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What is The Alaska Community Foundation?

The Alaska Community Foundation is you. It’s me. It’s all of us working together to make a lasting impact in Alaska. Together, we can make a greater impact with our charitable dollars than we could do individually.

ACF was formed in 1995 to be a public, nonprofit foundation for all of Alaska that promotes effective, sustainable, local philanthropy. Individuals, nonprofits and organizations can pool their resources into one foundation for maximum efficiency. Today, we manage about $75 million in assets. Through the generosity of donors like you, in the past 20 years ACF has awarded more than $50 million in grants to improve the lives of Alaskans.

You can be part of this movement to strengthen Alaska further.
Credit: Fairbanks Rescue Mission

Credit: Fairbanks Rescue Mission

Nonprofits serve essential needs across Alaska and deserve annual support. The Alaska Community Foundation supports the work of nonprofits and local communities in three major ways: by making grants from our permanent endowed and non-endowed funds, by convening nonprofits and community members together to maximize impact, and by serving as a source for donors who wish to make a difference.

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Katmai National Park

We empower local communities to identify needs and solve local problems. In that spirit, ACF partners with nine Affiliate Community Foundations including Seward, Kenai, Chilkat Valley, Golden Heart, Talkeetna, Petersburg, Ketchikan, Kodiak and Sitka. Led by dedicated volunteers, our nine Affiliates are pioneering home-grown philanthropy across Alaska.

We connect donors with causes they care about, and aid nonprofits with resources they might not otherwise have. With a wide variety of funds and giving options, everyone and anyone can support the causes they care about. Whether you are a nonprofit organization looking to set up an endowment for future reserves, a community leader partnering with others to accomplish projects for a better Alaska, or an individual or family looking to realize your own philanthropic goals, The Alaska Community Foundation can help you maximize your impact.

Because ACF pools resources, we can multiply the impact of gifts.
Credit: Morris Thompson Cultural Center

Credit: Morris Thompson Cultural Center

ACF works as a convener – bringing together key Alaskans, nonprofit leaders and multiple funding sources to respond to complex issues such as suicide prevention, homelessness and workforce development. The staff of the Alaska Community Foundation have deep roots in Alaska; in fact many of us are life-long Alaskans. We know the issues of our state and the organizations that are working effectively to address needs and expand opportunities.

As a grant maker, we grant funds to a wide variety of causes – arts, education, health and wellness, environmental projects, and even disaster relief.

In last year alone, ACF awarded $4 million through 659 grants and scholarships to 56 communities across Alaska.

Below, you’ll find just a few of the stories of these nonprofits and partnerships making a difference.

As a public foundation, we connect people who care with causes that matter. As such, we tailor our services to each individual’s charitable and financial interests and help people invest in the causes and organizations they believe will have the most impact in Alaska.

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Credit: Marion Owen

When you, as a donor, a nonprofit organization, or as a community member, give to a fund or a project at ACF, your donation is protected and grown, and the earnings are used to support the causes you care about for the long term. We believe that grants made tomorrow are as important as grants made today.

Most importantly, we serve our community because we are led by our community. The Alaska Community Foundation was founded by Alaskans for the long-term benefit of Alaska. It is your community foundation.

Through ACF, community members can create the world they envision through the causes that they support.
Credit: Anchorage Parks Foundation

Credit: Anchorage Parks Foundation

Whether that’s a place without homelessness, or one where beautiful works of art or natural spaces are accessible to all, we help Alaskans realize their visions. By enabling donors with a vehicle through which to give, we help them improve the world in which we all live – and create an Alaska where communities have the resources to thrive.

Interactive Funding Map

Click on the tabs below and then the location on the map to browse all funding. After clicking on a location, the data for that spot shows up below the map. Make sure you scroll through it, as sometimes the list is quite extensive!

