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

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To fundraise for ALSAC | St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: CLICK HERE

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 Bakhita Empowerment Initiative: CLICK HERE

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To fundraise for FEAT: 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