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Juneau Community Foundation honors Clark Gruening with first Founders' Award

Founder's Award

Left to right: Eric Kueffner, Board President, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, First Lady Donna Walker, Reed Stoops, Clark Gruening, Amy Skilbred and Ken Leghorn.

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2014 Annual Report
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Juneau Hope Endowment Fund Makes Its First Grants

The Juneau Hope Endowment Fund announces its first grant awards, giving out over $1 million to organizations working enhance Juneau's social service programs supporting hospice, mental health, suicide prevention, victims of violence, drug and alcohol abuse and homelessness programs.

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Nonprofits get $1M from Hope Fund, Juneau Empire,
April 15, 2015



Philanthropist of the Year Philanthropist of the Year
Foundation honors Philanthropist of the Year Paul Douglas at sixth annual Philanthropy Recognition Dinner.

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  • The Empty Chair Project
    Since our acceptance by JCF to act as the depository for our contributions, their help has freed up our time to fundraise and move this project forward. With their institutional support, we've reached our goal months ahead of schedule.
  • Douglas-Dornan Foundation Fund
    "Brian and Whythe immersed themselves into the Juneau community as young adults with giving hearts. What better way to honor their memory than by continuing to support the community I love and call home." - Paul Douglas
  • Willoughby Arts Complex
    Perserverence Theater and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council are teaming up as the pARTnership to build and operate together a single, shared, state of the art facility to house both organizations and to provide performance and gallery space for all Juneau's arts and cultural community to share. The pARTnership is grateful to the Juneau Community Foundation for encouraging and promoting local support of this project, to be built in the Willoughby District and anchor the long-range cultural vision for our town.
  • Discovery Southeast
    "The natural history of our region is remarkable and it's vital that we deepen our understanding and appreciation of our surroundings. Discovery Southeast's programs are an essential part of our local educational system here in Juneau, not only for our young folks but also for life-long learning at any age."

    -Mike Blackwell
  • Willoughby Arts Complex
    Perserverence Theater and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council are teaming up as the pARTnership to build and operate together a single, shared, state of the art facility to house both organizations and to provide performance and gallery space for all Juneau's arts and cultural community to share. The pARTnership is grateful to the Juneau Community Foundation for encouraging and promoting local support of this project, to be built in the Willoughby District and anchor the long-range cultural vision for our town.
  • John Caouette Memorial Fund
    Throughout his life John gave generously of his time and his love - to his family, friends, neighbors, and community. He was always giving, listening, helping, and caring. When he died in a running accident, we knew we wanted to honor his spirit in a meaningful way. With contributions to the John Caouette Memorial Fund at the Juneau Community Foundation, and lots of in-kind help, we have built a public-use shelter at Twin Lakes. We hope this shelter helps spread the joy John found in the outdoors and reminds us to laugh and play together.

    -John's Family and Friends
  • Ann and John Symons
    One of the wonderful things we have found about living in Juneau is its sense of community. We raised our family here, worked here for 30 years, and have supported our neighbors and friends through good times and bad. We are committed to ensuring Juneau continues to be the place we have known and loved, with a great quality of life that includes arts, culture, and recreation opportunities. That is why we have put the Juneau Community Foundation in our wills.

    -Ann and John Symons
  • JAMM
    "Juneau, Alaska Music Matters is amazing! As a parent, I am so grateful for the community's support, including organizations like the Juneau Community Foundation that have help fund this program. Through hard work, my child has gained self-confidence, dedication, respect and responsibility. She has also learned how to work together as a team to achieve a goal."

    -Kassie Struble, JAMM Parent
  • SAIL
    "Without a doubt, Juneau is very fortunate to have the Juneau Community Foundation. Because the needs are great. Because we share a vision. Because together we can change far more lives, and make a bigger difference."

    -Joan O'Keefe, Director of Southeast Alaska Independent Living

    SAIL's mission is to inspire personal independence, serving people of all ages and disabilities.
  • Lynn Canal Running Camp
    "With the JCF's encouragement and financial support, the Lynn Canal Running Camp, now entering its third year, was born as a week-long holistic running camp for teens. Based out Eagle River Methodist Camp, runners make meals, attend diverse workshops, partake in unique Olympic events and enjoy adventure runs through one of the most amazing trail systems in the nation. Juneau and Southeast runners of all abilities gain new friends and adult mentors, growing as individual athletes and team players."

    -Merry Ellefson and Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, Camp Creators and Directors


Current Special Projects
Black Wolf Special Project

Black Wolf Special Project Fund

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Special Project Fund.



Eaglecrest Mountain Bike Trail

Eaglecrest Mountain Bike Trail Special Project

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Mountain Bike Trail Special Project.



Flats Fix-It Facility

Flats Fix-It Facility

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Facility Special Project.



Seward Statue Special Project

Seward Statue Special Project

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Special Project.



Juneau Housing First Project

Juneau Housing First Project

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First Project.

From Our Board

My Turn:How to become a philanthropist
By Sioux Douglas
Juneau Empire, January 21, 2013



My Turn: Giving back
By Eric Kueffner
Juneau Empire, November 8, 2012



Looking toward the future
By George Elgee
Juneau Empire, April 15, 2012



Philanthropy - support what matters most to you
By Reed Stoops
Juneau Empire, December 21, 2011




About Us

The Juneau Community Foundation is a local charitable organization with a board of directors from our community. The Foundation was established to make it easy for Juneau residents to make donations to charitable causes they feel strongly about, such as local recreation programs, schools, scholarships, social services, arts and humanities, or other nonprofit agencies. We hope to encourage and increase personal philanthropy in Juneau by offering flexible, individualized ways to give with attractive tax advantages. In partnership with our donors, we hope to create a permanent community endowment for our community’s future needs.

Our Mission
The Juneau Community Foundation was created to promote philanthropy and effectively respond to the needs of our community to create a healthy, safe, and culturally rich environment.

The Foundation:
•Serves as a vehicle for long term charitable giving by maintaining
  knowledge of the needs and resources in Juneau.
•Connects donors with the organizations that work to make our
  community a better place.
•Provides donors with the assurance their gifts will have the greatest
  benefit while remaining true to their designated wishes.
•Partners with professional investment and financial advisors to
  maximize gift potential.
•Enhances philanthropy in Juneau to fund community projects not
  covered by existing nonprofits.



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