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May 27, 2020
Posted Under: COVID

Foraker’s President/CEO Laurie Wolf was invited to testify at an Anchorage Assembly work session focused on the impact of COVID to Anchorage nonprofits. The following is her testimony: Thank you Chair Rivera and members of the Anchorage Assembly. I am here today as President and CEO of The Foraker Group, which serves as Alaska’s nonprofit association and the capacity building organization for nonprofits and tribes across the state. Before I jump into talking about the considerations that nonprofits need for relief I want to emphasize the critical role nonprofits play in Alaska. Importantly, nonprofits are a major economic driver for our state and our city. We deliver essential services, leverage public funds for maximum impact through public/private partnerships, invest in our communities, and ensure community well-being and quality of life…. Read more »

May 21, 2020
Posted Under: COVID

The State of Alaska is opening up applications for a $290 million small-business and nonprofit grant program. The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED) and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) are partnering with the lender Credit Union 1 (CU1) to support small business and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, through the AK CARES Funding Program. The application to apply for AK CARES will be provided on the  CU1 website. The application period is currently scheduled to begin on June 1, 2020, and funds will be awarded first-come, first-serve. We encourage you to prepare your documentation now (a list of items is provided in the FAQs here). More information can be found here and here.    … Read more »

May 19, 2020
Posted Under: Advocacy COVID

Foraker President/CEO Laurie Wolf called on the Senate Finance Committee to move critical CARES Act funds to Alaska’s nonprofits and small businesses as fast as possible. “We need it today so we can be here tomorrow,” she said. Read her full testimony here…. Read more »

May 14, 2020
Posted Under: COVID

This is not intended as financial or legal advice.  Did you receive a PPP loan for less than $2 million? The SBA announced today: “Any borrower that, together with its affiliates, received PPP loans with an original principal amount of less than $2 million will be deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith.”  You can learn more here. (question #46). What does that mean for you as a borrower? The SBA will accept the good faith certification on your PPP application certifying the loan was necessary. The SBA  will not be asking you to submit additional documentation to demonstrate need. You will still need to meet the other guidelines of the PPP program. As of today, the SBA has not… Read more »

May 13, 2020
Posted Under: COVID

Earlier this week, the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee of the Alaska Legislature approved Governor Dunleavy’s plan to spend federal coronavirus aid from the CARES act. Through our collective advocacy efforts with many of our partners, we were successful in ensuring that nonprofits are included in multiple funding streams and that we are seen as a key component of our state’s economy. While it is not clear yet exactly what the guidelines for distribution will be, know that we are working to ensure that the intent remains strong to include nonprofits in these programs. The following is a partial list of the allocation (pending litigation) of $1.25 billion of Alaska CARES funding. Nonprofit leaders should watch each of these avenues as their missions dictate and apply or be ready to… Read more »

May 12, 2020
Posted Under: COVID

In partnership with the Mat-Su Health Foundation, Foraker is offering free services to Mat-Su Borough nonprofits to help navigate the COVID-19 crisis. We are ready to help your organization with: Tracking CARES relief funds in your accounting systems Financial scenario planning and budgeting Preparing to apply for federal relief Grantwriting/applying for philanthropic COVID-19 relief funds Adapting your fundraising strategies Crisis communication Human resources counseling Strategic restructuring/mergers If you are interested, contact us. Please use the subject line “Mat-Su services” and indicate which of the services you are interested in…. Read more »

May 6, 2020
Posted Under: COVID Foraker News

These are certainly difficult times for everyone, especially executive directors. And this may be causing more EDs, often without much notice, to leave their jobs or take time away for a while – some to care for families and others because of stress or burnout. Leadership transition also continues as it always has when EDs retire or move to new job opportunities. Given the challenges facing nonprofits right now – a greater demand for service with fewer resources – this is not the time that most can conduct a thoughtful and strategic transition to a new leader. Our Interim Executive Director program could offer short-term relief. Our interim EDs can steady your organization and prepare you to navigate the transition to your next permanent leader when you have the time… Read more »

May 6, 2020
Posted Under: COVID President's letter

Are you open? When will you open? Will you open? These are the questions I am asking a lot right now – not just for ourselves but for our whole sector. If only there were simple answers. Each choice is fraught with complicated choices that weigh both human emotion and financial feasibility against a backdrop of public health and political will. I reject the notion that we are choosing between public health and our economy because the health of our population is the essence of our economy. Still, I am aware that we have choices to make about how we move our missions forward in this landscape. Our nonprofit sector in some cases is just like every other business in regard to these three questions. But the answers and our… Read more »

May 5, 2020
Posted Under: COVID Foraker News

Do you need help finding or applying for grants to get your organization through the current crisis? We are offering grant writing services to assist nonprofits responding to impacts of the coronavirus. Whether your organization needs help finding grant opportunities, drafting proposals, or creating budgets for proposals, our team of experienced grant writers may be able to assist you. We can help you: Write a proposal Find grant opportunities to match your needs Craft a budget for your proposal Edit a draft proposal that you have written Understand how to position your organization when communicating with potential funders Get set up for success once you are funded Contact us for your free 30 minute consultation…. Read more »

Apr 30, 2020
Posted Under: Advocacy COVID

The federal government will soon send $1.25 billion in CARES relief funding to state and local governments. Nonprofits are an essential part of Alaska life, and we strongly believe they should be included at every level of funding. As part of her testimony before the House Labor and Commerce Committee on April 25, 2020, Foraker President/CEO Laurie Wolf presented three considerations and seven requests related to funding and strongly encouraged Alaska leaders to implement them in their policies and procedures. You can read her full testimony here. Three considerations for relief First – We must plan for the future we want to see in our recovery and beyond. Second – Time is critical, and support must occur in at least two phases. Third – Recognize that many avenues are present… Read more »