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CASA of the River Region earns national designation as Service Enterprise from Points of Light

CASA of the River Region is now a Service Enterprise, a certification by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. This prestigious accomplishment has been awarded to only 11 percent of nonprofits in the nation. CASA of the River Region is among the very first organizations in the Commonwealth to earn this designation and was part of the inaugural class. “This...

Gov. Andy Beshear: Relief needed now for small businesses, workers harmed by COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has hit us hard. It has taken the lives of far too many and it has upended our economy, damaging Kentucky’s small businesses and hurting our workers. I’ve seen that hurt and that sacrifice, but I’ve seen our small businesses doing it willingly, knowing that it’s protecting the health and the lives of their customers, their employees and their community. That’s why we have a duty...

Dare to Care awards grants to nonprofits in COVID-19 relief; nearly $264K invested for food assistance

Dare to Care has awarded grants to build the capacity of eleven nonprofits who partner with it to provide groceries to struggling families and individuals. These investments, ranging from $5,000 to $77,200, will support improvements to increase food access for those impacted by the pandemic. This investment, totaling $263,971, was made possible by a grant to Dare to Care from Feeding America’s COVID-19...

WKU Food Recovery Network redirects 5,000 pounds of surplus food to address hunger in community

Since the spring of 2019, students in Western Kentucky University’s Food Recovery Network have kept more than 5,000 pounds of surplus food from landfills and directed it to those who need it. The effort began when WKU senior Elaine Losekamp of Bowling Green attended an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference and brought back a plan to establish WKU’s first...

Commentary: Legislators look to address COVID-19 liability concerns during 2021 regular session

By Rep. Regina Huff, Rep. Derek Lewis, Rep. Chad McCoy, and Rep. Steve Sheldon Special to KyForward Over the past five months, hundreds of businesses, churches, schools, nonprofits, and other important institutions across our state have voiced concern that they may be sued despite making good-faith effort to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. Frankly, given the tremendous uncertainty about the virus...

State launches ‘Volunteer Kentucky’ recruitment website to support nonprofit organizations

Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Cabinet Secretary Eric Friedlander announced many nonprofits now have free access to the state’s new volunteer recruitment and management website, Volunteer Kentucky. The new website, through Serve Kentucky, a CHFS agency, aims to provide efficient volunteer recruitment and management system, facilitating Kentuckians’...

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...