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Sales tax no longer applies to nonprofit events, transactions, effective on and after March 26

Nonprofits will no longer have to charge sales tax on transactions on or after March 26, the date Gov. Bevin signed HB 354 resolving the questions and confusion on the issue. Due to an emergency clause in this legislation, sales of admissions and tangible property sales at fundraising events by all nonprofit groups and governmental organizations are now exempt from sales tax for transactions. These...

Kentucky business, government leaders serve up $46K in February ‘Serving Up Solutions’ benefit dinner

The second annual Serving Up Solutions dinner in February raised $46,235 in ticket sales and sponsorships, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced. The dinner benefited Feeding Kentucky (formerly the Kentucky Association of Food Banks), Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry, and GleanKY. Proceeds amounted to more than double those of the inaugural dinner in 2018. “Once again, we are overwhelmed...

USA Cares joins Louisville MayorGreg Fischer’s ‘Give a Day’ week of giving with care package drive

In April, USA Cares is leading the charge in providing assistance to the homeless veteran community in Louisville, and we’re inviting the Compassionate City to “Give a Day” and join us. In coordination with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s “Give a Day” week of service, USA Cares is hosting a care package drive now through April 18. USA Cares is currently collecting items to include in the...

BCTC Dental Hygiene Program to offer free dental care for children on Give Kids a Smile day April 1-3

The Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Dental Hygiene Program students and professionals will be offering free dental care to children during the Give Kids A Smile event Apr. 1-3, at the Cooper Campus. Children ages 4-12 are eligible to receive FREE dental cleanings, kindergarten screenings, dental supplies, x-rays, exams and fluoride treatments. Participants will also enjoy face painting,...

Anti-hunger advocates from across the nation make summit on rural child hunger in Kentucky a success

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign gathered anti-hunger advocates from across the country, including Kentucky, to look for ways to reduce hunger among children in rural communities during a national conference March 21-22 in Louisville. The national anti-hunger organization featured educators, researchers, food bank leaders, government officials, and others at its first Rural Child Hunger...

Nominations being accepted for 40th annual Ida Lee Willis Foundation Historic Preservation Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 40th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards, Kentucky’s most distinguished celebration of historic preservation excellence. Named for Kentucky’s first state historic preservation officer, the awards are given for the protection, preservation, and rehabilitation of historic buildings and cultural resources. The 40th-anniversary...

Venture Connectors lunch to feature dynamic panel of research and innovation leaders on April 3

Venture Connectors will host a panel of local leaders who will discuss how their organizations are providing the cornerstones of the Louisville region’s innovation economy in order to fuel economic development and ensure a vibrant startup community. The event will be held on April 3 in Louisville. The panelists are: Patrick Henshaw, CEO of the Louisville Entrepreneurship Acceleration Partnership...

Covington to host Kentucky Main Street Conference, events include workshops, bourbon-tasting tour

For the past forty years, Kentucky Main Street has been advocating for Main Streets, both urban and rural, across the state – on April 23rd – 25th, it will be celebrating this work in Covington. “Kentucky Main Street is the oldest statewide Main Street program in the nation and we’re proud to celebrate our longevity and goals for the future with the Covington community,” says Kitty...

Software executive, Versailles native Ace Heinle named new executive director of Woodford Forward

Woodford Forward has named Ace Heinle as the organization’s new Executive Director. A Versailles native with over 200 years of family history in Woodford County, Heinle has experience with organizational management and sales, farm management, and government advocacy. He returns to his family farm in Woodford County after working as a software executive in Washington, DC and Paris, France. Ace Heinle Heinle’s...

Gambling awareness, March Madness share month; NCAA Tournament largest gambling event of the year

In March, the largest gambling event of the year – the NCAA men’s basketball tournament – begins. March also is national Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM). If the Kentucky General Assembly passes House Bill 175, and it is signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin, sports betting in Kentucky will become legal. Even more betting on basketball will occur. The Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling...

