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 funds for which the Chilkat Valley Community Foundation Advisory Board makes grant recommendations.

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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.

Grants from this fund to nonprofits, tribes, and government entities will help with ongoing recovery efforts and may provide for food, housing, and other basic needs for individuals and families impacted by the disaster.  Grants may also be used to assist in repairing and/or replacing infrastructure damaged by the storm; helping the community plan for emergency preparedness, so should another disaster strike our community we will be better positioned to meet the needs that arise, and other emergent needs.

Donations may also be made by mail to:

Chilkat Valley Community Foundation 
PO Box 1117
Haines, AK 99827

Please include Chilkat Valley Community Foundation Emergency Response Fund in your check memo.

CVCF is an Affiliate of The Alaska Community Foundation (EIN# 92-0155067), a tax-exempt organization under IRC Section 501(c)(3). (the Foundation)

For questions, please call CVCF at 907-766-6868.

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 Community Foundation Non-Endowed Operating Fund

This is a non-endowed fund that we use for our short-term, operational needs.

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. This fund is advised by the CVCF Advisory Board.

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 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. This fund is advised by the CVCF Advisory Board.

Ashley and Heather Call Family Fund

A named endowment to meet the ever-changing needs of the Chilkat Valley advised on by the Chilkat Valley Community Foundation affiliate.

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.