Charitable Distribution Report

The Leighty Foundation distributes grants or smaller contributions to tax-exempt nonprofit organizations.  In some way, a Board Member or advisor invests time and expertise to leverage the financial investment.  Board Members are geographically dispersed, and have diverse areas of interest and expertise.

Grants proceed from an invited, written application, on our form.    Grants are usually made for one year or one project.  A written evaluation of the project is required from each grantee.  The majority of grants are $3,000 – $10,000.

Contributions proceed from an invitation.  A formal application is not required.   Opportunities are researched by a Board member or advisor who then requests consideration by the Board.   Contributions are made each year.  The majority of contributions are $500 – $3,000.

Enjoy exploring these recipients of Leighty Foundation funds. In that way, get to know them…and us.

Fiscal Year End 2016: GRANTS



Philanthropic Support organizations:  Family philanthropy, small foundations and individual donors contribute an immense amount of resources to meet the growing needs in our country and our world.   These organizations offer publications, events, research and networking opportunities to those who wish to grow in the art and science of innovative high-impact philanthropy.  Our investment of leadership and funds in philanthropic support organizations allows us to partner in the inspiration, education and empowerment of our colleagues, as well as ourselves.

National Center for Family Philanthropy – Washington, DC
Grant Purpose:  General operating funds to encourage other small family foundations to support NCFP work and to promote and disseminate their recently published “Trends in Family Philanthropy Report”

The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) is the only national non-profit dedicated exclusively to families who give and those who work with them.  They promote philanthropic values, vision and excellence across generations of donors and donor families, and provide the highest quality information to families and their advisors.

Exponent Philanthropy – Washington, DC
Grant Purpose:   General operating funds to support program and content development

Exponent Philanthropy is dedicated to serving foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families and individuals through a strategy of guiding them, connecting them with colleagues and championing their work to the general public.  They envision a goal of empowered philanthropists leveraging their resources and amplifying their impact.



Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) – Maplewood, MN
Grant Purpose:     2017 National Summit Volunteer Engagement Leadership:  “Mapping our Future, Strengthening Our Voice”
Our foundation’s seed grants have leveraged larger funds to enable this first convening in a decade for volunteer engagement professionals.  The empowerment of volunteer resources in new and innovative ways must be a critical strategy for organizations as they seek to accomplish their missions in the face of escalating needs and declining budgets.  This event will be the first ever to bring funders and leaders in volunteer engagement together to create strategies for unleashing the time and talent that must accompany financial resources in order to meet community needs.  We are proud to have a leadership role in this unique event.

Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration inspires excellence in leadership of volunteers to impact communities.

Pikes Peak Volunteer Engagement Initiative (PPVEI) – Colorado Springs, CO
A major funding area for The Leighty Foundation is building the capacity of our communities and nonprofit organizations to effectively engage an increased number of volunteers.  Since 2011, Program Director, Jane Leighty Justis, initiated and led PPVEI in Colorado Springs.  As a result of the foundation, and a team of local stakeholders contributing expertise as well as funding,  a critical mass of close to thirty organizations have been provided with tools and encouragement to increase their competence in engaging volunteers.   Participating organizations have shared their skills with colleagues, and have reported that strategic volunteer engagement has enabled them to strengthen and expand their missions while not dramatically increasing expenses.

Center for Nonprofit Excellence – Colorado Springs, CO
Grant Purpose:  Transition and continuation of PPVEI legacy work

Center for Nonprofit Excellence strengthens Southern Colorado’s nonprofit sector through leadership and resource development, advocacy and collaboration.  The goal is to enhance organizational missions thereby increasingly meeting community needs.  A core belief is that volunteerism is not a program, but a critical strategy for achieving community impact.

After six years of direct involvement, our foundation is transitioning the legacy of this work to a trusted local partner, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.  They will provide PPVEI leadership to deepen the understanding and practices of nonprofit organizations regarding the empowerment of volunteer resources.

