On the evening of Wednesday, May 12, 2021 while residents of Buckland, Alaska were cooking dinner and settling in for the night, the river began to rapidly rise. Within a matter of minutes, water and ice rushed over the banks and into the community. An ice jam had formed roughly a half-mile downstream from the village, causing severe flooding that damaged homes, roads, and personal property. Even with funding from the state, the community was in need of immediate financial assistance to purchase gravel to complete repairs and ensure the health and safety of residents.
A generous donation from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation’s Climate Impact Response Fund supported a $10,000 grant to Buckland to help purchase gravel to repair homes and roads. The Climate Impact Response Fund supports Alaska Native people in rural communities during the times when they need it the most.Donate to the Climate Impact Response Fund.
Never in the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation’s (HANF) history has our work been more important than in the last year. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s (ANTHC) number one priority has been to ensure all 178,000 Alaska Native people in our state have access to COVID-19 testing, health care, masks and other supplies and ongoing support to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.
It is clearer than ever that the work the Foundation does to support Alaska Native people throughout our state is vital. We cannot do this alone; we rely on our partners and donors. It’s because of you and your contributions to the Foundation that we were able to award more than $1.5 million in support of Alaska Native people in 2020.
Click here to read the full 2020 Impact Report. And read about all the positive changes were made because of the collective generosity for Alaska Native people during our most recently completed fiscal year.
For the past 13 years, the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation (HANF) has held its annual Raven’s Ball event which helps to raise funds for the Alaska Tribal Health System. As with many events during the novel Coronavirus, HANF has transformed its 14th annual spring gala fundraiser into an online event called the Raven’s Resilience Celebration. The celebration took place virtually over three days, from April 20 through April 22, 2021.
We would like to take a moment to express our tremendous gratitude to everyone who helped make it a great success. HANF raised more than $190,000 from the event. This is all in part to 19 sponsorships, 218 participants registering for the event, over 100 donated items from generous people & businesses in our community to the online & live auction, and over $56,000 to the Fund-a-Need appeal supporting 3 key areas.
Thank you to all of the donors, artists and sponsors who help to make this event happen! For a full recap please click here.
Sometimes, it can be the smallest acts of kindness that mean the most. Take four-year old Caius Ludwig whose face lit up when Theresa Philbrick, a nurse in Alaska Native Medical Center’s Day Surgery department, handed him a stuffed toy moose. A small gesture can make a big impact in the recovery of our youngest patients. Just like that, all his fears and anxiety were gone. Theresa says the soft, huggable toys are the best non-prescription medicine care providers have to offer. The impact of the Lori Lange Memorial Toy Fund is immediate.
to ANMC pediatric patients, bringing comfort to 4,820 kids.
When you donate to support Healthy Patients you are doing far more than giving money. You are offering comfort to a person going through surgery, helping children get the medicine they need, strengthening cancer care at the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC), improving the quality of healthcare for Alaskans, helping children deal with the loss of a loved one, providing education to doctors and helping parents fly with their children who are traveling far from home for treatment.Get Involved
You can help provide for the emotional needs of children dealing with health challenges. Whether they are undergoing surgery, coping with the loss of a loved one or facing a painful, life-limiting condition, your help enables the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation to meet their needs.Get Involved
What makes a community healthy? The feeling of being safe in your own home. Clean air to breathe. Elders that are cared for. By giving to the Healthy Communities Fund, your support u can help improve the overall health and well-being of Alaskans across the state.Get Involved
Donations to the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation’s Fund for Area of Greatest Need are unrestricted so that we can quickly respond to unexpected challenges in any program within the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, including programs at our flagship tertiary care institution, the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.Get Involved
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