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COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF LOUISVILLE REACHES MAJOR MILESTONE OF $500 MILLION IN ASSETS, MAKING IT AMONG LARGEST IN THE NATION

The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) is celebrating a major milestone in December, having surpassed $500 million in total assets. CFL is the largest charitable foundation in Kentucky, and in the top 40 of about 800 community foundations nationwide. Assets are up from $485 million at the end of 2016.

Over the past 33 years, CFL has made more than $780 million in grants to nonprofits, most of which are located in the Kentuckiana region. The Foundation’s charitable influence stretches beyond Louisville through its regional affiliates in Oldham, Shelby and Nelson counties, Wilderness Trace and the Green River Area, and through its supporting organization, the Felix E. Martin Foundation, which has made $15 million in grants for Muhlenberg County.

In addition to grantmaking, CFL provides financial support and thought leadership to numerous educational, policy and community initiatives through its influential programs and partnerships. The Foundation has awarded $17 million in college scholarships and raised nearly $14 million for area nonprofits through its Give For Good Louisville 24-hour day of giving campaign, held four times since 2014. The Foundation is also one of the founders of the Greater Louisville Project, which leverages data to catalyze civic action, and a sustaining partner of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

“We would not continue to be such a growing and vibrant Foundation if not for our generous donors and board of directors, which include hundreds of business and civic leaders who believe in the power of philanthropy to change the world,” said Susan Barry, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville. “Their dedication and prudence has ensured that we preserve and grow our charitable assets for the long-term benefit – doing the most good today while honoring the responsibility that comes with being a permanent community endowment. We look forward to working alongside them to grow our assets to $1 billion and beyond in the years to come.”

LEADERSHIP LOUISVILLE TO BRING HARVARD CURRICULUM TO LOUISVILLE IN FEBRUARY GREEN ROOM COURSE

Registration is now open for January – June 2018 Leadership Green Room courses

Since the Leadership Louisville Center’s Leadership Green Room was launched in 2015, it has grown to meet the talent development needs for organizations of all types, with over 200 businesses sending participants through the leadership development courses. A unique feature of the programming is the opportunity to learn not only from local facilitators, but the Center also brings in global thought leaders to make leading-edge curriculum accessible in the Louisville region.

Leading with Presence, the next emerging executive education course to be offered February 23, is designed and taught by The Ariel Group, an international training firm from the Boston area whose client list includes American Express, Bain Capital, Capital One, General Electric, IBM, Procter & Gamble and Raytheon. Their curriculum is integrated into executive education at leading graduate schools of business, including Harvard, Columbia, Darden and Duke. Because leaders are always ‘on stage,’ no matter how brilliant they are, most leaders need help honing their self-awareness and ability to control their organizational and public impact. This course is designed to address that need through theater-based, experiential techniques, combined with practice and personal coaching.

Additional courses in the January – June 2018 Leadership Green Room calendar are designed to better coach, lead and collaborate with others, with curriculum for leaders at all levels, from first-time supervisors to senior executives. The 2018 courses will be the first to be hosted at the Leadership Louisville Center location at 707 W. Main St. The Leadership Green Room and Executive Green are presented by the Republic Bank Foundation.

A full calendar of Leadership Green Room workshops and their descriptions can be viewed at www.leadershiplouisville.org/the-leadership-green-room.

TWO OF LOUISVILLE’S LEADING HR FIRMS ARE JOINING FORCES

Today’s complicated business environment is encouraging many small- and medium-sized companies to outsource some or all of the human resource functions they have traditionally handled in-house. That tendency was the driving force behind two Louisville-based HR management firms, CenterPoint HR and HR Affiliates, deciding to join forces. “The trend to outsource all or a portion of human resource functions is very strong and expected to continue for the foreseeable future,” says Paul Gordon, managing member of HR Affiliates. “Combining our firms and competencies adds resources so that our clients save even more time and money by focusing on their core competencies, while we take care of the rest.” According to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), a partnership with an HR services firm offers many benefits including a return on their investment, greater focus on business strategy, improved regulatory compliance and reduced risk, an ability to gain additional expertise for their organization, time savings, increased employee productivity and cost effectiveness. The combined company will operate as HR Affiliates, LLC and will be headquartered in Louisville. Jennifer Wheatley, former president of CenterPoint HR will continue with the organization as Vice President overseeing the HR Managed Services Division.

AGAINST THE GRAIN NAMED WINNER OF FOUR ROSES NULUDAYS HOLIDAY COCKTAIL CHALLENGE

Local Mixologist Trisha Torpey of Against The Grain has been named the winner of Four Roses’ Third Annual NuLuDays Holiday Cocktail Challenge.

Trisha won the contest with her signature “Fat Bottomed Gourd” cocktail, featuring Four Roses Bourbon, pumpkin butter, syrup, Domaine de Canton, egg white and Angostura bitters. As the first-place winner, Trisha will receive a check for $1,000, a signed bottle of Four Roses Single Barrel and a signature Four Roses barrel head.

A total of nine participating bartenders created signature holiday cocktails for the contest. The cocktails were served from Saturday, November 11 during the NuLu Jingle Fest holiday open house through Saturday, December 2. During the contest, guests of the competing bars and restaurants tasted and voted for their favorite entry by posting a photo of the cocktail on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #NuLuDays and tagging Four Roses. Winners were named based on the number of social media votes that they received.

For more information about NuLuDays, visit www.fourrosesbourbon.com.