The Central Kentucky Community Foundation unveiled its new home Thursday during an open house.

The foundation’s headquarters, known as The Home of Philanthropy, held an open house at 200 Jim Owen Drive next to the Elizabethtown branch of the Hardin County Public Library. Num­er­ous community leaders and public officials attended.

“It’s really nice. It feels good to see people enjoying the building for the reason we designed it,” said Davette Swiney, president and CEO of the community foundation.

The new two-story headquarters features amenities such as office spaces, meeting spaces, a catering kitchen and a venue space that can seat up to 250 people. Artwork and displays that showcase the foundation’s history and community endeavors also are part of the design.

When the Central Kentucky Community Foundation was formed in 1960, it was known as the North Central Education Foundation and was on 226 acres of land along College Street Road. Now the foundation is back on the land it started on.

During the open house, several items were donated to be placed in the new building, including a photo of the first advisory board of Elizabethtown Comm­unity College and books relating to philanthropy.

Staff began the process of moving from the old headquarters at 306 W. Dixie Ave. in August, according to the foundation’s Facebook page. The old headquarters has been sold and will serve as the office for attorney and former Elizabethtown city councilman Larry Ashlock, Swiney said.

The community broke ground on the building in April of last year. The foundation is in the process of raising $1.3 million of the $3 million projected costs for the building.

Trey Crumbie can be reached at 270-505-1747 or

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