On Jan. 7, the Juneau Community Foundation received an endowment from Keith Whitehead and Mun Chin Killeen to establish the Paul Whitehead Memorial Fund in memory of their son.
“Paul was a caring and generous person who was concerned about the world around him,” said Killeen. “He loved learning and often sought ways to apply that knowledge to help others.”
The Paul Whitehead Memorial Fund was created to support Juneau’s youth in their educational and artistic endeavors through grant awards.
“Our family felt that creating a fund for education in service to Juneau’s children was the perfect way for us to pay tribute to Paul,” said Whitehead. “The only problem was we couldn’t do it on our own and that’s where the Juneau Community Foundation stepped up to help us. By the time we would have gotten through all the hoops necessary to start something like this, we would’ve had very little to establish the fund itself. Thanks to the Foundation, we were able to maximize the funding that will be available for grants. I know Paul would be very proud of what we did to create a living legacy to benefit others in perpetuity.”
The fund advisors will continue to make contributions to the fund and award educational grants in the community. They anticipate increasing the corpus over time through investing the fund with the Juneau Community Foundation. Anyone interested is welcome to contribute to this fund.
“Paul touched a lot of lives and many family and friends contributed to his memorial fund,” said Killeen. “We felt the best way for us to acknowledge their generosity was to make it happen.”
The Juneau Community Foundation was created to encourage and provide a simple means for local and out-of-state donors to start funds in support of local non-profit activities through current donations or through wills and estates.
Donations for the Paul Whitehead Memorial Fund can be made to the Juneau Community Foundation, 350 North Franklin Street, Suite 4, Juneau, AK 99801. For more information please contact Amy Skilbred 523-5450 or visit www.juneaucf.org.