Our Community

$1.2 billion in economic outputBeing a premier metropolitan research university means thinking globally and serving locally. UofL is an economic engine for the city of Louisville, our state and region. Since 2002, more than $1.6 billion has been invested in UofL and UofL-related construction projects. An economic impact study found that between 2003 and 2009, UofL increased the economic output of the Commonwealth by $1.2 billion, and it produced an estimated 9,600 jobs (or 40% of the total new jobs created in Kentucky during this period).
The UofL Foundation is committed to helping the community.
The University of Louisville is dedicated to community service. Our students donate more than 200,000 hours of service every year and raise thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations. UofL has more than 800 partnerships with organizations in the Louisville area and a significant presence statewide. Students and faculty in our School of Medicine help train future doctors at eight Area Health Education Centers around Kentucky, providing $5.6 million in donated services each year. Students in our law school offer free legal assistance to scores of clients every year, helping them with housing problems and divorces and representing them at hearings for emergency protective orders. Interns in our Kent School of Social Work provide more than $2 million a year in pro-bono services to the community in critical areas such as child welfare and assisting the aging.

The UofL Foundation is committeed to helping the community

What’s more, the university is making life better for the residents of West Louisville through the Signature Partnership, an effort led by its Office of Community Engagement to reduce disparities these residents experience in education, health, economic development and social services. Since 2008, more than 30 student teachers and over 200 teacher candidates from UofL have worked in Signature Partnership schools. As a result, test scores are up among students at West Louisville’s J.B. Atkinson Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, more students from West Louisville high schools are going to college and UofL is teaming up with the YMCA of Greater Louisville to build a new health and education center in West Louisville.

UofL’s helping hand also extends to those who are serving our country or who have done so in the past. Every year since 2009, G.I. Jobs magazine has named UofL a Military Friendly School, putting it in the top 15 percent of schools across the country that welcome and support military veterans. UofL has set up a special office to deal with military and veterans partnerships and initiatives, including agreements Ft. Knox and the Kentucky National Guard. UofL is offering sizable tuition breaks for veterans as well as those on active military duty. And it is teaming up with the military on a wide variety of projects ranging from research on post-traumatic stress syndrome to training veterans how to become entrepreneurs.

The Foundation invests in community programs and partnerships – including those for military families and young entrepreneurs. In this way, the Foundation enriches the lives of all local citizens, not just our students.

Innovative downtown development fosters entrepreneurship

Foundation broke ground on the eight-story, 160,000 sq. ft. Nucleus Building

Foundation builds eight-story, 200,000 sq. ft. Nucleus Building

Nucleus is a wholly owned subsidiary of the UofL Foundation. Its new, state of the art research and office building at the corner of Floyd and Market streets is expected to house a center devoted to developing new products and services for the aging care sector. The $18 million dollar building will include 200,000 square feet of lab, office and display space and will be energy efficient and LEED certified. The building will be topped off by an environmentally friendly green roof.

Community partnership prepares students for college

Community partnership prepares students for college

The Signature Partnership has formed a joint venture between UofL, Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville Metro Government, Metro United Way, the Urban League, faith-based organizations and community residents to eliminate or reduce disparities among West Louisville residents. The signature Partnership has been awarded a $2.5 million i3 innovation Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Council for Opportunity in Education and the General Electric Foundation. The grant will fund a five-year program to better prepare students at Shawnee and Moore High Schools for college.

Literary leadership enriches the community

The University of Louisville’s Kentucky Author Forum is a non-profit, nationally recognized literary event dedicated to enriching the Louisville community by showcasing renowned authors and interviewers, right here at home. This candid, uninterrupted hour of conversation is taped by Kentucky’s public television- KET- for national distribution. It is the only Louisville cultural event distributed to PBS member stations to air throughout the country, including airings on WORLD Channel in top tier markets of New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, among others. The 2014-15 season is the Author Forum’s 20th, and has included soprano Jessye Norman, in conversation with Gloria Steinem, and former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, with financial writer James Surowiecki. Past seasons have included Congressman John Lewis, Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Stephen Breyer, Malcolm Gladwell, Jane Goodall, John Updike. Details about past and upcoming Forums can be found at: www.kentuckyauthorforum.com