How To Support the Prichard Committee

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit citizens’ organization that mobilizes Kentuckians to improve public schools. Your support helps us advocate for quality pre-kindergarten through post-secondary classrooms statewide.

Types of Gifts

Annual Fund

The Prichard Committee receives no support from state or federal government. Give a gift to help keep us independent. You can also give a gift in memory or in honor of a special person. Click here to make a gift to the annual fund online, through PayPal. What your gift supports — read more about how your dollars improve education for all Kentuckians.

Make a tax-deductible gift with PayPal online, by mail or over the phone. For mail donations, please make your check payable to the “Prichard Committee” and send it to the address on the bottom of this screen. If you need additional assistance, or would like to make a donation over the phone with a credit card, call the development office at (859) 233-9849.

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Social Media Toolkit

The Prichard Committee is participating in #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, November 29. This 24 hour online fundraising campaign brings nonprofits together to harness social media and the generosity of Kentuckians to invest in our Commonwealth. #GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 and is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the big shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many begin focusing on the holidays and end-of-year giving.

Online donations to the Prichard Committee will support our continued efforts to increase excellence in our schools from early childhood through postsecondary. We ask that you share in the #GivingTuesday challenge with a gift to the Prichard Committee.

Join us as we continue to lift up the power of education to build a path to a larger life for all Kentuckians.

Donate here so that we can continue to press for better outcomes for all Kentucky students.


13450812_1264340970244618_5211729647047530563_nBeverly Raimondo, a 22-year member of the Prichard Committee leadership team who created the popular and long-running Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, died on June 23.

In 1991, Raimondo left a career in management at IBM in Lexington to join Bob Sexton at the Prichard Committee and to coordinate community and grassroots support for implementation of the recently enacted school reform efforts. Her own experiences as a parent sparked an interest in improving the link between schools and families.

Upon joining the Prichard Committee, she organized more than 60 Community Committees for Education in more than 90 school districts to build understanding and support for the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990. She later coordinated and implemented the dialogue process called Parents and Teachers Talking Together (PT3), which has reached more than 12,000 participants.

In 1996, Raimondo proposed the idea of in-depth parent leadership training and by 1997 was leading development of the training curriculum and recruiting parents for the new Prichard Committee initiative. The Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership caught on with state and national foundations that provided funding to offer the program free to participants. The institutes drew a long list of applicants and expanded Prichard’s partnerships with education groups across the state.

In an interview following her retirement, Raimondo said the program was built on the idea that parents want detailed information and serious ways to be involved in school, which proved to be true. “I have always insisted on high expectations for parents,” she said. “We were holding students to higher expectations and we were holding educators to higher expectations and accountability. We had to hold parents to higher expectations. This was even hard for some of our staff because they were reluctant to ‘push’ volunteers. But, we developed a curriculum that explains the Kentucky education system to the parents involved, provided their school’s data in a format they could quickly grasp, introduced them to skills for engaging parents and meeting with school people, introduced them to other education resources, and required them to work with us for up to two years to design and implement a project that involves other parents, focuses on improving student achievement, and has a lasting impact.”

Since its inception, the program — now known as the Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership — has produced over 2,100 Fellows across Kentucky. Many participants went on to be elected to local school councils and school boards and even became appointees to the state Board of Education. The institutes are an annual fixture, with sessions planned this fall in Eastern Kentucky, Northern Kentucky and Jefferson County.

Robert F. Sexton Legacy Fund

In memory of our founding executive director who passed away August 26, 2010, the Prichard Committee has created the Robert F. Sexton Legacy Fund. The fund will help ensure the continued success of the Prichard Committee and honor Bob’s life’s work to improve Kentucky schools. In addition to the establishment of the endowment, the funds may be used for current operational needs during this period of transition. Click here to download the special form to fill out and return via mail to: 271 West Short Street, Suite 202, Lexington, KY 40507 or fax (859-233-0760).

Al Smith Fund for Education

2008 marked our 25th anniversary year. Give a gift that ensures another 25 years of advocacy for education in honor of this milestone by contributing to the Prichard Committee’s endowment campaign. Click here to read more about the Al Smith Fund for Education.

Honor an Educator

Make a gift that recognizes the teacher or other mentor who put you or your child on the road to life-long learning. Click here to complete the special Honor an Educator form. Read touching comments from donors across Kentucky who have honored their favorite educators in this way.

Planned Giving

A gift through your estate can provide significant support to the Prichard Committee, now and in the future. You can give to the Prichard Committee through your will or from a living trust. For more information, contact our development office at (859) 233-9849.

Gifts of Stock

Gifts of appreciated securities may offer substantial tax advantages. These include capital gains tax entirely and an income tax charitable deduction for the fair market value of the securities. If you would like more information, please contact our development office at (859) 233-9849.


As a nonprofit, the Prichard Committee is fortunate to have generous financial support from hundreds of individuals, corporations and foundations. View our most recent annual fund-raising report.