Each year, members of the Alaska Women’s Giving Circle come together in the spirit of philanthropy to give back to the Alaskan community. This year, the Giving Circle selected five nonprofit organizations to receive a total of $8,000 in grant funds through our partnership with the Alaska Community Foundation.
$3,500 to Running Free Alaska (pending establishment of 501c3)
Funds will be used to support an innovative running program at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center. Through the program, inmates in good standing and of all athletic abilities participate in a personalized, ongoing running program with the ultimate goal of completing races ranging from 5 kilometers to marathon length (26.2 miles). The experience of running serves a catalyst to encourage, restore and unify participating inmates.
$2,000 to Taniana Child Development Center at UAA
Funds will support the Tanaina Child Development Child Care Assistance Fund, which supports families exhibiting financial need for 2013, and additional funding for classroom supplies. The Child Care Assistance Fund, housed within the UA Foundation, allows parents, mothers and fathers, to pursue their education while ensuring their children are in a safe, creative and supportive environment.
$1,500 to Safe Haven
General operating support for Friends of Pets Safe Haven, which provides emergency housing and care for the pets of women accessing the AWAIC domestic violence shelter. The intent of the program is to temporarily house the pet (or multiple pets) until the owner is able to secure safe, independent housing; 80% percent of pets are reunited with their owner. Since its inception they have provided safety, critical and emergency medical care and housing for more than 300 animals that includes dogs, cats, exotic birds, rabbits, and other assorted gentle and much loved creatures.
$500 to Polynesian Community Center (pending establishment of 501c3)
Funds will provide general operating support for the Polynesian Community Center, a new advocacy group supporting the Polynesian community in Anchorage.
$500 to the YWCA
Funds will support the YWCA’s Social Justice Program’s Opening Minds and Hearts (OMAH) Luncheons. The Y’s OMAH Luncheons increase awareness and understanding of the diverse cultural groups of women in the Anchorage community.
In addition to providing funds, Giving Circle members volunteer and act as volunteer mentors to grantees in 2013. Congratulations to this year’s grantees.