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Foundation Celebrates its 55th Anniversary, Awards $1.86 Million in Grants


Anchorage - July 2  - The Rasmuson Foundation Board of Directors met yesterday in Seward, Alaska, and awarded $1.86 million to 9 organizations, including a special $55,000 contribution to the Seward Community Foundation in observation of the 55th Anniversary of the Foundation.

Projects receiving support:

Sheldon Jackson Child Care Center (Sitka) was awarded $300,000 to purchase the child care facility that they have occupied since it was built for that purpose in 2005.

The Great Land Trust (Anchorage) was awarded $250,000 to purchase a 60-acre parcel of property at the mouth of Campbell Creek in Anchorage. The Great Land Trust plans to donate the land to the Municipality of Anchorage for use as a city park.

The Yakutat School District (Yakutat) was awarded $150,000 to conduct renovations on the community's 30-year-old aluminum pool located at the elementary school building.

Alaska Children's Services (Statewide) was awarded $256,000 to renovate seven treatment cottages on two campuses. Children from throughout Alaska are housed in the cottages during residential treatment programs. Alaska Children's Services provides provide a broad range of psychiatric services to support youth with severe emotional disturbances.

The City of Kaltag (Kaltag) was awarded $100,000 to construct a new health clinic. This project is being developed through the Denali Commission Health Facilities Program, with coordination between the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Tanana Chiefs Conference and will replace an existing clinic facility.

Anchorage Faith and Action - Congregations Together (Anchorage) was awarded $159,889 to implement a program to train local leaders how to advance community concerns.

Catholic Social Services (Anchorage) was awarded $285,000 to make significant upgrades to the CSS Center in Anchorage, which houses the St. Francis House Food Pantry, Special Needs Services, Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services, and Pregnancy Support and Adoption Services. The building also serves as a home for Kids Corps, Inc., a provider of Head Start programs in Anchorage.

A $50,000 challenge grant to the Petersburg Community Foundation (Petersburg) was approved, contingent on the community raising a 1:1 matching amount between May 15 and July 4, 2010.

The Seward Community Foundation (Seward) was awarded $55,000 in honor of the 55th Anniversary of Rasmuson Foundation. The award was presented at a community reception following the Rasmuson Foundation Board meeting.

About the Rasmuson 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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