Horizon Community Funds and Be Concerned Partner for a Better Northern Kentucky


new fund to enhance nonprofit’s ability to provide community with basic necessities for life

Horizon Community Funds is proud to announce the establishment of a nonprofit community investment fund in partnership with Be Concerned – The People’s Pantry. Horizon Community Funds will manage assets on behalf of Be Concerned, providing supporters a new way to make a charitable gift supporting their mission.

“We are looking forward to being a part of Be Concerned’s work in Northern Kentucky,” said Horizon Community Funds President, Nancy Grayson. “They provide a necessary service for the community, and we are eager to see their impact grow through the support of this fund.”

Be Concerned is a 501(c)3 agency that assists the people of Northern Kentucky in obtaining the basic necessities for life while honoring their dignity and humanity. Their history dates back to 1968 when they operated a Christmas store, helping 30 Covington families with toys and household items during the holidays that year. Since then, Be Concerned has grown to become the largest choice food pantry in Northern Kentucky with facilities in Covington and Erlanger, providing 1,000 families each month with supplemental groceries. Additional programs offered by Be Concerned include daily emergency assistance, senior and homebound delivery, English as a Second Language pantry program, and pantry support for Mount St. Joseph University students. In addition, the annual Christmas store continues to provide new toys to children in Be Concerned’s food programs. Last year, 750 children received new toys from the store. Be Concerned also operates two public thrift stores as their social enterprise, generating additional revenue to purchase food. These thrift stores also allow the agency to offer free vouchers to those who cannot afford clothing, furniture, and housewares.

Be Concerned pays close attention to the community’s food service needs and is open to making adjustments to their model in order to best address those needs. They strive to find a way to the “yes” every day. This partnership with Horizon Community Funds will help Be Concerned continue working toward being inclusive of all local community members through their English as Second Language pantry session and senior food delivery programs. More importantly, this partnership will allow those programs to grow as the need for those services increases in future years.

“This partnership allows us to continue our charitable food work in Northern Kentucky and live up to our mantra to “do more, for more, with more” throughout the Commonwealth,” said Andy Brunsman, Executive Director at Be Concerned. “This partnership will be good for the families who turn to us for help for years to come, as well as our donors who make our programs possible.”

Fund partnerships with Horizon Community Funds provide a flexible way for donors to support their preferred nonprofit organization or charitable effort. Donors can make an endowed gift to support the mission of the nonprofit organization for generations to come, or can opt to make a non-endowed gift which provides funding for needs as they arise in Northern Kentucky. Horizon Community Funds offers donors and fund holders a deep connection to Northern Kentucky, including its nonprofits and needs.