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Alaska Nurses Foundation: Promoting Alaska's Nursing Profession

The Alaska Nurses Foundation (AaNF) is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to increasing the public's knowledge and understanding of the profession of nursing and factors affecting the health of all Alaskans, as well as, supporting research and education in the profession.

We support nurses doing research in areas where their passion for the practice shines. The health of Alaskans is important to every nurse who practices and we believe nurses have first hand knowledge and ideas how best to promote healthy Alaskans.

Support Available

AaNF seeks grant proposals yearly to issue awards; the grants are available to any registered nurse, or group of nurses, who currently holds, or has held, a license as a registered nurse in the United States and becomes a member of the Foundation. There are four different types of grants available; if you have questions about the grant type for which you should be applying, please contact one of the following individuals, including your name and phone number in your message:

As you are completing your application, it you have questions about any aspect, you may contact those same individuals for advice or clarification.


The Foundation membership, which is made up of RNs from across Alaska, elects a seven-member Board of Directors. The Board then elects a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. All directors are RNs; one RN member is a current member of the Alaska Nurses Association Board, and the AaNA President or Executive Director acts as an ex-officio member of the Foundation board. In addition to the elected officers, AaNF has active members who serve on the Awards Committee, the Nominations Committee, and the Membership Committee. No members of the Board or Committees are paid for their service to the Foundation.

AaNF Board Members

President Peggy Sue Wright - msps.wright@gmail.com
Treasurer Elsa DeHart - dehart@gci.net
Directors At-Large Sarah Hargrave
Shelly Foint-Anderson
Stacie Hawkins
Elizabeth Burton
Jennifer Meyer


AaNF membership dues are a minimum gift of $20.00 per year. AaNF Board meetings are held at least quarterly and full membership meetings are held in conjunction with the annual AaNA meeting in the fall of the year.


AaNF accepts tax deductible donations to sustain our work in promoting the nursing profession in Alaska and supporting nurses in the work that they do. Please send checks to AaNF, P. O. Box 244471, Anchorage, AK 99524-4471, or contact a member of the Foundation Board, for additional information about donating to the AaNF.

Memorial Contributions

The Foundation maintains a Memorial Plaque to honor nurses and individuals who are considered Friends of Nursing. The Memorial Plaque hangs in a prominent location in the offices of the Alaska Nurses Association. If you would like to memorialize a nurse or other person, a contribution of $50 will enable that person's name to be added to the Memorial Plaque. Memorial contributions may be mailed to AaNF, P.O. Box 244471, Anchorage, AK 99524-4471. For additional information, contact a member of the Board.

Memorial contributions are fully tax deductible. The donor will receive acknowledgement of the contribution. Additionally, one relative (specified by the donor) will receive a notice of the honor that has been paid by their loved one.

The future of the Alaska Nurses Foundation depends on all nurses in Alaska who practice in a wide variety of settings with passion, commitment and dedication. Role models for the future of nursing are necessary and vital to the profession. Knowledge and education about what we do informs the public about how crucial our practice is for their health. Call the Foundation or write to us.

Contact Information

For membership information, grant information, or to send a gift donation to sustain the work of the Foundation, please write to:

P.O. Box 244471
Anchorage, AK 99524-4471

Or contact the AaNA office at 907-274-0827 or 1-800-811-2576.

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