Five Black-led organizations working to strengthen educational opportunities in the West End will soon get a huge financial boost, thanks to a $50 million investment from the Brown-Forman Foundation.
In a press release Tuesday, the foundation identified the investment as the largest gift made in its five-year history, with the money being distributed to the organizations over the next decade.
“We believe that quality education, from cradle to career, is critical to lifelong success and helps ensure a brighter future for generations to come,” Lawson Whiting, CEO of the Brown-Forman Corporation and director of the foundation, said in the release. “Today’s announcement is another step on that journey and our commitment to positive, long-term change here in Louisville.”
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The following organizations will receive a portion of the funds:
►AMPED, a nonprofit based in Chickasaw, will receive $5 million to expand its Out of School Time program, which supports youth through mentorship and music.
►The Louisville Central Community Center, a community-based institution in Russell, will get $10 million to support its Mini-Versity Child Development Program, which offers health and education equity for families of infants and preschoolers.
►The Louisville Urban League, a nonprofit on the edge of Russell and California, will receive $5 million to support programs that increase educational access and remove barriers for families affected by the achievement gap.
►Simmons College of Kentucky, a historically Black college, will get $10 million to develop a teacher education program.
►The West End School, a free boarding school in Chickasaw, will receive $10 million to continue its program for young boys, along with another $10 million to add programming for girls.
Sadiqa Reynolds, CEO of the Louisville Urban League, said funding from the Brown-Forman Foundation will go toward intensive tutoring for predominantly Black students.
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