Join us as we work to create lasting change.

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky brings people together to donate and contribute in ways that have never been available before, to combine their resources to help break the cycle of poverty, support the arts, spark development and innovation, enrich our children’s education, and improve the health and wellness of our community.

This is a community foundation designed to manage funds exclusively for the benefit of Northern Kentucky, and you now have an opportunity to become a part of it. When we join forces we can exponentially expand Northern Kentucky’s horizon and advance the vibrant and vital facets of our community – the people, the places, the cultural institutions, and the services – that make us proud to call this our home.

What is a Community Foundation?

Community foundations are grant-making public charities dedicated to improving the lives of people in a defined local geographic area. They bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support action, development, and effective nonprofits in their communities. Gifts are made from bequests and by living donors through various types of funds and deferred giving vehicles.

Community foundations are tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax deductible to the maximum amount allowable for gifts to a public charity. Indeed, because community foundations are classified as public charities under the tax code, some donors are able to claim larger tax deductions on gifts to community foundations than they are on gifts to their own private foundations.

Our Mission

Our mission is to unite resources to raise the quality of life for all people in the Northern Kentucky community.

Our Goals

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky was created to increase philanthropic giving among Northern Kentucky individuals, corporations and organizations and to assure Northern Kentucky’s citizens’ input into how such monies are distributed among qualified community-based public charities and projects benefitting the public good.  Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky’s specific goals include:

Foster a giving community

We will drive philanthropic participation by increasing awareness among Northern Kentucky residents, corporations and organizations about the benefits of tax advantaged giving, community needs, and the impact that philanthropy can have to enhance the quality of life in Northern Kentucky.

Build the resource base

We will consistently increase the philanthropic resources available to qualified projects, enterprises and not-for-profit organizations serving our community, through areas such as social services, urban revitalization, education, health and wellness, community unity, and the arts.

Promote trust & ownership

Our Council of Trustees includes fellow Northern Kentucky residents who possess an in-depth understanding of Northern Kentucky’s unique qualities, assets, opportunities, and challenges, who are trusted to direct how Horizon Community Fund’s grants are distributed in the Northern Kentucky community.


Our History

Horizon Community Funds was founded in 2017 by four lifelong Northern Kentucky residents, business, and professional executives: Bill Butler, Chuck Scheper, Bob Zapp, and Will Ziegler. United in their shared commitment to increase philanthropy for Northern Kentucky, they believe that Northern Kentucky leaders are best positioned to understand and address the interests, needs, and opportunities within Northern Kentucky.

Horizon Community Funds’ primary service area is Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties of Northern Kentucky.

I have lived nearly my entire life in Northern Kentucky. I was born here and raised my kids here. I’ve had opportunities to move, but we’ve always decided to stay. Anyone who lives here, knows this is a special place, not just because of the great location and quality of life, but because of the people - hardworking, humble, and always willing to lend a hand. I truly believe that the people in this community want to make it a better place, not only for their kids and grandkids, but all citizens who call Northern Kentucky home. I am excited to be a part of Horizon Community Funds and to make a lasting impact on the place that means so much to me.
— Kenton County Judge Executive Kris Knochelmann, Council of Trustees Member