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.

2021 South Central Kentuckians of the Year—Jim & Rita Scott


James D. (Scotty) Scott was born and raised on a farm in Logan County, Kentucky. He was the youngest of three children. At an early age, he decided that the life of a farmer was not for him. In 1957, he enrolled in an Engineering Technology program with the University of Kentucky.

Scotty began his career with the KY Department of Transportation in Russellville, KY. In 1972, he started his own business, Scotty’s Paving. This business saw rapid growth, expanding into concrete, utility and building divisions.  With the purchase of stone quarries, Scotty’s Contracting & Stone began. One major project included the widening of 92 miles of Interstate I-65 from the Tennessee state line to Elizabethtown, KY. Scotty expanded his various businesses to include the conception and completion of The Club at Olde Stone which is considered a world class facility.

Scotty and Rita were married in February 1995.  Rita, a mother of two lived and worked in Louisville from 1970-1995. She spent twenty-seven years in the travel industry, ten years as the owner of her own agency, Airlanse Travel. She credits the success of her business to her ability to manage and execute large group travel itineraries, such as State convention trips, University of Louisville basketball and football team travel. 

Scotty believes in the adage of not just helping organizations in the community with money but in giving his time, energy and ideas towards furthering various philanthropic causes like hosting the Mason Cup tournament for the last 4 years at Olde Stone, mentoring athletes in the WKU’s sports programs etc. He has also been instrumental in creating and supporting young entrepreneurs in Warren County.

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