Sophisticated Giving Charity Register Louisville 2024

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When we look at a rainstorm, it’s easy to feel like it all gets lost in the swirl until we notice a single drop when it first hits a pond. Watch how it can make the waves shake beneath. My favorite minister likes to remind us that when it comes to changing the world, we can offer three gifts: “Give of your time, talent, or treasure.” So often, our time and talents are treasures hiding right in plain sight. It’s in taking the time to see the world differently that we give others the chance to see themselves as they are so that they can share all they wish to be with the world. This is how a drop of water summons a storm of ripples — one capable of shaking an axis brighter than where we last saw it spinning. If there’s anything people miss most, it’s this idea of who they think a philanthropist ought to be. Ideas are influential, and if we have a belief system that, well, a philanthropist must be someone that we could just never live up to, sure enough, none of us will ever touch that impossible pedestal. The cost of that loss is more profound than time, talents, and treasures. It’s the price of faith, the loss of hope. I want you to know that anyone can be a philanthropist. You don’t have to be anyone else, just someone on this earth who cares about making an impact. Our time here matters so much more than we feel. I’ve seen it firsthand: how a volunteer dedicates hundreds of hours for tens of years across hospitals. That time is a tremendous gift, and it ripples forward in multitudes. Just ask the patients. I’ve seen a charity started with the flicker of a dream — granting beautiful wishes to residents, incredible people who might have otherwise felt the days growing long in nursing homes. A brilliant charity begins with the power of an individual who isn’t afraid to mobilize support because raising awareness is no more than allowing us all to lift our own humanity, so that we can pull together like a swirl of raindrops turning into something more. That’s the truth that pulses behind meaningful change. This is how charities serve a world in need for decades past and generations to come. The human heart holds the marvel to transform the world as we see it: to become the world we want to share together. Too often, the fear of not giving enough holds us back from giving anything at all. The secret to philanthropy at its best: when you give, it doesn’t matter at what scale. What matters is the kinetic act of giving in motion. All it takes is a drop of fearless action, which stands between us and the change we seek to ignite. We’re all walking catalysts. We have the potential to collectively pool our goodwill together and become the roar of a thunderstorm, poised to rumble a sea of change. We can wake another and bring them aboard; all the while, we can water the souls in need and grow brighter for it. Who has the resources to be a philanthropist? All of us. Philanthropy is that small act of kindness that might save another’s life simply because we paused to offer what we had in the moment. It extends beyond the financial ecosystem of key contributions. Each time we advocate for someone in need, we volunteer and share our empathy and understanding with our fellow humans, shaking an entire ripple and setting new inspiration in motion. Together, we’re a storm of light in a universe that is hungry for it. I’ve lived my life anchored on this realization: everything we do makes a difference.

Dick Wilson Senior Vice President | Financial Advisor The 502 Group at Morgan Stanley

The Nonprofit Landscape is Vast -The sheer size of our region’s nonprofit sector is larger than you might think. According to The State of the Nonprofit Sector report published in June 2023 by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, nonprofit organizations across the ten-county region of Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana employ more than 40,000 people, produce $1.7 billion in payroll, and generate roughly $4 billion of revenue making it the fourth largest sector by employment. It may sound surprising to learn there are more than 3,800 nonprofit organizations in the region, but when compared with peer cities, Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana have on average fewer nonprofit organizations per capita in almost every category. And while roughly 60% of our regional nonprofits operate on less than $50,000 annually, it’s awe-inspiring just how many lives are touched by nonprofits in our community. A Business Unlike Any Other - Many of the challenges facing nonprofit organizations are familiar to public and privately held businesses. They must find and retain qualified employees, cope with competitive wage pressures, and creatively market their services. But there are elements at play that hit different for nonprofits. Heavy reliance on donations and grants for instance can cause significant fluctuations in funding from year to year which can limit program delivery and sustainability. And often there is not an abundance of resources available to take risks and try new things which means innovation is limited. Nonetheless, nonprofit organizations are businesses and operate with a dual bottom line of delivering on their mission and creating impact in our communities. Big Challenges Require Collaboration & Innovation - There are no simple answers to the biggest challenges our community faces. If we’re going to make breakthrough progress on issues like homelessness or protecting the mental health of our youth, it’s going to take collaboration across sectors. We can’t look to under-resourced nonprofits to solve these large, complex problems alone. What’s needed is more collaboration and the best minds coming together from the private sector, government, nonprofit and community leaders. We need an innovative approach that blends the art of investment and a spirit of entrepreneurship with the ability to manage complexity and the collective will to get things done. Like a VC looking for the next unicorn, we need to get hungry in assessing problems and finding solutions together. Three Ways You Can Make Game Changing Impact - There are countless ways to support the nonprofit sector but let me share three of the most impactful actions you can consider today. First, I recommend volunteering your time to support more than one organization with a cause you feel passionate about. Why more than one? Because the more we see similarities in missions across organizations the greater the likelihood we’ll foster opportunities for collaboration. Second, you can serve on nonprofit boards. Beyond sharing treasure, lending your talent and experience could be the game changer a nonprofit needs to level up. From helping develop creative marketing ideas to navigating leadership transitions or providing fundraising support your experience and network can make a huge difference in unlocking breakthrough results. Third, consider making multi-year funding commitments when possible. Every dollar donated at any point in time is valuable to a nonprofit. But knowing in advance that support will continue year to year creates an amplifying effect like no other. Reliability eases the burden of fundraising for survival and that frees up time and energy for leaders to drive missions and create lasting impact.

Das Rooprai About CNPE - At CNPE, we help nonprofits build capacity so they can do more good in our community. Our team consults with and educates nonprofit leaders on a variety of topics central to running their businesses, ranging from strategic planning and board development to leadership training and fiscal management. We also provide opportunities for convening around topics important to the thought leadership of the sector. As a member-based organization, nearly 500 regional nonprofit organizations rely on us for these programs and services. If you would like to invest more broadly in our nonprofit community, please consider a gift to the Center for Nonprofit Excellence ( Support from champions like you enables CNPE to offer best-in-class professional development, programming, and convenings at affordable rates to all. We all profit when nonprofits thrive.



For To Be Announced (TBA) events, check out Sophisticated Living’s event calendar closer to the month

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Filson Historical Society 2024 Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series: KING: A Life, Jonathan Eig


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Metro United Way Beyond Buzzwords with Heather McGhee; Metro United Way Build-A-Bed event, 8am, Prosser Career Education Center in New Albany 14th Annual Red Cross Wrapped in Red Gala, 6pm, Louisville Marriott Downtown Filson Goes Back to the 80s Party Ronald McDonald House Red Tie Gala;

Kosair Hats On for Healing Auction Filson Historical Society 2024 Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series:The Pursuit of Happiness, Jeffrey Rosen Filson Historical Society Dine and Dialogue Series:The Soldier's Truth: Ernie Pyle and the Story of World War II, David Chrisinger Intro to RMHCK; 11th annual Fight for Air Climb Louisville, Lynn Family Stadium; Ronald McDonald House Charities Fall Pappy Raffle Kickoff; Love Transformation Project Annual Easter Outreach

CASA of Floyd County Child Abuse Prevention Walk & Pinwheel Display Jazz at the Filson Filson Historical Society 2024 Gertrude Polk Brown Lecture Series: Road to Surrender:Three Men and the Countdown to the End of World War II CASA of Floyd County Advocacy Rising Gala Metro United Way “Immies” Awards, 8am, Angel’s Envy Bourbon Club at L&N Stadium; UofL Trager Institute Optimal Aging Conference: A symposium of inspiration, where minds meet to forge the future of aging.