The foundation is now able to turn its attention to creating support and assessment tools for funders who are showing interest in building the capacity of their grantees to engage volunteers.



Chaddock Children’s Foundation – Quincy, IL
Grant Purpose:     Building Project
Chaddock offers hope and healing to children and families by providing innovative services in caring settings.

Operation Rainbow, Inc – Oakland, CA
Grant Purpose:     Orthopedic Medical Missions for Children
Operation Rainbow performs free orthopedic surgery for indigent children and young adults in developing countries worldwide who do not have access to related medical procedures or equipment.

Waterloo Development Corporation – Waterloo, IA
Grant Purpose:     Cedar Valley SportsPlex
Waterloo Development Corporation promotes civic, industrial, mercantile, traffic and transportation, agricultural and other interests of Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and Northeast Iowa areas. The entity works closely with the communities to enhance social, recreational, and educational opportunities in the area.



Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis – Davis, CA
Grant Purpose:     Graduate Student Fellow Zane McDonald, MS, Transportation Technology & Policy
The Institute of Transportation Studies at University of California at Davis serves the
needs of society by organizing and conducting multidisciplinary research on emerging and important issues, disseminating this research through conferences and scholarly publications, and enhancing the quality and breadth of transportation education.

Fiscal Year End 2016: CONTRIBUTIONS


Amnesty International Asla Foundation Baby2Baby Blue Star Recyclers CASA Cedar Valley Preschool & Child Care Center Citizens Project Downing House EngenderHealth Family and Children’s Council of Black Hawk County Job Foundation Let’s Help Kids Planned Parenthood Federation of America Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest Pikes Peak Comm. Fd./INDY GIVE Matching Rocky Mountain PBS Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute Safe Passage Save the Children Shjon Podein Children’s Foundation SOZO International Telita Cumi Home The Gazette-El Pomar Fd. Empty Stocking Fund The Kid’s Compassion Project Urban Peak YWCA of Black Hawk County



1000 Friends of Iowa African Wildlife Foundation Alaska Center for the Environment Alaska Community Action on Toxics Alaska Conservation Foundation Alaska Marine Conservation Council Cook Inletkeeper Copper River Watershed Project Discovery Southeast Earthjustice Earthworks Environmental Law and Policy Center Eyak Preservation Council Gastineau Humane Society Great Plains Institute Inian Islands Institute Inc Iowa Environmental Council Iowa Interfaith Power and Light The Land Institute Natural Resources Defense Council Northern Alaska Environmental Center Renewable Energy Alaska Project Sitka Conservation Society Southeast Alaska Conservation Council Southeast Alaska Land Trust The Nature Conservancy Tides Center Trustees for Alaska Union of Concerned Scientists Wilderness Society Alaska Wildlife Alliance



American Veterans Post 49 Evergreen City Ballet Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Hands On Children’s Museum Hartman Reserve Nature Center Hawkeye Community College Foundation KCTS9 TV McDonough County United Way National Outdoor Leadership School National Public Radio Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program Project on Government Oversight The Alaska Center Education Fund University of Alaska University of Iowa Foundation University of Northern Iowa Foundation Wikimedia Foundation Inc



Apostles Called To Serve Honduras Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Daniel’s Care Van Doctors Without Borders USA Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation Safe Place


Handicap International Int’l Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War



Center for Nonprofit Excellence National Center for Family Philanthropy



Ecumenical Social Ministries Interfaith Hospitality Network Ripe for Harvest World Outreach Young Life  


The Women’s Foundation of Colorado


Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration Volunteer Match




Jane Leighty Justis, Program Director, is active in leadership and work with local, regional and national organizations.


Bill Leighty, Earth Protection Program Director, collaborates in energy policy research and presents papers at local, national and international energy conferences.


The historic Leighty family home in Macomb, IL is owned by The Leighty Foundation. It is managed by the Western Illinois Regional Council-Community Action Agency as temporary housing for women and children, especially those recovering from domestic abuse.