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More than 20,000 donors helped raise more than $8.5 million for the 2017 campaign for Fund for the Arts. The Fund conducts one of the oldest united arts campaigns in the country and supports arts institutions, community organizations and arts in education throughout the region.

The total met the organization’s goal and is $200,000 more than last year’s $8.3 million.

LG&E and KU Energy President and COO Paul W. Thompson chaired the campaign that also raised an additional more than $700,000, which includes additional funds pledged for future campaigns and in-kind contributions.

Fund for the Arts President and CEO Christen Boone credited the success of the campaign to Thompson’s leadership. “Because of Paul’s dedication and leadership, we are proud to share that these dollars will create tremendous impact not only in our theaters and museums but also in our schools, community centers, senior care facilities, and beyond. I am so grateful to each individual who invests in the arts as a means to positively transform our region,” she said in a news release.

The top donors are Humana and the Humana Foundation, Brown-Forman, Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, Churchill Downs, LG&E and KU Energy LLC, Yum Brands, Fifth Third Bank, Delta Dental of Kentucky, Jefferson County Public Schools, Norton Healthcare, PNC Bank, Gheens Foundation, Republic Bank & Trust Company, Kosair Charities, Baptist Health and Lift a Life Foundation.

In 2017, Fund for the Arts was able to cover arts outreach to 37 libraries, 29 parks, 30 community centers and 374 schools in 160 ZIP codes. It was also able to increase grants to schools, community centers, special needs providers and at-risk youth from 232 to 280 schools/centers and from 563 to 605 grants.

The Fund for the Arts supports diverse arts experiences including student scholarships, professional development, project and operational supports for arts organizations and leadership training. It has also developed ArtsMatch, a crowd funding program currently in use by 23 organizations, which has raised more than $260,000 from 572 donors.

“It is simply astounding to see how the arts elevate our region through enhancing educational attainment, spurring economic development, and improving the health, safety and vitality of our diverse neighborhoods,” Thompson said in a news release.