KODA, Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks to hold ‘Gift of Life’ Summit on April 25 in Lexington

The “Gift of Life” Summit event will be held on April 25 in Lexington at the Embassy Suites. The Summit celebrates saving lives through organ donation and healing lives through tissue donation. The Summit is hosted by Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates and the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life. “This is a brand-new opportunity for KODA and TFL to meet and greet with hospital partners,...

Health Equity Fund calls for applications to support local nonprofits, racially equitable Louisville Metro

The Louisville Health Equity Fund has announced the 2019 call for applications. The fund supports local nonprofits led by people of color who are working to build a racially equitable Louisville Metro. The $160,000 Health Equity Fund anticipates awarding $20,000 to up to four grantees in 2019 with a second $20,000 grant in 2020. Funds to support this grant opportunity are provided by the Robert Wood...

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence seeking candidates for chief executive officer

The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a non-profit organization located in Frankfort, Kentucky is seeking applications for a new Chief Executive Officer. The Chief Executive Officer’s primary role is to provide leadership to KCADV staff and implement the organization’s vision and strategies for both the coalition and its 15 regional domestic violence programs. The Chief Executive...

Governor’s Service Awards presented to 12 individuals, six groups from across Kentucky

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Adam Meier honored 12 individuals and six groups from across Kentucky for their volunteer and service contributions at the 24th annual Governor’s Service Awards in Frankfort. “The men and women honored today personify the servant’s heart,” said Hampton. “We are blessed to have so many Kentuckians who generously...

Bluegrass Care Navigators names nonprofit veteran Laura Klumb as new vice president for Philanthropy

Bluegrass Care Navigators has named Laura Harrison Klumb its new Vice President for Philanthropy. Klumb joins the team after spending the past 8 years as the Executive Director for the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. She began her role January 21. “I look forward to working with Bluegrass Care Navigators supporters, staff and board to directly impact the lives of the patients we serve,” shares...

University of Kentucky’s 14th annual DanceBlue Marathon raises more than $1.8 million

On Sunday, nearly 1,000 University of Kentucky students jumped and cheered in response to the amazing work that came to fruition. With joyful hearts and tired feet, the dancers at the 2019 DanceBlue Marathon lasted 24-hours of no sitting and no sleeping in honor of the tireless pursuit of finding the cure for pediatric cancer. No sitting or sleeping for these 2019 DanceBlue dancers. (Photo by Mark...

Dare to Care Food Bank, CHFS celebrate first of monthly mobile food pantry visits in Louisville

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and Dare to Care Food Bank on Thursday celebrated the first of what will be monthly mobile food pantry visits to Louisville’s L&N Building. Dare to Care will set up its mobile pantry in the L&N parking lot from 10 a.m. until noon on the fourth Thursday of each month. Meat, dairy, vegetables, and fruit are among the items provided. First...

Sunrise Children’s Services announces closure of two facilities in effort to optimize program structures

Sunrise Children’s Services announced this week the closure of two programs, both of which will be effective in early March. The programs being closed are Morehead Center, a 12-bed residential treatment facility for females ages 12-18, and an office in Florence that supported community-based programs. The closures affect nearly 20 Sunrise jobs across both programs. “We are seeing shifts in funding...

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope names Pete Hester, Chris Johnson to Board of Directors

Pete Hester 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 Pete Hester, MD and Chris Johnson to its Board of Directors. Originally from Garden City, New York, Dr. Hester is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. After completing his Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellowship at the...

Search underway to replace retiring Bill Farmer as president and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass

Bill Farmer, President and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG), announced his retirement from the organization last month. Farmer has served in this role with UWBG for 10 years and plans to move back to his hometown of Rocky Mount, North Carolina along with his wife, Kehaulani later this year. Board Chair, Paul Rooke said, “Bill has made a tremendous contribution to UWBG and his leadership...