Chilkat Valley


The Chilkat Valley Community Foundation formed in 2008 as an Affiliate of The Alaska Community Foundation. Since then, we have grown the Chilkat Valley Community Foundation Fund – an unrestricted, permanently endowed fund, that allows the most flexibility to determine how best to meet current and future community needs in the Valley, and have worked with donors to create the following fundsfor which the Chilkat Valley Community Foundation Advisory Board makes grant recommendations.

Gifts to any fund may be designated as Memorials in remembrance of loved ones or as Living Treasures to honor or thank specific individuals.

The Environmental Fund, Memorial Fund and Art Jess Scholarship Fund were moved to an Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) Investment Pool in 2022

2022 Match Opportunity

Once again it is time for CVCF to celebrate our donors’ generosity!

We are thrilled to announce that thanks to 36 donors making 43 gifts to our Operating Endowment Fund and the unrestricted CVCF Fund, our donors have met the $25,000 Operating Endowment match offered by The Alaska Community Foundation and Rasmuson Foundation for 2022.

The CVCF Advisory Board members were so inspired by our donors’ generosity that they have contributed $11,000 to create a NEW MATCH OPPORTUNITY! These funds are available NOW for anyone wanting to make an investment in the Operating Endowment Fund.  This new match opportunity will DOUBLE THE IMPACT of our donors’ investments and help assure our sustainability!

The CVCF Advisory Board has set a goal of building the Operating Endowment Fund to $600,000 by 2029. Our plan includes raising a total of $75,000 for the Operating Endowment in 2022, so we still have a ways to go. With these matching dollars available we hope those interested in helping advance CVCF’s goal for long-term sustainability will give a gift today.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Together we can build community through giving.

Chilkat Valley Community Foundation Fund


This is our flagship granting endowment fund. The earnings from this endowment are used to award grants through a competitive grant cycle to local qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofits.  This flexible endowment meets the current needs of our community as they arise. These needs may address any number of issues, such as social services, hunger, education, arts, and humanities, environmental, and youth services. As this endowment grows, so does our ability to support causes that Alaskans care about.

Chilkat Valley Environmental Fund


All grants will be awarded to support initiatives or programs to protect, manage, sustain or create awareness of any or all aspects of a healthy environment in the Chilkat Valley. Possible areas of support include, but are not limited to educational programs or projects that promote a healthy environment, equipment, technical assistance for environmental programs, environmental health forums, etc.

Art Jess Scholarship Fund


The Art Jess Scholarship fund is open to all Alaskans, and is intended to assist Alaskans with their post-secondary education, including but not limited to trade school, vocational school, Associates or Bachelors degrees, community colleges, and distance learning. Applicants may be full or part-time students.

Chilkat Valley Community Foundation Emergency Response Fund


This fund, built on caring and generosity, is intended to assist nonprofits and the communities served by the Chilkat Valley Community Foundation (Haines and Klukwan) to meet the extraordinary needs created by the devastating 2020 storm that led to the loss of life, property, and infrastructure in the community. The fund will support both short-term emergency response and long-term recovery.

Chilkat Valley Medical/Health Fund


In the fall of 2020, as part of their legacy planning, Ron Stotz and Nancy Bandy established the Chilkat Valley Medical/ Health Fund. The fund was set up to be launched after being funded by their estate. However, the board members of CVCF elected to launch the fund today. Now the community can join Ron and Nancy in leaving a legacy and come together to fund here and now grants.

Chilkat Valley Community Foundation Operating Endowment Fund


This is the vehicle for the CVCF to become self-sustaining by growing a fund that is specifically designed to support our operations. The interest earned from this fund goes to support operating costs, such as grant programs, newsletters, community events, office operations, marketing, and outreach. This fund is also used to sponsor training events for CVCF and local nonprofit leaders. The Operating Endowment Fund is essential to achieving our mission and supporting our community.

Chilkat Valley Community Foundation Memorial Fund


CVCF invites you to make a contribution to the CVCF Memorial Fund in memory of a family member, friend, or another special individual. Each year a portion of the revenues generated by this fund will be given to nonprofits that provide services in the Chilkat Valley.

Chilkat Valley Fitness and Wellness Fund


All grants will be awarded to support initiatives, activities, or programs related to physical fitness, active recreation, and wellness in the Chilkat Valley. Funded projects must be non-motorized and unrelated to firearms. Possible areas of support include, but are not limited to educational/training programs and projects that promote physical and mental wellness for all ages and abilities; outdoor recreation and safety programs; competitions; school sports programs; equipment; technical assistance; and/or health fairs and forums.

Ashley and Heather Call Family Fund


A named endowment to meet the ever-changing needs of the Chilkat Valley.

In addition to the funds of the Chilkat Valley Community Foundation, there are individuals, families, and organizations within the Valley that have opened their own separate funds with The Alaska Community Foundation. The organizations and individuals listed below have a shared commitment to strengthen our community and achieve their own philanthropic goals through the funds they advise. We are proud to support their commitment to local philanthropy in our community.

Gifts to these funds go through ACF directly.

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