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About Us
ASCF is a nonprofit organization supporting charitable and educational projects in the Arctic Slope region. With a team of 11 employees and a volunteer board of 5 local Directors, ASCF focuses on areas such as food security, community health, education, and preserving Inupiaq culture. Our goal is to strengthen community and culture through philanthropy, aiming for vibrant Arctic Slope communities guided by traditional values.

We are a people-focused community foundation working to improve the quality of life in the Arctic Slope of Alaska. We operate under the guidance of traditional Inupiaq values that continually enhance our modern ways of life. We offer grant programs and services to our eight arctic communities, fund innovative initiatives, and advocate for healthy and vibrant communities. 

We have a history of community support and expanding our operations quickly and strategically. Our programs, services, and initiatives have impacted communities across the Arctic Slope. And our passionate team is putting all hands on deck to make a real difference.

The Challenge

The Arctic Slope has been home to the Inupiaq people for millennia. Our residents have cultural and spiritual ties to the land they call home.  Because of the geographic remoteness of the Arctic Slope, the cost of living and availability of basic products and services is more than double the price of the same products and services in other areas in Alaska and the lower 48. We work to ensure our community members have the resources available to lead quality lives and carry forward the cultural practices and values of our ancestors before us. 

Our Solution

We provide funding to entities operating in our communities that promote healthy and human services, Inupiaq arts, culture, and language preservation, and education.

Where We Work

We work in the eight communities within the Arctic Slope region of Alaska:

  • Wainwright;

  • Barrow (Utqiaġvik)

  • Atqasuk

  • Anaktuvuk Pass

  • Nuiqsut

  • Kaktovik

  • Point Hope

  • Point Lay

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