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$300,000 Awarded to Nine Organizations from Kosair Charities Advisory Council

 

Louisville, KY - December 2, 2021 - Kosair Charities Advisory Council, composed of 26 distinguished community members, announced the recipients of their fiscal year 2022 grant awards. The Advisory Council supports Kosair Charities and the Board of Directors by promoting and advocating for Kosair Charities’ mission to enhance the health and well-being of children. Nine recipient organizations were selected after an extensive application and interview process. This year, the Advisory Council awarded $300,000 in funding to these partner agencies, a portion of the full grant commitments of Kosair Charities.

“This year’s funding focused highly on social services support, education, as well as arts initiatives which will truly provide children the opportunity to thrive,” said Bob Bonsutto, Chair of the Kosair Charities Advisory Council. “The impacts of COVID-19 will be long-lasting for the community, and children are our top priority. Each of these partner agencies have not only continued their missions through the pandemic but also have a strong plan for the future.”

The following grants were awarded:

·       Bridge Kids International ($40,000) – Bridge Kids International envisions young people and communities that have the confidence, skills, tools, and resources to solve economic development, education, environmental and health challenges and thrive.

·       Decode Project, Inc. ($40,000) – eliminates inequities in education by fostering a diverse community of learners prepared to navigate the world.

·       DELTA Foundation, Inc. ($25,000) – mentorship program that specializes in helping at-risk students in west Louisville obtain the tools necessary to be successful academically, socially and athletically.

·        Kaylyn’s House of Joy ($25,000) – dedicated to ensuring that every socioeconomically disadvantaged girl is equipped with the skills and support needed to have a safe, independent adult life. 

·        Kentucky Opera Association, Inc. ($40,000) – enriches and engages our community through spectacular music, creative storytelling and the thrill of the human voice. Kentucky Opera is dedicated to providing opportunities for inclusion and equitable representation throughout all levels of our organization, realizing that equity among all peoples requires a continual evaluation of leadership decisions, employment practices, programming choices, and methods of engaging with the community.

·       Louisville TKO ($40,000) – strives to empower youth by giving them the tools to build positive futures. Louisville TKO provides Louisville’s youth with positive reinforcement, academic support, and connection to the community.

·        Louisville Visual Art ($30,000) – nurtures local artists throughout their creative lifecycles, strengthening Louisville’s entire arts ecosystem.

·        Play Cousins Collective ($45,000) – an African American Family Collective building villages around our children through family and children’s programming and resource sharing. Families create and lead programs (rooted in Ancestral methods of healing and resilience) to serve their unique needs, heal generational traumas and build a network that insulates them from systemic oppression and racism.

·        Uniting Partners (UP) for Women and Children ($15,000) – provides a healthy, safe environment for women and children experiencing homelessness that offers opportunities and encouragement for achieving self-sufficiency. By providing shelter and resource options through a partnership of providers, UP for Women and Children is where women are empowered to find hope, help, and refuge.

“    "Play Cousins Collective, centered in Historically Black Neighborhoods, gathering in parenting and healing circles to parent children of the next generation,” said Kristen Williams, Executive Director of Play Cousins Collective. “Transportation is a barrier for both adult access to programming, as well as children. Kosair Charities’ support ensures children can go on field trips and that all who need it will have access to our programs – we are so grateful for them helping us build this village.”

VIDEO + PHOTOS:

-          B-Roll - https://www.dropbox.com/t/RPLWcSQRU0rxmVgx, https://www.dropbox.com/t/yUYkMo6cZ0NutxXd

-          Photos – https://www.dropbox.com/t/AKRMvdVOsipf0eRs

-       To schedule a time to interview members of the Advisory Council, or organizations receiving grants, please notify Lindsay Wehr at lwehr@kosair.org.

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About Kosair Charities: Since 1923, Kosair Charities has helped children reach their potential while overcoming obstacles. Kosair Charities enhances the health and well-being of children by delivering financial support for healthcare, health research, education, social services, and child advocacy. We envision a world in which children in need live life to the fullest. For more information, please visit kosair.org.

 

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