Louisville Water Company Announces the Creation of the Louisville Water Foundation
Thursday April 18, 2013
Since its charter in 1854, Louisville Water’s primary focus has been improving public health and the quality of life in the communities it serves. To further that mission, Louisville Water has created a charitable extension of the company, the Louisville Water Foundation.
The Foundation’s primary mission is water assistance and water education. The Foundation will initially fund the company’s Customer Assistance Program, which helps customers who have difficulty paying their water bill. In addition, the Foundation will provide assistance for water education efforts and will support programs with a mission of providing safe drinking water in other countries. In the future, the Foundation Board may also decide to fund other water-related programming.
Louisville Water will begin the Foundation with a $50,000 donation from the company that the Board of Water Works approved at its meeting on April 16. Moving forward, the Foundation will operate with a percentage of the proceeds from the company’s water-line protection program and donations from individuals and corporate and government entities. After 2014, Louisville Water will not use company operating funds for the Foundation.
Marita Willis, Chair of the Board of Water Works, will also serve as Chair of the Louisville Water Foundation. Louisville Water’s President, Greg Heitzman, will serve as President of the Foundation. Additional board members include: Amber Halloran, Vice President and Treasurer of Louisville Water; Barbara Dickens, Vice President and General Counsel of Louisville Water; and Board of Water Works members Creighton Mershon and Glenn Sullivan. The Board may also include members of the community at-large.
Louisville Water President and CEO Greg Heitzman first suggested the idea of a foundation several years ago, recognizing the need for a non-profit extension. “The Foundation allows us to engage our peers and customers in a mission that improves the quality of life here and around the world,” said Heitzman. “Much of the work Louisville Water already does in the community with the Louisville pure tap® program, the school-based education program and customer assistance is good-will that complements our mission. The Foundation allows us to further extend our mission beyond our existing programs.”
Currently, the Foundation is working on developing criteria for grant requests. The Foundation does not anticipate any awards until 2014.