Our mission

The Morris Foundation promotes the cherished American value that a better life is possible to those who seek it, investing in causes that provide opportunities for self-advancement, with an emphasis on youth leadership development, the alleviation of rural poverty, girls’ and women’s empowerment, and access to higher education in Kentucky.

Partners and beneficiaries

Founders Pledge is a global community of entrepreneurs, finding and funding solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Signatories make a binding commitment to donate a meaningful percentage of personal business proceeds to nonprofits of their choice.

The Blue Grass Community Foundation aims to enhance the quality of life in Central and Appalachia Kentucky. The organization helps individuals, families, businesses, communities, and nonprofits establish charitable funds, guide resources to support causes they care about, meet community needs, and make a difference.

The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky works to transform Eastern Kentucky through charitable giving, community involvement, and strategic partnerships, investing assets in local communities to support a strong, healthy, sustainable region.

Since 1970, the CSPC Presidential Fellows Program has inspired college students to become the public servants that will guide our nation’s future. Through the Nate Morris Fellowship, the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky has a unique opportunity to select one student each year to be a part of this program.

A component fund of the Community Foundation of Louisville, the Grace Hopkins Ruml Children’s Fund is dedicated to literacy, the arts, and health for children.

The Hoffman Institute Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to transformative adult education, spiritual growth, and the personal dimensions of leadership.

The JJMF is dedicated to supporting children with devastating, medically complex neurological conditions while helping to address the physical, emotional, and financial needs of their families.

The commission of Kentucky Colonel is the highest title of honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky – recognition of an individual’s noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to community, state, and nation. Kentucky Colonels focus their volunteer efforts on children and youth, those in need, and the preservation of Kentucky heritage.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened in 2016 and located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African American experience.

USA Cares provides post-9/11 military veterans, service members, and their families with emergency financial assistance and post-service skills training to help provide stability and improve their quality of life.

The University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics imbues students with the skills and knowledge they need to compete globally with integrity and professionalism.

The Lewis Sexton Scholarship Fund was established in 2016 by the Morris Foundation in honor of Lewis Sexton, former President of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 862. The fund provides financial assistance to children and legal wards of UAW 862 members or retirees who plan to attend a four-year college or university in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs selects teens from across Kentucky to join a three-week residential program where they learn about the opportunities and pitfalls of taking a business concept from the idea phase to pitching it to potential investors. With the ultimate goal of bettering the state of Kentucky, the organization focuses on teaching teens how to cultivate creative thought, effectively communicate ideas, and turn failure into opportunity.

Morris Prize

Inspired by Ms. Ginny Speaks, a high school English teacher of Foundation cofounder Nate Morris, the Morris Prize is an award of $10,000 in college tuition assistance granted each year to one “MVP” student graduating from Eastern High School in Louisville, Kentucky – Nate’s alma mater.

 

Meet our founders

Jane Mosbacher Morris

Jane is the Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET, a company that connects businesses and consumers to ethically made products from around the world.

She previously served as the Director of Humanitarian Action for the McCain Institute for International Leadership and currently serves on the Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. Morris is a member of VF Corporation’s Advisory Council on Responsible Sourcing. She is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ms. Morris is also the author of the Penguin Random House/Tarcher Perigee book Buy the Change You Want to See: Use Your Purchasing Power to Make the World a Better Place (January 29, 2019). The book has been featured on platforms including CNN, Bloomberg, Forbes, and MarieClaire and was a Target Non-Fiction Best-Seller, a #1 Consumer Guide on Amazon, and a #1 New Business Ethics Release on Amazon.

Ms. Morris holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Nate Morris

A founding signatory of the Founders Pledge, Morris created the Morris Foundation to improve the lives of Kentucky’s working families and those who seek a better life.

Morris is a benefactor to the University of Kentucky, where he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Gatton College of Business and Economics and was named the first ever Entrepreneur in Residence.

A supporter of the Thoroughbred industry, while working for Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Morris advocated for buying missions to purchase Kentucky Thoroughbreds. He is a member of the Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association (TOBA), National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), and Thoroughbred Club of America.

Morris has been profiled in The New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Vanity Fair, and The Wall Street Journal and was the subject of a Harvard Business School case study.

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