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Dec 11, 2019
Posted Under: Foraker News

The Quiet Spaces of Leadership

December can be a mad dash – a frenzy to the finish line of the year. The intensity of holiday pressures to buy, consume, and engage are often compounded by the daily routines and year-end work pressures that for many already feel overwhelming. So rather than reminding you of your to-do list and encouraging the rush to the end of the year, I thought we could all use a reminder of what the quieter side of leadership looks like. Because sometimes the most powerful thing you can do is to stop – slow down – and reflect.

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Census Mini-Grants Now Available

Organizations across Alaska can now apply for up to $250 to fund local census outreach efforts.

The more awareness that can be raised, the better. The 2020 Census will generate ten years of funding and data that we need to plan Alaska’s future. Check out the application, share with your network, and brainstorm creative ways to do outreach in your community!

Get funding. Do good. Be counted!

#alaskacounts  #census2020

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Catalyst for Nonprofit Excellence – Apply by December 23

Catalyst is a results-oriented personal and professional development program designed to help you discover your intrinsic ability to create excellence and grow your network of support. With a cohort of peers, you will explore tools that will elevate your leadership.

This program is designed for any nonprofit leader who is ready to learn, connect, and grow. We define a nonprofit leader as someone who is actively involved in the nonprofit sector. Volunteers, board members, and community organizers are all welcome. The application deadline has been extended to Monday, December 23.

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Build your Fund Development Plan

Foraker is offering a Fund Development Planning cohort in Fairbanks in March and April 2020. This is a cost-effective way for your organization to put a fund development plan into place with a group of peers and experts on hand.

Over a two-month period, you will:

  • Craft a gift chart that is real for your organization
  • Learn how to launch or strengthen your board’s fund development committee
  • Develop your organization’s philosophy of philanthropy
  • Write fund development goals and objectives that are realistic for the next 1-3 years
  • Practice donor recognition
  • Acquire tactical tools to implement your plan in the immediate future
  • Share your experience alongside a network of peers

Applications are due January 7, 2020. The cohort launches on March 2. Get all the details here.

Questions? Please contact Emily Groves or Amalie Couvillion at

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It’s just a few weeks until the opening of Pick.Click.Give 2020. PCG is a great way to open the door to new donors. We see that happen year after year. The next step is to motivate those donors to stay with you and become more engaged in your organization. Join us for a free webinar and get some tips on cultivating your Pick.Click.Give. donors.

Our class will be held Tuesday, January 7, from 12:00 to 12:45 pm.

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We began our formal relationship with BP even before we opened the doors at Foraker. BP was a founding supporter and one of our most loyal, generous, and forward-thinking partners. We are grateful for the many ways BP, its executives, and its employees have shown trust in us and the nonprofit sector.

Over the 20 years BP has been our partner, the company has donated over $1 million to Foraker allowing us to grow and accomplish our mission of strengthening Alaska nonprofits. BP helped establish and continues to support our Catalyst for Nonprofit Excellence program, which has helped 135 organizational leaders become stronger, more self-aware leaders.

BP’s generosity enables us to offer affordable access to services, strengthen collaborative efforts to tackle Alaska’s challenges, and maximize training and education to support missions across the state. As an added contribution, seven senior leaders of BP Alaska have served on Foraker’s boards, including two of our last four presidents.

We were thrilled to honor BP last week through a gift to President Janet Weiss from us and from the sector. Thank you, to Janet and BP. We will miss you but will always remember you through your many gifts that make Alaska a better place for all of us.

Laurie Wolf (right) and Governance Board member Wendy Lindskoog (left) present BP Alaska President Janet Weiss with a photo of Mt. Foraker taken by Foraker webmaster Billy Finley in recognition of BP’s long service to Alaska’s nonprofit sector.


Since opening our doors almost 20 years ago, Foraker has worked hard to keep the fees for our services as low as possible. As a nonprofit ourselves, we understand the need to operate efficiently, within the budget we set each year.

A significant and growing expense for us is the fee we must pay for every credit card transaction. These fees run into many thousands of dollars each year. To help meet this expense, beginning January 1 we will institute a 3% service charge for all credit card transactions, including payments for classes, annual Partner dues, and consulting services.

We appreciate your understanding as we institute this policy.