30th Anniversary Derby Eve Gala benefitting the American Lung Assoc. in Kentucky, The Seelbach Hilton;

Metro United Way annual Day of Action KY Humane Society Waggin’ Tail on the Waterfront Cedar Lake Golf Tournament, Hurstbourne Country Club Metro United Way Beyond Buzzwords with Ta-Nehisi Coates; Heroes for the Home Fundraising Breakfast, 7:30am, KY Intl. Convention Center Inaugural LUNG FORCE Turquoise Tee-Off, Cardinal Club; Ronald McDonald House Charities Golf Scramble;







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Supporting. Heroes Gala, 6pm, Owensboro Convention Center;

Kosair Just Fore Kids Golf Scramble Filson Historical Society Music Under the Trees at Oxmoor Farm KY Humane Society Tuxes & Tails Gala Filson Historical Society Dine and Dialogue Series: A Most Tolerant Little Town: The Explosive Beginning of School Desegregation Intro to RMHCK; Red Cross Disaster Blaster, 6:30pm,The Grand Reserve in Lexington


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Jazz at the Filson Ronald McDonald House Charities 40th Anniversary Celebration; UofL Trager Institute Gold Standard Award of Optimal Aging at the Olmsted. A celebration of excellence in aging, honoring older adults 85 years and older who embody what it means to age optimally. Filson Historical Society 30th Annual Distinctive Dwellings House Tour and Cocktail Reception Trilogy Health Services Foundation Hole-In-One Golf Scramble


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16th Annual October Benefit for the American Lung Assoc. in Kentucky KY Humane Society Pars for Pets Metro United Way Beyond Buzzwords with Alejandra Campoverdi; Filson Sporting Clay Classic Hand In Hand Legacy Breakfast, 8am,The Olmsted; RSVP to


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Intro to RMHCK; Cedar Lake Hearts of Gold Gala, Louisville Marriott Downtown


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Dream Factory of Louisville Family Christmas Party Jazz at the Filson Love Transformation Project Christmas in California Park


AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION IN KENTUCKY Who We Are: Founded in 1904, the American Lung Association has been America’s trusted champion of lung health for nearly 120 years. Our mission...saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. We were among the first to make the connection between air pollution and lung health. We helped to eliminate smoking on domestic flights, championed the passing of the Tobacco Control Act, and helped achieve increasing the age of sale for tobacco products to age 21. Our research discovered the gene that causes cystic fibrosis and a gene that causes lung cancer. Our tagline: "When you can't breathe, nothing else matters."

How We Serve the Community: The Lung Association offers free programs serving local communities including: • INDEPTH – suspension alternative for students violating school tobacco policies • Better Breathers Clubs - support groups for patients with chronic lung disease including COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis, and Lung Cancer • Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative Toolkit builds plans that better safeguard students, reducing risk of health-related emergencies • Vape-Free School Initiative – helping students, parents and school staff with resources offering education & tobacco cessation • Lung HelpLine - resource helping people with medical questions connect with health professionals, open 7 days a week, staffed by nurses and respiratory therapists.

What We Do: More than 20 million individuals each year are helped by our programs and initiatives, including $26M for lung cancer research, $25M to study COVID-19 and prevent future pandemics. Funding research, searching for lung disease cures, addressing the youth vaping epidemic, supporting laws that protect the air is work we do every day to save lives. Our strategic imperatives are defeating lung cancer, creating a tobacco-free future, advocating for clean air and improving the lives of those living with lung disease like asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer and pulmonary hypertension.

How You Can Help: • Volunteer at an event! Connecting with others toward a common goal to advance lung health is fulfilling, fun and impactful. • Sponsor an event! Corporate or individual sponsorships are critical to funding research, trainings, and programming. • Donate to event participants! Help a climber or golfer reach goal or donate in honor of a loved one affected by lung disease. • Provide an in-kind donation! Services, advertising, marketing donations help defray our costs. • Advocate for lung health! Join the Lung Action Network to stay updated on federal and state policies that affect quality of life in our communities.

Why We’re Important:More than 34 million people in the U.S. live with a chronic lung disease. What this means locally: • 750,000 Kentuckians live with chronic lung disease. • Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer - Kentucky has the highest lung cancer incidence and mortality rates in the country. • Kentucky has among the highest youth & adult smoking rates in the U.S. • Kentucky among the top ten states for elevated radon levels. Radon is the leading environmental cause of lung cancer. • Asthma is the number one chronic disease of children and leading cause of emergency room visits.

American Lung Association in Kentucky 10168 Linn Station Road, Louisville, KY 40223 502.236.3265 Facebook: @AmericanLingAssociationInKY Instagram: @lungkentucky X: @LungAssociation Executive Director: Deena Adams Board Chair: Cathy Zion



How We Ser ve the Community : The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission.

Who We Are: Since our founding by Clara Barton on May 21, 1881, the American Red Cross has been dedicated to serving people in need. The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. What We Do: The American Red Cross, through its network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope; our communities are ready and prepared for disasters; everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products; all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.

How You Can Help: The power of the American Red Cross relies on generous donations and the tireless efforts of our volunteers, employees, board members and community partners — dedicated people who will continue to make a difference for thousands of lives in 2024 and beyond. People interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer, a member of our Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders, or how to make a financial donation, can visit www. American Red Cross Kentucky Region 510 E. Chestnut St., Louisville, KY 40202 502.561.3711 Facebook: @KYRedCross Instagram: @KY RedCross X: @KYRedCross

Why We’re Important Each day, hundreds of people – people just like you – provide compassionate care to those in need throughout Kentucky. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world. We roll up our sleeves and donate time, money and blood. We learn or teach life-saving skills so our communities can be better prepared when the need arises. We do this every day because the Red Cross is needed - every day.

Executive Director: Steve Cunanan Board Chair: Lance Mann



children who benefit from Ardi's Bears will bring tears to your eyes. Statistics tell us that a teddy bear can reduce stress, increase confidence, provide comfort, help deal with trauma, but more importantly, provide love - that is why we are important.

Who We Are: Ardi Wilson came to Louisville, Kentucky over 22 years ago and started gifting 75 bears to the Dream Factory of Louisville Christmas party. That was such a success that the second year, Ardi gathered over 200 fuzzy friends. By the third year, with the help of wonderful volunteers led by de de Cox, Amy Feldmeier and Misty Roller, and others, more bears were gathered. Citizen Union Bank started with Ardi’s Bears with over 28 different branches and sites. Now we have had thousands of children that have been served and thanks to you many more in the future.

