In January, the Alaska Women’s Giving Circle has awarded five grants totaling $15,000 to programs that support women across the state. Established at The Alaska Community Foundation in 2008, the Alaska Women’s Giving Circle’s 40 members agree to annually donate to the fund for grant making purposes. The Women’s Giving Circle aims to provide niche funding for a wide variety of small, innovative projects across Alaska while encouraging collaborative philanthropy among women.
Recipients of this year’s grants are: Haven House, Inc, a faith-based organization providing peer recovery support services within a safe recovery focused environment for women returning home after incarceration, in support of their capital campaign; Girls Rock Camp, a nonprofit empowering a diverse group of girls through musical education and performance, to provide scholarships to camp participants; Facing Foster Care in Alaska (FFCA), a nonprofit dedicated to improving the foster care system, to support the travel costs of youth in foster care from across the state to attend a conference in Juneau; the purchase of running gear for Running Free Alaska, a nonprofit running program for female prison inmates at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center; and the Disability Law Center, a nonprofit law firm providing legal advocacy for people with disabilities in Alaska, to support the purchase of technology to start the Tessandore Self-Advocacy Center.
Circle member Krista Scully says, “We are thrilled that our seventh year will span the state in its support of brave and beautiful programming that will allow women to live in safe housing, run stronger into healthier lives, and rock out.”