Story Category: Transformative Philanthropy

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

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

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

BGCF365 Grants $25,000 to Lexington Youth Programs

BGCF365, a giving circle at Blue Grass Community Foundation for emerging philanthropists, held its annual grantmaking event, The Finals, on April 20th in Downtown Lexington’s Base249. During the event, three local nonprofits pitched innovative projects and competed for $25,000 in grants. In late January, the BGCF365 membership selected the… Read More

BGCF Celebrates $150 Million in Total Grantmaking

Blue Grass Community Foundation is celebrating a tremendous milestone: awarding over $150 million in grants and scholarships since our founding in 1967! BGCF was established when C.W. and Irene Sulier invited several Central Kentucky philanthropists to join them in establishing a public foundation to encourage charitable giving and to… Read More

12th Annual GoodGiving Challenge Launches on Giving Tuesday

Record number of nonprofits participating in region’s biggest online giving event   Get ready for Central and Appalachia Kentucky’s most generous week of giving because the GoodGiving Challenge is back and bigger than ever! With a record-breaking 200 local nonprofits to support, and daily match challenges totaling more than $600,000,… Read More

APPHARVEST: Planting Seeds to Feed the Future

AppHarvest and Blue Grass Community Foundation began their partnership in 2021 through Appalachia Rises, a collaborative flood-relief effort for Eastern Kentucky. The partnership between BGCF and AppHarvest deepened when AppHarvest established a corporate charitable foundation at the Community Foundation. Now, AppHarvest is, yet again, investing in Eastern Kentucky – and… Read More


Great things are happening in the city of Sharpsburg! Thanks to a bequest from lifelong resident Robert L. Brown, this small city in Bath County is being transformed. Robert, whose family has lived in Sharpsburg for many generations, left an incredibly generous gift through his estate to establish the R. Read More