Robin Sherman and Mike Venneberg of the Greater Sitka Legacy Trust talk about their new campaign to raise funds for their endowment.

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The Greater Sitka Legacy Fund (GSLF), an Affiliate of The Alaska Community Foundation, announces a new effort to raise  $125,000 toward its permanent endowment. Rasmuson Foundation and The Alaska Community Foundation will match all contributions to the GSLF endowment over the next four years up to $125,000. GSLF is also eligible for up to $60,000 in matching funds for contributions to an endowment that supports its operating expenses.

GSLF was created in 2013 as a means to support nonprofit organizations and projects that improve the quality of life in Sitka. Between 2013 and 2016, GSLF received approximately $80,000 in donations from residents of Sitka, and more than $129,000 in matching funds from Rasmuson Foundation and The Alaska Community Foundation. As of July 1, GSLF has raised more than $8,000 in contributions in 2017. It currently has approximately $219,000 in its permanent endowment, which is used for grant making.

Over the past four years, GSLF has made $16,150 in grants to local organizations and projects that benefit Sitka, including a $5,000 grant to the new community playground in 2017, and a 2016 grant to the fire department to purchase rescue equipment. The GSLF Advisory Board expects to award at least an additional $5,000 in grants in 2017.

To learn more about how to help GSLF support community needs, visit