Director's Message

Thank You for Your Trust

In the latest issue of our newsletter, we asked some of our loyal friends, “What inspires you to support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation?” As you will read, there were many reasons given from a variety of donors which include businesses large and small, civic organizations and individuals. But at the core, the responses boiled down to one simple reason – each of them values the Kentucky Horse Park deeply, and each of them believes that private support made through the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is vital to the park’s continued success.

This in fact sums up what inspires me – and what inspires each of our Foundation staff and board members – to raise private contributions for the park through the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. Each of us has a profound love for the Kentucky Horse Park, and each of us has a deep-seated belief that private philanthropic funding is required to make the park the best it can be, not only for the guests of today, but also for future generations.

Private donations build the various endowment funds that safeguard the park’s future. Special outreach programs for youth – like the KHP Mustang Troop and the KHP Field Trip Fund – are 100% funded through charitable gifts made to the Foundation. Gifts to the International Museum of the Horse support unique exhibits and special events such as the upcoming International Night at the Museum. Capital improvements like the recent renovation of the Visitor Center, the purchase of a new water truck, and the extension and maintenance of the All the Gold Dedicated Horse Path can only be funded through private charitable support entrusted to the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation on the park’s behalf.

In the article, some of our friends point out that they trust the KHP Foundation to use their donations effectively. Please know that we do not take that trust lightly. Every decision we make and every dollar we provide to the Kentucky Horse Park is done with the knowledge that our supporters have entrusted us to make wise and thoughtful decisions with their resources in order to benefit the park.

So on behalf of the KHP Foundation Board of Directors and staff members, I want to personally say how grateful we are for your shared love of the park, for your generous gifts to maintain and improve the park, and for your TRUST in the Foundation’s efforts to continue to make the park the best place it can be!

With gratitude,
Laura Klumb
Executive Director