Commentary: Cordova Community Foundation celebrates first year

Thanking donors and announcing near future grants and local event

Cordova, Alaska. (Oct. 20, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times
Cordova, Alaska. (Oct. 20, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

The Cordova Community Foundation wraps up its first year with a celebration from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Cordova Center, and all are invited. We want to thank the donors who have contributed to the CCF’s endowment, hold a drawing for small contributions to nonprofits, and announce our first round of grantmaking.

The Cordova Community Foundation is building endowment funds to support Cordova’s nonprofit community and all the charitable volunteer programs and efforts that help enrich our lives, now and forever. Our partners in this venture include the Alaska Community Foundation and the Rasmuson Foundation. We have until Dec. 31, 2020 to raise $105,000, which the Rasmuson Foundation will match one-to-one, catalyzing our own “permanent fund” for Cordova’s future. We want to thank the donors who contributed to the CCF Grantmaking Endowment and CCF Operating Endowment so far this year.

“What’s most exciting to me about this opportunity is that it allows us to dream big,” said Michelle Hahn, CCF Advisory Board member. “We can pursue those ‘wouldn’t it be cool if’ ideas that can seem out of reach without a spark of local funding.”

We’re following the Alaska Community Foundation’s Affiliate model as a local community foundation. There are 10 other ACF Affiliates in communities across Alaska. A local advisory board made up of Cordova volunteers will make decisions about grant priorities and grant awards, supporting Cordova’s nonprofits. These grant awards specifically support Cordova’s nonprofits or support local charitable projects and programs in Cordova. Award funds may only be spent in Cordova.

In all ways, this is a resource of Cordovans, for Cordovans. Every contribution counts — big and small — because every dollar helps us capture the matching funds pledged by the Rasmuson Foundation. Eligible grant recipients include big and small, from volunteer-run nonprofits like Cordova Arts to the Cordova Community Medical Center, the City of Cordova (for example, Bidarki Recreation Center and the Bob Korn Swimming Pool), and other nonprofits with IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) or equivalent status.

Our Advisory Board Members are Angela Butler, Alexis Cooper, Rob Eckley, Michelle Hahn, Clay Koplin, Allen Roemhildt, Nicole Songer and myself. Please join us at the Cordova Center on December 11!

About the Cordova Community Foundation

The Cordova Community Foundation (CCF) is a permanent fund for the community of Cordova and one of 11 Affiliate Community Foundations under the umbrella of The Alaska Community Foundation. CCF’s goal is to enhance the quality of life through community giving. Locally advised, CCF is solely focused on the needs of Cordova. For more information, visit

About the Alaska Community Foundation

Established in 1995, The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) is a statewide platform for philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. Managing more than $100 million in assets and over 500 funds for the benefit of Alaskans, ACF and their Affiliates grant $4-6 million each year to charitable projects and nonprofit organizations across the state. ACF’s mission is to inspire the spirit of giving and connect people, organizations, and causes to strengthen Alaska’s communities now and forever. For more information, visit or call 907-334-6700.