Nonprofits invited to submit projects for 2013 Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge

Yum! Brands continues investment in next generation community leadership with 2013 Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge – Nonprofits are invited to submit projects for the Ignite Louisville Class of 2013

Yum! IGNITES Louisville ChallengeLouisville, Kentucky (August 9, 2012) – For the third year, YUM! Brands, Inc. will partner with the Leadership Louisville Center for the Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge, the service learning component of the Ignite Louisville program.  The Challenge is an annual opportunity for teams of young professionals from the Ignite Louisville program to undertake a project for a local nonprofit, gaining experience in community leadership, board involvement and teamwork.  Participating nonprofits benefit from the expertise and energy of the teams, who each invest hundreds of hours with their nonprofit agency as they compete for a $1,500 donation provided by the Yum! Brands Foundation.

Nonprofits interested in working with a team of young professionals from the Ignite Louisville Class of 2013 are invited to submit proposals. Proposals are due Friday, September 14 by 5 p.m.  To learn more, visit or contact Aaron Miller at or (502) 561-5223.

“We continue to be blown away by the work of the Ignite Louisville teams and look forward to seeing the impact of the incoming class,” said John Kurnick, Vice President – Global Talent Management & Corporate HR with YUM! Brands. “These young professionals are demonstrating what can happen when you build people capability and then direct them towards building community capability.”

Since its inception in 2004, Ignite Louisville participants have worked with 55 area nonprofits to plan, execute and sustain new strategies for success.  Last year’s Ignite Louisville teams invested over 2,000 hours in their partner organizations, averaging nearly 400 hours per team.  In a recent survey, partner organizations stated that Ignite teams remarkably improved the productivity of operations, increased the organization’s outreach in the community and improved the strategic focus of the organization. The average value of each team’s work was $30,000 in the most recent class and many Ignite Louisville graduates have joined the boards of directors of their adopted nonprofit, helping to accelerate a generational change in leadership.

About Ignite Louisville:

Presented by Norton Healthcare, Ignite Louisville is a seven-month program that grows young professionals by developing the key components of leadership. The award-winning program has graduated 415 up-and-coming leaders and is now entering its tenth year of preparing emerging leaders for expanded roles in their organizations and in the community.  The Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge is the service learning component of the Leadership Louisville Center’s program.  Additional partners and sponsors contributing to the program’s success include: Yum! Brands, Inc., Brown-Forman Corporation, Northwestern Mutual and UPS.  Ignite Louisville was founded by the Leadership Louisville Center in 2003 in partnership with the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) and the Louisville Urban League Young Professionals (LULYP).

About the Leadership Louisville Center:

Created in 1979, the Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement.  Its mission is to grow and connect a diverse network of leaders who serve as catalysts for a world-class community through dynamic programming and strong community connections.  Over 6,000 community leaders have graduated from the Center’s programs that include Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville and Bingham Fellows.  In 2011, the Leadership Louisville Center was recognized as one of the top seven community leadership programs in the U.S. in a benchmark study by the Center for Creative Leadership, the “gold standard” global provider of executive leadership education and research. 

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For more information, contact:
Holly Prather
Vice President – Marketing
Direct:  (502) 753-6503 |
Main: (502) 561-0458