How You Can Help: Want to help but don’t know how? Do you have gently loved stuffed teddy bears looking or a new home? Have you picked up a few new bears while out shopping and want to donate to our cause? What about orchestrating your own teddy bear drive at work, at your child’s school, or even in your neighborhood? Email us at or message us on Facebook or Instagram to set up a delivery. Each season we will post the community drop off locations as well as dates for our annual LouCity collection and Uof L Women’s Basketball teddy bear toss.

What We Do : Ardi's Bears is a heartwarming community initiative dedicated to bringing joy and comfort to children who are less fortunate by donating teddy bears. We do this through a multitude of Teddy Bear Drives. Ardi's Bears regularly conducts teddy bear drives in collaboration with local schools, businesses, and community organizations. These drives encourage people to donate new or gently used teddy bears. The collected bears are then cleaned, refurbished if necessary, and distributed to children who are facing difficult circumstances.

Ardi’s Bears 10814 Pineview Court, Louisville, KY 40299 502.419.0267

Why We’re Important: It's just a teddy bear. We have heard this since we started the distribution. But is it really "just a teddy bear"? Memories are made at such an early age with this little ole stuffed animal. Smiles are inevitable when you receive a teddy bear. The hugs given by the

Executive Directors: de de Cox, Amy Feldmeier, Misty Roller Board Chairs: Ardi & Dick Wilson



How We Serve the Community: Cedar Lake’s services include the following programs to improve the quality of life of people with IDD: • Cedar Lake Residences: These services include community-based residential services, Family Home Providers and an enrichment center that offers a choice of scheduled classes with curriculum designed to enhance the quality of life. Vocational training and community inclusion are offered as well. • Intermediate Care Facilities: Cedar Lake Lodge, Park Place and Sycamore Run are the three licensed Intermediate Care Facilities that Cedar Lake offers. These locations all have 24-hour nursing care, occupational, speech and physical therapy in addition to psychological and behavioral services.

Who We Are: Cedar Lake was founded in 1970 by Louisville-area parents of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Cedar Lake is the only provider in the greater Louisville region that can support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout their life expectancy, our commitment to a "continuum of care." We provide vital services to those with profound intellectual disabilities who are medically fragile and those with mild to moderate disabilities. We are the answer for families who ask, "Who will take care of my child when I am no longer able?" What we do: Cedar Lake is the largest private provider of residential and community-based services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the state of Kentucky. For over 50 years, Cedar Lake has provided compassionate, capable care to some of society's most vulnerable citizens—adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities – in Jefferson, Oldham, and Henry counties in Kentucky, with services open to any Kentucky resident. Cedar Lake’s mission is to offer highly compassionate, capable care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they may experience a life of abundant possibilities.

How You Can Help: Cedar Lake relies on generous donors to ensure that we provide outstanding care to all those we support. Gifts of time and money are needed. Go to now to learn all the ways you can make a difference for Cedar Lake. Cedar Lake 9901 Linn Station Road, Suite 901, Louisville, KY 40223 502.495.4931 Facebook: @CedarLakeKY Instagram: @CedarLakeKY X: @CedarLakeKY

Why We’re Important: Cedar Lake is the only organization in the area that can truly offer a "continuum of care" to meet the needs of individuals spanning all levels of intellectual disabilities throughout their lifetimes.

CEO, Rick Davis,



committed to being an ethically, fiscally, and socially responsible volunteer-driven organization. We provide dreams for qualified children who have a critical or chronic illness, regardless of who they are, and without discrimination and prejudice. We place the medical and personal needs of our dream children and their families above all else.

Who We Are: We live by our motto: BIG HEARTS CAN MAKE BIG DREAM COME TRUE. The Dream Factory is the largest all-volunteer-driven children’s wish-granting organization that does not limit its mission to children with life-threatening illnesses. The organization believes children with chronic illnesses and disorders also suffer from substantial emotional and physical pain. It has over 30 Chapters across America.

How You Can Help: You can support The Dream Factory of Louisville in many different ways! If you want to volunteer or support financially, there are plenty of ways to be involved! A company can sponsor an entire dream or event. You can donate to our chapter to help fund a dream. 96.1% of every dollar raised goes DIRECTLY toward granting dreams

What We Do: We grant dreams to critically and chronically ill children aged three through eighteen. Why We’re Important: We are family at Dream Factory of Louisville; this means we will keep in touch with our families and connect our families with other families whose children share the same illness. We want to give a child the opportunity to have a normal day and forget about a hospital visit or the stress the illness brings on to the child and the family. We strive to provide hope and happiness for children with serious illnesses by making dreams come true.

Dream Factory of Louisville P.O. Box 20993, Louisville, KY 40250 502.888.6401 Facebook: @The Dream Factory of Louisville Instagram: @dreamfactorylou X: @Dreamfactory502

How We Serve the Community: We cover 80 miles from our address to grant dreams. We are dedicated to doing everything within our power to create a positive and memorable experience for all children, all families, all volunteers, and all supporters. We are

Board Chair: Chris O’Toole



How We Serve the Community: The Filson provides a space for knowledge, welcoming thousands of students, researchers, and life-long learners each year. In 2022, we served more than 14,000 individuals. Whether they toured our campus and exhibits, conducted research in our library or special collections, attended one of the 90+ programs offered on our campus in Old Louisville, virtually or off-site in the community, or interacted with the Filson remotely through our online resources, each individual left with a deeper understanding of our community's past and how it shapes our world today.

Who We Are: Founded in 1884 and celebrating our 140th Anniversary in 2024, the Filson Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the significant history and culture of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley. With an extensive collection of archives, images, and museum artifacts, the Filson provides valuable resources for students, researchers, and the broader community through exhibits, digital collections, programs, and outreach presentations. What We Do: The Filson has a well-established reputation as a premier cultural and educational resource provider in Louisville and the Ohio Valley region. The Filson utilizes its extensive collection to create exhibits, programming, and events that foster educational opportunities, facilitate meaningful public discourse, and provide context for relevant and challenging historical topics. Our general operating revenue helps to focus our efforts on increasing access to arts and culture and educational initiatives that support lifelong learning. We believe that understanding our past will help better inform our future and the choices we make as a community.

How You Can Help: Your contributions are vital to our mission of preserving and sharing our community and region's stories. Your support ensures that our significant history and culture will be preserved and shared for future generations. Filson Historical Society 1310 S. 3rd St., Louisville, KY, 40208 502.635.5083 Facebook @TheFilsonHS

Why We’re Important: The Filson Historical Society serves as a guardian of the history of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley, supports research and scholarship, educates the public, and plays a vital role in preserving and celebrating the cultural heritage of the region.

Executive Director: Richard H.C. Clay Board President: Ann Wells



Our Kosair for Kids Complex Care Center houses 76 of Kentucky's youngest residents with incredible skilled nursing needs. These children often cannot receive adequate, comprehensive care anywhere else.

Who We Are: Established in 1880, Home of the Innocents enriches the lives of children and families with hope, health, and happiness. Programs include residential and community-based behavioral health services, therapeutic foster care and adoption ser vices, supportive ser vices for young adults experiencing homelessness, and long-term care for children with significant medical complexities. Home of the Innocents is a private, nonprofit agency licensed in Kentucky and accredited by the Council on Accreditation. The Home has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and meets their Standards for Charitable Accountability, adheres to Generally Accepted Accounting Practices, and annually has an independent audit.

