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The Alaska Community Foundation

2014 Annual Report

Message from the Chair

Alaskans have a fierce love for this place we call home. Whether it’s because we have deep roots in this state, embraced caring communities, enjoyed tremendous opportunities or admire the spectacular beauty that surrounds us, we share a pride in Alaska.

The Alaska Community Foundation provides an opportunity for those Alaskans, like my wife and me, who want to give back a bit of what we have enjoyed. We are joining with thousands of other Alaskans to give to our community’s endowment.

ACF makes a special promise to our donors: we will work with you to ensure your values last far into the future. We will carefully manage your funds so that they will grow and generate earnings that will be used for the causes you believe in. And we will hire professional staff who know and love Alaska as much as you do in order to achieve the greatest impact.

We take the trust that donors place in us seriously. In 2014, donors gave $13.2 million in gifts to ACF, bringing the assets we manage on behalf of Alaskans to more than $80 million. These gifts, and our strategic management of funds, have enabled ACF to make more than $48 million in grants since we were created in 1995. Last year alone, we issued $­3.5 million in grants.

This year marks an important transition for ACF. We say farewell to Candace Winkler, who has served as President/CEO for the past five years. Since joining ACF, Candace has led the organization through several statewide initiatives and projects, including providing administrative support of the popular “Pick.Click.Give.” charitable contribution program, partnering with the State of Alaska and the Alaska Children’s Trust to manage the Teen Suicide Prevention Grant Program, and collaborating with statewide partners and the Anchorage Daily News to produce the “State of Intoxication” series. Assets at ACF doubled in size during her tenure, allowing ACF to make even greater impact in our state. While we are sad to see her leave us, we are grateful for her years of visionary leadership that have enabled ACF to better serve Alaskans.

Here at the Alaska Community Foundation, we are honored to be the stewards of your philanthropic goals. We thank you for allowing us the opportunity to make your dreams for a better Alaska come true.

Alex Slivka
Chair, ACF Board of Directors

2014 Grants Across Alaska

Thanks to our generous donors, Affiliates and partners, the Alaska Community Foundation made 465 grant awards and invested in 36 communities across Alaska in 2014. A total of $3.5 million in grants, scholarships and project initiatives supported charitable causes and organizations throughout Alaska and beyond.

Click on a region of Alaska to see the 2014 grants made in that area.


Financial Data

The Alaska Community Foundation’s investment goals are to preserve and enhance the real value of charitable assets over time and to provide for grantmaking in perpetuity. Because we believe grants for tomorrow are as important as grants made today our overriding investment objective for our endowed funds is to maintain purchasing power by maintaining a diverse portfolio and adhering to investment discipline. To maintain purchasing power over the long term without excessive risk, ACF’s investment goal is to return 8% on average.

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Endowment for Alaska Pets: Marilyn Rudolph is turning her love of pets into a legacy to support Alaska’s animals

Marilyn Rudolph came to her love of pets later in life than most people. When she moved from Alaska to a dairy farm in Minnesota in her mid-40s, she discovered a passion for animals that she had never known before. When Marilyn returned home to Alaska, she brought three of her barn cats with her. Those cats, one of whom has passed, and the two strays that have since adopted her, have opened an entirely new world and outlook for Marilyn – a passion for the well-being of Alaskan animals.

Engine 557: A legendary steam locomotive has returned to ride Alaska’s rails again

It’s a piece of our history – Engine 557. The last steam locomotive to regularly operate on the Alaska Railroad. And soon, it will again be riding our rails for the first time since 1962, thanks to the help of hundreds ofdonors and volunteers.

Homer Outdoor Wilderness Leaders: how a Strengthening Organizations grant helped an innovative nonprofit achieve greater impact

Jessica Stevens Community Foundation: A highlight of one of ACF’s nine geographic Affiliate Foundations

In nine communities across Alaska, citizens are working together to grow permanent endowments to address local needs through Affiliate Community Foundations. In the northern Susitna Valley communities, volunteers are carrying on the life-work of a treasured member of the community who passed too early: Jessica Stevens.

