Who We Are
Turning Generosity Into Impact
We’re here to foster a thriving community by connecting compassionate and giving people with the causes they care about. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we have a long and proud history of strengthening our city, its neighborhoods, organizations, businesses, and people thanks to the generosity of our donors.
Unlike traditional charitable foundations, the focus of our giving efforts is expansive, and that’s because it’s guided by our donors. We simply provide a vehicle for your philanthropy, offer information that empowers you to make informed decisions, and help facilitate the logistics of giving through grantmaking, scholarships, and other charitable funding programs.
Transforming Our Community
We have been transforming our community and improving quality of life for its residents since our founding in 1984 as The Louisville Foundation. In our first year, the Foundation had holdings of just over $1 million, and distributed $90,000 in grants to local charitable, educational, and civic organizations. Today, we manage over $700 million in assets in nearly 2,200 charitable funds. In 2020, we were incredibly proud to surpass $1 billion in total grants awarded.
For nearly 40 years, we’ve enabled thousands of nonprofits, entrepreneurs, businesses and individuals to prosper through our pivotal funding programs, including Hadley Creatives, backed by The George and Mary Alice Hadley Fund, the Vogt Awards, financed by the Vogt Invention & Innovation Fund, and our groundbreaking loan program, CFL Impact Capital, to name just a few.
In 1995, we changed our name to the Community Foundation of Louisville, further building our enduring legacy of service. In 2014, we launched Give for Good Louisville, the single biggest day of online giving in our city’s history. Since it began, Give for Good has raised more than $33.6 million for hundreds of local nonprofits.
Inspiring for the Future
Thanks to our responsive and nimble approach, we are uniquely positioned to revise and restructure our flagship funding strategies as our community’s needs evolve. For example, we narrowed the focus on our capacity-building Fund for Louisville program in 2021 to exclusively support Black-led social change organizations and individuals as they navigate systems-level barriers to racial and social equity. This initiative is intended to serve as a model of accessible, inclusive, and transparent grantmaking practices to move toward real social change.
Today, we remain committed to being a perpetual philanthropic resource for the current and future needs of the Louisville region.
The story of the Community Foundation of Louisville continues to grow – from the many donors who believed in community philanthropy decades ago, to those who share their inspiring stories today, and to countless others who are dedicated to making an impact in our community through charitable giving.