Vision For Alaska

Elmer Rasmuson was the Rasmuson Foundation's president and visionary. He led the Foundation until his passing in December 2000, and wrote the following to describe his vision for Alaska and goals for the Foundation. Learn more about Elmer Rasmuson by visiting the Elmer Rasmuson: A Life of Service digital archive project managed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Elmer E. Rasmuson Library or by reading an Anchorage Daily News tribute.
Helping others is an Alaskan tradition. Both the earliest Alaskans and those who came here to settle had to rely on one another to build a good community and a good life. This was as true for the Rasmuson family as for everyone, and when my mother Jenny founded the Rasmuson Foundation, she was expressing her concern for all Alaskans who might need help and for the future of our state. As she honored my father, she was also foreseeing a time when Alaskans could not reach out to all their neighbors personally and would count on organized efforts to help those in need.

Today the Rasmuson Foundation continues this tradition by supporting non-profit organizations which strive to improve the quality of life for people throughout the state. By assisting these groups which address basic needs, special circumstances, the arts and education, the Rasmuson Foundation contributes to healthy, enriched and productive lives for Alaskans of all ages.

Much credit is due the volunteers and professionals who dedicate their talents to non-profit endeavors. Everyone in the state benefits from their hard work. In the tradition of Alaskans, the Rasmuson Foundation is glad to lend a hand.

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