CIRI’s Giving Guidelines

CIRI provides contributions for specific projects and for general operations for organizations that have been in existence for at least one year and are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. CIRI encourages matching gifts from other donors or funding organizations as part of the company’s overall giving strategy. CIRI’s main geographic area of focus is Southcentral Alaska.

What CIRI Funds

CIRI contributions are focused on organizations that support quality of life and Alaska Native culture and heritage in our communities.  CIRI provides support in the following focus areas through partnerships, volunteerism and monetary support:

Alaska Native culture and heritage:  CIRI supports nonprofit organizations that promote and perpetuate Alaska Native heritage and culture. Organizations and projects that receive support are those that protect Alaska Native self-determination, subsistence and subsistence management and revitalization of Alaska Native culture and identity.  

Homelessness, hunger and health:  CIRI prioritizes support of organizations that provide critical support and preventative mental health care to those experiencing homelessness with the goal of connecting those in need with the unique services that provide a path to sustainable and healthy way of life.

Youth and education:  CIRI is committed to promoting and providing educational opportunities and activities for students (grades K-12) and gives priority to projects that serve low-income and disadvantaged youth. Entering its 40th year of operation, the annual CIRI Golf Classic has provided support for community organizations dedicated to youth and education since inception.

We Do Not Fund

  • Individual or team sponsorships
  • In state or out of state trips for individuals or teams
  • Religious organizations or church-sponsored activities
  • Organizations that discriminate based on race, creed, color, sex, national origin or sexual orientation
  • Pageants or talent contests
  • Debt


To be eligible for a contribution, an organization should address a specific community need that benefits as wide an audience as possible. If you think your organization or project qualifies and you would like to apply, please fill out the online application form. The application covers the following details:

  • Brief description of the organization (name, history, mission, activities)
  • Organization’s target audience
  • Amount of the request
  • Why the funds are needed
  • How funds will be raised from other sources
  • How funds will be used

Review Process

We receive more requests than our budget allows, and each request is carefully evaluated. CIRI budgets for donation requests based on the calendar year, but accepts and reviews proposals throughout the year. Requests are evaluated based on CIRI’s budget, current objectives and the community need for the project.