The Juneau Community Foundation promotes philanthropy and effectively responds to the needs of our community to create a healthy, safe, and culturally rich environment.
Friends of Gustavus Fund. Gustavus residents are fiercely proud of their community and continually commit their time and resources to projects for the betterment of all. This is how the Friends of Gustavus Fund began; with a dream of providing the means for enhancing the quality of life within their town. The Friends of Gustavus Fund is building a long-term charitable endowment for their community. Learn more.
Senior Citizen Support Fund. A new Senior Citizen Support Fund has been created at the Foundation. This Fund to support Juneau’s seniors was created by Senior Citizen Support Services, Inc. which transferred its cash assets to the Foundation. “At the rate elders are living longer, and given the fact that soon 25% of Juneau’s population will be over 65, how could we NOT create this fund?” Sioux Douglas, fund advisor explained. Learn more.
Douglas-Dornan Foundation Fund recently announced $26,671 in grants to 17 organizations that benefit and enhance the health, education and welfare of individuals in Juneau and S.E. Alaska. The Fund has been making annual competitive grants to support Juneau and other Southeast communities for 27 years. During that time, this Fund has supported over 100 different organizations, programs and individuals and distributed over $507,000! The Douglas-Dornan Fund was established in 1994 in memory of Brian Douglas and Wythe Dornan who were active members of our community. Learn more.
Sitka Sound Science Center Endowment Fund. The Sitka Sound Science Center is guided by the implicit belief that scientific principles – validation, critical thinking and problem solving – make people and our community stronger. Learn more.
Juneau Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Funds. The 2020 Community Assistance Fund was established in response to the widespread immediate and long term challenges facing our community due to the coronavirus: health, safety, food security, economic issues, and other aspects of society that have been so disrupted. 2020 Food Assistance Fund was established to raise funds primarily for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank and making sure folks in Juneau can get food. These COVID-19 Funds will help make our community whole again and assist our neighbors. Donations to these funds, and directly to Juneau nonprofits, are encouraged. Learn more.
Treadwell Ditch Trail Renovation Project. We are blessed with great local trails offering healthy, socially distant, places to be during the pandemic. Improving local trails is a Foundation priority. Every dollar donated to this community project is being matched 3 to 1 by a trail improvement grant awarded to the Foundation from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Your donation to this project helps pay the way for Trail Mix to continue their great renovation work on the historic trail. If you can afford to do so during this difficult time, please donate to the project that is making the trail accessible and safe from beginning to end. The local cash match requirement is $220,000 and $191,000 has been raised thus far!
Stories of Local Philanthropy. The Juneau Community Foundation celebrated John Gaguine with its third Founders’ Award, at a Zoom reception on September 16. The Founders’ Award recognizes “a lifetime of achievement and service to Juneau and Alaska.” More than 90 people — friends, family and colleagues — were online to honor John’s enduring commitment to community and philanthropy, his generous giving of time, talent, expertise and money.
Over the course of the program, words of appreciation and affection for John were abundant. Foundation founding members Reed Stoops and Eric Kueffner talked about the purpose and history of the Founders’ Award and provided an overview of John’s philanthropy and community service, contributions recognized by many as being fundamental to Juneau’s well-being. Learn more about John and the event.
20 Year Anniversary. On September 17, 2020 your Community Foundation had planned on filling Centennial Hall for a 20th Anniversary Celebration. A chance to celebrate 20 years of promoting philanthropy in our hometown — people being generous with their time, talent, expertise, and hard earned money. An opportunity to recognize our founders, donors, partners and all the wonderful people that have helped the Foundation establish an important role in the community. Needless to say, plans changed due to COVID-19. We look forward to celebrating with you in 2021!
Looking ahead to the next 20 years, we are excited about what can and will be accomplished through Community Endowments being built by the Foundation in support of Youth & Education, Arts & Culture, Parks & Trails, and Health & Social Services. Thank you for being generous! More donor stories here.
New Grant Program for Juneau Artists! The Juneau Community Foundation’s 2020 Individual Artist Awards will be announced by December 1. Thank you to our generous donors for making funds available to launch this new hometown grant program for local artists. To donate to the Arts Vibrancy Endowment.
Arts Vibrancy Endowment – Fostering our Dynamic Arts Culture. Juneau’s vibrant arts scene and rich living cultures are among our city’s strengths. For generations, residents have supported, created, and maintained a high degree of artistic diversity, ingenuity, and expression. We partner with nonprofit organizations to support the arts as economic drivers, educational assets, civic catalysts, and bridges between cultures. The Arts Vibrancy Endowment will help sustain dynamic and accessible arts opportunities for the community. Learn more.
Youth Equity Fund: Increasing Equity of Opportunity. Supporting local youth is key to building a healthy future community. The Youth Equity Fund focuses on cultivating conditions in which youth can thrive. Youth programs, camps and activities enrich lives, provide sparks for learning, stimulate positive social interaction. We coordinate across providers to improve the lives of low-income children and their families, opening doors to opportunities for disadvantaged youth to learn, grow, and succeed. Learn more.
Parks, Trails & Recreation Fund. Enhance our trails, revitalize neighborhood parks and recreation areas. Hilda Dam Cabin, Treadwell Ditch Trail Renovation, and more!
Education Fund. Empower people of all ages, with the skills they need to thrive and flourish.
News & Opportunities
- Sharon Lowe Memorial Fund
- Byron Mallott Memorial Fund
- Sitka Sound Science Center Endowment
- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Plan
- Memorial Funds
- COVID-19 Response Funds
- Senior Citizen Support Fund
- New Glory Hall
- Treadwell Ditch Trail Renovation Project
- Hilda Dam Cabin
- Juneau Hospice Endowment Fund
- Marie Darlin Arts & Literature Prize Fund
- Pelican AK Playground Rebuild
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.