Corporations for the Commonwealth

Corporations for the Commonwealth is a program to recognize both large and small businesses that commit to being leaders in their communities and in Kentucky.

Immediately upon taking office in January 2012, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes worked with state and national partners to release Kentucky's first-ever Civic Health Index, which uses data from the 2010 Census to examine various aspects of civic participation. Then from November 2012 through May 2013, Grimes conducted the Civic Health Initiative, hosting 15 public forums across the state to forge new partnerships and formulate innovative strategies to improve civic engagement in Kentucky.

It was evident through the Initiative that businesses play an important role in the civic health of their communities. From permitting employees to take leave time for volunteer activities, to organizing service activities, to providing incentives for employees who contribute to non-profit organizations, businesses are participating in and fostering efforts to improve their communities and our Commonwealth.

These outstanding corporate citizens deserve recognition for supporting and improving their communities, beyond their crucial economic influence.

Quarterly, Corporations for the Commonwealth will honor one large (more than 50 employees) and one small (50 employees or fewer) organization through a nomination process that is open to the public. The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2017.  Nominations may be completed online.

Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to corporate giving, a drive to improve local and/or regional social conditions, and a culture of giving within their organizations. They must also be registered with the Kentucky Secretary of State's office. Additional eligibility requirements are contained in the nomination packet.

If you have any questions about Corporations for the Commonwealth, please call 502-564-3490.