2012 Year in Review

2012 was the fourth year in implementing a five-year strategic plan that identified four areas on which to focus our efforts. Below is a summary of focus areas including highlights of 32 grants awarded totaling $11,933,442 and five disbursements of grants previously awarded in 2008, 2009 and 2011 totaling $5,791,666. The total amount paid in 2012 for grants awarded or disbursed was $17,725,108.

QUALITY OF LIFE

Civic and Cultural
Several grants in the civic and cultural focus area reflected the Foundation’s intent to support core organizations in the community. A significant gift to finish the 21st Century Parks campaign as well as historic preservation projects comprised the majority of funding in this area.

Human Services
The Foundation awarded ten human services grants totaling $2,739,666 or 15.5% in 2012. Several youth oriented programs were funded at: Big Brothers and Sisters of Kentuckiana, Inc, Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana, Family Scholar House, Kentucky Youth Advocates, Maryhurst, and Kentuckiana Works. Metro United Way received the largest share of Human Services funding this year.

Neighborhood Revitalization and Economic Development
The Foundation continued to research opportunities to support neighborhood revitalization in the west end of Louisville. Network Center for Community Change (NC3) provided an in-depth analysis of the Shawnee Neighborhood, exploring its assets, leadership capacity, and strength of the nonprofit community as well as the views of the citizenry. Next steps include narrowing the recommendations to early stage grant recommendations and seeking other potential funders with whom to collaborate. The Foundation also provided a $750,000 to Habitat for Humanity for a neighborhood revitalization program in Portland.

21st Century Jobs
The Foundation continued its support with a second grant to Summer Works Jobs program. Higher education grants in this area include the expansion of the business program with the construction of a Center for Entrepreneurship at Alice Lloyd College, and grants to Kentucky State University and Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation for STEM education.

EDUCATION

Early Childhood Focus
The Foundation continues to look for opportunities to improve childhood education in the state. Many organizations are studying the issue and conversations have been held with potential service providers and agencies. The Board agreed that funding pilot projects may be a way to become involved and that will be a priority for 2013. In the interim the Foundation provided a $75,000 grant to Kentucky Youth Advocates to develop a data set for the metropolitan area on poverty, school readiness and other indicators of early childhood development. It is anticipated that this KidsCount project will be widely used by providers, policy makers and funders to address these issues.

Higher Education

The Foundation funded nearly $5.5 million in higher education grants. Many were for niche projects such as a virtual teaching school at Asbury University, a student center supporting diversity at Hanover College, and two grants to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs): a strategic planning grant for the revitalization of Simmons College of Kentucky, funding for a STEM Student Recruitment and Sustainability Program at Kentucky State University.

BROWN FELLOWS PROGRAM

Two hundred twenty seven students applied to be part of the 2016 class of Brown Fellows at the University of Louisville. Thirty finalists were chosen to participate in a two-day interview process on March 23-24 at the Brown & Williamson Club of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. At Centre, two hundred thirty eight students applied to be part of the 2016 class of Brown Fellows and thirty two finalists participated in a two-day interview process held on the Centre College campus on March 30-31.
The Brown Fellows class of 2016 boasts an impressive high school academic record and average ACT score of 33.85. Eleven of the twenty hail from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

JAMES GRAHAM BROWN CANCER CENTER

In 2012 the Foundation distributed the final of five $4 million disbursements which were used to assist the Cancer Center’s goal of obtaining a National Cancer Institute designation. While the NCI designation was not achieved, the Foundation’s funding of the Center has helped earn national recognition and significantly improved clinical and research programs.