Supporting Regional Philanthropy

As a strong advocate for philanthropy across the Commonwealth, the Community Foundation of Louisville has a network of affiliate foundations, each working to support philanthropy in their region.  The Oldham County Community Foundation, Shelby County Community Foundation, Green River Area Community Foundation (serving the counties of Daviess, Hancock, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster) , and the Wilderness Trace Community Foundation (serving the counties of Boyle, Mercer, Garrard and Lincoln counties) each serve the charitable interests of donors who have established charitable funds as part of a permanent, collective, philanthropic resource for the current and future needs of their areas.

It is our pleasure to work with so many people who love their communities as much as we do, not just here in Louisville, but beyond as well. This month we are pleased to share with you some of the great impact being made by our affiliates in other parts of the Commonwealth.

To cap off a great year of growth and engagement, the Oldham County Community Foundation (OCCF) held their annual grants celebration at Yew Dell Gardens. At the event, JoAnn Heppermann, OCCF Advisory Board Chair, said, “Through generous OCCF donors we have had the privilege to help improve our environment and conserve our resources, help humans become healthier, and feed, educate and shelter both humans and animals alike.” To support these efforts, they awarded over $23,000 in grants to 13 charitable organizations that are actively working to support and promote Oldham County.

Celebrating their biggest year in 20 years, the Shelby County Community Foundation (SCCF) invited area nonprofits to a meeting where they awarded $76,000 to 11 organizations. The selections for this year’s grants were informed by the results of a needs assessment survey. Howard Griffith, SCCF Advisory Board Chair, said, “For the first time, [we] had a strategic plan for not only identifying the priority needs in the community, but also the ability to identify and fund specific organizations that were working to remedy those needs.” This new strategic plan clearly led to a big year of grantmaking, which will impact the community on a whole new level.

The Wilderness Trace Community Foundation (WTCF) is growing its impact throughout a four-county area. “Through annual grants and scholarships, we work to address issues of concern in our communities, such as social and health issues affecting children and families, education as well as supporting community revitalization,” said Tom Polland, WTCF Advisory Board Chair. “We solve problems, develop partnerships and provide leadership to help build lasting, positive change in the community.” Working towards building a better community, the 2017 grants included a $5,000 challenge grant, to be matched by the Boyle Fiscal court, to preserve the historic Constitution Square Park and a $500 grant to the Community Arts Center.

Also celebrating a great year, the Nelson County Community Foundation granted $10,000 from their Nelson County Community Fund to the Guthrie Opportunity Center. The Guthrie Opportunity Center is a nonprofit organization that offers job training, community employment, day services, advocacy and arts and social recreation to help provide meaningful employment for developmentally disabled individuals in Nelson County.

Kicking off 2018 on the right foot, the Green River Area Community Foundation (GRACF) gathered to celebrate their new grants focus where they awarded a total of $20,000 to three organizations. This year their new grants focus funded capacity building grants to better strengthen the organizations in their community as whole to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness. “Being our first year to focus on capacity building, we weren’t sure what to expect,” said Amy Silver, GRACF Executive Director. “The applicants did an excellent job of presenting projects that would strengthen their organizations as a whole and improve their efficiency and effectiveness, which could really leave a lasting impact beyond the grant year.”

The Community Foundation of Louisville is pleased to support these affiliates as they work to build relationships with donors and respond to emerging community needs throughout the Commonwealth.  They embody our goal at the Foundation to extend regional philanthropy and act as a force for good in their own communities. To learn more about our work in regional philanthropy, visit

Photos: Top Row – Right to Left: WTCF grant recipient: Constitution Square Park, OCCF grant recipients, SCCF grant recipients (picture by: Lisa King). Bottom Row – Right to Left: WTCF grant recipient: Community Arts Center, GRACF grant recipients and board members.