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We encourage everyone to be philanthropic, to promote the welfare of others, especially by donating money and time to good causes. Please support local non-profits that make a difference in your lives, and, consider these community originated projects that are seeking support.

The Juneau Community Foundation promotes philanthropy and effectively responds to the needs of our community to create a healthy, safe, and culturally rich environment.

Education Fund. A quality education empowers youth, and people of all ages, with the skills they need to thrive and flourish. It is also central to a community’s economic viability and sustainability, naturally attracting people and businesses and contributing to future growth. Closing the achievement gap for all is a widely-held priority in our community. The Education Fund supports creation of a culture of education and life-long learning, connecting the community and the education system to increase the number of students who realize their true potential. Learn more.

See The Change – Middle School Physics Pilot Curriculum. See the Change is providing a sixth-grade physics curriculum and professional development to eight middle school science teachers this year in Juneau. Local science teacher Steve Morley testimonial.

Learn more about See The Change.

“Strings & Stories” Alaska Tour. Violinist Linda Rosenthal and actor/storyteller Bill Blush are touring Alaska sharing their two-person show that combines music and theater in a delightful kaleidoscope of favorite children’s stories, classical music, whimsical mime, and improvisation. After Juneau, they head north to Naknek, Fairbanks, Nenana, Quinhagak, Eek, Aniak, Sleetmute, Nightmute, Tununak and Unalaska. Juneau Community Foundation, Alaska Airlines, Rasmuson Foundation, Juneau Arts & Humanities, local sponsors and school districts are working together to make these shows, designed for grades K-6, possible in these communities. Learn more.

WORLD IN PROGRESS: Arts-Based Racial Justice. Art can be a powerful tool for social justice, as both a catalyst and a vehicle for conversation. Learn more.

Pelican Playground Rebuild: New playground equipment is needed for kids in Pelican, Alaska! Learn about other Special Projects.

Donor Stories

Stories of Local Philanthropy. The Juneau Community Foundation held their annual Philanthropy recognition dinner on September 21, 2017. The event honors outstanding local individuals and businesses who demonstrate their commitment to community philanthropy and leadership. Hugh and Shari Grant received the Philanthropist of the Year Award and Alaska Marine Lines and AELP/Avista accepted the Philanthropic Business Awards. To further honor the Grants, funds were raised during the evening for the Foundation’s Juneau Hospice Endowment Fund. Learn more about the honorees and other donor stories.

“Be Like Ken”– Ken Leghorn 2017 Founders Award recipient. Learn more.

Founders’ Award program video: Ken’s speech on the power of giving, and giving big, begins at minute 26.

Youth Fund. Supporting local youth is one of the most far-reaching approaches to building a healthy community. Youth programs and activities enrich individual lives and stimulate positive social interaction, while also showing kids the benefits of community organizations and civic participation. Through the Youth Fund, the Foundation seeks to enhance projects and programs that bring people together around the shared goal of providing local kids with the opportunity to participate in cultural, artistic, athletic or academic activities regardless of economic status. Areas of initial focus include promoting equity through the JAMM music program and various STEM opportunities… learn more about the fund!

Parks, Trails & Recreation Fund. Enhance our world class trails, revitalize neighborhood parks and recreation areas. Current projects: Treadwell Ditch Trail renovation and a new wilderness cabin at Eaglecrest! Learn more.

No matter the size, a gift to the Juneau Community Foundation is a first step in advancing a cause that matters to you. Find out more about how your donation can help create a healthy, safe, and culturally rich environment in our community.