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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.

 

Juneau Housing First Project – Addressing Homelessness

Juneau Housing First

The Juneau Housing First Project will create 32 permanent supportive housing units

The 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.

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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.
 

 

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

CHARR

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

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