2019 NKY Funders’ Grants Finalists Announced

Fourteen organizations to compete for $100,000 in funds at October 29 event

Erlanger, KY – NKY Funders’ Grants, an ongoing program that convenes foundations and funders around grant competitions for nonprofits that serve Northern Kentucky, has released its list of finalists for the pitch competition to be held Tuesday, October 29 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center in Erlanger.


The 2019 foundation partners have chosen the following organizations to move on to the next round:

·       Addiction Services: Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky and the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy

·       Arts, Culture, & Humanity: Kentucky Humanities Council and Pones, Inc.

·       Early Childhood: New Perceptions and Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank

·       Health & Wellness (R.C. Durr Foundation): Master Provisions and Northern Kentucky Education Council

·       Health & Wellness (Horizon Community Funds): Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation and Women’s Crisis Center

·       K-12 Programming: The Carnegie and Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre

·       Reducing Barriers to Employment: Saint Vincent de Paul Northern Kentucky and Tattoo Removal, Ink


The community is invited to attend the final competition, and can purchase tickets at https://2019nkyfundersgrants.eventbrite.com. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite pitch, which will add a first place $7,500 and a second place $5,000 award to the organizations receiving the most votes.


“The Scripps Howard Foundation supports the idea that the best philanthropy brings many people together around an important cause,” said Scripps Howard Foundation President & CEO Liz Carter. “The diverse group of finalists in the NKY Funders’ Grants Final Pitch Competition have the opportunity to do just that. As a funder of the popular vote category, we hope to fill the room at the Final Pitch with people who believe the best changes for our community are made together.” 


Each NKY Funders’ Grants partner sponsoring a focus area will select a first place winner to receive $7,500, and a second place winner to receive $5,000. Additionally, a popular vote at the event will determine an additional first place $7,500 award and a second place $5,000 award for two of the 14 finalists.


Finalists and semifinalists will be able to share further information about their respective organizations at presentation booths positioned throughout the event space, set up for the duration of the event.


Tickets and more information can be found at https://www.horizonfunds.org/nky-funders-grants.


More information about the 2019 partners can be found below.



About The Butler Foundation

The Butler Foundation helps Northern Kentuckians in need, as directly as possible. Established by Corporex CEO Bill Butler and his wife, Sue, it is a private foundation that supports direct service charities, provides “Helping Hands” hardship grants, and awards “Butler Scholar” funds to select high schools and colleges in Northern Kentucky.


About The Charles H. Dater Foundation

The Charles H. Dater Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area to carry out programs and projects that benefit young people and focus in the areas of arts/culture, education, healthcare, social services and other community needs. Since its founding in 1985, the Foundation has made over 2,900 grants totaling more than $45 million. Learn more at http://daterfoundation.org.


About The R.C. Durr Foundation

R.C. Durr (1919-2007) was a successful entrepreneur, a life-long resident of Northern Kentucky, and a generous, though quiet philanthropist who had an abiding compassion for the less fortunate. In keeping with his legacy of commitment and caring, the R.C. Durr Foundation is dedicated to celebrating the life and legacy of its benefactor by providing philanthropic support to improve the quality of life of the larger Northern Kentucky region and its people, with a particular emphasis on education, social services and community development.


About the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

The region’s community foundation since 1963, Greater Cincinnati Foundation connects people with purpose in an eight-county region in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. GCF is leading the charge toward a more vibrant Greater Cincinnati for everyone – now, and for generations to come.


About Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky is a qualified public charitable 501(c)(3) organization established as a community foundation in 2017 by Northern Kentucky leaders. Its mission is to unite resources to raise the quality of life for all people in the Northern Kentucky community. Learn more at www.horizonfunds.org.


About The Scripps Howard Foundation
The Scripps Howard Foundation supports philanthropic causes important to The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) and the communities it serves, with a special emphasis on excellence in journalism. At the crossroads of the classroom and the newsroom, the Foundation is a leader in supporting journalism education, scholarships, internships, minority recruitment and development, literacy and First Amendment causes. The Scripps Howard Awards stand as one of the industry’s top honors for outstanding journalism. The Foundation improves lives and helps build thriving communities. It partners with Scripps brands to create awareness of local issues and supports impactful organizations to drive solutions.


About The Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation

The Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation is an independent Private Foundation established by Elsa Sule in 2004. The Foundation advances the philanthropic aspirations of Elsa by investing funds to “provide opportunities in education, community and the arts” to 501c3 organizations which provide programs in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The Sule Foundation board and staff practice engaged philanthropy. Please find more information at www.ElsaSuleFoundation.org.


About United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Success By 6®

Success By 6® is a regional movement that ensures every child can succeed in school and life by providing knowledge, resources and connections for decision makers and influencers in a child’s early life. We envision a community where all children are prepared for kindergarten and their parents/caregivers embrace their role in the success of their child and family.