How We Serve the Community: The community impact of Home of the Innocents has been significant since our founding in 1880. In fiscal year 2023, we served 3,368 children and family members from 81 counties across the Commonwealth as well as in other states. The overall number of lives impacted last year rose by 28.3% from the previous year. The children and families we serve are at the heart of everything we do and every goal we set. By accomplishing our goals, the Home will be strategically situated as a leading agency effectively responding to the needs of children and families in our community.

What We Do: The Home is organized into three divisions designed to serve a specific community need: • Residential Treatment & Emergency Shelter offers care to children who have experienced abuse, abandonment, and neglect by providing shelter and therapeutic treatment. • Behavioral Health Services offer behavioral and mental health care to children and families through multiple communitybased services, including therapeutic foster care and adoption, parenting classes, and supportive services for young adults experiencing homelessness and their children. • Kosair for Kids Complex Care Center maintains 76 beds dedicated to long-term skilled nursing needs of children with medically complex conditions.

How You Can Help: There are a number of ways to get involved at the Home. Volunteers play an important role helping in various departments and programs. Consider giving your time to support our mission by serving on one or more of our committees. We are also always accepting donations. You can raise money to support our programs and services and play a huge part in furthering our mission to enrich the lives of children and families with hope, health, and happiness! We also accept brand new items as part of our non-monetary donation program. Home of the Innocents 1100 E. Market St., Louisville, KY 40206 502.596.1000 Facebook: @HomeoftheInnocents Instagram: @homeoftheinnocents

Why We’re Important: Because of the implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act and a growing focus on keeping children in their homes, the youth we serve today in Residential Treatment & Emergency Shelter present with much higher needs than in years past. Over the last three years, our residents have been diagnosed with 77 different diagnoses and frequently must remain in crisis care at the Home due to a shortage of hospital beds.

Executive Director: Paul Robinson Board Chair: Greg Virgin



Who We Are: Kosair for Kids is the region’s most comprehensive children’s charity. For more than 100 years, we have served the children of Kentucky and southern Indiana as the catalyst to help all children live life to the fullest. Our mission is to enhance the health and wellbeing of children by delivering financial support for healthcare, research, education, social services, and child advocacy. And by doing so we will create joy... one child, one day at a time.

partner organization fills in the blank. We have been part of some amazing things. But regardless of the year and specific matter involved, it all comes down to the individual child. So how do we serve the community? We helped Sloane take her 10,000th step when she was told she would never walk. We helped Ashley and Michelle get the liver transplant their lives depended upon. And we helped Levi not only face cancer but beat it.

What We Do: We proudly partner with children and families for a brighter future. The Kosair Kid Financial Assistance Program pays for medical treatment, equipment, and therapy for children whose families cannot afford the care needed. Kosair Kid Experiences cater to individual children or groups so they can feel the power of joy. We also provide grant funding to about 100 organizations annually for education, research, and child advocacy. It all goes back to our earliest days when we stated that one of our purposes was to cooperate and work in harmony with all agencies interested in the welfare of children with disabilities.

How You Can Help: You can help by donating at If your charitable goals include leaving a legacy of helping Kosair Kids, we will be happy to help you create the gift that accomplishes those goals by calculating tax benefits, providing sample language, free newsletters, estate planning guides, or connecting you with a staff member directly. Gifts made through your estate, IRA, or other assets often have tax benefits for you. To learn more about these opportunities, contact our Sr. Vice President of Development, Beth Mattingly Denham, at

Why We’re Important: One hundred years later, Kosair for Kids remains true to the mission we cast at our founding, which was to “provide immediate and necessary facilities for the treatment of children regardless of race, religion, or creed.” We’ve made substantial progress in so many areas, but the children of Kentucky and southern Indiana still need us as their safety net.

Kosair for Kids 982 Eastern Parkway, Louisville, KY, 40217 502.637-7696 Facebook: @KosairForKids Instagram: @kosairforkids X: @KosairForKids

How We Serve the Community: Kosair for Kids has a tagline that begins “If it weren’t for Kosair for Kids ...” Each child, family, and

Executive Director: Barry Dunn Board Chair: Ken Reiss



Who We Are: The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) is a champion for companion animals. Through leadership, education and proactive solutions, we are creating more compassionate communities. As a private, non-profit animal welfare agency, KHS provides shelter, food, medical care and loving homes for approximately 6,000 cats, dogs and horses a year. KHS offers dog and cat adoptions at our East Campus, 1000 Lyndon Lane, and Main Campus, 241 Steedly Drive, as well as cat adoptions at our adoption partner the Purrfect Day Café, 1741 Bardstown Road, in Louisville. We offer horse adoptions at our Willow Hope Farm, 4416 Todds Point Road, in Simpsonville.

• Our Pet Resource Counselors provide advice for common behavior problems and help families connect with local resources, such as petfriendly apartment guides, pet food banks and behavior trainers. • Our CARE-a-van mobile veterinary clinic brings low-cost basic veterinary care to pet owners in Louisville and rural counties. • Our S.N.I.P. Clinic has spayed/neutered 155,000+ pets since 2007. This helps decrease the number of cats and dogs surrendered to our city’s shelters. How You Can Help: Donating : Donations from individuals, organizations and corporations in our area allow us to continue our life-saving work. • Shopping our Wish Lists: Visit to send much-needed food and supplies directly to KHS. • Volunteering: There are many ways to volunteer with KHS, each with different levels of time commitment, training requirements, and expectations. • Fostering: Each year over 3,000 KHS pets spend time in volunteer foster homes. You can help by opening up your heart and home – temporarily – to them.

What We Do: While KHS is most known for animal adoptions, we have many programs—all designed to strengthen the bond between people and pets, and ultimately end pet overpopulation and homelessness. Our proactive programs include: low cost spay/neuter surgeries at our S.N.I.P. Clinic, a mobile veterinary clinic (CARE-a-van) that provides low-cost veterinary care, behavior training for owned dogs, pet resource counseling to help keep pets in their homes and out of the shelters, boarding at our Pet Resorts, and an Equine C.A.R.E. (Connect, Assist, Rescue, Educate) program for horse rescue and rehoming.

You can also sponsor a pet, purchase a dedication paver, leave KHS in your will, and more! Learn more online.

Why We’re Important: Established in 1884, the Kentucky Humane Society is the oldest animal welfare organization and largest animal adoption agency in the state. While KHS is located in Louisville, it has a statewide reach. KHS assists Kentucky’s overcrowded animal shelters by taking in ill and injured animals. With invitation from local authorities, KHS responds to natural disasters and large-scale animal cruelty and neglect cases. Thanks to the community’s continued support, we’re making Louisville and Kentucky a better place for our four-legged friends and the people who love them.

Kentucky Humane Society 241 Steedy Drive, Louisville, KY 40214 1000 Lyndon Lane, Suite B, Louisville, KY 40222 502.366.3355 Facebook: @kyhumane Instagram: @kyhumane X: @kyhumane

How We Serve the Community: KHS is committed to helping keep animals in their homes and out of shelters by giving 30,000+ families a year the tools they need to have great relationships with their pets.

