September 10, 2021
15 organizations received grants ranging from $2,000 to $20,000
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— This Suicide Prevention Month, 15 organizations have even more support for their community projects to prevent suicides in Alaska thanks to GCI’s Suicide Prevention Fund. Each year, GCI donates money to nonprofits in Alaska that put in tireless work to prevent suicides in their communities. GCI’s giving is targeted to organizations that serve small, rural communities in Alaska, as well as larger programs that reach Alaskans in bigger cities. Since the fund’s first year, GCI has given more than $500,000 to local organizations for suicide prevention efforts.
“We received very impressive grant applications this cycle,” said Jen Nelson, Senior Manager of Corporate Communications and Community Engagement, and one of the founders of the GCI Suicide Prevention Fund. “But what stood out was the need to connect with Alaskans at every age group, so they feel supported when it comes to mental wellness in our state. Through the work our fund recipients have done, we know we’ve moved the needle on suicide prevention. But we also know there’s more work to be done. These 15 organizations will keep that important momentum going and I look forward to hearing about their progress in the coming year.”
GCI awarded grants ranging from $2,000 to $20,000 for a total of $114,000. The following nonprofits received funding:
- Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Bethel Community Services Foundation, Inc.
- Camp Fire Alaska
- Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
- Fairbanks North Star Borough School District
- Gold Star Peak, Inc.
- Maniilaq Association
- Metlakatla Indian Community
- NAMI Juneau
- Native Village of Port Heiden
- OPT-In Kiana
- Soldotna Area Senior Citizens, Inc.
- Team Red, White & Blue
Through the grant application process, the recipients demonstrated the proven success of and future plans for deploying suicide prevention strategies that are customized to address needs specific to Alaska, especially in rural areas. The organizations span a wide range of target audiences, from seniors to youth, LGBTQ+ to veterans, and Alaskans in some of the most remote communities in the state.
For more information about this year’s recipients, including links to their respective websites, visit www.gci.com/why-gci/gcigives/gci-suicide-prevention-fund. To learn more about the GCI Gives program, visit www.gci.com/why-gci/gcigives.
GCI is one of Alaska’s leaders in corporate philanthropy, donating approximately $2 million each year in cash, products, and connectivity to organizations across the state. GCI is committed to giving back to the communities it serves and provides employees with 16 hours of paid leave to volunteer with local organizations.
Headquartered in Alaska, GCI provides data, mobile, video, voice and managed services to consumer, business, government, and carrier customers throughout Alaska, serving more than 200 communities. The company has invested more than $3 billion in its Alaska network and facilities over the past 40 years and recently launched true standards-based 5G NR service in Anchorage, now the nation’s northernmost 5G service area. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com. GCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Broadband Corporation (Nasdaq: LBRDA, LBRDK, LBRDP). Learn more about Liberty Broadband at https://www.libertybroadband.com.