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The Alaska Community Foundation Funds Social Justice Causes in Alaska


The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) is proud to announce the very first awardees from their Social Justice Grant Cycle. In its first year, this new grant program is funding $100,000 in grants to 11 organizations and partnerships who pursue progressive causes around the state.

Grants were awarded from the Social Justice Fund at ACF, one made possible by a generous $1 million pledge by John Rubini and Clare Bertucio. The goal of this fund is to raise and award $10 million over the next 10 years to the social justice sector. In this first cycle, grants were accepted by nomination, serving as a pilot for this new program. ACF received 67 nominations on behalf of organizations across Alaska. Nominees who worked towards equity in access to services, equal rights for all, and high levels of civic engagement were especially encouraged to apply. In an effort to support a broad range of needs within organizations focusing on social justice work, ACF offered flexible operational support for organizations or partnerships meeting this criteria.

“We are extremely encouraged by this first round of awards through the Social Justice Fund, and were humbled by the amount of interest in the program and the number of extremely high quality proposals we received. There is truly a great need for support in this sector across Alaska, and it is our hope that John and Clare’s great generosity will encourage others to build support for social justice causes across our state.”

– Nina Kemppel, President & CEO of ACF

Due to the large amount of nominations, many organizations who are carrying out important work in Alaska were not able to receive funding in this first cycle. With this in mind, ACF is announcing the launch of “Giving Together”, a philanthropic crowdfunding program that allows donors to leverage their resources with others at ACF and support worthy causes that need help. Fifteen organizations who applied for social justice grants are currently accessible to fund through ACF’s website. If you are interested in supporting social justice causes in Alaska through important programs and nonprofits that need our help, please visit ACF’s website: www.alaskacf.org/givingtogether.

For a full list of organizations who received grants and to learn more about the Social Justice Fund, please visit our website: www.alaskacf.org


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