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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
2022 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
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
Cedar Lake is a nonprofit organization that supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the greater Louisville area. We are the largest private nonprofit providing these services in the state of Kentucky.
Our mission is to offer highly compassionate, capable care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so that they may experience a life of abundant possibilities.
Our vision is of a community where those with and without disabilities learn to share and enrich each other’s lives through meaningful interactions that cultivate mutual respect and unconditional love.
To fundraise for Cedar Lake: 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
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.
To fundraise for Family & Chilren’s Place: CLICK HERE
Our Mission: Empowering individuals with disabilities and their families to lead fulfilled and productive lives.
At Harbor House, our vision for the future is formed by the needs and dreams of the participants and families we serve. The founding parents of Harbor House envisioned an organization that would provide their songs and daughters with challenging, enjoyable, and productive work. In the same way, the current Harbor House leadership seeks to provide a growing array of supports and services that will ensure participants have appropriate choices for self-fulfillment while making a meaningful contribution to society.
To fundraise for Harbor House: 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 mission of JDRF is to improve lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. 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.
Interested in fundraising for JDRF through the Kentucky Derby Festival? Please reach out to Sean FitzGerald at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The mission of the Kentucky State Police Foundation is to support the Kentucky State Police agency and its employees through partnerships with the community and the private sector to promote the interest of the Kentucky State Police in service to the citizens of the Commonwealth. Through the financial support of public and corporate partnerships, the foundation provides necessary equipment, training and other resources to the Kentucky State Police when normal funding streams are not sufficient.
To Fundraise for Kentucky State Police Foundation: 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 fundraise for Kosair Charities: 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.
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
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
St. Vincent de Paul Louisville partners with individuals and families in crisis and helps them navigate a path to stabilize their lives and reach their full potential.
SVDP operates a community kitchen (Open Hand Kitchen), a client-choice food pantry, Ozanam Inn men’s emergency overnight shelter, St. Jude women’s recovery center, four local thrift stores, an enrichment center for at-risk youth in an after-school setting (Family Success Center) for at-risk children, as well as supportive housing for homeless families and adults.
To fundraise for St. Vincent de Paul: CLICK HERE