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Foundation Awards $1.7 Million to Alaska Nonprofits
Anchorage - December 3, 2009 –Rasmuson Foundation awarded $1.7 million to seven organizations through its Tier 2 Program. These awards help extend projects in which the Foundation has made previous investments and advance shovel-ready projects that have demonstrated significant community support.
Projects receiving support include:
United Way of Anchorage (Anchorage) was awarded $358,400 for its Best Beginnings Initiative to continue the Imagination Library for another two years. Imagination Library sends a book every month to children between the ages birth to five years who register to participate. In its first year in Alaska, 4,841 Alaska children in 11 communities were enrolled in the program.
Church of the Holy Trinity (Juneau) was awarded $500,000 for the construction of a performing arts and community center. Holy Trinity has a long history of providing support for performing arts and community groups through use of McPhetres Hall, a facility built in 1951 that had served Perseverance Theater, Alaska Folk Festival, Juneau Lyric Opera and organizations like the Juneau Community Charter School and Head Start, to name a few. This grant will be used to help rebuild McPhetres Hall, which was destroyed in a 2006 fire.
City of Saxman (Saxman) was awarded $250,000 to finish construction of the Saxman Community Center, which is a regional facility that will provide performance space, opportunities for indoor athletic events, and a gathering space for elders, youth and families for varied community activities.
Other grant awards announced today are:
- United Way of Matanuska-Susitna Borough (Wasilla) - $80,600 in continued support of a project to build internal capacity to transition to a community impact agenda.
- Alaska Community Foundation (Anchorage) - $225,000 in continued support for building capacity to increase managed assets.
- Christian Health Associates (Anchorage) - $100,000 to support Anchorage Project Access that increases access to health care for low-income, uninsured residents of the Municipality of Anchorage.
- HUB Youth Center (Juneau) - $150,000 to complete a new activity center for youth featuring a café, lounge, supervised Internet access, media stations, a performance stage and climbing wall.
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.