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What is is a powerful online resource to inform, empower and enrich charitable giving in the region – benefiting donors, nonprofits and the community at large. The underlying database provides access to information about local nonprofits, including financial, governance and programmatic details.

Powered by GuideStar, and supported by Blue Grass Community Foundation staff, data is assembled into information and, over time, matures into a deep knowledge base of nonprofit organizations that provide essential services for this region and beyond.

This public, searchable database is a powerful tool for nonprofits to share their stories with the community, as well as supporters, Community Foundation fundholders, prospective donors and funders, increase awareness about the role of nonprofits in our region, and encourage charitable giving. Through this site, visitors will be able to access information and make credit card contributions to local nonprofit organizations.

All services are completely free to the public and to participating nonprofits.

What are's goals? fulfills the Community Foundation’s mission by providing nonprofit information so donors can give with confidence. encourages more strategic giving from our philanthropic community; expands the number of community donors by helping match donor interest with need; increases dollars given by identifying pressing needs and showing donors how their leadership can impact critical issues; advances the nonprofit sector as a whole by strengthening individual agencies and encouraging collaborative partnerships.

What is a nonprofit portrait?

Today’s donor wants accessible information in order to make strategic giving decisions. portraits are designed to offer a wealth of knowledge so donors can give with confidence. In you will find: General Information--contact information, mission, link to website; Programs--list and description of up to 5 programs; Management--staff and policy information; Governance--Board of Directors and planning information; Financial--three years of financial information in an easy to read format; Original documents--if available, the following documents will be available on in a pdf format: IRS letter of nonprofit determination, Budget, IRS form 990 (nonprofit tax reporting form), audit or financial review. The information is provided on a voluntary basis by area nonprofits. The Community Foundation staff verifies some information (i.e. financial data is verified against the 990 and audit), but much of the data is self-reporting. Portraits are updated at least annually.

Does the Community Foundation endorse organizations? does not endorse or recommend nonprofit organizations.

What does the Current icon mean?

The Current icon indicates a nonprofit’s portrait is complete and up-to-date according to standards. Current portraits have been reviewed by the Community Foundation staff to ensure that financial information is consistent with reporting documents (IRS Form 990 or audit).

Does the Community Foundation guarantee the accuracy of data?

The narrative information in each portrait is voluntarily provided by the nonprofit. does not guarantee the accuracy of any such data, make any representations or warranties with regard to nonprofits in the database, or verify they are in compliance with all state and federal requirements. However, will seek to include the most accurate data available through document verification and a due diligence process.

Why are some area nonprofits not included in contains portraits of 501 (c) (3) public charities. does not contain portraits for religious organizations operating for religious purposes (i.e. churches, synagogues, mosques). If your favorite organization is missing, please ask the organization to request a portrait in See the “Click here to learn about creating a portrait in “button on the home page.

Why are some nonprofit portraits incomplete? is a voluntary program for area nonprofits. Some nonprofits choose to provide basic contact information only. The Community Foundation is eager to have a full portrait on all nonprofits when the nonprofit is ready to provide information.

How is funded?

As a service to the community, Blue Grass Community Foundation is underwriting the cost of

What standards should I look for when evaluating a nonprofit organization? does not evaluate or rate nonprofits. We have provided information throughout the portrait from organizations which offer nonprofit standards of excellence.

What is Blue Grass Community Foundation?

Blue Grass Community Foundation is the region’s go-to source for giving and engagement. We are a public charity that helps individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits accomplish their philanthropic goals by establishing charitable funds and endowments. Since 1967, we’ve been connecting donors to the causes they care about.

To learn more about Blue Grass Community Foundation, visit You may contact us at 859.225.3343 or email

What is GuideStar? is powered by GuideStar. GuideStar,, connects people and organizations with information on the programs and finances of more than 1.7 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. GuideStar serves a wide audience inside and outside the nonprofit sector, including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, government officials, academic researchers, and the media. In 2008, users seeking nonprofit information visited the GuideStar Web site 10.8 million times. GuideStar is revolutionizing philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.

What suggestions do you have for and Blue Grass Community Foundation are eager to hear your suggestions and feedback. You can email us at or click the "Contact Us" button on the main navigational bar to send a message.