The Mat-Su Health Foundation, one of the most powerful and well-funded organizations in the Mat-Su, will hold its annual members-only meeting on Monday, June 12. This provides a chance for members to address concerns and controversies that have come to light over the past couple of years.
The last day to RSVP for the meeting is today, May 26. Click here to sign up.
In recent years, the Foundation has been mired in controversy for pushing far-left leaning causes and projects that are rooted in critical race theory and LGBTQ political ideology.
With hundreds of millions of dollars at its disposal, the foundation issues scores of targeted grants to local organizations. This money comes from a business arrangement between the foundation and the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. In recent years the health foundation has ballooned its assets to almost a quarter of a billion dollars by capturing 35% of hospital profits.
By redistributing this wealth, the foundation wields tremendous power and influence over nonprofits and other institutions that rely on grant funding.
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In recent years, however, prominent figures with former ties to the foundation have spoken out against the direction it has taken. Scott Johannes and Craig Thorn have served as chairman of the board for Mat-Su Health Foundation. Both men have also publicly noted that the organization has embraced a leftist ideology that increasingly focuses on divisive social issues rather than improving the health of Mat-Su residents.
To address these concerns, a growing number of Mat-Su conservatives have joined the foundation’s membership with the aim of reforming the organization. Membership is open to Mat-Su residents who are 18 or older. The simple application entails a $5 fee, which must be paid annually. The June 12 meeting will be held at 7 p.m., following a 6 p.m. dinner at the Mat-Su Health Foundation building in downtown Wasilla. Only members can attend.