BGCF365, a giving circle at Blue Grass Community Foundation for emerging philanthropists, held its annual grantmaking event, The Finals, on April 20th in Downtown…Read More
THE POWER OF $1 A DAY.
The idea is simple. You give $365— a dollar a day— to make our community better. You pool those daily dollars with others. Then, once a year, you decide together which organizations you want to receive grants.
An initiative of Blue Grass Community Foundation, BGCF365 unites and informs emerging philanthropists to make a collective impact on Fayette County. BGCF365 is for givers of all ages who want to make Lexington a better place to work, live and play for all!
BGCF365 Fall Event: Undesign the Redline Tour + Reception
Be one of the the first groups to explore Undesign the Redline, an interactive, informative display custom-made for Lexington by Designing the We. Undesign the Redline invites participants to learn the history of Redlining, interact with local stories of people impacted by its lasting legacy, and invent the future of undoing structural inequities.
Join us on Wednesday, September 27 for a private, guided tour of Undesign the Redline, followed by a reception featuring guest speakers, snacks and refreshments.
This event is free and open to all, and will kick off the BGCF365 2023-24 grantmaking year!
THE FINALS! 2022-23 Grantmaking Cycle Results
BGCF365 members met at Base249 for The Finals, our annual grantmaking meeting, on April 20. We heard project pitches from three Lexington nonprofits supporting Fayette County youth and voted on how to award $25,000 in total grants:
First Place $15,000 Grant Winner: Operation Making a Change
Second Place $7,500 Grant Winner: African American Ballet Troupe
Third Place $2,500 Grant Winner: Specialized Alternatives For Families and Youth
BGCF365 2022-23 Grant Applicants
The BGCF365 Advisory Team reviewed more than 40 amazing applications from local nonprofits and faced the difficult decision of narrowing the field down to three finalists. Click the button below to meet the pool of applicants, learn more about their organizations and find opportunities to support their missions.
HOW IT WORKS
Your annual membership contribution is split equally into two pools. One half is used for immediate grantmaking, decided on collectively by BGCF365 members. The other half builds the BGCF365 Endowment, which serves as a perpetual charitable asset to provide grantmaking resources for generations to come.
Each year, BGCF365 hosts networking/educational events, and an annual grantmaking event where the members decide how to allocate their grantmaking. Since 2017, BGCF365 has awarded $125,000 in grants to Lexington nonprofits!
Join BGCF365 any time during the year pay paying $30 per month or with a one-time payment of $365. Or, become a Lifetime Member with a one-time gift of $3,650.
The BGCF365 Advisory Team is a group of dynamic, local leaders who provide guidance on the programming of BGCF365, review grant proposals and advocate on behalf of BGCF365 membership.
- Katie Bouvier, Sturgill Turner
- Maya Brown, KEY
- Madeline Flynn, Ballast Inc.
- Abby Johnson, ROSE Women’s Foundation
- Phil Jun, LexArts
- Louie Kessinger, Baird
- Emily Lane, AMR Management Services
- Harper Michael, Kentucky Chamber Foundation
- Christian Motley, Unite Us
- Drew Rodriguez, University of Kentucky
- John Stein, White Oak Commercial Real Estate
- Lili Williams, Stoll Keenon Ogden