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 2017: 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

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, as well as the ‘Succession’ session at the 2017 Conference

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.

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy – Indianapolis, IN
Grant Purpose:   Women’s Philanthropy Institute 2017 Symposium

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.



Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) – Maplewood, MN
Grant Purpose:     Follow-up to the 2017 National Summit Volunteer Engagement Leadership:  “Mapping our Future, Strengthening Our Voice”
The Leighty Foundation seed grants 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 brought 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.

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 strategies

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, The Leighty Foundation is transitioning the legacy of this work to a trusted local partner, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE).  CNE will provide PPVEI leadership 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.


Cornell College – Mount Vernon, Iowa
Grant Purpose:     Iowa College AmeriCorps Civic Engagement Program
Cornell College Civic Engagement Office (CEO) facilitates hundreds of service and leadership opportunities for students across the greater Cornell community. The CEO is dedicated to helping students follow their passions, build their skills, and prepare for a lifetime of service and leadership. Inspired by this mission, reflecting the values of the college, and positioned at the forefront of thematic trends in higher education, the CEO has developed into a vibrant and growing component of the co-curricular experience of Cornell College.

Operation Rainbow, Inc – Oakland, CA
Grant Purpose:     Orthopedic Medical Missions for Children to Guatemala
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 2017: CONTRIBUTIONS


Amnesty International Appetites Unite dba Café 180 Asla Foundation Citizen’s Project Downing House EngenderHealth Pikes Peak Community Foundation Pikes Peak Community Foundation, INDY Give! Give! Campaign: Friends of Monument Valley Park Give! Campaign: Trails and Open Space Coalition Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaii 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 Urban Peak YWCA of Black Hawk County, Iowa Waterloo Community Foundation, Koats for Kids



1000 Friends of Iowa The Alaska Center Education Fund Alaska Community Action on Toxics Alaska Conservation Foundation Alaska Marine Conservation Council Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust Cook Inletkeeper Discovery Southeast Earthjustice Earthworks Environmental Law and Policy Center Gastineau Humane Society Iowa Environmental Council Iowa Interfaith Power and Light KTOO The Land Institute Natural Resources Defense Council New Venture Fund, Salmon State Northern Alaska Environmental Center Posner Center Renewable Juneau 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             Wilderness Society Alaska                 Wildlife Alliance



Alaska Design Forum Colorado College, 1874 Society Evergreen City Ballet Hands On Children’s Museum KCTS9 TV National Outdoor Leadership School National Public Radio Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program Project on Government Oversight The Alaska Center Education Fund Wikimedia Foundation Inc



Apostles Called To Serve Honduras Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Doctors Without Borders USA Lane Thomas Foundation Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care             Safe Place


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



Pikes Peak Community Foundation National Center for Family Philanthropy



Ecumenical Social Ministries Family Promise Young Life Manitou Young Life


Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration Center for Nonprofit Excellence




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.