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Community Foundation of Louisville announces more than $387,000 in grants to 24 local nonprofits


The Community Foundation of Louisville, in partnership with the Novak Family Foundation, the James Graham Brown Foundation, and Community Foundation donors, including William O. Alden Jr., awarded $387,728 in Fund for Louisville capacity-building grants to 24 local nonprofits. Additionally, the Foundation is celebrating more than $2.5 million in capacity-building grants awarded to more than 120 local nonprofits since 2014.

More than 60 nonprofit representatives, Community Foundation board members, funding partners and donors gathered at The Louisville Urban League to honor the recipients and the work they do each day to strengthen areas of Louisville most impacted by longstanding disinvestment and underinvestment.

“All Louisville residents deserve to live in a community where people and place thrive. As a founding partner and continuing supporter of the Greater Louisville Project, we relied on the compelling data from its 2015 report on poverty to inform our giving,” said Trisha Finnegan, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of the Community Foundation. “The organizations we are able to support this year are doing significant work in parts of West and South Louisville, supporting families and individuals as they build their best lives.”

Capacity-building grants are intended to enhance the ability of nonprofits serving Louisville to achieve their mission, operate more effectively and build long-term sustainability. In contrast to program or operations support, capacity-building investments strengthen nonprofit efficiency, effectiveness or sustainability by supporting activities such as strategic planning, staff training, feasibility studies or technology improvements. At this time, the Fund for Louisville grants program is one of the few local programs offering capacity-building grants.

“We know that too often organizations forgo critical investments in their operations in order to support their programming. For the last seven years, our generous fundholders and partners have made it possible for more than 120 organizations to invest in themselves so they might best support our community,” said Finnegan.

The 2020 Fund for Louisville recipients are:

CASA, Inc.
Develop and implement a new social media and mobile marketing strategy.

Choosewell Communities
Upgrade technology.

Center for Neighborhoods
Acquire a new constituent management database.

City School
Pursue a national accreditation to strengthen operations.

Commonwealth Theatre Center
Acquire a new constituent management database.

Dare to Care Food Bank
Develop a new strategic plan.

Father Maloney’s Boys’ Haven
Invest in board development and leadership development opportunities.

Harbor House of Louisville
Develop a new brand identity.

Jefferson County Extension Foundation
Invest in professional development opportunities.

Kentucky Harvest
Acquire a new constituent management database.

LHOME
Upgrade technology and invest in professional development opportunities.

Lifehouse
Upgrade technology and invest in professional development opportunities.

Lincoln Foundation
Upgrade technology.

Maryhurst
Provide coaching for leadership team during a leadership transition.

Metropolitan Housing Coalition
Upgrade technology.

Orchid House
Upgrade technology.

Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky
Upgrade technology.

Play Cousins Collective
Update website to better support the organization’s work.

Sickle Cell Association of Kentuckiana
Upgrade technology.

Side by Side Studio
Upgrade technology.

The First Tee of Louisville
Invest in professional development opportunities.

UP for Women and Children
Conduct a feasibility study.

Volunteers of America Mid-States
Upgrade technology to support merger with Restorative Justice.

Wellspring
Invest in professional development opportunities.

Community Foundation of Louisville


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