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

Anchorage, AK – Rasmuson Foundation Directors approved awards for 14 organizations totaling more than $6.6 million at their November 28 board meeting. The grants will go to agencies across the state and will benefit a number of different programs.

Set Free Alaska, Inc., an alcohol and drug treatment center in Wasilla will receive $500,000. The grant will be used to complete facility renovations on its new campus. Set Free Alaska’s inpatient and outpatient programs fill a critical need in the state. With a huge shortage of treatment facilities and a growing number of Alaskans seeking help for addiction, this new campus demonstrates the programs’ ability to address the state’s future and current needs.

Hope Community Resources, Inc. was awarded $330,000 to support the construction of a housing development for Hope clients in Sterling. For the last five decades, Hope has provided customized services and supports to families and individuals who experience disabilities. The new development is designed to create an “intentional community,” a place where its 12 residents will have shared goals and lifestyles. For many of its residents, this style of living offers unprecedented levels of support while encouraging greater independence.

“Our goal is to support projects that will have a lasting impact on the communities they serve,” said Diane Kaplan, Rasmuson Foundation President & CEO. “In most cases, these nonprofits have worked to raise funds from local and regional sources, building stronger partnerships, and furthering their own sustainability.”

A full list of recipients is listed below.




  • City and Borough of Sitka, ($200,000) to renovate Crescent Harbor playground.
  • Perseverance Theatre, ($450,000) to implement strategic initiative for long-term sustainability, including production of professional theater in both Anchorage and Juneau.




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.