Photo description: It’s a sunny day in Utqiaġvik, one of the northernmost cities in the world. (June 2024)

Hello friends,  

Showing off our state is the Alaskan way. At Rasmuson Foundation, we love being a resource to foundations that want to learn more about and invest in Alaskans.   

We’re not the only organization playing this role because helping others is an Alaska tradition – and we love that! Several events to educate grantmakers happen in Alaska each year. Last month was Innovate Cordova and we know that organizations like Alaska Venture Fund and Nudlaghi Leadership Institute are hosting curated trips this summer. We’re fortunate to have so many partners working to show off the state.  

Our tour is in September and will begin and end in the Golden Heart City of Fairbanks with a focus on the University of Alaska’s Arctic Leadership Initiative and other Arctic opportunities. Together with the University, we look forward to partnering with the Arctic through community-led site visits and meaningful conversations focused on solutions and connections with local leaders and nonprofits. We know our role is to lift up the bold leaders and innovative ideas that come from the community.  

Uplifting the University’s Arctic Leadership Initiative is a natural fit for this tour as they work to identify young Alaskans and develop more homegrown Arctic leaders. Alaskans know the Arctic and have so much to contribute to Arctic issues. We believe it is imperative that Alaskans continue to have a voice and seat at the table as decisions over the region’s future are made.  

In the future, we plan to do tours during odd years (e.g., 2025, 2027) on various themes and in various locations throughout Alaska. 

Around the Foundation 

We’re pleased to share that Samona Norombaba was promoted to program officer. After serving in several roles at the Foundation over the last six years, she’s taking on the responsibility as a senior team member who works with nonprofits and manages a diverse portfolio of grants.  

Matthew Bowman has also joined the Rasmuson team as an office assistant who provides administrative support in the front office and often a welcoming first point of contact for partners.    

The Sabbatical Award program remains open for self-nominations through Aug. 14, and traditional grantmaking programs should resume in late summer or early fall.  

Thank you for all you do.  


Gretchen Guess

President & CEO, Rasmuson Foundation 

PS — We continue to fund time-sensitive and emergency needs. Please contact us if an imminent need arises.