Charity Program

You can Run for a Cause!

If running 13.1 or 26.2 miles isn’t inspiration enough, there are hundreds of participants in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon who not only give of themselves physically, but give to others as well. For years, runners have used this race as a vehicle to raise awareness and funds for many local and national charities. The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation is honored to be a part of this worthy outreach to so many deserving causes.

The Foundation created a committee to help oversee the efforts of the Charity Program. Foundation board members and volunteers are assigned as liaisons to help coordinate the fund-raising efforts. Since the online program was created in 2005, more than $2 million has been raised for participating local and national charities.

For more information on the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation: CLICK HERE

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Active Heroes’ mission is to strengthen active duty military, veterans and their families in order to provide the coping skills to manage the stress and the triggering points that lead to military veteran suicide.

To fundraise for Active Heroes: CLICK HERE


Team Healthier Generation is a family-friendly endurance training and fundraising program, aiming to motivate, support, and guide members in their journey to reach the finish line all while raising essential funds and awareness to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity.  Team Healthier Generation members can run or walk their first 5K or join the Alliance at marquee events such as the Derby Festival Marathon! Members pick the race and the Alliance will be there to support you every step of the way. Together members will get fit, have fun, and build a healthier generation!  By joining Team Healthier Generation, you’ll reach your fitness goals with the help of a professional endurance coach, meet like-minded people committed to health and wellness and, most importantly, make a significant impact by raising funds to support our mission and the children and families we serve nationwide.

To fundraise for Team Healthier Generation: CLICK HERE


When you sign up for an event as a St. Jude Hero, you’ll be taking an important step toward finding cures and saving children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Through the generous support of fundraisers and their donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food—because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer! Because of the life-saving work being done at St. Jude, the overcall childhood cancer survival rate has increased from 20% in 1982 to 80% today.  We won’t stop until no child dies in the dawn of life!

To fundraise for ALSAC | St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: CLICK HERE

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The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research, Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

To fundraise for The Alzheimer’s Association: CLICK HERE


The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is a non-profit company devoted solely to creating products and services for people who are blind or visually impaired, and is the official supplier of educational materials for students who are visually impaired. These materials include braille, large type, recorded, computer disk, and tactile graphic publications, as well as a wide assortment of educational and daily living products. For more information about APH, go to

Your gift today allows APH to provide thousands of free print/braille and audio books to blind pre-school children across the USA.

To fundraise for American Printing House for the Blind: CLICK HERE


Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana is an out-of-school time provider offering a safe haven for nearly 4,000 youth ages 6-18. Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those most in need of our services, to realize and develop their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. We operate 5 Clubs and programming within those Clubs fosters essential youth outcomes of academic success, character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles.

To fundraise for Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana: CLICK HERE

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Boys & Girls Haven exists to shelter, heal and teach abused and neglected youth so that they may become productive and healthy members of our community. Since our establishment in 1950, we have helped change the lives of over 5,000 kids for the better, and continue to do so through a variety of programs including Residential treatment, Therapeutic Foster Care, Pre-Independent Living facilities, and out-patient services.

To Fundraise for Boys & Girls Haven: CLICK HERE

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Bridgehaven Mental Health Services provides the highest quality community based psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery services, education, and support to those touched by mental illness. Through individual, person-centered rehabilitation planning, we assist members in setting and achieving recovery and community integration goals.

Our programs provide individual and group therapy and skill building activities designed to improve the ability to interact and function in the community. Recovery is a process in which individuals with severe mental illness are encouraged to take control of their lives, set goals, take advantage of opportunities and return to living, learning, working and socializing activities of their choosing. Visit our website at for more information.

To fundraise for Bridgehaven Mental Health Services: CLICK HERE

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The Human Trafficking Program at Catholic Charities of Louisville through KY Rescue and Restore is a nonprofit that was created in 2008.  We provide comprehensive case management services, education and awareness to the community, and outreach programs. Case managers provide support to survivors of human trafficking. These services can include legal services, housing, financial assistance, education assistance, counseling, and advocacy. Case managers collaborate with community partners in order to provide a broad spectrum of services. The Human Trafficking Program provides education to health care providers, social service agencies, community groups, educational systems and law enforcement. Through education we hope to bring awareness to the prevalence of human trafficking in the community.

