Giving Together at ACF

Giving Together is a program at The Alaska Community Foundation that allows fundholders and donors to partner with ACF in our grantmaking process and co-fund the grant proposals that most inspire them. It is ACF’s goal to connect people with the causes they care about.  By creating a direct link between donors and nonprofit missions, we help you maximize your charitable giving.

The program is one of the ways we add value to your philanthropy – it was designed to connect our expertise on the challenges facing Alaska with the unique passions of our donors and fund advisors. In this program, we invite fundholders and donors who are interested to learn about grant opportunities available which ACF does not have the capacity to fully fund. If they wish, they may individually give to any of these organizations or programs we share which have a demonstrated need. By joining our mutual support, we are able to magnify impact.  When we give together, we are better together.

The Giving Together program is based on two main strategies: Co-Funded Competitive Grantmaking and Giving Opportunities and will launch in two basic phases.


Co-Funded Competitive Grantmaking

Co-Funded Competitive Grantmaking will launch in the first phase. This is exclusively for our Donor Advised fundholders and involves our current grant cycles. This program shares the best grant proposals we receive through our competitive grant cycles directly with fund advisors, inviting them to co-fund the proposals that most inspire them.  These applications will be reviewed by ACF Program and Grants staff to ensure that the projects are well designed and organizations are in good standing. We will share this information on DonorCentral, our online platform for viewing fund information, as well as separate email communication for those who do not wish to use DonorCentral.

Three grant opportunities will be included in the Giving Together program in 2017:

  • Teen Suicide Prevention (January and February) – support projects that will directly enhance community based efforts to prevent teen suicide
  • Vocational Fund for Alaska’s Future – (September and October) – support projects that sharpen vocational skills and contribute to the competitiveness of Alaska’s natural resource development and overall economy
  • Alaska Community Foundation Unrestricted – a responsive opportunity which provides general operational and program support for meeting Alaskan’s most fundamental needs across the state


Giving Opportunities

In the second phase of our program, Giving Opportunities, we will open up the opportunity to other projects outside of our traditional grant cycles. Many nonprofits develop innovative and collaborative projects that do not naturally fit into any of ACF’s competitive grant cycles, but that would appeal to our fund advisors’ unique passions if they could be shared.  Through Giving Opportunities, we will provide a way for these inspiring projects to be shared directly with fund advisors in the form of a short and simple application.  ACF program staff will review the projects and vet the organizations, inviting fund advisors to access and fund these curated proposals.  These opportunities will be shared on DonorCentral, through which individuals may directly give to support the grant proposals, as well as through a general mailing list compiled of interested fundholders who may not use DonorCentral.



Frequently Asked Questions


Why should I donate through the Giving Together Program instead of to the organizations of my choice directly?

At ACF, we encourage you to donate directly to organizations that you care about and with which you have meaningful connections. The advantage of the Giving Together Program, however, is the level of expertise ACF staff can provide to you.

  1. Through our partners and Affiliate community foundations who are deeply connected to local communities, ACF is knowledgeable about a vast array of nonprofits doing important work in every corner of our state. We have the privilege of learning about needs as they arise, whether through proposals submitted to our regular grant cycles, or nonprofits sharing information with us as part of our statewide partnerships. As a participant in the Giving Together Program, you have the opportunity to learn about worthy projects and programs you might not otherwise hear about and benefit from our deep community connections.
  1. Our knowledgeable staff provide the administrative support and background research necessary to make informed granting decisions. We ensure eligible nonprofit status as well as well-researched information about the organizations and their programs.
  1. As a partner in the Giving Together Program, you have the opportunity to maximize your impact by pooling your resources with other like-minded donors and be part of a larger collaboration supporting our Alaskan nonprofits and sustaining Alaska’s communities. Through collaborative funding, every single donation, no matter the size, becomes part of a greater whole with much larger impact collectively than would be possible individually.


I am only interested in funding certain types of organizations or projects. Is there a way for me to only learn about certain opportunities?

Yes. As part of joining the Giving Together Program, ACF staff will work with you to ascertain your particular charitable interests and discuss your communication preferences. If you wish, we will only share with you opportunities tailored to your interests. If you at any time wish to modify your preferences, simply contact us and we can make changes.


How do I make donations to these organizations shared in the Giving Together Program?

You can make a donation directly or as a grant recommendation through your Donor Advised Fund. If you wish to make a donation directly, simply send us a check or make a donation to “The Alaska Community Foundation” fund online on our website. [link] Indicate which program or organization you wish to support in the text box on the third page of the donate section.

If you are on DonorCentral, you can make a donation directly through this platform when ACF staff share giving opportunities online. When grant opportunities are available, they will be listed on the home page of your DonorCentral account. [insert screen shot]. You will be able to click on these opportunities to learn more and to recommend a grant through your Donor Advised Fund online. We will share information about these proposals as well as detailed instructions for grantmaking online for those who wish to do so this way.


I prefer to make my grant recommendations and/or donations in a more traditional way. What if I don’t want to use your online platforms such as DonorCentral and your website?

We will work with you to accommodate whatever communication needs you may have. We plan to maintain a mailing list of our Giving Together partners and will share opportunities as they arise via email to all interested individuals. Upon receiving the emails from us, you may submit our traditional grant recommendation form, or you may simply email us back or give us a call in our offices and we will process your requests.


Further Questions?

Please call or email us!

Katie St. John, Director of Programs & Grants        907-249-6616

For questions about granting opportunities or projects and proposals we have shared.

Alexandra Becker, Donor Relations & Communications Specialist 907-249-6614

For questions about DonorCentral, donating online through our website, or other technical needs.

Please contact anyone at ACF if you wish to discuss your donation preferences and areas of interest or to modify your contact information and how we can reach you.           907-334-6700