Churchill Downs upholds a strong tradition of corporate social responsibility and is a committed community partner. As early as 1938, under the direction of Colonel Matt Winn (racetrack President from 1938-1949), the track took interest in donating a portion of its earnings to local charities. With the help of J. Graham Brown – a prominent Louisville horseman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist – the racetrack founded the Churchill Downs Foundation, a charitable organization which established a series of race dates, each fall, that were held for charitable purposes only. Within just a 10-year period, from 1940-1950, the Churchill Downs Foundation donated approximately $1.5 million to charity. Today, the Churchill Downs Foundation has evolved to provide stewardship for the Thoroughbred racing industry as well as the communities that contribute to the tradition of the Kentucky Derby.
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