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Recent News



SECON Supports Foundation’s Youth Fund

Juneau Community Foundation - SECON
L-R: John Gaguine, Board Member, Juneau Community Foundation, Amy Skilbred, Executive Director, Juneau Community Foundation, and Tim Dudley, General Manager, SECON
The Juneau Community Foundation thanks SECON Southeast Alaska for a very generous donation of $10,000 to the Foundation’s newly established Youth Fund. The Youth Fund seeks to provide school kids with the opportunity to participate in cultural, artistic, athletic or academic activities regardless of economic status.

On the importance of investing in the community through local philanthropy, SECON General Manager Tim Dudley said “We are very pleased to be able to donate to the Juneau Community Foundation and its newly established youth fund. We share in the belief that involving our younger generation in worthwhile activities is vital to our community and its future. SECON is committed to Juneau and this is our way of contributing to the community we live, work and play in.”

SECON’s leadership gift to the Youth Fund, combined with other lead gifts from local individuals and businesses, will ensure that good work is done in support of youth activities in our hometown. We appreciate SECON’s commitment to Juneau’s future and their confidence in the Foundation’s role in the community.

Thank you SECON! 
Be Like Ken

Ken Leghorn
Be Like Ken
Ken Leghorn. Your vision, guidance, generosity and grace are enduring gifts that will continue to lead us and be treasured by all. In celebrating Ken’s life and contributions, we are taking note of Julie York Coppens inspiring words and call to action: Be Like Ken. We too are encouraging you to honor Ken by reveling in the things you love, sharing your time with those you love, and to making our community a better place to live. We hope you’ll share what you do, where you go, and how you give. #belikekenleghorn

On March 1, 2017, Ken received the JCF Founders’ Award. To see the program video: Ken’s speech on the power of giving, and giving big, begins at the 26 minute mark. Thanks for watching!

Ken Leghorn Receives Founders’ Award

Ken Leghorn
L-R JCF Founders: Eric Kueffner, Reed Stoops, Ken Leghorn with 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.

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. To learn more.

Juneau Housing First Project – Addressing Homelessness
Juneau Housing FirstThe Juneau Housing First Project will create 32 permanent supportive housing units that target Juneau’s highly vulnerable chronic homeless population who are chemically dependent and exhibit an extensive history of emergency service utilization. Many of these individuals have co-occurring disorders, such as substance abuse and mental health disorders.

The project will provide safe and secure housing to residents in order to facilitate dignified lives, a healthy community, and will provide significant cost savings to the community. This $7.3 million project has been under construction since last spring and expects to open its doors in June 2017. The Juneau  Community Foundation is working with the Collaborative to raise the last $200,000. The Juneau Housing First Collaborative is a powerful example of a community effectively pulling together to address a critical social issue.

Housing for the homeless in Juneau, click here to learn more about this project and how to donate.

Recent News - Juneau Housing First
Juneau’s Housing First Project received a $100,000 donation from the Stanley Reitman Foundation. The Reitman Foundation chose to donate to the Housing First Project because trustees believe it is something trust founder Stanley Reitman would be proud to support.


Thanks To Anchorage Trust, Juneau Housing First Project Gets $100K Boost, Juneau Empire, January 27, 2017.

Grant Opportunities for Social Services: Juneau Hope Endowment Fund & CBJ Social Service Grants

gloryholeThe 2017 Juneau Hope Endowment Fund/City & Borough of Juneau Social Service Grants program is open and applications are available.

The Juneau Hope Endowment Fund was established in September 2014 with the intent of supporting 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and government agencies that provide programs and services in the Juneau community to address the following social issues:

  • Homelessness
  • Hospice
  • Mental Health
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Substance Abuse
  • Relief for Victims of Violence

In 2015, the CBJ started adding their social service block grant funds to the annual Hope Fund grant program.

In spring 2017, the Foundation will award approximately $1.9 million in grants to organizations and agencies that address these social issues. The Foundation seeks to fund the highest priority social service needs in Juneau. To that end, as part of the 2017 grant making process, the Foundation will convene close to 20 community meetings with local social service providers. The purpose of these meetings is to establish priority needs and to encourage cooperative proposals. In addition, the Foundation will utilize a Professional Advisory Committee to review all proposals and make funding recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Interested parties should submit one application for both the Hope and the CBJ Social Service Grants, and a separate application for the Utility Waivers. Letters of Interest are due end of December 2016 with applications available by mid-January and due in early March. More information available at Grants & Scholarships.


Avista Supports Juneau Social Services

JCF Thanks Avista The Juneau Community Foundation thanks the Avista Corporation for a recent donation of $20,000. The donated funds will be used as part of the Juneau Community Foundation’s 2017 Juneau Hope Endowment grant program. Learn more here.






CHARR Supports Juneau Community Foundation ’s Hospice Endowment and Operating Fund

CHARR The Juneau Community Foundation thanks the Juneau/Lynn Canal Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association (CHARR) for a recent donation of $20,000.  Half of the funds were donated to the Foundation’s recently established Juneau Hospice Fund and the other half directly supports the Foundation’s year-round efforts to raise philanthropic support for important programs, services and special projects throughout the community. Learn more