Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

Coast Alaska Project

CoastAlaska, Inc. is a non-profit organization uniting the public radio stations in the Southeast Alaska communities of Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg, Wrangell, and Ketchikan.


During the 1990s, government funding for public radio was decreasing and resulted in the merger of radio stations across Southeast Alaska in an effort to reduce cost and combine payroll. Since its inception, Coast Alaska has served as a hub for collaborative public media organizations to provide local news, access to the world outside, equal service for listeners, and commitment to diversity and volunteerism for over 20 years.

With the help of our grant, Coast Alaska will be able to build on, expand, and share learnings from their unique business revenue and collaboration model and fund a digital storytelling of lessons learned and tools for collaborating that developed from KUCB Unalaska joining CoastAlaska as a full member station. As small non-profits that provide local service often lack robust organization infrastructure, sharing the story of this merger will help encourage others to create an equivalent but separate shared service organizations.


1. On Twitter, follow @CoastAlaskaNews.

2. Like them on Facebook here.

Total Commitment

2017: Up to $100,000 over 18 months.