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Mar 22, 2021
Posted Under: Leadership Summit

Join us on April 21, 22, and 23 as we chart our way forward after a tumultuous year. This will be an opportunity to stretch your thinking and discover ways to put new ideas into action. We’re excited for an all-star line up of guest speakers, including: Deepa Iyer, Kate BarrJamie Gambell, Marin Burton, Marvin Chambers, Dr. Atyia Martin, Scott Crabtree, Kishshana Palmer, Beth Steinhorn, Shyaam Subramanian, Shannon Williams, and more!

So, what are all these amazing speakers going to share with us?  You can learn more about the conference sessions in the preliminary agenda for this year’s Summit.

Additional speakers and afternoon sessions are still being added, make sure to check out our Facebook event and website for updates and a full schedule coming soon!

Mar 18, 2021
Posted Under: Uncategorized

Tuesday’s hate crime against Asian Americans in Atlanta was not an isolated event (NPR reports that hate crimes against Asian Americans have surged since the start of the pandemic). We stand with the Asian and Pacific Islander community and condemn these hate crimes and all acts of hatred and violence.  It is up to all of us to stop hate in its tracks.  We and encourage you to not miss this moment, to ask what you need to take with you and what can you leave behind that perpetuates inequity in our communities. Foraker has and will continue to ask these questions and to stand beside Alaska’s nonprofits and community leaders to move forward. If you are looking for resources on how to intervene when you see hate in action – we can all be part of making this world a place where everyone feels safe.  Check out these four steps from The Southern Poverty Law Center on intervening to stop hate.

Mar 15, 2021
Posted Under: Advocacy COVID

The American Rescue Plan Act was signed by President Biden on March 11 and has many components to support nonprofits and the people and places we serve.

This is the sixth major federal COVID-relief bill enacted, and nonprofits have been included in all of them. A summary of the key provisions affecting nonprofits has been prepared by our partner, the National Council of Nonprofits, and can be found here.

Of particular note to nonprofits:

  • An additional $7.25 billion is available for the Paycheck Protection Program and eligibility is expanded to additional nonprofits and digital news services.
  • Additional funds are allocated for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, and organizations are now allowed to apply for both a PPP loan after Dec. 27, 2020, and the SVOG.
  • An additional $15 billion is provided for Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance (EIDL) payments, including an allocation of $5 billion for Supplemental Targeted EIDL advance payments for those hardest hit.

Also note the hidden treasure in the Employee Retention Tax Credit, which is included in the analysis. This provision can have a big impact on all nonprofit employers. Additional information is available here.

We will share more about this legislation in the coming days. As always, please get in touch with us if you have questions.

Mar 15, 2021
Posted Under: President's letter

Onward. That was my word intention for 2021. We are doing it. You and me. We are finding our strength day-by-day. We are finding our grace and our gratitude to support ourselves and each other. Very little of it is easy. But day-by-day – you and me – it is happening.

We see so much every day to be thankful for and to draw strength from, even as we know we are not yet through the storm. As I testified recently on the need for an emergency declaration bridge to carry us safely to a new normal, I reflected that this time is like being prescribed a seven-day course of penicillin but stopping on day three because we feel better. There is no science to support this act and the dangers that it poses are real. So we must remember that we are not yet at day seven. We must continue onward and find ways to fill our energy stores.

Refilling our energy cup will look different for all of us, and what I hope it includes for you is a few extra doses of inspiration and connection. Lucky for all of us that experience is within our reach. Right now we are pulling together the single largest gathering of nonprofit board and staff in our state for a one-of-a-kind experience we call the Leadership Summit. Our conference is so big and so fun and so much of so many things we only do it every two years, and we were not going to let a global pandemic stop us now.

Whether you are new or a seasoned summit attendee, get ready for a highly interactive, deeply engaging, and immediately applicable experience. Summits are the one time we bring some of the best thought leaders to you and ask them to explore, engage, and connect with us.

The summit is a deep dive into a theme. We wrestle with it, play with it, share it, and put it to work. This year the theme is Leadership Agility: Moving Forward with Strength. 2020 was a year when our eyes and minds opened widely. We saw things we never expected to see and adapted our work in ways we never conceived possible. Putting it in VUCA terms – a concept we explored in previous summits – we met Volatility with Vision, Uncertainty with Understanding, Complexity with Clarity, and Ambiguity with Agility. The new VUCA reality, along with our insights on how to move forward from 2020 with strength, is the compass for our journey. We’re going to explore what that means for us as leaders, for our missions, and for our communities. We will share ideas for digging more deeply into adaptive leadership, creating inclusive workplaces, getting support and fighting burnout, finding new ways to collaborate, and reframing how we talk about our work.

If you are a little skeptical of another day of video conferencing, let me assure you that this is more than just a virtual meeting. For those who have been to a summit, I am sure what you likely remember most is the energy you get from being around your peers. Maybe you even remember a thought or an idea that shifted your whole way of thinking about your work or your life. Without hyperbole, this is the kind of feedback we get from these summits. For that reason, we’ll have lots of ways to connect: coffee chats, interactive sessions, conversation sparks, affinity hangouts, meditation space, dance moves, and so much more.

We also have an amazing lineup of facilitators to travel with you in your summit journey. Notice I didn’t say “keynote speakers” because this is not a place for talking heads. We are still securing the lineup but check out who is joining us so far.

Worried you can’t afford it during these challenging times? Living our commitment to keep equity in the center of our decisions, we are dropping the barrier of partnership to access scholarships and offering whole team pricing so that everyone in your organization can attend. Additionally, we dropped the overall price from our in-person event. Don’t let money be a barrier to your full participation.

Of course, none of this would be possible without all our funding partners, especially Rasmuson Foundation and Mat-Su Health Foundation who are our signature sponsors of this three-day connection. Special thanks to them and to all of our summit investors including: Serve Alaska, GCI, Providence Health Services, Alaska Children’s Trust, and Denali Daniels and Associates.

Will you join us? Will you refill your cup with inspiration and connection? Sign up today.

With gratitude,

Laurie

Mar 11, 2021
Posted Under: Foraker News

There are many pathways to serving the greater good, and they don’t all require the setup of an IRS approved nonprofit. Formalizing a charitable organization takes time, research and long-term commitment. While nonprofits accomplish incredible feats within our communities, there are varying ways you can apply your passion for a cause. Are you ready to put your ambition to work?

501 Alternatives is designed for those who have the desire and the support to fill a need in their community. Whether you are considering partnering with an existing organization, forming a coalition, starting a chapter of an already up-and-running non-profit or exploring the benefits of fiscal sponsorship, this course will prepare you to hit the ground running for your charitable cause.

A portion of this new course will be dedicated to the importance of identifying your mission, forging community relationships and establishing funder connections.

The class consists of two, 2-hour webinars of interactive instruction with three sessions of customized mentorship (45 minutes per month / 3 months). Up to 2 additional members of your group are encouraged to join.

Register here.