How We Invest

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 spent over 960 hours last year 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 2016 Community Investment Team Volunteers
Ray Springsteen,*   Fort Knox Federal Credit Union
Alfreda Weedman,   ECTC
Brian Kerr,  Kerr Office Group
Brandi Bradford,  Bluegrass Cellular
Carla Thomas,  LG & E/ KU
Chris Galloway,    Whitworth Tool
Doug Morgan,  Akebono
Greg Rovinski,  Hardin Memorial Health
Melanie Raley,  Meade County RECC
Nancy Tate,  UPS
Rita Williams,  Retired, RE Williams Inc.
Scott Conway,  First Citizens Bank
Scott Guenther,  AGC
Sean Mason,  Altec
Sherry Powers,  Bluegrass Cellular
Willie Cohns,  Cohns & Associates
Vanda White,    Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center
Click here to learn more about our Community Impact Grants and allocations process.