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The Juneau Community Foundation promotes philanthropy and effectively responds to the needs of our community to create a healthy, safe, and culturally rich environment.

First Bank Supports Student Food Program. First Bank recently presented Juneau Community Foundation with a $5,000 donation in support of the Juneau School District’s student food program. These funds bridge the gap between federal dollars, which provide reduced cost lunches to high school students living in households that meet federal guidelines, and the cost of offering those lunches. Now all reduced cost eligible high school students can receive a free lunch. This community collaboration provides food and fellowship for students. Thank you, First Bank, for investing in our youth! Learn more.

Youth Scholarships. For the second year in a row, First Bank has partnered with the Juneau Community Foundation to support youth equity in our hometown. First Bank’s generous $5,000 donation, will once again be matched by the Friends of Zach Gordon Youth Center and by local donors through your Community Foundation. These funds will be used to ensure that low income kids can participate in local extracurricular activities, camps and programs that build confidence, promote school success, connect kids with each other, adults, and a world of possibilities. Learn more.

New Glory Hall. The emergency shelter, soup kitchen, and care center was established in 1982 with a mission to provide food, shelter, and compassion to those most in need. It has operated in the heart of downtown since 1994. After much thought and deliberation, the Glory Hall board has decided to pursue a move out of downtown in order to best meet the needs of their patrons. Learn more.


Treadwell Ditch Trail Renovation Project. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has awarded the Juneau Community Foundation a $660K grant in support of the Treadwell Ditch Trail Renovation Project on Douglas Island. The grant will pay for 75% of the total project cost with a 25% local match required. Renovation of the trail is a top priority of the Foundation’s Parks, Trails & Recreation Fund. Learn more about this partnership with Trail Mix, US Forest Service, ADF&G, and the City & Borough of Juneau.

Big thanks to our generous donors. The local cash match requirement is $220,000 and $180,000 has been raised thus far… 81% to goal. Please join your friends and neighbors in making the Treadwell Ditch Trail accessible, safe, world class, from beginning to end! To Donate.

Hilda Dam Cabin. On Sept. 28, the Juneau Community Foundation and Eaglecrest celebrated the grand opening of Juneau’s newest public use cabin. The Foundation built the cabin and has donated it to Eaglecrest to own and operate for generations to come. During presentations by project partners, the “cabin story” of community will and collaboration became apparent to the crowd who gathered to celebrate the accomplishment. Learn more.

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Stories of Local Philanthropy. The Juneau Community Foundation held their annual Philanthropy recognition dinner on September 19, 2019. The event honors outstanding local individuals and businesses who demonstrate commitment to community philanthropy and leadership. Laraine Derr received the Philanthropist of the Year Award and Elgee Rehfeld, LLC accepted the Philanthropic Business Award.

Elgee Rehfeld is renowned for their financial accounting expertise and their decades long, widespread support of Juneau. Serving the community by being generous with their time and money is in their personal and corporate DNA, they and their employees are active all over town on boards and Rotary, always contributing to the greater good. Never ones to draw attention to themselves, these pillars in our hometown – business leader, supporter of non-profits, model of community spirit – embody the notion that giving back to the community is good business, for all involved.

“We have been blessed with both the opportunity and capacity to help. In our beautiful small community, we have always believed it’s the right thing to do. We applaud all those in business and professions who follow suit. We share in this recognition,” said Bob Rehfeld.

George Elgee and Gayle Starbard joined Bob in accepting the award on behalf of the firm.

Learn more about the honorees and the event.


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.

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. “These children are so often overlooked. Our support helps students get to recreational and educational activities that they might not otherwise have access to.” Sheila Kleinschmidt, First Bank, funding partner. 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.

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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.