Anchorage Schools Foundation
The Anchorage Schools Foundation, a field of interest fund of The Alaska Community Foundation, was created to make grants in support of projects that enhance the success of students in the Anchorage School District. School professionals including principals, teachers, nurses, counselors and others are invited to apply.
Alaska Winter Olympians Scholarship Fund
The Alaska Winter Olympians Scholarship Fund (AWOF) is an ACF scholarship fund that offers yearly scholarships to assist current and potential Alaska winter Olympians with the high costs of preparing for Olympic competition. Read more about the AWOF Scholarship Fund here.
ACF is a proud partner with Rasmuson Foundation for Pick.Click.Give., a program that allows Alaskans to share their PFD with causes they care about.
Alaska Crib Swap
In 2012, ACF partnered with thread to launch the Alaska Crib Swap as part of thread's "Safe Sleep for Alaska's Babies" campaign. The Alaska Crib Swap was a fundraising program to replace existing unsafe cribs in licensed child care homes and centers in rural Alaska with new cribs that met federal safety standards. All individual donations to the Alaska Crib Swap were matched by ACF dollar for dollar, and cribs were sent out to communities all over Alaska.
Alaska Railroad Engine No. 557
ACF is working with the Engine 557 Restoration Company to support the renovation of the historic Steam Engine No. 557, which was the last steam locomotive in regular service in Alaska. Once renovated, the locomotive will be put into active public service for special occasions.
Alaska Immigration Justice Project
The Alaska Immigration Justice project received $15,000 from an ACF donor advised fund to help increase access to social, legal and healthcare services for Alaskans with limited English proficiency.
Project Alaska Libraries
Starting in 2011, ACF worked with communities across the state to develop funds for local libraries. Some highlights are below.
Petersburg: A library endowment
Petersburg residents understand their library provides a critical resource for residents by providing books and fuel for the mind but also serving as a gathering place to learn and discuss various topics critical to the community. Friends of the Library in Petersburg realize public support is not always sufficient to meet the library's needs and want to ensure long-term support of the library. Their endowed local library fund ensures stability so Petersburg can sustain its library long into the future.
Seward: A capital campaign
The Seward Community Library Museum opened in June 2011. Along the way, careful planning by community leaders along with the engagement of the community helped create a truly beautiful project where Seward visitors and residents will share their art, artifacts and culture through the confluence of a new library and museum.
Haines: The Best Small Library
The Haines Borough Public Library is an example of a small community coming together to fill a need. Residents gathered together to build a new library, recognized as the Best Small Library in America in 2005. The recognition's cash award provided the initial gift for the Haines Borough Public Library Legacy Fund that acts as a long-term source of funding for library programs. The fund ensures the long-term sustainability of youth programs, collections, and technology services. Friends of the Library are actively soliciting the community's support for the fund that will ensure this central focus of the Haines Borough is treasured for years to come.
The Big Read
In 2007, ACF demonstrated the power of community giving by combining the muscle of Alaska's donors with three national grants to create the Big Read.