We are pleased to welcome Wendy Spencer, Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, who will speak to the work the agency is doing to create new public-private partnerships to expand national service and tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation.
National Service as a Strategy to Addressing Local Needs
For decades, national service has been a cost-effective solution to critical challenges facing our communities and nation. This year, CNCS will invest more than $3.9 million to support 630 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers serving Alaska communities. Through a unique public-private partnership, this federal investment will leverage an additional $2.4 million in other resources to strengthen community impact, build local support, and increase return on taxpayer dollars. National service participants serve at more than 150 sites statewide, from Anchorage to Barrow, to Hooper Bay and Sitka.
The Corporation for National and Community Service engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
Following Ms. Spencer’s presentation, will be a discussion about ideas for new partnerships and opportunities. CNCS is also looking for opportunities to grow National Service and has the ability to partner with foundations to bring additional resources to states. Here’s a map of their current service locations in Alaska.
Participation is open to any organization, collective or individual committed to advancing the practice of philanthropy in the region. Membership in Philanthropy Northwest is not required. PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. AK.
The Alaska Funders Group Co-Chairs
Michele Brown, United Way of Anchorage
Michelle DeWitt, Bethel Community Services
Elizabeth Ripley, The Mat-Su Health Foundation