Giving back

GoodGiving Challenge starts today!

One of the great things about liv­ing in Central Kentucky is that we are a gen­er­ous peo­ple. Our com­mu­ni­ties are stronger because folks are will­ing to vol­un­teer and give finan­cial­ly to the many wor­thy non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions that help to sus­tain and improve the lives of all peo­ple in the region.

Have you ever vis­it­ed the Bluegrass Heritage Museum, Leeds Center for the Arts, Legacy Grove, or one of the oth­er com­mu­ni­ty parks? Ever make use of the ani­mal shel­ter or have a child involved in youth sports? Maybe you or some­one you love has been in a posi­tion of need­ing ser­vices from one of the many orga­ni­za­tions pro­vid­ing food, shel­ter, and oth­er emer­gency ser­vices to folks in need?

These are just a few of the many non­prof­its in our com­mu­ni­ty that enrich our lives. Whether you’ve ben­e­fit­ed direct­ly or not, you do ben­e­fit from liv­ing in a town where such orga­ni­za­tions help to ele­vate the lives of all citizens. 

When my wife and I moved to Winchester from Eastern Kentucky in the fall of 2015, one of the first things that impressed us was the annu­al GoodGiving Challenge that takes place in ear­ly December each year. The idea of the chal­lenge, spon­sored by the Blue Grass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing, is to orga­nize and com­press a year’s worth of giv­ing into an intense week. Charitable dona­tions are made to par­tic­i­pat­ing local non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions through the BG Gives online giv­ing platform.

But there’s a fun twist: dona­tions from indi­vid­u­als are great­ly mul­ti­plied dur­ing the week­long chal­lenge by gen­er­ous dai­ly “chal­lenge grants” from local com­pa­nies and char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tions. For instance, the Clark County Community Foundation pro­vides match­ing grants total­ing up to $250,000 to par­tic­i­pat­ing non­prof­its in our county. 

The chal­lenge was orga­nized in 2011; this year is the eleventh year of the event. To date, $14.1 mil­lion has been raised for non­prof­its in 14 coun­ties of Central Kentucky. 

This year there are 29 par­tic­i­pat­ing orga­ni­za­tions in Clark. Donors can choose which orga­ni­za­tions they would like to sup­port and how much they wish to donate. The min­i­mum is $10 per orga­ni­za­tion; there is no lim­it. All dona­tions are tax-deductible, and receipts are provided. 

The chal­lenge will run from 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30 through mid­night on Monday, Dec. 6. Get all the details and give online at

Clark County participating nonprofits

Achieving Recovery Together
BCTC Winchester-Clark County Campus
The Beacon of Hope Emergency Shelter Inc
Bluegrass Heritage Museum
Charlie’s Heart Charity
Clark County Community Services
Clark County Homeless Coalition
Clark County Youth Sports Association
Friends of the Clark County Animal Shelter, Inc.
Friends of Hemp
Friends of Parks and Recreation
Holly Rood
Hospice East, Inc.
Lady Veterans Connect Inc

Leeds Center for the Arts
Legacy Greenscapes
LIFE for Pets
Marco Shemwell Foundation
New Beginnings of Winchester
Partners In Education of Clark County
Rose Mary C. Brooks Place
Rowland Arts Center
St. Agatha Academy
STRIDE Program
Swimchester Sailfish, Inc.
Winchester Black History & Heritage Committee
Winchester Clark County Farmers Market
Winchester Community Work Group
Winchester Youth Soccer League

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