Blue Sky Network
The Blue Sky Network believes it can create opportunities for people to realize their own potential and improve the quality of their own lives. When people take the initiative to make life better for themselves, they can share the benefits with their families, become more active in their communities, and be a more positive force in society.
As a venture philanthropy organization, we support market-based approaches with the potential for large-scale, catalytic impact. Regardless of the sector, we invest in organizations that have the potential to embody innovation, scale, and sustainability or help bring them about within their industry.
Our mission is to encourage individuals and communities to imagine and work toward a world with a higher quality of life, education, and economic and technological development.
We focus our efforts where we have direct experience and can have the greatest impact--in emerging markets and our local community.
We believe productivity requires dependability, and ultimately, connectivity. The ultimate outcome we strive for is individual participation that can catalyze economic and social advancement on a global scale and leads to greater connectivity within our communities.
We execute on our mission by partnering with organizations that have similar vision and the ability to have an exponential impact.
Stephen is an attorney, businessman, and social entrepreneur whose philanthropic energy has focused in recent years on building the local food economy in Louisville and a more sustainable future for Kentucky’s farmers. In 2011 he founded Seed Capital Kentucky, a non-profit whose projects have included commissioning the first-ever formal evaluation of regional demand for local food; organizing annual events for the local food movement to convene and share knowledge; and providing grants for technical assistance to help regional farmers build more sustainable businesses. Stephen also led a group that recapitalized Grasshoppers Distribution, the leading locally owned distributor of local foods. Stephen graduated from Yale College and Stanford Law School, after which he clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the Co-Founder of IMC, a licensing agency that represents some of the world’s largest consumer brands, and the Founder of Vibrant Nation, the leading online community for women 45+.
Owsley Brown Charitable Trust
The Owsley Brown Charitable Foundation is a family foundation based in Louisville, KY with varied philanthropic interests.
Based in one of the world's great culinary centers, New Orleans, LA, Reily Foods Company has been offering consumers high-quality products and service for more than 100 years.
Radicle Capital can be found at the very intersection of business expertise and social responsibility. The firm was established with the purpose of helping companies, organizations, and funds that foster the ideals of generating a social and environmental impact. These young, emerging ventures may range from farm-to-table food producers, to eco-friendly product suppliers, to any number of environmentally friendly and socially responsible entrepreneurial startups. Prospects can be rooted local to Radicle Capital in Louisville, Kentucky, or in states across the nation, and even globally. It is the idea of Radicle Capital that prospects be primed to grow even larger by way of their owners’ dedication to doing well by doing good. By making responsible investment decisions, funding the brilliance of its own local community, and reaching across borders around the globe, Radicle Capital hopes to develop a greater, more global community and appreciation of resources by germinating the world’s seedlings in business.
Sustainable America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to make the nation’s food and fuel systems more efficient and resilient. Through broad public education, hands-on technical assistance, and strategic investment in emerging entrepreneurs and technologies, we work to reduce oil usage and increase food availability in the United States.