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Fund for Louisville awards more than $460,000 to 28 local organizations


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2018) – The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL), in partnership with the Lift a Life Foundation, the James Graham Brown Foundation and CFL donors, including William O. Alden, Jr., awarded $463,029 in Fund for Louisville capacity-building grants to 28 local nonprofits this morning.  More than 50 nonprofit representatives, CFL Board members and donors gathered at Americana Community Center to honor the recipients and their work in Louisville’s most distressed neighborhoods.

“We are committed to Louisville being a community where people and place thrive. As a founding partner and continuing supporter of the Greater Louisville Project, we were drawn to its report on poverty, which demonstrated clearly how scarcity in parts of our community affects us all,” said Susan Barry, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “With the help of our generous donors and partners, we are able to use the Fund for Louisville to invest in organizations serving our most challenged neighborhoods, and support nonprofits in a way that helps them grow stronger and better serve the needs of our community.”

Capacity-building grants are intended to enhance the ability of nonprofits serving Louisville to achieve their mission, operate more effectively and build long-term sustainability. In contrast to program or operations support, capacity building investments strengthen nonprofit efficiency, effectiveness or sustainability by supporting activities such as strategic planning, staff training, feasibility studies, or technology improvements. At this time, the Fund for Louisville grants program is one of the few local programs offering capacity-building-specific grants.

“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,” remarked Lettie Heer, a Community Foundation Fund for Louisville donor.

The 2018 Fund for Louisville recipients are:

  • 2NOT1: Fatherhood & Families, Inc. – $15,300
    • Invest in professional development
  • Americana Community Center – $20,000
    • Invest in professional development and create new promotional strategies
  • Bates Community Development Corporation – $20,000
    • Evaluate and reorganize the organization’s programming
  • Canaan Community Development Corporation – $20,000
    • Invest in technology upgrades and professional development
  • CASA, Inc. – $13,250
    • Evaluate impact of programs
  • Catholic Charities of Louisville – $17,847
    • Engage in a structural and strategic evaluation process
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Services of the Midwest – $5,708
    • Invest in technology upgrades
  • Cultivating the Youth Experience – $7,000
    • Conduct a program evaluation and purchase software to track client data
  • Doctors & Lawyers for Kids – $17,245
    • Invest in donor management and fundraising software
  • Dress for Success Louisville – $20,000
    • Develop a strategic plan and establish standard operating procedures for administrative functions
  • Horses Offering Opportunities for the Future – $9,400
    • Invest in technology upgrades
  • Jewish Family & Career Services – $20,000
    • Invest in technology upgrades and training for staff
  • Kentucky Center for African American Heritage – $20,000
    • Invest in technology upgrades and a new website
  • Kentucky Refugee Ministries – $20,000
    • Evaluate the agency’s effectiveness in assisting families in achieving self-sufficiency and community integration
  • La Casita Center – $15,298
    • Invest in technology upgrades and training for staff
  • Louisville Metro Affordable Housing Trust Fund – $20,000
    • Conduct a community needs assessment to inform the Fund’s strategic plan
  • Louisville Story Program – $15,000
    • Develop a five-year organizational business plan
  • Mission Behind Bars and Beyond – $18,000
    • Develop new communications strategies
  • New Roots – $20,000
    • Secure new software to better manage and analyze client/shareholder data
  • Peace Education Program – $20,000
    • Establish standard training procedures and approaches
  • Prodigal Ministries – $10,000
    • Invest in technology upgrades
  • Restorative Justice Louisville – $5,816
    • Invest in technology upgrades and staff training
  • River City Drum Corp Cultural Arts Institute – $19,415
    • Establish standard operating procedures and invest in professional development to prepare for leadership changes
  • South Louisville Community Ministries – $15,000
    • Invest in staff training and develop new marketing strategies
  • The Cabbage Patch Settlement House – $18,750
    • Invest in leadership training for staff and plan for leadership changes
  • The Coalition for the Homeless – $20,000
    • Evaluate the feasibility of a new program
  • The Salvation Army Louisville – $20,000
    • Invest in technology upgrades
  • YouthBuild Louisville – $20,000
    • Invest in technology upgrades