2015 Year in Review

2015 was the second year of a three-year strategic plan prioritizing two areas: Quality of Life and Education. The James Graham Brown Foundation awarded 51 grants totaling $15,914,619. Below are the focus area highlights.


Core Organizations

The Foundation awarded 19 grants to organizations in civic, cultural and human services nonprofits demonstrating our intent to be responsive to the needs of the community. A grant of $1,500,000 to 21st Century Parks was the largest, followed by $750,000 for the Kentucky Derby Museum. Several grants were awarded to human service organizations to address electronic medical records needs due to the Affordable Care Act. Total granted to core organizations was $6,568,194.

Economic Development

The Foundation’s largest and most significant investment was to Seed Capital for $1,000,000 to create a food port in West Louisville at the corner of three neighborhoods: Portland, Shawnee and Russell. This grant was one of seven grants focused on West Louisville revitalization. Others included One West, West End School, Community Ventures, the Housing Partnership, St. George’s Center and the Louisville Urban League for a total amount of $2,761,000. An additional three grants were made, focused on increasing regional and national competitiveness, with the largest awarded to Endeavor. Ten grants in this focus area totaled $3,231,000.


Higher Education

Higher Education Competitive Grants Program:
Three universities were funded: Alice Lloyd College, Campbellsville University and Spalding University for a total of $1,450,000, slightly less than planned. A part of this remaining budget, $100,948, was directed to a collaborative funding initiative through the Community Foundation of Louisville to build the capacity of small nonprofit organizations, the Fund for Louisville.

Brown Fellows Program:
Investment in the Brown Fellows Program totaled $1,535,827.

Cradle to Career

Cradle to Career grants support systemic change in the education pipeline. This portfolio included a focused gift to the Metro United Way for pre-K and out of school time, a pilot early childhood initiative with Community Coordinated Child Care and a grant to the Lincoln Foundation to expand programming. A total of $2,994,000 was awarded to 11 organizations.