Story Category: Transformative Philanthropy

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

Evangelos Levas: Helping When He Can

Over 50 years ago, when C.W. Sulier invited several Lexington philanthropists to come together to discuss establishing Blue Grass Community Foundation, Evangelos (Angel) Levas was at the table. In fact, he provided the table.   Angel, a personal friend of the Suliers, was also… Read More

2020 GoodGiving Challenge Raises $2.39 million for Local Nonprofits

Tenth annual week-long online giving campaign raised a record-breaking amount of money for 126 nonprofits   The preliminary numbers are in for the GoodGiving Challenge, and they reveal that $2.39 million was raised for 126 local nonprofits during the record-breaking, week-long online giving campaign that launched on Giving Tuesday. Hosted… Read More


For the past 16 years, Magoffin County Community Day has been a celebration of fellowship with lively music and good food, but it has also been instrumental in helping Magoffin County’s local nonprofits and civic groups raise the funds for all the good things they do for the community. Because… Read More

Clark County Community Foundation: GoodGiving Challenge Match

Once again, the Clark County Community Foundation advisory board will incentivize giving to the Clark County nonprofits participating in the GoodGiving Challenge by providing a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $10,000 for each organization. With 25 Clark County nonprofits participating in the Challenge in 2020, $250,000 from the Clark County… Read More