Alaska Funders

Philanthropy Northwest connects grantmakers across Alaska through communications and programming created specifically for funders in the state. Philanthropy Northwest supports the Alaska Funders Group, a network for our members and other grantmakers who fund in Alaska. The group meets quarterly to share information, learn from each other and get to know their peers in the Alaska funding community.     AK Grizzly Image

Participation is open to organized philanthropy and individuals who are currently making grants in Alaska. This includes corporate investors, private foundations, community foundations, nonprofit grantmaking organizations, government grantmakers and consultants currently working on their behalf. You do not need to be a Philanthropy Northwest member to participate.

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Upcoming Events for Alaska


Grantmaking with an Equity Lens Training - Anchorage

March 26, 2019,
9:30am to 5:00pm
The Alaska Community Foundation

Considering diverse perspectives and experiences is critical to effective grantmaking and foundation programming. Practicing equity requires a slowing down to reflect on the ways we can facilitate a more equitable and inclusive grantmaking process. Join us for this hands-on training. This training is designed for mid- to senior-level foundation program staff who are at the beginning of their thinking about how to apply equity in the practice of grantmaking and program development.  The context is designed to focus on the individual role and the practice of equity in grantmaking.


Philanthropy's Role in Building an Inclusive Democracy: Conversation with Sayu Bhojwani

April 11, 2019,
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Seattle Foundation and Online

Join activist and author Sayu Bhojwani, for a conversation on representation, diversity in politics and her new book: People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy's Door. We'll host an intimate conversation between Kiran Ahuja and Sayu, and include time for small-group discussion. This is a unique opportunity to talk intimately with one of the nation's leading democratic visionaries. Available with virtual call-in option for those outside of Seattle. 

Alaska Native Resources

First Alaskans Institute
The Institute helps develop the capacities of Alaska Native people and their communities to meet challenges of the future

The Alaska Native Policy Center
A project of the First Alaskans Institute, the policy center supports the Native voice and perspective in public policy-making through knowledge sharing, education, and research.

Census Data
National data sets on American Indian and Alaska Natives populations, from First Alaskans Institute.

Sealaska Heritage Institute
The Sealaska Heritage Institute is a regional Native nonprofit organization founded to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures. It publishes books and videos related to Alaska Native cultures, language and historical events.

The CIRI Foundation

The CIRI Foundation is a private foundation established in 1982 by the Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) Board of Directors to encourage education and career development of Alaska Native original enrollees of CIRI and their direct lineal descendants.  It publishes books and videos related to Alaska Native cultures

Alaska Education and Leadership Development

2015-2016 Education Resources Handbook
The CIRI Foundation publishes the handbook to provide education and career planning information for The Foundation’s beneficiaries. 

Leadership Anchorage
A program of Alaska Humanities Forum, Leadership Anchorage provides leadership development to established and promising Alaskan leaders seeking to expand their impact in the community.

Going to College in Alaska
A guide to college and career training for Alaskans.

Health Data and Resources

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
The consortium is a non-profit tribal health organization that provides health services to Native Communities in Alaska. It is a member of the Alaska Native Health Board and works closely with the National Indian Health Board.

Innovation in Alaska & Minnesota
Dental therapy program that provides regular dental care to Alaska Natives in rural villages. The program is part of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, working with the University of Washington, and is supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation and Bethel Community Services Foundation.

Mat-Su Health Foundation
The Mat-Su Health Foundation works to improve the health and wellness of Mat-Su borough residents. It provide programs and resources, including statewide health data and national data.

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is a state corporation that administers the Alaska Mental Health Trust. It is dedicated to assisting those who experience mental illness, developmental disabilities, chronic alcoholism, and Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.

Alaska Nonprofit Resources

Foraker Group
Alaska's nonprofit center is dedicated to strengthening nonprofit organizations by focusing on new skills, sustainability and strategic thinking.

Pre-Development Program
The program supports sustainable capital projects that contribute to the viability of the organization and the community they serve. It offers guidance and technical resources. The service is provided by The Foraker Group in collaboration with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Denali Commission, Mat-Su Health Foundation and Rasmuson Foundation. 

Resources for Grantseekers in Alaska 
A resource list compiled by the Rasmuson Foundation.

Applying for 2015 Pick.Click.Give.
Application materials for qualification as recipient organization from Alaska's giving program that promotes charitable donations by Permanent Fund Dividend recipients.

Recover Alaska

Recover Alaska  is a multi-sector action group working to reduce harm caused by excessive alcohol consumption in Alaska. Formed by concerned citizens, Recover Alaska is pursuing a solutions-focused effort to recover, reclaim, and restore families and communities by getting to the root causes of excessive alcohol consumption. The program is supported by The Rasmuson Foundation, The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Mat-Su Health Foundation, the State of Alaska-Department of Health and Social Services and other stakeholders.

Recover Alaska Journalism Project
In June 2013, Recover Alaska launched a partnership with the Anchorage Daily News to cover one of the state’s most pressing issues, excessive alcohol consumption. The project produced reporting and video stories telling the story of its social consequences on Alaskans in rural and urban communities. 

The series is supported by the Recover Alaska Journalism Project fund at The Alaska Community Foundation. Contributors to the fund are Alaska Children’s Trust, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Providence Health & Services Alaska, Rasmuson Foundation and Wells Fargo.


If you would like to find more, please search "Alaska" in our Resource library.