December 7, 2018


Wasilla, Alaska – The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) is offering Target Wellness earthquake recovery grants to assist qualified Mat-Su nonprofits affected by the November 30 earthquake. These special grants will receive expedited handling, and the maximum amount will be increased to $50,000 from the normal $15,000 threshold for Target Wellness grants. Applications are accepted online at

“Much of our work at the Mat-Su Health Foundation focuses on resilience. Since the devastating earthquake that shook us to the core last Friday, we’ve witnessed resilience in action. There has been a powerful community-wide commitment to coming together and helping each other through the crisis,” said MSHF Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Ripley. “We're proud of how the community is handling this crisis and grateful to be able to help our nonprofit partners recover quickly so that they can continue offering vital services.”

The first grant under this program was awarded this week, with $50,000 going to United Way of Mat-Su. Nonprofit organizations with questions about Target Wellness earthquake recovery grants may contact Senior Program Officer Jim Beck at (907) 373-2811 or


About MSHF: Mat-Su Health Foundation is the official business name of Valley Hospital Association, Inc., which shares ownership in Mat-Su Regional Medical Center.In this capacity, the foundation actively participates in the governance of Mat-Su’s community hospital and protects the community’s interest in this important health care asset through board oversight.The MSHF invests its assets into charitable works that improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in the Mat-Su. More information is available at