Give Where You Live NKY Awards Second “Speed Philanthropy” Grant

Hour-long giving circle meeting results in $6,000 check for local nonprofit


On Thursday, June 20, more than 50 strangers and friends alike joined together to give $6,000 to a local charity in a process that took less than an hour. The Gateway Community & Technical College Foundation was the recipient of the second Give Where You Live NKY grant.


"For every $100 gift coming through Give Where You Live NKY, we are able to make a substantial impact in the lives of children whose parents are students at Gateway Community and Technical College," said Donor Relations Coordinator Toni Bloom Mueller. "Imagine that gift of $100 being multiplied by so many more Give Where You Live NKY members. This meeting’s $6,000 gift will ensure that these children will receive the highest quality care through our partnership with Children, Inc."

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.


“This was another fast, fun-filled gathering that resulted in thousands of dollars for a nonprofit serving Northern Kentucky,” said Horizon Community Funds President Nancy Grayson. “We have already seen the difference it is making with our friends at The Bill & Betsy Scheben Care Center through our first quarter grant, and we look forward to seeing what Gateway Community Foundation is able to do with our second quarter grant.”


The giving circle runs on a tight schedule at each meeting. 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.


“Building on the excitement from our successful round one event, we are very excited to see another wonderful nonprofit like Gateway Community Foundation awarded the $6,000,” said Mueller Financial Partner Woody Mueller. “We look forward to seeing the impact these funds will make in our local community.”


The remaining 2019 Give Where You Live NKY meetings will take place on:

  • Thursday, September 19 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Newport on the Levee

  • Thursday, December 12 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at BLDG in Covington


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.


Scheben Care Center Executive Director Lisa West chose to use her organization’s Give Where You Live NKY first quarter grant to build an ADA compliant walking path for the clients she serves who live with varying mobility capabilities.


“Our clients are very excited, and ask about it constantly,” West said. “This would absolutely not have been possible at this time without a gift like the one we received from the community through Give Where YouLive NKY.”


The community can get involved by reaching out to Woody Mueller at or 859.992.4153, or by visiting