Double–even triple–your gift to ACF! 

ACF is pleased to announce new matching gifts program search functionality is available on its website. Search here to see if your employer has a matching gift program that contributes to conservation organizations and learn how you can double your impact in Alaska!

Alaska Forum on the Environment – Feb 7 

Alaska Forum on the Environment (Feb 7-11, 2011): This annual conference will offer a full comprehensive series of sessions on climate change, energy, environmental regulations, cleanup and remediation, fish & wildlife, solid waste, and special programs for Alaskan youth.  Find out more information now.

Complete Your IRA Roll-Over by January 31 

If you are over 70 ½ years old you have until January 31, 2011 to complete an IRA Charitable roll-over and still have it count as a 2010 IRA roll-over. Last year Congress reauthorized legislation that allows you to make a charitable gift from your IRA in 2010 and 2011 without incurring federal income tax on the withdrawal. Transfers must go from an IRA directly to your charity of choice, such as ACF. Contact your plan administration for more information about eligibility or to initiate a rollover, or go to the IRS website for details.

Join Us! Finance & Operations Specialist Position Open 

ACF has an exciting job opportunity available immediately! 

We are looking for a part-time Finance and Operations Specialist. This position supports the Director of Finance and Operations with accounting, human resources, facilities and IT responsibilities.

Finance duties include budgeting, financial research and reports, journal entries, grant tracking and transaction processing. Other duties include management of HR benefits, and assisting with IT and facilities issues.

Minimum Qualifications: 
 – Proficient on MS Excel, Office, QuickBooks, Outlook
– Excellent oral and written communication skills
– Strong organization and time management skills
– Ability to meet deadlines, manage multiple projects, and prioritize tasks
– Common sense, flexibility and teamwork skills with an ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative
– Professional, positive and approachable attitude and demeanor
– Two or more years related work experience with a nonprofit organization
– Degree in finance or accounting a plus.
– Commitment to ACF’s mission and goals 

Salary dependent upon experience.

Please email a cover letter outlining your interest and experience, with your resume. The application deadline is February 1.

Alaska Conservation Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Raft the Copper River 

The Copper River Watershed Project is pleased to partner with Sundog Expeditions to offer the adventure of a lifetime. 

Ten lucky adventurers will embark on a 7-day rafting trip from Chitina to Cordova, July 15-21, 2011. This trip is being offered for a competitive rate of $2,150 ($400 deposit required to reserve seat).  20% of the trip’s proceeds go to support CRWP and our work to promote the wild salmon economies of the Copper River watershed. 

Reserve your spot now – they are going to go fast!  Book your trip online at Sundog Expeditions or Copper River Watershed Project. 

Demand for Alaska Coal Heating Up 

One of Alaska’s major exports — coal — has been racking up record shipments over the past couple of years. Read more on this growing threat at the Anchorage Daily News online.

This isn’t Sarah Palin’s Alaska – Climate change is hitting Alaska hard 

Nancy Lord reflects on a holiday spent in the Arctic where the effects of climate change are starkly obvious, and the meaning of “home” is endangered.  Nancy Lord is a former Alaska Writer Laureate and the Chair of ACF’s Board of Trustees. Read her op-ed now.

Enjoy the Beauty of the Arctic Refuge All Year Long 

Journey into the Arctic wilderness each month with the 2011 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Celebrating 50 Years! calendar. Produced by the Northern Alaska Environmental Center and Arctic Audubon Society this is a limited edition calendar celebrating the Refuge’s 50th anniversary. Quotes, facts and stunning photography capture the Arctic’s timelessness and sense of wonder.  Calendars cost $15 with proceeds going to the NAEC Arctic Program. Order your calendar by email or visit NAEC online.

AMCC’s Wild & Scenic Film Fest – Dec 3 

 Join AMCC and AYEA on Friday, December 3rd for a showing of several beautiful and inspirational films portraying the ways in which we love, effect, and play in the natural world. AMCC‘s one-night event is part of a national tour brining the year’s best environmental films to communities all around the country.

Learn more about the event and buy tickets online.

Journey on the Wild Coast Premieres at AIFF – Dec 6 

Set fire to your frozen shoes.  Cut your own hair with a pocket knife.  Chop raw garlic with your teeth.  And join Hig and Erin for the movie premier of their year-long journey along the North Pacific Coast. 

In June 2007, Hig and Erin left their former apartment in Seattle and walked north, 4000 miles to the Aleutian Islands.  With only one rule: “no motorized transport”, they made their way on foot, in packrafts, and on skis, through some of the most amazing and remote terrain in the world.  Not just in summer, but through an entire Alaskan winter.  

Experience this modern adventure through their eyes as they encounter breathtaking scenery, harsh weather, amazing wildlife, starvation, and danger. “Journey on the Wild Coast” premieres at the Anchorage International Film Festival on December 6th at 7:00 pm at the Out North Theatre.