Civic & Philanthropic Responsibility

Ways of giving

The full potential of communities and individuals can be realized when we all contribute in meaningful ways. We encourage Alaskans to donate what they can, volunteer for favorite causes and actively participate in civic life. As our late Chairman Emeritus Ed Rasmuson said, “There are all kinds of ways of giving back.”

In 2019, a community weed pull project in Seward was supported by a $850 grant from Seward Community Foundation to Kenai Watershed Forum.

Easy way to donate

More than 600 Alaska nonprofits benefit each year through Pick.Click.Give., the online program we started with partners in 2008 to provide an easy way for Alaskans to donate part of their Permanent Fund dividend. Most Alaskans receive a share of the state’s mineral wealth in the form of an annual dividend. Some 23,000 to 25,000 individuals — about 4% of PFD recipients — now carve out a combined $3 million a year from dividend payments for causes they care about.

Additional impact areas

Growing community funds

New playgrounds, critical rescue equipment and care for seniors are among the local projects happening across Alaska through funds in 11 communities, from Sitka to Seward. The Affiliate Program of community funds is housed at The Alaska Community Foundation.

Black in Alaska storytelling project

One key part of our grantmaking philosophy is embracing the diversity that is Alaska. Conversations with Alaska’s Black community underscored a need for more positive stories about — and told by — Black Alaskans. A multimedia storytelling project launched in 2022 with interviews, photos and short videos of Alaskans who are Black. Enjoy the stories and learn how you can take part on blackinalaska.org. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram!

Black in Alaska

Check out photos, videos and stories that aim to dismantle stereotypes and create deeper connections.