Picture above: The City of Soldotna received a $450,000 Foundation grant to construct a year-round field house. The community celebrated a groundbreaking for the facility this past fall. Photo by Martin Media, courtesy of the City of Soldotna

For immediate release
Dec. 15, 2023
Contact: Tasha Pineda, 907-334-0524

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Anchorage, AK – Rasmuson Foundation approved 17 grants totaling more than $7.5 million, empowering Alaska-based organizations to tackle critical issues across the state. From nurturing young minds to fostering inclusive recreation and addressing alcohol misuse, these grants fuel initiatives making a real difference in local communities.

Residential Youth Care, Inc. plans to transform the upstairs floor into a Education & Employment Center. The right image is what the floor looks like now and the left is a rendering of what it will look like after renovations. Photos courtesy of Residential Youth Care, Inc.

Investing in Alaskan Futures:

$600,000 to Residential Youth Care, Inc. in Ketchikan: Building a vibrant youth center, a community hub offering accessible services, meeting rooms, study spaces, and creative outlets like art and music studios.

$450,000 to City of Soldotna: Constructing a year-round field house, providing crucial space for sports practice, events, and recreation, with features like sports courts, turf fields, and a walking/jogging track.

Boosting Supports for Working Families:

$350,000 to Girdwood, Inc.: Supporting the construction of a new childcare facility for Little Bears Playhouse, Girdwood’s sole licensed and now much-needed childcare center after years of disrepair.

Promoting Healthier Communities:

$750,000 to Recover Alaska: Renewing vital support for this statewide collaboration’s efforts to change public attitudes towards alcohol, increase access to treatment, and advocate for policies fostering healthier communities.

“There are Alaskan organizations working every day to be a catalyst for change in their communities,” says Gretchen Guess, Rasmuson Foundation’s President & CEO. “Having the opportunity to partner with them ignites inspiration and meaning into what we aspire to do at Rasmuson Foundation: amplify and support their work.”

Discover More:

Explore the full list of grant recipients and their impactful projects here: [link to full list of grants awarded]

Building a Better Alaska, Together:

The Foundation’s board meets twice annually to approve major grants, evaluate ongoing programs, and consider new initiatives.

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About the Foundation
Rasmuson Foundation is a private family foundation based in Anchorage, AK.
The Foundation was created in 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson, a Swedish missionary, to honor her late husband, banker E.A. Rasmuson.