Community Tool Box Innovation Prize Opens Aug 1 

Community Tool Box is sponsoring the 2010 Out of the Box Prize, which will honor promising initiatives that improve community health and development. The Grand Prize will be $5,000 in cash, plus a free customized Workstation designed specifically for your group. A second prize will be $2,000 in cash, with a free WorkStation. To learn more, click here.

The opening date for applications is August 1, with a closing date of October 31.

Participate in the “America’s Great Outdoors” Initiative 

What are the places you love in your community? Are there efforts underway to protect these areas? How can we better support modern-day land and water conservation?

These are just a few of the questions the Obama administration is asking as part of the “America’s Great Outdoors” initiative. Congressional and agency representatives are currently hosting sessions around the country and are welcoming comments online.  Find out if there is a meeting in your area, or submit your ideas online!

Save the Date! ACF Conservation Achievement Awards Sept. 24, 2010 

The 2010 ACF Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet is just around the corner!  And you’re invited. Save the date…

  • When: Friday, September 24, 2010
  • Time: 6 pm Reception, 7 pm Awards
  • Place: Lucy Cuddy Hall, University of Alaska Anchorage

Watch the ACF website for future details and announcement of this year’s winners.

For more information about the awards or to see last year’s winners, click here.

Join the Conservation Movement as ACF’s New Director of Finance! 

Want to be an advocate for change? Alaska Conservation Foundation is recruiting for a dynamic, new Director of Finance. If your a seasoned professional with nonprofit accounting and finance management experience, we want to hear from you! A great opportunity with an established foundation that supports efforts to protect Alaska’s environment. Read the complete job description here.

A Frightening Reminder: The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill 

Our hearts go out to the residents of the Gulf Coast.  Alaskans know the fear and uncertainty they face.  The devastating impacts of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexio is a frightening reminder of not only the Exxon Valdez spill, but of the risks Alaska faces with proposals to develop offshore oil reserves in the Arctic Ocean. In our icy waters there is no proven capacity to control or clean up an oil spill. ACF is funding organizations working on clean energy alternatives for cold climates. Our grantees are also sharing their expertise by assisting in the Gulf of Mexico. To raise money for the clean up efforts, ACF grantee Prince William Sound Keeper is promoting:

Twenty-one years later, the haunting memories and environmental impacts of the Exxon Valdez spill are still with us in Alaska.  To understand the far-reaching impacts of such devastating oil spills,  read an excerpt from The Day the Water Died: A Compilation of the November 1989 Citizens Commission Hearings on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill at National Wildlife Federation.

New Community Capacity Resource Available – Engaging Volunteers 

Both nonprofit and public sectors can engage volunteers in facilitating and gaining community support of mission-critical work.  But, remarkably few organizations possess the knowledge to effectively structure a volunteer program.  Strategic Volunteer Engagement: A Guide for Nonprofit and Public Sector Leaders is a strategic framework for current and future nonprofit and public sector leaders open to exploring the ramifications and implications of engaging volunteers. The guide was developed by Volunteer Champions Initiative, a research project funded by the Volunteer Impact Fund and conducted by The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

Click here for more resources about volunteer engagement.

Alaska Plans a New Energy Future 

In April 2010, the Alaska Legislature paved the way for Alaska to become a leader in the global market for clean energy.  With assistance from ACF grantees Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) and Alaska Conservation Alliance (ACA), the Alaska Legislature passed a statewide energy bill that will have far-reaching effects for the entire state.  The new policy sets energy efficiency goals and provides funding for renewable energy research and initiatives that will create new high tech jobs.

Ask an Alaskan 

Ever wonder what conservation in Alaska really means?  Here’s your opportunity to ask an Alaskan! Submit your question now to:!

Obama Administration Suspends Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic 

In the wake of the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, President Obama ordered a 6-month moratorium on new permits for deepwater oil and gas wells. The decision suspends planned exploration in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off the coast of Alaska. Making the announcement in a press conference this week, he also expressed frustration with BP, and expressed that the US government has made every effort possible to address the Gulf of Mexico oil leak.  Mr. Obama said further moves will be made to strengthen oversight of the drilling industry and enhance safety as a commission he is appointing opens its own six-month inquiry. The commission will be led by former Senator Bob Graham, Democrat of Florida, and William K. Reilly, who was administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under the first President Bush. Read more about the announcement at the Anchorage Daily News online.

Waterkeeper Alliance Aids in Aftermath of BP Oil Spill 

Waterkeeper Alliance (WKA) has deployed five member organizations (Gulf Coast WKO’s), similar to ACF grantees Prince William Soundkeeper and Cook Inletkeeper, to the front lines of the BP oil spill zone.  These organizations are sharing their expertise on oil spills by helping local fishermen understand the impact of the chemicals being used in the clean up, setting up communication centers in the region and more. For more information or to make a donation, visit the website.  

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