Please join us for the next Alaska Funders Group meeting. We’re pleased to host Kiran Ahuja, CEO of Philanthropy Northwest. Most notably, Kiran was the executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, leading efforts to increase access to federal services, resources and programs for underserved Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the Obama Administration. Kiran would like to have a discussion about Alaskan philanthropy and hear your ideas, perspectives and plans for the future. What would you like her to know about Alaska and the communities we serve?
One of the key topics we’ll discuss is the 2020 Census which will be unlike any Census every conducted. There is much at stake for Alaska*: What is philanthropy's role?
- More than $2 billion of funding to Alaska, or $2,959 per capita, through federal assistance programs could be in limbo.
- The Census will rely largely on households responding online, rather than by submitting a paper questionnaire, creating a hardship for many Alaskans.
- Nationally, more than 30% of the American Indian Alaska Native population lives in Hard-to-Count areas. In Alaska, this number jumps to over 65%.
Lastly, we’ll have a conversation about the upcoming Journey into Indian Country report. The updated report is highlighting the powerful philanthropic work already coming out of Native communities and tribal giving offices, across our region. How might a report like this be useful to you in your role and organization?
- Kiran Ahuja, CEO, Philanthropy Northwest
- Christine DuPres, author
- Gabe Layman, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Foraker Group’s Alaska Census Group, or Bruce Bothelo, Foraker Group Public Policy Committee and Alaska Census Working Group (not yet confirmed)
- Alex McKay, VP of Programs, Rasmuson Foundation (moderator)
*Sources: “Making Indian Country Count: Native Americans and the 2020 Census,” prepared statement of Carol Gore, President/CEO of Cook Inlet Housing Authority to the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and Counting for Dollars Project, George Washington University
We hope to see you there,
Alaska Funders Group Co-chairs
Michele Brown, United Way of Anchorage
Michelle DeWitt, Bethel Community Services
Elizabeth Ripley, Mat-Su Health Foundation
About the meeting:
Eligibility: Participation in this meeting is open to philanthropic organizations that are currently making grants in Alaska. This includes private and family foundations, corporate foundations and giving programs, community and public foundations, tribal corporations and nations, governmental grantmaking programs and CDFI institutions with a philanthropic focus. You do not need to be a Philanthropy Northwest member to participate but do need to represent an organizational philanthropic institution. It is not appropriate for non-profit organizations or individuals to attend. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact Lyn Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Background: Philanthropy Northwest supports the Alaska Funders Group, a network of our members and other grantmakers who fund in Alaska. The group meets throughout the year to share information, learn from each other and get to know their peers in the Alaska funding community. It is co-chaired by Michele Brown, United Way of Anchorage, Michelle DeWitt, Bethel Community Services and Elizabeth Ripley, Mat-su Health Foundation and staffed by Lyn Hunter, Philanthropy Northwest.
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