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Community Foundation of Louisville awards more than $430,000 to 25 local nonprofit organizations


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 $438,341 in Fund for Louisville capacity-building grants to 25 local nonprofits. Additionally, attendees celebrated the awarding of more than $2 million in capacity building grants to more than 100 local nonprofits since Fund for Louisville’s inception in 2014.

More than 60 nonprofit representatives, CFL Board members, and donors gathered at The Salvation Army to honor the recipients and the work they do each day to strengthen areas of Louisville most impacted by longstanding disinvestment and underinvestment.

“We are committed to Louisville being a community where people and place thrive. As a founding partner and continuing supporter of the Greater Louisville Project, we used findings from its 2015 report on poverty to inform our focus,” said Susan Barry, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “With the help of our generous donors and partners, we are able to strengthen organizations working to address the impact of longstanding disinvestment and underinvestment in Louisville.”

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-specific grants.

The Community Foundation of Louisville celebrates awarding the 2019 Fund for Louisville grantees over $400,000 in capacity building grants, and surpassing granting $2 million over the program’s first six years.(Photo from CFL)

The 2019 Fund for Louisville recipients are:

1619 Flux: Art + Activism, Inc. – $20,000
Support fundraising, marketing, and community-engagement training for staff.

B.A.Y.A. CORPORATION – $15,000
Acquire new outcome-tracking software, and complete a strategic plan.

Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc. – $20,000
Complete requirements necessary to become a fully licensed after school care provider.

Central Louisville Community Ministries – $10,595
Acquire new donor and client data management software.

Community Coordinated Child Care, Inc. (4-C) – $18,500
Build and launch a new website.

Educational Justice – $20,000
Complete a comprehensive fund development plan, a board development plan, and a strategic plan.

ElderServe – $19,719
Replace outdated staff computers.

Family Community Clinic – $20,000
Upgrade the organization’s communication equipment.

House of Ruth, Inc. – $9,480
Support training and professional development opportunities for staff.

I Would Rather Be Reading – $19,300
Support training in trauma-informed literary practices for staff, and acquire new staff computers.

Legal Aid Society – $20,000
Acquire new financial management and fundraising software.

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company – $10,000
Complete a new strategic plan.

Louisville Free Public Library Foundation – $20,000
Provide leadership training and coaching for leaders of the Library and the Library Foundation.

Louisville Urban League – $20,000
Support training in fundraising and marketing, and in use of Blackbaud, for staff.

Mom’s Closet Resource Center – $16,000
Complete a new strategic plan.

NAMI Louisville – $16,600
Complete a new strategic plan, and train program facilitators.

New Directions Housing Corporation – $20,000
Support fundraising training for staff and board members, and prepare for a capital campaign.

OneWest – $20,000
Support leadership training for staff and board members, sector-specific skill training for staff, and acquire new project and donor management software.

Shawnee Christian Healthcare – $20,000
Complete requirements necessary to acquire Level 2 Patient Centered Medical Home recognition.

St. John Center – $19,904
Complete requirements necessary to receive CARF accreditation.

Surgery on Sunday Louisville – $18,757
Acquire new equipment and computers necessary to improve staff efficiency.

The Backside Learning Center – $16,440
Develop a new strategic and fund development plan to guide the organization’s work.

West End School – $10,750
Provide cultural competence training to staff and board members.

West Louisville Performing Arts Academy – $20,000
Update the organization’s website and create a succession plan.

Young Authors Greenhouse – $17,296
Acquire new client management software.

From Community Foundation of Louisville


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