For Immediate Release
Contact: Angela Cox, 907-334-0509

Anchorage, AK – Rasmuson Foundation Directors approved awards for 18 organizations totaling more than $8.6 million at their June 28 board meeting. This is one of the largest award amounts in Foundation history. The grants will go to agencies across the state and will benefit a number of different programs.

$500,000 will go towards construction of a new clinic in Circle, Alaska. The current clinic is located in a flood zone and has no running water, making waste disposal and infection control a challenge. The new clinic will provide a safer location, medical equipment and technologies to better serve its residents.

$500,000 has been awarded to The Children’s Place, the only child advocacy center serving children and families in the Mat-Su Borough. A child advocacy center is a safe, child friendly location in which specialists from a variety of disciplines come together under one roof to investigate allegations of child abuse, help children heal, and hold offenders accountable. The grant will go towards construction of a larger facility to help accommodate the growing need in the region.

“These uncertain economic times in Alaska have put a strain on many of the programs that fill a critical role in our state,” said Diane Kaplan, Rasmuson Foundation President & CEO. “Making sure these programs are not just existing, but thriving, means more Alaskans have the opportunity to be safe, healthy and supported.”

A full list of recipients is organized below by region.




Arctic Slope 

  • Ilisagvik College, ($452,000) to upgrade telephone, technology and security systems in Utqiagvik.



About the Foundation
Jenny Rasmuson with her son, Elmer, created Rasmuson Foundation in May 1955 to honor her late husband E.A. Rasmuson. The Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.