Advancing the Movement  

ACF advances the movement through effective leadership, innovation and diverse networks.

People are at the heart of the conservation movement in Alaska — passionate people who are working hard to protect the ecosystems that support Alaskan lives and economies.  Through the Community Capacity initiative, the Alaska Conservation Foundation (ACF) is investing in people in order to advance the movement toward collaborative, innovative problem solving –with diverse voices at the table.

The Threat: A Shifting Landscape

In recent years political and economic landscapes have shifted, threatening the continued viability of many of Alaska’s conservation organizations.

Snowy Owl by Tim Leach.

Bad economic times have increased the pressure for more development of Alaska’s non-renewable resources, regardless of environmental cost. And as that demand grows so does the amount of money being spent by multinational corporations to promote resource development. While Alaska conservation organizations have been challenged to gain public support, build capacity and raise critical funding.

Investing in leadership and capacity is the most critical need for most nonprofits.  Yet, it is often overlooked.

When many of Alaska’s organizations lost leadership in 2008, it was evident ACF needed to increase the level of support for the next generation of conservation leaders and organizations.

A New Era: Building Community Capacity

ACF’s Community Capacity initiative is designed to advance and inspire the Alaska conservation movement-through targeted training of leaders and organizers, strategic grantmaking and forums that invite new ways of thinking to adapt in a new era.

ACF’s vision is a sustainable conservation movement marked by effective leaders, innovative organizations, and diverse networks that can be leveraged to solve our state’s critical conservation issues.  Today’s initiatives include:

You Can Help!

By donating today, you can invest in the future of the conservation movement.  Together we can ensure Alaska’s leaders and organizations are strong in order to protect the ecosystems that support Alaska’s economies and communities today and tomorrow.

Your $ at Work

See a comprehensive list of all the grants awarded from the most recent fiscal year!

Learn more about ACF’s strategic investments.