Rasmuson Foundation Awards Almost $9 Million to Alaska Nonprofits

The Alaska-based Rasmuson Foundation has awarded almost $9 million in grants to organizations that benefit the state.

The Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation recently announced that it made grants totaling $8.6 million to 18 Alaska nonprofit organizations. This is one of the largest awards in the foundation’s history.

“These uncertain economic times in Alaska have put a strain on many of the programs that fill a critical role in our state,” said Rasmuson Foundation President and CEO Diane Kaplan. “Making sure these programs are not just existing, but thriving, means more Alaskans have the opportunity to be safe, healthy, and supported.”

The foundation awarded $500,000 to the Tanana Chiefs Conference, which will go to construction of a new clinic in Circle, Alaska. The current clinic is in a flood zone and has no running water, making waste disposal and infection control a challenge. The new clinic will provide a safer location, medical equipment and technologies to better serve Circle’s residents.

They also awarded $500,000 to The Children’s Place, the only child advocacy center serving children and families in the Mat-Su Valley. A child advocacy center is a safe, child-friendly location in which specialists from a variety of disciplines come together in one building to investigate allegations of child abuse, help children heal, and hold offenders accountable. The grant will support construction of a larger facility to accommodate the growing need in the region.

Other grant recipients are as follows:

  • Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, to renovate their Anchorage building.
  • The Alaska Community Foundation, to implement a statewide automatic voter registration project.
  • Alaska Primary Care Association, to develop a statewide data warehouse and quality improvement project.
  • Alaska State Council on the Arts, to renew funding for arts touring and arts-in-education programs throughout the state.
  • Alaska State Fair, to construct public restrooms on the fairgrounds.
  • Breast Cancer Detection of Alaska, to renovate their Fairbanks facility.
  • Challenge Alaska, to acquire property in Girdwood.
  • Christian Health Associates, to expand Anchorage school-based health centers.
  • Cook Inlet Housing Authority, to provide working capital for the development of workforce housing.
  • The Conservation Fund, for the restoration of the Eklutna River.
  • Denali Education Center, to build a multi-purpose building in Denali Park.
  • Gustavus Community Center, to construct a community center.
  • Ilisagvik College, to upgrade phone, technology, and security systems in Utqiagvik.
  • International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics, in recognition of Nobel Laureate Dr. Vernon Smith and his contributions to the Rasumson Chair of Economics and the experimental economics program at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
  • Thread, an organization that connects early care and education, to support a technology initiative, including updating a statewide data management system, website improvements, and training facility upgrades.
  • United States Artists, to sustain the growth and success of their mission to directly support America’s most accomplished artists.

The Rasumson Foundation was created by Jenny Rasmuson and her son Elmer to honor Jenny’s late husband, E.A. Rasmuson. The foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.

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