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We stand with Pittsburgh. In anguish, we long for heroes.

There’s a scene in “The Godfather” where Michael Corleone goes to the hospital to see his gravely injured father. He’s shocked to find there are no police guarding the hospital and quickly engages Enzo, the baker, to stand with him on the hospital steps, trying to look tough, to deter bad guys from entering to finish the Don off.

Current Events

New CEOs share challenges and ideas

What happens when a bunch of energetic, relatively new Alaska women executives actually leave their offices for 36 hours for a getaway retreat? VP of Programs Sammye Pokryfki checked in with some of the participants several weeks after the Girdwood retreat hosted by the Foundation.

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Rethinking leadership: Chaos, conflict, and courage

When Vice President of Programs Sammye Pokryfki attended a leadership course at Harvard's Kennedy School, she expected lectures from renowned scholars, top-notch books and articles, and lively discussions. Still, she wasn't expecting what turned out to be the best part of it all. Read about it in this week's post.

Current Events

#AKSummit Day 2

The Foraker Group Leadership Summit concluded yesterday. As @KathrynErnst said in her second Tweet ever, "We need stories to communicate what we stand for." So here is the story of Day 2 as told by those where were there.

Current Events

AKSummit Day 1

The Foraker Leadership Summit is taking place today and tomorrow in Anchorage. Given that theme is "Telling Our Stories - As Leaders, As Organizations, and As A Sector," it seemed logical to capture the events from Day 1 through a story.

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Pathway to leadership

What's it take to be a leader? Program Officer Aleesha Towns-Bain is participating in the Council on Foundations' Career Pathways Program. In this post, she shares some material on leadership that is particularly noteworthy.

Grantee Updates

Sabbatical: go for it

Are you (or do you know) a nonprofit leader interested in the Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program? We asked some former Sabbatical recipients about the value of their sabbatical, and if they had any advice for you. In this post, Rasmuson Foundation President Diane Kaplan shares stories about the impact of time away.

Grantseeking Tips

Skin in the game

One topic frequently raised in grant workshops conducted by Rasmuson staff relates to the board giving policy. In this post, we explore the philosophy behind the policy, and answer some of your FAQs.

Current Events

Staff retreat reflections

A couple of weeks ago, Rasmuson staff traveled to Juneau, Klukwan and Haines for our annual staff retreat. In this post, staff members share a few of their experiences, the lessons they took away, and a little about the dedicated and hard-working individuals we met. Thank you, to all in Southeast Alaska who made the trip a success!

Current Events

We listened, we changed

Over the past several months, Rasmuson Foundation has been presented with opportunities to improve our own operations and our relationships by simplifying our grantmaking programs and processes. So we did. In this post, we outline what these changes mean for applicants and partners. Please let us know what you think.

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