Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The relief fund is headed by the Rasmuson Foundation and Wells Fargo Foundation.
The statewide fund would connect donors in every Alaska community with families and organizations that face dire economic hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The newly created fund is a partnership between The Alaska Community Foundation and United Way of Anchorage.
The AK Can Do fund will get quick support to nonprofit organizations that are essential for the quality of life in Alaskan communities and families unexpectedly needing help paying rent and utilities.
Lead gifts to the fund have been made by Rasmuson Foundation and Wells Fargo Foundation.
Additional leading Alaska organizations that have pledged gifts to the fund include Sealaska, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, Doyon Limited, and KeyBank Foundation. Total donations from organizations and individuals already exceed $520,000. Spawn Ideas, GCI and Alaska Public Media are providing further in-kind marketing support. Other donors are covering all administrative expenses so 100% of donations go directly to providing aid.
“In times of immense, widespread community need, it’s important that we work together,” said Greg Deal, Wells Fargo Alaska region bank president. “We’re grateful for the leadership of The Alaska Community Foundation and United Way of Anchorage as they act swiftly to care for our most vulnerable residents and business owners. We hope our support provides a measure of relief as we stand with Alaskans during this challenging situation.”
“The breadth and impact of this virus make this an unprecedented time, and collective action is our only solution,” said Jeff Roe, president and CEO of Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska. “We’re committed to working with our many partners in Alaska and in all of our communities to help us all manage this health emergency.”
“Sealaska has a unique opportunity to help our state during this unprecedented time of need,” said Matt Carle, Sealaska communications director. “As we navigate this crisis, we believe we have a responsibility to support our neighbors and partner with other organizations who are helping our communities deal with these unexpected hardships and addressing critical gaps.”