A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

New legislation modernizing laws governing Kentucky nonprofit organizations takes effect

House Bill 443, new legislation that makes necessary clarifications and provides statutory flexibility to the laws governing nonprofit organizations in Kentucky, took effect Saturday. The bill, sponsored by Repreuseative Robert Benvenuti of Lexington, passed unanimously in both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly and was signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin on April 26. The legislation builds...

Ky. Coalition Against Domestic Violence receives $20,000 for Economic Empowerment program

Verizon has made a $20,000 grant to the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence to support its Economic Empowerment program. The funds will be used to support financial education classes, credit counseling, Individual Development Accounts, and microloans for survivors served by the state’s 15 regional domestic violence programs and state community college system. The program serves 2,600 participants...

‘Birdies for the Bluegrass’ during Barbasol PGA Championship to benefit Ky. Children’s Hospital

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky UK HealthCare has been named one of the official sponsors of the Barbasol PGA Championship being held July 16-22 at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. The tournament will be broadcast live each day on Golf Channel and one of only 45 regular-season tournaments before the FedEx Cup Playoffs. As part of the PGA Tour’s mission to positively impact local...

NASCAR’s Rhodes wraps up campaign to honor first responders with fundraiser in hometown of Louisville

NASCAR Truck Series driver and Louisville’s own Ben Rhodes will be back home and racing at his favorite track at the Kentucky Speedway in the Buckle Up 225 on July 12. Rhodes (provided photo) Ben has also headed up the “All Rhodes Lead to the Kentucky Speedway” promotional campaign. In the four weeks leading up to the race, Rhodes has been on a media tour promoting the race and recognizing and...

EKU and the City of Richmond partner to develop assisted living facility for up to 100 residents

Eastern Kentucky University and the City of Richmond have long enjoyed a mutually beneficial partnership. The newest example, the establishment of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Local Development Area, will bring to the community a much-needed assisted living facility for at least 100 seniors of low to moderate income, and provide hands-on educational opportunities and employment for EKU students. The...

University of Kentucky students donate over nine tons of items to nonprofits during May move out

By Trey Melcher University of Kentucky University of Kentucky students donated a total of 18,449 pounds of items during the May 2018 move out days with the Give and Go donation program (17,863 pounds of household and clothing items and 586 pounds of food). These results were a 17 percent increase from last year’s move out efforts, which collected a total of 15,372 pounds. The items collected...

Kosair Charities Face It movement releases SPLASH body safety guide to recognizing, preventing abuse

With summertime in full swing and as children spend more time at the pool, friends’ houses, and with new caregivers, partners in the Kosair Charities Face It Movement have released a new tool, SPLASH Body Safety Guide. (Click for complete printable SPLASH Body Safety Guide) The new tool offers a guide for parents and caregivers to review important information with children about their bodies, body...

NASCAR legend Craven highlights Speedway Children’s Charity Dinner held in Cincinnati

By Benjamin Shipp Northern Kentucky Tribune The seventh running of the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway is just a little more than a week away and the eyes of the NASCAR world will be focused on the Bluegrass. NASCAR legend Ricky Craven speaks to reporters at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse about the important work done by Speedway Children’s Charities. Craven was the featured...

AT&T contributes $10,000 to Voices of Hope to support students living with addiction

AT&T and Voices of Hope are working together to support Central Kentucky students in recovery from drug addiction, by providing college scholarships funded in part by AT&T’s $10,000 contribution. The Voices of Hope “Living Proof” scholarship is a $1,000 award for a student in long-term recovery who is currently enrolled at a trade school, college or university in Central Kentucky. The...

AT&T provides Aspire initiative grant for scholarships to Voices of Hope students in long-term recovery

AT&T and Voices of Hope are working together to support area students in recovery from drug addiction. The initiative will benefit students in recovery from addiction by providing college scholarships funded in part by AT&T’s $10,000 contribution. AT&T supports the project as part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s initiative to help provide access to education and training people...

CFL vice president Trisha Finnegan selected for board of Community Foundation of Canada

The Community Foundation of Louisville’s (CFL) Vice President of Mission and Impact, Trisha Finnegan, has been selected to serve as the only international representative on the board of directors for the Community Foundations of Canada (CFC.) CFC represents nearly 200 community foundations that strive to make Canadian communities better places to live, work and play. CFC’s 17-member board holds...

Sunrise Children’s Services fifth annual Ride & Shine charity event set for June 23 in Danville

On Saturday, June 23, motorcycle enthusiasts with a passion for helping children in need will take part in the fifth annual Sunrise Children’s Services Ride & Shine event. Bikers, members of Central Kentucky churches, and Sunrise staff will gather that morning at

Advocacy groups are reminding Kentuckians to remember the homeless and temps remain high

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service With sweltering weather settling in across the Commonwealth, advocacy groups are asking Kentuckians to show compassion for those without a cool place to stay. Just as frostbite is a concern during the winter for those experiencing homelessness, said Natalie Harris, executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless, heat stroke is a concern when temperatures soar. There...

Allstate Foundation awards $50,000 in grants to Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Allstate Foundation awarded the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) $50,000 to support its nationally recognized Economic Empowerment Project this year. The Allstate Foundation and KCADV have partnered for 13 years to break the cycle of domestic violence through economic empowerment. Since 2015, the foundation has made grants of close to $1.2 million to KCADV and its member programs. Advocates...

Community Foundation of Louisville accepting applications for 2019 Hadley Creatives program

The Community Foundation of Louisville is pleased to announce a call for applications for Hadley Creatives, a six-month professional development experience for local visual, performing and literary artists who are at a pivotal point in their careers. The online application opened Monday at www.hadleycreatives.org and will remain open until Monday, Aug. 20. Developed in partnership with Creative Capital,...

Halters Worn by American Pharoah, other notable thoroughbreds among items in CKRH online auction

Halters worn by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah; his sire, Pioneerof the Nile; and grandsire, Empire Maker, are among the exciting Thoroughbred racing-related items in an online auction to raise money for Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, the 37-year-old program at the Kentucky Horse Park that offers equine-assisted activities and therapies to people of all ages. The online auction is part of...

State association urges nonprofits to get up to speed on new law requiring charities to charge sales tax

Kentucky Nonprofit Network (KNN), the Commonwealth’s association of nonprofits, is providing resources and hosting a webinar on June 28 to help nonprofits learn how to comply with a new Kentucky law. Effective July 1 the law will require organizations to collect sales tax from supporters of special events and some programs. At the same time, KNN will be pursuing a legislative solution with the General...

National census shows large demand, lack of resources for KY domestic violence programs

On September 13, 2017, Kentucky domestic violence programs served 962 adults and children.  However, a significant number of requests for help – 57 – went unmet because domestic violence agencies lacked the funding and staff to meet demand. The data comes from the release of the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s 12th National Census of Domestic Violence Services.  The...

Prichard Committee gets W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant to expand access to early care and education

Developing innovative methods to support family home child care providers will be the focus of a new initiative of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, which will work in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Division of Child Care. The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is an independent statewide advocacy organization dedicated to the improvement...

Allstate Foundation awards $50,000 in grants to Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Allstate Foundation awarded the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) $50,000 to support its nationally recognized Economic Empowerment Project this year. The Allstate Foundation and KCADV have partnered for 13 years to break the cycle of domestic violence through economic empowerment. Since 2015, the foundation has made grants of close to $1.2 million to KCADV and its member programs. Advocates...