CINCINNATI, Ohio/Northern Kentucky —Horizon Community Funds' event "Give Where You Live NKY" hosts a meeting of the local nonprofit circle which works throughout various neighborhoods nominating and donating to numerous charities within the greater Cincinnati area. At their last meeting, $6,500 was raised for the Esperanza Latino Center in Covington, Kentucky in less than an hour. With $50,000 already raised this year, Give Where You Live NKY is slated to meet once again on June 17 at Union 42 Bourbon & Brews and the group can be joined at https://www.nkygives.org/.

“There is something so exciting about charitably-minded neighbors coming together from across Northern Kentucky to give together like this,” said Horizon Community Funds President Nancy Grayson. “Each $100 gift could certainly make an impact if our members chose their own organization to give to, but by coming together they are able to support an organization through a gift of thousands of dollars. Give Where You Live is a fun, casual way to learn about local nonprofits, and in so many cases, surprise these nonprofits with grants.”

Give Where You Live NKY is a joint initiative presented by Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky and Mueller Financial, Inc., and its format lends itself to busy community members who are looking for an easy way to give back to nonprofits that serve Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties.

“Muchísimas gracias to Horizon Community Funds, Mueller Financial, Inc., and everyone that is involved with the Give Where You Live NKY initiative,” said Esperanza Latino Center Executive Director Reid Yearwood. “We have recently opened our center full-time in order to successfully handle the demand for assistance and programs from the community we serve. This incredibly generous grant will provide us the opportunity to dramatically expand and improve our educational programs and resource connection services. We are extremely fortunate to be located in a community with such generous and progressive-minded organizations, and we commend your support of the Latino/Hispanic and immigrant community of Northern Kentucky. Mil gracias!”

The remaining 2021 Give Where You Live NKY meetings will be held on June 17 at Union 42 Bourbon & Brews, September 16 at Wooden Cask Brewery, and December 9 at Molly Malone’s—all on Thursdays, all from 6-7 p.m.

“It was exciting to be able to host a partially in-person event for our 2021 Kick-off round,” said Mueller Financial Partner Woody Mueller. “We are thrilled for the Esperanza Latino Center to be awarded the funds, and look forward to seeing the impact it will make within our wonderful Northern Kentucky Community.”

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.

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. The

previous winners of Give Where You Live grants include The Scheben Care Center in Florence; The Gateway Community and Technical College Foundation, which has campus sites across

Northern Kentucky; Lucky Tales Rescue in Fort Thomas; Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Covington; Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center in Florence; Family Nurturing Center in Florence; GO Pantry in Florence; The Barracks Project in Covington; Covington Partners in Covington; and, Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky in Covington.

The community can get involved by reaching out to Tess Brown at tbrown@horizonfunds.org or

859.620.8221, or by visiting www.nkygives.org.