2011 Year In Review

2011 was the third year in implementing a five-year strategic plan that identified four areas on which we focused our efforts. Below is a summary of focus areas including highlights of 36 grants awarded totaling $8,308,198 and three disbursements of grants previously awarded in 2008 and 2009 totaling $7,333,332. The total amount paid in 2011 for grants awarded or disbursed was $15,452,956.

QUALITY OF LIFE

Human Services
The Foundation awarded ten human services grants in 2011. Except for Metro United Way, all of the grants were toward capital campaigns or for capital needs. The Foundation awarded two $500,000 grants to God’s Pantry Food Bank and Wayside Christian Mission and a $1,000,000 grant to Metro United Way for its annual campaign. A $100,000 grant was awarded to Family & Children’s Place, payable in 2012.

Neighborhood Revitalization and Economic Development
The Foundation began to research opportunities to support neighborhood revitalization in the west end of Louisville. Staff began a consulting relationship with the Network Center for Community Change (NC3). This organization, formerly a project of the Casey Foundation’s “Making Connections”, is considered an expert in community engagement and mobilizing stakeholders and thought leaders around positive change. In 2012, NC3, working with Foundation staff, will provide recommendations for Foundation consideration of neighborhood revitalization strategies. The Foundation made three neighborhood revitalization grants in 2011: Network Center for Community Change, Young Adult Development in Action (d/b/a YouthBuild Louisville) and Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center. The Foundation also awarded two economic development grants: to Downtown Development Corporation to update its master plan, and to Kentuckiana Works to focus on a regional workforce development initiative for youth. The Foundation distributed the third and last installment of a 2009 grant to the Louisville Zoo, and the second and third of four distributions of a 2009 grant to 21st Century Parks.

21st Century Jobs
The Foundation awarded two grants toward efforts to strengthen the relationship between business and education and to continue the annual gathering and reporting of community indicators for improvement. Grants were awarded to the Community Foundation of Louisville on behalf of the Greater Louisville Project, and to Kentuckiana Works Foundation to focus on workforce development.

The Foundation also supported 21st century jobs initiatives in the state through education grants to Kentucky Christian University toward a biology pre-professional degree program; to the University of the Cumberlands toward the development of a doctoral program in clinical psychology; to Western Kentucky University for an i4 STEM initiative; and toward support of the Brown Fellows Program.

EDUCATION

Early Childhood Focus
The Foundation awarded a grant to the West End School to establish a pre-kindergarten through 5th grade elementary day school for at-risk boys. Phase I includes a pre-K and Kindergarten class.

Broad Education Initiatives
The Foundation awarded grants to the Prichard Committee toward a public awareness campaign to build support for Kentucky’s more challenging academic standards and to the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program. The Foundation also supported the University of Kentucky’s Next Generation Leadership Academy for school principals, superintendents and school district leaders, and to Teach Kentucky’s efforts to recruit teachers to the greater Louisville area public schools.

Higher Education

High Education Competitive Grants Program (HECGP):

The Foundation allocated $2,000,000 toward a Higher Education Competitive Grants Program. The purpose was to play a major role in fostering nationally pre-eminent higher education in Kentucky by supporting the capital and program needs of public and independent four-year colleges and universities. The program focused on three areas: 21st Century Jobs, niche projects or programs, and capacity building. Four grants were awarded: Bellarmine University for a student retention and faculty development initiative; University of Kentucky toward the Next Generation Leadership Academy; and Kentucky Christian University and the University of the Cumberlands.

Brown Fellows Program:

2011 was the third year for the Brown Fellows Program established with a goal to challenge Centre College and the University of Louisville to become more competitive through the recruitment and retention of top academic students, and to strive for excellence. The BFP provided 60 Fellows academic and summer enrichment opportunities as well as gap funding to each institution to ensure that each Fellow receives full comprehensive tuition. The Foundation allocated $1,086,330 toward this third year and anticipates allocating approximately $2.4 million over the next two years toward this program.

Many improvements were implemented in 2011 including a fiscal agent agreement with Centre College and the creation of the Brown Fellows Advisory Board. The advisory board is composed of Foundation board members and staff, community leaders and recognized leaders in education. The Advisory Board provides advice, recommendations and guidance to the Foundation Board of Trustees related to the goals and strategies of the Brown Fellows Program.

James Graham Brown Cancer Center

In 2011 the Foundation distributed the fourth of five $4 million disbursements which were used to assist the Cancer Center’s goal of obtaining a National Cancer Institute designation.