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here’s a new charity and new cause to the city of Louisville. The Fred and Mary Taulbee Charitable Foundation, a 501c3 private operating foundation, will benefit the orphaned and abandoned children of Appalachia, helping them to make the transition from orphanages into college and onto rewarding careers. Having survived their own difficult childhoods, Fred and Mary Taulbee wanted to do something to improve the lives of orphaned and abandoned children in the Appalachian region. When she was taken by cancer in 2012, Mary established the Founda-

should be cause for celebration of the future, not fear of the unknown. Although the Commonwealth of Kentucky will fund college for orphaned children, less than 2% pursue secondary education after graduating high school. Without parents or mentors, many of these children are unable to successfully navigate higher education and the route to rewarding careers. By partnering with other local charitable organizations,

“Although the Commonwealth of Kentucky will fund college for orphaned children, less than 2% pursue secondary education” tion as a part of her Trust thus ensuring her philanthropic desires would live on. According to Nick Taulbee, Program Director and the adopted son of Fred and Mary Taulbee, “There are no other charities that focus specifically on college attendance and success levels for kids aging out of children’s homes and orphanages from Appalachia.” For many orphaned and abandoned children, their eighteenth birthday is a source of anxiety, as it marks the time that they age out of the critical support systems they have come to depend upon. FMTCF believes these young people’s eighteenth birthday

like Boys Haven and Family Scholar House, placing students with mentors, providing financial support and life skills training, FMTCF seeks to increase college attendance numbers among Appalachian students to 50%. FMTCF is also partnering with the Healing Futures Fellowship, a program led by Public Health Director Dr. Nesbitt that engages high school students in exploring the underlying causes and solutions to violence and inequity. “Our true focus is on the kids and getting the support where it needs to be,” Taulbee said. The Foundation is currently seeking support through volunteers, financial donors and candidates for the soon-to-be-established Board of Directors. For information on how you can support the Fred and Mary Taulbee Charitable Foundation, please visit famtaulbee.org. LAURA SNYDER

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Nfocus Louisville, August 2013  

Nfocus is a monthly magazine that covers philanthropy and the arts in Louisville.