To fundraise for Catholic Charities of Louisville | Human Trafficking Program: CLICK HERE

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The mission of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is to cure Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. We have funded more than $200 million for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis research. With more than 1,500 grants awarded, CCFA has played a role in every major scientific breakthrough in IBD, from generating data that led to new therapies to the discovery of the first gene for Crohn’s disease. CCFA provides information and education for IBD patients and their families. As part of our mission to eradicate Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, we offer a wide variety of educational programs for health care professionals. We offer more than 300 support groups annually, Camp Oasis for children and educational and training programs.

To Fundraise for the Chron’s and Colitis Foundation of America: CLICK HERE



We have one goal in mind: eliminating preventable colon cancer death and suffering by making sure people get timely screenings. Our work spans education, advocacy, health systems improvement, and survivor support. Our focus is Kentucky and Southern Indiana, where we are the only non-profit focused solely on the fight to end colon cancer. We began kicking butt in Louisville, KY in 2004 and our work has grown to reach throughout the region.

To fundraise for the Colon Cancer Prevention Project: CLICK HERE


Cure SMA is dedicated to the treatment and cure of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the number one genetic cause of death for infants. We fund groundbreaking research and provide families the support they need for today.

To fundraise for Cure SMA: CLICK HERE

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FEAT of Louisville exists in order to ease the autism journey through a community network created for families by families by providing ongoing support, education, programs and resources. Founded in 1999 by a group of parents searching for answers to their children’s complex medical problems and educational needs. FEAT assists local families by focusing on several key components. One is providing support meetings and training to over 1000+ members to address treatment options, social outings, educational rights and legislative issues for their families. We support and fund many local programs including the Endeavor Program, an educational program for children with autism ages 2-6, the Dreams In Motion summer camp, a recreational, therapeutic, educational and social summer camp for ages 7-21 and the Get Your FEAT Wet swim program at Home of the Innocents and All About Kids for ages 3-21. Second, we stress educating the public on awareness and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder through specialized programs in local schools and through special presentations and media efforts. Third, FEAT is continuing to create alliances with local autism service providers in order to grow services in the community where gaps may exist– including collaborations with Carriage House Education Services, Dreams with Wings, Associates in Pediatric Therapy, Home of the Innocents, UofL Autism Training Center, Bluegrass Center for Autism, Best Buddies of Kentucky, Kentucky One – Our Lady of Peace and other invested partners in the Louisville community. With the help of those in our community, we can make a difference in the lives of those on the autism journey. We are also proud to say that funds raised local stay local to help those on this journey.

To fundraise for FEAT: CLICK HERE

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Family & Children’s Place protects Kentuckiana children, families and communities from abuse, neglect and exploitation, and helps them heal. Through collaborations with police, Child Protective Services, U of L School of Medicine and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, our Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center ended the trauma of physical and sexual abuse for more than 1,300 children last year alone. We supervise parent-child visitation, help families stay in their homes, parents better engage and bond with their newborns and students improve socially and academically. Last year we helped nearly 5,000 children and family members regain hope.

To fundraise for Family & Chilren’s Place: CLICK HERE


Family Scholar House is a nonprofit organization based in Louisville, Kentucky. Its mission is to end the cycle of poverty and transform the community empowering families and youth to succeed in education and achieve lifelong self-sufficiency. Family Scholar House provides a comprehensive continuum of services including academic and family support services, as well as affordable supportive housing. Family Scholar House serves pre-residential, residential, and post-program single-parents and their children with a comprehensive continuum of care that meets them where they are and empowers them toward their educational, career, and family goals. All families have experienced poverty, unstable housing and, most often, domestic violence. Programs and services are responsive to the needs of families and are provided for all ages. To date, FSH participants have earned 242 college degrees.

To Fundraise for the Family Scholar House: CLICK HERE

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Gilda’s Club Louisville has a mission to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.  At Gilda’s Club Louisville you will find strength and comfort from members sharing their experiences and wisdom with each other.  Gilda’s Club offers over 140 FREE programs monthly for men, women and children that provides a program of support unlike any other.