Executive Director: Alisa Gray / Board Chair: Patrick Padgett


METRO UNITED WAY collaboration of 100+ early care and education organizations to ensure kids enter kindergarten ready to learn. Our work has improved the financial stability of many families, allowing them to remain housed, become first-time homebuyers, or learn new job skills to save for their future. Our public policy agenda has continued positive bipartisan engagement and support at the local, state, and federal levels. Almost 33,000 people contacted our 2-1-1 helpline last year to seek emergency assistance and referrals to meet their basic needs. Our United Community platform connects more than 500 social service, government, and healthcare providers to deliver integrated, holistic care through a shared technology platform. It has served more than 13,000 individuals. More than 10,000 people have attended our Racial Wealth Gap Simulation or Beyond Buzzwords speaker series to advance discussions on racial justice and equity..

Who We Are: Metro United Way has been dedicated to helping people in need in the Greater Louisville region for more than 105 years. We serve Jefferson, Bullitt, Shelby, and Oldham counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties in Indiana. What started as a community chest has evolved to address our most pressing social needs, focusing on advancing equity and opportunities for all. We envision a future in which our children thrive, strong households create pathways out of poverty to prosperity, and Greater Louisville becomes an equitable community where zip code doesn’t determine destiny. What We Do: Because systemic community challenges are most often rooted in multiple causes, Metro United Way harnesses the power of donors, volunteers, thought leaders, experts, other nonprofits, and government at all levels to ensure positive, sustainable change. We work through proven programs and partnerships and new, innovative initiatives to support our priorities: thriving kids, strong households, and an equitable community. We provide some direct services and connect those in need to resources through our 2-1-1 network. Through investment, capacity building, training, and a network of support, we help our community partners sharpen their impact. Visit for more information.

How You Can Help: We have countless volunteer opportunities p oste d on our Volunte er Conne ction ! Visit volunte er. to search for a project that speaks to you. We also host signature volunteer events throughout the year: Build-ABed in Southern Indiana in February, The Greatest Give Back in June, and Day of Action in September. We partner with local labor unions to collect bicycles for children during an annual donation drive before Thanksgiving. And that partnership also collects and distributes holiday meals for families in need each year. Follow us on social media for all the details.

Why We're Important: Metro United Way is a trusted partner of other nonprofits and community leaders. We are bold and unapologetic about our work toward a more equitable future. We aim to make our community better for everyone and have dedicated staff and volunteers who strive to make that happen every day. For example, our engagement team works with major corporate partners to facilitate volunteer events that lead to large donations to area nonprofits or directly to those in need. Organizations providing for the basic needs of others can request what they need from us, and we mobilize to get it done.

It's easy to donate to our mission anytime at Metro United Way 334 East Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202 502.583.2821 Facebook: @Metro United Way Instagram: @metrounitedway X: @metrounitedway Threads: @metrounitedway

How We Serve the Community: For those who want a strong and equitable community, Metro United Way is the change agent that fuels our spirit of unity by building lasting, transformative opportunities for all. Today, we invest in more nonprofits than we ever have in our 106-year history. Our Youth Success Network provides grassroots capacity building to more than 140 organizations. We lead a

President/CEO: AdriaJohnson/ Board Chair: Ashley Duncan



Who We Are: Since 1984, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana (RMHCK) has provided a comfortable, home-like setting to families from Kentuckiana and beyond while their children receive medical care in Louisville. Ronald McDonald House is a home in every sense of the word: a safe haven built by love through the community’s generosity, with a foundation centered on family.

How We Serve the Community: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana cares for the whole family thanks to the generosity of many donors and volunteers. By coming together as a community, we send the families a powerful message of hope by letting them know they’re not alone in their healthcare journey. Together, we’ve taken care of more than 53,700 families since 1984.

What We Do: Families stay free at RMHCK for as long as needed. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana cares for up to 56 families every night, including parents, children receiving outpatient treatment, siblings, and other family members. Families have private guestrooms and bathrooms, access to linens and toiletries, stocked kitchens, play areas, nightly home-cooked nutritious meals, organized activities, the internet, and parking. In addition to our Ronald McDonald House, RMHCK has Family Room Programs at three local hospitals, providing families with a quiet place to rest only steps from their children.

How You Can Help: RMHCK has many opportunities for individuals and groups to get involved and make a difference in the lives of our guest families. We greatly need volunteers for everything from getting guest rooms ready for new families to providing meals, or doing laundry. Additionally, a monetary donation helps provide families with a home away from home and a supportive community when they need it most. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana 550 S First Street, Louisville, KY 40202 502.581.1416 Facebook: @RMHCKentuckiana Instagram: @rmhckentuckiana LinkedIn:

Why We’re Important: When families learn they need to travel to Louisville for medical care, they often don’t know where they’ll stay or how long their child will need treatment. This uncertainty can add even more emotional and financial stress to an already traumatic time. That’s where Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana steps in. RMHCK takes care of a family’s essential needs so they can focus on what’s important – the health and wellbeing of their child and family.

CEO: Hal Hedley / Chief Dev. Officer: Susan Skolnick / Board Chair: Sam Castle



as a resource to help them stay in the workforce if a crisis arises. We have seen firsthand that medical emergencies, car issues, and utility shut offs can prohibit employees from remaining in the workforce.

Who We Are: The Trilogy Health Services Foundation was founded to improve the lives of Trilogy Health Services employees, future employees, and our residents. We fulfill our mission by assisting employees with emergency assistance when a crisis occurs, such as facing eviction, utility shut offs, or life-threatening medical crises. The Foundation gives time, talent, and treasure to its future employees by supporting JCPS, YouthBuilds CNA Program, and Catholic Charities Common Table culinary arts training. We fund the Trilogy "Live A Dream" program for our residents, granting bucket list experiences like skydiving, zip lining, or concerts to exceed their expectations.

How We Serve the Community: We are committed to assisting our community with educational needs in underserved populations by supporting JCPS and its Health Occupation of Students of America (HOSA) program by providing funding to cover dues, travel, and other expenses for students who might otherwise be unable to participate due to financial constraints. We also partner with YouthBuilds Louisville and the CNA Nursing programs, which assist unemployed 18-24, generally high school dropouts, who wish to become Certified Nurse Assistants. Finally, we support the Catholic Charities program Common Table, which works to reduce poverty in our community through job training in the culinary arts.

What We Do: The Trilogy Health Services Foundation is here to serve Trilogy residents, employees, future employees, and our community through various programs. We serve our community by providing funding and expertise to help educate in underserved areas, hoping that those served might join the Trilogy family as an employee. For our employees, we support them if a life crisis occurs and provide need-based scholarships to further their education, allowing them to be the best employees they can be and provide exceptional care to our residents.

How You Can Help: Donate your time, talent, and treasure to The Trilogy Health Services Foundation, our educational partners, and our programs geared toward our seniors. The Trilogy Health Services Foundation 303 N. Hurstbourne Parkway, Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40222 502.909.1263

Why We're Important: First and foremost, the Trilogy Health Services Foundation serves Trilogy employees, but we can also assist vulnerable populations in our communities who need additional training and education. We know that a strong workforce in the health services industry, particularly senior living, provides excellent care for our seniors. In conjunction with our educational partners, we aim to break the cycle for our community's most vulnerable, serving

Executive Director: Beth Clingaman, Vice President / Board Chair: Kristin Wingfield



and educational health programs (Flourishing Together, My Health Matters), we create an environment where every individual is supported on their unique journey to health and well-being.

