Springing from an idea proposed in 1992, the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce established the Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation following the community's highly successful staging of the 1996 Arctic Winter Games. Early funding for the Foundation's ambitious intentions came from a $45,000 surplus transferred to the Foundation from the Games Host Society. Substantial additional funding was provided in 2004 through a bequest from the estate of Mary Lou Briggs, pioneer of Eagle River.
The purposes of the Foundation are to make lasting improvements to our community and its residents; to foster the tradition of neighbors helping neighbors; and to promote a healthy and productive community. Activities include provide grants to the Chugiak-Eagle River community organizations, educational scholarships, the latter a legacy of the Briggs family. Guiding the Foundation is a commitment to honesty, compassion, respect, and stewardship.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to improving the quality of life and to address emerging needs in the community of Chugiak/Eagle River, Alaska by providing grants and scholarships from a permanent endowment.
Affairs of the Foundation are overseen by a board of thirteen Trustees. Trustees solicit and invest donations, receive and decide on applications for grants to benefit approved activities, and remain informed about needs within our growing community. Link here for the Foundation By-Laws.