Morrison Center Endowment Foundation
President: Justin Wilkerson
The Morrison Center Endowment Foundation (MCEF) was created with a $5 million endowment set up in 1984. The original donations were from the local community and a matching grant from the Harry W. Morrison Foundation. MCEF’s primary goal is to bring quality performing arts performances to the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. This is done by underwriting operating and capital expenses of the Morrison Center, subsidizing rental rates and costs for Idaho local arts groups, and sponsoring performances of national and international artists. Grant applications are accepted in two cycles: January 1st and July 1st of each year.
Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts
Executive Director: Laura Kendall
The Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts (Morrison Center) is a 2000-seat performing arts center located along the Boise River on the campus of Boise State University. It was built in 1984 through the combined efforts of the State of Idaho, Boise State University, Velma V. Morrison, and the Harry W. Morrison Foundation. The academic wing of the structure is home to the University’s Music and Theater Arts Departments.
Executive Director: Marlene Puckett
Mr. Harry Morrison's first wife, Ann Daly Morrison, was the driving force in forming the Morrison-Knudsen Foundation. It began in 1947 with donations from MK employees for the purpose of assisting employees and their families in crisis. The MK Foundation later expanded their mission to assist others in need, primarily in Boise, Idaho. Currently there are two components to their giving program:
One-time grants to assist needy individuals in the Treasure Valley or former MK employees.
A limited number of grants to 501(c)(3) qualified charitable, non-profit organizations throughout the Treasure Valley.
Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center
Maintained by: Idaho Fish & Game and Friends of MK Nature Center, Inc.
The Morrison-Knudsen (MK) Nature Center offers a unique wildlife experience on a 4.6-acre site along the Boise River Greenbelt. The Stream Walk and Visitor Center provide a glimpse of Idaho's many landscapes and abundant wildlife. Underwater viewing windows along the stream walk give visitors a fish-eye view of the world.
Ann Morrison Memorial Park
Maintained by: Boise Parks & Recreation Department and Come Play Campaign
Ann Morrison Park is a 153-acre urban park, Boise's largest, located on the Boise River between Capital Boulevard, Americana Boulevard, and Crescent Rim Drive. The park was created by Morrison-Knudsen co-founder Harry W. Morrison in honor of his late wife, Ann Morrison, and was given to the city in June of 1959. Currently, the park is the host to many area celebrations, including Fourth of July fireworks and Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic. It is a place to play tennis, soccer, bocce, and frisbee golf, as well as a terminus when rafting the Boise River. The “Come Play” Campaign hopes to raise funds for renewing various elements in the park. Our fundraising efforts are focused on improving signage for the park entrances, upgrading to an interactive fountain, revamping the rafters' take-out to ease congestion and access, restoring the clock and creating safe pedestrian and bike access from Crescent Rim on each side of the park.