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2017 Philanthropy Awards

Shari & Hugh Grant Philanthropists of the Year
Shari & Hugh Grant Philanthropists of the Year

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.

Long-time residents Hugh and Shari Grant were honored for their many years of generous giving to local services such as Hospice, Foodbank, Haven House, Glory Hole, the Boy Scouts, arts and culture organizations, and special projects like the Seward Statue and the Juneau Whale. To further honor the Grants, and per their wishes, funds were raised for the Foundation’s Juneau Hospice Endowment Fund. A $50,000 challenge match was announced at the event and by the end of the festivities, $35,000 had been raised. The full match has since been met by many generous donors, and the Foundation’s Hospice Endowment Fund is now more than $228,000.

Business leaders AEL&P/Avista and Alaska Marine Lines are both renowned for their generous annual giving. Both businesses have deep Juneau roots and their traditions of giving which started long ago, continue today through their broad financial support of Juneau’s essential nonprofit sector. Connie Hulbert (AEL&P) and Kevin Anderson (AML) were on hand to receive their respective business awards. Learn more.

The Foundation encourages all people to be philanthropic, to promote the welfare of others, especially by donating money and time to good causes.

Parks, Trails & Recreation Fund

Parks, Trails & Recreation Fund

The spectacular natural beauty that surrounds us in Juneau is frequently cited as one of the best things about living here. The Foundation builds on that strength by supporting opportunities for outdoor and indoor recreation enthusiasts of all backgrounds and ages. Through the Parks, Trails & Recreation Fund, we seek to enhance our world class trail system and revitalize neighborhood parks and recreation areas. Treadwell Ditch Trail, new wilderness cabins, Cope Park/Christopher Trail, Auke Lake recreation area…learn more about the fund! Also in the news:

Our trails and parks are community assets – My Turn, Juneau Empire

 

New bridges, old trail: Treadwell Ditch Trail getting upgrades – Juneau Empire

Juneau’s world class community trail system and its steward: Trail Mix – Capital City Weekly

Wells Fargo Bank Supports Juneau’s Housing First Facility

Wells Fargo’s Karen West hands check to Steve Sorenson of Housing First Collaborative
Wells Fargo’s Karen West hands check to Steve Sorenson of Housing First Collaborative

Wells Fargo Bank recently made a generous donation of $10,000 to the Juneau Housing First Project. The Housing First Project will provide 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 facility will be opening soon.

On the importance of investing in the community through local philanthropy, Wells Fargo’s Karen West said “Caring for our communities is a core part of our company culture at Wells Fargo. That’s why we are thrilled to provide this matching grant to help curb homelessness in our community. We believe that everyone in Juneau deserves a warm, safe place to lay their head at night. Thank you to all of the donors who join with the Juneau Community Foundation to create stable housing to help change lives for the better”.

The Foundation has been working with the Housing First Collaborative to raise the last $200,000. The Housing First Collaborative is a powerful example of a community effectively pulling together to address a critical social issue. On behalf of the community, the Foundation offers thanks to Wells Fargo Bank for their commitment to addressing homelessness in our hometown. Great effort by many to make this a reality!

Housing for the homeless in Juneau, learn more about this project and how to donate. View May 21, 2017 Housing First article in the Juneau Empire.

2017 Hope Endowment/CBJ Social Service Grants

2017 Hope Endowment/CBJ Social Service Grants
2017 Hope Endowment/CBJ Social Service Grants

Juneau Community Foundation Partners with CBJ, Avista and United Way of Southeast Alaska – Awards over $1.8 million to local social service organizations.

The Juneau Community Foundation has awarded $1,883,222 in grants to local nonprofit organizations following several months of coordinated effort to identify priority social service needs and review applications.

These grants are provided through a unified process that includes funding from the Juneau Community Foundation’s Hope Endowment Fund ($1,029,322), the City and Borough of Juneau’s Social Service Funds ($781,000), the CBJ Utility Waiver Program ($47,500), Avista Corporation ($20,000), and United Way of Southeast Alaska ($5,000).

The purpose of these funds is to help Juneau’s most vulnerable residents, by increasing support for nonprofit service providers in these areas: homelessness, food security, addiction, domestic violence, suicide prevention, senior care, hospice, mental and physical health, education and income stability.

The grants were determined based on input from local nonprofit organizations, community members, and the Juneau Community Foundation’s Professional Advisory Committee. The grant process is designed to encourage coordination among social service programs.

“We begin this annual process with Listen and Learn sessions where community organizations discuss and identify the greatest needs in each funding area. It has resulted in increased partnerships – government, nonprofits and local businesses all contributing funding and expertise to address the identified needs,” stated Amy Skilbred, Foundation, Executive Director. Learn more.

 

Shattuck & Grummett Supports Foundation’s Youth Fund

Shattuck and Grummet
Rick Shattuck, Owner, Shattuck & Grummett, and Amy Skilbred, Foundation Executive Director

Shattuck & Grummett recently made a generous donation of $5,000 to the Juneau Community 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, Shattuck & Grummett owner Rick Shattuck said, “Donating to local causes improves the quality of life for the entire community. As a business, we know how important it is to support the community that supports us. We remember what it is like to grow up in Juneau, which is why we emphasize giving to youth activities and programs. We are proud to join other businesses and individuals in supporting the Youth Fund recently established by the Juneau Community Foundation.”

Shattuck & Grummett’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. The Foundation appreciates Shattuck & Grummett’s commitment to Juneau’s future and their confidence in the Foundation’s role in the community.

 

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: https://youtu.be/1_vlzsf7roM. 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.