It’s called the Mayor’s Fund for the Greater Good. Its goal is supporting key social service agencies that provide critical services to the most vulnerable individuals, families and children in Lexington. “It’s an opportunity for people who can afford to give, to step forward at a time when their community really needs their help,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “This truly is about the greater good.”
Lexington’s budget for next year has been crippled by a $40 million shortfall because of fallout from COVID-19, Gorton said. “Although we provided considerable funding in the budget that helps citizens who are most in need of assistance, we could not fund an additional $2.1 million in extra grants to social service agencies.”
To fund some of those agencies, Gorton is spearheading the “Mayor’s Fund for the Greater Good” campaign, and Lexington businesswoman Ann Bakhaus and Blue Grass Community Foundation are assisting.
Lisa Adkins, President and CEO of Blue Grass Community Foundation, said, “Blue Grass Community Foundation is here to help interested donors of all sizes invest together for the good of our community. We are honored to partner with Mayor Gorton to establish and administer the Mayor’s Fund for the Greater Good.”
Citizens are already stepping forward to give, Gorton said. “Just yesterday we received a gift from The MacAdam Early Childhood and Literacy Fund at Blue Grass Community Foundation. They said they are pleased to be an early supporter of the effort with a gift of $10,000.” And last week, a generous, anonymous donor contacted Gorton and pledged $237,000 for Arbor Youth Services.
Gorton said the fund-raising effort will initially focus on the following agencies because they offer critical services to the most vulnerable individuals, families and children: Greenhouse 17, the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass, Arbor Youth Services, The Salvation Army, AVOL Kentucky and NAMI Lexington. Right now, the City needs to use limited resources where they are needed the most, the Mayor said.
Here’s how to give:
- Online: go to bgcf.givingfuel.com/mayorsfund.
- By check: Make checks payable to Blue Grass Community Foundation and indicate that your gift should be directed to the Mayor’s Fund for the Greater Good Fund. Mail checks to: Blue Grass Community Foundation Attn: Mayor’s Fund for the Greater Good, 499 E. High Street, #112, Lexington, KY 40507.
- To use a Donor Advised Fund: When requesting the grant online, be sure to click the "Grant To a Fund at BGCF" option, and then use the dropdown menu to select "Mayor’s Fund for the Greater Good."