Since incorporating as a Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky affiliate in 2013, Jackson County has raised over $80,000 to support good work happening throughout the county.
With lush rolling hills, thousands of acres preserved in national forest, and some of the best waterfalls and swimming holes in the state, it’s hard not to think of Jackson County as one of Kentucky’s most prized treasures.
In recognition of one of Jackson County’s greatest treasures- its people- the Jackson County Community Foundation created their annual Local Treasures celebration. Jackson County Community Foundation board chair, Rodney Chrisman, says it’s had a positive impact on the community, “The event helps bring attention to people doing good things in our community while raising funds to support our work.” This year, the celebration brought together 140 local residents to honor the county’s many veterans, hosted a delicious meal with 20 table sponsors made up of local businesses and organizations, and raised over $17,000 for the fund.
Since incorporating as a Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky affiliate in 2013, Jackson County has raised over $80,000 to support good work happening throughout the county. Chrisman says a major priority for the Foundation is creating a permanent endowment that will stay in Jackson County forever and continually grow philanthropic giving to support the community. In addition to endowment building, the Foundation’s board makes grants to community-led activities like McKee’s Trail Town initiative and a project that built picnic shelters near Flat Lick Falls, investments that build on the beautiful natural assets of the county and support eco-tourism and economic development opportunities.
Chrisman says he’s proud of the work the Jackson County Community Foundation and other affiliate funds are doing because together they can create a lasting legacy for Eastern Kentucky, “In our region, we must take the bull by the horns and do something on our own to help the future of our communities. We are doing this work for ourselves and for our future.”