Investing for Impact in 2019

Rosa Lee Osborne leads a walker parade in July 2019 to open Folker Park, designed as a multi-generational health and healing park in Midtown Anchorage. With her is Beth Nordlund, executive director of Anchorage Park Foundation. Rasmuson Foundation supported the park with a challenge grant. (Photo by Sirena McNeil)

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Hover over or tap each dot to learn more about the work of our grant recipients in 2019. Scroll past the map for highlights of our grantmaking in 2019.

Rasmuson Foundation At A Glance

$674 millionTotal assets as of Dec. 31, 20XX
$21.3 millionIn 2019 grant awards and investments
$24 millionin grants and investments paid out
25Foundation Employees

Grantmaking By Program Area in 2019

2019 Grant Types

Grants range from small capital projects to a new initiative aimed at solving homelessness

A new health center in Tok and an expanded Housing First facility in Juneau. Bilingual projects and films of Alaska leaders. Diversity, equity and inclusion work at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. In 2019, we awarded almost 425 grants. Here’s where the $21.3 million went:

177 small grants: Awards of up to $25,000, known as our Tier 1 grants, went for essential capital needs — furniture and technology, playgrounds and vehicles — as well as special projects.

38 large grants: Our Tier 2 grants supported projects that provided widespread benefit, were of strategic importance or were especially innovative — and sometimes all of the above.

36 Individual Artist Awards: Alaska artists immersed more fully in their artistry or pursued specific projects.

9 initiative awards: We addressed two systemic issues: Homelessness with six grants, and the State of Alaska’s financial crunch, with three awards.

8 grants to philanthropic organizations: This support was intended to advance the field of grantmaking.

5 sabbaticals: Our best nonprofit and tribal leaders received a break from work to refresh and renew.

2 program-related investments: Low-interest loans helped Cook Inlet Housing Authority develop housing and the Local Fish Fund2 establish a loan fund for individual fishing quotas in Southeast Alaska.

147 discretionary grants: These grants designated by board and staff benefited nonprofits from the Alaska Native Heritage Center to the Kodiak senior center.

Grants awarded through partners: Almost 200 additional grants were made through partnerships. In 2019, The Alaska Community Foundation, Alaska Housing Finance Corp., the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Anchorage Park Foundation and Museums Alaska all made grants through our support.

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Printable copy of 2019 Annual Letter to Alaska


2019 Grants and Initiatives