November 9, 2012
In response to the high rate of Executive Director turnover and significant shifts in Alaska’s political and economic landscape, in 2009 ACF gathered conservation leaders to begin discussing the challenges hindering effectiveness and innovative strategies for addressing it. Through the Transformers process, these leaders from across Alaska concluded that significant changes in how they approach issues—and how they structure their organizations—are necessary to foster a more powerful movement.
In October 2012, the project reached a major milestone when long-time ACF partners Alaska Center for the Environment (ACE), Alaska Conservation Alliance (ACA), and Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) voted to merge into one.
Their new entity combines the three organization’s strengths: ACE’s grassroots presence and member base; ACA’s statewide policy coordination and advocacy; and AYEA’s leadership cultivation expertise. Through partnerships with other organizations involved in the Transformers process, the group will enhance communications, fundraising, and community organizing to achieve collective conservation goals.
“All of these areas of strength, under one roof, working in close coordination toward the same goals will make us stronger and more effective than we are separately,” said Andy Moderow, current Executive Director of the Alaska Conservation Alliance. In addition to building a more effective organization, the groups hope to achieve efficiencies with their combined resources.
Over the coming months, the organizations will integrate their staff, programs, and systems, while undergoing a branding assessment to determine the best name for the newly merged organization.
ACF has provided funding and strategic support to help the groups navigate the merger negotiations process, and is excited to see this next chapter unfold after so much hard work by all of the leaders and organizations involved. While Alaska is unique in many ways, its nonprofits face challenges similar to the rest of the country–decreased funding and increased competition for human and financial resources.
By actively choosing to rethink how they operate, Alaska conservation leaders are illustrating an incredible ability to adapt and innovate, and ultimately win on the issues threatening our communities and ecosystems.
September 20, 2012
Effective September 24, 2012 ACF’s new address is: 911 West 8th Ave., Suite 300, Anchorage, AK 99501. Our phone number will still be (907) 276-1917. Stay tuned for an open house!
June 18, 2012
Boots, Bikes, and Bombers is an intimate biography of Ginny Hill Wood, a pioneering Alaska conservationist, outdoorswoman and one of the founders of Alaska Conservation Foundation.
Born in Washington in 1917, Wood served as a Women’s Airforce Service Pilot in
World War II, and flew a military surplus airplane to Alaska in 1946. Settling
in Fairbanks, she went on to co-found Camp Denali, Alaska’s first wilderness
ecotourism lodge; helped start the Alaska Conservation Society, the state’s
first environmental organization; and applied her love of the outdoors to her
work as a backcountry guide and an advocate for trail construction and
An innovative and collaborative life history, Boots, Bikes, and
Bombers, incorporates the story of friendship between the author and
subject. The resulting book is a valuable contribution to the history of Alaska
as well as a testament to the joys of living a life full of passion and
May 18, 2012
With a grant from AK Department of Labor, the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council is holding 4 weeks of free trainings from Solar Energy International in Alaska. Schedule includes:
- PV 101 – Grid-Tie Solar Electric Design and Installation (June 4-8)
- PV 203 – Battery-Based Solar Electric Design and Installation (June 11-15)
- Solar Thermal 101 – Solar Hot Water Design and Installation (June 25-29)
- Wind Power 101 – Small Wind Power Design and Installation (July 16-20)
Learn more at www.yritwc.org.
May 11, 2012
The Alaska Native Fund was launched in 2011 by Alaska Conservation Foundation in partnership with an Alaska Native Fund Steering Committee. The Fund is designed to advance Alaska Native priorities for protecting the land, water, and wildlife integral to their way of life. In 2012, the Alaska Native Fund will grant up to $125,000 for projects that address food security, renewable energy and energy conservation, links between environmental and human health, climate change, and sustainable economic development.
Initial Letters of Inquiry will be due July 15, 2012. Click here for grant guidelines and additional information.
May 1, 2012
Alaska Conservation Foundation has recently transformed its donation (and grant) management system by implementing a Salesforce database. The Development Database Specialist is responsible for administrative oversight of the database while performing critical support to the organization’s philanthropic efforts by using it to process donations and thank you letters, conduct weekly financial closings, and provide reports and analysis.
Learn more or apply now.
April 13, 2012
Alaska First Lady Sandy Parnell was in Sitka on Wednesday to honor a program that offers local fish lunches to students. The Fish to Schools Program grew out of a health summit in Sitka two years ago when someone suggested serving local fish in school cafeterias.
The project is led by the Sitka Conservation Society and NANA Management, which handles the school lunch program for the Sitka School District.
Fish to Schools was named the best farm-to-school program in the state for this school year.
Watch the video of her visit now.
April 6, 2012
Did you know 1 in 7 people lack access to clean drinking water? Clean water is at risk around the world and in Alaska.
Throughout April, Aveda salons around the country are celebrating their annual Earth Month Campaign – an effort to raise money for and awareness about the importance of protecting the world’s clean water. ACF is the local partner for this effort and 100% of the funds raised by Alaska’s Aveda salons through their events will be used to support local efforts to protect Alaska’s unparalleled clean water.
We hope you’ll join us at one of the events happening around Alaska this month! Check back for updates about these or other events.
- $1 Donated per Salon Service
When: Throughout the month of April
Where: Elements Salon in Fairbanks
What: Elements is donating $1.00 of every salon service provided this month.
- First Friday
When: April 6th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Elements Salon in Fairbanks
What: This fun and free evening will feature local artists, creative looks by stylists, a product basket giveaway, and more.
- Cut-a-Thon for Clean Water
When: April 22nd, 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Where: Elements Salon in Fairbanks
What: $25 for haircuts, $10 for brow waxing, $10 for 15-minute chair massages and more!
- Fashion for the Earth
When: April 21st, 7:00 pm
Where: Core Pilates Studio, Anchorage (hosted by Meg Allen Salon & Spa and Core Pilates)
What: Join them for drinks, appetizers and recycled fashion show.
- HAIR 2O
When: April 25th, 6:00-9:00 pm
Where: Taproot in Anchorage
What: Halo Salon hosts a multi-faceted hair show featuring Pulse Dance Company, and silent auction in support of clean water.
- Walk for Water
When: April 29th
What: Join Darae’s Salon & Spa for their annual “Walk for Water” along the coastal trail. Contact the salon for more details.
Learn more about Aveda’s Earth Month Campaign and their commitment to social and environmental responsibility.
April 3, 2012
Check out this article explaning how US conservationists prevented over 160 coal fired power plants from being constructed, which would have increased US carbon pollution by 9.5%. ACF and our partners in Alaska are joining in by helping to keep Alaska’s coal in the ground and our air clean.
March 29, 2012
2012 marks eight years of Potlatch Fund’s Community Building grant program. These grants promote community organizing, community building, and community celebration. They work to impart values, histories, and knowledge to the next generation.
Download the application form here. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 13th.