This year, the Seward Community Foundation (SCF), an Affiliate of The Alaska Community Foundation, reached an impressive milestone for a young organization: more than half a million dollars has been granted to local nonprofits that benefit residents of Seward, Moose Pass, and Lowell Point.
From the grant total of $9,975 in 2009 to nearly $144,000 awarded so far in 2017, SCF funding has helped create programs like the Volunteer Hospice and the Community Garden. Additionally, grants have allowed organizations like our schools, first responders, and the Senior Center, to provide special services and educational programs for all ages.
SCF supports strong nonprofits through our annual competitive grant cycle and our monthly mini-grants. We also work with local donors to create new strategies for giving. An example is the Dieter Family Endowment Fund for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Teen Suicide.
The money granted comes from interest generated by the endowed funds at SCF, which now total more than $2.9 million and continue to grow through donations by people who want to have a long-term impact in our community.
SCF has reached this level of local giving through support from our many generous donors, the Rasmuson Foundation, The Alaska Community Foundation, the work of local board members, and the organizations who create projects and programs that make our community a better place to live. Thank you to all who have contributed. We look forward to our increased growth and impact in future years.