The Social Justice Fund and Alaska Native Social Justice Fund at ACF Support Nonprofits Across Alaska

October 3, 2019

The Social Justice Fund and Alaska Native Social Justice Fund at The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) are successfully mobilizing grassroots efforts and creative cross-agency partnerships. The funds offer flexible support for projects, programs, and organizations that work toward equity in access to services, equal rights for all, and high levels of civic engagement.

ACF opened the third grant cycle for the Social Justice fund in January of 2019. This year twenty-seven nonprofits received grants. The Social Justice Fund was generously founded by Jonathan B. Rubini and Clare Bertucio in 2015 and has made forty-seven grants at a total of $561,082 since its inception. A gift from the Ford Foundation further established the fund. This year $277,543 was granted to the following nonprofits.



  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Alaska Public Interest Research Group
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Inc.
  • Alaska Youth Orchestras
  • Anchorage Community Land Trust
  • Anchorage Faith & Action Congregations Together
  • Anchorage Library Foundation
  • Anchorage Park Foundation
  • Best Beginnings
  • Catholic Social Services
  • Choosing Our Roots
  • Close Up Foundation
  • Downtown Soup Kitchen
  • Facing Foster Care in Alaska
  • Ionia, Inc.
  • Justice Not Politics Alaska Civics Education Fund
  • Keys to Life
  • KTOO Public Media
  • Story Works LLC
  • Upper Susitna Food Pantry
  • Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

This is the second and final grant cycle for the Alaska Native Social Justice Fund with eleven awardees totaling $203,539. The fund, established by Marguerite E. Casey Foundation, focused on Native Alaskan organizations working on social justice projects in their communities. The following nonprofits were awarded grants in 2019.

  • Alaska Community Action on Toxics
  • Alaska Public Interest Research Group
  • Alutiiq Heritage Foundation
  • Athabascan Fiddlers Association
  • Chilkat Indian Village
  • Climate Justice Initiative
  • Koahnic Broadcast Corporation
  • Maniilaq Association
  • Sobermiut, Reviving Our Spirit Inc
  • Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission
  • Tanana Chiefs Conference

The Alaska Community Foundation is proud to steward these important funds and help donors make the change they wish to see in their communities.

“It is an inspiration to review applications for these funds,” said Katie St. John, VP of Programs and Grant at ACF. “We are witness to the hope, dedication, and ambition that so many Alaskans have to create more equitable and caring communities across the state.”

Photo Courtesy of Facing Foster Care