Education is an important tool for all who seek financial self-sufficiency and an improved quality of life for themselves, their families and communities.

 

Since 1983, The CIRI Foundation has contributed more than $25.7 million for the Alaska Native beneficiaries of CIRI to participate in post-secondary education thanks, in part, to donors like you.

  • A donor’s gift benefits both The CIRI Foundation and the donor.  It provides important educational financial assistance for Alaska Native enrollees to Cook Inlet region and their direct lineal descendants who are students in schools, colleges, universities, and other accredited institutions of learning.
  • It also helps The CIRI Foundation to be financially self-reliant upon its own endowment earnings and private charitable contributions, instead of depending upon the uncertainties of government funding.
  • For the donor, there is the satisfaction of making a gift to an on-going and worthwhile educational program that assists many people achieve life changing goals through education. This investment in the future of others shows your devotion to people by sharing your personal resources.
  • Second, you can memorialize your contribution for scholarships by making it a gift in memory of a relative or friend who has passed away.
  • Third, your gift for scholarships can be made to honor a living person or commemorate a special event in the life of the donor’s family.
  • Finally, your contribution is tax deductible since The CIRI Foundation has an IRS 501 (c)(3) charitable organization status.
  • There are several ways in which an individual donor may make a charitable gift that may be designated for The CIRI Foundation’s educational scholarship, grant and internship programs.

Before making any gift, you should contact your accountant or attorney for tax or legal advice applicable to your situation.  These include:

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When filing your Alaska State PFD, you have the chance to donate to Alaska non-profits like The CIRI Foundation via Pick.Click.Give. With Pick.Click.Give you can edit your contributions through August 31 if you forgot to donate. Click Here to learn more about this program and your chance to Double Your Dividend with Pick.Click.Give PCG-Organization-Icon
Cash Donation
Writing a check to The CIRI Foundation is the most direct and easiest way for you to make a charitable contribution.  It is a way to express appreciation for what The CIRI Foundation is doing to assist scholarship and grant recipients, and can be given in honor or memory of another person..
Gifting by Will
Naming The CIRI Foundation in your will is an excellent way to provide a legacy of educational scholarships and grants for future generations. You may specify in your will a portion or all of your real property,  or  securities which you may have publicly traded, to go directly to The CIRI Foundation. Your gift towards The CIRI Foundation’s various endowments can be designated to the Scholarship and Grant Programs, the Village Scholarship Programs, or the Internship Program.
Gifting by Will: Life Estate
 One variation of the will is a gift through a “life estate.”  With this approach, you may provide by will that some or all of your property shall go to an individual for the life of such individual and, thereafter, to The CIRI Foundation. In this way, you may provide for a loved one during his or her life by allowing that person to use, enjoy and receive income and dividends from the property while preserving the property itself for later as a gift to The CIRI Foundation.
Contingent Life Insurance
Specifying The CIRI Foundation as a contingent beneficiary in your life insurance policy allows the benefits of your policy to go to The CIRI Foundation in the event other specified beneficiaries do not survive you.
Appreciated securities, real estate, collectibles, and personal property
Donating securities, real estate, artwork, book, collectibles or other assets that have increased in value provides another potential source of scholarship funds for The CIRI Foundation.  Contributions of this type can provide a double tax benefit in some cases – a charitable contribution deduction and avoidance of capital gains tax on the appreciated value of the property that is donated. The foregoing is intended as a guide to gifting options and may not directly apply to your personal financial circumstances. Before making any gift, you should contact your accountant or attorney for tax or legal advice applicable to your situation.