ANCHORAGE - Alaska's nonprofits and education groups have been handed a building worth $7.1 million to use free of charge.
The gift comes from BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., which estimates its annual costs for the center at $1 million.
The 13,500-square-foot BP Energy Center in Anchorage is part museum, part office building and part classroom, and couldn't come at a better time, said Fred Jenkins, executive vice president of United Way Anchorage.
"We're past the time when nonprofits can go get grants on their own," he said.
No rent means agencies can save resources. And federal, state and private funding sources want nonprofits to work together on initiatives.
BP is the state's No. 2 oil producer, and it runs most of the North Slope fields.