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Legacies that Realize Dreams


The Megan Rawson Scholarship Fund

When Megan Rawson, a young, talented teacher, passed away from a brain tumor in 2016, she left behind a legacy that will enable others to realize her dreams. Passionate about teaching after spending a year with Teach for America in New Mexico, Megan devoted herself to education after she returned to her hometown of Anchorage and began teaching at East High School. It was Megan’s wish to establish a scholarship for others who shared her dream. In the grief following her passing, hundreds of friends, family and community members contributed to Megan’s scholarship. Her memory lives on through future students whose dreams Megan’s scholarship is now able to fulfill.

Providing Help and Hope through Basic Needs

Domestic Violence Shelter Renovation

Providing Help and Hope through Basic Needs

The Emmonak Women’s Shelter on the Yukon Delta is one of 17 shelters in Alaska providing refuge for victims of violence and abuse. Founded in 1978, it serves over 500 women and children a year from more than a dozen surrounding communities. Like many small shelters, however, Emmonak struggles to maintain necessary repairs and services. The Domestic Violence Shelter Renovation Project is tackling the devastating rates of abuse in our state by bolstering the most basic needs of victims – adequate shelter. With this partnership between ACF, the State of Alaska, Rasmuson Foundation, and others, Emmonak and 16 other shelters across Alaska are being renovated and can better provide help and hope for victims in need.

Creating Safe Spaces of Healing

Creating Safe Spaces of Healing

Suicide Prevention

Joel’s Place in Fairbanks is no ordinary youth center. Designed to give creative and adventurous youth of all ages a safe energy outlet, the place boasts both indoor and outdoor activities, including a popular skate park and hot meals for hungry kids. But Joel’s Place provides more than safe activities. In partnership with the Fairbanks Wellness Coalition and thanks to a Suicide Prevention Grant from ACF made possible by GCI, Joel’s Place is proactively addressing one of the most devastating issues among Alaskan youth today – suicide. With Sources of Strength, a national best practice program, Fairbanks peer leaders and adult advisors are creating a school community that encourages adult to youth relationships, help seeking, and resilience to prevent suicide.

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The past few years have been a true testament to the indelible spirit of giving in Alaska. In these uncertain economic times Alaskans have continued to support the causes they care about using Pick.Click.Give.

In 2016, 29,543 Alaskans pledged $3,192,725 from their Permanent Fund Dividends. While this was a slight decrease from the record amount of $3,329,575 in 2015, it was nevertheless an impressive response in giving.

This trend of giving despite economic adversity continued in the 2017 Pick.Click.Give. cycle. Despite a new Permanent Fund Dividend model, Alaskans have once again proven their generosity by pledging $2.7 million dollars to 668 Alaskan nonprofit organizations. 4.8% of Alaskans who filed for a Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) in 2017 elected to give through Pick.Click.Give.

The Alaska Department of Revenue reports that as of April 3,  26,128 Alaskans made 44,136 individual charitable gifts totaling  $2,702,450 from their 2017 PFDs. Combined with the nearly $17 million dollars donated through the program since its inception in 2009, Pick.Click.Give. is well on its way to having delivered $20 million dollars to Alaska’s nonprofit sector. Nonprofits continue to thrive with the program. Priceless, a new-to-the-program nonprofit who serves sex trafficking victims within Alaska, has received $8,125 in pledges since April 2017. Alaska Public Media, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, and Beans Café all raised over $100,000 through the program, which represents a significant portion of their annual charitable contributions. ACLU of Alaska Foundation, who has participated in the program since 2009, made the list of Top 10 pledge recipients by increasing the number of annual donors by 222%. 2017 has been a good year for public radio, basic services, social justice, and Alaska’s pets.

Congratulations to Planned Parenthood who saw the highest increase in donations this year.


