Horizon Community Funds of NKy president Nancy Grayson joins Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative board

The Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative (KPI) has announced that Nancy Grayson, President of Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky, has joined its Board of Directors. “It’s a pleasure to welcome Nancy as a member of the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative’s Board of Directors,” said KPI Chairman Al Rider. “She brings a depth of experience and perspective for community development...

Transform Education Kentucky announces major investment in Interapt Skills for High School program

Transform Education Kentucky (TEK) on Tuesday announced a major commitment to their new Interapt Skills for High School Program from Louisville entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist Brook T. Smith. TEK partnered with Interapt — an innovation and software development firm — to launch a new training program that will teach high school seniors iOS and Android coding skills that will set...

NHOA collecting holiday gifts for nursing home, personal care residents in 17 Kentucky counties

The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass (NHOA) is once again accepting holiday gifts to fulfill the wishes of residents living in nursing homes, personal care homes, and family care homes of 17 central Kentucky counties. Now in its eighth year, the Silver Bells Holiday Gift Drive brings a little extra cheer for long-term care residents who will otherwise receive no gifts during the holidays. “We...

Speedway Children’s Charities distributes more than $3.2m nationwide, KY chapter gives to 25 nonprofits

Speedway Children’s Charities officials announced today that the far-reaching nonprofit will distribute more than $3.2 million in grants to 435 charitable organizations across the country this year, bringing the total allocation amount to more than $52 million since the O. Bruton Smith family founded the nonprofit in 1982. Representatives from Speedway Children’s Charities. The organization’s...

LNJ Foxwoods named title sponsor of Thoroughbred Charities of America Stallion Season Auction Jan. 3-7

Thoroughbred Charities of America announced today that LNJ Foxwoods has signed on as the title sponsor of the upcoming 28th Annual Stallion Season Auction to be held Wednesday, January 3 – Sunday, January 7, 2018. “We are incredibly grateful for LNJ Foxwoods’ generosity,” said Erin Crady, executive director of TCA. “As the top sponsor of our largest annual fundraiser for the third consecutive...

Think outside the gift box: Red Cross announces blood donation opportunities for Dec. 16-31

The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December. Alison Wissen knows the power of blood donations. She received 22 units of blood products after experiencing complications during childbirth. “I truly owe my life to blood donors,” she said. “Even the skilled hands of my surgeons could not have saved me without...

Community Foundation of Louisville reaches $500 million in assets, now among largest in nation

The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) is celebrating a major milestone in December, having surpassed $500 million in total assets. CFL is the largest charitable foundation in Kentucky, and in the top 40 of about 800 community foundations nationwide. Assets are up from $485 million at the end of 2016. Over the past 33 years, CFL has made more than $780 million in grants to nonprofits, most of...

Lexington Parking Authority surpasses one ton of canned goods in ‘Food for Fines’ program

The Lexington Parking Authority (LPA) announced Monday that its nationally recognized “Food for Fines” canned food drive collected 2,160 cans during the first two weeks of the program. A total of 110 parking citations were cleared using the program. Food for Fines runs through December 15. Customers who bring in 10 cans of food will receive $15 off any LEXPARK or Lexington Police issued on-street...

Lexington Habitat for Humanity celebrates 442nd family served through homeownership program

Susy Alonso-Rios and her children, Susy (15), Chris (11) and Sadie (7), became the 442nd family served through Lexington Habitat’s homeownership program when the family celebrated the dedication of their new home on Russell Cave Road. Representatives from Thrivent Financial and Lexington Restoration Churches, who provided a homebuyer sponsorship and volunteers, were on hand to present a hammer, bible...

New report provides detailed insight on charitable giving habits of individual donors across nation

More than half of Americans (55%) gave money to charity in the last year according to new research by the Charities Aid Foundation. The Charitable Giving In The USA 2017 Report aims to provide fresh data on the key aspects of individual giving in the United States, the share of Americans who give to charity, the amount of donations and causes they support, the age and gender composition of individual...

