Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation for Muhlenberg CountyNext Section
The Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of the citizens of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky by providing support to qualified organizations to meet educational, civic and cultural needs of the County – both today and for generations to come.
The Foundation was established in 2008 by a trust created by Felix E. Martin Jr. (1927-2007), a native and long-time resident of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, and is a supporting organization of the Community Foundation of Louisville.
Board of Directors
- C. Dennis Riggs, Chair
- Gary Carver, Vice Chair
- Peggy M. Williams, Secretary
- Roderick J. Tompkins Sr., ex-officio
- Sara Hemingway
- Barbie Hunt
- Paul Schulte
- Mimi Zinniel
- Kathy Jacobi, President & Treasurer
- Alyssa Manning, Vice President of Programs
- Meredith Zahirovic, Director of Grants
- Gail Johnson, Program Manager
- Vicki Yonts, Program Manager
Mr. Martin wanted his gift to help generations of residents of Muhlenberg County, addressing the civic, cultural and educational needs of the County. For this reason, the Foundation focuses on long-term solutions and community development, not short-term symptoms. The Foundation’s assets have been set up as an endowment, and conservatively invested to grow over time so that the buying power of the Foundation stays intact in the face of inflation. That means that every year, the Foundation anticipates distributing approximately $2 million to benefit Muhlenberg County, supporting programs where work over the long term can create change in underlying conditions.
The Foundation realizes that achieving transformational change in Muhlenberg County requires people working together to set priorities about what needs to be done, and figuring out the best way to do it. A Task Force of local representatives was appointed to advise the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation Board of Directors on how best to address the key areas of need. The Task Force is charged with assisting the Board of Directors in identifying projects that will make a significant long-term impact in these areas. The Task Force’s job is to develop and explore ideas, then set priorities for the Foundation’s Board of Directors to consider when making grantmaking decisions.
However, the Foundation also recognizes that there are many local programs which are currently doing important work in our key areas of need. In December 2008, the Foundation created the Community Grants Program to respond with support for these community programs. Annually, the Foundation sets aside funds for this competitive grants program designed to meet community needs in Muhlenberg County. Nonprofit organizations, churches and government entities are invited to submit applications for new or expanded projects that address the educational, civic and cultural needs of the county. For more information or to apply for the community grants program, please visit the Community Grants page on the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation website.