The Juneau Community Foundation promotes philanthropy and effectively responds to the needs of our community to create a healthy, safe, and culturally rich environment.
Individual Artist Awards. The second round of the 2021 Artist Awards program is now open for application. Juneau has long supported, created, and maintained a high degree of artistic diversity, ingenuity, and expression. The Foundation’s Individual Artist Awards, aims to foster local artists. Award recipients thus far include Lily Hope, Erin Heist, Frank Katasse, Annie Bartholomew, Crystal Cudworth, MK MacNaughton, Christina Apathy, and Ben Huff. Thank you to our generous donors for launching this grant program. Learn more about application guidelines and materials. Photo credit: Sydney Akagi
Juneau Hope Endowment. The Foundation announces $2.1M in grants for social service providers in the areas of homelessness, food security, substance abuse disorders, domestic violence, suicide prevention, senior care, hospice, mental and physical health, education and income stability. Learn more.
Congratulations Class of 2021! Hats off to all graduates and their families for reaching this milestone while navigating a pandemic… you made it! And, congratulations to these Juneau students who secured financial aid for post-secondary education through scholarship funds housed at the Foundation: Finn Morley, Virginia Potts, Claire Scott, Raekwon Razor and Jenae Pusich. Each fund has a “giving story” behind them: Alma Harris Scholarship, Simon & Anna Kirk Memorial Scholarship and the Margaret Frans Brady Scholarship. Learn more.
Douglas-Dornan Foundation Fund is accepting applications for funding support from organizations that benefit and enhance the health, education and welfare of individuals in SE Alaska. Application deadline is June 1. Learn more.
COVID-19 Community Assistance Fund. Foundation grantmaking continues from our Community Assistance Fund. Thus far, the Foundation has provided $245,000 in local COVID response grants. New grants include: $25,000 to help multiple youth activity providers address COVID related expenses as they offer in person activities for kids, recipients include Juneau Alaska Music Matters, Sealaska Heritage Institute, Echo Ranch, Tlingit Haida, Discovery Southeast, Lynn Canal Adventures, Juneau School District/Zach Gordon Youth Center; and $14,000 to fund a second AmeriCorps position through United Way of S.E. Alaska. This literacy support assistant will help students at Harborview or Sayeik Gastineau Elementary School ‘catch up’ on school work missed because of COVID. Your donations make these hometown grants possible. Learn more.
Hilda Dam Cabin – A Gift to the Community. In partnership with Eaglecrest, the Foundation raised the funds and oversaw construction of the Hilda Dam Cabin. “It has been incredibly successful, a really positive thing for Eaglecrest and the community. We wanted to build a first cabin, prove the concept, and hopefully build more. It has exceeded our expectations and will be a community asset cherished for generations to come.” – Dave Scanlan, Eaglecrest GM. Learn more.
Treadwell Ditch Trail Renovation Project. Every dollar donated to this community project was matched 3 to 1 by a grant awarded to the Foundation from the ADF&G. Thank you to all donors who helped us meet the $220,000 cash match requirement! Learn more.
Stories of Local Philanthropy Kaayistaan – Marie Olson. “How many people dream of what the world is going to be like?” Marie mused. During her 96 years, Marie has spent a lifetime not only dreaming about what the world will be like but helping to shape that world. Marie carries her grandmother’s Tlingit name Kaayistaan and she started the Kaayistaan Alaska Native Studies Scholarship Fund at UAS, which supports annual scholarships for students enrolled in Alaska Native language, arts, or cultural courses through the school’s Alaska Native Studies Program.
She beams with pride when reflecting on her efforts to promote higher education and Tlingit culture. “It makes me feel good. We are not done. One of these days, I will be gone. I am thinking all the time…there is so much to do.” Learn more about Kaayistaan and other community champions in the 2020 Annual Report.
Founders’ Award. The Foundation celebrated John Gaguine with its 3rd Founders’ Award, on September 16. The award recognizes “a lifetime of achievement and service to Juneau and Alaska.” More than 90 people were online to honor John’s enduring commitment to community and philanthropy, his generous giving of time, talent, expertise and money, contributions recognized by many as being fundamental to Juneau’s well-being. Learn more.
Senior Citizen Support Fund. 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.
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The Teal Street Center. For our neighbors who find themselves in need of social services in Juneau, a brighter future will be found inside the walls of the Teal Street Center. The Teal Street Campus will feature wrap-around services and programs by housing multiple organizations that serve people experiencing disabilities, at-risk youth, elders and low-income community members. The Teal Street Center – Nonprofits Collaborating for a Healthy Community. Learn more.
Youth Equity Fund. Supporting local youth is key to building a healthy future community. This 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 kids to learn, grow, and succeed. More than 200 low-income students have received scholarship support to participate in local youth activities and camps during the first two years of this effort; 91% were children who were eligible for free and reduced lunch. Learn more.
Arts Vibrancy Endowment. The Foundation’s Individual Artist Awards grant program is dedicated to the development of local artists in their pursuit of the creation of original works, by fostering the creative process that produces their vision. Learn more about the Arts Vibrancy Endowment and to donate.
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