The Sitka Local Foods Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your donations can help support a variety of projects promoting the growing, harvesting and consumption of local foods in Sitka, Alaska.
Your donation helps us fund the Sitka Farmers Market and St. Peter’s Fellowship Farm, among other projects. We offer education opportunities to Sitka residents, so they can learn how to grow their own food and preserve it for the winter. We also support projects run by other organizations, such as the Sitka Kitch, Sitka Community Gardens, Fish to Schools and 4H.
To make a tax-deductible donation, you simply mail a check to: Sitka Local Foods Network, 408 Marine St., Suite D, Sitka, Alaska, 99835. Please let us know if you need a receipt. Our EIN is 26-4629930. We also have an online donation site through Razoo.com, and you can make an online contribution by clicking this link or the image below.
If you work for one of the businesses, such as Alaska Airlines, that uses the Benevity.com website for employee charitable donations, the Sitka Local Foods Network can accept donations through that site. Click the link above to go to our profile page. Also, some corporations match employee donations, so double-check with your employer to see if your donation will be matched.
In 2016, we launched a sponsorship program, where local businesses and individuals can support the Sitka Local Foods Network at four levels — Grower ($2,500-plus), Harvester ($1,000-$2,499), Planter ($250-$999) and Friend ($50-$249). In 2017, the Alaska Comprehensive Cancer Partnership has donated at the Grower level, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) donated at the Harvester level, and the Sitka True Value donated at the Planter level. Please support our sponsors.
Starting in 2014, you can donate to the Sitka Local Foods Network through the Pick.Click.Give. program offered through the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend program. When you fill out your PFD application online, toward the end you’ll be asked if you want to participate in the Pick.Click.Give. charitable giving program. Click yes, and you’ll be taken to the program’s page where you can search for the Sitka Local Foods Network‘s page. You can make donations in increments of $25 ($25, $50, $75, $100, etc.) to more than 500 registered local and state nonprofit organizations through Pick.Click.Give., including 22 from Sitka. The application period for PFDs is Jan. 1 through March 31 each year, but you can add or make changes to your Pick.Click.Give. donations through Aug. 31. (NOTE: We were not in the 2017 Pick.Click.Give. program due to a clerical issue, but we will be back in the program for 2018.)
So how does even a small donation help us?
- A $10 donation might allow us to seed one large section of garden with carrots for example, buy two smaller packages of seeds, buy bags for salad mix product, or replace worn-out gloves.
- A $25 donation might replace our broken hoes or other tools, buy sand to mix into dirt, pay gas on the truck for loads of seaweed, buy snacks for volunteer laborers, or buy hoops for low tunnels.
- A $50 donation might buy a sheet of plastic for a hoop, hire the local fundraising sports team to move an apple tree or build a new garden bed, buy row cover or weed-block fabric, or buy potato seed for the upcoming year.
- A $1,000 donation supports one family in our garden mentoring program, buying all the materials for the family garden bed (wood, soil, seeds, amendments, etc.), guidebooks, pays for one-on-one instruction from mentors, etc.
We thank you for supporting local foods in Sitka, Alaska. Your donation is greatly appreciated. If you need more information about our organization or a receipt for tax purposes, you can email the Sitka Local Foods Network board of directors at firstname.lastname@example.org.