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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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.
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.
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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/
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
JustFundKY has adopted a new strategic plan: we want to turbo charge our Cliff Todd Endowment. The first ten years of fundraising have been truly remarkable: we reached our goal of one million dollars in just four years. Since reaching our goal, we have awarded grants of about $250,000 from our annual earnings to community groups around the state. We have also managed to increase our endowment balance to 1.3 million dollars!
However, we cannot rest on our past successes. The needs in our Commonwealth are great. When County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples in Morehead, she was reminding us that many Kentuckians still are not sold on equal rights for LGBTQ individuals. Just this year, a KY Circuit Judge refused to allow LGBTQ parents to adopt children saying he could never find that it was in the best interest of a child to have LGBTQ parents.
We have a long way to go and we need an even stronger endowment to get us there. That’s why we are embarking on a campaign to increase our endowment to 5 million dollars. We will do this with gifts, both large and small, and with planned giving. Be part of this campaign. Help us reach our goal. To donate now, please go to the contributions page. To include JustFundKY in your will, insurance policy, IRA or other retirement plan, check out our Guide to Gift Planning or contact us at email@example.com.
The campaign to increase JustFundKY’s Cliff Todd endowment got a mighty boost with 20 community pillars stepping up to serve on the Endowment Council. The mission: to increase the endowment to $5 million dollars with the use of individual gifts and planned giving. The endowment members for 2017 are: Tracee Whitley, David Lafferty, Laura Zimmerman, Dr. Sam Matheny, Karen Greenwell, Mike Berry, Cindy Terry, Angel Levas, Benjamin Deaton, Dr. John Roth, Wayne Clayton, Gordon Wright, Jonathan Barker, Jeremy Bates, J.R. Zerkowski, Susan Lamb, Tim Brooks, Mary Ellen Hart, Paul Croley, and Mark Johnson.
The kickoff reception for the Campaign was held at the home of Tracee Whitley at Fayette Park. Mayor Jim Gray was present to support and help kick off the Campaign.
On October 21st, 2016 at the Lyric Theater in Lexington, JustFundKY celebrated its 10th year anniversary. A huge crowd toasted an endowment that has grown to 1.3 million dollars and, within the last five years, has awarded a total of $200,000 in community grants around the state.
Debra Hensley, one of the JustFundKY founders was roasted at the event with a combination of song, dance and comic relief. Joe Gatton, Joel Pett, the Imperial Court, Talk Dark and Handsome, Julie Butcher, Deb Shoss, and Isabell Yates all contributed to the roast.
The event was co-chaired by Ernesto Scorsone and former Mayor Pam Miller. The net proceeds for the evening surpassed $50,000.