mISSION and goals

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, TCF is committed to supporting the educational and career aspirations of our Alaska Native beneficiaries by offering scholarships for post-secondary and career technical education. Our primary goal is to encourage the education and career development of Alaska Native beneficiaries through various funding opportunities.

About The CIRI Foundation

The CIRI Foundation (TCF) is a private foundation established in 1982 by the ANCSA Corporation Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) Board of Directors. Our mission is to foster individual self-development and economic self-sufficiency through education while preserving the rich culture and legacy of Alaska Natives who are original shareholders of Cook Inlet Region, Inc., and their lineal descendants.

Funding and Achievements

Since its founding, TCF has invested more than $42 million in post-secondary education for eligible Alaska Native recipients. Additionally, approximately $4.1 million has been awarded through TCF’s Education and Heritage Project Grant Program to nonprofit projects that align with our goals, further benefiting our people, Alaska Natives, and Alaskans.

Cultural Preservation

TCF strives to enhance and perpetuate the customs of Alaska Native people from the Cook Inlet region through programs that increase public appreciation and understanding of our culture. We support living traditions through our heritage publications, which celebrate and promote Alaska Native culture.

Contact Us

For more information about our mission, goals, and programs, please feel free to contact The CIRI Foundation. We are here to support the educational and cultural aspirations of our community.


I am so grateful for the support I have received from the CIRI Foundation over the past four years to help fund my education. I am so excited for what my future holds. Quyana!

Maddie Mulcahey

TCF Recipient
TCF Recipient Mauri Butzke

I am excited to pursue a future in medicine and Indigenous healthcare and will be applying to medical school next year. Thank you TCF for all of your support and helping me achieve my goals.

Mauri Butzke

TCF Recipient

Gunalchéesh for supporting my journey. I am honored that I received scholarships from The CIRI Foundation.

Sabrina Walker

TCF Recipient
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