Trends 2017: Alaska

Grantmaking to Alaska held steady between 2012 and 2014, decreasing by less than 1%. Environment and human services were the top priorities of funders to Alaska, accounting for 17% and 15% of total grant dollars, respectively. The state also attracted significant funding from Lower 48 grantmakers, including $200,000 from the Campion Foundation to Trout Unlimited Alaska to protect the Tongass watershed and Bristol Bay watershed from large-scale mining.

Compared to overall giving to the Northwest, Alaska grantees benefited from a larger share of funding for arts and culture in 2014 (13% to Alaska vs. 5% to the Northwest). In contrast, the proportion of grant dollars to the state was lower than to the Northwest for the issue areas of health (14% vs. 38%) and education (7% vs. 19%). Major grants across issue areas, support strategies and population types included a $740,549 award from Rasmuson Foundation to the City of Bethel for its Yukon-Kuskokwim Regional Aquatic Health and Safety Center.

Top 10 Grantmakers to Alaska, 2014*

  1. Rasmuson Foundation (AK)
  2. Mat-Su Health Foundation (AK)
  3. M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust (WA)
  4. The Oak Foundation (NC)
  5. W.K. Kellogg Foundation (MI)
  6. Sea Change Foundation (CA)
  7. Atwood Foundation (AK)
  8. The Philadelphia Foundation (PA)
  9. Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation (CA)
  10. True North Foundation (CA)

*Based on grants data reported to Foundation Center by January 2017


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