Franklin County Community Foundation

Franklin County Community Foundation

Franklin County Community Foundation

Franklin 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 Franklin 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

Spotlight: Doing Good
In Franklin County


Franklin County, home of the Capital of Kentucky is centrally located 54 miles east of Louisville and 29 miles west of Lexington. Franklin County is steeped in rich historical heritage, old world ambiance a very special brand of famous Southern hospitality. To stroll our downtown district and visit historic homes provide a step back in time. More than anything, the love for Franklin County, by it's residents, can be shown through their efforts to give back to the community.

For Nash Cox, it's her deep roots in the community that inspired her to look at not just what the present needs of Franklin County are, but leaving a legacy to ensure the success of Franklin County in the future. 

"My hope is to find untapped resources of people who want to support the community more generally by setting up an endowment.  Helping individuals develop estate plans to include Franklin County is a major goal of our affliliate.  Most people haven't considered this.  As a result, we have an opportunity to demonstate how easy and beneficial it would be to allocate even a small percentage of an estate to the Franklin County Community Fund. As the endowment grows, funds can be used to fund present community needs.  Blue Grass Community Foundation is also available to provide technical assistance to local nonprofits to help them become more financially astute..."

Layne Wilkerson, Chair of the Franklin County Community Fund Board of Directors agrees that the goal for the future of Franklin County is in an investment for the community.

"I want the Franklin County Community Fund to be at the top of people's minds when they are considering estate planning.  I believe everyone should leave 5% of their earnings to the community , just like they would to their family or a nonprofit group.  As a financial advisor to the community, I see that once money leaves the community, it's gone forever. We have to utilize the money that is in our community before it is gone."

Board of

  • Layne Wilkerson, Chair
  • Nash Cox, Vice Chair
  • Mary Ann Burch
  • Harry Carver
  • Stephen Clatos
  • Julie Clouse
  • Dan Green 
  • Joe Johnson


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.

499 East High Street,  Suite 112,  Lexington, KY 40507

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