Fund for Louisville Celebration

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More than 70 nonprofit representatives gathered at Chef Space for a celebration on January 11 that recognized four years of Fund for Louisville grant recipients. Energy was high as the Community Foundation of Louisville, in partnership with the Lift a Life Foundation, the James Graham Brown Foundation and William O. Alden Jr., awarded over $350,000 in capacity building grants to 22 local nonprofits. Marking a milestone, the awards took the total to over $1.2 million in grants in just four years.

The Fund for Louisville was created by visionary philanthropists who want to support our community today and beyond their lifetimes. The Fund helps the Community Foundation leverage its connections and community knowledge to make grants that respond to emerging needs or address often unsupported efforts, like capacity building.

Unlike program or operations funding, capacity building is necessary, but often behind the scenes work, and can include strategic planning, feasibility studies, staff training, or new technology.  This type of work generates returns for nonprofits in the form of greater efficiency, effectiveness, and/or sustainability.  Organizations that have invested in their capacity are then in a better position to maximize grants aimed at operations and program support.

For example, the Kristy Love Foundation, a 2016 grantee, which is an all-volunteer organization providing comprehensive services to women recovering from addiction, prostitution and human trafficking, received a grant to support the organization’s first strategic plan and nonprofit management training for its executive director.  The director, Angela Renfro, shared that the grant has strengthened the organization’s governance processes and increased its exposure, which has resulted in connections to new donors and nonprofit partners.

Another grantee, from 2014, Family and Children’s Place, received a grant to purchase mobile technology for staff members who make home visits to vulnerable families.  This allows staff to access and record clients’ case records in real time, increasing staff efficiency by eliminating the need to enter notes back at the office after each visit, and increasing the amount of time that staff can spend providing support to families.

At this time, the Fund for Louisville grants program is one of the few local programs offering capacity building grants. Lettie Heer, a Community Foundation Fund for Louisville donor said, “I would never run across all the services needed by our community, much less have enough money to fund necessary capacity building; so I appreciate CFL’s work to help donors like me join together to help nonprofits grow strong and wisely.”

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The 2017 Fund for Louisville Recipients are:

Arthur S. Kling Center, Inc. – $18,200

Develop a sustainability plan incorporating Board development, operations, and fund development.

Beacon House Aftercare Program – $20,000

Evaluate the feasibility of opening a transitional housing facility for women.

Center For Neighborhoods – $20,000

New software to manage member, donor, and participant relationships and invest in staff training.

Coalition Supporting Young Adults – $20,000

Conduct a needs assessment to understanding and inform a coordinated response to the barriers that prevent Louisville’s young people from reaching their goals.

Commonwealth Fund for KET – $10,481

Acquire equipment and technology necessary to streamline administrative processes for special events.

Day Spring – $20,000

Re-brand Day Spring and Community Living as one organization, post-2016 merger of the two organizations.

Educational Justice – $20,000

Develop a mobile application to facilitate connections among students, their parents, and Educational Justice tutors.

Frazier History Museum – $20,000

Provide professional training opportunities to Museum staff and leadership.

Harbor House of Louisville – $20,000

Invest in hardware, software, and technology systems upgrades to meet the real-time electronic reporting requirements for regulatory agencies.

House of Ruth, Inc. – $4,090

Purchase software to enable more efficient searches for foundation grant opportunities.

Neighborhood House – $19,000

Invest in information technology upgrades to improve operational efficiency.

Paws with Purpose – $19,910

Invest in a technology-based record and information management system to improve operational efficiency.

Sister Cities of Louisville – $17,110

Develop a new strategic plan and redesign the organization’s website.

Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky – $3,997

Develop and launch a new website that effectively delivers evidence-based spina bifida medical information.

St. Vincent de Paul Louisville – $17,000

Support strategic planning and pursuit of accreditation to establish a sustainable revenue stream.

Summerbridge Louisville – $5,500

Create a marketing plan and invest in technology upgrades.

The Center for Women and Families – $20,000

Invest in a client database and reporting system that enables impact measurement and reporting.

The Dream Factory Inc. – $15,000

Invest in technology upgrades to improve organizational efficiency.

The Filson Historical Society – $18,500

Invest in information technology upgrades, training for staff, and the creation of procedural documentation processes.

Visually Impaired Preschool Services – $7,350

Develop a promotional strategy that highlights the work of this organization for potential donors.

We Day Kentucky – $20,000

Enhance the organization’s website to allow data collection and improve outreach and promotion of the organization’s impact.

World Affairs Council of Kentucky & So. Indiana – $18,000

Develop an organizational sustainability plan.