The Alaska Community Foundation is a grantmaking public charity dedicated to improving the lives of Alaskans. We bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support effective nonprofits in their communities. We strive for operational excellence in six key areas—mission, structure, and governance; resource development; stewardship and accountability; grantmaking and community leadership; donor relations; and communications. This resource page is for those wishing to create a legacy of generosity with our help.

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Legacy Society for Alaska

Leaving a legacy does not require a large income or a vast estate. All that’s required is the thoughtful intention to make a difference for generations to come. When you join the Legacy Society for Alaska, you become part of a community of like-minded individuals and discover uncommon opportunities to learn, connect, and share.

The Legacy Society for Alaska comprises individuals who have included The Alaska Community Foundation and its Affiliate communities in their estate planning. Members can leave a legacy and support the communities, causes, and organizations they care about, including donating directly to ACF, giving to another existing fund, creating a new fund with ACF, or making a planned gift.

*If you have already included ACF in your estate planning, please contact us so we may recognize you as a member of the Legacy Society for Alaska.

“I care about what happens in Alaska and in my community. Leaving a legacy gift with ACF is my way of giving back to a state that has provided me with many wonderful opportunities. I want to do more than just give now. As a legacy member, I can make a real and meaningful impact on the future of Alaska and its nonprofits. It is gratifying to know my gift will keep giving long after I’m gone.”

Kris Norosz, Legacy Society for Alaska Member

Legacy Society Benefits

  • Give a gift that keeps on giving. Your legacy gift today will do good work tomorrow.
  • Create a place for your personal history. Our talented staff can help you to preserve your story to share with future generations who will benefit from your generosity.
  • Benefit from ACF expertise. We are available to help you plan your charitable legacy and will work with you, your family, and your financial advisers to bring it to fruition.
  • Be a catalyst for change and join other Alaskans in meeting current and emerging needs in our state.
  • Be recognized in our annual report, on our website, and at special events. Too often, those who leave a legacy are not honored during their lifetime. The Legacy Society for Alaska is a way of shining a light today on a gift for the future.

Seminars and Presentation Materials

Wills and Estate Planning Webinar

University of Alaska Foundation Partnership

Recorded: March 29, 2022

Chelsea Riekkola, estate planning attorney and shareholder of Foley and Pearson, LLC will provide an overview of wills and estate planning. In this information-packed webinar, you will learn about the following:

• The Definition of Estate Planning
• The Problem of Title
• The Probate Process (in a nutshell)
• Powers of Attorney & Health Care Directives
• Basics of Wills
• Beneficiary Designations & Joint Titling of Assets
• Introduction to Trusts
• Protecting Inheritance for Loved Ones
• Estate Tax Basics
• Charitable Legacy Planning

Wills and Estate Planning Webinar

Alaska Public Media Partnership

Recorded: September 30, 2021

Chelsea Riekkola, estate planning attorney with Foley and Pearson, LLC, will provide an overview of wills and estate planning. In this information-packed webinar, you will learn about the following:

• The Definition of Estate Planning
• The Problem of Title
• The Probate Process (in a Nutshell)
• Powers of Attorney & Health Care Directives
• Basics of Wills
• Beneficiary Designations & Joint Titling of Assets
• Introduction to Trusts
• Protecting Inheritance for Loved Ones
• Estate Tax Basics
• Charitable Legacy Planning