The Foundation

The Derby Festival works each year to provide community service that directly contributes to the cultural, educational, charitable and economic development of the community. To further that mission, it has created the Derby Festival Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity. The Foundation receives and manages charitable contributions on behalf of the Derby Festival, Inc., its supporters and the general public.

The Foundation perpetuates the Festival’s impact on the community. It hopes to develop projects that highlight the Festival’s influence on the area’s cultural heritage. Its mission is to further the Festival’s educational and charitable mission through exhibitions and performances. The Foundation adds to the Festival’s mission of providing creative entertainment that enhances the community.

Current KDF Foundation projects:

  • Production of the Derby Festival Foundation Pro Am Golf Tournament.
  • Establishment of a permanent Festival heritage exhibit at the Kentucky Derby Museum. The exhibit contains Derby Festival memorabilia including the Crown, Robe and Scepter of the Derby Queen.
  • Production of an ongoing oral history project. Each year, four or five people who have played a significant role in the Festival’s development are interviewed about their recollections.
  • The Foundation also has supported groups including: WHAS Crusade for Children, Cystic Fibrosis Research, Derek Anderson Foundation and Music Theatre Louisville.

People interested in helping can mail their tax-deductible donation to the Derby Festival Foundation, 1001 South Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203. Also, a person can join the Thorobreds, a membership group that supports the Foundation and its efforts.

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