A year after it was launched, Perpetually Night Alaska is now a full-fledged nonprofit organization with offices in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.
The organization, founded by longtime Alaska residents and business owners, has a network of community partners in Anchorage and is also seeking to expand into other cities, said Krista Schafer, executive director of Perpetuously Night Alaska.
The nonprofit has already raised $1.4 million in a series of private investments from private equity firms and investors, and is currently hiring staff, Schafer said.
In a post on Perpetably Night Alaska’s website, the group outlines its mission as a “family of long-time Alaska residents that want to help each other thrive in an uncertain world.”
The nonprofit, Schaffer said, aims to “change the way people interact and build a sense of community through socializing, volunteering, hosting events, and creating opportunities for others to participate in the life of Alaska.”
“We’re excited to see how the Perpetally Night community can continue to grow and thrive in the coming years,” Schafer wrote.
“Perpetually Nights Alaska will continue to serve as a community resource to help others, to educate, and to connect.”
In Alaska, there are about 5,500 permanent residents, about 100,000 permanent residents and 10,000 temporary residents, according to the Alaska State Department of Transportation.
Perpetantly Night Alaska said it has raised more than $1 million in private investment and has hired 150 people to work with it.
Perpensys Night Alaska, the nonprofit’s sister nonprofit, has raised $2 million in funding, Schafers said.
Alaska has also seen a rise in Airbnb rentals in recent years, with more than 1,600 properties being rented out this year.
Perperters Night Alaska has partnered with other nonprofit organizations and other Alaska companies to help people stay connected and live better in a changing world, Schaver said.
“In our world, we are constantly changing and finding new ways to make the world a better place,” Schafer said.
Perpsys Night, which began as a non-profit, now has a 501(c)(3) status.
In Alaska’s 2017 tax year, the organization collected about $8,000 in fees, including an annual operating fee, Schaffers said, and has been working with state officials to increase its tax filing fees to help cover expenses.
Perpreters Night also has partnered on a new program to encourage more Alaska residents to get involved in the economy.
PerPensys night will be hosting a free summer event at the state capitol, which is being held from June 21-25.
The event is being co-hosted by Perpents Night and a group of business owners in Anchorage, which will include a panel discussion about how Perpers Night can help their community.
“We have seen a great increase in the number of people interested in staying connected, getting involved in their communities, and making a positive impact on our communities,” Schaffer said in a statement.
“Our goal is to connect more people with opportunities that will help them thrive in a world where everyone is a member of a tribe.”
In addition to Perpetutes Night, Perpelsys Night also launched a Perpets Night Alaska Fund, which has raised about $3.5 million.
Perpes Night also partnered with a number of Alaska businesses and organizations to provide a free weekend to residents of the state in 2018.
The Perples Night Alaska fund is intended to give the community a free day to come together and make connections and connect, Perprets Night wrote in a blog post.
“The goal is not only to help provide the community with a free event but also to provide an opportunity for all Alaska residents who want to share their experiences with each other and help build the future of our community,” the post said.