Aaron Schutt, Diane Kaplan, Ambassador Al Kuwari, Cathy Rasmuson, Julie Kitka

Aaron Schutt, Diane Kaplan, Ambassador Al Kuwari, Cathy Rasmuson, Julie Kitka

His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, Qatar’s Ambassador to the United States, today announced a $25,000 grant from the people of Qatar to the Domestic Violence Shelter Improvements Program administered by the Alaska Community Foundation.

Ambassador Al Kuwari is visiting Alaska at the invitation of the Alaska World Affairs Council, and guest of the Ted Stevens Foundation. “We are deeply honored by the generosity of His Excellency,” said Cathy Rasmuson, vice chair of Rasmuson Foundation. “The spirit of giving transcends borders and cultures, and with this gift, the people of Qatar have extended a hand to help Alaskan women and children seeking safety from abuse.”

Karina Waller, Executive Director of the Ted Stevens Foundation added, “Sharing the story of Alaska and its people was a priority of Senator Stevens. The Ted Stevens Foundation welcomed the opportunity to meet with Ambassador Al Kuwari to discuss the issues facing Alaska, and are deeply appreciative for the generous donation by the Qatari Embassy.  We look forward to our continued dialogue with the government of Qatar, and the possibility of future partnerships to benefit our state.”

He announced the gift during a meeting with community leaders, including Catherine Stevens; Julie Kitka, president of Alaska Federation of Natives; Ms. Rasmuson and board member Aaron Schutt; and Foundation President and CEO Diane Kaplan. The meeting highlighted the work of AFN and Rasmuson Foundation to better the lives of Alaskans and the international contributions of the Qatar Foundation to benefit its citizens and the lives of people well beyond Qatar’s borders. The group will seek to work together on future projects.

The Domestic Violence Shelter Improvements Program, now in its second year, is a partnership of Alaska organizations to address immediate needs in all 17 of Alaska’s domestic violence shelters. The program was created by a $2 million grant from the State of Alaska that was matched by Rasmuson Foundation, with additional support from Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Wells Fargo, and The Alaska Community Foundation where the Program is housed.

About the Foundation
Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband “E.A.” Rasmuson. Through grantmaking and initiatives, the Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.