The Juneau Community Foundation held their annual Philanthropy recognition dinner on September 27, 2018. The event honors outstanding local individuals and businesses who demonstrate their commitment to community philanthropy and leadership. Mike Blackwell received the Philanthropist of the Year Award and Sealaska accepted the Philanthropic Business Award. And, new this year, a Nonprofit Organization Award went to JAMHI Health & Wellness for their extraordinary service. To further honor Mike Blackwell, funds were raised during the evening for the Marie Darlin Arts & Literature Prize.
Long-time resident Mike Blackwell started one of the first donor advised funds with the Foundation and over the years has contributed generously to the community. Focused on success for the next generation, examining history, and building community, Mike has given his time, expertise, and money to the Friends of Zach Gordon Youth Center, Discovery Southeast, STEM youth activities, and the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. He provided emergency support to the Glory Hall when building flooding called for additional repairs, and in times of expansion such as creating the rooftop garden. True to his self-effacing nature, Mike used the spotlight to commemorate a longtime Juneau champion, Marie Darlin, by introducing a new endowed fund to provide an award in arts and literature. The Marie Darlin Arts & Literature Prize will be awarded annually by the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. Per Mike’s wishes, the evening served as a fundraiser for the fund. A $25,000 challenge match was announced at the event and by the end of the festivities, almost $18,000 had been raised.
Business leader Sealaska has a long history of significant giving in Juneau and Southeast Alaska. It has provided over $2.3 million in scholarships for graduating seniors and is expanding its reach in support of young people. Sealaska is a leader in developing local entrepreneurship through its Spruce Roots program focused on sustainable economies. And, its support for Forget Me Not Manor, a Housing First residence, demonstrates Sealaska’s commitment to building healthy families and communities. Chief Executive Officer Anthony Mallott spoke on behalf of the corporation.
The Foundation encourages all people to be philanthropic, to promote the welfare of others, especially by donating money and time to good causes. Learn more.
Shari & Hugh Grant
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.
Molly, Toby, and Elias Minick
“When we present the money to the place we’re giving to, it really feels good.”
Lois and Marshall Lind
“This is a great community and it’s great because there are a lot of people who are willing to help. That’s what makes it a nice place to live.”
Eric Olsen and Vicki Bassett
“We can’t take it with us. And it’s a joy to spread it while we’re here.”
“I love passing the baton to those coming up and then seeing what they do with it. And to know that when I’m gone, I’ll have left something behind that’s good.”
Hugh and Shari Grant
“We’re local business people so we want to give back to Juneau projects. Juneau’s our home”
Jim and Mary Lou King
“Our trails are used even if it’s pouring rain, or snowing, or pure ice. You still see people on all our trails.”
“I would like to see more people share their wealth, their education, their expertise, and their thinking to help our community continue to grow and thrive.”
Julie and Peter Neyhart
“Any action that shows love is a good response to God’s love for us and all that we have received. So that fits into both monetary giving and time.”
“He wanted to level the playing field so that kids who show effort, show motivation, have an equal ability to advance and excel.”
Sam and Gayle Trivette
“There’s a wide range of things that make Juneau a rich place to live, and the Foundation is a way to continue to enhance it.”
Dick and Candy Behrends
“This is where we work, this is where we live, this is where our grandson will grow up, our daughter and her husband live here—we have very deep roots.”
Jack Kreinheder and Amy Carroll
“We’d like to give back to the community—leave Juneau a better place and help expand and grow outdoor recreation opportunities for everybody.”