Brown Badgett Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Brown Badgett Foundation supports human services, religion, scientific research, public safety, education, literacy in Kentucky.

FUNDING AREAS: Human services, religion, scientific research, public safety, education, literacy

IP TAKE: This funder supports a broad range of interest areas with operational funds, but concentrates support only in Kentucky. It lacks transparency, limiting information on its priorities and strategies.

PROFILE: Established in 1988, the Brown Badgett Foundation is an independent foundation based in Madisonville, Kentucky. Before passing away in 2011, Thomas Brown Badgett, Sr. was involved in the coal business, highway construction and real estate. He was also a philanthropist who often supported education causes. Tax filings suggest interests in human services, religion, scientific research, public safety, education and literacy.

The foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. However, Badgett’s son, Thomas Brown Badgett, Jr., runs the foundation today and oversees grantmaking in the forms of general support, operations support, building funds, and scholarship funds. The foundation has supported the City of Greenville, Baptist Health Foundation, and the Hopkins County School District.

Foundation grants range between $2,000 and $50,000. Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about its local giving. The foundation’s giving is largely focused on Louisville, Madisonville, and Greenville, Kentucky. However, the funder has supported other Kentucky communities, as well. The foundation does not publicly share detailed information about its grantmaking guidelines.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. There are no required forms to complete, and applications are accepted at any time of the year. Grantseekers should submit applications to the foundation via mail. The phone number to reach the foundation staff is 270-825-0629, and the best contact person is Thomas Brown Badgett, Jr.


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