Serving the Future, Preserving the Past.
At the Alaskan Leader Foundation we are a group of friends, families and business partners that have come together in order to provide an enhanced lifestyle for the indigenous people of Alaska’s rural communities, specifically in Bristol Bay and Kodiak Island.
The rural towns of Alaska are full of wonderful children and their families who because of their detached location find it difficult to receive daily items and common ways of life that many of us may take for granted. With the support of many we have been able to provide over $500,000 and counting to these communities.
Our Mission: Bring education, activities, community improvements and most of all support to the people who need it most in rural Alaska.
Our Vision: Provide the rural communities of Alaska the ability to strengthen their communities and embrace their traditions and heritages.
Who We Are
The Foundation was formed in 2000 by seven Kodiak Island fishing families that started the freezer longliner company Alaskan Leader Fisheries. In 2007 we partnered with Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation. We have team members located in Kodiak and Dillingham, Alaska as well as Seattle, Washington. These various locations help us educate a larger audience on the needs of the rural Alaskan people.
Our grants have become an important source of local non-profit funding. Recipients have included schools, educational programs, community food banks, shelters, youth sports programs, museums, and environmental recycling efforts.
Board of Directors
Keith Singleton, Executive Director
Rob Wurm, President
Richard Thummel, Vice President
Nick Delaney, Seattle Board Representative
Helen Smeaton, Dillingham Board Representative