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 $1.5 million has been raised for participating local and national charities.

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


The Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provides service and education to 125 counties across greater Kentucky and southern Indiana. Over 5 million Americans have the disease and more than 80,000 of them reside in our service territory. The services provided to those affected by Alzheimer’s, their families and caregivers include a 24 hour helpline; support groups; educational programs designed for caregivers, professionals and general education for the community; a newsletter and advocacy at all levels of government. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.

To Fundraise for ALZKYIN: CLICK HERE

It takes determination to endure. It takes DetermiNation to find a cure. Make your miles more meaningful. Join the American Cancer Society’s nation of athletes determined to end cancer. With every mile conquered, you can help save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together, we’ll stay well, get well, find cures and fight back.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. For cancer information anytime, day or night, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

If you are interested in joining the American Cancer Society DetermiNation in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon, email Allison Smith at or call 502-664-6764.

To Fundraise for American Cancer Society: 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


Dare to Care Food Bank strives to lead our community to feed the hungry and conquer the cycle of need. 1 in 6 individuals in our community is in need of food assistance. Dare to Care responds to this need by providing more than 11 million nutritious meals annually to those who need it. Our innovative programs and community partnerships allow us to touch more than 192,000 children, adults, and seniors each year. Dare to Care Food Bank relies on the support of our community to continue working toward our vision of a hunger-free Kentuckiana. Dare to Care can provide 4 meals for every $1 donated. To learn more about Dare to Care Food Bank, please visit

To Fundraise for Dare to Care: CLICK HERE

The Deion Branch Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer support to children’s mental, physical and emotional well-being by assisting programs and initiatives aimed at improving their quality of life. The foundation actively supports organizations committed to assisting meningitis victims, particularly infected children. In addition, the Deion Branch Foundation is dedicated to promoting the emotional well-being of disenfranchised children by supporting organizations like Tree house for Kids, Zion Preparatory Academy, The Girl Scouts, The Home of the Innocents and a variety of other programs.

To Fundraise for Team Branch: CLICK HERE

This year is ElderServe’s inaugural participation in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon. ElderServe, Inc. is the largest non-profit senior services organization in the Louisville metropolitan area. For nearly 50 years ElderServe has offered services than enable older adults to live safe, secure and self-directed lives through a variety of programs. The purpose of ElderServe is to turn the needs of the elderly into opportunities. We do this in many ways — from advocacy, to home care, to simple phone calls and companionship. And we need your help. To learn more, please visit us at or call 502-587-8673.

To Fundraise for ElderServe: CLICK HERE


The mission of Gilda’s Club Louisville is to create welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer–men, women, teens and children–along with their families and friends. Our innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities. Your gift will help us continue to support children and adults living with cancer in our community.

To Fundraise for Gilda’s Club of Louisville: CLICK HERE


Hand in Hand Ministries builds strong communities by engaging individuals and families in transformational life experiences. We address the distinct challenges of an economically diverse world, while fostering relationships that empower people to reach their full potential. Building strong communities around the world begins at home. We empower local non-profit partners through our extensive gift in kind program. Through our partners, we provide food, clothing and household goods to our local community. We further strengthen our own community by opening hearts and minds to the needs of others though our unique immersion trip program. Volunteers work side by side with families living in Appalachia, Belize, and Nicaragua to improve living conditions, while fostering relationships that generate hope. We encourage all people of good will to join us on this journey. We welcome those who explore and express their faith in God, and embrace those who seek inspiration in different ways. We are an organization where faith and works come together to create a more compassionate world. In all that we do, we seek to empower people – one person – one family – one community at a time.

To Fundraise for Hand in Hand Ministries: CLICK HERE

Harbor House is a certified training and development facility for adults with disabilities, providing customized care plans for optimum productivity and life experiences. Medicaid/Medicare certified as well, Harbor House also provides bulk mail services for area businesses to utilize, and for its participants to work, as well as earn a paycheck. Other components include Case Management and Supported Employment through Vocational Rehabilitation.
All adults with disabilities have the same dreams, hopes and desires of those without, and Harbor House works tirelessly to ensure this can happen for each of our participants.

