Nonprofit News

CFL awards the 2019 Fund for Louisville grantees more than $400,000 in capacity building grants,

Fund for Louisville awards more than $430,000 to 25 local nonprofits

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 $438,341 in Fund for Louisville capacity-building grants to 25 local nonprofits. Additionally, attendees celebrated the awarding of more than $2 million in capacity building grants to more than 100 local nonprofits since Fund for Louisville’s inception in 2014.

More than 60 nonprofit representatives, CFL Board members and donors gathered at the Salvation Army to honor the recipients and the work they do each day to strengthen areas of Louisville most impacted by long-standing disinvestment and underinvestment.

“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 used findings from its 2015 report on poverty to inform our focus,” said Susan Barry, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “With the help of our generous donors and partners, we are able to strengthen organizations working to address the impact of longstanding disinvestment and underinvestment in Louisville.”

The 2019 Fund for Louisville recipients are:

1619 Flux: Art + Activism, Inc.: $20,000

Support fundraising, marketing and community-engagement training for staff.


Acquire new outcome-tracking software and complete a strategic plan.

Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc.: $20,000

Complete requirements necessary to become a fully licensed after school care provider.

Central Louisville Community Ministries: $10,595

Acquire new donor and client data management software.

Community Coordinated Child Care, Inc. (4-C): $18,500

Build and launch a new website.

Educational Justice: $20,000

Complete a comprehensive fund development plan, a board development plan and a strategic plan.

ElderServe: $19,719

Replace outdated staff computers.

Family Community Clinic: $20,000

Upgrade the organization’s communication equipment.

House of Ruth, Inc.: $9,480

Support training and professional development opportunities for staff.

I Would Rather Be Reading: $19,300

Support training in trauma-informed literary practices for staff and acquire new staff computers.

Legal Aid Society: $20,000

Acquire new financial management and fundraising software.

Looking for Lilith Theatre Company: $10,000

Complete a new strategic plan.

Louisville Free Public Library Foundation: $20,000

Provide leadership training and coaching for leaders of the Library and the Library Foundation.

Louisville Urban League: $20,000

Support training in fundraising and marketing and in use of Blackbaud software for staff.

Mom’s Closet Resource Center: $16,000

Complete a new strategic plan.

NAMI Louisville: $16,600

Complete a new strategic plan and train program facilitators

New Directions Housing Corporation: $20,000

Support fundraising training for staff and board members and prepare for a capital campaign.

OneWest: $20,000

Support leadership training for staff and board members, sector-specific skill training for staff and acquire new project and donor management software.

Shawnee Christian Healthcare: $20,000

Complete requirements necessary to acquire Level Two Patient Centered Medical Home recognition.

St. John Center: $19,904

Complete requirements necessary to receive CARF accreditation.

Surgery on Sunday Louisville: $18,757

Acquire new equipment and computers necessary to improve staff efficiency.

The Backside Learning Center: $16,440

Develop a new strategic and fund development plan to guide the organization’s work.

West End School: $10,750

Provide cultural competence training to staff and board members.

West Louisville Performing Arts Academy: $20,000

Update the organization’s website and create a succession plan.

Young Authors Greenhouse: $17,296

Acquire new client management software.

Catholic Charities Launches Be Golden Campaign

Catholic Charities of Louisville joined a panel of special guests at the Muhammad Ali Center on Feb. 5 to kick off “Be Golden,” a year-long campaign that will reach across faiths to urge compassion for all with an initial focus on immigrants. The campaign is a rallying cry to unite under the Golden Rule: “Do to others what you would have them do to you.”

The goal of Be Golden is to build awareness and remind the community to put ourselves in other people’s shoes, especially when it comes to topics like immigration.

“When we treat our neighbors the way we would like to be treated, it quickly becomes clear that our common humanity unites us far more than our differences divide us,” says Lisa DeJaco Crutcher, CEO of Catholic Charities of Louisville, which provides a broad range of services to people in need, including immigrants and refugees. “The Golden Rule is manifested in the work of Catholic Charities, and through Be Golden, we invite the community to contemplate and practice this principle in their daily lives.”

Throughout the year, a series of citywide Be Golden events will focus on learning more about our neighbors, both near and far. Learn more about the campaign and upcoming events at