Nonprofit News

Center for Nonprofit Excellence Leadership Transition

Greg Nielsen is stepping down as chief executive officer of Louisville’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNPE) to pursue new opportunities. Ann Coffey, with more than 25 years’ experience in organizational consulting and leadership, will serve as interim CEO.

Greg Nielsen.

Ann Coffey.

“We are grateful to Greg for his three years of leadership that helped grow our organization and expand our reach,” said Tess McNair, board vice chair for CNPE, which today helps more than 500 nonprofit organizations across the Louisville region grow and thrive through consulting, professional development and other programs. Coffey will work with staff to continue CNPE services and programming and with the CNPE board to prepare for an executive search.

Under Nielsen, CNPE launched new programs including Destination Excellence, an intensive six-month curriculum designed to elevate the leadership capabilities of nonprofit executive directors or other senior leaders. Nielsen also introduced CNPE’s Circles of Excellence program which provides peer-to-peer learning opportunities for those working in nonprofit leadership, grant-writing and finance roles, and led the expansion of CNPE’s annual conference to a must-attend event for the region’s nonprofit community. Prior to his career leading nonprofits, Nielsen was an attorney with Bank of America and judge advocate general with the U.S. Army.

Coffey is founder and co-creator of Forte LLC, a leadership coaching and consulting practice and has helped create and grow a variety of organizations for more than 25 years. She previously was chief of staff for the University of Louisville’s Office of Advancement, president and CEO of Louisville nonprofit Women 4 Women and served in Gov. Martha Layne Collins’ administration as special assistant.

“I look forward to working with the board and staff over the next several months to build upon Greg’s work toward the CNPE’s vision to become one of the preeminent nonprofit centers in the country,” Coffey said.

Cedar Lake Closes Its Pick-Up Service

Cedar Lake, Kentucky’s largest, private nonprofit organization serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, announced they will be closing their Pick-Up Service operation on July 27 due to the departure of their solicitation and buying partner, Savers.

Savers, is also the for-profit entity that owned and operated the Unique Thrift Store on Preston Highway. After the abrupt closing of the store and surprise announcement that they will be leaving the Kentucky market entirely, Cedar Lake was left with little to no option but to close its Pick-Up Service operations.

Cedar Lake was in a transitional period to become fully independent from Savers to create additional net proceeds for their nonprofit by the end of 2018. Savers denied Cedar Lake’s attempt to become independent and fully operational by January 2019. Because of Saver’s own business challenges, they decided to not execute a contract that would have allowed for a smooth transition with no interruption to the Pick-Up Service.

“While the news of the Pick-Up Service closing is unfortunate, we are currently exploring new strategies for the future to restructure and reorganize our Pick-Up Service operations, with plans to include a new, exciting thrift store concept,” states Chris Stevenson, president and CEO of Cedar Lake. 

Cedar Lake is scheduling pick-ups through the third week of July through its website at www.cllpickup.org. The call center has been discontinued and Cedar is only receiving pick-up requests through its website. For updates on the re-initiation of this service, visit www.cedarlake.org and click on the “Pick-Up Service” tab.

Cedar Lake would like to thank its many donors over the years and look forward to re-engaging with them in the future.

Hosparus Health Needs Volunteers

Hosparus Health needs patient support volunteers in Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties and will offer a free training from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9 (lunch provided) at its main Louisville campus, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Dr.

Hosparus Health provides hospice and palliative care to seriously ill patients and their families. Volunteers assist with patient and family support, administrative duties, bereavement care, outreach, fundraising and special events. Licensed hair care, massage and pet therapy volunteers provide their services. Military veteran volunteers visit veteran patients for recognition and companionship visits. 

Registration is required at least one week prior to training. To register, complete the volunteer application at hosparushealth.org/volunteer. For questions or general information about volunteer opportunities at Hosparus Health, contact Sky Yeasayer, volunteer services coordinator, at 502.719.4155 or syeasayer@hosparus.org.

Wings for Kids Airshow Organizers Present Check to Norton

A record amount of nearly $46,500 was raised during this year’s Wings for Kids Airshow, presented by the IPA Foundation and hosted by the River City Radio Controllers. Event organizers presented the funds to the Children’s Hospital Foundation on July 11 during a special ceremony at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park’s Bill Fluke Airfield. The Wings for Kids Airshow took place in June.

The funds will benefit the Norton Children’s Hospital “Just for Kids” Transport team. The team transports sick newborns, kids, and teens across multiple states, making about 2,000 trips by land and dozens by air each year.

In its 18th year, the Wings for Kids airshow featured radio-controlled airplanes modeled after aerobatic planes, Warbirds from World War II, turbine-powered jets and scale vintage planes.

Community Foundation of Louisville Announces Call for Creatives

The Community Foundation of Louisville is pleased to announce a call for applications for Hadley Creatives, a six-month professional development experience for local visual, performing and literary artists who are at a pivotal point in their careers. The online application opened June 18 at www.hadleycreatives.org and will remain open until Aug. 20.

