2013 Year in Review

2013 was the fifth and final 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 51 grants awarded totaling $17,290,198.  The total amount paid in 2013 for grants awarded or disbursed was $18,290,198.  

QUALITY OF LIFE

Civic and Cultural

Several grants were made to a diverse group of organizations in the civic and cultural focus area reflecting the Foundation’s intent to support core organizations in the community.  Four grants of $500,000 each to Falls of the Ohio Foundation, Louisville Waterfront Development Corporation, the Nature Conservancy and Kentucky Art & Craft Museum demonstrates the breadth of giving in this area in 2013.

Human Services

The Foundation awarded 13 human services grants totaling $4,308,706 or 23.5% in 2013 which was an increase of 8% over 2012.  Cedar Lake Lodge received the largest grant of $1,220,000 to the Circle of Friends Campaign.  Metro United Way and WaterStep received large shares of Human Services funding this year in challenge grants.

Neighborhood Revitalization and Economic Development

The Foundation invested in two major projects in West Louisville through the YMCA West Louisville Facility and the growth of the West End School campus for a total of $3 million.  Network Center for Community Change (NC3) received a grant to assist the Foundation in studying key West Louisville issues.

21st Century Jobs

The Foundation continued its support with a second grant to Summer Works Jobs program.  Junior Achievement’s grant allowed more students to experience the workforce environment through job shadowing.  Education grants in this area include the STEM Internship and Professional Practice program at Murray State University and the University of Pikeville’s establishment of the Burlin Coleman College of Business and the Center for Appalachian Entrepreneurship.

 

EDUCATION

Early Childhood Focus

Two opportunities to support Early Childhood Education received $1,123,775 in support.  KET’s The Everyday Early Childhood Education project is a curriculum outreach initiative that trains educators and childcare providers working with under-resourced families across Kentucky with a focus in the Louisville and the Western Kentucky region.  The Pritchard Committee grant continues to support parent engagement and pilots a new program utilizing Headstart teachers in low-income daycare centers.

Higher Education

The Foundation funded over two million dollars in higher education grants.  Union, Centre College and Kentucky Wesleyan addressed niche projects in student retention and recruitment.  Two other grants focused on the 21st Century Jobs initiative.