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 $1.75 million has been raised for participating local and national charities.

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


When you run or walk as a St. Jude Hero, you are helping St. Jude to lead the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.  By raising money as a St. Jude Hero, you will be supporting the lifesaving research and treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Because of people like you, Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

To Fundraise for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: CLICK HERE

alz_horizontal_bbsytag_526_rgb (1)

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 The Alzheimer’s Association: CLICK HERE

Printing House

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 the American Printing House for the Blind: CLICK HERE


Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana’s 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 are an out-of-school time provider, offering a safe place for youth ages 6-18. Ongoing programming fosters essential youth outcomes of academic success, character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles. In partnership with Dare to Care, we provide healthy meals 5 days a week. Clubs are neighborhood based so youth most in need have access. Each Club has a gym, game room, computer room, education room, art lab, kitchen and dedicated teen space. We have 5 locations and serve 4,000 youth: Ed Endres (New Albany), Jeffersonville, Newburg, Parkland and Shawnee.

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

BGH logo

Since 1950, Boys & Girls Haven has transformed the lives of more than 3,500 abandoned, abused and neglected children. More than just a home, we provide stability, education, and new, productive skills that will lead to success in adulthood. In a time where more and more children find themselves growing up without the support of a loving family, Boys & Girls Haven is here to provide a home and a future filled with promise.

To Fundraise for Boys & Girls Haven: CLICK HERE

new logo - web

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: CLICK HERE

Lex CASA logo

Through the power of volunteer advocacy, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Lexington works to ensure that all victims of child abuse and neglect are given a chance to thrive in a safe, permanent home. CASA’s trained and supervised volunteers provide an independent voice for children, one child at a time, by speaking for their best interests in the family court system.

To Fundraise for CASA: CLICK HERE

The Colon Cancer Prevention Project’s mission is to eliminate preventable colon cancer death and suffering by increasing screening rates through education, advocacy, health systems improvement, and survivor support.  The Colon Cancer Prevention Project is based in Louisville, KY, where it works throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.  We collaborate with local, state, and national partners to impact the state, the region, and the country to end the #2 cancer-killer among men and women.  Since the Project was formed in 2004, Kentucky has gone from 49th of all 50 states for colon cancer screening to 32nd.  Kentucky’s incidence rate has dropped more than 16 percent.  And Kentucky for the first time has funding for the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program, a program that enables low-income, uninsured residents to get screenings. This is all supported by donors like YOU! Your support will help us educate people and raise awareness about colon cancer, the risk factors, and screening options, as well as to provide support for fighters and survivors.

To Fundraise for the Colon Cancer Prevention Project: 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 the Deion Branch Foundation: CLICK HERE

FCP Logo

Family & Children’s Place is a local non-profit agency that has served the Louisville and Southern Indiana region for over 130 years.  Our mission is to strengthen our community through healing the trauma of abuse, violence and neglect and promoting safe, healthy and stable families through research based services.  Annually, we work with 5,000 children and families to achieve our vision of a community free of abuse, violence, and neglect.

To Fundraise for the Family & Children’s Place: CLICK HERE


Family Scholar House was founded in 1995 with the mission of ending the cycle of poverty by giving single-parent students the support they need to earn a college degree, achieve career-track employment and attain self-sufficiency. Since 2008, FSH has built and put into service 4 residential campuses in Louisville that house 215 low-income single parents with 324 children. We have seen our service population grow from 4 families in 2005 to 2,261 families with 3,352 children in 2013, which we served with 12 full-time and 2 part-time employees, as well as 1,083 volunteers.

To Fundraise for the Family Scholar House: 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 Louisville: CLICK HERE

GOTR Color (3)

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 help provide this transformational program to as many girls as possible, please donate today or become a Girls on the Run Louisville “SoleMate” and run for the girls!

To Fundraise for Girls On The Run 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.

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 Home of the Innocents: CLICK HERE

HS copy

Hope Scarves is a Louisville based nonprofit whose mission is to partner with survivors to share scarves and stories of hope with women facing cancer treatment.  Survivors pass along the headscarves they wore during cancer treatment, including their personal stories of hope and encouragement, 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 wore it before her.  Hope Scarves depends on donations to help collect, clean, beautifully package, and deliver the scarves.  We have provided over 1100 scarves to women in 48 states and 7 countries.  Whether our participants are currently in treatment, completed treatment, or are living with cancer, the relationships we build and the hope we pass along is inspirational.

To Fundraise for Hope Scarves’ 2015 Outrunning Cancer Team: CLICK HERE

HOR logo 2013

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 Fundraise for 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 James Graham 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 JDRF: 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 Kentucky and Southern Indiana Stroke Association: 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

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:

Since 1959 the Kids Center has been serving families whose children have special needs in north central Kentucky and southern Indiana. We serve children who have cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism, seizure disorders, Down syndrome, sensory integration disorders, and many other disabilities.  Each year we see over 700 children. The Center offers a variety of therapeutic services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and family support services.  We help kids and families discover the ABILITY in disability.

To Fundraise for Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies: CLICK HERE


Be a Hero to thousands of kids!!!!

Help the Children’s Hospital Foundation provide support to Kosair Children’s Hospital by participating as a member of the Kosair Children’s Hospital Run/Walk Team in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon. If you are training for a run or walk – from a 5k to full marathon – we will help you! We have runners/walkers of all ages and abilities training together with common goals to challenge themselves and also make a difference in the community. Contact Daniel Delph at and join this winning team.

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 26 years, TNT has trained over half a million athletes while raising more than 1.4 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 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

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


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 the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana: CLICK HERE

Centered Color Logo- no inc

Seven Counties Services is the leading provider of behavioral health care and developmental services in the Louisville KY region. We deliver community-based treatment, support and services for persons with severe mental illnesses, children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders, and individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities. We also offer community-based & residential treatment and services for adults and adolescents with addictions. Seven Counties serves more than 32,000 individuals each year at service centers and schools and assists more than 55,000 callers each year through the Hope Now Hotline. Our mission is to build healthy communities by helping individuals and families who are affected by mental illness, developmental disabilities, addictions and abuse realize their potential.

To Fundraise for Seven Counties Services: 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-Appalachia:  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


Youth for Christ Louisville reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.

When you run or walk with Youth for Christ, the money you raise may help a young mom learn life and parenting skills, provide a camp scholarship for a deaf teenager, or allow high school students to make a difference in their school. We look forward to hearing your story.

To Fundraise for Youth For Christ Louisville: CLICK HERE

The 2015 Charity Module Program is full.  If your charity is interested in participating in 2016, please contact Jeff English at (502) 572-3856.