Over the course of time, the Inupiat have utilized tools to become masters of their environment. Observation, trial and error, and passing down knowledge via oral history and storytelling have kept the Inupiat strong and resilient. Hundreds, if not thousands of generations of expertise, have been distilled into modern-day Inupiat to thrive in one of the least hospitable climates on Earth; the Arctic.
Within the last 100 years, the Inupiat have undergone a massive societal shift and have developed organizations to provide economic and cultural freedom. Systems of local government, Tribal entities, and corporations were developed to fill a need. Inupiat leadership continued to work to serve the community, but in 2008 a void was realized. Though the North Slope Borough has a grants division, many Arctic Slope organizations within the charitable sector lacked the capacity to seek funding from government sources, private individuals, and foundations. Inupiat leaders recognized this void and developed the framework to build a regional 501c3 organization, to serve as a conduit for charitable funds to reach the people who need it the most to improve the quality of life for residents of the eight communities that make up the Arctic Slope.
The Arctic Slope Community Foundation was established in 2009 to strengthen our culture of giving to enhance the quality of life among the people of the Arctic Slope. Through the Arctic Slope Community Foundation, we encourage and build philanthropic resources to support the community health and economic stability of Point Hope, Point Lay, Wainwright, Atqasuk, Barrow, Nuiqsut, Kaktovik, and Anaktuvuk Pass. We look to the day when each of our communities is healthy, vibrant, and traditional values continually enhance our modern way of life.