A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Sweet Blessings seeking volunteers for seventh anniversary bake-a-thon set for February 27

Every child deserves a birthday cake. Sweet Blessings is a nonprofit organization creating specialty birthday cakes for children ages 4 to 17 who are living in poverty, facing a life-threatening illness or with special needs. In 2017 Sweet Blessings served 2,730 children in Central Kentucky. Each birthday cake is handcrafted with a special design tailored especially to that child. To celebrate Sweet...

Applications being accepted for first Health Equity Fund Grants; two $20,000 awards available in 2018

The Community Foundation of Louisville, in partnership with the Center for Health Equity, Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, the Humana Foundation, and Metro United Way are pleased to announce the establishment of the Health Equity Fund to support local nonprofits working towards improving root causes of health. The $150,000 Fund will award a minimum of $40,000 each year for the next three years...

Sunrise Children’s Services names Lyons, Pinkston, Weeks as newest members of board of directors

Sunrise Children’s Services, Kentucky’s largest private child services provider, announces the addition of three individuals to its board of directors as the nonprofit grows and adapts to the changing demands of caring for children in crisis. Sunrise’s newest board members as of Jan. 2018 include: Billy Lyons Billy Lyons is currently corporate counsel at Conduent Incorporated in Lexington, Ky....

Ky Nonprofit Network honors member organizations, legislators and officials with advocacy awards

Kentucky Nonprofit Network, the state association of nonprofit organizations, presented three member organizations, five legislators and eight officials with awards as part of its 13th annual Kentucky Nonprofit Day at the Capitol in Frankfort on February 1. The annual event provides nonprofit organizations statewide with the opportunity to meet legislators and support Kentucky Nonprofit Network’s...

Red Cross asking blood donors to help maintain supplies as severe weather, flu disrupt donations

Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school – it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood and platelet donation appointments. The Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help maintain the blood supply for patients in need. In 2018, severe winter weather forced about 600 blood drives to cancel, resulting...

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope names Old National Bank vice president John Douglas to board

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, which offers a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies at its base in the Kentucky Horse Park, is pleased to welcome John Douglas to its Board of Directors. John Douglas A native of Cynthiana, he graduated from the University of Kentucky before starting a successful career in banking and finance that has spanned nearly 30 years. Douglas is currently a vice...

KentuckyOne Health to host Go Red for Women event at Jenny Wiley State Park Lunch and Learn

As part of the national effort to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease in women, Saint Joseph Martin, part of KentuckyOne Health, is partnering with the American Heart Association to host a Go Red for Women Lunch and Learn event. The event will take place from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, February 15 The luncheon will be held at the Wilkinson Stumbo Convention Center, located in Jenny Wiley State...

UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science accepting community mini-grant applications

The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Community Engagement and Research (CER) program is accepting applications from community partners for funding to support health outreach projects. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16. Participants in a UK CCTS community mini-grant project Grants will provide $2,500 to develop, implement, and evaluate small-scale,...

Rural Blog: Kentucky native Lora Smith works to help Appalachian nonprofits with innovative impact fund

Community builder Lora Smith is working to help Eastern Kentucky with a unique approach: a first- of-its-kind impact fund that gives a financial boost to nonprofits serving the area. The organization also invests directly in communities through real estate acquisition and development to improve dilapidated small town downtowns. “Smith co-founded the Appalachian Impact Fund with Louisville philanthropist...

KyForward founders Judy and Gene Clabes to receive Behringer-Crawford Two-Headed Calf Award

KyForward founder and publisher Judy Clabes, along with her husband and Northern Kentucky Tribune senior editor Gene, are among the winners of the 2018 Two-Headed Calf Awards presented by Northern Kentucky’s Behringer-Crawford Museum. The awards, which honor Northern Kentuckians for significant accomplishments in the areas of history, education and community service, are named for the museum’s...

Annual Wrapped in Red gala benefiting Louisville Red Cross set for March 10 at downtown Marriott

In Louisville, red is a commonly seen color to show support for UofL. However, expect to see even more people wrapped in red on March 10 to celebrate the life-saving work of the American Red Cross. To be held at the Marriott Louisville Downtown, 500 guests are expected at Wrapped in Red, which is presented by Brown-Forman. The eighth annual Wrapped in Red Gala highlights the Red Cross Kentucky disaster...

World Experts to present at 21st annual Conference on Problem and Responsible Gambling Issues

As gambling expands in and around Kentucky — for instance, with Keno, Historical Racing, and new land-based casinos — problem gambling awareness and prevention become more important with the possibility of individual gambling addiction. Presenters at the 21st Annual Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling (KYCPG) Educational and Awareness Conference, at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center...

Bluegrass Tomorrow to recognize 2017 Vision Award winners February 6 at Marriott Griffin Gate Resort

Herb Miller of Columbia Gas, Scott County Judge Executive George Lusby, President John Marsden of Midway University, Larry Jones of Community Trust Bank, and KY Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, are among the honorees at Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Vision Awards Breakfast February 6 at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort in Lexington. George Lusby The annual Vision Awards Breakfast is a time-honored...

Community Foundation of Louisville, partners award more than $463,000 in grants to local nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL), in partnership with the Lift a Life Foundation, the James Graham Brown Foundation and CFL donors, including William O. Alden, Jr., awarded $463,029 in Fund for Louisville capacity-building grants to 28 local nonprofits this morning. More than 50 nonprofit representatives, CFL Board members and donors gathered at Americana Community Center to honor the...

Lexington Rescue Mission’s 11th annual Walk for Warmth set for February 24 at Phoenix Park

Hundreds of people will put on their walking shoes to trek two miles downtown and raise support to end homelessness on Saturday, Feb. 24. The 11th Annual Walk for Warmth will start at 10 a.m. at Phoenix Park and end at Calvary Baptist Church. All proceeds will go directly toward the Lexington Rescue Mission’s Homeless Intervention Program, which helps homeless individuals and families find affordable...

BGCF awards more than $18,000 to Fayette County Public Schools for 2017-18 mini-grant program

The Blue Grass Community Foundation has awarded a total of $18,680 to Fayette County Public Schools for the 2017-18 teacher mini-grant program, which encourages innovative learning and creativity in the classroom. All FCPS teachers were invited to apply. A committee of community volunteers considered each project’s potential to improve student achievement, the number of students who would benefit,...

Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning to induct four into the 2018 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame

The Carnegie Center has announced four inductees into the 2018 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, including Berea author, feminist, and social activist, bell hooks. “Bell hooks is one of the most influential cultural critics of our time,” said Neil Chethik, Executive Director of the Carnegie Center. “She has built a worldwide readership over 40 years with unique insights on such topics as love,...

KBC asking Kentucky fans to help rebuild low blood supplies during Big Blue Slam January 22-26

The community blood supply is currently low, but Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) is giving donors a chance to help rebuild that supply while also proving they bleed blue during the 10th annual Big Blue Slam next week. Big Blue Slam, which is Jan. 22-26, pits Kentucky fans against Florida fans to see who can donate the most blood. Donors during Slam will receive a special long-sleeve T-shirt. “Big Blue...

Northern Kentucky’s Horizon Community Funds surpasses $10m in assets in less than six months

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky has surpassed $10 million in assets under management less than six months after its formation in August 2017. The organization established an initial goal to raise $50 million in five years to support Northern Kentucky community needs and services. “We are overwhelmed by the positive response to the formation of Horizon Community Funds,” stated Nancy...