Our Community Impact

CKCF is more than statistics, we are a vehicle for philanthropic giving. Here’s just a few examples of how our work makes a difference for people in our community.

Heels Together

Through a Heels Together grant, 52 girls at T.K. Stone Middle School and Elizabethtown High School explored their engineering skills at the STEM-tastic sumMITs.

“Of all the different projects I have been a part of over the years, I probably feel the best about the impact this one made. I was frankly amazed at the difference this made in our cohort, and we would never have tried this type of event without the funding from Heels Together.”

– Susan Ryan, Elizabethtown Independent Schools, 2017 Heels Together Grant Recipient

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Youth Sports Fund

The Youth Sports Fund of Hardin County helped 38 children learn about teamwork and responsibility through recreational sports.

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Florence Mason Fund

Through the Florence Mason Fund, a grant is designated each year to St. Vincent de Paul for their work to help people in need in our community.


“We felt with gifts in Tai’s memory, that something toward community service just felt right. We’ve been really fortunate and appreciate the help developing a fund to support service projects that would allow students at St. James to learn about service and how that ties into the community.”
Dr. Tao Le, Tai’s father, on establishing the Tai Sy Le Memorial Fund


The Community Health Clinic’s Women’s Health Initiative funded through a Heels Together grant provided clinical care and advocacy to 486 women. It also has coordinated and provided 2,203 women’s care visits.


Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland received a nearly $70,000 estate gift from George and Hazel Luster. The organization’s board decided to add the money to its already established endowment fund to ensure the organization has permanent support for the future. 


Through Ky. Gives Day, the Friends of Hardin County Animal Shelter was able to raise nearly $4,000 toward a new rescue transport van to help save more animals.


Investing in Our Future

“We have people with resources available in the community that want to support education ad students who need support to advance their education. We brought them together. CKCF was essential and integral every step of the way. We couldn’t have done it without them.

– Steve. Kistler, Hart county Scholarship Alliance


“It’s definitely worth your time. In the time it took me to apply for all the scholarships on Scholarship Central, I could only apply for one hand-written scholarship I picked up at my high school.”

– Scholarship recipient Selena Cepeda on using Scholarship Central