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The Gheens Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-07-29

At A Glance

The Gheens Foundation, Inc.

401 W. Main St., Ste. 705

Louisville, KY United States 40202-2937

Telephone: (502) 584-4650


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-10-31)

Assets: $140,690,922

Total giving: $6,453,615






Incorporated in 1957 in KY - The Gheens Foundation, Inc. was established in 1957 by C. Edwin Gheens and Mary Jo Gheens, his wife, to continue their lifelong interests in education, religious programs, and human services. Mr. Gheens, a Louisville native whose father and uncle were successful in the wholesale grocery business, was the owner of a large, successful candy manufacturing company in Louisville. The family also owned a large sugarcane plantation in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana Both Mr. and Mrs. Gheens were leaders in their church and active in other philanthropic, educational, and cultural endeavors in Louisville. After Mr. Gheens' death in 1961, Mrs. Gheens selected several friends to serve as foundation trustees; the trustees continue to oversee the work of the foundation even after her death in 1982

Purpose and Activities

Emphasis on higher and secondary education, ongoing teacher education, social service agencies, health associations, programs for the physically and mentally handicapped, and cultural programs.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Education
  • Higher education
  • Human services
  • Mental health care
  • Secondary education
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People with disabilities
  • Students
  • Associations

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-10-31

Assets: $140,690,922 (market value)

Expenditures: $7,858,303

Total giving: $6,453,615

Qualifying distributions: $6,793,880