2016 Year in Review

2016 was the third year of a three-year strategic plan prioritizing four focus areas: Quality of Life, Education, the Cancer Center and Top Performance. The James Graham Brown Foundation awarded 52 grants totaling $15,182,848.


James Graham Brown has two areas of interest in Quality of Life including civic, cultural and human services core organizations and Economic Development. Total allocation for 2016 in Quality of Life was $7,399,029.

Core Organizations
The Foundation awarded 20 grants to organizations in civic, cultural and human services nonprofits demonstrating our intent to be responsive to the needs of the community. A capital grant to Leadership Louisville for a new headquarters was the largest grant, followed by a challenge grant of $600,000 to the Blue Grass Community Foundation for an urban parks project in Lexington. Total granted to core organizations was $4,621,062.

Economic Development
The Foundation’s largest and most significant investment was to Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) for $767,000 to begin a talent attraction and retention initiative for the region. Other grants included West End School, Opportunity Knox, Louisville Sports Commission and the Louisville Central Community Center. JGBF made an investment in the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky for $250,000 allowing this organization to increase capacity and service to the East Kentucky region. Eight grants totaled $2,777,967.


The Foundation focuses in two different areas under education: Higher Education including the Brown Fellows program and Cradle to Career. Overall investment in education for 2016 was $7,603,050.

Higher Education
Two universities received support: Hanover College for strategic planning and Pikeville University for the School of Optometry, for a total of $1,100,000. A third organization receiving support was the Kentucky Association of Independent Colleges with a grant of $690,000 for the Optimizing Academic Balance (OAB) analysis. This program is provided to all of Kentucky’s private colleges to analyze and report on the overall efficiency of degree programs.

Brown Fellows Program:
Program totals were $1,610,550.

Cradle to Career
Cradle to Career grants support systemic change in the education pipeline and lifelong learning goals of the community. This portfolio included a focused gift to the Metro United Way for pre-K and out of school time and support for 55,000 Degrees, JCPS and 15,000 Degrees – four backbone organizations of the Louisville’s education continuum. Other Jefferson County grants include $1,000,000 for Compassionate Schools and ongoing support for Teach Kentucky. Statewide education grants were awarded to Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation for Advance Kentucky, the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education to reduce college remedial courses and the Prichard Committee for advocacy work in Early Childhood and Higher Education. A total of $4,202,500 was awarded to 11 organizations.