Lexington named newest member of US Ignite’s Smart Gigabit Communities Program

US Ignite, Inc. has announced that the City of Lexington, partnered with the University of Kentucky, is the newest participant in the US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) program US Ignite is a nonprofit that spurs the creation of next-generation applications and services that leverage advanced networking technologies to build the foundation for smart communities. Funded by the National Science...

Area development districts raise 250,000 lbs of food during ‘Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl’

Kentucky’s area development districts helped raised the equivalent of more than 250,000 pounds of food as part of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday. Big Sandy Area Development District is the winner of the overall award having raised nearly 1/3 of a pound of food per person in their district. The rural district winner is the Purchase...

Lexington Habitat for Humanity receives $46,800 donation to fund Home Repair Program

Rusty Underwood, RCHF director and Rachel Childress, CEO of Habitat for Humanity The Realtor-Community Housing Foundation has donated $46,800 to Lexington Habitat for Humanity. The funds are to be used for Habitat’s Home Repair Program for projects that are currently not under contract due to no funds. Habitat for Humanity aligns with the Realtor-Community Housing Foundation’s goal to empower...

Sen. Ralph Alvarado awarded Lexington Medical Society’s Jack Trevey Award for Community Service

Senator Ralph A. Alvarado, M.D., was awarded the Lexington Medical Society’s highest physician honor earlier this month at their dinner meeting at the Hilary J. Boone Center. The Jack Trevey Award for Community Service recognizes a Lexington Medical Society member who performs outstanding service by direct involvement in the community beyond their role as a physician. Robert P. Granacher, Jr.,...

Kentucky State Police accepting donations for ‘Cram The Cruiser’ holiday food drive through Dec. 11

The Kentucky State Police will begin accepting donations for their eighth annual “Cram The Cruiser” holiday food drive on Nov. 22. Designed to provide non-perishable food items for families in need throughout the Commonwealth, the campaign will continue through Dec.11. “Food is one of the most basic human needs,” says KSP spokesperson Lt. Michael Webb. “Unfortunately, hunger is present throughout...

Red Cross is asking Kentuckians to make time for blood, platelet donation throughout holiday season

The holidays are known for the giving spirit and a hectic pace. This holiday season, the American Red Cross is sharing three ways to give the gift of life in less time. At this time of year many regular blood and platelet donors delay giving due to busy schedules– but the need for blood remains. To help donors fit in a donation, the Red Cross offers three easy ways to make helping save lives faster...

Wednesday is last day to register for Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters free toy program

There is less than a week left to sign-up for the Fraternal Order of Firefighters (FOF) Toy Program. Currently, sign-ups for the program are down. Lexington Firefighters want to remind Fayette County families there’s still time to sign their children up for this free Christmas Toy Program.  Sign-up information is as follows: Last day to sign up: November 22 (must sign-up in person) Eligibility:...

Kentucky Blood Center wins 30th-annual Big Blue Crush with largest victory in competition’s history

Kentucky has won the 30th annual Big Blue Crush, 2,540 to 1,787, which is the largest margin of victory in the history of the competition. “Thank you, Big Blue Nation,” said Martha Osborne, Vice President of Marketing for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC). “Because of your generosity, we have once again beat Tennessee, but, more importantly, we have a strong blood supply heading into the holidays....

Lexington Parking Authority to offer reduced fines for donations as part of 2017 ‘Food for Fines’ program

The Lexington Parking Authority has announced its LEXPARK program will run the “Food for Fines” canned food drive for a fourth straight year. This year the Food for Fines program runs from Monday, November 20 through Friday, December 15. Customers who bring in 10 cans of food will receive $15 off any LEXPARK or Lexington Police issued parking citation. Customers with multiple citations...

Walmart to award grants to 10 Kentucky nonprofits during ‘Day of Giving’ Nov. 20 at state capitol

Walmart will host a “Day of Giving” at the Kentucky State Capitol at 1:30 p.m. Monday, awarding 10 nonprofits a Walmart Foundation Kentucky State Giving Grant. The Walmart Day of Giving, featuring local elected officials, will award grants totaling $503,000 to following organizations: • Purchase Area Development District – $108,000 • Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland – $80,000 •...