Who We Are: At the Uof L Trager Institute/Republic Bank Foundation Optimal Aging Clinic, we care for and support older adults and their families with our commitment to lifelong wellness and education. At the core of our mission lies a profound dedication to transforming the healthcare landscape, kindling a new era where aging is celebrated as a vibrant and enriching chapter of life.

How You Can Help: You can support the UofL Trager Institute/ Republic Bank Foundation Optimal Aging Clinic with your talent or a generous donation to Your contribution is not just a gift; it's an investment in a future where optimal aging is accessible to all and where every individual can embrace the full potential of their golden years.

What We Do: As one of the few medical clinics dedicated to geriatric care in Kentucky, the UofL Trager Institute/Republic Bank Foundation Optimal Aging Clinic pioneers the art of aging with a multidisciplinary approach that blends groundbreaking research, personalized care, and educational resources. Recognizing the pivotal role of lifestyle choices in shaping longevity, we champion lifestyle medicine as our guiding philosophy through a mosaic of health and wellness programs, support groups, and workshops—creating a holistic ecosystem that fosters optimal aging.

UofL Trager Institute / Republic Bank Foundation Optimal Aging Clinic 204 E. Market St., Suite A, Louisville, KY 40202 502.588.4340 Facebook: @TragerInstitute Instagram: TragerInstitute X: TragerInstitute

Why We're Important: We are a non-profit that serves older adults and underserved communities in Kentucky by confronting the social determinants of health and creating an inclusive and healing space for all aging individuals and their families. We have developed a cuttingedge model of care, FlourishCare™, to focus on all aspects of a person's well-being. Its significance lies in forging a holistic path to aging that empowers individuals to not just age but to age optimally.

Executive Director: Anna Faul ( Director of Behavioral: Health Joe D’Ambrosio ( Medical Director: Christian Davis Furman ( Director of Community Engagement: Barbara Gordon ( Director of Research: Pam Yankeelov (

How We Serve the Community: We cater to our community's physical, mental, emotional, and social health with a comprehensive suite of support services. With tai chi, yoga, and art classes, a stateof-the-art culinary teaching kitchen, caregiver support, behavioral health services, primary care, the Trager-Brandeis Elder Law Clinic,



Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are stressful or traumatic events that happen in childhood and can have an adverse effect on a person's physical and mental health for the rest of their lives. Resilience to adverse childhood experiences is developed through a consistent and stable connection with a caring adult in a child's life, and a CASA does just that by being a consistent source of support for the child. This improves not only the outcome for the child but also the community as a whole.

Who We Are: CASA of Floyd County is a non-profit organization that's dedicated to giving a voice to the most vulnerable children in the child welfare system. Court-appointed special advocates, or CASAs, represent children in a child in need of services (CHINS) case, advocating for their best interests and wishes in court. The goal is simple: to ensure every child is placed in a safe, permanent, nurturing home where they can thrive. What We Do: What makes CASA unique is that it is a volunteerbased program that empowers everyday citizens to become officers of the court. There is no other program like it in Floyd County. CASA volunteers are trained to gather information about the child and their family, identify their needs, and speak on their behalf in court. Additionally, they monitor court orders and case plans to make sure that the case is moving forward. The result is that children navigating the child welfare system have a powerful ally who is dedicated to their safety and well-being.

How You Can Help: You can get involved with CASA by becoming a volunteer. There are over 50 children on our waitlist waiting to be matched with a CASA volunteer. • You can become a community sponsor by having your business or organization donate time and resources to support the vital programming of CASA of Floyd County. • Donate! It takes $909 a year to provide a child with a year's worth of advocacy, and CASA has served 453 children in 2023. • Become a CASA Ambassador by helping us spread awareness of this vital mission by recruiting volunteers and helping represent CASA in the community.

Why We’re Important: The presence of a dedicated CASA volunteer in the life of a child who has experienced abuse, severe domestic conflict, and/or neglect can be a source of hope and stability in an otherwise chaotic and uncertain world. By providing the much-needed emotional, educational, and legal support that these children require, CASA volunteers serve as a vital lifeline for those who might otherwise be at risk of falling through the cracks. Their presence can make all the difference in a child's life, helping to ensure that they find the stability and support they need to thrive despite the challenges they face.

CASA of Floyd County 800 E. 8th St., Floor 3, New Albany, IN 47150 812.920.3002 Facebook: @CASAFloydCounty Insagram: @casa_floydcounty

How We Serve the Community: All of the children served by CASA have experienced childhood trauma.

Executive Director: Lauren Broderick, Board Chair: Alan Singleton



the burden of an expensive veterinary procedure causes them to have to make incredibly difficult decisions, such as surrendering the animal, or worse, euthanasia, when the only obstacle is the cost. We want to bridge the gap for these animals that, upon receiving proper care, would continue to thrive in their home.

Who We Are: EthanAlmighty's Blessings, Inc is a non-profit founded by Jeff Callaway, inspired by his dog Ethan and Ethan's own inspiring survival story of intentional abuse and neglect. Jeff and Ethan have become very strong advocates for all animals in their community. Jeff saw a need to help animals who needed immediate medical care, and the people struggling to cover those costs. With this in mind, Jeff and Ethan created EthanAlmighty's Blessings Inc to help bridge the gap and help these animals receive the care they need.

How You Can Help: For EAB to help, we need your help. There are many ways you can help. The easiest way is your financial donation. You can donate at or @ethanalmightysblessings on Venmo. Your donation will help save the most precious gift...a life, the life on an animal that has a great outlook, it only lacks the funding that you can help provide. Help at an upcoming event. All of these will be posted on the website or Ethan's Facebook and Instagram pages, both @ethanalmighty. The other way you can help is to spread the word. Help us provide a blessing to an animal in need.

What We Do: EthanAlmighty's Blessings, Inc (EAB) is a non-profit organization founded by Jeff Callaway as an extension of the animal welfare work he and Ethan have already begun in the community. EAB 's mission is to help animals in need of medical care where there isn't enough money to cover their costs. With Ethan's own incredible story as inspiration, we are committed to making it possible for more animals to receive the care they need, providing financial support where needed.

EthanAlmighty’s Blessings, Inc. 906 Pennsylvania Ave., Jeffersonville, IN 47130 502.494.1313 Facebook: @ethanalmighty @ethan Instagram: @ethanalmighty

Why We’re Important: We believe that one thing that should not stand in the way of an animal that would benefit from medical care in our community is the lack of finances. There are too many animals that do not receive the immediate care they need because of insufficient funds. Many of these animals have caretakers that face incredibly difficult decisions in very stressful circumstances. In these situations, we want to help ease the financial burden.

