Creating a Community Where People and Place Thrive

The Community Foundation of Louisville is a force for good. As a leader in philanthropy, we connect donors, nonprofits and civic partners to create lasting impact in community so people and place thrive.

Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in Kentucky with more than $500 million in assets and more than 1,450 charitable funds. Each fund has its own name and charitable purpose as defined by its donors. In 2016, these funds made over 9,000 grants totaling $52 million, approximately 80% of which stayed in Kentucky and Southern Indiana to support area nonprofits.

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Giving & Planning

Want to know more about your options for working with the Community Foundation? Whether you are a donor or professional advisor, start here. You can explore ways we can help make your charitable giving easier today or help with long-term planning for the future. You can learn about our investment strategy aimed at maximizing your charitable impact and unique ways you can partner with the Foundation.

Grants & Partnerships

Are you a nonprofit and want to know how you can work with the Community Foundation? This is the place for you. Learn about our Competitive Grants Programs and other innovative ways - beyond grantmaking - that we work with the nonprofit community.

Open a Personal Charitable Checking Fund Online!

Opening a charitable checking fund is fast, free and a great way to organize your charitable giving. Learn more.

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Second Chances

SECOND CHANCES BY ERICA RUCKER  PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS WITZKE When Angela Renfro was just nine years old, she was turned out on the streets by a family member. She worked as a prostitute until age 29. After 20 ... Continue Reading »

500 Million Thank Yous

It takes a community to build a community foundation. The concept of community foundations originated in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1914. A banker, Frederick Goff, conceived the idea of establishing a “community trust... Continue Reading »

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