Citizen, Scholar, Steward

The Artemis Fund

The Artemis Fund is administered entirely by high school students who are enrolled in a philanthropy course at Kentucky Country Day School. The Artemis Fund is a donor-advised fund with the Community Foundation of Louisville. The Fund awards grants to local organizations that support youth development in the community. Students in the course comprise the Board of Trustees and learn about effective philanthropy by experiencing firsthand the responsibility and challenges of making grant. The course is offered each spring, so there is a new Board of Trustees every year. Students learn about the history of philanthropy, review grant requests, organize site visits, and conduct interviews before making their final decisions.

The Artemis Fund started in 2002 with a $10,000 grant from KCD parent Judith Miller through the Miller Family Foundation. Since then, the KCD philanthropy class has built a charitable trust of more than $248,000 and has dispersed over $120,000 in grants to local community organizations.

The Artemis Fund was named the 2005 Youth Philanthropist of the Year by the Greater Louisville Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and received the 2004 Leading Edge Award for curriculum innovation from the National Association of Independent Schools

Recent Grant Recipients

List of 9 items.

  • 2023 Recipient

    $10,000 to the DELTA Foundation
  • 2022 Recipients

    • $5000 to Gilda's Club 
    • $2500 to Legal Aid Society 
    • $2800 to Sleep in Heavenly Peace 
  • 2021 Recipients

    • $5,000 to CASA of the River Region for their Advocacy Support Life Skills Academy.
    • $2,000 to Smoketown Family Wellness Center for the gardening co-op project.
  • 2020 Recipients

    • $1,353 to the Second Chances Wildlife Center
    • $3,000 to I Would Rather Be Reading
    • $1,996 to the Lincoln Foundation
    • $1,760 to The Backside Learning Center
  • 2019 Recipients

    • $2,500 to Lifehouse Maternity Home to start an education fund for young mothers and their children.
    • $1,953 to Smoketown Family Wellness Center for a Reach Out and Read program
    • $3,406 to St. Joseph Children’s Home to support their Therapy and Sensory Aid Project
  • 2018 Recipients

    • $2,591 to Green Hill Therapy for continuing education for equine therapists
    • $1,774 to NERD Louisville to expand the West End School’s Makerspace
    • $2,500 to St. Matthews Area Ministries for a food pantry at Waggener High School
  • 2017 Recipients

    • $3,000 to CASA: training for the Advocate Support Program to expand child advocacy services.
    • $2,042 to Dare to Care: The Backpack Buddies food assistance program.
    • $1,500 to the Louisville Children’s Museum: Hands-On Ohio River Replica (part of the museum’s traveling exhibition for elementary school children).
  • 2016 Recipients

    • $2,000 to Americana Community Center: the Americana Summer Youth Program for low-income and immigrant youth.
    • $2,720 to Green Hill Therapy Inc.: training for two licensed occupational therapists to expand their capacity to provide aquatherapy to children in need.
    • $1,390 to One Plus One Equals U Inc.: A girls’ self-empowerment module and a health & fitness module for the Summer Youth Enrichment Program for low-income, minority students.
  • 2015 Recipients

    • $2,350 to the Lincoln Foundation: reading programs.
    • $2,000 to Visually Impaired Preschool Services: early intervention program.
    • $909.57 to Dare to Care: Backpack Buddy program, which provides food for children likely to experience hunger on the weekend.

2024 Board of Trustees

Aya Alnabahan, Chair
Oliver Coyne, Vice Chair
Yunis Kutmah, Treasurer
Dylan Winner, Secretary
Bright Zheng, Development Chair
Kathleen Reisert, Communications Chair
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