Give Where You Live NKY Awards First “Speed Philanthropy” Grant
Hour-long meeting results in big check for local nonprofit
Erlanger, KY – On Thursday, dozens of strangers and friends alike combined to give $6,000 to a local charity in a process that took less than an hour. The Bill & Betsy Scheben Care Center, which provides care for adults and teens with physical and/or intellectual disabilities from its location in Florence, was the recipient of the first Give Where You Live NKY grant.
Give Where You Live NKY is a joint initiative presented by Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky and Mueller Financial, Inc., and its format lends itself to busy community members who are looking for an easy way to give back to nonprofits that serve Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties.
“We were inspired by the energy and spirit of generosity at our launch,” said Horizon Community Funds President Nancy Grayson. “In addition to directly supporting the Center, many members were learning about its important work in our community for the first time. We look forward to helping members make many more connections like this through Give Where You Live NKY.”
Participating members nominate a nonprofit of their choice, and three names are randomly selected and briefly discussed by the group. The members then vote on their favorite of the three organizations, and each member contributes $100 for the grant to the winning organization.
All takes place in under an hour, just four times per year.
The remaining 2019 Give Where You Live NKY meetings will take place on:
- Thursday, June 20 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at New Riff Distilling in Newport
- Thursday, September 19 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. (location TBA)
- Thursday, December 12 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at BLDG in Covington
“The spirit of giving was on full display for our first-round event which was very exciting to see” added Mueller Financial, Inc. Owner Robert Mueller. “We were thrilled to have that level of participation and anticipate membership growing for our future giving events.”
The format of Give Where You Live NKY also provides a way to connect funds to nonprofits without the need for nonprofits to expend financial resources and staff time on fundraising.
“Last night gave our Center the opportunity to do a project that has been on our wish list for several years,” said Scheben Care Center Executive Director Lisa West. “Creating a safe outdoor path that is accessible for wheelchairs and individuals who are ambulatory had been just a wish until last night. There are so many deserving non-profits in our backyard that work tirelessly for our community- think of what we can accomplish if more join us to Give Where You Live!”