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Speed Philanthropy Event Nets $6,000 for Child Care at Gateway

Gateway Community & Technical College Foundation was the latest recipient of a grant from the new Give Where You Live NKY program.

The funds will be used to assist with childcare for students.

On Thursday, more than fifty people joined together to raise $6,000 for the gift in less than an hour.

The speed philanthropy event was created by Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky and Mueller Financial, Inc.

"For every $100 gift coming through Give Where You Live NKY, we are able to make a substantial impact in the lives of children whose parents are students at Gateway Community and Technical College," said Donor Relations Coordinator Toni Bloom Mueller. "Imagine that gift of $100 being multiplied by so many more Give Where You Live NKY members. This meeting’s $6,000 gift will ensure that these children will receive the highest quality care through our partnership with Children, Inc."

“This was another fast, fun-filled gathering that resulted in thousands of dollars for a nonprofit serving Northern Kentucky,” said Horizon Community Funds President Nancy Grayson. “We have already seen the difference it is making with our friends at The Bill & Betsy Scheben Care Center through our first quarter grant, and we look forward to seeing what Gateway Community Foundation is able to do with our second quarter grant.”

The giving circle runs on a tight schedule at each meeting. Participating members nominate a nonprofit of their choice, and three names are randomly selected and briefly discussed by the group. The members then vote on their favorite of the three organizations, and each member contributes $100 for the grant to the winning organization. All takes place in under an hour, just four times per year.

Gateway plans to use the funds to assist in offering free childcare for students. Childcare has been identified as a significant need for Gateway students, according to a news release. This partnership program with Covington-based Children, Inc. is in response to this community need and Gateway’s commitment to removing barriers for students. For the fall 2019 semester, childcare will be offered to students taking daytime courses.

“Building on the excitement from our successful round one event, we are very excited to see another wonderful nonprofit like Gateway Community Foundation awarded the $6,000,” said Mueller Financial Partner Woody Mueller. “We look forward to seeing the impact these funds will make in our local community.”

The remaining 2019 Give Where You Live NKY meetings will take place on:

  • Thursday, September 19 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Newport on the Levee

  • Thursday, December 12 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at BLDG in Covington

The format of Give Where You Live NKY also provides a way to connect funds to nonprofits without the need for nonprofits to expend financial resources and staff time on fundraising.

Scheben Care Center Executive Director Lisa West chose to use her organization’s Give Where You Live NKY first quarter grant to build an ADA compliant walking path for the clients she serves who live with varying mobility capabilities.

“Our clients are very excited, and ask about it constantly,” West said. “This would absolutely not have been possible at this time without a gift like the one we received from the community through Give Where You Live NKY.” 

The community can get involved by reaching out to Woody Mueller at [email protected] or 859.992.4153, or by visiting

-Staff report