Why invest in the Leadership Louisville Center?

For nearly four decades, the Leadership Louisville Center has enabled over 7,000 individuals to effectively impact themselves, the region, and the world. Every dollar invested in their leadership takes flight! It extends far beyond its original value as leaders give back, lives are changed, businesses prosper, and the community is transformed. Launch our infographic to see stories of this impact.

For years, the Leadership Louisville Center has been recognized nationally as a best practice. With the addition of the Leadership Green Room, a calendar of workshops designed to help community leaders master the leadership trade, we have outgrown our current space.

The vision

A leadership center unlike any other in the country.  With your help, the new Center at 707 West Main St. will be a world-class destination for leadership development – 10,000 square feet, renovated to provide the classroom space and modern technology needed to further our mission to engage and inspire a strong pipeline of leaders for this community. A place for all who believe leaders must truly be lifelong learners.

The ask

Help make our bold vision a reality. Generous donations from community benefactors and graduates have gotten us 93% of the way to our $3 million goal. The remaining $210,000 will take this project from good to great. But we can’t do it without your help.

Click to watch a message from the Class of 2050, and our president, Cynthia Knapek.

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If you prefer, call (502) 561-0458 and ask for the Business Office to make a donation.

Significant recognition for donors

All who pledge $2,500 or more over three years will become part of a permanent art installation, illuminated for all of Main Street to see, at the new Leadership Louisville Center.
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The impact of a dollar invested in community leadership

Click to see how far a dollar can soar

Click on the dollar to launch our infographic. You’ll see fellow civic leaders and maybe even your own organization in these true stories of community impact and connections.

The latest architectural renderings..

Classroom space (left) and alumni lounge area (right).

Your pledge and financial gift will enable us to:

  • Dramatically increase both the quantity and quality of leaders in our community
  • Create a community space that is a central destination where issues are discussed, problems are solved, ideas are generated, and connections are made
  • Be a national destination for social innovation and leading-edge leadership development

More about 707 West Main Street


707 W. Main St. will be the new home of the Leadership Louisville Center, with a move-in goal of early 2018.

The transformed Leadership Louisville Center’s new home will be at 707 West Main Street in 2017.  This new community convening space will better promote an exchange of ideas and collaboration, as well as provide the Center’s leadership and staff with the classroom space and modern technology needed to further its mission.

The Destination: LEADERSHIP campaign has a $3 million fundraising goal to fund the purchase and renovation of the two story space located in a historic building in the heart of downtown.  This new facility is a true gem, with street-level access, windows on three sides with views of the Ohio River and the Fort Nelson Park, access to green space for outdoor training sessions and close proximity to hotels and after-hours activities for out-of-town participants.  We believe in the transformative power that well-designed space has to drive outcomes.  As we expand our programming and impact, our role as a community convener and regional leadership development provider will increase exponentially in this new physical space.

Already, the campaign is 93% to goal, or $2.8 million, thanks to the generous support of leadership investors including:

James Graham Brown Foundation, PNC Foundation, Ed Glasscock, Sandra Frazier, Lift a Life Foundation, Brown-Forman Corporation, Humana Foundation, Lindy and Bill Street, Ina Brown Bond, Gheens Foundation, Norton Healthcare, D.D. Williamson & Co, Inc.

Today, we need your leadership as we transform to your World-Class Center for Growth, Connections & Community


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Donor Benefits

Crystal Prisms etched with donor names will create art display in lobby

Crystal Prisms etched with donor names will create art display in lobby

$100,000+ Giving Level
Logo/Name on Extra-Large 36″ Prism

$10,000-$99,999 Giving Level
Logo/Name on Large 18″ Prism

$5,000+ Giving Level
Name on Large 12″ Prism

$2,500+ Giving Level
Name on Small 6″ Prism

All gifts of $2,500 and above

  • Beautiful illuminated prism that greets guests at lobby entrance (size and placement commensurate with gift amount)
  • Invitation to exclusive VIP sneak preview event
  • Tickets to Grand Opening celebration
  • Virtual Donor Wall & Year-end report name recognition


Alumni Donor Wall in Alumni Lounge (rendering)

Alumni Donor Wall in Alumni Lounge (rendering)

Gifts of $1,000 – $2,499

  • Name permanently displayed on alumni lounge donor wall
  • Tickets to Grand Opening celebration
  • Virtual Donor Wall & Year-end report name recognition
Virtual Donor Wall – online and in Center’s new space

Virtual Donor Wall – online and in Center’s new space

Gifts Under $999

  • Tickets to Grand Opening celebration