About us

Sustainable quality of life for all Alaskans.

Established in 1995, The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) cultivates, celebrates and sustains all forms of philanthropy to strengthen Alaska’s communities forever.

Together with our Affiliates, we connect people who care with causes that matter by encouraging and nurturing philanthropy through building and managing permanent endowments, convening stakeholders and working with partners to strengthen Alaskan communities, and providing donors with flexible giving options that are strategic to their philanthropic objectives.

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Starting as an idea and minimal initial resources in 1995, the founders of The Alaska Community Foundation imagined a place where Alaskans who have done well were able to give back. In 1998, the original articles of incorporation were restated and amended, establishing ACF as it exists today.

Photo credit: Oscar Edwin Avellaneda

Photo credit: Oscar Edwin Avellaneda

The results have been impressive. In 1999, ACF managed assets of $433,000 held in five funds. By the end of 2001, there were 11 donor-advised funds, one nonprofit organization endowment fund and managed assets totaling $2.7 million.

In 2007 and reconfirmed in 2013, ACF was accredited through National Standards for Community Foundations based on our processes and operational excellence. Compliance with National Standards indicates that The Alaska Community Foundation has met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for best practices.

Today,  we manage more than 300 funds, including nine Affiliate and three partner community funds, with assets totaling more than $80 million. Each year, because of donors like you, we are able to grant out $4 – $6 million in charitable gifts to local nonprofit organizations and charities, making a lasting impact on Alaska for years to come.

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