Affiliates & Partners

  • Chilkat Valley Community Foundation Emergency Response Fund

    Fund created to support victims of the devastating storm and slide in the Chilkat Valley.

  • Working Together for Alaska's Future

    2019 Annual Report



The Affiliate Program is the heartbeat of The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF). Established in 2008 through a partnership with Rasmuson Foundation, the Affiliate Program currently supports eleven Affiliate community foundations across Alaska to grow localized philanthropy. Affiliates create charitable resources for their hometowns and empower their communities’ people through capacity building actions that make lasting change locally.

What do Affiliates do?

An Affiliate of ACF starts with local people. Local people comprise a volunteer Advisory Board that grows endowment funds for their community. These endowment funds give back to strengthen communities in perpetuity. Grantmaking endowments focus on growing charitable assets that support local nonprofits and charitable projects through grants. Operating endowments create sustainable resources for an Affiliate’s operations. In addition to fundraising and making local grants, an Advisory Board builds their community’s capabilities through trainings, workshops, and convenings.

As a result, ACF and its Affiliates increase individual philanthropy among Alaskans, encourage local leadership to identify community issues and invest in solutions, and grow permanent charitable assets in communities across Alaska to sustain nonprofits and make life better for those who live there.

Through 2020, Affiliate donors can double their impact with a match from The Alaska Community Foundation and Rasmuson Foundation. Donations to Affiliate endowed funds will be matched 1:1, up to $125,000 for Affiliates’ main grantmaking endowment funds and $85,000 for Affiliates’ operating endowment funds. Please see their individual websites below for more information.


1. Golden Heart Community Foundation (Fairbanks & North Pole)

2. Jessica Stevens Community Foundation (Upper Susitna Valley communities)

3. Chilkat Valley Community Foundation (Haines & Klukwan)

4. Seward Community Foundation (Seward & Moose Pass)

5. Kenai Peninsula Foundation

6. Kodiak Community Foundation

Become an Affiliate

Program Contacts

To contact the Affiliate Program team, please email:

Mariko Sarafin, Senior Affiliate Program Officer, or 907-249-6609

Hiring TBD, Affiliate Program Officer, or 907-274-6708


These organizations are independent entities growing philanthropy in their communities across Alaska. Closely aligned with ACF in their visions and focus, we are honored to partner with these foundations in our shared goals to create a better future for Alaska. These partner organizations hold funds at ACF, collaborate with us on critical issues, and help expand our resource network.

1. Homer Foundation 

The Homer Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the greater Homer area by promoting philanthropic and charitable activities.

2. Juneau Community Foundation

To promote philanthropy and effectively respond to the needs of our community to create a healthy, safe, and culturally rich environment.

3. Bethel Community Services Foundation

Bethel Community Services Foundation is dedicated to the development, growth, continuance, and enhancement of community-based programs and services. In partnership with other communal institutions, foundations, restricted and unrestricted philanthropic donors, it seeks to support effective community growth and development.


4. Arctic Slope Community Foundation

Strengthen our culture of giving and improve the quality of life among the people of the Arctic Slope.

5. Chugiak Eagle River Foundation 

The Chugiak Eagle River Foundation, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to improving the quality of life and to address emerging needs in the community of Chugiak/Eagle River, Alaska by providing grants and scholarships from a permanent endowment.