Charity Program

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

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 miniMarathon & Marathon 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

2019 Charity Partners are:

Adelante Hispanic Achievers works to ensure every child has the opportunity to achieve in Louisville, Kentucky by supporting Latinx students and families in pursuit of their dreams!

We have served over 640 families in our community for 13 years and, to date, 100% of our graduates have gone to college after high school (many with full-ride or full-tuition scholarships). We currently serve 135 students per week across all our programs – with just two full-time staff – and we want to serve more! We need your help in reaching a greater number of families in our community and ensuring that every Latinx student has the opportunity to achieve his or her dreams.

To fundraise for Adelante Hispanic Achievers: CLICK HERE


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is truly leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

To fund raise for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: CLICK HERE


A Place to Sleep is a local non-profit that provides beds for children, newborn through graduating high school.  Children are recommended by the Family Resource & Youth Service Center Coordinators at their school. This ensures that the children are enrolled and attending school, as well as enabling the school to help the family find other needed resources. Some children who are too young to be enrolled in school, have been recommended by Salvation Army, HANDS Program, ALC Pregnancy Center, the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, and Seven County Services. Other agencies working with us include KY Cabinet for Health & Family Services, Family & Children’s Place, Coalition for the Homeless, and various churches. A good night’s sleep is essential to a child’s physical, mental and emotional growth.

A Place to Sleep has provided over 1,700 beds in children’s homes throughout Kentucky with a constantly growing waiting list. Schools have followed the progress of students helped and found they are coming to school rested and ready to learn and are missing fewer days. Students are in a better mood, and their behavior is much improved. Grades are rising, and their overall sense of self-worth has greatly increased.  A bed makes it possible for children to sleep sounder, learn better, grow healthier and live kinder. It is making a difference.


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

Centerstone is a not-for-profit health care organization dedicated to delivering care that changes people’s lives. We provide mental health care, addiction treatment and community education in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois, and Florida.  Nationally, we have specialized programs for service members, veterans and their loved ones. Our research institute improves behavioral healthcare through research and technology, and our foundation secures philanthropic resources to support our work.  We want the best for our families, friends and neighbors. If you need mental health care, we’re here to help.  For more information, please visit

To Fund raise for Centerstone: CLICK HERE


The Children’s Hospital Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Norton Children’s Hospital. Our mission is to enhance pediatric patient care and generate funds and friends for Norton Children’s Hospital. The Children’s Hospital Foundation supports programs and services of excellence in healthcare in the areas of: capital equipment; clinical research; child advocacy; and health education of patients, parents, physicians, staff and the community.

Norton Children’s Hospital is Kentucky’s only full-service, free-standing tertiary pediatric care facility dedicated exclusively to caring for children and being an advocate for their health and well-being. Established in 1892, Norton Children’s Hospital serves all 120 counties in Kentucky and more than 35 in Indiana, and is the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the area. Norton Children’s Hospital is a “safety net” and referral center for pediatric care at all levels. No child is ever turned away.

To Fund raise for the Children’s Hospital Foundation: CLICK HERE

Critically Loved is a nonprofit that supports parents of chronically and critically ill children:

PRACTICALLY – With guidance relating to school, medical bills, and health insurance

EMOTIONALLY – Through our Parent Match Program

SPIRITUALLY – By offering group support at local churches

Additional programming includes Special Needs Moms Nights Out, professional counseling/therapy for special needs children when there is a financial need, support to grandparents of special needs children, providing a medical binder to help parents start organizing their child’s healthcare and provide helpful information. Since families are already overwhelmed with medical expenses, we never charge for any of our services.  We rely 100% on donations and fundraisers to exist.

We need your help to make a difference for chronically and critically ill children in our community!

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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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.

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Hope Scarves shares scarves, stories and hope with people facing cancer by collecting scarves and survivor stories and passing them on to others in treatment.  A Hope Scarf can be requested by a patient, sent as a gift or received as part of treatment at 16 partner locations across the country.  We conduct workshops in scarf making, scarf tying and writing. And, we invest in translational metastatic breast cancer research, raising over $200,000 in the past two years.  Since our founding in 2012 we have sent nearly 10,000 scarves to people facing over 92 types of cancer in every state & 23 countries.  Our oldest recipient is 97 and the youngest, 4.  Whether you are a patient, have a loved one facing cancer or are a survivor Hope Scarves can be a resource. We have affectionately become known as “the sisterhood of the traveling scarves.”

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 fund raise 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

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

The KFC Foundation, an independent non-profit organization, provides charitable support to KFC U.S. restaurant employees through education, hardship assistance and personal finance programs.

To Fund raise for the KFC Foundation: CLICK HERE.

Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) makes Kentucky home for refugees. As a refugee resettlement nonprofit, KRM welcomes and empowers newcomers through initial and long-term integration support. Services include English language training, cultural orientation, case management, job placements, age-specific programs for youth and elder refugees, and immigration legal services. KRM is your local response to a global humanitarian crisis.

To Fundraise for Kentucky Refugee Ministries: CLICK HERE


Kids Cancer Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to its mission to enhance the quality of life for children with cancer and their families through recreational and support programs.

We are dedicated to providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences where children with cancer and their families can grow, learn, build friendships, and most importantly…have FUN just being kids! Kids Cancer Alliance now proudly provides 60 programs each year, including oncology and sibling camps, teen and family retreats, quarterly events and in-hospital programs, as well as financial support — all completely free to children with cancer and their families.

For every child fighting cancer and their family members, we offer a powerful message of support: you are not alone!

To Fund raise for the Kids Cancer Alliance: CLICK HERE

Kosair Charities mission is to protect the health and well-being of children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana by providing financial support for social services, research, pediatric healthcare, education, and child advocacy.

Since 1923, Kosair Charities has believed in showing children their potential, instead of their obstacles. Through selecting Kosair Charities as your KDF Charity of Choice you can help make this belief a reality.

To Fund raise for Kosair Charities: 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.

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Wishes can’t wait because we know a wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a critical illness. Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved – wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. The impact varies. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy. Whatever the odds, whatever the obstacles … wishes find a way to make the world better. Right now across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, 387 kids are waiting on their wish and we need your help!



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

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a free program tailored to meet the specific needs of adult cancer survivors who would like to improve or reclaim their health and well-being before, during and after cancer treatment.  By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA helps participants move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

The 12-week small group exercise and caring support program meets twice per week with certified instructors who have completed specialized YMCA of the USA training in the elements of cancer, rehabilitative exercise and supportive cancer care.

Participants in the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program receive a complimentary 3-month Y membership for themselves and their family or a caregiver.  Last year 178 band of brothers and sisters bonded, sweat, and cried together as survivors in the program at seven of our Kentucky and Southern Indiana branches.

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


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


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

WaterStep responds to critical needs for safe water by evaluating and implementing solutions and teaching people to use those tools. WaterStep saves lives with safe water by empowering communities to take care of their own long-term water needs. We believe that the best solutions to water problems are rooted in simple tools and effective training. We also provide safe water solutions to areas impacted by disaster, arming first-responders and survivalists with the equipment and knowledge to support those in need. Our approach is built around simplicity and sustainability, which can literally mean the difference between life and death.

To fundraise for Waterstep, CLICK HERE.