Clark County Community Foundation

Clark County Community Foundation

Clark County Community Foundation

Clark County Community Foundation

What is A
Community Fund?

The Community Fund is a permanent charitable resource designed to support local causes and organizations. Through individual donations – large and small – a local advisory board is able to make grants to meet the needs and vision of the community. We partner with individuals, businesses and nonprofits to make Clark County a better place to live, learn, work and play.

 

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*Your donation may be eligible for a tax credit! CLICK HERE to learn more about the Endow Kentucky Tax Credit.*

If you would like to learn more about our community funds or to start a fund of your own, please contact Jane Higgins at jhiggins@bgcf.org

 

Spotlight: Doing Good
In Clark County

Clark County Community Foundation Produces On The Table Report!

In early spring 2018, Clark County Community Foundation, in partnership with Clark County Public Schools, hosted multiple On the Table community conversations focused on school safety and violence prevention. On the Table is a national civic engagement initiative supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; it was initially developed by The Chicago Community Trust. The purpose of the Clark County On the Table discussions was to receive input from community members, students, and Clark County Public School administrators regarding increasing school safety and preventing acts of violence in the Clark County public school system. More than 150 community members provided input during roundtable conversations. An additional 350 public school students in fifth through 12th grade were selected to participate in discussions.

The Clark County Community Foundation On the Table 2018 report was created using information collected during the three public community events and in-school conversations. This report provides insight into what the community, and students, found to be the most pressing issues and potential solutions in our schools. Perhaps surprisingly, the majority of the solutions proposed did not focus on physical building alterations such as metal detectors, but on improving student-teacher relationships; mental health and counseling services; and increasing parental and community involvement.

“Teachers and administrators should see empathy with students as part of their job description” noted one GRC student during a discussion about creating a learning environment that bolsters mutual respect and understanding; two things students said were needed to promote positive mental health.

The Clark County Public School system partnered with the Community Foundation in the creation of the discussion prompts and several board members and district officials attended one or more of the public conversation sessions. Clark County Public Schools superintendent Paul Christy is already working on implementing some of the proposed solutions, including a hotline to report issues related to bullying and school safety which was rolled out earlier in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Alex Rowady, Chair of the Clark County Community Foundation, noted that “many of the issues identified by students such as bullying, racism and drug use are not problems that we can solve overnight. These are systemic, community-wide issues that Clark County as a whole needs to consider and work to improve. As Chair of the Clark County Community Foundation, I am happy to say that our board is working really hard to do that. We felt that the first step was getting the conversations started in our community and our schools. Now we are willing and excited to work with the schools to provide some grant funding to implement solutions that have been proposed in this report. We want the students and community members who participated in these conversations to know that their voices have been heard.”

Clark County Community Foundation would like to thank the Clark County Public Schools and the Winchester Opera House for partnering on this initiative. Questions, comments and concerns regarding this report or the On the Table initiative can be directed to Halee Cunningham, J.D. Gift Planning Officer and Deputy Counsel, Blue Grass Community Foundation at halee@bgcf.org

Click here to view the full report.

Board of
Advisors

  • Alex Rowady, Chair
  • Blanton Coates, Vice Chair
  • Melissa Dean
  • Betty Jane Glasscock
  • Eva Miller
  • Danny Neely
  • Mollye Raney

Resources:

Here you'll find all the forms and policies you'll need while working with the Blue Grass Community Foundation. If you don't see what you're looking for, contact us and we will be happy to help you.

Grant Opportunities:

See below for a list of current grant opportunities and resources.

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