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JustFundKY acknowledges that institutional racism exists in conscious and unconscious forms.  We see it in education, in business, in politics, and in law enforcement. We know that our queer and trans siblings of color suffer far greater injustices than white LGBTQ Kentuckians.
The Cliff Todd annual grant program commits to prioritizing LGBTQ antiracist projects and programs to help create a brighter Kentucky for all its citizens. As Emma Lazarus so powerfully stated, “Until we are all free, none of us are free.”

 

 

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Supreme Court Action on 6/24/2022

In the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, JustFundKY recognizes the rights of each person to bodily autonomy whether that be who we love, if and when we want to have children, if we choose gender transition, in short to live lives free of coercion, violence, and oppression.  As Emma Lazarus so powerfully stated, “Until we are all free, none of us are free.”

2022 Grant Awards Announced

For Immediate Release     

May 11, 2022

JustFundKY is proud to announce the 2022 grant recipients of the Cliff Todd Endowment!  This year’s submissions show innovative adaptations to Covid-19 restrictions and a commitment to the JFKY funding priorities of antiracist LGBTQ work and rural outreach. 

JustFundKY is a $ 2+ million endowment that funds educational projects in Kentucky from Pikeville to Paducah.  Since 2011, JFKY has granted $520,000 to 65 community organizations.  In ten years, we have touched every county in the commonwealth raising awareness of the issues impacting LGBTQ people, and supporting projects that create a more just and joyful Kentucky.

This year’s grant recipients are:

Among the many excellent projects JustFund funded this year are an evening with Cookie Johnson sponsored by Bluegrass Black Pride, and inclusion training for the Powell County Schools. Along with these amazing projects:

  • Ashland Kentucky Pride, $1500 for Safe Zone trainings
  • Arts Connect, $2900 to host an event with Silas House at the Lexington Public Library
  • Ban Conversion Therapy, $1500 to host trainings
  • Berea Pride, $2500 to support their pride festival
  • Bluegrass Black Pride, $5000 to host an evening with Cookie Johnson
  • Drag Queen Storytime Kentucky, $2800 to support community reading programs
  • Fireside Industries, $2500 for LGBTQ publishing projects
  • GLSEN, $2415 to create Rainbow Libraries for rural schools
  • Kentucky Black Pride, $4000 for No More Silence workshop trainings
  • Lexington Pride Center, $6442 to create a resource center
  • Looking for Lilith, $3000 to support a LGBTQ play production
  • Louisville Pride, $2000 to launch the pride center
  • Louisville Youth Group, $2000 to support a speaker and prom
  • PGLAG Somerset, $3000 to support their pride festival
  • Pikeville Pride, $4000 to support their pride festival
  • Powell County Schools, $1600 to do inclusion training for district staff
  • Queer Kentucky, $4000 for expansion in Eastern/Appalachian Region
  • Queering Spirituality, $1750 for youth outreach and support at Ahava
  • RADIOLEX, $2500 to support conversations with Kentucky LGBTQ activists
  • Sweet Evening Breeze, $5000 for resources for homeless LGBTQ youth
  • The Nest, $3000 for LGBTQ Wellness workshops
  • Weathering Rainbows Podcast, $5000 for 10 episodes highlighting the talents of LGBTQ people

2022: Grant Applications Now Open

A New Year For LGBTQ Equality For Kentuckians

JustFundKY is excited to announce we are accepting applications to become a 2022 Cliff Todd Endowment grant recipient.  More Info here: Click Here for Info


Our Cliff Todd Endowment grant recipients promote fairness and equality for LGBTQ Kentuckians throughout the Commonwealth, using education as their method for accomplishing this goal.

Over the last decade, JustFundKY has awarded a historic $455,000 to support LGBTQ projects across Kentucky. The projects of our past grant recipients positively impacting our community, touching every corner of the Commonwealth, and transforming the lives of LGBTQ Kentuckians. 