To Fundraise for Harbor House: CLICK HERE

Home of the Innocents is a private, non-profit agency that has been in operation for 131 years. The Home provides loving and therapeutic care to children who are victims of abuse, abandonment, and neglect; round-the-clock skilled nursing care to medically fragile and terminally ill children; and a full range of services to children with autism and their families. We serve up to 300 children a day and almost 2,200 children and families a year.

For more information about our children and services visit

To Fundraise for the Home: CLICK HERE

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Hope Scarves is a charity created to capture the stories of courageous woman who have battled cancer.  Survivors pass along their favorite scarves, with their personal stories of hope attached, to women currently undergoing medical treatment.  The hope is that when each woman wraps a Hope Scarf around her head, she feels the strength of the woman who had worn it before her.  Hope Scarves depends on donations to help collect, clean, beautifully package, and deliver the scarves.  We have sent out over 350 scarves to women in 40 states and 3 countries.  It is about survivors sharing scarves and stories of hope!

To Fundraise for the Hope Scarves: CLICK HERE

House of Ruth

Our staff, Board members, volunteers, and donors help strengthen lives for more than 1,300 people, including nearly 400 children, and 700 households each year.  We do this by housing those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as providing assistance with other basic needs – food, rent, utilities, bus tickets, and prescriptions.  Additionally, we offer case management, life skills workshops, social events, substance abuse treatment, and activities geared specifically to children.

To Fundraise for the House Of Ruth: CLICK HERE


The James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville believes everyone deserves world class cancer care. As the region’s leading academic, research and teaching medical center, patients benefit from the latest medical advances.

The Brown Cancer Center focuses on three areas:
Research, Treatment, Education/Prevention
Proceeds from the Marathon/miniMarathon will help the Brown Cancer Center continue its mission of finding answers to cancer.

To Fundraise for the Brown Cancer Center: CLICK HERE

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation was founded in 1970 by two families whose children had been recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Their mission was simple: to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications through research. Since its origination, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) now has over 80 Chapters throughout the nation, 120 throughout the world, focused on raising funds to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables the body to turn food into energy. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.  People with the disease must carefully balance insulin doses (either by injections multiple times a day or continuous infusion through a pump) with eating and other activities throughout the day and night. They must also measure their blood-glucose level by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day. Each year, over 30,000 people—approximately 80 people each day—are diagnosed with type 1 in the U.S. Until a cure is found, those with diabetes must face a long list of devastating complications, including blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure, and heart failure. For them, JDRF is their hope for a cure. For more information about getting involved with JDRF, visit the JDRF Kentucky Chapter website at or call (502) 485-9397.

To Fundraise for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: CLICK HERE


Kentucky and Southern Indiana Stroke Association is a chapter of National Stroke Association and our mission is to educate the public on stroke risks and warning signs. We provide prevention and recovery education, a speaker’s bureau and a library. We participate in 3 to 6 health events per month, support stroke survivors through camp scholarships and survivor meetings, and provide opportunities for them to volunteer at our many events throughout the year.

To Fundraise for KSISA: 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 Join TEAM KARF and Fundraise for Kentucky Animal Relief Fund: CLICK HERE

What is Hemophilia? Hemophilia and similar bleeding disorders are genetic illnesses that result in spontaneous and prolonged bleeding due to the lack of clotting factors in the blood. These are lifelong conditions that can be treated with clotting factor administered into the vein. Because bleeding is frequent and needed treatment expensive, affected families struggle to lead normal lives. There is no cure. About KHF The Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation (KHF) is a statewide health agency serving all those affected by hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, and similar bleeding disorders. One of the most important things we do is to help the newly diagnosed and their families cope with the many life changes that these disorders can cause. We need your help to continue making all of our services possible and ask that you consider a gift to support our fund drive. Your contribution will help extend peace of mind to parents of children with bleeding disorders, knowing resources and assistance are available from the Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation.

