Over 250 Northern Kentucky business, civic, and non-profit leaders celebrated the launch of a new community foundation that will fund key community needs and programs in Northern Kentucky. The official launch event for Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky was held on the morning of August 8th at the Metropolitan Club in Covington, where attendees learned about the history, the vision, and the goals of the new foundation.
"The formation of the Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky is a major step towards bringing the wider Northern Kentucky community together at all levels in support of our local needs as well as to advance opportunities on a number of quality of life fronts,” shared Bill Butler, Chairman of Corporex Companies, LLC, who serves as the Chair of the Council of Trustees for the Horizon Community Funds. “Our commitment is to be a way for the entire population to feel they are part of making a difference in their community."
The organization aims to increase philanthropic giving by Northern Kentucky individuals, corporations and organizations for Northern Kentucky purposes, to foster a giving community, and to build a qualified public charity resource base to better service social needs and projects benefitting the public good.
"By bringing together those with a philanthropic interest, we can better influence and support our growing Northern Kentucky region,” stated Bob Zapp, retired CEO of the Bank of Kentucky and a founding member of Horizon Community Funds.
The Horizon Community Funds will focus on helping break the cycle of poverty, supporting the arts, sparking development and innovation, enriching education, and improving the health and wellness of Northern Kentucky. The primary service area will be Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties of Northern Kentucky.
Nancy Grayson, President of Horizon Community Funds, noted, “We are an organization that is truly of, by and for Northern Kentuckians, and as such, we will provide the opportunity for all people in our community to participate in building an energized culture of philanthropy, one that is easily accessible. We seek to engage community members of all backgrounds, whether they are new to the giving process or established philanthropists.”
Chuck Scheper, Chairman of Bexion Pharmaceuticals and a founding member of the organization, agreed. “The Horizon Community Fund provides an opportunity to channel our collective resources that not only will help our Northern Kentucky neighbors today but will also lay the foundation that will impact generations to come. Be a part of it - no gift is too small!"