Top Ten 2017 Pick.Click.Give. Pledge Recipients 

KSKA KAKM APRN Alaska Public Media – $125,95
Planned Parenthood – Greater NW and the Hawaiian Islands – $125,625
Beans Cafe The Children’s Lunchbox – $105,775
Food Bank of Alaska – $68,175
Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis Inc. AWAIC – $66,575
Catholic Social Services – Brother Francis Shelter Clare House – $65,225
Alaska SPCA – $44,050
Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue – $41,275
Friends of Pets – $36,025
ACLU of Alaska Foundation – $33,550

Campaign for Alaska’s Future

Alaska has been good to so many of us, and this is a way we can all give back. The Alaska Community Foundation is working throughout Alaska and in other states to raise $50 million for a charitable endowment to benefit all of Alaska. Only through the participation of hundreds of donors like you who can make a gift today or through your will can we reach such a goal. By participating, you are expressing your commitment to a strong a vibrant future for Alaska.

Why $50 million? This will generate $2.5 million annually in charitable grantmaking.

That’s a legacy you can feel proud of.

The Alaska Community Foundation is here to help you give to the causes you care about most. We can’t predict what the future will hold, but we can ensure that generations to come will be able to address emerging needs and opportunities. Your gift of any level grows that endowment, enabling it to reach more people across the state.

Interested in learning more about the ways you can give through ACF or how you can leave a legacy for Alaska’s future? Contact us!

Thank You 2016 Donors

At the Alaska Community Foundation, our mission is to inspire the spirit of giving and connect people, organizations and causes to strengthen Alaska’s communities now and forever.

