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 $4,000 – $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 – $4,000.

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

Fiscal Year End 2018: 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:  20th Anniversary Campaign to further donor education by opening the online Family Philanthropy Knowledge Center to a wider audience.
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:   2018 National Conference session:  “Reducing Barriers and Strengthening Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Youth Philanthropy”, to be led by NCFP and EP.
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.
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.


American Solar Energy Society – Boulder, CO
Grant Purpose:     Planning to reveal the best path and strategy for American Solar Energy Society in its commitment to volunteer engagement.
American Solar Energy Society (ASES) educates and empowers professionals, students and families in order to enable a 100% renewable energy society.  ASES shares information about sustainable lifestyles by publishing a magazine, by hosting national events, and by producing resources such as reports to cultivate community knowledge and further the power transition.

Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE) – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Grant Purpose:     Task force funding to develop a formal group (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 for the Pikes Peak Region (CNAPPR).   CNAPPR will use 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.



Coalition for the Upper South Platte – Lake George, CO
Grant Purpose:    Enhance the outreach component of the forest health project in the Green Mountain Falls area.
Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) protects the water quality and ecological health of the Upper South Platte Watershed, through cooperative efforts of watershed stakeholders, with emphasis placed on community values and economic sustainability.

Operation Rainbow, Inc – Oakland, CA
Grant Purpose:     Orthopedic Medical Missions for Children to Ecuador.
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.  Operation Rainbow also provides continuing education to international Health care providers to encourage medical self-sufficiency.

Women’s Resource Agency – Colorado Springs, CO
Grant Purpose:     General operations and ‘bridge the gap’ funding while the merger between Women’s Resources Agency and TESSA are completed.
The Women’s Resource Agency (WRA)empowers women and girls to attain and maintain personal self-sufficiency and economic independence.  TESSA strives to provide holistic, seamless services to all victims of domestic and sexual violence within our community who seek our services.


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 2018: CONTRIBUTIONS


Amnesty International Advocates for Children Asla Foundation Cheyenne Village Citizen’s Project Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Doctors Without Borders USA Downing House Elevating Connections EngenderHealth First Tee of Pikes Peak Gastineau Humane Society: Spay & Neuter The Gazette-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Give! Campaign: Friends of Monument Valley Park Give! Campaign: Trails and Open Space Coalition Hope and Home Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region Kids Compassion Project Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation:  Tree House Pikes Peak Community Foundation: Giving Together Initiative Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care Planned Parenthood Federation of America Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaii Safe Passage Children’s Advocacy Center Safe Place Save the Children Springs Recovery Connection Telita Cumi Children’s Home Urban Peak Colorado Springs Veteran’s Pathway We Don’t Waste


EARTH PROTECTION        350Juneau African Wildlife Foundation The Alaska Center Education Fund: AYEA Alaska Community Action on Toxics Alaska Conservation Foundation Alaska Marine Conservation Council Cook Inletkeeper: Salmon Protection Discovery Southeast Earthjustice: Alaska Office Earthworks Environmental Law and Policy Center Iowa Environmental Council Iowa Interfaith Power and Light KTOO: Energy Desk, The Big Thaw The Land Institute Lynn Canal Conservation Natural Resources Defense Council The Nature Conservancy New Venture Fund, Salmon State Northern Alaska Environmental 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 YWCA of Black Hawk County


Alaska Develop Corporation: STEM Juneau Asante Africa Foundation Colorado College, 1874 Society Evergreen City Ballet Hands On Children’s Museum Juneau Community Foundation: Teacher Excellence Fund Juneau Community Foundation: Treadwell Ditch Trail Renovation KCTS9 TV National Outdoor Leadership School National Public Radio Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program Platte Forum Project on Government Oversight Rocky Mountain PBS Wikimedia Foundation Inc





Humanity & Inclusion: Landmine Project Int’l Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War



Capital Sisters International Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute The Women’s Foundation of Colorado Women’s Resource Agency



Ecumenical Social Ministries Family Promise of Colorado Springs Young Life Manitou Young Life




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.