Founded in 1980, the Alaska Conservation Foundation (ACF) is the only public foundation dedicated to conservation in Alaska, connecting thousands of donors throughout the country with grassroots conservation organizations in Alaska. The Endowment for Alaska is ACF’s source of permanent giving to Alaska conservation, and ACF manages as well a number of donor advised and area of interest funds. Most operational and grant funding is raised on an annual basis.
ACF supports a diverse community of nonprofits and campaigns working to protect and wisely manage Alaska’s natural resources. Over the last 30 years, ACF has awarded more than $33 million in grants to over 200 Alaskan organizations and individuals. In fiscal year 2010, ACF issued over $4 million in grants. In addition to grantmaking, ACF supports Alaska’s conservation community with community capacity building, training and internships, strategic assistance, fiscal sponsorship, and collaborative efforts.
ACF is governed by a Board of Trustees of up to 25 members, a majority of whom are residents of Alaska. The full Board meets three times a year, and an Executive Committee with 6 members meets monthly.