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.


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

North Central Education Foundation, with over 5 decades of leadership in education and community development, established Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, has awarded over $1 million in scholarships, served as the Education Liaison for the transformation at Fort Knox and most recently became the foundation for Hardin County Schools. Through the development of North Central Education Foundation, Hardin County offers many post-secondary opportunities for people to advance their education.

Recently, North Central Education Foundation led the Education Committee of Hardin County United and through this work, researched and published a guide to the educational opportunities available here from birth through adulthood.

The Heartland Community Foundation was founded in 1994 as the Hardin County Community Foundation, an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Louisville. As an affiliate, it had a local volunteer board of directors, but The Community Foundation of Louisville administered and invested the charitable funds of The Heartland Community Foundation.

Established in 1960, as North Central Education Foundation and transitioned in 2011, to a community foundation, Central Kentucky Community Foundation is one of more than 750 community foundations in the United States today. We serve the Lincoln Trail Region, offering people a variety of ways to touch our community through philanthropic giving.

In 2012, we granted funds to 33 scholarship recipients, 10 ECTC faculty/staff development and 8 student projects, the Brown Pusey House, Hardin County Schools Classroom grants, churches, Boy Scouts and numerous other charitable organizations.

At the end of 2012, CKCF held $13.7 million in assets for the benefit of our community.


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.

Service Area

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

  • Breckinridge
  • Grayson
  • Hardin
  • Hart
  • LaRue
  • Marion
  • Meade
  • 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
Al Rider, Community Development
Michele Drake, Executive Assistant