As you travel across Alaska, one thing is evident: Alaskans love their hometown. Whether you grew up in Tanana, Togiak, or Tenakee Springs – Alaskans develop a strong sense of identity that is firmly rooted in place. A place called your hometown.
Through the Community Asset Building Initiative (CABI), we support Alaskans who are giving back to their hometown and creating their legacy for future generations.
Launched in 2008 with generous support from the Rasmuson Foundation, we embarked on an effort to create permanently-endowed, geographic Affiliate funds in five communities across Alaska. In late 2012, CABI expanded to four additional Affiliate communities. Under the leadership of dedicated volunteers, our nine Affiliates are pioneering new territory in home-grown philanthropy across Alaska.
Each Affiliate is distinct and unique – drawing inspiration from their local culture, values, and vision. The Affiliate Advisory Boards – guided by their keen understanding of their community – are the true “champions” for local philanthropy. They connect with their friends and neighbors to share the power of endowment and reciprocity.
Affiliates focus their efforts to cultivate community-based philanthropy; we provide governance oversight, technical assistance and administrative support.
Together, we build strong and resilient hometowns for future generations of Alaskans.