One consistent message from across the nonprofit community in Kentucky: Organizations and communities need flexible financial resources. Right Now!

The Community Foundation of South Central Kentucky encourages you do donate to the United Way Covid-19 Crisis Fund.

"None of us can help everyone, but all of us can help some."
—The United Way

United Way
Covid-19 Crisis Fund

THE GOAL OF THIS FUND—is to relieve hardship for vulnerable working families due to quarantine or disruption of income, to support the coordination of community health and human service relief efforts, and to ensure equity in the distribution of philanthropic resources across Southern Kentucky. While services to support will continue to evolve as the impact of the COVID-19 Crisis continues to increase, current critical need areas include:

  • Support food pantries and other vital food resources through providing financial resources to help prevent hunger and lack of nutrition resources
  • Prevent growth in homelessness due to the economic impacts of COVID-19 by aiding low-income individuals, displaced workers and families through emergency support for basic needs such as rent and utilities.
  • Aid education by providing technology support to low-income students who require assistance with technology and other means to stay connected to their academic instruction and learning.
  • Encourage Mental Health through supporting agencies that can counsel and guide individuals through this difficult crisis.
  • Other urgent community needs that develop due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Our mission is to encourage philanthropic giving to make a positive impact upon our communities now and for generations to come.

We work toward the goal of philanthropic giving through building and overseeing a permanent collection of endowment funds. We have several funds that serve specific sections of the community. For information on all of those, please visit Our Funds page.

We also maintain The South Central Kentucky Endowment Fund. This generalized endowment allows the Foundation to meet changing and emerging needs within the community.

Our efforts focus on serving the counties of Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson and Warren.

Fred Higgins honored as 2020 South Central Kentuckian of the Year


Frederick Marshall Higgins also known as Fred was an Industry Icon who used innovative ideas to bring retailing to the fore front of convenience store industry.

He was an entrepreneur, a mentor and was at the helm of many philanthropic endeavors. Higgins was born in 1943 in Athens, TN. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Centre College in Danville, KY in 1965. Higgins joined his father, Ralph Higgins, to create a new c-store chain, Minit Mart Foods Inc. while attending the University of Kentucky’s college of Law. After serving in the military intelligence branch of the US Army during the Vietnam war in 1972, Higgins settled in Bowling Green, KY.

He incorporated Minit Mart, which had grown to 16 locations. At its peak, Minit Mart was a multistate operator with more than 200 locations, became one of the first chains to add gasoline pumps in the 1970s and was a pioneer in creating new marketing conveniences by adding delis, gaming machines, video and DVD rentals.

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community foundation visionary partners 2019


Jerry Baker BB&T BGMU The Bowra Group at Merrill Lynch College Heights Foundation ELPO, LLP Franklin Bank and Trust Co Hillvue Heights Houchens Insurance Group Independence Bank Harvey Johnston Kerrick Bachert Key Stop Landmark Financial Advisors Jim and Eva Martens Med Center Health Ann & Troy Puckett Rogers Tomblinson Wealth Mgt Group of Wells Fargo Advisors Katherine Sikora The Simson Group, Inc U.S. Bank Don Vitale Mary Vitale Suzanne Vitale Glenna and Johnny Webb WKU Foundation


Booth Fire & Safety Deemer’s Charles M. Moore Carol Sue Walker WKU PBS