Southcentral Foundation President/CEO Dr. Katherine Gottlieb waves from aboard one of the Alaska Railroad-sponsored train tours.
Trees fly by in a whir as the mountains rise up from the encroaching horizon, the scene is electric; conversations are charged with the beauty of the landscape as old friends connect and new friends meet. With the steady hum of the passing landscape, the click-clack of the train’s metal wheels offers a rhythmic metronome for the conversations occurring between the participants of the Rasmuson Foundation Educational Tour of Alaska for Grantmakers. Occurring annually, the event is an opportunity for nonprofit organizations from around the state to build lasting relationships with national philanthropists.
Riding through Alaska’s diverse landscapes offers a perfect venue for the conversations focused on collaboration that continue to build a healthy, vibrant Alaska. During these train rides, SCF has an opportunity to share information about our organization, the Nuka System of Care, and SCF programs serving Alaska Native and American Indian people. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase what SCF and Alaska Native people have accomplished with our health care system over a span of more than 30 years.
Each year, the Alaska Railroad has been instrumental in helping to showcase Alaska to guests who visit from nationally-known organizations. Train rides provide an opportunity for funders visiting from the Lower 48 to experience the remoteness of Alaska, while leadership from across the state is provided one-on-one time with guests. SCF is grateful to the Alaska Railroad for continuing to partner with organizers of the Rasmuson Foundation Educational Tour of Alaska for Grantmakers, and for its frequent support of SCF, such as donating train tickets for our employee appreciation efforts.
The Alaska Railroad provides year-round rail transportation services throughout Southcentral and Interior Alaska. Routes cover miles of remote landscapes, to safely bring millions of tons of cargo and nearly a half-million passengers to “rail belt” destinations from Seward to Fairbanks. Passengers gain access to public land treasures including the Chugach National Forest, Denali National Park, and many remote regions off of the road system.
Thank you again to the Alaska Railroad and other community partners.