How We Invest

Ray Springsteen (Fort Knox Federal Credit Union), 2017 CIT Chair leads a discussion during CIT deliberations.

The organizations we invest in help real people - which is why real people just like you determine where the donations go. Corporate donors, community members, as well as individuals from philanthropic and community organizations make up our Community Investment Team. These dedicated volunteers pore over each grant proposal and identify the local programs that align with our strategies and goals to create a lasting impact. With over 3,000 nonprofits in Central Kentucky, identifying which programs align with our community’s goals and aspirations is no small task. Our Community Impact Team volunteers spends over 900 hours determining which partnerships will create the most lasting impact in our community.
The Selection Process
The process from initial concept to funding award includes the following steps:
  • 4 hours - Grant application training for nonprofits
  • 35 hours - Average time spent developing each grant application by nonprofits
  • 3 hours - Training for Community Investment Team volunteer grant reviewers
  • 30 hours - Review of all applications by each CIT member
  • 8 hours - Applicant Question & Answer session with CIT volunteers.
  • 12 hours - CIT deliberations discussions
  • 1 hour - Funding recommendations reviewed by UWCK Board of Directors
Meet our 2017 Community Investment Team Volunteers
Ray Springsteen,* Fort Knox Federal Credit Union
Trena Floyd, WesBanco**
Alfreda Weedman, ECTC
Brian Kerr, Kerr Office Group
Greg Rovinski, Hardin Memorial Health
Melanie Raley, Meade County RECC
Nancy Tate, UPS
Rita Williams, Retired, RE Williams Inc.
Scott Conway, Magnolia Bank
Chad Sarver, Altec
Sherry Powers, Bluegrass Cellular
Officer David Fegett, Elizabethtown Police Department
Henry Alston, Retired, Ft. Knox
Teresa McMahan, Lonneman & McMahan
Steve Phillips, Swope Family of Dealerships
Mary Young, The Cecilian Bank
Margo Barnett, Aldridge & Aldridge
Joe Daley, MTD
Donnie Board, Tender Touch
*Chair, ** Vice Chair
Click here to learn more about our Community Impact Grants and allocations process.