Monday, October 29, 2012
Three KPI Commonwealth Awards honor extraordinary service to philanthropy
The Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative presented three prestigious Commonwealth Awards honoring extraordinary service to philanthropy at its annual statewide Summit held in Lexington.
The annual awards recognize individuals or organizations who have distinguished themselves in the field of philanthropy, through service, innovation, commitment, and/or lifetime achievement.
“KPI is pleased to present the Commonwealth Award to individuals and organizations who are role models for others in unselfish and extraordinary giving,” said Judith G. Clabes, founder and president. “Kentucky is fortunate to have people devoted to the service to others through private philanthropy.”
Recipients of the 2012 Commonwealth Awards are:
Kathryn E. Merchant , President/CEO of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation since 1997. She previously served as director of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Neighborhood Preservation Initiative and a partner in the consulting firm Holt, Wexler & Merchant. She also served in leadership positions on a number of nonprofit boards, including the Ohio Grantmakers Forum, Center for Effective Philanthropy, the National Center for Arts and Technology, and in numerous leadership positions with the Council on Foundations. The NonProfit Times named her one of the “Top 50 Power & Influence” leaders in 2008. Since taking the helm of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Merchant has worked with Northern Kentucky leaders to establish and build the Northern Kentucky Fund of GCF and has provided leadership for the development of other regional funds. While achieving a national reputation in philanthropy, she has led GCF to record assets, pro-active leadership in her community, and to a model for civic engagement.
Gerry F. Roll is executive director of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, formerly the Hazard-Perry County Community Foundation, a community foundation establishing an endowment in southeastern Kentucky based on the principles of rural development philanthropy. The Foundation was created in 2006 by Hazard Perry County Community Ministries, where Roll served as executive director for 18 years. Her work in eastern Kentucky has been focused on equity in housing, early childhood education, and health care. She is recognized locally, regionally, statewide and nationally as an advocate for rural development and community philanthropy. She was an early supporter of the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative, supporting its transformational Transfer of Wealth Study, and was a major influence in the crafting and passage of the Endow Kentucky tax credit which encourages new private donations to community funds across the Commonwealth.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky celebrated its 25th year in Kentucky – and a new benchmark of $42 million in charitable donations to the state. TMMK proves its commitment to the community, as well as to the state, through both monetary contributions and personal involvement of TMMK team members. Recognizing a great resource in its people, processes, and business practices, TMMK provides – in addition to financial resources, representation on governmental and non-profit boards, and encourages its team members to volunteer their time in community organizations. The United Way of the Bluegrass, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Governor’s Scholars Program, Leadership Kentucky, Urban League, YMCA Black Achievers, Lexington Humane Society, Louisville Zoo, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass, the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative and the Governor’s School for the Arts are just a few of the many organizations that TMMK supports. Through its innovative national 100 Cars for Good, Toyota award new cars to eight Kentucky non-profits this year.
The Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative, founded in 2008, is Kentucky’s only statewide advocacy group for private philanthropic investment in Kentucky. KPI holds an annual statewide Summit on Philanthropy, commissioned the transformational Transfer of Wealth Kentucky study, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Endow Kentucky tax credit. Its board members are Carol Buckhout, Communications for Non-Profits, Northern Kentucky; Randy Coe, president, Kosair Charities, Louisville; Scott Davis, president and CEO, Ohio Valley Financial Group, Henderson; Keith Hall, Louisville; Billy Harper, Harper Construction, Paducah; Dr. Jan Hillard, associate provost for regional stewardship, Northern Kentucky University; and Mike Philipps, president and CEO, Scripps Howard Foundation.
See www.kyphilathropy.org for more information.