Board Chair: Jeff Callaway /

How We Serve the Community: Animal shelters in our community and around the country are facing unprecedented overcrowding situations. Too often, animals are given up because their caretakers cannot afford needed medical treatment. But for many of these people,



the lives of the trip participants and those we serve. Working side-byside with the people of Belize, Appalachia, and Louisville, you will experience new cultures and friendships. Learn the history of the regions we serve, enjoy the geography and natural beauty. Building a new home, repairing an existing house, building a wheelchair ramp, and working with the children in Hand in Hand's programs are all part of an experience you won't forget.

Who We Are: We bring people together to instill hope in one another as we meet housing, education, and healthcare needs of the economically vulnerable. Include, Embrace, Encourage. We invite all people of good will to join us as we seek to change lives. Learn more about how you can lend a hand and change a life! What We Do: • Quality Education - We provide students in Nicaragua and Belize opportunities to attend good schools, with wrap around services to assure success. • Safe Housing - Providing safe housing for families looks different in each of our locations. We build small, 16’x20’ houses in Belize. We replace roofs, floors, bathrooms, and kitchens in Appalachia. We do safety and accessibility projects in Louisville. • Health Care - Our HIV/AIDS program for Children in Belize, food support across all programs, and construction of wheelchair ramps contributes to the general health of our families.

How You Can Help: • Consider supporting Hand in Hand's mission by joining the Monthly Investor Club. A recurring gift in any amount will impact the lives of countless families. • Join us on an immersion trip to Appalachia, Belize, or Louisville. • Contact our office for more information on the Monthly Investor Club and trips. Hand In Hand 518 N. 26th St., Louisville, KY 40212 502.459.9930 Facebook: @myhandinhand Instagram: @handinhandphoto X: @hand-in-hand-ministries

Why We’re Important: We're small enough to feel like family. We're big enough to impact thousands of lives each year. We have multiple ways for you to get involved. Our immersion trips give you the opportunity to meet new people, experience unfamiliar cultures and change lives including your own.

Executive Director: Marla Cautilli / Board President: Charisse Wright Kinslow

How We Serve the Community: Our immersion trips go far beyond "voluntourism" and truly transform both



How We Serve the Community: While the IPA Foundation supports children's charities around the world, countless Louisville-area charities have benefited. The IPA Foundation was among the supporters of the St. Joseph Children's Home Capital Campaign in 2022 approving a multi-year grant to help renovate the 19th century facility to double the number of children served. The Foundation supports the Special Olympics of Kentucky, Paws with a Purpose, CASA of Louisville, Blessings in a Backpack, Bellewood & Brooklawn and recently helped with the purchase of an ambulance for Norton Children's Hospital Foundation.

Who We Are: The Independent Pilots Association (IPA), representing the pilots who fly for UPS, created the IPA Foundation in 1993 as a philanthropic, 501(c)(3) entity focused on improving the lives of children in need across the U.S. and the world. The IPA Foundation, run by pilot volunteers, is an independent organization that relies solely on donations from IPA-represented UPS pilots and IPA staff members. What We Do: The IPA Foundation's mission is to provide for the wellbeing and basic needs of children with a focus on making life-changing differences for children with exceptional medical requirements. While the Foundation's mission statement emphasizes exceptional medical requirements, grants are awarded to many varied and worthy organizations as determined by the Foundation trustees and Committee, all pilot volunteers. Grants are only given to nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations.

How You Can Help: The IPA Foundation primarily relies on donations from its UPS pilot and IPA staff members, all donations are welcome and greatly appreciated. For those who wish to contribute, checks should be made payable to the IPA Foundation, 3607 Fern Valley Rd., Louisville, KY 40219. IPA Foundation 3607 Fern Valley Road, Louisville, KY 40219 502.968.0341

Why We’re Important: To date, the IPA Foundation has given more than $9.2 million to over 230 organizations benefiting children. The Foundation's generosity has been felt here in Louisville and in communities across the country and world. Grants have helped purchase life-saving medical equipment, helped pay for therapies for children with spinal cord trauma, sponsored summer camps in Dallas for children battling cancer and aided children who have been abused, neglected or struggle with substance abuse. The Foundation hosts an annual cookout at Bellewood & Brooklawn.

President: Capt. Robert Travis



the knowledge of an indisputable truth; Love transforms lives. All that we give and do is wrapped in this truth. We have loved the most violent, impoverished, wealthy, broken and unbroken until they loved us back!

Who We Are: Love Transformation Project (LTP) is a 501-C3 nonprofit ministry dedicated to a hands-on approach to ministry. LTP has been in operation since 2015, beginning with the homeless population and quickly expanding our impact to families and kids in impoverished and high crime neighborhoods. Our mission to cultivate a new culture has come to life with a dedicated team that strives to bring hope, healing and new light to areas of our city that need it.

How You Can Help: • Volunteering: visit our volunteer page via our website and sign up to attend an outreach or provide an item. • Non-monetary Donations: please contact us via our "contact us" page on our website: and we will back to you within 24 hours. • Monetary donations: visit our "support us" page at • Donate Services: Visit our website and fill out a donate your services form: • You can also message us via Facebook or through our website. Feel free to reach out to Rachel Wooten @ 502-876-2123 or Calvin Wooten @ 502-612-1134

What We Do: With almost a decade of service to our community and a rotating volunteer base of over 150 people our impact has grown substantially. LTP gives on average 2.5 million in resources per year to the areas in our city in need. LTP serves a homeless population of about 250, to include an outside church service, live worship and basic needs as well as providing outside recovery-based meeting. LTP has grown our kids and families from Shelby Park, Portland, Russel, Park Hill and California Park. LTP supports several local churches and ministries as well. Why We’re Important: In 2015 the homeless population was approximately 600 men and women (excluding kids), in 2023 that number has increased to over 3000 men and women. Violent and nonviolent crimes have surged. We live in a culture that is progressively and aggressively losing our youth to a culture of extreme division. Love Transformation Projects vision; to unite the divided is a consistent prayer for help, strength, and guidance. From the Church to the streets, from east to west, from extreme wealth to extreme poverty, we cannot deny the layers of division.

Love Transformation Project 4335 Hazelwood Ave., Louisville, KY 40215 502.876.2123 Facebook: @lovetransformation Instagram: @Lovetransformation Founder/CEO: Calvin Wooten /

How We Serve the Community: Love Transformation Projects successes are grounded in the idea of meeting people where they are. 1st Corinthians 9: 22-23 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. We serve our community under



How We Serve the Community: We help families transition to healthier lifestyles and give their children the opportunity to grow up great! We use the science of occupational, speech, and music therapies to ensure children meet developmental milestones in social-emotional development, fine motor, gross motor, sensory integration, executive functioning, cognition, language development, and healing of traumas and adverse childhood experiences. We provide three plant-based nutritious meals five days a week to all children. Additionally, we have an onsite micro market for families to receive weekend meals of their choice, household products, and all organic and plant-based healthy foods for the entire family.

