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Ken Leghorn Receives Founders’ Award
 
The Juneau Community Foundation awarded its second Founders’ Award to Ken Leghorn at a reception at the Governor’s House on March 1. The Founders’ Award recognizes “a lifetime of achievement and service to Juneau and Alaska.” The event also marks the 12th year of the Juneau Community Foundation, a grant-making charitable organization. Ken is a founding member of the locally owned and operated non-profit.

Ken Leghorn
L-R: Amy Skilbred, First Lady Donna Walker, Governor Bill Walker, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, Ken Leghorn
More than 200 people filled the House to honor Ken’s enduring commitment to community and philanthropy and his extraordinary 40-year body of work supporting Alaska’s people and wild places. First Lady Donna Walker and Governor Bill Walker welcomed all to the “peoples house” and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott, Senator Dennis Egan and Sam Skaggs added words of appreciation and affection for Ken. The award was then presented by the other two founders Reed Stoops and Eric Kueffner.

Reflecting upon the Foundation start-up, board member Reed Stoops commented “Ken was an obvious partner in this endeavor as he had already proven his abilities as a successful business entrepreneur, a volunteer with lots of nonprofit experience and an enthusiastic fundraiser. I remember thinking at the time that even though the three of us didn’t quite understand exactly what we were doing, that having Ken on board gave us a good chance of achieving success in something significant.”

Thanks in part to Ken’s efforts, the Foundation has grown from zero to $52 million in assets and is able to contribute over $2.5 million per year to local nonprofits.

Ken Leghorn
L-R: Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, Eric Kueffner, Ken Leghorn, Reed Stoops
Ken is a gifted fundraiser, noted board member Eric Kueffner “whenever you see Ken, you welcome the encounter because he is so giving of himself. He also makes you feel that you really should be giving more yourself – more time, more money, more effort. He is one of those rare people who is able to come right out and “make the ask,” as we say in the charitable foundation world. He is not embarrassed to name a specific sum, and force you to think about whether you can really afford not to contribute to whatever worthy cause he is pitching.”

Longtime friend and colleague Sam Skaggs shed light on some of Ken’s notable achievements beyond the Juneau Community Foundation, including numerous leadership roles with Alaska Discovery, Discovery Southeast, Alaska Conservation Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Pack Creek Tours, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, to name a few.

“Ken’s guidance to community and statewide art and environmental organizations is why we are honoring him tonight. Ken is an entrepreneur, a conservationist, a philanthropist, an expert musician, an alpine and a Nordic skier, a father, husband, reliable neighbor, and one of the most active visionaries Alaska has. For 40 years, he has been cranking out one exceptional business or philanthropic endeavor after another”

Ken Leghorn
L-R: First Lady Donna Walker, Ken’s wife Julie Coppens, Ken Leghorn
Skaggs continued, “Not only is he a creator and catalyst, Ken antes up every year to help those organizations he is passionate about. Thank you for being our philanthropic guide and making so many important programs and projects happen. We are all beneficiaries of your efforts on so many levels.”

In accepting the award, Ken encouraged all Alaskans to be generous in support of the people, organizations and services that make a difference in your life. Ken said about philanthropy, “It is taking your hard-earned dollars, dollars you are earning now or have saved, and giving it to causes that you believe in. Its investments in ideas, but it is really investments in people, the people that are going to bring those ideas to fruition. The results are a better life, a better community. I would say a better earth, but I don’t think we can improve on the one we’ve got.”

Ken Leghorn
Ken and daughter Yana
Ken believes strongly that the Community Foundation needs to play a bigger role in Juneau’s future and that will be possible if community members invest in the Foundation. Ken specifically asked individuals and businesses to support the broader community through six newly established field of interest funds: Arts & Culture Fund, Health Fund, Parks, Trails & Recreation Fund, Schools & Education Fund, Social Services Fund and Youth Fund.

The Foundation encourages donations per Ken’s request.

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To see the Founders’ Award program video: https://youtu.be/1_vlzsf7roM
Ken’s speech begins around the 26 minute mark. Thanks for watching!

The Juneau Community Foundation is located at 350 North Franklin Street, Suite 4, Juneau, 99801. For more information call 523-5450, visit www.juneaucf.org or email Amy Skilbred amy@juneaucf.org or Jamie Waste jamie@juneaucf.org.

 
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Donate by credit card via the PayPal link below or make your checks payable to:

Juneau Community Foundation, 350 North Franklin Street, Suite 4, Juneau, AK 99801.

Remember to include your name and address so that you can receive your tax deduction letter.

If you use PayPal, then please add 2% to your donation to cover the PayPal transaction. To receive your tax deduction letter, please check the box with the option to ‘Share my mailing address with Juneau Community Foundation’.





 
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