July 2021 Newsletter: 30 years of the Homer Foundation

Update from Executive Director Thank you to our donors who attended our picnic. At just the right moment the rain stopped and the festivities began. It was wonderful to see so many faces we’ve not seen for so long.  As was said at the picnic, the last fiscal year has been strange and wonderful at the same time. Here are … Read More

April 2021 Newsletter: New Growth

Update from Executive Director April! The month of flowers and new growth….or this year, more snow. April is also Homer City Grants season. The Foundation has administered the City of Homer Grants Program since 2000 as a free service to the community under guidelines developed by the city and the foundation. Since 2000 over $860,000 has been awarded to local … Read More

May 2021 Newsletter: Spring Scholarships

Update from Executive Director I postponed the newsletter a few days this month so I could include the names of all the amazing scholarship awardees this year. I sat in on all the selection meetings this year and heard how impressed the committees were with all the applicants. This year, with the help of donors, we were able to award … Read More

June 2021 Newsletter: A Life Becomes a Legacy

Update from Executive Director From Dictionary.com:  legacy [leg-uh-see] noun, plural leg·a·cies. 1. Law. a gift of property, especially personal property, as money, by will; a bequest. 2. anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor: the legacy of ancient Rome. The Foundation was recently blessed with a bequest gift. Out of respect for what we now … Read More

Pay it Forward: Lean In

This is our most recent article of the Pay It Forward column published monthly by the Homer News. Recently, health educators from the REC Room joined my remote 7th grade health class to teach sexual health and substance misuse prevention. Suddenly, I found myself on the other side of Zoom, no longer the teacher trying to perform miracles through the … Read More

Pay It Forward: Pandemic Thoughts

Last summer, while standing on the boardwalk on the Spit, an acquaintance walked by. Without a word, she handed me something flat and plastic. I stood for a minute watching her back as she continued on her way. I held the small object in my hand and read, “Hug Raincheck, (good for as many you need. No expiration date).” Emotions … Read More

November 2020 Newsletter

Update from the Executive Director Being thankful. November is the month we often talk about being thankful. Who am I to break with tradition? I’m thankful for our donors and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you. I’ve asked a number of you” Why did you get involved with a community foundation?”  I can say that there are as many … Read More

October 2020 Newsletter

Update from the Executive Director What is your dream? I was making a video to send my oldest granddaughter explaining what her grandfather does all day (yes, I'm the grandfather of 7 wonderful little people). I could have explained that we help people give in a long term way, or that we invest donations wisely to ensure that important causes ... Read More

Planned Giving Webinar

Our lives are the sum of actions and relationships. Large and small, we have been shaped by those around us. What and who have you impacted in your life? There is a simple, but lasting way establish you legacy in the communities of the Southern Kenai Peninsula. Make a planned gift. We are hosting a free webinar on how to … Read More

Summer 2020 Newsletter

A Summer to Remember Update from the Executive Director There are certain times and seasons which stand out in our individual and collective memories. For better or worse, the summer of 2020 will be remembered for a long time; COVID-19 daily counts, social unrest sparked by a senseless and avoidable death, depressed economy, financial market difficulties. All of these are … Read More