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Girls on the Run Louisville is a 501(c)3 positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. Our core curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Lessons help girls make positive decisions  to avoid risky adolescent behaviors. At the end of each program the girls run a celebratory 5K to experience the exhilarating feeling of accomplishment. However, at Girls on the Run, the finish line is just the beginning, as our ultimate goal is to provide the girls with tools and resources that develop their ability to think critically – a skill that will serve them well for a lifetime.

To Fundraise for Girls On The Run: CLICK HERE

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Hope Scarves shares scarves, stories and hope with people facing cancer.  We do this by collecting scarves and stories from survivors and passing them on to others.  A Hope Scarf can be requested by individuals in treatment, sent as gifts to loved ones or shared in the hospital setting.  We conduct workshops in scarf making, scarf tying and writing to use art to promote healing. And, we invest in translational metastatic breast cancer research to provide hope to those facing the most serious forms of cancer.  Since our founding in 2012 we have sent nearly 3,000 scarves to people facing over 85 different types of cancer in every state & 12 countries.  The oldest recipient is 92 and the youngest, 5.  We have also invested $50,000 in metastatic breast cancer research. Whether you are a patient, have a loved one facing cancer or a survivor Hope Scarves can be a resource.

Outrunning Cancer helps us fulfill our mission and spread the word about our program.  Miles to go before a cure… but closer with every step. Thank you for helping us outrun cancer!

To fundraise for Hope Scarves: CLICK HERE

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House of Ruth offers housing and support services with a holistic focus on individuals who are HIV-positive, as well as their family members who count on them for financial and emotional support. We provide treatment planning where clients set their own concrete, achievable goals to address mental, physical, emotional, social, financial, educational, and employment needs.

We also offer activities that decrease social isolation and increase peer support for children and families including: Back-to-school assistance, holiday events and gift assistance, educational workshops, social gatherings and summer camps.

To findraise for House Of Ruth: CLICK HERE

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Kentucky has the highest cancer death rate in the nation. At the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center, we are focused on providing the best, multi-disciplinary oncology care for patients, we are also focused on finding the next medical breakthrough that will help cure and detect this dreaded disease. We have more clinical trials available to patients than any other cancer center in the region, and many of those are for treatments discovered in our labs by our own researchers. Our drug development program is one of the most robust in the country. Help us find cures to cancer here!

To Fundraise for the James Graham Brown Cancer Center: CLICK HERE

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents and adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.7 billion to T1D research. JDRF will not rest until we turn type one into type none.

To fundraise for JDRF: CLICK HERE


Kentucky Animal Relief Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2001, is a small network of volunteers committed to the rescue and comprehensive care of homeless senior dogs. Overlooked and undervalued, seniors stand little to no chance of adoption and are left to face illness, loneliness, confusion and eventual death at the most vulnerable time in their lives. All dogs rescued by our organization receive necessary veterinary care, including, but not limited to, bloodwork evaluation, heartworm test and treatment if needed, diagnostic x-rays, dental care, growth removal/biopsies, spay/neuter, required vaccines, and any necessary medications. Our goal is to maximize quality of life of the dogs in our care and to place every reasonably healthy, adoptable dog in a screened and approved permanent home. Unadopted dogs remain in the care of Kentucky Animal Relief Fund for the remainder of their lives.

To Fundraise for the Kentucky Animal Relief Fund: CLICK HERE

Team In Training (TNT) is the flagship fundraising program for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and the only endurance sports training program for charity that raises money for blood cancer research. TNT and LLS are changing the landscape of blood cancer, not someday but today, making TNT the perfect way to fundraise.

To fundraise for Team In Training: CLICK HERE

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Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky 2016, Alena Chesser – is working to promote her platform on: Accessibility, Acceptance, and Advocating. Accessibility finding a way into facilities and communities. Acceptance finding a way into hearts and minds. Advocating finding a way to change the world. There are 54 million Americans living with a disability, and often they feel alone in the world but that doesn’t have to happen together we can build a stronger diverse community.

