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Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative recognizes
lifetime of service with Commonwealth Award


The Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative will recognize Anthony “Tony” Watkins of the Community Foundation of West Kentucky and Randy Coe of Kosair Charities with the prestigious Commonwealth Award at its annual Kentucky Summit held in Lexington on September 11-12.
 
The annual awards, presented at the luncheon on September 12th, are given to individuals or organizations who have distinguished themselves in the field of philanthropy, through service, innovation, commitment and/or lifetime achievement. The awards luncheon will also feature the Summit’s keynote address given by Josh Nadzam of the Lexington Manchester Bidwell Replication Project.
 
“KPI is proud to present the Commonwealth Award to two such deserving individuals and who have been pioneers in charting a course for the future of Kentucky and serve as role models for others in such an unselfish and extraordinarily giving way,” said Judith G. Clabes, founder and president emeritus. “Kentucky is fortunate to have people so devoted to the service of others through private philanthropy.”
 
About the honorees of the 2013 Commonwealth Awards:
 
Randy Coe is the President of Kosair Charities, the largest childcare charity in this region. A native of Louisville, he is married to Christie and they have two adult children. He is an undergraduate of the University of Louisville where he has done graduate studies.
 

Randy Coe (Photo provided)

Randy Coe (Photo provided)

 
He has experience in private business in the United States as well as England. He has served in his role with Kosair Charities since 1996. Other current and past experience and service includes being a member of the board of directors numerous private companies, civic, governmental and social organizations. Notable among his current roles are chairman of the board of directors of Jefferson Riverport International, and member of the board of the Al J. Schneider Corporation.
 
He and his wife are members of St. Agnes Church in Louisville. He has received numerous recognitions, awards and honors including Good Guy of the Year from the Business and Professional Women of River City. He is a member of the 1999 class of the Leadership Louisville Bingham Fellows. He was a founding board member of the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative, now having Emeritus status.
 
Tony Watkins is the founding executive director of the Community Foundation of West Kentucky. Having served since 2002, he has led its tremendous growth. The foundation, located in Paducah, manages over 110 funds and has affiliates in Madisonville, Henderson, Glasgow and Murray. It has over $17 million in assets.
 

   Tony Watkins (Photo provided)

Tony Watkins (Photo provided)

 
He is a graduate of Georgetown College with a degree in theology.
 
Recipient of the Kentucky Oak Leaf Cluster for Achievement, he has been a fundraising consultant for religious organizations since 1983. Watkins has been a leader in providing opportunities as well as advice for start-up community endowment funds throughout Western Kentucky. Because of his commitment to nurturing and incubating new funds, Western Kentucky will enjoy a spurt of growth in new Community Foundations in the coming years.
 
About the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative:
 
In 2010, KPI commissioned a Transfer of Wealth study which identified an intergenerational wealth transfer of $707 billion over the next 50 years, which was instrumental in the passage of the Endow Kentucky Tax Credit. As a result of this study and the Endow Kentucky Tax Credit, KPI launched the Give-back Kentucky campaign that encourages Kentuckians to count our communities among their heirs with a goal of capturing 5 percent of this wealth in the Commonwealth’s certified community foundations for long-term economic development and quality of life of our communities.
 
KPI is developing programs to reach young people to develop a life-long culture of giving-back and grow a viable statewide network of advocates. More information about KPI can be found here or “Like” the Kentucky Philanthropy Facebook page here to stay connected.
 
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