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


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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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 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!

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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.

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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.


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.

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.

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.

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


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.


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.


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.