Juneau Community Foundation aims to bolster community

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2008

Local leaders joined forces with other community leaders throughout Alaska on April 18 to gain insight into building a stronger nonprofit infrastructure and increasing local philanthropy in the Juneau-Douglas area.

Courtesy Of Greg Martin
Courtesy Of Greg Martin

The Juneau Community Foundation, supported by The Alaska Community Foundation, will be working with local residents to provide leadership in setting community priorities for charitable growth and creating a community endowment that insures support of those priorities for years to come.

Juneau and six other Alaska communities are among the first to participate in the Community Asset Building Initiative, sponsored by the Rasmuson Foundation. The Community Asset Building Initiative will assist Alaska communities in developing their own community foundation through a structured program of technical assistance, capacity building and matching grants. Leaders in the communities will form boards or advisory committees to identify local priorities and then create plans to develop the local resources for long-term sustainability.

Communities participating in the initial program, in addition to those in the Juneau area, include the Chilkat Valley (including the Haines Borough and village of Klukwan), the communities of the Kenai Peninsula, Homer, communities in the Frederick Sound area (including Petersburg, Mitkof and Kupreanof Islands), communities in the upper Susitna River valley (including Talkeetna, Caswell, Susitna Y and Trapper Creek), and Seward.

Creating endowments in the local communities goes hand in hand with establishing local priorities. This weekend, leaders discovered the impact a dollar given today in an endowment fund can have on the community today, tomorrow and in 50 years. "We are very pleased Juneau is one of the first to participate in this program and know the community will benefit greatly from the leadership offered by JCF," said ACF President and Chief Executive Officer Carol Simonetti.

The Juneau Community Foundation was created in 2005 to promote community based philanthropy for a healthy, safe and culturally rich environment. The Foundation is a way for Juneau donors to make financial gifts that provide long-term support to causes they care about in their own community. To learn more, visit www.juneaucf.org or call 463-3223.

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