Click here for a brochure:

To Fundraise for KHF: CLICK HERE

Every step is important for a runner or walker. But for kids with special needs, every step has a greater meaning. The Run For Kids Center team is coming together to help make sure that no child is turned away who needs our help. Since 1959, the Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies has been helping over 700 children each year who face challenges such as autism, spina bifida, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADD/ADHD, sensory integration issues and more.

To Fundraise for Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies: CLICK HERE


Kosair Children’s Hospital serves more than 120,000 children annually from throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana, and is Kentucky’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital. As a regional facility that treats all children regardless of the family’s ability to pay, the hospital relies on support from the community. The Children’s Hospital Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Kosair Children’s Hospital and raises millions of dollars each year to support programs, equipment and facilities, research, advocacy and education. Your support is needed to help the “Just for Kids” Campaign fund facilities, equipment and educational and research programs to improve the health and well-being of our community’s children for decades to come. The “Just for Kids” running team supports these efforts and wellness in our community. So if you are training for a 5k to full marathon we will help you train and give you the support that you will need. We have runners/walker of all ages and abilities with common goals to challenge themselves and also make a difference in the community.

To Fundraise for Kosair’s Children’s Hospital: CLICK HERE

Team In Training is the world’s largest endurance sports training program, preparing people of all athletic abilities to run or walk a 26.2-mile marathon or a 13.1-mile half marathon, or to complete a 100-mile (century) bike ride, a triathlon, or a hike. In return for professional training and travel to one of many national event sites, participants raise valuable funds to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS’s) mission. Over the past 25 years, TNT has trained over half a million athletes while raising more than 1.3 billion dollars! LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Our mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

To Fundraise for Team In Training: CLICK HERE


The Louisville Children’s Museum was founded by a local group of educators, artists and professionals who are working diligently to open a completely interactive and hands-on multi-disciplinary children’s museum that will include exhibits and experiences in many different subject areas. We want to inspire children to develop a love of learning by providing them with many fun, hands on, educational experiences. Children retain information and ideas best when they ‘learn by doing’. The mission of this museum is to spark the curiosity of children of all ages by creating unique learning experiences, which nurture and promote family interaction. The aim for this group is to add to the rich cultural experiences already in place – to enhance the city’s current offerings and encourage a collaborative effort with area museums and attractions.

To Fundraise for the Louisville Children’s Museum: CLICK HERE

Team Lung Love (TLL) is an endurance sports training program focused exclusively on raising awareness and support for lung cancer. Marathoners, novice runners and walkers of all levels and ages are joining our official charity participation world-class events nationwide, providing an opportunity for survivors and all those impacted to add their voices to the lung cancer movement while bringing hope and compassion to millions. Together we are making a difference—one mile at a time!

To Fundraise for Team Lung Love: CLICK HERE


The Molly Johnson Foundation was created to assist families of special needs children in a variety of ways. These families often have needs from financial needs to lack of medical equipment and many other challenges to overcome. The Molly Johnson Foundation desires to make a difference in these families lives the best way possible. To Fundraise for The Molly Johnson Foundation: CLICK HERE

The Morton Center helps put lives back together. We provide counseling and educational services to individuals and families struggling with alcoholism and other addictions. We also offer a treatment subsidy program to assist potential clients who cannot afford the cost of care. Help us continue to provide the hope of healing to those in need!

To Fundraise for The Morton Center: 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

Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky’s (O.A.K.) mission is to provide resources for support, networking, and education for women who are diagnosed with gynecological cancers and their caregivers in order to improve outcomes. O.A.K. works to create awareness among women and the greater community regarding early warning signs that may be indicative of ovarian cancer, resulting in earlier detection and saved lives. O.A.K. encourages greater citizen participation in gynecological cancer issues for the benefit of future generations through public education programs, media collaboration, and joint ventures with other community organizations. For more information about fundraising for O.A.K. please call 502-708-1625.

