoy golfing, bicycling, boating and skiing in the great North Idaho area.

Patty Shea

Patty Shea Consulting, LLC
“Fixer of the Tough Stuff”

Getting the “tough stuff” out on the table can be less stressful than constantly thinking about it and hoping it will either go away or solve itself. It is rewarding when work groups, teams, individuals, and leaders experience this level of success, free from the heavy burden of the underlying issue (The Elephant in the Room). It continues to be my privilege to assist in identifying and removing these roadblocks.


  • 39-year career with local electric and natural gas investor utility: 16 different jobs in 12 different departments
  • 30+ years in leadership roles
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Eastern Washington University
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