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Slingshot Announces LAUNCH – A Charitable Initiative to Build a Mobile App for one Louisville-Area Non-Profit Organization

Slingshot, a Louisville-based technology product development company, is giving back to the community in a big way with their new initiative – LAUNCH. LAUNCH will give one Louisville-area non-profit a custom designed and developed mobile application worth approximately $75,000. The company is currently asking the community to nominate their favorite charitable organizations at the program’s website – www.yslingshot.com/launch – or if you are a non-profit, you can apply directly on the site. Initial applications are due by Oct. 5 with the nomination period closing a week earlier.

Any 501(c)(3) organization serving parties in the Greater Louisville area (including Southern Indiana) can be nominated. All nominated organizations will have the opportunity to submit an application sharing how a mobile application could assist and further their mission. All initial applications are due by Oct. 5, at which point the applications will be scored and narrowed down to a list of semi-finalists. The number of semi-finalists will be based on the number of worthy-applicants.

“For more than a decade, we’ve had the chance to work with a variety of amazing companies and organizations here in Louisville. We wanted to give back to the community that’s done so much for us – this was a way to make a real, lasting impact,” said David Galownia, president and founder of Slingshot. “We know there are so many non-profits that could further drive their mission and expand their reach through innovative technology. With tight budgets and increased demand, creating innovation solutions to problems is not feasible for many charities. We want to develop a high-tech solution to a problem for an organization that wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to do so.”

Slingshot will design, test and launch a mobile app for the winner who will be announced in February 2019. The group hopes to bring the new app to market by Fall 2019. Applicants are encouraged to bring bold ideas and a clear vision to the table and be ready to collaborate with Slingshot’s designers and developers. The panel, which includes members of the Slingshot team along with a representative from Metro United Way, the Mayor’s Office and Greater Louisville Inc., will determine the finalists and ultimately, the winning organization.

To nominate a local non-profit or apply directly, visit www.yslingshot.com/launch. The Slingshot team will ensure all nominated groups receive an application to the LAUNCH program.

Slingshot, a technology innovation company, has developed technology solutions for companies like Kentucky Law Enforcement, PetFirst Pet Insurance, Churchill Downs and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago since opening in 2005. For a full timeline, program rules and details please visit www.yslingshot.com/launch. Any additional questions can be emailed to launch@yslingshot.com


Ben U’Sellis, Justin Grant, Joe Hedges, Glenn Roberts, Vanessa Rogers, Kathryn Luttner and Kimberly Rice.

Seven Volunteers are on a Mission to Drive Arts Engagement

Ignites of the Roundtable, one of six teams participating in Leadership Louisville Center’s Ignite Louisville program, is collaborating with Fund for the Arts to increase participation to Louisville-based arts events.

“We have a world-class arts scene in Greater Louisville,” said JP Davis, senior vice president at Fund for the Arts. “It’s crucial that we continue to promote and advocate the phenomenal breadth and depth of arts and cultural offerings across the community. Our scene is a major hook attracting top talent to move here as well as enhances our overall quality of life. Having the ‘Ignites of the Roundtable’ team working on increasing engagement is a win for venues and organizations across the region.”

The team is currently exploring ways to increase engagement, and one of the avenues is through the Arts Card, which is gifted to those who donate $52 or more per year to the Fund. In return, the Arts Card provides discounts and special offers to a wide variety of performances and exhibits. While the Arts Card offers hundreds of dollars in discounts, its usage has steadily declined in recent years.

“The Arts Card, no doubt, needs a refresh,” said Kathryn Luttner, a member of Ignites of the Roundtable. “But we’re also exploring other ways to increase engagement and are collaborating closely with the Louisville arts community. The ultimate goal is to get butts in seats, and that may or may not be with the Arts Card.”

The seven-person team will work into the fall on this project, concluding with a presentation in October where a panel of judges will award one Ignite group’s nonprofit with a $1,500 prize. All members of Ignites of the Roundtable include Justin Grant, Texas Roadhouse; Joe Hedges, Hilliard Lyons; Kathryn Luttner, Yum! Brands, Inc.; Vanessa Rogers, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP; Ben U’Sellis, Charter Communications; Glenn Roberts, Dant Clayton Corporation; and Kim Rice, River City Housing.