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Rasmuson Foundation Announces $5M Grant to The Alaska Community Foundation


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. more »

Swimming With the Funders


Kesley Potdevin, Momentum Fellow | “Hi! I’m a member of Glacier Swim Club. I’m collecting pledges for our annual Aqualaps fundraiser. This year, I’m swimming 200 laps. You can make a lump sum or pledge a certain amount per lap to support the team. If you pledge 1 cent a lap, you'll donate $2, if you pledge 5 cents a lap, you'll donate $10, if you pledge 10 cents a lap, you'll donate $20.” A few weeks ago, this fundraising spiel suddenly popped back into head after a 12-year absence. I had just accepted a position as a program associate of grants and impact at The Alaska Community Foundation after two years at Rasmuson Foundation, most recently as one of Philanthropy Northwest's Momentum Fellows. While I knew aspects of my job would be similar — helping disperse grant money around Alaska — the process would be dramatically different as I shifted from a private foundation to a community one. But it turns out that all those years of fundraising for my youth swim team had sneakily taught me about nonprofits, long before I knew anything about grants strategies and governance structures. more »

Alaska Community Foundation Announces New President & CEO


The Alaska Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Nina Kemppel as its new president and CEO, to join the foundation in mid-October. Her background includes serving as president and CEO of the Alaska Humanities Forum and as a principal at the Coraggio Group, a boutique strategy and organizational change firm in Portland, Ore. Prior to her business career, Kemppel had a ski racing career that included a record-breaking 18 U.S. National Championships. In her new role, she will continue to build awareness of the foundation as a place where individuals, nonprofit agencies and other funders can create lasting change through charitable endowments. ACF currently manages $80 million in more than 315 funds for the benefit of Alaskans and grants $3 to $4 million each year to charitable projects and nonprofit organizations across the state. more »

Guided by Native Values: An Interview with Anthony Mallott, Sealaska CEO


Anthony Mallott is CEO of Sealaska, a Juneau-based Alaska Native corporation owned by 22,000 Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian shareholders. In addition to leading Sealaska, he serves on the Rasmuson Foundation board and The Alaska Community Foundation investment committee. He recently spoke with Philanthropy Northwest CEO Jeff Clarke about his work, as part of our ongoing series of interviews with key leaders in philanthropy from across the region and around the nation. more »

Rasmuson Foundation Announces $7.6M in Grants


The Rasmuson Foundation, whose mission is "to promote a better life for all Alaskans," has announced $7.6 million in grants and initiatives. This includes a five-year renewal of Pick.Click.Give., supporting The Alaska Community Foundation in its delivery of statewide marketing and coordination of the statewide giving program. more »