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January 2017 |

As the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust wrapped up 2016 by awarding close to $9.7 million in grants to more than 50 organizations, bringing its total investment in nonprofits last year to $48.96 million, we are pleased to share this message from executive director Steve Moore: While the election season and inauguration have been grabbing the headlines in recent weeks, we cannot help but reflect on a different story! The deep investment that volunteers, staff, leaders and citizens are making in our communities continues throughout the region and the country in creative, thoughtful, and sacrificial ways. This civic engagement and volunteerism is a big story happening across the country and making a difference in people’s lives.

January 2017 |

Rasmuson Foundation has announced a four-year, $5 million grant to The Alaska Community Foundation to support the Affiliate Program, a statewide effort to create, support and sustain locally-driven philanthropy. The program currently encompasses nine communities in Alaska: Chilkat Community Foundation (Haines), Golden Heart Community Foundation (Fairbanks), Greater Sitka Legacy Fund, Jessica Stevens Community Foundation (Talkeetna), Kenai Peninsula Foundation, Ketchikan Community Foundation, Kodiak Community Foundation, Petersburg Community Foundation and Seward Community Foundation.

December 2016 |

Bank of America and GeekWire announced that Geeks Give Back, its joint campaign that raises funds to support Washington students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and healthcare fields, has raised $1.27 million, surpassing its fundraising goal of $1 million in corporate and individual donations. All donations up to $250,000 were matched 100 percent by both Rubens Family Foundation and the State of Washington. The campaign, now in its second year, ran from October 1 through December 7, 2016. All funds raised will be distributed by the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS), which supports promising low- and middle-income students pursuing STEM careers through college scholarships, professional development and valuable industry exploration opportunities.

November 2016 |

Meyer Memorial Trust announced 151 grants totaling $17.3 million to nonprofits and organizations supporting work that advances, in some way, the goal of a more equitable and flourishing Oregon. Specifically, these award work to close inequity gaps in the state. The majority of Meyer’s grants are to organizations working to bring policy change, services, knowledge and expertise to rural and urban communities across the state. All 151 grants fall within one or more of Meyer’s focus areas: housing, the environment, and community building. The awards were selected from 675 proposals winnowed through a competitive selection process.

November 2016 |

No matter how you voted last week, it’s clear that the election shined a light on deep divisions in our country among socioeconomic, racial, gender and generational lines, to name a few. This is a particularly troubling development for those of us working in the philanthropic sector, where our work is often focused on trying to bridge and heal divisions in our communities and reduce inequities. If there were ever a time for philanthropy to step up as a leader for our communities and our nation, the time is now. Let’s expend not just our financial capital, but also our trust capital, to come together to move our nation forward.

November 2016 |

Ten Southcentral Alaska organizations were recently selected to receive Mat-Su Health Foundation grants totaling more than $1.68 million under the foundation’s Healthy Impact grant program. The grants will go to the American Lung Association, Assistive Technology of Alaska, The Children’s Place, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Frontline Mission, Links/ADRC, Nugen’s Ranch, Planned Parenthood, Sunshine Community Health Center, and Wasilla Youth Baseball.

October 2016 |

Boeing has announced $6 million in grants to more than 50 nonprofits and education institutions in Washington state. Recipients include fellow Philanthropy Northwest members Thrive Washington and Washington STEM, along with three universities: University of Washington, Washington State University and Seattle University.