Where We Fund
  • The Rasmuson Foundation only supports organizations based in and providing services to Alaska.

Who We Fund

  • Alaskan organizations that have received 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service and are classified as "not a private foundation" under section 509(a) of the Code, units of government and federally-recognized tribes.

  • Please note:

    • For religious organizations, only projects with a broad community impact are considered
    • For units of government and tribes, only projects with a broad community impact beyond traditional government functions are considered

Who Receives Priority

  • The Rasmuson Foundation Board prioritizes organizations that can demonstrate 100% of their board has made a cash contribution to the organization and or project in the last 12 months.

Who We Do Not Fund

  • Organizations or foundations for redistribution of funds to entities of their own selection
  • Organizations that, as a major purpose, influence legislation or support candidates for public office
  • Organizations that discriminate by reason of race, religion, sex, or national origin
  • Other private foundations
  • Individuals (except for Individual Artist Awards)

What We Fund

  • Special projects. The Foundation may consider funding the expansion or start-up of innovative programs that address issues of broad community or statewide significance. The project must demonstrate long-term benefits or impacts, and be initiated by an established organization(s) with a history of accomplishment.

What We Don't Fund

The Rasmuson Foundation concentrates its resources in the areas listed above. Generally, that means we cannot support many worthy requests including the following:
  • General operations, administrative, indirect or overhead costs
  • Deficits, or debt reduction
  • Endowments
  • Scholarships
  • Fund-raising events or sponsorships
  • In general, K-12 education
  • Reimbursement for items already purchased
  • Electronic health records and other emerging technologies. See policy.
If you have a question about the eligibility of your organization, contact the Rasmuson Foundation.

For application instructions go to:

How to Apply