Organizations looking to improve their communities are now raising funds through August 12 through the Gannett Foundation’s A Community Thrives grant and crowdfunding program. More than 700 organizations applied for the $2 million initiative in hopes of implementing community development ideas.
In Louisville, these groups are Cedar Lake Foundation, Critically Loved, Dream Factory Inc., Kentucky and Southern Indiana Stroke Association, SOS International Inc., The Community Mental Health Fund, and Zora’s Cradle LLC.
Two other Kentucky groups that have applied include Logan County Humane Society Inc., based in Russellville, and Samaritan Car Clinic Inc. in Covington.
Nonprofits have one month to fundraise through the Mightycause online platform to reach a minimum of $3,000 or $6,000, depending on the group’s operating budget, in order to qualify as a grantee of the grant.
Through the site, users can donate to an organization of their choice by filtering the type of cause, location, and category. Donors have the opportunity to help these organizations advance their safe spaces for teens with cancer, expand no-kill animal sanctuaries, improve music training programs and more.
“A Community Thrives has been a great way for Gannett to leverage its platforms to gain attention and fundraise for participating nonprofits,” said Sue Madden, director of the Gannett Foundation. “Over the past five years, the program has contributed more than $17 million to community building projects and local operating expenses of service organizations across the country.
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Organizations will be able to keep the money they raise, but the best projects will also be eligible for additional grants to support their change ideas. Top fundraisers will receive a total of $200,000 in grants and all eligible organizations will be eligible for National Project and Local Operating Grants.
Last year, Whitney/Strong, a Louisville nonprofit, received $50,000 as a National Merit Grant recipient under the program. The organization focuses on reducing gun violence in the city by promoting responsible gun ownership.
Whitney Austin co-founded the nonprofit after surviving a mass shooting at Cincinnati’s Fifth Third Center in September 2018, where the Louisville native was shot 12 times.
Austin told the Courier Journal in 2021 that Whitney/Strong is not just about reducing the type of gun violence that has happened to him, but all types of gun violence, because “gun violence is traumatic and difficult for everyone, whatever the type.
With the help of the A Community Thrives program, nonprofits can bring community betterment ideas to life.
In addition to funding, A Community Thrives increases the visibility of participating organizations with national and local media coverage and exposes the organizations’ missions to potential new donors.
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“This is a national program with equal opportunity for small start-up organizations and established organizations. Building community through connections and helping communities thrive are key drivers of the program,” Madden said.
Here is information about organizations in the Louisville area:
Cedar Lake Foundation
Cedar Lake’s mission is to provide highly compassionate and skilled care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they can live lives full of possibility.
Donate at this link: Cedar Lake Foundation Inc | A thriving community (mightycause.com)
Loved by critics
Critically Loved exists to provide guidance and hope to families with critically ill and chronically ill children.
Donate here: Critically Loved | A thriving community (mightycause.com)
Dream factory inc.
The Dream Factory grants dreams to critically ill and chronically ill children ages 3-18.
Donate here: Dream Factory Inc | A thriving community (mightycause.com)
Kentucky and Southern Indiana Stroke Association
The Kentuckiana Stroke Association is dedicated to stroke prevention through education and awareness.
Donate here: Kentucky and Southern Indiana Stroke Association | A thriving community (mightycause.com)
SOS International Inc.
SOS is a non-profit global health organization that meets the critical health care needs of medically impoverished communities around the world by collecting and distributing surplus medical supplies and equipment.
Donate here: SOS International Inc | A thriving community (mightycause.com)
The Community Mental Health Fund
The Community Mental Health Fund works to promote healthy and meaningful lives.
Donate here: Kentucky Psychological Foundation | A thriving community (mightycause.com)
Zora’s Cradle addresses gaps in maternal health services that discriminate against people from lower socioeconomic groups in Kentucky and lead to higher maternal and child mortality rates, by providing access to financial and health supports before and after pregnancy.
Donate here: Zoras Cradle Llc | A thriving community (mightycause.com)
Logan County Humane Society Inc.
The Logan County Humane Society strives to provide effective care and control of animals in Logan County.
Donate here: Logan County Humane Society Inc | A thriving community (mightycause.com)
Samaritan Automobile Clinic Inc.
Samaritan Car Clinic addresses transportation barriers to economic self-sufficiency.
Donate here: Samaritan Car Clinic Inc | A thriving community (mightycause.com)
To learn more about the organizations participating in A Community Thrives 2022 and to donate, visit acommunitythrives.mightycause.com.