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Foundation Announces 2010 First Quarter Awards


Anchorage - Rasmuson Foundation announced that in the first quarter of 2010 it made 28 awards totaling more than $1.4 million to Alaska organizations. A complete list can be found at the end of this release. Past awards are also searchable online.

Small Awards (Under $25,000)

Several first quarter recipients will be engaged in "bricks and mortar" projects that upgrade, replace, or construct nonprofit facilities including Bristol Bay Native Association (Dillingham),which will furnish its newly expanded building; City of Delta Junction (Delta Junction) which will purchase a portable theater stage for community functions; the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (Portage) for the purchase of a farm tractor for wildlife maintenance; and the Palmer Arts Council (Palmer) to purchase portable sound equipment and seating for indoor and outdoor musical productions, plays, and readings.

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank (Soldotna), Catholic Community Services (Juneau), For the Kids Foundation (Anchorage) and Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (Juneau) will each purchase vehicles to transport food, clients or materials in order to increase program effectiveness and efficiency.

And some grantees will complete purchases of equipment or supplies to better serve their communities including the Emergency Assistance and Food Bank of Valdez (Valdez) which will purchase a walk-in freezer and cooler unit; KBBI (Homer) which will purchase an emergency generator that will power the public radio station during power outages; and Fairbanks Northstar Borough Library Services (Fairbanks) which will purchase books for the Guys Read program.

Other small grants were awarded for strategic projects, or to help in the start up or expansion of established projects. The Alaska Community Foundation will engage in strategic planning for the Anchorage Schools Foundation (Anchorage) http://www.facebook.com/AnchorageSchools, and Anchorage Faith and Action – Congregations Together (Anchorage) will explore congregation-based community organizing in the Yukon-Kuskokwim area.

Small grants are a cornerstone of Rasmuson Foundation's grantmaking and applications are accepted year-round.

Arts and Culture Initiative

The Harper Touring Arts Fund helps offset costs associate with bringing high-quality arts experiences to rural and underserved communities throughout Alaska and encourages tours of Alaska's performing and visual arts. Last quarter, the Greater Sitka Arts Council (Sitka) received support to travel the cast and crew of “The Marriage of Figaro” from Juneau to Sitka to perform the opera for Sitka residents. The Asian Alaskan Cultural Center received $10,000 to support the transportation costs of bringing performers to Alaska for Asian Cultural Night.

Five arts and culture organizations received support through the Organizational Advancement Fund for staff professional development or to build the internal capacity. These include the Clausen Memorial Museum (Petersburg), which will bring a professional paper conservator to help museum staff preserve photographs, journals and miscellaneous papers; and the North Star Dance Foundation (Fairbanks), which will use grant funds to supplement the salary for a new executive director position and to improve their marketing efforts.

Applications to both the Harper Touring Arts and Organizational Advancement Funds are accepted year-round.

Program Related Investment

The Rasmuson Foundation Board approved a $900,000 Program Related Investment (PRI) for CDI-Alaska, Inc., for the construction of low-income designated, affordable housing development in Fairbanks. PRI’s are not grants, but investments that are often structured as loans for initiatives that meet the Foundation’s programmatic interests. A post about the Foundation’s approach to PRIs can be found here.

Information about all Rasmuson Foundation grant programs is available here.

About the Foundation

The Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband E.A. Rasmuson. The Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans

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