The CIRI Foundation Seeks CIRI Shareholders or Descendants for Board Member
The CIRI Foundation (TCF) was established as a 501(c) 3, private foundation, in 1982. It was
originally incorporated as a separate non-profit entity by the Cook Inlet Region, Inc. Board of
The major goal of The CIRI Foundation is to encourage the education and career development of
the Foundation’s Alaska Native beneficiaries through post-secondary scholarships and grants,
research, and other education projects.
A second goal is to perpetuate and enhance the heritage of Cook Inlet Region’s Indigenous people
through programs that foster appreciation among Alaska Native people and understanding by the
The organization has grown in 26 years to include a six-employee team who administer a
The CIRI Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors. The board consists of fifteen members, a
majority of whom are appointed by the Cook Inlet Region, Inc. Board of Directors, the remaining
are selected by The CIRI Foundation Board of Directors.
What is expected of a CIRI Foundation Board Member?
Directors are responsible for determining the business affairs and policies of the non-profit
corporation that further The CIRI Foundation's organizational goal which is to promote individual
self-development and economic self-sufficiency through education. The CIRI Foundation Board
meets four times a year, usually in Anchorage. All directors are appointed to three-year terms. In
addition, The CIRI Foundation Board appoints members to the Executive, Finance and Endowment,
Education Awards, Nominating, and Long Range Planning Committees.
Qualifications for Board of Directors
The CIRI Foundation encourages qualified and professional CIRI shareholders and their direct lineal
descendants to apply for consideration. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age; be well-
rounded with a demonstrated understanding of business operations; experience or high-level of
interest in the field of education; financial investment knowledge; be a strong decision-maker;
possess strong leadership and communication skills, demonstrate honesty and integrity; and be
actively involved in Alaska Native issues. Board members’ family members* are not eligible to
receive awards during the term served and current Foundation recipients are not eligible to serve.
*Disqualified members of the family defined – family members of any sitting board member include
only his/her spouse, ancestors, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the spouses of
children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Interested candidates should apply in writing by sending their current resume with at least two
references to The CIRI Foundation, Attn: Nominating Committee, 3600 San Jeronimo Drive, Suite
256, Anchorage, Alaska 99508. All Board Applicant Pool resumes will be kept on file for a year
from the date of submission.
At the appropriate time, The CIRI Foundation Board of Directors’ Nominating Committee will review
the resumes and arrange for telephone or in-person interviews with qualified candidates. Final
recommendations will then be submitted to The CIRI Foundation Board of Directors who will make
selection decisions and appointment recommendations. For additional information, contact The
CIRI Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 907.793.3575 or 1.800.764.3382.