Developed in partnership with Creative Capital, a New York-based nonprofit that supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country, Hadley Creatives will help local artists build their professional practice, cultivate an expanded peer network and dedicate time for reflection and planning. Through a competitive application process, up to 15 artists who demonstrate potential and readiness to pursue a career as a working artist will be selected for the Hadley Creatives program. Artists can apply in the disciplines of dance, media, music, theater, literary and visual arts. 

The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) is working closely with Creative Capital to build the six-month program. Creative Capital’s approach — inspired by venture-capital principles — surrounds artists with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers. Since 1999, Creative Capital has committed nearly $40 million in financial and advisory support to 500-plus projects around the country. 

“We are excited to continue our five-year partnership with Creative Capital,” said Ramona Lindsey, program officer at CFL and staff lead on the program. “At the end of this time, Metro Louisville will have a community of 75 well-educated artists focused on creating provocative new art undergirded by professional best practices. Louisville has the potential to become a national model for developing, supporting and retaining the creative class.”

Hadley Creatives is supported by the George and Mary Alice Hadley Fund at the CFL. The Community Foundation designed Hadley Creatives and the Hadley Prize, a $5,000 prize that supports an enrichment experience for the winning artist, as a way to nurture creative professionals and support a thriving arts economy throughout Louisville. Both of these programs support the broad vision of Imagine Greater Louisville 2020, the long-term plan for the arts in this community.

Artists creating new work in the disciplines of dance, media, music, theater and literary and visual arts are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and living in the Louisville Metro area, which is defined as Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble Counties in Kentucky, and Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington Counties in Indiana.

Hadley Creatives seeks artists who create original works of art, on an ongoing basis, within one of the specific artistic disciplines and who are pursuing this work as a means to a livelihood or a way to achieve further recognition for their work. Artists must demonstrate a readiness and eagerness to actively participate in the Hadley Creatives program and to engage with fellow artists and facilitators in a meaningful way. Artists must have a demonstrated history (minimum of three years) of devoting themselves to meaningful, focused artistic activity outside of a degree-granting program. Artists who will be enrolled in BFA or MFA programs during the six-month program are not eligible.

For more information about Hadley Creatives, contact Ramona Lindsey at CFL at 502.855.6971 or ramonal@cflouisville.org.

Meet the Authors of The Cabbage Patch Founder’s Bio

On July 22, the public is invited to meet the authors of “The Two Lives and One Passion of Louise Marshall: Founder of the Cabbage Patch Settlement.” This book discussion takes place at The Cabbage Patch, 1413 S. Sixth St., from 2 to 3 p.m. and is presented by the Louisville Historical League. The event is free, and reservations are not required.

Fundraiser for Breslin Park Improvements

A fundraiser for Breslin Park, hosted by the Louisville Parks Foundation and Home Skateshop, will take place at Headliners Music Hall at 7 p.m. July 26. Proceeds from the event will go towards improvements to the park, including a new skateboarding element and shade structure.

The all-ages show will feature Miracle Drug, The Hot Wires, Adventure, Comforter and Legs Akimbo with DJ’s Sam Sneed and Matt Anthony and Sean Cannon as emcee. Custom artwork, tee shirts and stickers designed by local pop artist, Matthew McDole, will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at headlinerslouisville.com, Headliners Box Office, Home Skateshop, Guestroom Records, or at the door the night of the show. All tickets bought in person, will come with a free Matthew McDole Breslin sticker.

Funding for the project is the result of a partnership between the Louisville Parks Foundation, a non-profit that supports Louisville Parks and Recreation, Home Skateshop, Councilman Bill Hollander and individual donors.

For those interested in donating to the Breslin skate spot, please visit lpfky.org.   

Radcliff Veteran Receives New Roof From Bone Dry Roofing

Owens Corning Platinum Contractors are working with Purple Heart Homes to provide new roofs to veterans in need and their families as part of the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project.

Roger Young, a U.S. Army veteran, received a new roof on July 5 from Bone Dry Roofing, Inc., an Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Contractor. This nationwide effort is a way to show gratitude and honor the veterans who served our country and the families who support them.

“We pride ourselves on being heavily involved in our community – you’ve probably seen our trucks and apparel around town,” said Louie Leger, owner and general manager of Bone Dry Roofing, Inc. “This was just another way, a big way, for us to become more involved and give back.”

Owens Corning Roofing and its network of independent Platinum Contractors, along with support from the Owens Corning Foundation, are donating roofing materials and labor to replace roofing shingles on the homes of military veterans and their families throughout the country. Through a partnership with Purple Heart Homes, Roger Young was selected and approved as the recipient for the roof replacement.

“We consider Bone Dry Roofing a true partner in making this happen,” said executive director John Gallina at Purple Heart Homes. “We’re excited to see this project come to fruition. Mr. Young gave so much and to this day, still serves as a civil servant for the Army.”

For more information on the Roof Deployment Project, or to learn more about how you can get involved, visit www.RoofDeploymentProject.com.