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Jan 15, 2021
Posted Under: Foraker News

In commemoration of Dr. King’s lifelong commitment to civil society and equity, may we each take time to lean into our role of making our country a safer and more equitable place for everyone. Dr. King reminded us that true democracy requires full participation – each of us doing our part to stand for equity and justice. The Foraker office will be closed on Monday as we reflect and commit again to our own role in creating and sustaining just and welcoming nonprofits that serve our communities.  … Read more »

Dec 15, 2020
Posted Under: Foraker News Management

As nonprofit leaders, it’s essential that we have the tools to make informed decisions. One of those tools is our Salary and Benefits Report – which gives us context and a comparative benchmark for compensation in Alaska’s nonprofit sector. What’s in the report? The 2020 Salary and Benefits Report features: Salary data for 48 positions including executive director, finance director, development director, administrative support, accountants, clinical support, and program staff Regional breakdown of data from Southcentral, Interior, and Southeast Alaska Data from organizations with budgets ranging from less than $100,000 to over $10 million Data from 20 types of nonprofits, including youth development, educational institutions, medical disciplines, arts, culture, and humanities groups Benefit data on medical, dental, vision, holidays and leave, retirement plans, life insurance, and more Data on gender pay gap… Read more »

Sep 29, 2020
Posted Under: Foraker News       Tags: salary survey

Help us create a tool for Alaska nonprofits to use in making important personnel decisions. Your participation in our salary and benefit survey allows us to generate a report to help you establish a salary for a new position, evaluate salary norms within the Alaska nonprofit sector, and compare your organization’s benefit offerings and total compensation competitiveness. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. You’ll need a list of your employees’ positions and their wages (Note: we are collecting data for 48 position categories, so not everyone at your organization may fit in the categories.), your employee handbook, and a description of your benefit plan. The link to the survey will take you to a secure online area that allows you to add key information about wages and benefits. If you participated… Read more »

Aug 21, 2020
Posted Under: Foraker News       Tags: gender pay

A note from Laurie: We are thrilled that our latest gender pay equity report was highlighted in The Nonprofit Quarterly. As you know we are strongly committed to the goal of achieving pay equity and have been working on that commitment in a variety of ways for many years. We’ve published several reports in the past as part of our Salary and Benefits Survey. However, this year we are bringing a new level of data and resources to understanding the issue, and we’ve been able to take advantage of information that’s only available in Alaska. This work could not be more important right now as COVID is taking an additional toll on women in the workplace.  I am sure many of you understand this first hand and I ask that… Read more »

Jun 11, 2020
Posted Under: COVID Foraker News

A note from Laurie:  A new reality needs new words. Recently I was asked, “are you open?”  A simple question but now with so many meanings and answers.  In the midst of this pandemic, we have watched nonprofits close the doors on their physical space but stay open virtually.  We have watched as some close their physical space without a clear path to anything virtual and we have watched missions shift space and double down on service delivery no longer hampered by their building infrastructure.  For decades when consulting with organizations about their potential capital campaigns I have said to countless board and staff members “you are not building a building – you are expanding or deepening mission.” Indeed it is the mission that happens inside the building that matters,… 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 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 »

Mar 9, 2020
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In partnership with the Atwood Foundation, we are offering considerable discounts on capacity building services to Anchorage arts, culture, and humanities organizations. Your organization may be eligible: Are you focused on arts, culture, and humanities? Are you based in Anchorage? Do you need help with strategic or annual planning, fundraising, organizational assessments or other capacity building services? If so, please fill out this application and send it to Monica Garcia-Itchoak at…. Read more »

Mar 5, 2020
Posted Under: Foraker News

We are seeking leaders who are committed to a career in Alaska’s nonprofit sector to apply for the 2020 Certificate in Nonprofit Management cohort! The courses are designed to immediately apply what you learn in class to your workplace. Certificate is for nonprofit professionals across the state – no matter whether you’re leading a large organization or a small one, or if you have been in the field for decades or only a year, this program is designed to meet you where you are in your career. Learn more here…. Read more »

Feb 10, 2020
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Foraker is pleased to announce the addition of Kimberly Waller to our team. Kim is the first-ever Director of Sultana, our fiscal sponsorship program. Sultana exists to support groups and projects in the preliminary stages of their development, offering opportunities to incubate ideas, employ staff, and provide the stability that funders need to make initial investments. As the Director of Sultana, Kim will support opportunities for new collaboratives and grassroots initiatives to germinate. She will also take on the role of a Foraker Lead Capacity Builder and join a team of facilitators who are responsible for strengthening Alaska organizations and tribes. Kim will be focused on collaborative efforts by fostering cross-sector partnerships to maximize missions across Alaska. Kimberly Waller, Director of Sultana/Lead Capacity Builder Kimberly was born in Fairbanks and… Read more »