Pay It Forward, August 2019

Living Pay It Foreward Learning to ride a horse takes time and patience. Years ago to earn money to pay for college, I worked as a female counselor at a trail ride camp for middle and high school age students in the Badlands of North Dakota. A roan mare was assigned to me for the summer by Herman Urban, a … Read More

Pay It Forward July 2019

Last week, Governor Dunleavy abruptly vetoed all of the state legislature’s approved funding for the arts and culture in Alaska, cut the University of Alaska by 40% and slashed Health and Human Services, destabilizing our most vulnerable–children and elderly. If state legislators are unable to override the Governor’s veto with a 3/4 vote in a special session that begins on … Read More

Pay It Forward, June 2019

The Mariner Mat room has changed in 20 years.  When I started wrestling, girls on the mat were few and far between. In middle school, the School Board said I wasn’t allowed to wrestle. Only when I challenged them with Title IX did they allow me on the mat. I felt lucky to have the chance to wrestle and I … Read More

Pay It Forward, May 2019

Pulling together in tough budget times by Bonnie Jason and Tom Kizzia, Homer Foundation trustees With anxiety rising these days about future state and municipal budgets, we all wonder how much our community will be thrown back on its own resources. This seems like an important time to let our neighbors know that the Homer Foundation has been busy making … Read More

Pay It Forward: April 2019

Submitted by Billy Day I often prefer to tackle jobs during the winter months. The snow pack can be much easier to travel upon than the veggie covered terrain one encounters during other seasons. Today I made a new friend while on the job. I drove to the end of the road and found a trooper vehicle parked in the … Read More

Pay It Forward: How to Live Forever

A few years ago, Roman Blum died at age 97 in New York State. His body moldered in the morgue for four days before Roman’s lawyer was found. It turned out that Roman had died without a will. As a childless Holocaust survivor, his 40 million dollar estate ended up being paid to New York State, which is ironic. As … Read More

Pay It Forward: A Christmas Homecoming

During her busy and too-brief life, my wife helped in many non-profit organizations. I never did. As a working journalist, I kept my distance from good causes. Clear-thinking journalism (always of value, always in short supply) was my way of pitching in. When I left full-time newspaper work, and agreed to start helping the Homer Foundation, it was not the … Read More

Inspirational Planned Giving…close to home

“The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will” -Andy Warhol This gentleman, Dorian “Pete” Cordes, passed away last year. He made the Mandan Public Schools the primary beneficiary of his retirement savings, totaling $345,000. The gift established the Arnold E. Larson Memorial fund, which provides for a yearly $10,000 instrumental music scholarship. Arnold E. Larson … Read More

There’s Still Time to Pay It Forward

Did you know that you can add or adjust your charitable giving through Pick.Click.Give Alaska through August 31st? This means if you happened to forget to give to the Homer Foundation when you filed for your PFD, you can go into your application and make this change. Here at the Homer Foundation, we know how important your financial decisions are … Read More

Pay It Forward: Where there’s a will there’s a way

I suspect that each of us have thought about how we can make our lives more meaningful. Do we find a greater purpose in serving others? Helping abused children? Getting involved in politics? Inspiring youth to play sports or get involved in art or theater? Saving salmon habitat? Building community? Often, the value we hope to impart on the world … Read More