Pick.Click.Give. An ACF Program

How much does it take to make a difference? How many does it take to have an impact? If we all gave $25, what could be done with it?

Pick.Click.Give., now a well-known and well-loved program allowing Alaskans to give a portion of their PFD to causes they care about, is built on the concept that together we can make a lasting difference for Alaska.

Starting as just an idea over 10 years ago, the program officially began in 2008 as a way to enable every Alaskan who receives a PFD the chance to easily (with the click of a button!) support an organization whose cause they care about. After a 3-year pilot project, Pick.Click.Give. has now become a permanent part of the PFD program.

The Alaska Community Foundation is part of a statewide partnership that manages the program, including the PFD Division of the Alaska Department of Revenue, the Rasmuson Foundation, The Foraker Group, and United Way of Anchorage. ACF houses the staff person in charge of Pick.Click.Give. and manages the statewide marketing campaign as part of our larger efforts to grow philanthropy across the state of Alaska.

This past year, more than 540 nonprofits participated in the program. In the first year, just 1 percent of PFD filers chose to donate through Pick.Click.Give. This year, a record 6.1 percent of Alaskans who filed chose to share their PFD with their favorite nonprofit causes, giving more than $3.3 million.

ACF couldn’t be happier with the encouraging results over the last several years. “We are impressed by the generosity of Alaskans who gave through Pick.Click.Give. said Candace Winkler, president & CEO of the Alaska Community Foundation. “We saw a 25 percent increase in donors and a 20 percent increase in the amount of money donated compared to last year. Thank you, Alaska!”

