Our Community Impact
184 Total Funds
22 New Funds
417 Total Donors
1 Real Estate Gifts
$345,000 Scholarships Awarded
194 Students Awarded Scholarships
$990,560 Grants Awarded
104 Grant Recipients
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.
Since its inception in 2015, Heels Together has awarded almost $150,000 to 14 organizations that serve women and girls in Hardin County.
Recently, Heels Together investors awarded $14,557 to Helping Hand of Hope for the Steps to Success program and $5,443 to Girls Scouts of Kentuckiana for the Day Camp Program.
“The Heels Together Grant was such a great opportunity because our goal is to empower girls too. This funding will allow us to help more girls have an opportunity to attend day camp right here in Hardin County.”
–Maggie Elder, Girls Scouts of Kentuckiana, 2021 Heels Together Grant Recipient
Youth Sports Fund
The Youth Sports Fund of Hardin County helped 27 children, in the past year, learn about teamwork and responsibility through recreational sports.
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, Saint James Catholic School was able to raise nearly $40,000 toward new programs for the school.
Investing in Our Future
“We have people with resources available in the community that wants 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
“CKCF had a very personal touch for us. I didn’t feel like I was dealing with an organization where you were just another scholarship.”
– Brenda Tiffany
“I appreciate this opportunity to represent your son and continue his passion for the automotive community. This is an extremely important opportunity for me and is going to help me in more ways than one. Once again I can’t thank you guys enough.”
– Scholarship recipient Hunter Risner on using Scholarship Central
“I am absolutely ecstatic to have been chosen to receive a Hardin County Principals Organization Scholarship. Hardin County Schools has truly shaped me into who I am today, and provided me with ample opportunities and experiences that have prepared me for this next part of my life, and hopefully I will eventually be able to work in some form of education myself. I cannot wait to take on this next chapter of my life and am excited for the experiences that I am able to have due to your generosity toward furthering education. Thank you for allowing me to pursue my dreams.”
– Natalie Williams, scholarship recipient