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Exceeding the Challenge in Harrison County

The Harrison County Community Fund (HCCF) kicked off the early months of 2024 with a full schedule of fundraising and community engagement!   In January, the HCCF board of directors were challenged to raise $25,000 in six months. Powered by their dedication and passion for Harrison County, they rallied together… Read More

LBPI Announces 2024 Grassroots Black Leadership Awards Honorees

The Lexington Black Prosperity Initiative, a community-advised committee of Blue Grass Community Foundation, is proudly recognizing Black community leaders who are driving positive change with the 2024 Grassroots Black Leadership Awards. Launched in 2021, this award honors and supports individuals at the forefront of addressing racial equity, disparities in the… Read More

BGCF365: Empowering Change in Lexington Through Philanthropy

BGCF365, a dynamic giving circle at Blue Grass Community Foundation for emerging philanthropists, hosted its annual grantmaking event, The Finals, on May 8 at The Melodeon in Downtown Lexington. The fast-paced event showcased three local nonprofits pitching innovative projects, vying for a total of $30,000 in grants. BGCF365 members… Read More

City breaks ground on Kelley’s Landing

Mayor Linda Gorton, Councilmembers, Lexington Parks & Recreation staff, the Fund for Greater Lexington, Blue Grass Community Foundation, and other attendees, broke ground on Lexington’s new 30-acre river park – Kelley’s Landing. The property is located off Old Richmond Road, near the I-75 bridge into Madison County. Read More

Press Forward announces first Open Call on Closing Local Coverage Gaps

100+ newsrooms to receive $100,000 in general operating support over two years Applications will be accepted April 30 – June 12, 2024 at Press Forward, the $500 million movement to reimagine local news, will launch applications on April 30 for its first open call for funding focused on addressing… Read More

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