Several Northern Kentucky leaders created a new charitable foundation that will serve the needs of primarily Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties.
Prominent Northern Kentucky business and civic leaders have created a new charitable foundation that will serve key programs primarily in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.
The Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky is “a long overdue public charity vehicle designed to bring everyone into shared action for lasting service and support for Northern Kentucky,” said Bill Butler, who will chair the organization’s Council of Trustees. “By our collective giving, bigger impacts and outcomes are possible.”
Butler, chairman of Corporex Cos., and the other members of the council selected Nancy Grayson as the president.
Horizon will focus on helping break the cycle of poverty, supporting the arts, sparking development and innovation, enriching education, and improving the health and wellness of the region.
The organization will operate as a 501(c)3 organization and community foundation. Donors will be able to give to a general community fund or choose what charities benefit from their gifts.
“Northern Kentucky has a history of working together to achieve our common goals,” Grayson said in a statement. “We now have the opportunity to join together again to not only create additional resources for our community, but to establish a legacy foundation for future generations.”
In addition to Butler, the Horizon Community Funds will be governed by the following founding trustees:
- Rich Boehne, president and CEO, the E.W. Scripps Co.
- Bill Burleigh, retired CEO, the E.W. Scripps Co.
- Kim Halbauer, senior vice president and investment advisors executive, Fifth Third Bank
- Kris Knochelmann, judge executive, Kenton County
- Bob Kohlhepp, retired CEO, Cintas
- Jon Moeller, chief financial officer and vice chairman, Procter & Gamble Co.
- Paul Sartori, principal, Legacy Financial
- Chuck Scheper, chairman, Bexion Pharmaceuticals
- Mike Schlotman, executive vice president and chief financial officer, The Kroger Co.
- Chuck Session, vice president, government and community affairs, Duke Energy Kentucky
- Paul Verst, president and CEO, Verst Group Logistics and Zenith Logistics
- Jim Votruba, retired president, Northern Kentucky University
- Bob Zapp, retired CEO, Bank of Kentucky
The list is expected to grow.
"This fund will provide our community with a philanthropic partner which can convene, consolidate and encourage charitable giving in a tax advantaged manner,” Zapp said in a statement. “By bringing together those with a philanthropic interest we can better influence and support our growing Northern Kentucky region."
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