  • Alaska Arts and Culture - Connie Boochever Fund
  • Alaska Arts and Culture - Margaret Nick Cooke Fund
  • Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation Fund
  • Alaska Arts and Culture - Alaska Literacy Awards Program
  • Alaska Arts and Culture - Helen Walker Fund
  • Alaska Conservation Alliance - Deborah L. Dixon Fund
  • Alaska Children's Trust Fund
  • Alaska Coastal Villages Relief Fund for the Support of Children and Families
  • AFN Fund
  • AFN Education Fund
  • Juneau Arts and Humanities Student Scholarship Fund
  • Alaska Botanical Garden Maintenance Fund for Lile's Garden
  • Alaska Cardiovascular Research Foundation Fund
  • Alaska Women's Foundation
  • Alaska Learning Center Project Fund
  • Arctic Health Foundation Fund
  • Arctic Valley Endowment Fund
  • Anchorage Rotary Planet Walk Project Fund
  • Arctic Slope Community Foundation Fund
  • American Society for Circumpolar Health Fund
  • Alaska Ski Educational Foundation - Chris Eriksson Fund
  • Alaska Ski Educational Foundation Fund
  • Alaska SeaLife Center Endowment
  • Alaska Sudan Medical Project Fund
  • Anchorage Trail Care Fund
  • AVTEC Foundation Fund
  • AWARE Action Fund
  • Alaska Winter Olympians Foundation Fund
  • Anchorage Youth Court Fund
  • Anchorage Youth Symphony Fund
  • Beam Family Fund
  • Bean's Cafe Endowment
  • Alaska Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired Endowment Fund
  • Red Boucher Scholarship Fund
  • BP Alaska Youth and Education Fund
  • Byrne Family Fund
  • Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center Endowment Fund
  • Anchorage 21st Century Community Learning Centers Fund
  • Calypso Farm & Ecology Center Endowment Fund
  • The Children's Lunchbox Fund
  • Clara Lee Memorial Fund for the Preservation of the Inupiat Language and Culture
  • Congregation Beth Sholom Community Fund
  • Commonwealth North Endowment Fund
  • Dorothy Croft Scholarship for Young Musicians
  • City of Seward Unrestricted Fund
  • Caroline Christen Torgerson Memorial Fund
  • Davis Constructors & Employees Fund
  • Denali Fund
  • Downtown Rotary Special Project Fund
  • Durrell Family Foundation Fund
  • Engine 557 Restoration Fund
  • Early Education Fund for Alaska's Children
  • Dr. Jane Egger Fund for the Petersburg Humane Association
  • Mark Eliason Education Fund
  • Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund
  • Foundation for End of Life Care
  • Fireweed Fund
  • Milqueya A. Franjul Memorial Fund
  • Fairbanks Rescue Mission Sustainability Fund
  • Good Soil Foundation Fund
  • Grace Christian School Endowment
  • Gustavus Community Center Special Project Fund
  • Lib & Whitey Hakkinen Professional Development Fund of the Sheldon Museum & Haines Cult. Ctr
  • Don and Sandra Hanson Fund
  • Hospice of Haines Fund
  • D. L. Hicks Fund
  • Hiltenbrand Family Fund
  • Homer Foundation Donor Designated Endowment
  • Immanuel Fund
  • Ionia Quasi-Endowment Fund
  • Babbie and Ian Jacobs Family Fund
  • Joseph and Evelyn Columbus Alaska Fund
  • JMI Endowment Fund
  • Kaplan - Sather Fund
  • KFSK Endowment Fund
  • Carrie Klein Fund
  • Kodiak Maritime Museum Endowment
  • KPG Maintenance Endowment Fund
  • Kincaid Project Group Endowment
  • Kincaid Project Endowment Fund
  • Kyle Alter Memorial Cancer Foundation Fund
  • Lang Family Fund
  • Larson Family Fund of the Seward Community Foundation
  • Leo and Jeanne Bustad Fund
  • Lindsey Family Fund
  • Livingston Family Fund
  • Machamer Charitable Fund
  • Andy Mathisen Fishing Park
  • Mt. Edgecumbe High School Fund
  • Mayor's Educational Summit Fund
  • Moselwood Fund
  • Mat-Su Sea Hawkers Fund
  • Mat-Su Trails and Parks Fund
  • Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center Cultural Program Endowment
  • Alaska Native Cultural Charter School Fund
  • Kristine M. Norosz Fund
  • Nursing Education Fund
  • Tom and Kay O'Grady Fund
  • OneMerica Fund
  • Pick Click Give Project Fund
  • The Pebble Fund
  • Endowment Fund to Support Artistic Programs at Perseverance Theatre
  • Frank & Carol Pinkerton Orchestral String Instrument Scholarship Fund
  • Pillars of America Fund
  • Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest
  • Petersburg Mental Health Services Fund at the Petersburg Community Foundation
  • Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Prince of Wales Health Network Fund
  • Qutekcak Native Tribe Fund
  • Randich Family Foundation
  • Alaska Raptor Center Fund
  • Rasmuson Arts and Culture Fund
  • Brandon C. Reiley Fund
  • Blake Reese Memorial Fund
  • Rose - Levy Family Fund
  • Greg and Patsy Romack Education Fund
  • R.M.R. Family Foundation
  • Jean Romig Memorial Fund
  • Edmund & Eveline Schuster Family Fund
  • Seward Community Library Association Fund
  • Craig Seibert Legacy Fund
  • Seward Community Library Museum Foundation Fund
  • Carol Goff Simonetti Fund
  • Jim Snead Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Soroptimist International of Anchorage Fund
  • Seward PTSA Legacy Fund
  • Seward PTSA Non-Endowed Legacy Fund
  • Jessica Stevens Community Foundation BP/Mat-Su Valley Challenge
  • Anchorage Statehood Celebration - State Grant
  • Solace Vehicle Maintenance Fund
  • Moir A. & Nellie E. Tatum Fund
  • Talkeetna Bachelor Society Fund for Women & Children in Crisis
  • Talkeetna Historical Society Fund
  • The People's Fund - United We Stand
  • John Trigg Ester Library Endowment Fund
  • The Tundra Fund
  • United Way of Southeast Alaska
  • Valley Charities Inc. Endowment Fund
  • Alaska World Affairs Council Programs Fund
  • Anchorage Waterways Council Fund
  • WAVE Endowment of the Petersburg Community Foundation
  • West High Alumni Association Auditorium Fund
  • West High Auditorium Fund
  • Wickler Charitable Fund
  • Wildfest Special Project Fund
  • Yerkes Family Foundation Fund
  • Yerkes Family Fund
  • Brian R. Young Sports Travel Fund
  • Seward Wellness Fund of the Seward Community Foundation
  • Seward Community Foundation Fund
  • Alaska Conservation Alliance - Deborah L. Dixon Fund
  • Anchorage Community Land Trust Special Project Fund
  • Alaska Children's Trust Designated Fund
  • Alaska Children's Trust Agency Fund
  • Alaska Native Heritage Endowment Fund
  • Alaska Museum of Science and History Fund
  • Alaska Association of Conservation Districts Endowment Fund
  • Challenge Alaska Endowment Fund
  • Camp Fire Alaska Council Endowment Fund
  • Camp Fire USA Alaska Council Endowment Fund
  • Challenger Learning Center Fund
  • Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund
  • Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation Hospice Services Fund
  • Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation Hospice Services Designated Fund
  • Food Bank of Alaska Fund for a Hunger Free Alaska
  • Food Bank of Alaska Fund for a Hunger Free Alaska
  • Girl Scouts of Alaska Fund
  • Alfred Hanisch Fund for the First American Baptist Church
  • Identity, Inc., Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Agency Endowment Fund
  • Alaska Dialogue Cheryll Heinze Artist in Residence Fund
  • Ionia - Barn Completion Fund
  • Juneau Community Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Kaktovik Community Fund
  • Newcomb Fund
  • Anchorage Park Foundation - Abbott Park Fund
  • Fund for Public Art
  • Petersburg Library Art Education Endowment
  • Pet Pride Angel Fund
  • Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship
  • Rachel Ann Lewis Memorial Fund
  • Salvation Army Youth Development Fund
  • Seward Community Foundation Operating Endowment Fund
  • Simon Paneak Memorial Museum
  • Seward Seahawks Athletic Booster Club Fund
  • West Anchorage High Foundation Fund
  • Ambrose/Stevens Family Fund of the Jessica Stevens Community Foundation
  • Anchorage Schools Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Anchorage Skates Fund
  • Anchorage Urban League Fund
  • Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum Fund
  • Alaska Zoo Foundation Fund
  • Central Alaska Retired Teachers' Association Grant Endowment Fund
  • Central Alaska Retired Teachers' Association Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Chugiak Eagle River Community Foundation Fund
  • Chilkat Valley Community Foundation Fund
  • Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Fund
  • Golden Heart Community Foundation Fund
  • Scotty Gomez Foundation Fund
  • Friends of the Haines Borough Public Library Legacy Fund
  • Homer Foundation Endowment
  • Juneau Community Foundation
  • Friends of Jesse Lee Home
  • Jesse Lee Home Restoration Fund
  • Kenai Central High School Choir Fund
  • Kenai Peninsula Foundation Fund
  • Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Endowment Fund
  • Petersburg Public Library Building and Sustaining Fund
  • Petersburg Community Foundation Fund
  • Sheldon Jackson College Endowment Fund
  • Anchorage Statehood Celebration Fund
  • Jessica Stevens Community Foundation Fund
  • Wish Upon the North Star
  • Anchorage Community YMCA Fund
  • Anchorage Schools Foundation Emergency Fund
  • Anchorage Schools Foundation Small Grants Fund
  • Anchorage Schools Foundation Operating Fund
  • Hoonah Education Association Fine Arts Scholarship Fund
  • Kaanta Community Fund for the Beautification of Seward
  • KAYHI Alumni Scholarship Fund
  • Kodiak Community Foundation Fund
  • David E. Knox Memorial Nursing Fellowship
  • Golden Rule Scholarship Fund
  • Ninilchik School Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Kenai Peninsula Youth Sports and Cultural Fund
  • Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage Scholarship
  • Professional Development of Volunteer Administrators Fund
  • Melissa Faye Pike Memorial Foundation
  • Recover Alaska Project Fund
  • Brandon C. Reiley Scholarship Fund
  • Safety Net Fund
  • Sven & Lorraine Eriksson Alaska Fund
  • Sitka Scholarship Fund
  • Shayna Marie Pritchard Memorial Scholarship
  • Soldotna High School Fund
  • Erich von Stauffenberg Foundation Fund
  • Neal O. Thorpe Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Teen Suicide Prevention Program
  • Vocational Fund for Alaska's Future
  • Wrangell Scholarship Fund
  • Alaska Endowment for the Environment
  • Alaska Youth Development Fund
  • Alaska Meth Education Project Fund
  • Margaret A. Anderson Fund of the Seward Community Foundation
  • Block Family Foundation Fund
  • Camilli Family Foundation
  • Carver Family Fund
  • Capacity Building for Charitable Organizations
  • Chevron Kenai Peninsula Fund
  • The Dream Lives On - The Dave Buchhauser Fund
  • Walter J. and Ermalee Hickel Alaska Fund
  • Fund for the Homeless
  • Vessel of Hope Fund
  • Ionia Donor Designated Endowment Fund
  • Irma Scavenius Memorial Fund for Furthering Understanding Between Alaskans and Those of Other Countries
  • Malawi Children's Village Tuition Endowment
  • Marquez Family Fund
  • Marston Foundation Fund
  • Molly Ahlgren Memorial Fund
  • Operating - Knight Foundation
  • Porterfield/Friedman Family Fund
  • Recover Alaska Media Project on Alcohol and Alaska
  • Returning Exchange Student Scholarship Fund
  • Saltwater, Inc. Scholarship Fund
  • Elmer and Ruth Schwantes Fund
  • Smiles for Kids
  • Growing Up Tobacco Free In Alaska
  • Watson Fund
  • Women Veterans Fund in memory of Mary Louise Rasmuson
  • The Alaska Community Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Alaska Loon and Grebe Watch
  • Anchorage Park Foundation Fund
  • Anchorage Park Foundation Legacy Endowment Fund
  • Alaska Public media Fund
  • Anchorage Rotary PW Maintenance Fund
  • Anchorage Seattle Cultural Exchange Fund
  • American Society for Circumpolar Health Fund
  • 2006 Arctic Winter Games Host Society
  • BP Energy Center Endowment Fund
  • Ashley & Heather Call Family Fund of the Chilkat Valley Community Foundation
  • Clausen Memorial Museum Fund
  • Camp Fire USA Alaska Council Inclusion Fund
  • Cordova Center Fund
  • Dare to Care Project Fund
  • Frank Dieckgraeff Memorial Fund for Seward Seniors
  • Group Hug Fund
  • Institute of the North Fund
  • Ionia Quasi-Endowment Fund
  • Janis Family Fund
  • Kisumu Children's Foundation Fund
  • Carl Seaman Scholarship Fund
  • Kenny Carver Scholarship Fund (Soldotna)
  • Kenny Carver Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Luella James Scholarship Fund
  • Maurie Harrington Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Seward High School Scholarship Fund
