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University of Louisville alum Samuel Romes receives top national award from Sigma Chi fraternity

By Natalie Uhl University of Louisville University of Louisville chemical engineering graduate Samuel Romes was selected as the Sigma Chi International Balfour Award (IBA) winner for the 2019-20 academic year on Oct. 10. Awarded to the fraternity’s most outstanding senior, the Balfour Award has three levels. First is the chapter award, followed by awards for each of the fraternity’s 61 provinces...

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton to light CASA Angel Tree on Nov. 10 in 9:30 a.m. ceremony

A very special tree-lighting ceremony is coming to Lexington and Facebook Live. The CASA Angel Tree represents the holiday wishes of dozens of abused and neglected children in Fayette County. Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton will light up the tree in the lobby of the Chase Bank Building during a Facebook Live event on Nov. 10, kicking off the 2020 CASA Angel Tree giving season. Linda Gorton Sponsors cannot...

Spare Key executive director embarks on journey of lifetime to raise money for Kentucky families in need

At the end of 2019, Kentucky welcomed the non-profit Spare Key as a registered organization to provide commonwealth families with the financial support they need to pay major bills when faced with critical illnesses or serious injuries. Founded in 1997, the organization has expanded its national footprint immensely in recent years, and through their “Help Me Bounce” platform, Spare Key helps families...

Shaping Our Appalachian Region organization launches statewide search for next executive director

Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc. (SOAR), a nonprofit and non-partisan organization that champions the future of Appalachia, is launching a statewide search for its next executive director. Jared Arnett, the founding executive director of SOAR, has announced his intentions to leave his position at the end of his current contract (October of 2020). After leading the organization for nearly six years,...

Digital Works marks milestone — 1,000 jobs — in telework training and job placement program

The digital training and career mentoring program Digital Works recently marked a major milestone — 1,000 job placements. The 1000th job placement was filled by an Army veteran. Connected Nation, the national nonprofit that founded Digital Works, is hosting a virtual celebration on Aug. 6 to celebrate the milestone, those who made it possible, and the graduates of the program. Connected Nation will...

Nine designated Certified Local Government communities earn historic preservation grants

Twelve projects in nine designated Certified Local Government (CLG) communities have been awarded matching grants for FY 2019-20, for activities ranging from exploring the role of public art in historic districts to creating an outdoor educational exhibit highlighting commercial properties and the people and businesses associated with their history. Grants totaling $76,811 went to Bardstown, Bellevue,...

Volunteers of America, KODA and Trust for Life partner to provide ‘Hope and Healing’

Leaders from Volunteers of America, Kentucky Organ Donors Affiliates (KODA) and Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life have announced a groundbreaking new partnership, “Hope and Healing,” designed to increase organ donations in Kentucky and surrounding states. Under the innovative partnership, Volunteers of America will become the first nonprofit in the region to be able to directly register...

Kentucky State Capitol Building to feature 500-year-old Bibles from Truth Remains’ collection this Friday

Visitors and staff at the Kentucky State Capitol Building in Frankfort will have an opportunity this Friday (March 29) to hold 500 years of history in their hands. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Truth Remains will display its collection of rare 16th and 17th century English Bibles on the second floor of the Capitol Building. Free and open to the public, the collection features a first edition 1611 King James...

NewsMatch: Please join in building reader support for KyForward.com — get your contribution doubled

By Mike Farrell Chair, Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism As KyForward.com rolls toward its eighth year, it became a nonprofit online newspaper in 2018, published by the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism. KyForward has also been chosen — for the first time — for the NewsMatch campaign, funded by a coalition of major national foundations, to encourage reader support...

Nonprofit organizations across the state raise more than $300,000 during Kentucky Gives Day

Nonprofit organizations participating in Kentucky Gives Day raised a collective $308,953 yesterday in the state’s sixth annual 24-hour online giving campaign. The event, which broke the $1 million mark in 2016, now stands at $1,644,502 raised by participating nonprofits over six years. This year brought together 1956 donors who made over 2200 gifts to 163 nonprofit organizations – all on a single...

Fifth annual Kentucky Gives Day, the 24-hour statewide day of online giving, set for May 22

Kentucky Gives Day – the statewide 24-hour online giving event – returns for a sixth year on May 22. Nonprofit organizations interested in boosting or launching their online fundraising efforts are invited to participate. “On the fifth anniversary of the event last year, Kentucky Gives Day helped nonprofits across Kentucky work together to raise over $222,000 through a single website...

UK Center for Leadership Development to host a nonprofit leadership expert

  The Center for Leadership Development in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, will welcome Robert Long as the 2015 W. Norris Duvall Leader in Residence Feb. 23-27. Long is currently the visiting Distinguished Professor of the Nonprofit Leadership Studies Program at Murray State University and serves as senior fellow at Arizona State University’s Lodestar...

Give and take: Goodwill gives employment to thousands and continues to take donations

  They take donations, but Goodwill gives, too.   Goodwill Industries of Kentucky placed Kentuckians into 2,881 jobs during its 2014 fiscal year, a 14 percent increase over 2013 job placements. The non-profit also paid more than $17.7 million in wages to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment.   Goodwill—the only nonprofit organization to make the 2014 list of Forbes...

Judy Clabes: Give because you’re part of the community and you care about good works

Growing up in Henderson, a Western Kentucky Ohio River city, is among the things I give thanks for every day. The luck of getting my start in a place where strong families, good neighbors, engaged churches, fine schools and solid values meant a young girl was well prepared to make her way in the world. Along that journey, there have been many reasons to be proud of my hometown roots.   But...