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

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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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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


In early 2015, a small group of parents who didn’t know each other particularly well, decided to meet over a cold beer at a local brewery in Louisville, KY. The one thing we had in common… kids battling cystic fibrosis. That night the Klausings (Luke ­ 8 years old at the time), the Foushees (Alex ­ 2 years old at the time) and the Sweeneys (Samuel ­ 8 months old at the time) decided to work tirelessly to rally their city to join the fight to save their kids and beat CF once and for all.  Cure CF, Inc.  is 100% volunteer based: no employees, no salaries, no overhead; therefore, 100 % of all money raised goes to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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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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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 6,000 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

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


Jill’s Wish was founded by Jill and her  husband, Bart Conley, after Jill’s cancer journey left them scrambling to make ends meet. The mission of Jill’s Wish is to provide assistance to those with breast cancer so they don’t have to worry like Bart and Jill did, and instead, focus their time and energy on family, friends, treatment and recovery.  Sadly, Jill passed away on Feb 2nd 2016, but her legacy continues to grow and help others.


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


The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS), located in Louisville, KY, is a private, nonprofit organization that is Kentucky’s largest pet adoption agency and largest no-kill animal shelter. KHS is also the state’s oldest animal welfare organization, founded in 1884.  KHS advocates the humane treatment of companion animals through leadership and proactive solutions to pet overpopulation, including adoptions, education and spay/neuter efforts.

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


The Lord’s Kitchen is a non-profit organization that has served over 8 million meals since its humble beginning on Christmas Day of 1988. We have faithfully fed the needy in our community, 365 days a year, 7 days a week, for 29 consecutive years never closing our doors. In addition to our two feeding sites located in the heart of downtown Louisville, The Lord’s Kitchen blesses the local community each year with various give-aways like the Thanksgiving Food Box Give-Away, Christmas Food Box Give-Away, coat drive, Summer feeding program along with an outdoor feeding program for the homeless.  Last year we were able to provide during the Holidays over 2,500 chickens/turkeys and 1,900 boxes of food to people in need. Throughout the year, we gave out over 1.2 million pounds of food.   Our purpose and mission statement that we live by each day is, “Changing lives one meal, one day at a time.” Our hope is that we will make a positive impact and change someone’s life for the Kingdom of God. We are extremely excited about our latest project where we have partnered with our local Veteran’s Administration office and other various agencies to provide housing/shelter for homeless veterans called “Hope Housing”. It is an extreme honor to have the ability to be able to support those who have given their lives to protect and serve our country. It is our goal to empower individuals to a higher probability of success and we welcome your support to help us reach our goals!


The mission of the Molly Johnson Foundation is “to make a difference in the lives of special needs children and their families.”  The Molly Johnson Foundation was founded by Robin and Jojo Johnson in honor of their daughter Molly who passed away November 2, 2007 at the age of 11 years.  Molly was born with a rare genetic disorder named Wiedeman-Rautenstrach, a neurological condition diagnosed in less than 100 children worldwide.  Through their own experiences of raising 2 special needs children, the Johnson family understands the many obstacles and challenges that face families of special needs children.  The Foundation desires to make a difference in these families lives the best way possible.

To Fundraise for The Molly Johnson Foundation: 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

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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‘s mission is to provide a nurturing educational environment for children with learning differences, in which each child’s academic achievement comes to reflect his or her learning potential. We have been educating children with learning differences since 1992. Summit Academy differs from most other private schools in the area because we are a school of necessity, not a school of choice. Our goal is to provide students and their families with a broad spectrum of services to help meet their needs and allow them to excel socially, emotionally and academically.

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


WaterStep is local non-profit with a national presence, and global impact. We restore a sense of pride and hope to communities who are thirsty for longer, fuller, healthier lives by empowering them to transform themselves with equal access to safe water. WaterStep believes the best, most sustainable solutions to water, health, and sanitation problems are rooted in simple tools and effective training. WaterStep empowers people locally, nationally, and internationally to transform developing communities with water purification, health education, sanitation training, hand pump repair, and disaster relief services.