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Foundation announces $8.7 million in grants, awards

Contact: Cassandra Stalzer, 907-334-0520

Anchorage, AK – The Rasmuson Foundation Board of Directors announced $8.7 million in grants, program-related investments (PRIs) and initiative funding, bringing the total amount of funds awarded since 1955 to more than $250 million.

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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.

Initiative News

Housing Anchorage: Breaking gridlock. Breaking ground.

There are too few housing units to meet the current and projected housing needs in Anchorage. This is a real problem for victims of domestic violence, for working families, for job seekers, and kids returning from college. Rasmuson Foundation is embarking on a collaboration, Housing Anchorage, to find broad-based community solutions to improve the viability of housing options for Anchorage's workforce and spur economic growth.

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Calling on faith organizations

When communities of faith come together, there's no telling what impact they can generate. In this week's blog, Senior Program Associate Jeff Baird recounts the start of what may well be a very important ongoing conversation about serving Alaskans' basic needs.


Foundation announces $9.7 million in awards, projects

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

Anchorage –  Rasmuson Foundation’s board of directors met last week and made $9.7 million in awards to support nonprofit activities and continue Foundation initiatives aimed at strengthening the nonprofit sector and Alaska communities. The projects receiving funding were (organized by region):

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Foundation Announces Grants, Loans

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sharity Sommer, 907-297-2876

Anchorage – Rasmuson Foundation’s Board of Directors conducted its biannual meeting yesterday and approved $9.6 million in funding for nonprofit projects across Alaska. With these awards, Rasmuson Foundation surpassed $200 million in total grantmaking, which it began in 1955 with a $125 grant to Wasilla Presbyterian Church for a motion picture projector.

Current Events

2-1-1 Aids Alaskans

While many feel that Alaska avoided the national economic crisis, the reality is that Alaskans have been increasingly hurting. Many Alaskans have never had to ask for help before. Some are embarrassed to suddenly have to ask. Most don’t know where to start, who to call, or what exactly to ask for. That’s where Alaska 2-1-1’s staff comes in.

Initiative News

Making the Pick. Click. Give. dream permanent

With the stroke of his pen, Governor Parnell made permanent a dream to increase the number of people who give to Alaska nonprofits, as well as the total amount of charitable dollars that are donated, by aligning the PFD application process with the opportunity to donate to worthy causes.


The future is collective and effective

posted by Jeff Clarke, Vice President and Michele Brown, President, United Way of Anchorage

Effect (noun): consequence; outcome; result. Effective (adjective): producing or capable of producing an intended result.

Implicit in investing in a stock or mutual fund is the due diligence necessary to increase the odds of financial success, as evidenced by a return on that investment.

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