The Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation has announced grants totaling $8.6 million to eighteen nonprofit organizations in Alaska and beyond.
Grant recipients include the Children's Place advocacy center, which was awarded $500,000 for construction of a larger facility in the Mat-Su Valley to help accommodate the growing need for child and family services in the region; the Alaska Primary Care Association, which will receive $300,000 to develop and implement a statewide data warehouse and quality-improvement project; the Conservation Fund, which will receive $250,000 in support of its Eklutna River restoration efforts; the Tanana Chiefs Conference, which was awarded $500,000 for construction of a health clinic in Circle; Ilisagvik College, which will receive $452,000 for telephone, technology, and security system upgrades in Utqiagvik; and the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics, which was awarded $100,000 in recognition of Noble laureate Dr. Vernon Smith and his contributions to the Rasmuson Chair of Economics and the experimental economics program at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
"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."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Rasmuson Foundation website.