Anchorage – The Foraker Group has added a staff member whose primary responsibility will be to assist nonprofit and tribal organizations increase their capacity to serve rural communities. Jonella Larson White will begin her position as Foraker’s rural specialist in August.
According to Foraker President and CEO Dennis McMillian, the Alaska nonprofit sector has a major impact on the state’s economy – employing more than 10 percent of the state’s workforce – with a major presence in rural Alaska.
“In some rural communities, nonprofits account for as much as half of all spending and employment and provide critical community services that are not available from any other source,” McMillian says. “Given this, helping rural nonprofits function more effectively is a Foraker focus. Jonella is the right person to help us do that. She will greatly enhance our ability to serve this important part of the sector.”
Larson White will be part of the Foraker team that helps nonprofits develop strategic plans, business plans, fund development plans and other strategies to help them thrive. She also will assist an organization to determine if it could benefit from other Foraker services such as financial management or human resources consulting.
The rural specialist position is supported in part by a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
Larson White’s educational background is in rural development and community planning. She is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Harvard University. Her professional experience includes positions in museums and art galleries in Canada, the Lower 48 and in Alaska. She currently serves as a cultural advisor to the Alaska State Council on the Arts and is also on the steering committee for the Alaska Native Fund.
Larson White, Ququngaq, is St. Lawrence Island Yupik, raised in Nome with family ties to Savoonga.
About The Foraker Group
The Foraker Group is dedicated to a healthy, sustainable nonprofit sector in Alaska. Foraker guides organizations on their journey to sustainability – starting with a focus on mission, then looking beyond simply maintaining funding to the essential elements of board, staff and partnerships. Foraker serves as Alaska’s Nonprofit Association.