The foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Alaskans, made the 27 grants across the state to support a broad range of projects.
"The Foundation takes pride in providing small grants that ensure that non-profits meet their basic needs and continue to fulfill their missions," commented Foundation president Diane Kaplan, "These non-profit organizations are at the heart of Alaskan communities."
Affinityfilms has been awarded $5,237 to update their office equipment and software with a field computer, a high definition cinema screen for film editing, and software. Affinityfilms was incorporated in 1982 with a mission to "use media as an educational tool for social change, facing issues relevant to woman, children and a world without violence."
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (CACS) was awarded $20,000 to acquire science equipment for nature programs for children, relocating and repairing a floating dock, and clearing trails of spruce bark beetle-killed trees. The mission of CACS is to foster responsible interaction with natural surroundings and generate knowledge about the coastal ecosystems of Kachemak Bay through environmental education, research, and stewardship programs.
Several other organizations received funding in the second quarter. The Northwest Arctic Borough School District received a grant for furnishings and artwork for their Alaska Technical Center dorm and activity room. The Village of Old Harbor received $18,900 to purchase Quonset-style tents and a water filtration/storage unit for the Nuniaq summer cultural camp program. Please visit www.rasmuson.org for a complete list of organizations that received Tier 1 grants in the second quarter of 2005.
The Rasmuson Foundation was created under a declaration of trust in May of 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband, "E.A." Rasmuson. Today, the Rasmuson Foundation continues this tradition by supporting non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for people throughout the state. By assisting these groups that address basic needs, arts and culture, and projects that address special circumstances, the Rasmuson Foundation contributes to healthy, enriched and productive lives for Alaskans of all ages.