The Story of the Anchorage Schools Foundation

The Anchorage Schools Foundation, a field of interest fund of The Alaska Community Foundation, was created to make grants in support of projects that enhance the success of students in the Anchorage School District.

Congratulations to Anchorage Schools Foundation Small Grants recipients!

2017 Anchorage Schools Foundation Grantees

2016 Anchorage Schools Foundation Grantees

2015 Anchorage Schools Foundation Grantees

2014 Anchorage Schools Foundation Grantees

2013 Anchorage Schools Foundation Grantees

The Anchorage Schools Foundation was envisioned by a dedicated group of volunteers who are passionate about supporting projects that enhance the success of students in the Anchorage School District. The fund has attracted donors and partners including Rasmuson Foundation, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., Anchorage Community Land Trust, CIRI, Credit Union 1, ExxonMobil, Ignite Anchorage, Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, Municipal Light & Power, TOTE, Wells Fargo, individual teachers, and school staff.

Apply for an Anchorage Schools Foundation Grant.

Ways to Support Anchorage Students

  • Support the long-term sustainability of the Anchorage Schools Foundation through your contribution to the Endowment Fund.
  • Donate to the Small Grants Fund to support innovative, needs-driven projects. Grants are funded through a competitive annual cycle.
  • Through the Emergency Fund, school staff can nominate students who lack alternative resources to receive fundamental school materials and other crucial supplies.

Anchorage Schools Foundation Advisory Board

  • Robin Dern, Chair
  • Dr. Deena Bishop
  • Selena Hopkins-Kendall
  • Jeff Jessee
  • Mara Kimmel
  • Hans Neidig
  • Chris Perez
  • Katie Pesznecker
  • Cassandra Stalzer
  • John Niles Wanamaker
  • Karin Wanamaker
  • Tonja Woelber

About the Author: Mariko Sarafin

Mariko is an Alaska born singer-songwriter that looks up at the sky to stare at stars and loves being outside. She shares her life with her wife, Erin, and their loving chocolate Lab, Mirrah. At The Alaska Community Foundation, Mariko leads the statewide Affiliate program, supporting local Advisory Boards who galvanize people in their hometowns to find solutions to address their community's needs and build endowments to benefit their communities, now and forever.