To fundraise for Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky 2016: CLICK HERE

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Noah Stylin’ is a charity that has been started to help the children and families who go to the UofL Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation clinic. Our son, Noah, started going to the clinic in 2007 and was treated by Dr. Sal Bertolone (aka “Dr. B.”)  for an auto immune disorder that attacks his brain.  With the help of Dr.B and the others at the clinic, Noah is improving every day. We would like to give back to the clinic and the children who are fighting every day to get better. We have started a fund in Noah’s name (Noah Stylin’) to make sure that the clinic has the latest equipment for treating the children who go there as well as for end-of-treatment parties (Noah’s favorite!).   This fund will also help assist the families of children who go to the clinic, who often don’t have money for gas needed to get to appointments, for co-pay on prescriptions, or for food to eat on treatment days. These families should be able to put all their energy into helping their child get better rather than worrying about how to pay for these things.  Please help us help the kids getting treated at this clinic and their families. Do it Noah’s Style!

To fundraise for Noah Stylin’: CLICK HERE

Orphan Care Alliance Serving the fatherless…..One RACE at a Time! Established in 2005, Orphan Care Alliance (OCA) is a network of families and agencies that span around the world and volunteers that represent several evangelical churches that stand together with one voice and one heart determined to change the world by serving the fatherless, one need at a time.

We meet those needs through three key areas: Advocacy, Family Support Ministry and Local Outreach to fatherless children. We also focus on financially helping families to adopt domestically or internationally, as well as supporting children in our community through the families and institutions that care for them through mentoring, respite, and goods.

For more information on how you can serve in one of these ministries, please visit

To fundraise for Orphan Care Alliance: CLICK HERE

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The Parkinson Support Center is an independent, grassroots non-profit organization, founded in 1999, dedicated to providing access to care, education, and social assistance to patients and families affected by Parkinson’s Disease in Kentucky and Indiana.  We offer 18 monthly support groups, 11 weekly exercise classes, and monthly educational programs, all free to those with Parkinson’s and their families.

Our mission is to promote a healthier and improved quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s disease in our communities.  We have two main areas of focus:

  1. Programs and services for people with Parkinson’s disease; and
  2. Public education and awareness.

To fundraise for Parkinson Support Center: CLICK HERE


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana provides a “home away from home” for families of children receiving healthcare at area medical facilities while also lending support to other organizations who aid children.

​Since we opened on September 10, 1984, our Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms have served over 25,000 families. Our staff and volunteers offer love, strength, and support, when families need it most.

To Fundraise for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana: CLICK HERE


The Shamrock Pet Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of companion animals through proactive programs such as spay/neuter, public education and adoption options. We are a group of highly committed, unpaid volunteers who have a passion for our mission and its goals.

To fundraise for Shamrock Pet Foundation: CLICK HERE


Summit Academy provides a nurturing educational environment for students with learning differences in which each student’s academic achievement comes to reflect his or her learning potential.  Summit Academy is specifically designed for children who have average to above-average aptitude for learning, but have not met with academic, social, and/or organizational success in a mainstream educational setting.

To Fundraise for Summit Academy: CLICK HERE


Teach For America-Appalachia is committed to ensuring all students receive an excellent education. Young people growing up in poverty are seven times more likely to drop out of high school than their wealthier peers. And those that don’t drop out are significantly less likely to graduate from college.  For instance, in Appalachian Kentucky, only 30% of graduating seniors are college/career ready, compared to over 80% college/career readiness from wealthier students across the state. Together, we can change this.

Our mission is to build the movement to end educational inequity that persists along socioeconomic lines. We recruit professionals and outstanding recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural areas and become lifelong leaders in pursuing educational excellence and equity. With extensive training and support, our corps members work relentlessly to ensure that students growing up in low-income communities are given the educational opportunities they deserve. As alumni, they are a powerful force of leaders work to effect the fundamental changes needed to ensure that all children have an equal chance in life.

To Fundraise for Teach For America: CLICK HERE


The mission of Twisted Pink is to reveal the hidden statistics of metastatic breast cancer (stage IV) and to engage the community to raise the amount of funding directed to research. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate the 40,000 breast cancer deaths each year in the U.S.

To fundraise for Twisted Pink: CLICK HERE