Charity Program

For more information, contact Jeff English, (502) 572-3856.

2018 Charity Module Application

Charity Criteria

  • Charity commits to have at least one team or team equivalent (5 people) participate in the Derby Festival Marathon, miniMarathon or Marathon Relay events
  • Charity must raise at least $2,000 through its Official Charity status with the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/miniMarathon
    Charity must provide volunteers for various race assignments as requested by KDF or KDFF.
  • Charity agrees to pay processing fees associated with donations made through the online giving module. Such fees are approximately 4% of transactions received in the giving module, and will be deducted from Charity’s total donations received.

KDF Criteria

  • Placement of information about Charity on The information on the website will include a description of the charity, logo placement, link to Charity website, and fundraising page.
  • Provide charities with a reunite area at the finish line.
  • Discounted booth space at the Running Wild Expo.
  • Training program for runners held in early January.
  • Integration of Charity into the online giving module. Aspects of the giving module will include:
  • Race participants that register for the race have an opportunity to donate funds to one or more of the official charities as a part of the registration process.
  • Persons wishing to donate to a particular charity that are not running can donate directly to the Charity of choice via the Charity’s Fundraising page hosted by

Timeline of Selection

  • Charities are to submit their 2018 applications for the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation miniMarathon/Marathon Charity Module by November 1, 2017.
  • November 1, 2017 – Charity selection complete. Charities are then sent a formal contract.
  • November 15, 2017 – Website updated with Charity fund raising information.

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

St. Jude Heros are an exclusive group of dedicated athletes committed to raising funds for the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Through the generous support of our Heroes, 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.  Be a Hero and run for a reason.

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

Bakhita Empowerment Initiative is a program of Catholic Charities of Louisville and 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. Bakhita Empowerment Initiative 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 Bakhita Empowerment Initiative: 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

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.


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 by providing ongoing support, education, programs and resources. FEAT assists local families by providing support meetings and training to over 2000+ members to address treatment options, social outings, educational rights and legislative issues for their families; educating the public on awareness and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder through specialized programs in local schools and through special presentations and media efforts; and creating alliances with local autism service providers in order to grow services in the community where gaps may exist. With the help of 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.

To fundraise for Gilda’s Club Louisville CLICK HERE.

Girls Rock Louisville empowers girls and gender non-conforming youth from all backgrounds by exploring music creation in a supportive, inclusive environment. We view music as a force for change and community building and as an opportunity to develop self-confidence, self-expression, and involvement in social justice.  Girls Rock Louisville seeks to create a supportive community of peers and positive mentors that encourage and teach girls to be their own rock heroes, allowing them to think differently about limits that may be placed upon them by our society. Our programming provides unique opportunities that are rarely found elsewhere: we use music as a vehicle to eradicate limiting myths about gender and age; we increase access and exposure to music education and hands-on learning; and our programming encourages collaboration, leadership skills, and self-confidence.

To Fundraise for Girls Rock Louisville: 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 provides housing and support services for people with HIV/AIDS and their families who are homeless, at risk of losing their homes, or need financial help. We do this through a continuum of services:  emergency shelter, short and long-term housing, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, advocacy for clients, and basic needs assistance to provide food, clothes, rent, utilities, public transportation, and back-to-school support.

To Fundraise for House of Ruth: CLICK HERE

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

Since 1923 Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need. Kosair Charities knows that the quality of a child’s tomorrow depends largely on the quality of health, medical treatment, and support a child receives today. Kosair Charities supports over 100 pediatric agencies in our community with funding for research, clinical services, health education and care every year.

To Fundraise for Kosair Charities: 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


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!

To Fundraise for The Lord’s Kitchen, CLICK HERE.


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

Noah Stylin’ is now raising money for research into finding a cure for Erdheim-Chester Disease. In 2016 with the advancement of testing we were able to finally give Noah’s Disease a correct name….ERDHEIM-CHESTER DISEASE. Noah has been battling this disease now for over 10+years, we have been fortunate with the care we have received at UOFL by Dr. Bertolone that we have been able to keep going even when we weren’t sure what we were dealing with.  2017 has been a big year for Noah he graduated High School and turned 18 this summer. With research we have found a doctor in New York City as Sloan-Kettering that specializes in Erdheim-Chester Disease. Noah started a clinical trail in August with Dr. Eli Diamond, who I might add has great fashion since like Noah. He has had great results in the people that are using this trail drug. We are praying that Noah has the same results. Without reasearch we wouldn’t be able to battle this disease and help people like Noah have a chance at Life. So this year help NoahStylin’ raise money to fight Erdheim- Chester Disease.

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 is the largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit organization for parents, scientists, interested professionals and others concerned with Rett syndrome.  The mission of is to accelerate full spectrum research to cure Rett syndrome and empower families with knowledge and connectivity. Rett syndrome is a heartbreaking neurological disorder which affects the development of young girls (and some boys), characterized by repetitive hand movements, irregular breathing patterns, seizures, and loss of speech and motor skills.

To fundraise for, 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 has been educating students with learning differences since it was incorporated as an independent, non-profit school in 1992. Our 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. Learning disabilities can have an extreme impact on a child’s success. Students with learning disabilities are more likely to be retained a grade, more likely to face school disciplinary action and more likely to earn lower grades. One in five students with a learning disability will drop out of high school. That’s where Summit comes in. Each year, we serve approximately 130 students, Pre-K – high school. We provide individual attention and adaptive teaching strategies to meet each student’s changing needs. We have extremely low student-teacher ratios. We teach core subjects such as math and language arts based on achievement level, not grade level. We offer a wide range of special classes, including physical education, music, computer science, library and art. We integrate technology into our classrooms. We provide students in-need with speech therapy, occupational therapy and counseling. At Summit, our goal is to help students excel socially, emotionally and academically.

To Fundraise for Summit Academy: CLICK HERE


40,000 people in the US die of breast cancer each year.  This is roughly 110 people a day.  Only 7% of research dollars are directed to stage IV breast cancer research. Twisted Pink was founded in June 2014 to change these statistics.

The mission of Twisted Pink is to extend lives and improve quality of life for late stage breast cancer patients and their families by funding metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer research.  Join our efforts to make a significant impact on research by racing with us and becoming a fundraiser for Twisted Pink!  #run4research

To fundraise for Twisted Pink: CLICK HERE

Uspiritus provides and therapeutic treatment and counseling to children and youth living with the effects of abuse, neglect, or other mental health crisis situations.  Our comprehensive care programs, education, and therapeutic care focus on helping the most vulnerable youth become stable, self-sufficient adults. Uspiritus is one of the largest agencies for at risk youth in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  For more information, please visit

To Fundraise for Uspiritus: 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


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.

To fundraise for Waterstep, CLICK HERE.