Horizon Community Funds launches ‘Community Impact Fund,’ $5 million to be raised by end of May

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Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky is on a mission to bring people together and build a stronger community.

To that end, the organization has announced the launch of the Community Impact Fund. With a goal of $5 million raised by the end of May, this fund will address Northern Kentucky’s challenges and needs now and in the future.   
 
“This is the first fund of its kind for our area, directly impacting the people, places and services that help make Northern Kentucky so special,” said Nancy Grayson, president of the Horizon Community Funds. “Our community is filled with generous, hard working people who want to give back and really make a difference. By combining our resources and giving together, we will be able to make a greater impact and build a stronger future for our community.”

The goal of the Community Impact Fund is to connect the community to the needs across the region and use collective giving as a way to break the cycle of poverty, support the arts, enhance education, and build a successful future for Northern Kentucky.

It is the most flexible type of giving fund and allows Horizon’s council of trustees to identify and support the community’s most critical needs. By contributing to this fund, donors can feel confident knowing their investment will help support Northern Kentucky’s challenges, including emergency situations and long-term needs, says Grayson.
 
“Needs will continue to evolve and change, but that is what makes giving to the Community Impact Fund so rewarding,” continued Grayson. “Your contributions will help Northern Kentucky residents and organizations when they need it the most. We all have the opportunity to get involved and help shape the future of the community we are proud to call home.”
 
From young professionals to lifelong Northern Kentucky residents, the Community Impact Fund provides an opportunity for people to join together and help neighbors throughout Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

No gift is too small to build a more vibrant community now and in the future.
 
To learn more about the Community Impact Fund or to contribute to the fund, visit the website.

 

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Horizon Community Funds Surpasses $10 Million in Assets, Launches Campaign

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky has surpassed $10 million in assets under management less than six months after its formation in August 2017.  The organization established an initial goal to raise $50 million in five years to support Northern Kentucky community needs and services.

“We are overwhelmed by the positive response to the formation of Horizon Community Funds,” stated Nancy Grayson, who serves as President of the organization.  “Our rapid growth underscores the value in having a local charitable vehicle that will provide additional financial support to our Northern Kentucky community.”

Most of the funds raised to date are designated by donors, meaning that donors engage with Horizon Community Funds to recommend when and where contributions are spent. To complement these funds, the organization is also launching a public campaign to grow its unrestricted Community Impact Fund.  This accelerated initiative will bring an additional $5 million to the Community Impact Fund, the organization’s most flexible type of fund. The Community Impact Fund supports the community’s most critical endeavors through long-term solutions, rapid response to emergencies, and agility in navigating ever-changing social, cultural, educational and environmental needs. The campaign will run through May 2018.  There are no minimum donor amount contributions to this unique fund within Horizon Community Funds.  The entire population is invited and encouraged to participate by contributing on a regular basis according to their means and will to help. 

Donations can be made directly to the Community Impact Fund online at www.horizonfunds.org, or through check mailed to Community Impact Fund, 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Suite 434, Covington, KY 41011.

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky is a qualified public charitable 501(c)(3) organization established as a community foundation in 2017 by Northern Kentucky leaders. Its mission is to unite resources to raise the quality of life for all people in the Northern Kentucky community. More information can be found at www.horizonfunds.org.

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Horizon Community Funds Adds to Council of Trustees

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The Council of Trustees that governs Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky recently voted to add Roger Peterman to serve on the board, effective immediately.

Peterman is managing partner of the Covington office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, and has provided legal services related to the financing of major projects throughout Kentucky, including the University of Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium, the Kentucky Speedway, and the recently completed toll bridges linking Louisville with southern Indiana. He has also been involved in legislative changes relating to government finance, including major legislation implementing a 1996 Kentucky constitutional amendment affecting local governments.

“Roger Peterman has a long history of community commitment and activeness,” says Horizon Community Funds Council of Trustees Chair, Bill Butler. “We are extremely pleased to add him to the Council.  He will be a strong contributor to the success and growth of the funds.”

Peterman has a long history in local nonprofit leadership, formerly serving on the boards of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation, Healthpoint Family Care, and United Way campaigns. Currently, he serves on the Fort Thomas City Council, Southbank Partners board, St. Elizabeth Hospital board of trustees, Northern Kentucky Port Authority board, and the Covington Business Council board of directors.

The addition of Peterman comes as Horizon Community Funds continues to build its team, having recently added Director of Accounting and Administration Trey Bramble, and Director of Marketing and Communications Tess Brown. Both are Northern Kentucky natives and bring years of experience in their respective fields.

“I am thrilled to have Tess Brown and Trey Bramble join our team at Horizon Community Funds,” says Nancy Grayson, President of Horizon Community Funds.  “Their talent, energy, and commitment to Northern Kentucky are invaluable assets to our organization as we work together to achieve our mission.”

NKY Business and Community Leaders Celebrate New Regional Community Foundation

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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!"

How NKY Business And Civic Leaders Are Meeting Community Needs

A group of prominent Northern Kentucky business and civic leaders recently created the Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky, a foundation that will focus on funding key community needs and programs in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

Joining WVXU Cincinnati Edition's Mark Heyne to discuss how the foundation will increase philanthropic giving and better address the needs, interests and opportunities within Northern Kentucky are Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky President, Nancy Grayson, and retired Bank of Kentucky CEO Bob Zapp, a Horizon founder who now sits on the Council of Trustees. 

Listen to the conversation HERE.

Prominent NKY Leaders Create New Community Foundation, Hire President

A group of prominent Northern Kentucky business and civic leaders have created a new community-wide foundation that will focus on funding key community needs and programs in Northern Kentucky.  The Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky aims to increase philanthropic giving by Northern Kentucky individuals, corporations and organizations for Northern Kentucky purposes, foster this giving community, and build a qualified public charity resource base to better service social needs and projects benefitting the public good.