Juneau Community Foundation honors philanthropists for 'giving back'

Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Juneau Community Foundation issued its first philanthropy awards at a gala donor recognition dinner on March 19 at the Baranof Hotel.

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Courtesy Of Andrea Watts
Courtesy Of Andrea Watts

Part-time Juneau resident Simone Machamer was given the "Individual Philanthropist of the Year" award for her grants in 2008 to nearly three dozen nonprofit groups locally and statewide totaling more than $70,000. The "Business Philanthropist of the Year" award went to the local branch of Wells Fargo bank for their $50,000 donation to the Dimond Park Field House, which allowed for lower fees for use of the facility as well as for creation of a maintenance reserve.

Six other special philanthropy awards were given to local residents and businesses for their support of charitable activities in Juneau:

• Dr. Henry Akiyama for establishing a large endowment for the Grace Akiyama Alaska Youth Choir Scholarship.

• Paul Douglas of the Douglas Dornan Foundation for start-up funding to the Youth Action Committee, which is a program of the community foundation that consists of a group of high school students that raise money and disburse grants to organizations that work on youth-related issues.

• George Elgee of Elgee Rehfeld Mertz, for providing pro bono accounting services for managing the funds of the community foundation.

• Mary Claire Harris, for a generous gift creating the Arts and Humanities Student Scholarship Fund endowment.

• Foundation for End of Life Care, for creating the first endowment fund at the community foundation as well as supplying it with an initial grant for operating support.

• Reed Stoops, for his visionary work as co-founder and board President of the Juneau Community Foundation.

The Juneau Community Foundation was established in 2005 with a mission to promote philanthropy and effectively respond to the needs of our community. With nearly 20 funds under its management, the foundation awarded over $100,000 in grants to local charities in 2008. For an explanation of how to establish donor-advised funds, organizational endowments, and other types of vehicles for charitable giving, view the foundation's 2008 Annual Report at www.juneaucf.org or visit us at 350 N. Franklin St. Ken Leghorn, executive director, can be reached at 523-5450 and Reed Stoops, President, can be reached at 463-3223.

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