It is only through the generous support of donors like you that ACF is able to work with communities across our state connect people who care with causes that matter. 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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75th Anniversary Fund – Anchorage
75th Anniversary Fund – Statewide
AFN Education Fund
AFN Marketplace Fund
Alaska Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Endowment Fund
Alaska Arts and Culture – Alaska Literary Awards Program
Alaska Arts and Culture – Connie Boochever Fund
Alaska Arts and Culture – Helen Walker Fund
Alaska Arts and Culture – Margaret Nick Cooke Fund
Alaska Association for Historic Preservation Easements Fund
Alaska Association of Conservation Districts Endowment Fund
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum Fund
Alaska Botanical Garden Maintenance Fund for Lile’s Garden
Alaska Cardiovascular Research Foundation Fund
Alaska Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired Endowment Fund
Alaska Children’s Trust Agency Fund
Alaska Children’s Trust Designated Fund
Alaska Children’s Trust Fund
Alaska Coastal Villages Relief Fund for the Support of Children and Families
Alaska Community Foundation Fund
Alaska Cross Country Ski Racer Development Fund
Alaska Dialogue Cheryll Heinze Artist in Residence Fund
Alaska Disaster Recovery Fund
Alaska Endowment for the Environment
Alaska Family Services
Alaska Fund
Alaska Historical Society Fund
Alaska Meth Education Project Fund
Alaska Native Cancer Foundation
Alaska Native Heritage Endowment Fund
Alaska Public Media Endowment Fund
Alaska Raptor Center Fund
Alaska SeaLife Center Endowment
Alaska Ski Educational Foundation – Edward Rasmuson Endowment
Alaska Ski Educational Foundation – General Fund
Alaska Ski Educational Foundation – Jim Landes Memorial Fund
Alaska Ski Educational Foundation – Pia-Margrethe Denkewalter Memorial Fund
Alaska Ski Educational Foundation – Tom Besh Fund
Alaska Winter Olympians Fund
Alaska Women’s Foundation
Alaska Women’s Giving Circle
Alaska World Affairs Council Programs Fund
Alaska Wrestling Fund
Alfred Hanisch Fund for the First American Baptist Church
Ambrose/Stevens Family Fund of the Jessica Stevens Community Foundation
American Society for Circumpolar Health Fund
Anchorage 21st Century Community Learning Centers Fund
Anchorage Community YMCA  Fund
Anchorage Concert Chorus Mary Hale Fund
Anchorage Park Foundation Legacy Endowment Fund
Anchorage Schools Foundation Emergency Fund
Anchorage Schools Foundation Endowment Fund
Anchorage Schools Foundation Operating Fund
Anchorage Schools Foundation Small Grants Fund
Anchorage Skates Fund
Anchorage Trail Care Fund
Anchorage Trail Care Fund (Field of Interest)
Anchorage Waterways Council Fund
Anchorage Youth Symphony Fund
Andy Mathisen Fishing Park
Anthony O’Malley Youth Fund
Arctic Health Foundation Fund
Arctic Slope Community Foundation Fund
Ashley & Heather Call Family Fund of the Chilkat Valley Community Foundation
AVTEC Foundation Fund
Babbie and Ian Jacobs Family Fund
Beam Family Fund
Bean’s Cafe Endowment
Benjamin B. Talley Scholarship Endowment Fund
Bethel Community Services Foundation Fund
Blake Reese Memorial Fund
Block Family Foundation Fund
BP Alaska Youth and Education Fund
BP Energy Center Endowment Fund
Brandon C. Reiley Fund
Brandon C. Reiley Scholarship Fund
Brian R. Young Sports Travel Fund
Byrne Family Fund
Calypso Farm & Ecology Center Endowment Fund
Camilli Family Foundation
Camp Fire Alaska Council Endowment Fund
Camp Fire USA Alaska Council Inclusion Fund
Capacity Building for Charitable Organizations
Carl Seaman Scholarship Fund
Caroline Christen Torgerson Memorial Fund
Carrie Klein Fund
CARTA Scholarship Endowment Fund
Carver Family Fund
Central Alaska Teachers’ Grant Endowment Fund
Central Kenai Peninsula Wellness for Youth Fund
Challenge Alaska Endowment Fund
Challenger Learning Center Fund
Chef Cotter Scholarship Fund
Chilkat Valley Affiliate Operating Fund
Chilkat Valley Community Foundation Fund
Chilkat Valley Environmental Fund
Chilkat Valley Memorial Fund
Chugach Park Fund
City of Seward Unrestricted Fund
