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Foundation celebrates 60th Anniversary, awards $5.8 million

For Immediate Release
Contact: Cassandra Stalzer, 907-334-0520

Anchorage, AK – Ensuring that Alaskans have safe, affordable and appropriate housing was a significant theme during yesterday’s bi-annual Rasmuson Foundation Board of Directors meeting. In total the Board awarded $5.8 million in grants, program-related investments (PRIs) and initiative funding.


Foundation Awards $13.5 Million

For Immediate Release
Contact: Cassandra Stalzer, 907-334-0520

Anchorage, Alaska –  The Rasmuson Foundation Board of Directors announces that $13.5 million has been awarded to Alaska nonprofits in grants and initiatives to improve the quality of life in the state. The largest award announced was for Southcentral Foundation, which will receive $3 million for the start-up of the Nuka Institute.

Current Events

Pulling in the same direction

July 1 marked the beginning of the new fiscal year for the State of Alaska, which means the rubber just hit the road for a process that began in December 2011 with the introduction of the Governor’s operating, capital, and mental health budget proposals, continued through the legislative session this spring as lawmakers made their mark on the bills, and culminated in mid-May with the bills’ signing.

Initiative News

Doing nothing is not an option

The number of deaths among Anchorage’s homeless population is unacceptable. No fewer than 23 homeless people have been found dead in our parks, forested areas, private lawns, and various other urban locations in just over a year. Anchorage residents, public officials, and social service professionals are debating whether and where to introduce a Housing First facility in Anchorage. Our view is that this is a debate worth having. We as a community need to find a workable solution. It is both the right and fiscally prudent thing to do.

Grantseeking Tips

Transforming board culture

If board giving can be defined as a board member making an annual, personal, unrestricted donation to support the work of the organization, then for its first four decades, the RurAL CAP board did not practice board giving. It was simply not part of the board culture. But, over five years, that culture changed.

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