Alaska's nonprofit sector represents a wide variety of organizations that provide public service and have an impact on the lives of nearly everyone living in the state. Although most Alaskans do not think of nonprofits as an economic powerhouse, they play a critical role in the state's economy both as major employers and as revenue generators. No industry in Alaska can prosper without the strength of the nonprofit sector. We provide both a financial and social return on investment by leveraging public and private resources. We are part of the healthcare, utilities, fisheries, and oil and gas industries. We provide essential services such as firefighting, early childcare, basic utilities, housing, and food security ― just to name a few. We are the safety net across Alaska. Every Alaskan family is the beneficiary of a nonprofit because nonprofits are woven into the fabric our communities.
Alaska's nonprofit leaders, both board and staff, are ready to work with policy makers to find creative solutions to community challenges. We are ready to work together to further strengthen what is already strong, and redesign what needs work. We are your partner in government, in business, and with each other. As partners, we can set policy and make financial decisions that ensure Alaskans are healthy, our communities are vibrant, and our economy is strong.
Mary Fisher, Executive Director of Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR), and Sara Jost Director of Sales & Marketing at Northern Waste will give an update on the 50th Anniversary of Citywide Cleanup (citywidecleanup.org
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LAURIE WOLF, THE FORAKER GROUP
Laurie has worked in the nonprofit sector for close to 30 years and with Foraker for 17 years. She has been instrumental in creating many of Foraker's services and philosophy. Laurie is passionate about the power of the nonprofit sector to change lives, improve our environment, secure our economic opportunities, provide essential arts, cultural and educational experiences and truly partner to ensure healthy communities. Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Laurie is committed to connecting nonprofit leaders across the state and sector to weave a network of positive learning, support, and success. Laurie focuses her Foraker work on supporting creative collaborations, providing board and leadership development, and creating a positive culture of philanthropy within organizations. Laurie holds a BA in English from Scripps College and an Executive Master's degree in Not-for-Profit Leadership from Seattle University. She has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 2003. She has served on a variety of boards and worked as a volunteer in arts, environmental and human services organizations. In 2005, Laurie was named one of Alaska's Top 40 Under 40 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce, and was named Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy in 2006 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Alaska chapter. In 2016 Laurie was recognized by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and inducted into the ATHENA Society. She spends her time away from the office connecting with her family and friends, distance running, and finding sunshine in Alaska and beyond.