Clara Lee Memorial Fund for the Preservation of the Inupiat Language and Culture
Clausen Memorial Museum Fund
Commonwealth North Endowment Fund
Community Building for Alaska Fund
Congregation Beth Sholom Community Fund
Cordova Center Fund
Covenant House Alaska
Cox Family Fund
Craig Seibert Legacy Fund
Crosby-Wilm Fund
D. L. Hicks Fund
David E. Knox Memorial Nursing Fellowship
Davis Constructors & Employees Fund
Denali Fund
Dieter Family Endowment Fund for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Teen Suicide
Domestic Violence Project
Don and Sandra Hanson Fund
Dorothy Croft Scholarship for Young Musicians
Dr. Jane Egger Fund for the Petersburg Humane Association
Dr. John Halligan Scholarship Fund
Dr. Merritt Olson Academic Scholarship
Durrell Family Foundation Fund
Early Education Fund for Alaska’s Children
Edmund & Eveline Schuster Family Fund
Elizabeth Carroll Fund
Elmer and Ruth Schwantes Fund
Endowment for Alaska Pets
Endowment Fund to Support Artistic Programs at Perseverance Theatre
Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund
Fairbanks Arts Association Endowment Fund
Fairbanks Rescue Mission Sustainability Fund
Fireweed Fund
FNSBSD/Susan Stitham Widening Horizons Scholarship Fund
Food Bank of Alaska Fund for a Hunger Free Alaska
Four Valleys Community School Inc.
Frank & Carol Pinkerton Orchestral String Instrument Scholarship Fund
Frank Dieckgraeff Memorial Fund for Seward Seniors
Friends of Jesse Lee Home
Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center Endowment Fund
Friends of the Talkeetna Library Endowment Fund
Fritz Gunkel Fund for Mental Health
Fund for Public Art
Fund for the Homeless
Gary Martin Swim Scholarship Fund
Golden Heart Community Foundation Fund
Golden Heart Operating Fund
Golden Rule Scholarship Fund
Good Soil Foundation Fund
Gordon Paulsen Fund
Grace Christian School Endowment
Greater Fairbanks Area Community Housing Quasi-Endowment
Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation Hospice Services Fund
Greater Sitka Legacy Fund
Greater Sitka Operating Fund
Greg and Patsy Romack Education Fund
Haines Borough Public Library Legacy Fund
Hank Rosenthal Memorial Fund
Harry H. Hirshik Scholarship Fund
Healthy Alaskans Fund
Hiltenbrand Family Fund
Homer Foundation Endowment
Hoonah Education Association Fine Arts Scholarship Fund
Hospice of Haines Fund
Identity, Inc., Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Agency Endowment Fund
Immanuel Fund
Institute of the North Fund
Ionia Endowment Fund
Ionia Quasi-Endowment Fund
Irma Scavenius Memorial Fund for Furthering Understanding Between Alaskans and Those of Other Countries
James and Lee Cloud Fund
Jane H. Behlke Fund for the Elderly and the Hungry
Janis Family Fund
Jean Romig Memorial Fund
Jessica Stevens Affiliate Operating Fund
Jessica Stevens Community Foundation Fund
Jessica Stevens Community Foundation Memorial Fund
Jim Snead Memorial Scholarship Fund
JJ Klein Scholarship Fund
John Trigg Ester Library Endowment Fund
Josephine’s Dream Scholarship Fund
JS Fund
Juneau Community Foundation Endowment Fund
Kaanta Community Fund for the Beautification of Seward
Kaplan – Sather Fund
Kathryn E. And John P. Doyle Scholarship Fund
KAYHI Alumni Scholarship Fund
Kenai Affiliate Operating Fund
Kenai Central High School Choir Fund
Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Endowment Fund
Kenai Peninsula Foundation Fund
Kenny Carver Memorial Scholarship Fund
Kenny Carver Scholarship Fund (Soldotna)
Ketchikan CF Operating Fund
Ketchikan Community Foundation Fund
KFSK Endowment Fund
Kincaid Project Group Endowment
Kisumu Children’s Foundation Fund
Kodiak CF Operating Fund
Kodiak Community Foundation Fund
Kodiak Kid Wrestling Club Fund
Kodiak Maritime Museum Endowment
Kodiak Public Library Association Fund
KPG Maintenance Endowment Fund
Kyle Alter Memorial Cancer Foundation Fund
Lang Family Fund
Larson Family Fund of the Seward Community Foundation
Leo and Jeanne Bustad Fund
Lib & Whitey Hakkinen Professional Development Fund of the Sheldon Museum & Haines Cult. Ctr
Lindsey Family Fund
Livingston Family Fund
Luella James Scholarship Fund
Malawi Children’s Village Tuition Endowment
Marcia Hastings Fund
