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Connie Sipe discusses the Greater Sitka Legacy Fund, which was established last year as a general community fund dedicated to the needs of Sitka and its surrounding area. Last year the fund raised $25,000 locally, which was matched by $50,000 from the Rasmuson Foundation. If the community can raise another $25,000 this year, the Rasmuson Foundation will repeat that match.

The fund aims to build a $150,000 starter endowment, which will be invested by Alaska Community Foundation, run by a local advisory board, and available to provide flexible funding for local needs, including grants to local nonprofits and seed money for economic development.

For more information, visit the booth at Saturday’s Holiday Bazaar at Harrigan Centennial Hall (11-29-14), or visit