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As nonprofit leaders, we fulfill a variety of missions to improve our communities. We are part of life in Alaska. It’s essential that we talk to local policy makers and state and federal political leaders about the value of Alaska’s nonprofit sector.

We invite you to join us in advocating for the following issues that have an impact on your mission and the sector. Want to find out more? Call in to our Advocacy in Action sessions to stay up to date and learn how you can get involved.

Our Public Policy Priorities

Support prompt payment by the State of Alaska to nonprofits

For nonprofits receiving state dollars through grants or contracts, timely payment from the State of Alaska is an important part of healthy, productive government/nonprofit partnerships. We support all efforts including legislation or regulatory changes and adjustments to administrative policies to ensure that state funding and federal funds passed through the state are disbursed to nonprofits promptly for the benefit of Alaskans. In December 2023, the Foraker Boards passed a resolution in support of prompt payment legislation.

Preserve nonprofit tax exemptions

Nonprofits are tax-exempt for good reason – they provide services to the community that lessen the burden on government, better leverage public dollars, and help maintain quality of life. Our work on this front involves monitoring for inappropriate taxation and fee proposals that impact nonprofits, particularly at the local and state levels, and in particular changes to state law that will provide greater clarity and consistency to the issue of nonprofit property tax exemption.

Advance equity-based public policy

We are committed to advocating for legislative and regulatory changes that create an equitable Alaska – including ending the gender pay gap.

Advocate for federal policies that support a resilient nonprofit sector

In our communication with Alaska’s congressional delegation and their staff, we build awareness of the importance of nonprofits to the quality of life of all Alaskans and advocate for bipartisan legislation and policies that support the sector. In addition, we are partners with the National Council of Nonprofits and regularly collaborate on key advocacy issues at the federal level.

Address workforce shortage issues

We advocate for strategies that positively impact the ability of nonprofits to retain and attract a reliable workforce.

Position nonprofits to navigate federal infrastructure funding

We promote access to current information about federal infrastructure funding to the sector and encourage multi-sector collaborations to gain access to additional funding and effectively navigate compliance. This includes supporting nonprofits as they mobilize communities to access high-speed broadband.

Position nonprofits to have a voice in creating a stable economy

The state’s fiscal situation has an impact on every Alaskan. Nonprofits are essential to the solution and must be included in conversations about the economy. Our Economic Impact Report is designed to help nonprofits convey their contributions to the economy.

Advance an affordable health insurance option for nonprofits

Many nonprofits are unable to offer employees health insurance because of the enormous costs. For many years Foraker has searched for solutions. This year, working with other sectors and organizations, we recommit to exploring affordable healthcare options that will support a high-quality and stable nonprofit workforce.

Highlight sub-sector issues that are essential to our economy

Typically we focus on issues that affect the entire nonprofit sector, or a vast majority of the sector. In these unprecedented times we are committed to lending support to sub-sector issues such as childcare availability. We support nonpartisan sub-sector organizations and coalitions in their own public policy advocacy.

Position Alaska for success in the 2030 Census

Charged with organizing and leading The Alaska Census Working Group in the lead-up to the 2020 Census, The Foraker Group, along with our statewide partners, in particular Cook Inlet Housing Authority, made strides towards creating a fair, accurate, and equitable  Census count in Alaska. A report of the group’s efforts can be found here. The most significant thing we learned was that when it comes to the census, we cannot afford to start from scratch every ten years. Foraker continues to be engaged at the policy level and on the ground in our communities as we prepare for the 2030 Census.

Public Policy Sub-Sector Issues

At Foraker, we focus on issues that affect the entire nonprofit sector, or a vast majority of the sector. If you are interested in advocating for what we would call “sub-sector” issues like housing, youth development, or the environment, we encourage you to learn about existing advocacy networks such as:

Contact us to let us know if you have a advocacy group to add to this list.