Grantees of the GHCF 2020 Award Program Due to COVID, our 2020 grantees received their checks in the mail. We recreated the check hand-offs in the Spring when it was safe to do so!


The following Fairbanks area organizations were awarded grants from the Golden Heart Community Foundation in 2020.

The Salvation Army

Mission: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Grant Project: Fairbanks Corps General Assistance

GHCF Program Manager Sally Kieper (L) and Salvation Army Major Malone (R)

The Folk School

Mission: Our mission is to perpetuate the joy of hands-on learning.

Grant Project: Wood Fest 2021

Folk School Program Director Kerri Hamos (L) and GHCF Board Member Paula Earp (R)

The Bread Line

Mission: The Bread Line is an inclusive and accessible anti-hunger organization that has been serving Fairbanks since 1984. Our mission is to feed people and affirm lives in our community. 

Grant Project: BLI Kitchen Project 2020

Bread Line Executive Director Hannah Hill (L) and GHCF Program Manager Sally Kieper (R)

North Star Imagination Library

Mission: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books free of charge to children from birth to age five, through funding shared by Dolly Parton and local community partners in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Republic of Ireland.

Grant Project: North Star Imagination Library

Imagination Library Secretary Gloria Martin (next to image of Dolly Parton) and GHCF Program Manager Sally Kieper (R)

No Limits, Inc

Mission: To provide resettlement services to the marginalized and disadvantaged for successful transition from dependence on society to independence with the support and resources they need to transform their lives.

Grant Project: Warming Station

No Limits Executive Director Kelvin Lee (L) and GHCF Board Member Bert Bell (R)

NAMI Fairbanks

Mission: We provide education, support, advocacy, and public awareness so that all individuals affected by mental illness can build better lives.

Grant Project: NAMI Fairbanks Website Development and Maintenance

GHCF Board Member Paula Earp (L), NAMI President Jeanette Grasto (C), and NAMI Board Member Viola Taylor (R)

Midnight Sun Council, Boy Scouts of America

Mission: It is the mission of the Midnight Sun Council, Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential.

Grant Project: Midnight Sun Council Boy Scouts of America

GHCF Program Manager Sally Kieper (L) and Scout Executive Stephen Smith (R)

Love INC

Mission: Mobilize the Church to Transform Lives In the Name of Christ.

Grant Project: Loving Families 2020 – 2021

Love INC Executive Director Jason Kempthorne (L) and GHCF Board Member Mike Cook (R)

Literacy Council of Alaska

Mission: Our mission is to change lives through literacy for people of all ages in Fairbanks and the Interior.

Grant Project: Adult Literacy: GED Support and English as a Second Language

Literacy Council Executive Director Mike Kolasa (L) and GHCF Board Member Karen Milam (R)

Friends of Creamer’s Field

Mission: To inspire environmental stewardship and lifelong learning through experience, awareness, appreciation and conservation of the natural and historic resources of Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge.

Grant Project: 2021 Sharing Nature & History Program

GHCF Program Manager Sally Kieper (L) and Friends of Creamer’s Field Executive Director Lissa Hughes (R)

Fairbanks Symphony Association

Mission: The Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to promoting the musical arts in Fairbanks and throughout Alaska by performing symphonic music of the highest caliber and by offering educational programs for individuals of all ages designed to train new musicians, cultivate musical knowledge and foster individual development and music appreciation.

Grant Project: Fairbanks Symphony Televised Concerts

Fairbanks Symphony Association Managing Director Jenni Warren (L) and GHCF Board Member Karen Milam (R)

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival

Mission: The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival’s mission is to awaken everyone’s inner artist, connecting world-class professionals to aspiring artists, and giving people who are enthusiastic about the fine arts an outlet to pursue their passions.

Grant Project: Web Interview Series

FSAF Executive Director James Menaker (L) and GHCF Board Member Bert Bell (R)

Fairbanks Community Food Bank

Mission: The primary purpose of the Fairbanks Community Food BankService, Inc. is to provide food for hungry people and to distribute surplus food that would ordinarily be discarded. All locally collected food is to be distributed without charge.

Grant Project: Keep the lights on at the Fairbanks Community Food Bank

Fairbanks Community Food Bank Executive Director Sam Kiersten (L) and GHCF Board Member Karen Milam (R)