AO Endowment Fund – Alaska Community Foundation

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Longtime arts supporters, Ed and Cathy Rasmuson, established a long-term charitable endowment to support Anchorage Opera. A $500,000 donation was made to the Alaska Community Foundation, creating the endowment that will provide lasting support for our non-profit 501(c) 3 art organization. A portion of the endowment will be distributed to Anchorage Opera each year for operating expenses. This will ensure the legacy of our company for generations. “…art organizations provide tremendous diversity and vitality to the cultural landscape of Alaska,” said Nina Kemppel, President and CEO of The Alaska Community Foundation. “This generous donation will only make our community stronger and more connected.”

“Our family has been deeply involved in the arts since my grandmother arrived in Alaska in 1901. As business owners in Alaska, we continued our support of the arts, understanding their importance to our employees and customers,” said Ed Rasmuson. “Today, Cathy and I want to encourage other Alaskans who understand the value of the arts in creating a strong community to join us in providing for the long-term benefit of our local performing arts.”

Opera incorporates virtually every art form to express the human condition and speak to issues both timeless and timely. Anchorage Opera embraces the opportunity to use it as a means of fostering communication, empathy and greater understanding within our community,” said Reed Smith, General Director of Anchorage Opera. “This gift helps us continue to ‘Enrich, Inspire, Educate, Collaborate; Build Community (one note at a time)’.”

Anyone can contribute to the Anchorage Opera Endowment Fund  at the Alaska Community Foundation.

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