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 GE Appliances 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


2024 Charity Partners include:

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

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.

To fundraise for Cure CF, Inc.: CLICK HERE


The Friends of the Ohio River Greenway was established in 2009 by members of the communities in Southern Indiana interested in supporting the Ohio River Greenway Project. Our group consists of local volunteers who seek to increase public and private awareness of, and support for, the Greenway through advocacy, educational outreach, social networking and fundraising.

Our organization provides support to the Ohio River Greenway Commission by assisting in fund raising as well as providing management of events and grants.

The Ohio River Greenway is a seven-mile linear park through Jeffersonville, Clarksville, and New Albany that promotes physical and social activity and provides deeper connectivity for all communities on both sides of the river.

To fundraise for Friends of the Ohio River Greenway, CLICK HERE

At the Fund for the Arts, we believe that art is a right, not a privilege, because art is a fundamental expression of the human condition. We envision a healthy and vibrant community where everyone embraces the art that exists in our lives every day, where everyone contributes to the well-being of our arts community, and where everyone belongs.

Our mission is to contribute to the overall health and well-being of our community by generating resources for, investing in, and supporting our local arts, artists and arts organizations. We achieve our mission through FOUR MAIN INITIATIVES

Arts in Institutions
Arts in Neighborhoods
Arts in Learning
“I Am An Artist”

To fundraise for Fund for the Arts: CLICK HERE

Established in 1880, Home of the Innocents enriches the lives of children and families with hope, health, and happiness. Programs include residential and community-based behavioral health services, therapeutic foster care and adoption services, supportive services for homeless young adults, and long-term care for medically complex or terminally ill children.”

For more information about our children and services visit

To Fundraise for Home of the Innocents: CLICK HERE

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Hope Scarves is an international nonprofit with the mission to support people facing all types of cancer through scarves, stories, and research.

Since our founding in 2012 Hope Scarves has sent more than 30,000 scarves and stories to people in active treatment for cancer to all fifty states and 34 countries. In addition, Hope Scarves has raised $1 million dollars to invest in metastatic breast cancer research.

To fundraise for Hope Scarves: CLICK HERE


Iroquois Hill Runners was founded in August 1979 by an avid group of South Louisville Runners. Since that time, the group has evolved to be a group of runners, walkers, and friends. We are dedicated to hosting fun, affordable events for the running community.

The Iroquois Hill Runners have established a community grant program open to local High School, Middle School, and Elementary School Cross Country and Track & Field Teams to stimulate public interest and participation in the sport of running as an athletic endeavor and as a non-competitive athletic pursuit.

To fundraise for Iroquois Hill Runners: CLICK HERE

The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation is the non-profit 501(c)3 charitable arm of the Kentucky Derby Festival.

To further the Festival’s mission, the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation was founded in 1998. The Foundation, a 501(C)3 not-for-profit charity, receives and manages charitable contributions on behalf of the Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc., its supporters and the general public.

The Foundation perpetuates the Festival’s impact on the community by developing projects that highlight the Festival’s influence on the area’s cultural heritage. It works to further the Festival’s educational and charitable mission through exhibitions and performances and producing educational programming on the Festival’s schedule of events, such as a STEM Robotics Competition, JusticeFest and the Derby Festival Royal Court Program.

To fundraise for KDF Foundation: CLICK HERE

Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation is the philanthropic arm for Norton Children’s pediatric facilities and services. The foundation raises funds exclusively for Norton Children’s Hospital, Kentucky’s only full-service, free-standing hospital created “Just for Kids”; Norton Children’s Medical Center; and pediatric services at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital to support programs, equipment, new technologies, clinical research, child advocacy and health education for patients, families, medical staff and the community.

Norton Children’s Hospital serves all families regardless of their ability to pay. As part of a not-for-profit organization, Norton Children’s facilities rely on the generosity of the community to help fulfill our mission to provide for the physical and emotional health of children, from birth to adulthood. It takes the generosity of everyone in the community to enable Norton Children’s to be here for all children when they need us.

To fundraise for Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation: CLICK HERE


The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the leader in the fight against pancreatic cancer and is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community engagement and advocacy for a cure. PanCAN’s vision is to create a world in which all patients with pancreatic cancer will thrive. We fill the void of information and options by giving patients and caregivers reliable, personalized information they need to make informed decisions. And, the organization helps support individuals and communities across the country work together to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.

Our Vision of Progress is to double survival for pancreatic cancer.

To fundraise for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 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


Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) provides early intervention services to Kentucky and Indiana’s youngest children with blindness and low vision. Services include evaluations, in-home visits, and access to resources that help parents and caregivers better understand and support their child with visual impairment. Contact us to learn more about how you can take advantage of the many programs and services that are offered throughout the year.

To fundraise for VIPS, CLICK HERE

The Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) has been connecting, engaging, and developing Greater Louisville Young Professionals (YPs) since 1999. We continue to grow and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our members and our community.

We exist to build a welcoming, vibrant community for young people in Greater Louisville. We do that through connecting folks to each other and leaders whom they may not have access to otherwise, engaging YPs in causes and community efforts they are passionate about, and developing personal and professional skills to empower young people to be leaders in the spaces they are in today.

To fundraise for YPAL: CLICK HERE