We just turned 50!

Join us as we celebrate 50 years of inspiring generosity across the Bluegrass and Appalachia Kentucky. View our 50th anniversary film:

By definition, community foundations are publicly supported charities dedicated to making a particular region better and stronger. At their heart, they’re people working together to make the world a better place – one community at a time. That has certainly been the case at Blue Grass Community Foundation.

In 1967, CW and Irene Sulier came together with other business and civic leaders to establish the Blue Grass Foundation (as it was known then), to encourage charitable giving and support local causes. In 1968, grants totaling $500 were awarded. Today, thanks to thousands of generous donors, the Community Foundation has cumulatively awarded $77.5 million in grants and scholarships – largely for the benefit of Central and Appalachia Kentucky.

In addition, the Community Foundation has been a leader on transformative projects like the Legacy Trail, a 16-mile bile/walk trail connecting Lexington’s urban core to the Kentucky Horse Park; On the Table, an event on March 15 that brought together over 11,000 citizens to discuss Lexington’s future; the GoodGiving Challenge, an online giving campaign that raises over one million dollars every year for Central and Appalachia Kentucky nonprofits; and many other initiatives.

Blue Grass Community Foundation’s 50th Anniversary is a wonderful opportunity for us to honor our founders, recognize our donors, celebrate our accomplishments, and most importantly, look forward to what we can accomplish, together, over the next 50 years. Stay tuned as we continue to share 12 months of special events designed to inspire even greater generosity and engagement.

At the Community Foundation, we believe in the power of a single individual to make an exponential impact. We see it happen every day, as one person's passion inspires another's and creates an unstoppable ripple of generosity. At the Community Foundation, there is an opportunity for everyone to give – whether $10, $10,000 or $10,000,000 – to help create a more generous, vibrant and engaged community for us all.

To learn how you can give now, as well as leave a meaningful, lasting legacy, contact Lisa Adkins, President/CEO of Blue Grass Community Foundation at ladkins@bgcf.org or 859-225-3343.

About Us

Blue Grass Community Foundation offers you a convenient, simple way to organize your charitable giving so that you can make strategic, informed decisions about where and when you give.

Blue Grass Community Foundation is where people go to give—of their passion, money and ideas—to enhance the quality of life in Central and Appalachia Kentucky. We help individuals, families, businesses, communities and nonprofit organizations establish charitable funds, guide their resources to support causes they care about, meet community needs and make a difference.


How We Work

Blue Grass Community Foundation is a public charity overseen by a volunteer board of community leaders and run by professionals who are experts in local philanthropy with backgrounds in law, finance, accounting, charitable grantmaking and scholarships. In addition, we convene community leaders and volunteers to help people come together to have the greatest collective impact for good.

Blue Grass Community Foundation is part of a network of nationally accredited foundations that meet the standards for operational quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the National Standards of U.S. Community Foundations Program administered by the Council on Foundations, a network of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations worldwide.

"Blue Grass Community Foundation is dedicated to the idea that one person can make a powerful impact…but we also know that we make the greatest impact when we work together.”
John Hall, Former Chairman of the Board

What It Means to You

As a community foundation, we are experts in local philanthropy. We know and understand the current needs of the communities we serve. In addition to allowing you to give to any and every charitable cause that you care about, including your alma mater and place of worship, we offer the opportunity to work together with other like-minded donors to accomplish a shared philanthropic vision. Blue Grass Community Foundation is a place to collaborate, a place to learn about local needs, a place to share individual passions—a true community of people dedicated to improving the quality of life in our region.

Organizing your giving through a charitable fund also provides you many practical benefits. Opening a charitable fund at Blue Grass Community Foundation provides you the ultimate flexibility in timing your annual giving, without the pressure of a looming tax year-end. Plus, you can streamline your recordkeeping, eliminating the ongoing task of tracking receipts. At the Community Foundation, we can help you plan for future giving, including passing on your legacy of philanthropy to your children and grandchildren.

Learn more about Blue Grass Community Foundation

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

Email Us: info@bgcf.org  /  Call Us: 859.225.3343

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