The power of partnership
Blue Grass Community Foundation is one of 10 community foundations across the U.S. replicating the On the Table initiative this year with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Support for On the Table is one part of Knight Foundation's efforts to help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of civic engagement. The Knight Foundation believes that successful communities are equitable, inclusive and participatory.
Blue Grass Community Foundation is excited to introduce On the Table to Lexington as part of our 50th anniversary celebration. By working together, we create a stronger, better community for all. On the Table is made possible by the efforts of our many committed partners. Thanks to our planning, hosting and funding partners. You can learn more about them below.
Blue Grass Community Foundation
Neighborhoods energized and growing. A community made healthy and strong.
A city that is engaged and connected from end to end. These are just a few of our goals for Lexington.
Blue Grass Community Foundation is a public charity established by local citizens in 1967, to promote giving and improve the quality of life in the communities we serve across Central and Eastern Kentucky. Located in Lexington, the Community Foundation is a starting place – for people who have always wanted to give, and for those who never knew they could. It’s a place to bring ideas, and to take them forward. Whether by participating in On The Table, establishing a new charitable fund, contributing to the GoodGiving Challenge or giving time and energy to community efforts, sharing your passion, ideas and resources through the Community Foundation can lead to a stronger, vibrant and more generous community for us all.
The Leadership Lexington class envisioned a project to engage more young professionals and emerging leaders in the decisions about the long-range plans for the city we care so much about. The idea came from an "Emerging Leaders" lunch at the 2016 Commerce Lexington Leadership Trip to Charleston. The Charleston Young Professions hosted an event focused on community leadership and the desire to involve more young professionals in growth management discussions. The Leadership Lexington project group is excited about the opportunity to enhance the Division of Planning's traditional public input process and educate our peers about plans for our city.
lexington—division of planning
Planning's mission is to provide a vision and strategy that will allow Lexington to grow and prosper while preserving, protecting and enhancing existing neighborhoods, downtown and the rural Bluegrass cultural landscape.
The Imagine Lexington process is designed to further this mission, in part, by gathering input from all over the community to identify key issues and opportunities that will inform this comprehensive plan. Over the course of the next two years, the Division of Planning will be diligently working to create a document that will preserve and enhance our quality of life and guide Lexington into the future.
What's a Super Host? Super Hosts are organizations—nonprofits, places of worship, businesses, schools, civic organizations and others—that commit to hosting at least 20 tables, 8 to 12 people per table. If this describes your organization, click here to complete this form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to the many organizations that have already committed to hosting 20 or more tables.
Also participating as Super Hosts:
East End Development Corporation
Fayette County Neighborhood Council
Lexington Senior Center
This inaugural On the Table would not be possible without the generous support of the following:
Blue Grass Community Foundation
The Kresge Foundation