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CASA of Lexington among nation’s top nonprofits for effectiveness; earns Service Enterprise designation

Points of Light and Serve Kentucky, the state agency that manages programs and initiatives aimed at increasing the number of Kentuckians engaged in service and volunteering, recently certified CASA of Lexington as a “Service Enterprise.” CASA of Lexington is part of the very first Service Enterprise cohort that certified in Kentucky. This prestigious certification recognizes CASA of Lexington...

Kentuckians donate $652,352 to charities participating in statewide online giving campaign

Kentuckians donated $652,352 to 223 nonprofit organizations participating in the eighth annual Kentucky Gives Day online giving campaign. The event has raised $2.7 million by participating nonprofits over the eight years. This year brought together 4158 donors who made 5259 gifts – all through a single website, www.kygives.org. “The pandemic facing our communities has also put an incredible strain...

Chamber of Commerce survey of state businesses details employer expectations as economy reopens

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce surveyed 443 businesses across the Commonwealth in attempts to illustrate the virus’s impact on the business community. The Chamber invited businesses from across the state to provide their feedback over a 10-day period from April 10-April 20. The majority of responses came from small businesses with more than 65 percent of surveys...

Fund helping Appalachian businesses receives big boost from James Graham Brown Foundation

Businesses and nonprofits in rural and mountainous areas of Eastern Kentucky are among the hardest hit by the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing. A new fund set up in late March to help these Appalachian organizations has received a big boost with a $500,000 contribution from the James Graham Brown Foundation. This brings the Regional Response & Recovery Fund, established by...

Child Victims’ Trust Fund grant applications open for programs preventing child abuse, exploitation

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention (CSAEP) Board within the Office of the Attorney General is accepting Child Victims’ Trust Fund grant applications through April 22. Kentucky nonprofits, public agencies, and Children’s Advocacy Centers dedicated to eliminating child abuse and exploitation are encouraged to apply. Daniel Cameron “We’re...

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance 2020 accreditation application available; must be completed by April 1

The 2020 application for accreditation by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is now available and can be accessed through ThoroughbredAftercare.org. Thoroughbred aftercare nonprofits interested in applying must complete the application by the closing date of April 1 at 6 p.m. Since TAA accreditation is only granted for a specific period of time, organizations with accreditation status ending in 2020...

Thoroughbred Charities of America announces grants of $475,000 awarded to 64 organizations

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced Tuesday that grants totaling nearly $475,000 have been awarded to 64 approved organizations that provide Thoroughbred aftercare and incentive programs, equine-assisted therapies, and health and human services for backstretch and farmworkers. Grant recipients from the last three years can be found on www.tca.org. One of TCA’s grants is to the Retired...

Murray State students earn valuable work experience with summer internships at wide variety of companies

Many Murray State University students spent their summer getting ahead on career plans through internships at a wide variety of companies, from nonprofits, city government, energy companies, higher education institutions and much more. The interns from this summer include: Dorothy Boyle was a NODA (Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education) intern at Washington University...

Community Foundation of Louisville President and CEO Susan Barry stepping down after 10 years

The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) announced Friday that Susan Barry will be stepping down from her position as president and CEO, effective Sept. 3. The Board of Directors named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Matt Bacon as the Community Foundation’s interim president and CEO. A nationwide search for Barry’s replacement will be led by CFL Board Member Dave Calzi. Susan...

Trust For Life, KODA unveils innovative ‘Life Lift’ cell phone digital gaming app for tech-savvy generation

Trust For Life (TFL), the charitable arm of the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks, partnering with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) and Louisville-based marketing agency Power, announced its innovative new cell phone digital gaming app “Life Lift” at a Wednesday press conference. While geared for the current generation born in the late 1990s and 2000s, the app – available...

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...

New legislation modernizing laws governing Kentucky nonprofit organizations takes effect

House Bill 443, new legislation that makes necessary clarifications and provides statutory flexibility to the laws governing nonprofit organizations in Kentucky, took effect Saturday. The bill, sponsored by Repreuseative Robert Benvenuti of Lexington, passed unanimously in both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly and was signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin on April 26. The legislation builds...

State association urges nonprofits to get up to speed on new law requiring charities to charge sales tax

Kentucky Nonprofit Network (KNN), the Commonwealth’s association of nonprofits, is providing resources and hosting a webinar on June 28 to help nonprofits learn how to comply with a new Kentucky law. Effective July 1 the law will require organizations to collect sales tax from supporters of special events and some programs. At the same time, KNN will be pursuing a legislative solution with the General...

Have tax questions? Submit to state website; applying taxes to nonprofit fitness center? Confusing

Kentucky Health News “Kentucky, which has the seventh highest rate of obesity in the U.S., will begin to tax fitness center and Weight Watchers memberships on July 1,” Chris Otts of WDRB notes in a report on the expansion of the state’s 6 percent sales tax to several services. Beaumont Y in Lexington “But is the YMCA – a nonprofit organization – required to collect the...

Maryhurst meets increasing demand for behavioral health services through innovative approaches

The historic nonprofit Maryhurst is taking a fresh, bold and unique step to reach new youth and families who are increasingly affected by destabilizing social crises in Kentucky. Known for 175 years as primarily providing residential care to adolescent girls who have experienced severe trauma, Maryhurst has now increased emphasis on its community-based counseling and foster care programs to meet a...

Nonprofit Research Collaborative reports record-breaking year for charitable fundraising

Three-quarters (75%) of surveyed charitable nonprofits reported meeting their fundraising goals for 2017, according to a new report from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC). The NRC began in 2010 and the result for 2017 is the highest percentage that have met goal. The results also showed that 63 percent raised more than in the prior year, which is an improvement over the 58 percent that saw...

Free workshop designed to help non-profits work better with media set for Jan. 17 in Hazard

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is offering a workshop to help nonprofit organizations work effectively with the media to improve news coverage of their efforts. The workshop will be held Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky, at 101 Town and Country Lane, Suite 100, in Hazard. Bonnie Hackbarth Just 25 seats are available for the “Working with the Media”...

Rep. Mike Denham: Volunteers and nonprofit organizations should be recognized for service

FRANKFORT – Those who say you can’t get something for nothing apparently have never met a volunteer.   About two-thirds of adults in our country actively help others like a neighbor, while roughly a fourth go a step further and donate time through their churches, civic groups, charities, schools and other helpful organizations.   That group provides about 8 billion hours of work for free...

Nonprofit agencies around state begin 2015 with $1.7 million through giving campaign

  Local nonprofit organizations will start the New Year assisting more families and residents in need with continued support from employees of Kentucky Utilities Company and Louisville Gas and Electric Company.   Voluntary employee donations and financial support from the LG&E and KU Foundation reached more than $1.7 million during the company’s annual giving campaign this past fall,...