For questions about the WHAS Crusade for Children grant process,
please call Grants Manager Janene Hickerson at (502) 582-7706.
WHAS Crusade for Children grants are made to non-profit agencies, schools and hospitals that help children with special needs up to age 18. The term “special needs” is defined as physical, mental, emotional and medical needs.
- Grants are for direct services only.
- No grants are made to individuals or families.
- Grants are made for specific programs or equipment that provide direct benefit to special needs children and are not general operating grants.
- No grants are made for administrative needs.
The grant year is September 1 through August 31.
All agencies that received a grant this year are notified about applying for next year. To request an application, a non-profit agency, school or hospital should send a letter (on letterhead signed by the agency director or school superintendent) to the WHAS Crusade for Children at the address listed below.
The deadline for grant applications is January each year. Agencies that qualify are scheduled for a grant hearing with the Crusade Advisory Panel of ministers during March or April. Every agency requesting funds must meet with the panel to explain their grant needs and answer questions.
Final grant determinations are made after Crusade Weekend (the first full weekend in June).
Letters notifying agencies of grant awards are mailed in July.
To receive a grant application, send a request on agency letterhead signed by the agency director or school superintendent to:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Agencies serving special needs children from Kentucky and southern Indiana are eligible to receive grants. The Crusade must have support from a county before grants can be made to a school, hospital or agency located in that county. Consideration is given to facilities that serve children from many counties.
Application support material
Applicants must provide the following support materials with their grant application:
- Current IRS 990
- Current independent audit
- Current board member list
- IRS determination letter
- Current annual report
Every year there are more grant applications than available funds. The WHAS Crusade for Children Advisory Panel must determine the best use of the donated funds to serve the largest number of children with special needs. The panel consists of 12 interdenominational clergy who give many hours of their time to the grant process. Many of the clergy appear on the weekly television/radio program Moral Side of the News.
The current panel members are:
Dr. Charles Burton
Second Baptist Church
West Louisville Ministers Coalition
Dr. Greg Earwood
Retired – Baptist Seminary of Kentucky
Fr. Joe Graffis
Archdiocese of Louisville
Rev. Sally McClain
Retired – Edenside Christian Church
Rabbi Emeritus Stanley Miles
Retired – Temple Shalom
Rabbi Gaylia Rooks
Rev. Daniel Corrie Shull
Burnett Avenue Baptist Church
Dr. John Wesley Slider
Breckenridge Chapel, Free Methodist
Fr. Tony Smith
St. Lawrence Catholic Church
Dr. Marian Taylor
South Frankfort Presbyterian Church
About the WHAS Crusade for Children
The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established by WHAS-TV in 1954, raises money for schools, agencies and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children. In its first 66 years, the Crusade has raised more than $190 million.
Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade is able to return 100% of all donations to organizations that serve special needs children in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and other events.
Millions of children have been helped by the Crusade since 1954.
The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts are tax deductible as permitted by law. The Crusade is the most successful and oldest local telethon in America.
To make a secure online donation, click here or call (502) 582-7706.