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 $213,000 and has dispersed over $95,000 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