Our Mission

CENTRAL KENTUCKY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION is the philanthropic focal point in the region, serving as a resource, leader and catalyst to people who wish to improve life in their community.

We are here to help our donors make a positive impact in their community. Three special features of Central Kentucky Community Foundation:

  1. Personalized Service – We make giving easy and effective, accepting a wide variety of gifts and providing donors a number of charitable options. You can contribute cash, stocks, property, and bequests. You may establish a fund in your name or in the name of a loved one. In most cases, your gift qualifies for maximum tax advantage under federal law.
  2. Local Expertise – Our professional staff has an in-depth understanding of the issues, opportunities, and resources that shape our community. We monitor all areas of community need — including human services, education, the environment, healthcare, the arts, and economic development. We can help you learn more about local organizations and programs that make a difference in areas you care about most.
  3. Community Leadership – We invest in the long term and bring people and organizations together, convening diverse voices to address local issues and opportunities. Building community is our business.

Our Story

Central Kentucky Community Foundation evolved by the will of community leaders from two foundations – North Central Education Foundation and The Heartland Community Foundation to create a new community foundation for the region.


Jim Collier – Founder
North Central Education Foundation
1920 – 2012

Established in 1960 as North Central Education Foundation, Central Kentucky Community Foundation is one of more than 780 community foundations in the United States today. We serve the Lincoln Trail Region, offering our donors and partners a variety of ways to touch our community through philanthropic giving.

Spanning back more than five decades, North Central Education Foundation became the focal point for educational leadership with the founding of Elizabethtown Community College, now Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, in 1964.

Since its beginnings, the foundation has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships, served as the education liaison for the transformation at Fort Knox and became the foundation for Hardin County Schools. Through the development of the foundation, Hardin County now offers many post-secondary opportunities for residents to advance their education.

We transitioned into a community foundation in 2011, when North Central Education Foundation and The Heartland Community Foundation, an affiliate with a local volunteer board of directors of The Community Foundation of Louisville, merged starting a combined history that spanned beyond the realm of education. The joining of the two foundations paved a path for stewarding our philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits that are the heart of our strong, vibrant community.

This investment has resulted in CKCF growing to $22.5 million in assets for the benefit of the community at the end of 2018. In that year, the foundation also added 11 new funds for a total of 131 managed funds, 91 students received 110 scholarships worth $243,000, gifts in the amount of $1.3 million were funded by 271 donors, and 97 organizations and individuals were beneficiaries of $5.8 million worth of grants.

Adding a new chapter to our history, board members and community leaders broke ground April 20, 2018, on Central Kentucky Community Foundation’s Home of Philanthropy. The new location, at 200 Jim Owen Drive in Elizabethtown, was built on land owned by the foundation for nearly 60 years. With the proximity to community partners, such as Hardin County Schools’ Early College and Career Center, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and Hardin County Library Main Branch, the site was a natural choice for the Home of Philanthropy, which opened in November 2019.

Service Area

We serve the central Kentucky region, including the counties of:

  • Breckinridge
  • Grayson
  • Hardin
  • Hart
  • LaRue
  • Marion
  • Meade
  • Nelson
  • Washington

Quick Facts

Central Kentucky Community Foundation

Established 1960


  • Convene and lead dialogue among civic, public and private leadership to achieve community goals effectively
  • Engage in developing strategies to chart and shape future direction of the community.
  • Be a catalyst for fostering private/public partnerships.
  • Leverage financial resources to achieve greater impact.
  • Assist in developing community leadership.
  • Establish and maintain regional relationships to strengthen community and economic development efforts.
  • A locally driven organization to help shape our future community.
  • Unify diverse agencies to better serve community needs.

Central Kentucky Community Foundation currently administers numerous funds serving diverse community interests.

Central Kentucky Community Foundation is equipped to accept a variety gifts from donors to achieve their desire to improve life in their community.

Central Kentucky Community Foundation makes grants in the community to advance the causes and people’s dreams for the place they live.

Special Programs and Areas of Focus
Education, Health and Wellness, Community Leadership, Community and Economic Development

Davette Swiney, President and CEO
Jennifer Priddy, Executive Assistant and Scholarship Central Coordinator
Gina Clear, Communications and Project Coordinator