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.

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

Fiscal Year End 2019: 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:  To support the Senior Fellow Initiative.
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:   Implementation of a new strategic plan with specific emphasis on seasoned funder market research.
Exponent Philanthropy (EP) 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.

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy – Indianapolis, IN
Grant Purpose:   Leadership transition to a full-time director for Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI).  WPI plans to formally introduce the new director at the symposium, March 31-April 1, 2020 in Chicago.
At Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) exists to deepen our understanding about how, when, and why gender matters in charitable giving and volunteering; to change societal perceptions about who is philanthropic.


Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE) – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Grant Purpose:     Formalize the National Alliance for Volunteer Engagement to leverage and convene existing networks, organizations, individuals to encourage collective action for nationwide volunteer engagement strategies.
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE) is a national membership organization of leaders and professionals in volunteer engagement.  AL!VE serves to enhance and sustain the spirit of volunteering in America by fostering collaboration and networking, promoting professional development, and providing advocacy for leaders in community engagement.

          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 Pikes Peak Volunteer Engagement Initiative (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.  After six years, Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) accepted leadership of PPVEI to deepen the understanding and practices of nonprofit organizations to engage volunteer resources, and to use guides and assessment tools created during 2017 by a team directed by Jane L. Justis.  In 2018, CNE merged with Colorado Nonprofit Association(CNA).   CNA of the Pikes Peak Region uses a core belief that volunteerism is not a program, but a critical strategy for achieving community impact.

Colorado Nonprofit Association of the Pikes Peak Region – Colorado Springs, CO
Grant Purpose:   Increased effectiveness of nonprofit volunteer engagement strategies in the Colorado Springs, CO area.
Colorado Nonprofit Association for the Pikes Peak Region leads, serves and  strengthens Colorado’s nonprofit community to improve the quality of life throughout the state.


Interfaith Hospitality Network dba Family Promise – Colorado Springs, CO
Grant Purpose:     To grow capacity within the core family shelter program and to build operations to establish a Family Low-Barrier Emergency Shelter.
Interfaith Hospitality Network dba Family Promise Colorado Springs exists to engage the community and its resources in providing basic, preventative, and supportive services to families with children who are in homeless situations or at risk of becoming homeless.


Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis – Davis, CA

Grant Purpose:  Graduate Student Fellowship, 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 2019: CONTRIBUTIONS


Amnesty International Advocates for Children Apostles Called to Service Asla Foundation CASA of the Pikes Peak Region Citizen’s Project Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Doctors Without Borders USA Energy Resource Center EngenderHealth First Tee of Pikes Peak Juneau Animal Rescue: Spay & Neuter Hope and Home Juneau Community Foundation: Treadwell Trail Keep Swimming Foundation Operation Rainbow Pikes Peak Community Foundation: Giving Together Fund Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, AK and HI Safe Passage Children’s Advocacy Center Save the Children: Children’s Emergency Fund Talita Cumi Children’s Home The Gazette-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Trails and Open Space Coalition Urban Peak Colorado Springs




The Alaska Center Education Fund: AYEA Alaska Community Action on Toxics Alaska Conservation Foundation Alaska Marine Conservation Council American Solar Energy Society Cook Inletkeeper: Salmon Protection Discovery Southeast Earthjustice: Alaska Office Environmental Law and Policy Center Iowa Environmental Council Iowa Interfaith Power and Light Inian Islands Institute Juneau Community Foundation: Carbon Offset Fund The Land Institute Lynn Canal Conservation Natural Resources Defense Council Northwest Film Forum: The Wild Northern Alaska Environmental Center Rocky Mountain Institute Sitka Conservation Society Southeast Alaska Conservation Council Southeast Alaska Land Trust Tides Center, Rivers Without Borders Trout Unlimited, Alaska Project Trustees for Alaska Union of Concerned Scientists World Wildlife Fund Wildlife Alliance  


Heartwood Educational Collaborative Humanity and Inclusion: Landmine Project Int’l Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Project on Government Oversight Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute The Arete Project: Scholarships Wiki Education Foundation Young Life    


MN Association of Volunteer Administrators Project Helping Susan J. Ellis Foundation



Jane Leighty Justis, Program Director, is passionate in leadership and work with local, regional and national organizations to promote volunteer engagement as a strategy to better utilize resources for building efficient and effective organizational capacity.
Jane works to promote philanthropy at a personal, community, regional and national level.


Bill Leighty, Earth Protection Program Director, collaborates in energy policy research and presents papers at local, national and international energy conferences. Rapid climate change makes this work a priority for Bill.


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.