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JustFundKY has adopted a new strategic plan: we want to turbo charge our Cliff Todd Endowment. The first ten years of fundraising have been truly remarkable: we reached our goal of one million dollars in just four years. Since reaching our goal, we have awarded grants of about $250,000 from our annual earnings to community groups around the state. We have also managed to increase our endowment balance to 1.3 million dollars!
However, we cannot rest on our past successes. The needs in our Commonwealth are great. When County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples in Morehead, she was reminding us that many Kentuckians still are not sold on equal rights for LGBTQ individuals. Just this year, a KY Circuit Judge refused to allow LGBTQ parents to adopt children saying he could never find that it was in the best interest of a child to have LGBTQ parents.
We have a long way to go and we need an even stronger endowment to get us there. That's why we are embarking on a campaign to increase our endowment to 5 million dollars. We will do this with gifts, both large and small, and with planned giving. Be part of this campaign. Help us reach our goal. To donate now, please go to the contributions page. To include JustFundKY in your will, insurance policy, IRA or other retirement plan, check out our Guide to Gift Planning or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The campaign to increase JustFundKY's Cliff Todd endowment got a mighty boost with 20 community pillars stepping up to serve on the Endowment Council. The mission: to increase the endowment to $5 million dollars with the use of individual gifts and planned giving. The endowment members for 2017 are: Tracee Whitley, David Lafferty, Laura Zimmerman, Dr. Sam Matheny, Karen Greenwell, Mike Berry, Cindy Terry, Angel Levas, Benjamin Deaton, Dr. John Roth, Wayne Clayton, Gordon Wright, Jonathan Barker, Jeremy Bates, J.R. Zerkowski, Susan Lamb, Tim Brooks, Mary Ellen Hart, Paul Croley, and Mark Johnson.
The kickoff reception for the Campaign was held at the home of Tracee Whitley at Fayette Park. Mayor Jim Gray was present to support and help kick off the Campaign.
On October 21st, 2016 at the Lyric Theater in Lexington, JustFundKY celebrated its 10th year anniversary. A huge crowd toasted an endowment that has grown to 1.3 million dollars and, within the last five years, has awarded a total of $200,000 in community grants around the state.
Debra Hensley, one of the JustFundKY founders was roasted at the event with a combination of song, dance and comic relief. Joe Gatton, Joel Pett, the Imperial Court, Talk Dark and Handsome, Julie Butcher, Deb Shoss, and Isabell Yates all contributed to the roast.
The event was co-chaired by Ernesto Scorsone and former Mayor Pam Miller. The net proceeds for the evening surpassed $50,000.
JustFundKY has always been about the long haul. We know that fairness for all LGBTQ Kentuckians will not be achieved overnight. We need to keep our education efforts on track for many years to come. That's why we have created the Cliff Todd Endowment–to have a perpetual funding stream for education efforts for the next generation and beyond.
Our Legacy Group was formed to promote long term giving. Individuals who earmark a part of their estate to JustFundKY are members of the Group. No matter how large or small the donation, it is a way to leave an incredible gift for the next generation.
This year we celebrate the life of Jack Burch and his legacy gift of $10,000 to JustFundKY. Jack was a long time advocate for the disadvantaged. As the Executive Director of Community Action he assisted countless Central Kentucky families who were in need of help. Jack was a fierce advocate for the poor. His advocacy was always thoughtful, intelligent and effective. Jack believed in fairness for all and testified in support of the Fairness Ordinance in Lexington. With respect to his legacy donation, his partner Lanny Adkins said: "Jack was a patient and very loving person who wanted to do good. He was dedicated to improving our society and appreciated JustFundKY's contribution to that mission". We are indebted to Jack Burch for his great work and generosity.
This year we have also received a $3,000 donation in honor of Federal Judge John Heyburn of Louisville. Judge Heyburn was a very well respected Judge who ruled that Kentucky's ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional. Upon his passing, a former Kentuckian Rebecca Westerfield, who now lives in San Francisco with her wife, sent the contribution to JustFundKY as way to honor Judge Heyburn's legacy for equal rights. What a fitting tribute! These generous contributions will help us continue our work and help us get a little closer to our goal for fairness for all LGBTQ Kentuckians.
JustFundKY was thrilled to present the award-winning movie, PRIDE, October 11, 2015 at the Kentucky Theater followed by a VIP reception at the Downtown Arts Center.
JustFundKY sponsored four young Kentuckians to attend the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Creating Change Conference in Denver, Colorado in February to further leadership development in our community.
This was our second Derby Eve Party.
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What a great event! Thanks to everyone that came out to support of "Super Heros".
View the slideshow from the event.
Our 2015 Grant award winners are posted.
Our 2013 Fundraiser was a hit! Our gallery of images is now live.
Please visit http://justfundky.org/derbyeve/gallery/ to see all of the images from the event.