  • Richard & Sarah Mayes Fund
  • Matanuska-Susitna Schools Foundation
  • Norton Cruz Family Foundation Fund
  • Nunamta Alukestai
  • Gordon Paulsen Fund
  • Reserve Operating
  • Soldotna High School Endowment Fund
  • Soroptimists of Cook Inlet Available
  • Seward Senior Citizens Endowment
  • Storyknife "Unraveling the Wind" Special Project Fund
  • Mike Saunders Youth Activity Fund of the Chilkat Valley Community Foundation
  • Village Voice Initiative Fund
  • Alaska Women's Giving Circle
  • APTI Designated Endowment Fund
  • Harry H. Hirshik Scholarship Fund
  • Ionia Endowment Fund
  • JJ Klein Scholarship Fund
  • Dale Lindsey Memorial Fund
  • Dr. Merritt Olson Academic Scholarship
  • Operating - Ford Project Grant
  • Solace International Fund
  • Shelly Szepanski Memorial Flight Scholarship Fund
  • James and Lee Cloud Fund
  • Alaska Disaster Recovery Fund - World Relief
  • AFN Marketplace Fund
  • Tim Akers Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Alaska Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Anthony O'Malley Youth Fund
  • Alaska Youth for Environmental Action Youth Opportunity Fund
  • Community Building for Alaska Fund
  • Central Peninsula Health Foundation
  • Dances and Stories for Charity Fund
  • Elizabeth Carroll Fund
  • Fritz Gunkel Fund for Mental Health
  • Richard and Susan Foley Family Fund
  • Giving Coalition of Alaska
  • Hastings Family Fund
  • Hank Rosenthal Memorial Fund
  • Akiyama Family Fund
  • JS Fund
  • KTOO Legacy Foundation Fund
  • Serafino Morichetti Fund
  • Mat-Su Services for Children & Adults
  • Oscar Anderson House Fund
  • Domestic Violence Project
  • Nelson Page Fund
  • Peterson/Cumberland Alaska Fund
  • Remembering the Children (Mikelnguut Umyuaqluki)
  • Scott Fibranz Memorial Baseball Scholarship Fund
  • Ray and Maxine Stephens Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • The Glory Hole Fund
  • Alaska World Affairs Council Programs Fund (Available)
  • Weiser Family Fund
  • Suzanne Weller Endowment Fund
  • Anchorage Concert Chorus Mary Hale Fund
  • Alaska Disaster Recovery Fund
  • Alaska Family Services
  • Alaska Botanical Garden Fund
  • Alaska Fund
  • Alaska Native Cancer Foundation
  • Arctic Health Foundation Fund
  • Anaktuvuk Pass Community Fund
  • Alaska Association of Conservation Districts Endowment Fund
  • Alaska Ski Educational Foundation - Tom Besh Fund
  • Alaska Ski Educational Foundation - General Fund
  • Alaska Ski Educational Foundation - Jim Landes Memorial Fund
  • Alaska Ski Educational Foundation - Andrew Lekisch Memorial Fund
  • Alaska Ski Educational Foundation - Pia-Margrethe Denkewalter Memorial Fund
  • Alaska Ski Educational Foundation - Edward Rasmuson Endowment
  • Atqasuk Community Fund
  • Barrow-Utqiagvik Community Fund
  • Jane H. Behlke Fund for the Elderly and the Hungry
  • Milt and Sue Byrd Fund
  • Carol Comeau Endowment Fund
  • Alaska Cross Country Ski Racer Development Fund
  • Chilkat Valley Living Treasures Fund
  • Chilkat Valley Memorial Fund
  • Fund Name
  • Paul C. Rupple Fund of The Seward Community Foundation
  • Jessica Stevens Community Foundation Memorial Fund
  • Marcia Hastings Fund
  • Michalski Family Fund
  • Alaska Wrestling Fund
  • Hospice of Anchorage Designated Fund
  • Cox Family Fund
  • Veteran's Memorial Endowment
  • Nuiqsut Community Fund
  • Forget-Me-Not Mission Fund
  • Healthy Alaskans Fund
  • Haines Borough Public Library Legacy Fund
  • Point Hope-Tikigaq Community Fund
  • Petersburg Public Library Endowment Fund

332 Funds

Thank You

At the Alaska Community Foundation, our mission is to transform gifts from Alaskans into extraordinary contributions for our state's future.

It is only through the generous support of donors like you that ACF is able to achieve this mission and cultivate, celebrate, and sustain all forms of philanthropy to strengthen Alaska's communities forever. Thank you for your support and commitment to making a lasting impact in Alaska. Together, we are building communities that thrive.

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