About Us

The Rasmuson Foundation is a private foundation that works as a catalyst to promote a better life for Alaskans.

Since its founding and first grant of $125 in 1955, the Rasmuson Foundation has supported Alaskan non-profit organizations in the pursuit of their goals, with particular emphasis on organizations that demonstrate strong leadership, clarity of purpose, and cautious use of resources. The vision and values established by Elmer Rasmuson continue to guide the Foundation today. The Foundation awards approximately $20 million annually to help improve the quality of life in Alaska.

The Foundation Board, with its statewide perspective and expertise, focuses on requests that allow an organization to become more efficient and effective in improving the quality of life for Alaskans. The Board looks favorably on organizations which demonstrate broad community support, superior fiscal management, and matching project support. The Foundation recognizes the long-term benefit of developing partnerships between funding agencies and strives to leverage funding from multiple sources.

This section provides detail about the Foundation:

Quick Profile
A condensed summary of key facts about the Foundation.

Annual Letter to Alaskans
The Foundation Chairman shares an annual summary of the prior year's significant activities for presentation to the community. The letter generally provides observation about needs and opportunities in Alaska, and discusses Foundation initiatives, grant making activities, and endowment performance.

Learn about the Rasmuson Foundation which was created under a declaration of trust in May of 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband, "E.A." Rasmuson.

"Helping others is an Alaskan tradition." Read the words penned by Elmer Rasmuson as he described his vision for Alaska and goals for the Foundation.

Read about the specific characteristics that the Foundation looks for in those organizations in which it invests.