The Southeast Education Foundation, Inc. is one of the hundreds of nonprofits participating in the first-ever Kentucky Gives Day, scheduled for April 24. Organized by the Kentucky Nonprofit Network, Inc. and presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky and Baptist Health, Kentucky Gives Day is an innovative online fundraising event that encourages Kentuckians to donate as much money as possible in support of their favorite charities in just 24 hours. All donations to the Southeast Education Foundation on Kentucky Gives Day will support the Student Emergency Fund at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College.
Federal and state budget cuts are sure to have an impact on SKCTC students, reducing financial aid, work study jobs and other assistance critical to providing them access to a college education and job training. In addition to tuition assistance, Southeast students often struggle to pay for expensive textbooks, calculators, study supplies, course fees, uniforms, child care expenses, gas money, car repairs, eyeglasses, computer supplies, hearing aids and any number of needs that prevent them from successfully pursuing their educational goals.
“More than 75% of Southeast students qualify for some type of financial aid. The resources available to them and to the college are just not enough to cover all the needs of our students, many of whom don’t have the personal income to pick up additional expenses beyond federal and state grants,” said President W. Bruce Ayers. “We are excited to partner with other nonprofits across Kentucky to see how much we can raise to help our students.”
Beginning at midnight EST on April 24 and continuing until 11:59pm EST, SKCTC friends and benefactors will have the opportunity to go online to kygives.org, connect with the Southeast Education Foundation page and make a 100% tax-deductible donation. All online donations to the Southeast Education Foundation made on Kentucky Gives Day will go directly to support the SKCTC Student Emergency Fund.
“A statewide gives day has proven to be a successful model,” said Danielle Clore, executive director of the Kentucky Nonprofit Network. “We are thrilled to be able to host an event that showcases the collective power of philanthropy in Kentucky, as well as highlights the important role nonprofits play in our communities.”
For more information about Kentucky Gives Day, visit www.kygives.org or call (859) 257-2542. For more information about the Southeast Education Foundation’s participation in this event, please contact Susan Caldwell at 606-589-3165