Become a Host Organization for the Ted Smith Conservation Internship Program 


Willoughby Peterson – Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council 2014 Science Intern

If your organization is interested in fostering the development of one of our dynamic future leaders, please APPLY to be a host organization.

For more information on expectations of being a host organization, please click HERE.

Application deadline is November 15, 2014. 

Completed applications should be emailed to Please call 907-276-1917 with any questions.


Welcome new board of trustees and staff 

ACF is pleased to welcome four new Trustees: Don May (Anchorage, Alaska), Alan Ritchie (Bonita Springs, Florida), Rachael K. Posey (Anchorage, Alaska) and Michelle Ravenmoon (Kokhanok, Alaska). We give heartfelt thanks to outgoing board members Andrea J. Grant and Anne Wilkas for their many years of service to ACF and their unwavering commitment to Alaska.

We are also delighted to report the following additions to the ACF staff: Amanda Piatt (Donor Relations Manager), Anne Remick (Grants Manager) and Lucas Veldhuis (Development Associate).

Alaska Native Fund now accepting Letters of Inquiry 

The Alaska Native Fund is currently accepting Letters of Inquiry through December 1st, 2014 . This innovative grantmaking program supports Alaska Native solutions and strategies for addressing environmental issues. To read more about the Alaska Native Fund, to include funding criteria, timelines and how to submit a Letter of Inquiry, please click here.

The 2014 Conservation Achievement Awards are here! 


The 2013 Conservation Achievement Awards Ceremony ©Roy Corral

Join Alaska Conservation Foundation for the 2014 Conservation Achievement Awards! This year’s extraordinary recipients will be honored at a festive celebration on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at the Bill Sheffield Alaska Railroad Depot in Anchorage. The event begins at 6:30 pm and includes a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres by Delicious Dave, live music, dessert and coffee. Click here to learn about this year’s inspiring recipients.

Make your reservations here or by calling Lucas Veldhuis at 907-276-1917. But hurry, RSVPs are requested by September 11th, 2014!

Summer 2014 Dispatch Newsletter 

Click here to check out ACF’s Summer 2014 Dispatch Newsletter. The theme for this Dispatch is the Tongass National Forest and building sustainable communities in Southeast Alaska. This issue also includes: tributes to two of Alaska’s conservation heroes, the latest updates from ACF and our partners, and a chance to meet two of our greatest supporters.

Alaska Native Fund Program Releases 2014 Gathering Report 

The Gathering in 2014–Honoring Katie John, Philanthropy & Subsistence

In addition to grantmaking, the ANF program hosts The Gathering every other year to bring the program’s grantees, funder representatives, and partners together and increase their collective capacity and advance the movement. The theme in 2014, selected by the Alaska Native Fund Steering Committee, was Honoring Katie John, Philanthropy & Subsistence. To view the full report, please click here.

Alaska Native Fund enters fourth grant making cycle 

Alaska Native Fund– Letters of Inquiry Accepted from September 1st – December 1st, 2014!

The innovative Alaska Native Fund is entering its fourth grant making cycle. This Fund supports Alaska Native solutions and strategies for addressing environmental issues.  A total of about $250,000 will be granted in May 2015. Letters of Inquiry (LOI) are due on or before December 1st,  2014. To read more about the Alaska Native Fund, including criteria, grant timeline, and to download a letter of inquiry form, please click here.

Alaska Native Fund Grants Top $170,000 

Anchorage, Alaska, January 22, 2014 – Entering its third year, the Alaska Native Fund distributed $173,484 to Alaska Native organizations and individuals supporting indigenous projects protecting lands, waters and ways of life.  In 2014, the Alaska Native Fund is providing grants to 13 Alaska Native organizations and 3 Alaska Native individuals. 

The Alaska Native Fund is an innovative grant program that supports projects integrating indigenous knowledge into issues of food security, sustainable economic development, alternative energy solutions, environmental health, and climate change.  In a partnership with the Alaska Conservation Foundation, the all-indigenous Alaska Native Fund Steering Committee has awarded over $415,000 from requests totaling more than $1 million since its inception.

With support from the Alaska Native Fund, the Organized Village of Kasaan has been able to successfully establish the Prince of Wales Tribal Sea Otter Commission.  The four federally recognized Tribes on Prince of Wales Island have been utilizing the Marine Mammal Protection Act to assure a healthy sea otter stock, ecosystem sustainability, and to address Alaska Native hunter and artisan rights regarding the Northern Sea Otter.

 Thanks in part to three years of support from the Alaska Native Fund, the Tribal Sea Otter Commission is now poised to negotiate agreements with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. “Without the Alaska Native Fund, we wouldn’t have been able to begin this project that is enabling us to bring our cultural ways back and providing income opportunities for families,” said Dennis Nickerson, Environmental Planner for the Organized Village of Kasaan. 

 “It’s exciting to see the innovations that Alaska Natives are putting forward.  As we prepare our younger leaders and support their work, it is crucial that it aligns with our values and the responsibilities we collectively have to our homelands and one another,” said Elizabeth Medicine Crow (Haida/Tlingit), originally from Kake and serving as an Alaska Native Fund Steering Committee member.

 For a complete list of 2014 ANF Grant Awards, read here.

Welcome new board of trustees and staff 

ACF is pleased to welcome five new members to our Board of Trustees: Amy Gulick (Puget Sound), Lisa Lang (Hydaburg), Dorothy Larson (Dillingham & Anchorage), Anna Plager (Fairbanks), and John Schoen (Fairbanks). We give heartfelt thanks to outgoing board members Verner Stor Wilson III and Drew Cason, who held Emerging Leader seats, and to Carol Kasza and David Hardenburgh for their many years of service to conservation. But, we are especially most grateful for their unwavering dedication to Alaska.

We are also delighted to report the following additions to the ACF staff: Michael Barber, Program Officer; Kris Richter, Administrative Assistant; Roy Corral, Donor Communications Manager and Teresa Head, HR/Operations Manager.

Program Officer transition announcement 

Program Officer Polly Carr is leaving ACF to become the Executive Director of Alaska Center for the Environment and Alaska Conservation Voters on June 17, 2013. 

ACF’s Executive Director Ann Rothe writes, “While we are sad to see Polly leave ACF, we are excited to see her step into this critical role and work with ACE and our many other partners to create an enduring and powerful legacy for conservation.” 

Polly joined the ACF team four years ago and has been instrumental in the creation and growth of two primary areas; The Alaska Native Fund, now in its third year of grant-making; and Transforming Alaska Conservation, a key initiative that resulted in a strategic community merger and increased collaboration among Alaska’s conservation advocacy organizations.  

The new Alaska Center for the Environment (ACE) is the product of the merger, and is now connected to a 501c(4) Alaska Conservation Voters.  Polly will oversee both organizations as they work in tandem for the sensible stewardship of Alaska’s natural resources and sustainable communities.

Of her transition, Polly says “I have mixed emotions about my departure from ACF.  We have a great team, and it has been an honor to partner with so many talented leaders and organizations working to protect Alaska’s cultures, communities, and incredible ecosystems.  I look forward to working with them and ACF in a new capacity in the future.”