To Fundraise for O.A.K.: 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. They do this by providing a 36 bedroom Ronald McDonald House and three Ronald McDonald Families Rooms in Louisville.

Since 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, just when families need it most.

To Fundraise for Team RMHCKentuckiana: CLICK HERE

When you run or walk as a St. Jude Hero, you inspire hope in children fighting cancer and other catastrophic illnesses. By raising money as a St. Jude Hero, you will be supporting the lifesaving research and treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

To Fundraise for St. Jude Heroes: CLICK HERE


Seven Counties Services is the largest behavioral health agency in the Metro Louisville area, serving over 32,000 people annually.  We build healthy communities by helping individuals and families who are affected by mental illness, developmental disabilities, addictions and abuse realize their potential.

As part of the Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon, we are collaborating with community partners throughout our region to paint a realistic picture of the mental health issues faced by our veterans. Problems facing over 40% of returning soldiers include anxiety, depression, and PTSD in addition to substance abuse, TBI, family violence, and grief or bereavement. By participating with Seven Counties in the Mini Marathon you’ll contribute to the expansion of programs, services and treatments for the thousands of veterans in our community dealing with these issues.  Our “Run with our Heroes” Team is an incredible opportunity to run or walk in honor of our local heroes, many who are struggling to put their lives back together after deployment.  Our goal is for our veterans and all in our community to live satisfying, productive and valued lives.  Won’t you join or contribute to our team?

To Fundraise for Seven Counties Services: CLICK HERE

USA Cares exists to help provide post-9/11 military families and veterans with financial and advocacy support in their time of need. Assistance is provided to all branches of service, in all 50 states. Since 2003, USA Cares has responded to over 48,000 requests for assistance with more than $10,000,000 in direct support grants, not loans. Our four assistance programs include:

1. Combat Injured – Providing significant levels of financial support for those wounded in combat, in particular, those invisibly wounded by PTS and TBI.

2. Jobs Assistance – Helping reduce unemployment among post-9/11 veterans, particularly combat injured, Guard and Reserve, and removing financial barriers to employment.

3. Housing Assistance – We help save privately owned or rented homes as military families have been disproportionately impacted by the housing crisis.

4. Emergency Assistance – We help keep the lights on, food on the table, and a family car in the driveway.

How we are different: Grants not Loans! USA Cares provides grants to solve problems not loans to prolong them. Screening of Applicants: USA Cares carefully screens each applicant. Our staff works directly with service providers (utility companies, mortgage companies, etc.) to confirm the need. Leveraging Other Assistance: USA Cares mobilizes other organizations to join in providing assistance thus maximizing the impact of every donation. Low Overhead/High Efficiency: Typically more than 84% of all contributions received from donations and grants go to support service members and their families.

For more information about USA Cares, please visit or watch this short video: USA Cares. If you need additional information, please contact Tasha Parks at

To Fundraise for USA Cares: CLICK HERE



The V Foundation for Cancer Research, formed by ESPN and Jim Valvano in 1993, has a strong presence in the scientific community. The Foundation is guided by an elite, all-volunteer Scientific Advisory Board who recommends the research projects funded. This Board is comprised of top physicians and research scientists from prominent universities and cancer centers throughout the country. Working with this team of talented professionals, we are proud to carry out Jim’s vision for the future.

Our goal in Kentucky is to raise funds to support cancer research at UofL’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center and UK’s Markey Cancer Center.  Red and Blue working together to beat cancer!

Jim’s dream of finding a cure for cancer is one shared by millions. Although we have not yet achieved this goal, every day we get a little bit closer and will continue to honor his inspiring words, “Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!” ®  Get involved in the fight! Visit for more details.

To Fundraise for The V Foundation: CLICK HERE