Margaret A. Anderson Fund of the Seward Community Foundation
Mark Eliason Education Fund
Marquez Family Fund
Marston Foundation Fund
Matanuska-Susitna Schools Foundation
Mat-Su Sea Hawkers Fund
Mat-Su Services for Children & Adults
Maurie Harrington Memorial Scholarship Fund
Megan Rawson Scholarship Fund
Melissa Faye Pike Memorial Foundation
Michalski Family Fund
Mike and Maryanne Pinkham Fund
Milqueya A. Franjul Memorial Fund
Milt and Sue Byrd Fund
Moir A. & Nellie E. Tatum Fund
Monroe Foundation Agency Fund for the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks
Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center Cultural Program Endowment
Moselwood Fund
Mountain View Community Fund
Mt. Edgecumbe High School Fund
Neal O. Thorpe Memorial Operating Fund
Neal O. Thorpe Memorial Scholarship Fund
Nelson Page Fund
Newcomb Fund
Ninilchik School Memorial Scholarship Fund
Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage Scholarship
Norton Cruz Family Foundation Fund
Oscar Anderson House Fund
Palmer Family Fund
Patricia Roppel Memorial Scholarship Fund
Paul and Sharon Rupple Fund of The Seward Community Foundation
Pet Pride Angel Fund
Petersburg Affiliate Operating Fund
Petersburg Community Foundation Fund
Petersburg Library Art Education Endowment
Petersburg Mental Health Services Fund at the Petersburg Community Foundation
Petersburg Public Library – Heritage of the Sea
Petersburg Public Library Endowment Fund
Peterson/Cumberland Alaska Fund
Pick Click Give Project Fund
Porterfield/Friedman Family Fund
Prince of Wales Health Network Fund
Professional Development of Volunteer Administrators Fund
Progressive and Social Justice Fund
Qutekcak Native Tribe Fund
R.M.R. Family Foundation
Rachel Ann Lewis Memorial Fund
Randich Family Foundation
Ray and Maxine Stephens Memorial Scholarship Fund
Recover Alaska Media Project on Alcohol and Alaska
Recover Alaska Project Fund
Red Boucher Scholarship Fund
Remembering the Children (Mikelnguut Umyuaqluki)
Returning Exchange Student Scholarship Fund
Richard & Sarah Mayes Fund
Richard and Susan Foley Family Fund
Robert E. Gieringer Scholarship Fund
Ron and Terri Davis Trades Scholarship Fund
Rose – Levy Family Fund
Safety Net Fund
Salmon Connect Fund
Saltwater Inc. Oceans Fund
Salvation Army Youth Development Fund
Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund
Scott Fibranz Memorial Baseball Scholarship Fund
Scotty Gomez Foundation Fund
Serafino Morichetti Fund
Seward Affiliate Operating Fund
Seward Community Foundation Fund
Seward Community Foundation Operating Endowment Fund
Seward Community Library Association Fund
Seward High School Scholarship Fund
Seward PTSA Legacy Fund
Seward PTSA Non-Endowed Legacy Fund
Seward Seahawks Athletic Booster Club Fund
Seward Senior Citizens Endowment
Seward Wellness Fund of the Seward Community Foundation
Shayna Marie Pritchard Memorial Scholarship
Sheldon Museum & Cultural Center Endowment Fund
Sheldon Museum & Cultural Center Fund
Shelly Szepanski Memorial Flight Scholarship Fund
Simon Paneak Memorial Museum
Sitka Scholarship Fund
Smiles for Kids
Soldotna High School Endowment Fund
Soldotna High School Fund
Soroptimist International of Anchorage Fund
Suicide Prevention – Alaska Born and Raised Fund
Suzanne Weller Endowment Fund
Sven & Lorraine Eriksson Alaska Fund
Talkeetna Bachelor Society Fund for Women & Children in Crisis
Talkeetna Historical Society Fund
Teen Suicide Prevention Program
The Children’s Lunchbox Fund
The Dream Lives On – The Dave Buchhauser Fund
The Tundra Fund
THS Patricia Roppel Memorial Scholarship
Tim Akers Memorial Scholarship Fund
Toby Gamble and Janet Helen Tolan Gamble Educational Fund
Tom and Kay O’Grady Fund
Valley Charities Inc. Endowment Fund
Veteran’s Memorial Endowment
Veteran’s Memorial Maintenance Fund
Vocational Fund for Alaska’s Future
Walter J. and Ermalee Hickel Alaska Fund
Watson Fund
WAVE Endowment of the Petersburg Community Foundation
Weiser Family Fund
West Anchorage High Foundation Fund
West High Auditorium Fund
Wish Upon the North Star
Women Veterans Fund in memory of Mary Louise Rasmuson
Wrangell Scholarship Fund
Yerkes Family Foundation Fund
Yerkes Family Fund
YWCA Alaska Endowment