May 2022 Newsletter: Scholarship Month

At the Homer Foundation, May is “scholarship” month.  This year we are privileged to award $43,000 in 15 unique scholarships to deserving local young people. This is the most we have ever distributed in a year. Scholarships vary from $500 up to $8,000 depending on the size of the fund established or grown by the donor. It is probably more … Read More

April 2022 Newsletter: Are we in second spring?

“Snow in April is abominable,” said Anne. “Like a slap in the face when you expected a kiss.”― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Ingleside Are we in the second false spring? Or still in the first?  It’s hard to say. It is very nice to notice the extra minutes of sun each day.  I had my right knee replaced in January. It’s coming … Read More

March 2022 Newsletter: A Major Thank You

Shortly after I started here, the board held a retreat to determine our course for the next season. The strategic plan that came out of that retreat noted three overarching areas the Board wanted to focus on. Without fully unpacking them, the items were: Attract and Steward Donors Deepen Organizational Effectiveness and  Build Internal Capacity. We have been working towards … Read More

Now Hiring

The Homer Foundation, a small but growing community foundation, is seeking its first ever Development and Marketing Director.  The Homer Foundation is located “at the end of the road” in Homer, AK and on the shores of Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay. The large service area includes several unique communities and rural areas.  Because community foundations have a broad mission, … Read More

February Newsletter: A unique Valentine’s gift idea

Update from the Executive Director February newsletter? Already? What happened to January? I guess I’ll have to talk about red roses and chocolate hearts. Or not. Of all the ways to honor your love for someone, a gift in honor of that relationship is a unique way to say, “I love you” and says you know and understand the things … Read More

January Newsletter: Pick.Click.Give Season

Update from the Executive Director It is that time of year we Alaskans look forward to…yes, that’s right. Pick.Click.Give season!!! Well, actually it’s time to sign up for the PFD and if you want, take that opportunity to support Alaska non profits. If you find giving through Pick.Click.Give easy and appealing, then by all means give to support the issues … Read More

December 2021 Newsletter: Holiday Potpourri

Update from the Executive Director PICKING UP? I recently spoke with another foundation who is also a funder of grants in our area. They shared that last year it felt to them as if many nonprofits had hit “pause” on new initiatives. We also felt that here locally. Last year grant requests were down due to COVID-19  in response to … Read More

November 2021 Newsletter: Thoughts on Gratitude

Update from Executive Director gratitude grăt′ĭ-too͞d″, -tyoo͞d″ noun The state of being grateful; thankfulness. The state or quality of being grateful or thankful; a warm and friendly feeling in response to a favor or favors received; thankfulness. Synonyms See grateful. I’ll be the first to admit that in our world today it is sometimes easier to see those things we … Read More

2021 Annual Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual meeting on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. IT was a lovely Zoom gathering celebrating 30 years of the Homer Foundation. Here is a copy of our annual report: And here is the video recording of the meeting: Also huge congratulations to our People’s Choice Award Winners: Kachemak Swim Club, nominated by Matt Clark … Read More

October 2021 Newsletter: Facilitating Community Projects

Update from the Executive Director No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it. H.E. Luccock One of the many benefits of being an independent community foundation is the agility and flexibility to react to community needs. One of the ways we do that is through facilitating and supporting community projects. Over the years, we … Read More