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July Lunch & Learn to be held in FairbanksNOTE to Anchorage attendees: Please bring your own lunch and come to the BP Energy Center to participate remotely with Fairbanks.

July Lunch & Learn: Panel of Interior Alaska Funders
Wed, July 19
11:30 am - 1 pm
Location: Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union
495 Harold Bentley Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701
Faciliatator: Gretchen Gordon, CFRE

Join us and get inside the heads of decision makers from several Interior Alaska businesses and corporations that fund locally and around the state of Alaska. Learn how business leaders view the issues facing our region, how they make strategic funding decisions and determine desired outcomes, what they really want from their non-profit partners, and how you can more successfully position your organization for funding.

Business leaders from Interior Alaska representatives:

  • Shaw, LornaPogo Mine - Lorna Shaw serves as the External Affairs Manager for Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo LLC where she oversees community, public and government affairs for Pogo Mine. A fourth generation Alaskan, Shaw has been in the mining industry since 2001. She holds graduate and undergraduate business degrees from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Lorna is married to Kelly Shaw, the automotive, auto body, and heavy equipment instructor at Hutchison High School and they have a 12-year old daughter, Rachel.

  • Miller, ChrisDesign Alaska - Chris Miller is the President of Design Alaska. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.  Major projects include the Rabinowitz Courthouse, the new UAF power plant, and the Fairbanks Airport. He was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Chris, with his wife Angie, currently care for the historic The Elbow Room building downtown and are renovating the 1905 Falcon Joslin House. He has numerous hobbies including playing in a steel drum band, hiking, traveling to different cultures, and piloting through the interior skies. He currently volunteers as president of the Downtown Association of Fairbanks.

  • Ostbloom, CharleneDoyon - Charlene Ostbloom assumed her role as Doyon, Limited’s vice president of communications in December 2012. She is responsible for the company’s internal and external communication strategies. Prior to accepting the role, Ostbloom served as the Human Resource Service Center Manager at Doyon and worked at Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UAF and serves on the Alaska Public Media board, Foundation Health Partners board of trustees and the Gana-A’ Yoo, Limited board. She and her family reside in Fairbanks. 

  • Atchison, AnnaKinross/Fort Knox - Anna Atchison is a lifelong Alaskan raised on a homestead at the base of the Talkeetna Mountains. As the External Affairs Manager for the Kinross Fort Knox Gold Mine she is responsible for the region’s corporate social responsibility program, among other things. A UAF graduate, Anna earned her degree in Natural Resource Management with a focus in communications.  She enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband Shane and their spirited girls, Cate and Sam.

  • Herbert, LisaUsibelli Coal Mine - Lisa Herbert joined Usibelli Coal Mine as Vice President of Public Relations in June 2016. She is responsible for developing, implementing and managing the mine’s communication strategies and acts as an ambassador for the mine in the community and with the media. Ms. Herbert also serves as the Executive Director of The Usibelli Foundation, the mine’s philanthropic arm that supports charitable 501(c)(3) organizations in the state. Prior to joining Usibelli, Ms. Herbert spent nearly 10 years with the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, serving her last six years as President and CEO.

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AFP PM – Philanthropy Matters!

AFP, Alaska Chapter hosts quarterly in-depth quarterly conversations designed for development professionals with the CFRE credential or 3+ years of experience.

AFP PM—Philanthropy Matters conversations explore the latest research, trends, and ideas in philanthropy and development. These discussions are facilitated and you earn one CFRE Certification credit each time you participate.

 Join us!: Tuesday, August 15, 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 pm

to discuss the study, Fundraising Bright Spots.

WHERE: Community Room at Hearth Artisan Pizza

1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd. in Anchorage (next to Middle Way Café)

Register here!!!

In a 2013 study, Underdeveloped (, the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and CompassPoint captured a distressing picture of the chronic fundraising challenges facing today’s nonprofits.

A more-recent study, Fundraising Bright Spots ( examines how a select group of social change organizations is achieving breakthrough results in individual giving. The study documents the deeper organizational attributes that enable these organizations to excel, and explores common themes in the mindset behind these organizations’ fundraising, day-to-day practices and habits of their people, organizational cultures and systems.

Register by 7/11 - Your $10 registration fee will help the Chapter purchase appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. (You’ll be able to purchase additional food and adult beverages if you prefer.)

Get it on the calendar! NOVEMBER 2017 GATHERING – Scheduled for Tuesday, November 14

We hope to see you at an AFP PM—Philanthropy Matters gathering soon!


Dr. Sandra Ehrlich, CFRE                     Julie Varee, CFRE                                                     

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