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Build Alaska's Future

Build Alaska’s Future Education Fund (BAFEF) is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit corporation founded to advance the national Biden-Harris Administration agenda through its mission of education, outreach, and advocacy on critical policy issues. We seek to influence national conversations by giving a greater voice to Alaskans often not included in the wider discourse. BAFEF promotes good governance, public engagement, and civic participation while remaining non-partisan and not engaging in political activity.

Who We Are

Build Alaska’s Future Education Fund was founded by Alaskans concerned about elevating the state’s voice in President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better Plan” and other national policies of interest. We are powered by a volunteer coalition representing a diversity of issues including, but not limited to, sustainable development, Indigenous peoples, infrastructure, rural Alaska, climate action, public health, reproductive rights, equity and inclusion, and labor. BAFEF promotes good governance, public engagement and civic participation.

BAFEF will harness the energy, creativity and commitment of the many individuals involved in the Alaskans For Biden-Harris volunteer organization and channel it into the nonpartisan development, discussion and implementation of positive public policy affecting Alaska.

BAFEF will supply information and education about federal policies and initiatives affecting Alaska and create opportunities for dialogue between decision-makers and Alaskans. This includes interfacing with the Biden Administration on personnel choices for federal positions that affect Alaska and Alaska interests.

Our Mission

We seek to represent a diversity of intersectional issues related to the interests of the Alaskan public and its success on the national level. The issues that concern Alaskans include, but are not limited to, sustainable development, Indigenous sovereignty, rural Alaska infrastructure, climate action and resiliency, public health and reproductive rights, and equity and labor. Below are some of our priorities:

  • Grow in-state engagement with Alaska’s congressional delegation: BAFEF’s efforts to educate Alaskans on critical policy issues can generate grassroots support for the Alaska delegation to work productively with the administration for the benefit of the state. Alaska’s senior U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski has been shown to be highly influential in the current political alignment and on the Biden Administration’s legislative agenda.
  • Promote local impacts and opportunities from federal legislation: The economic stimulus from the American Rescue Plan Act has already boosted crucial Alaska sectors such as tourism and fishing, while increasing the number of good-paying jobs in the long term. Greater policy education about national initiatives bolsters broad public support while countering and neutralizing the outsized negative positions of a vocal few. This holds especially true in Alaska’s small constituency, where BAFEF’s presence can leverage a strong, positive voice for Alaskans in national discussions.
  • Leverage national relationships via BAFEF’s coalition of diverse stakeholders: BAFEF’s steering committee includes Alaska leaders in sectors ranging from labor, Indigenous rights, diversity, sustainable development, infrastructure, climate action, and more. This alignment of influential voices provides a network to national partnerships. Investing in this coalition can enhance Alaska’s capacity to strategically influence national policy.

Partners & Resources

We’re not alone! Our work with Build Alaska’s Future complements other organizations’ efforts to track federal investments in Alaska, such as the Alaska Municipal League and the Alaska Federation of Natives. Learn more about what each group offers and how we fill in the gaps below!

Grant Information and Support

The Alaska Municipal League has created a site to inform local governments about federal grant opportunities and support their applications. Visit their Alaska Federal Funding website for:

Tracking and Communicating Funding

Build Alaska’s Future contextualizes key federal investments in Alaska and shares the stories with the general public. Use our interactive map to view funded projects across the state!

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Tribal and ANC Opportunities

The Alaska Federation of Natives Navigator Program helps inform and support the Alaska Native Community with respect to federal relief and infrastructure funds.