Who We Are: Skillz 4 Life was founded in 2013 to help children and families who are experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, violence, and poverty. Skillz 4 Life provides a high-quality child development and wellness center designed by years of current effective research and practical trauma-informed solutions to help children grow healthy, reduce youth violence, and create and maintain safe and healthy neighborhoods. We fully understand that early intervention is the key to success, and social-emotional development is the foundation for any individual to be well-rounded and demonstrate tenacity and resilience when faced with adversity, violence, and trauma. What We Do: Our child development and wellness center is designed to increase positive impacts on child development and prevention of youth violence through our full-time, high-quality early childhood center, including supportive services through plantbased nutritious meals, occupational therapy, speech therapy, music therapy, and endorsed trauma-informed practices. We emphasize nutrition, a sound mind, kindergarten readiness, and trauma resilience for children, staff, and parents. We frequently train our staff, parents, and outside community partners.

How You Can Help: Donate your time, talent, and money. We need dedicated volunteers, teachers, and advocates for our most sensitive population of children and families. Increase your personal knowledge about how a child's brain is developed in the first five years of life and how it impacts their behavior and learning for the rest of their life. Increase knowledge about trauma-informed care and why kindergarten readiness and whole child, whole family, and whole community involvement is important to reduce youth violence and increase the economic growth, safety, resilience, and well-being of our city and country.

Why We’re Important: As children grow up in poverty, it has lasting negative effects, including increasing a child’s risk of developing social, emotional, behavioral, and health challenges. Moreover, povertystricken circumstances increase a child’s exposure to criminality, drug abuse, prostitution, parents having poor job attainment, poor educational achievement, and poor health outcomes. These povertystricken conditions substantially negatively impact a child’s spirit, mind, value, and outlook on life and perpetuate poverty. Providing high-quality early childhood intervention for the whole family will reduce these poverty-stricken circumstances, change the child's life trajectory, reduce youth violence, and increase economic growth, creating safer and healthier neighborhoods for all.

Skillz 4 Life Child Development and Wellness Center 204 East Jacob Steet, Louisville, KY 40203 502.822.3975 Facebook: @myskillz4life Executive Director: Dr. Marleeta Harris /



Who We Are: SOS is a global health organization that addresses inequities in healthcare by redistributing surplus medical supplies to those who urgently need them. Founded in 1993 by local surgeon Dr. Norton Waterman, this nimble nonprofit has collected over $66 million in surplus supplies and given them to hundreds of underserved communities in our own backyard and across the globe. From Eastern Kentucky to West Louisville, from Ghana to Ukraine, from Ethiopia to Cuba, SOS supplies clinics, hospitals, homeless shelters, displacement camps, disaster relief efforts, animal rescues and individuals in need– creating millions of stories of health and hope.

How We Serve the Community: SOS impacts over a quarter of a million local lives annually by elevating medical care at underserved facilities, supporting health education in underserved schools and promoting future global citizenship through programming for our student volunteers. SOS provided the first West End CNA school with supplies they needed to open their doors, supported a “mini med school” for hundreds of JCPS students, provided an oxygenator to Oldham County Animal Rescue to stabilize critically injured animals and gifted a motorized wheelchair to a young double amputee. By sharing our region’s surplus, we spread health and hope through Louisville and beyond.

What We Do: SOS supports organizations and individuals in urgent need with supplies donated by healthcare systems. One beautiful example is the work being done by partner Dr. Seth Wanye who is waging a battle against preventable blindness in Ghana. This ophthalmologist provides free cataract surgeries to impoverished children and adults– restoring sight to hundreds of patients every month using supplies provided by SOS. Other recipients include a children’s hospital in the Dominican Republic, an orphanage in Nigeria, a mother and children’s home in Owensboro, safety-net clinics in the West and South End and an EMT program at Fairdale High School.

How You Can Help: • Consider making a gift. We rely on compassionate donors to make our work possible. Learn more or give at soshealthandhope/donate. • Join us at our largest annual fundraiser, our Health and Hope Breakfast, on Wednesday, March 20, at The Olmsted. Tickets are free. Reservations are available at • Host a “Sip and Sort!” These evenings of wine and volunteerism are a fun way to combine socializing and philanthropy. Email Christine. for inquiries. • Become a corporate partner. Join local companies like UPS, Anthem and Norton Healthcare and sign your company up for an afternoon of team building at SOS.

Why We’re Important: SOS is one of five organizations in the US certified to refurbish biotech equipment for safe redistribution back to communities. Our mission not only elevates health equity, it does so through a sustainability lens, diverting 5 million pounds of medical items from landfills in a decade. SOS excels at targeting areas where supplies have the most impact, reducing maternal mortality rate by 24 percent in three months at St. Anne’s hospital in Ghana, providing hundreds of first aid kits to the city’s unhoused and providing mobility aids to the first JCPS wheelchair basketball team so young players can play independently and safely.

SOS International 1500 Arlington Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 502.736.6360 Facebook: @SOSinternational Instagram: @sos_international_inc CEO & President: Denise Sears / Board Chair: Jim Perry



Who We Are: We are a Kentucky non-profit created to provide immediate support when a first responder falls in the line of duty. Contrary to what many believe, there is not a government entity that is specially prepared and ready to respond to such tragedies. While agency leaders will do the best they can, most, fortunately, have never dealt with a line-of-duty death. Since 9/11/2004, we have served all of Kentucky by helping "to honor the service and sacrifice of public safety heroes who give their lives in the line of duty – by caring for the loved ones they leave behind."

How We Serve the Community: When a hero falls, it can be devastating for a community. It is important to citizens that they know that the family of a fallen first responder is being well cared for -- and that the other first responders are being cared for as well. In addition to serving the family and agency, we work with the agency to keep the community informed -- often in ways different from their norm. We also help the agency engage the community in ways they feel comfortable honoring the fallen hero and supporting those who continue to serve.

What We Do: Our team of trained and experienced personnel brings significant resources to provide immediate assistance during a very difficult time for a family, agency, and community. We present $5,000 of "emergency funds" to the immediate survivor with a promise of ongoing financial support according to need. We provide important information that has been described as helping "bring order to chaos" and assist the family and agency in every way we can. Long-term, we fund travel for the family to attend the national memorial service when their loved one is honored, and we specialize in filing for federal line-of-duty death benefits.

How You Can Help: Become a member at Our biggest need is for financial support to help fund our financial assistance to families; survivor travel to the national memorial services; response logistics such as lodging, meals, and equipment; and more. We also need help with building awareness of who we are and what we do. For over 19 years, we have had a strong focus on serving. We have not done a good job of raising awareness and building support. We know that the majority of citizens appreciate the service and sacrifice of first responders and would support us if they knew more. Supporting Heroes 11400 Decimal Drive #1002, Louisville, KY 40299 502.585.2282 Facebook: @SupportingHeroes Instagram: @SupportingHeroes X: @SuppHeroes

Why We’re Important: We specialize in something no first responder agency should get good at. And no other entity in Kentucky provides similar support. Most of our personnel are active or retired first responder leaders with significant experience in this area. We can help guide leaders as they support the grieving family along with agency personnel who are also significantly impacted by the tragedy. We also specialize in planning and coordinating high-profile ceremonial honors. Our goal is to render ultimate honor for ultimate sacrifice and to take the burden off the agency to plan and coordinate honors and funerals.

Executive Director: Eric Johnson / Board Chair: Michael Burns


Do you have a charity you would like to champion? Contact our office at 502.582.6563 or email to learn more.

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