2022 GuideStar Platinum Award

We’re excited to share that JustFundKY has again earned a Platinum Seal of Transparency for 2022 with Candid! This is their highest level awarded. You can continue to support our work with trust and confidence by viewing our #NonprofitProfile: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/20-8465456

$2,000,000 Celebration Event Held

Saturday, November 20th, 2021 at 21c Museum and Hotel Lexington! Wow. What a night to remember. JustFundKY’s Cliff Todd Endowment hit and exceeded the $2,000,000 mark. The endowment, which provides grants to education projects promoting LGBTQ equality and inclusivity, is now one of the largest permanent LGBTQ endowments in the South.   We had such a wonderful evening celebrating the life of our dear friend Cliff Todd, the new exhibit by Robert Morgan, and celebrating our $2,000,000 milestone. Sharing this night with friends and those who believe in Kentucky is something we will always cherish. 

On behalf of everyone at JustFundKY, we are so very thankful for your support and belief in our mission toward equality for all Kentuckians. More info: 2021 Event

Passing of Cliff Todd

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Cliff Todd on July 14, 2021. Cliff’s generosity allowed JustFundKY to create a permanent endowment for the LGBTQ community in Kentucky. He believed it is the responsibility of each of us to give where we can and acted on this by donating a matching gift to help found JustFundKY. Join us 11/20/2021 at 21c Hotel Lexington as we honor Mr. Todd! (See the Events Tab)

Mr. Todd speaking at WKU on June 2, 2021.

Cliff’s commitment to LGBTQ Kentuckians inspired many across this state to participate in our work for justice. Never before had the LGBTQ community in Kentucky rallied for a single purpose: an endowment to fund education work around the state. 

For the past ten years, JustFundKY has been able to award education grants across the commonwealth because of Cliff Todd. Among his legacy is a perpetual revenue stream supporting projects promoting fairness for LGBTQ Kentuckians. His gracious, warm smile and unbridled belief that the LGBTQ community in Kentucky is worth putting your money where your mouth is will never be forgotten, especially by the members of his JustFundKY family.  

We will sorely miss Cliff, and appreciate that his reach continues through every project we have and will fund.  We join his family, friends, and all the people touched by Cliff in mourning the loss of a great leader of our community, and honor the life of a man who helped brighten the state for countless LGBTQ Kentuckians.  

Donate Through Gift Planning

Want to help LGBTQ Kentuckians for generations to come? The beauty of JustFundKY is that it will last forever. Learn how to plan for the people you care about and help LGBTQ Kentuckians for generations to come by checking out our new videos on Gift Planning.

For more information, check out our Guide to Gift Planning.


2021 Grants Announced

JustFundKY is proud to announce the 2021 grant recipients of the Cliff Todd Endowment!  This year’s submissions show innovative adaptations to Covid-19 restrictions and a commitment to the JFKY funding priorities of antiracist LGBTQ work and rural outreach. 

JustFundKY is a $1.8 million endowment that funds educational projects in Kentucky from Pikeville to Paducah.  Since 2011, JFKY has granted over $455,000 to 65 community organizations.

Click here to view the complete list of 2021 Cliff Todd Endowment Grants: https://justfundky.org/2021-grants/

2019 Grants Awarded & KY’s First Historic LGBTQ Rights Markers Unveiled

See the listing of this years Grant Award Winners!

Photos from the Grant Award Announcements and Historic Marker Unveilings


Videos from the event:

Article from the Lexington Herald-Leader:

Presentation of Annual Grant Recipient Awards & Kentucky’s First LGBTQ Historical Markers Officially Unveiled

Please join us for a historic event and celebration in downtown Lexington on June 3, 2018!

The Livery, 238 E Main St
June 3, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Please meet at The Livery at 2:30 PM and we will then proceed to the unveiling followed immediately afterward with Grant Awards and celebration with wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres. Please RSVP to mehtgc@gmail.com.

If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation you can do so via our Contributions page.

JustFundKY is proud to have sponsored both of these Markers. Our mission is to support education efforts around the state to build a fair and just society. These Markers are part of that education effort.