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Lasting legacy: The gift that keeps on giving, forever.

It isn’t often one person has the opportunity, ability and charisma to impact an entire community. It’s even more rare for someone to arrive in a small Kentucky town in adulthood and leave an imprint so large that the town now carries his legacy proudly after his passing. But sometimes,… Read More

2023 GoodGiving Challenge: 13 Lucky Years of Cheer + Generosity

Our amazing community of givers once again rallied in support of local nonprofits during the 13th annual GoodGiving Challenge, raising nearly $2.7 million for 195 local nonprofits in just four days! Created and hosted by Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing, the GoodGiving Challenge is all about connecting… Read More

Introducing the Fund for Greater Lexington

“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau What if we could invest in projects that elevate our city, shape its character, and create lasting impact? What if we could transform Lexington into a model community that embraces innovation, fosters creativity,… Read More

Enriching Madison County’s History and Hope

Woods Chevrolet. Madison Garage. Low’s Discount Drug. The Teen Club. Macie’s Upholstery Shop. Eastern School of Hair Design. Andy’s Pizza Palace. Cherry’s. The Cherry Pit. If you’ve lived in Richmond, Kentucky between 1915 and 2023, the building standing at 110 South Second Street has likely played a role in your… Read More


Celebrated philanthropist Lucille Little was passionate about the arts. All told, Mrs. Little awarded over $50 million to nonprofits in Fayette, Rowan and Elliott Counties. It would be hard to find an arts organization in those communities that has not benefitted from her generosity. Mrs. Little died in 2002, but… Read More

A Profile in Giving: Building a Strong Foundation of Generosity

In addition to building homes, James and Martha Monroe build communities. In 2006, when James and Martha were in their early twenties and had been married for a year, they launched James Monroe Homes. For the first several years while the company was getting started, James received no salary from… Read More