06 July 2017

Recognizing Champions for Charity: James Graham Brown Foundation

The Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR) will meet with congressional leaders on July 13 to discuss issues affecting the charitable sector, such as the potential effect of tax reform on charitable giving. ACR will bring nonprofit executives from across the country to D.C. for the event entitled “Champions for Charity.”

To celebrate these philanthropic “champions,” ACR will highlight a few of the attendees and their giving in the days leading up to the event.

James Graham Brown Foundation
Louisville, Kentucky
Since 1943 the James Graham Brown Foundation, based in Louisville, Kentucky, has enacted positive change for the city it calls home. The foundation’s mission is to “promote the well-being of the citizens of the State of Kentucky in matters of business, education, health and general welfare and advancement.” Below are a few of the programs the James Graham Brown Foundation has supported.

Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana
In 2017, the foundation awarded a $154,000 grant to Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana, Inc. to help strengthen JA Inspire, a career mentoring program that will premier in October. The event is expected to provide 10,000 students in grades 8-9 with 100 interactive exhibits of different career paths with 400 mentors who will share their career advice. The event will showcase careers in business, nonprofits, government agencies, and educational organizations.

God’s Pantry Foodbank
In 2016, the James Graham Brown Foundation gave an $85,600 grant to God’s Pantry Foodbank to purchase tractor-trailers that would ease the food delivery process. Founded in 1955, God’s Pantry Foodbank serves more than 121,400 meals every day in 50 counties across Central and Eastern Kentucky. In 2016 alone, God’s Pantry Foodbank distributed 31 million pounds of food, including 11 million pounds of produce, and provided 26 million meals. In addition, God’s Pantry Foodbank allocated groceries to 11,000 seniors monthly and managed to rescue over 7 million pounds of edible food that would have been thrown out by grocery stores.

Volunteers of America
In 2016, the foundation gave a $500,000 grant to Volunteers of America (VOA) to go toward purchasing and renovating a facility to be used as a women’s addiction recovery center, Freedom House. Founded in 1896, VOA helps those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential.

This grant helped VOA double the capacity of Freedom House and expand Volunteers of America Recovery, the addiction recovery service offered. The grant helped fund the renovation of an 8,400-square foot facility and purchase an additional space to be used by mothers and children struggling with addiction. Since the program was created, 135 children have been born healthy and drug-free to women receiving addiction recovery services from Volunteers of American. VOA is extremely effective with 83 cents of each dollar being spent on direct services.

Lincoln Foundation
In 2015, the James Graham Brown Foundation gave a $750,000 grant to Lincoln Foundation, Inc., to expand the Whitney M. Young scholarship endowment. This scholarship is given to bright socioeconomically disadvantaged students in grades 7 to 12. The program recruits academically motivated seventh grade students in the Louisville Metro area and prepares them for high school graduation and college. The program serves about 350 students.

The Lincoln Foundation provides educational clinics each year in subjects such as science, mathematics, and ACT Prep. During the summer months, scholars in grades 10 to 12 are given the opportunity to spend two weeks on a college campus to help prepare them for higher education.

The grant allowed the Lincoln Foundation to continue to grow. Lincoln Foundation, through the Whitney M. Young scholarship endowment, has served hundreds of students and has a 100 percent success rate in high school graduation. In the past five years alone, more than 100 scholars have earned undergraduate and graduate degrees, and another 150 members are currently enrolled in a college or university. In 2015, the Lincoln Foundation awarded $2.6 million for the Class of 2015, spread out among 30 students. For the Class of 2016, they awarded $5.7 million for 34 students.

Use our #champs4charity hashtag to showcase American philanthropy and support charitable giving in the days surrounding the event.