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."


Spotlight: Doing Good
In Clark County

Clark County Community Foundation Grantmaking will impact students across the county!

The Clark County Community Foundation, a geographic affiliate of BGCF, is making big strides to aid Clark County nonprofits and students across the county. CCCF has awarded $14,500 for start-up costs of the new Mentors and Meals program as well as a $78,000 grant, divided across three years, for the Clark County Community Foundation Scholars Program.

Mentors and Meals is an afterschool program that will work with students from Baker Intermediate School to provide homework help, tutoring, STEM and health education sessions as well as dinner. The pilot year of the program will run from October 2016 to May 2017 and will serve approximately 20 students a day, three days a week. The intergenerational project will bring together Baker students, George Rogers Clark High School students and adult volunteers.

The Clark County Community Foundation Scholars Program will utilize the services of AGS College Planning to provide support to students who face obstacles to obtaining a postsecondary education. Up to ten George Rogers Clark High School juniors will be selected to participate in the program. AGS College Planning will provide professional services to aid in collegiate and trade-school preparation, including aid with applications, finding scholarships, applying for financial aid and choosing a postsecondary path that best fits the students’ career and educational goals.

These grants follow CCCF’s 2015 grant of $100,000 to provide laptop access to all 5th and 6th grade students in the district.

To learn more about the Clark County Community Foundation please contact Halee Cunningham at

Board of

  • Layne Wilkerson, Chair
  • Nash Cox, Vice Chair
  • Mary Ann Burch
  • Harry Carver
  • Mike Robinson
  • Andrew Bowker
  • Julie Clouse
  • Dan Green 
  • C.M. Hancock
  • Bruce Brooks


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