About Us

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.

ACF also manages the Pick.Click.Give. program and the Philanthropy Hub.

Mission

Inspiring the spirit of giving and connecting people, organizations, and causes to strengthen Alaska’s communities now and forever.

Vision

ACF envisions an Alaska where communities come together and have resources to thrive.

Values

Impact: We are dedicated to partnering with donors, grantees, and Alaskans to strengthen our Alaskan communities.

Integrity: We are responsible stewards, demonstrating transparency, accountability and providing excellent customer service in our operations and programs.

Inclusion: We are strengthened by Alaska’s diversity and aspire to be inclusive of all voices.

Legacy: We believe in the power of endowments to create lasting change for the benefit of Alaska.

Service: We are dedicated to serving our donors, partners, and all Alaskans with excellent customer service.

Collaboration: We bring together people, ideas, and resources to make lasting improvements, respecting that local communities know how to best address their needs.

Forward Looking: We believe in the power of long-term community investments to create lasting change for the benefit of future generations of Alaskans.

History

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.

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 ACF has met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for best practices.

Today, we manage over 500 funds, including eleven Affiliate and 5 partner community funds, with assets totaling more than $90 million. Each year, because of donors like you, we are able to grant out $4 million to $5 million in charitable gifts to local nonprofit organizations and charities, making a lasting impact on Alaska for years to come.

Learn more about community foundations.