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ACF Announces First Round of Capacity Building Grants to Nonprofits Statewide

This month, The Alaska Community Foundation awarded $15,990 to six nonprofits across Alaska. These grants are the result of the first round of grants from ACF’s Capacity Building for Charitable Organizations (CBCO) grant program.

Capacity building is a common term and a frequent request for assistance in the nonprofit world that refers to activities that improve and enhance a nonprofit’s ability to achieve its mission and sustain itself over time. Simply put, a nonprofit builds its capacity when it expands in areas like leadership development, community engagement, and program development in a way that improves the nonprofit’s effectiveness in achieving mission.

That is exactly what six Alaska nonprofits are doing as a result of the first round of grants from ACF’s Capacity Building for Charitable Organizations:

·         The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust in Homer is using their grant award to organize a statewide meeting of Alaskan Land Trusts;

·         Ninilchik Senior Citizens, Inc. is using funds to engage in strategic planning;

·         Beans Café in Anchorage is using their funds for business planning;

·         The Hiland Mountain Women’s String Orchestra in Eagle River will be increasing their social media outreach as a result;

·         The Southern Peninsula Hospital in Homer will be purchasing software to facilitate the community health planning efforts of the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships of the Southern Kenai Peninsula; and

·         The Nikiski Senior Center is using funds for board strategic planning.

CBCO grants fund projects that help nonprofit or equivalent organizations increase their capacity. Unlike traditional grant programs that fund projects or services, the CBCO program focuses on improving the skills of staff and board members as well as the infrastructure of an organization to increase the organization’s effectiveness in delivering programs and services.

The second round of applications for a CBCO grant is open now and ends on December 3, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. For grant guidelines, a list of potential capacity building activities and additional information visit www.alaskacf.org or call 907-334-6700. The Alaska Community Foundation would like to thank the Rasmuson Foundation for their generous support of the CBCO Program.

Established in 1995, The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) is a statewide platform for philanthropy. The Alaska Community Foundation currently holds over $55 million for the benefit of Alaskans, granting approximately $5 million each year to charitable projects and nonprofit organizations across the state. The Alaska Community Foundation is comprised of more than 280 funds and endowments, including five Affiliate community funds, the Alaska Children’s Trust, and many others. The ACF mission is to grow philanthropy and connect people who care with causes that matter. The Alaska Community Foundation helps individuals, organizations and communities create funds that – like the Alaska Permanent Fund – provide financial resources to improve the quality of life in Alaska now and forever.

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