Michael and Chandra Rudd Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Michael and Chandra Rudd Foundation supports human services, education, and children and youth causes in Kentucky and other places where the family company operates.

FUNDING AREAS: Human services, education, children and youth

IP TAKE: This funder lacks transparency, but still considers grant requests from nonprofits, especially in its home state of Kentucky.

PROFILE: Established in 1996, the Michael and Chandra Rudd Foundation is an independent foundation based in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1975, Michael Rudd joined the family business, Rudd Equipment Company, which provides equipment sales and service support to mining, construction and associated industries. Michael Rudd serves as the foundation president, Chandra Rudd is the secretary and treasurer, and Pamela Z. Rigg is a foundation director. Grantmaking includes human services, education, and children and youth.

The foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. However, the Rudd Foundation often supports local causes in Kentucky. Past grantees include the Pike County Library in Virgie, Kentucky, and the Corbin Community Backpack Program in Corbin, Kentucky, for example.

Foundation grants range between $1,000 and $3,000 each. However, the foundation has awarded gifts as large as $100,000 as well. Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about its local giving. The foundation’s giving is somewhat focused on communities in Kentucky, but it is open to other geographic areas, as well. Past grantees have been based in Charleston, West Virginia, Clearfield, Pennsylvania, Elk Grove, Illinois, and New York City. The foundation mostly awards grants in geographic areas where the Rudd family company operates, including Evansville, Indiana; Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Indianapolis, Indiana; Corbin, Kentucky; Louisville, Kentucky; Prestonsburg, Kentucky; St. Louis, Missouri; Clearfield, Pennsylvania; Leetsdale, Pennsylvania; Nitro, West Virginia;

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. There are no specific forms required, no restrictions or limitations for grants, and no submission deadlines. Grantseekers should direct grant applications to Michael Rudd’s attention via mail. The phone number to reach the foundation staff is 502-456-4050.


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