Community Foundation of Henderson hires first staff person

Chuck Stinnett

HENDERSON, Ky. — The Community Foundation of Henderson has announced the hiring of the first staff person in the nonprofit organization’s 10-year history.

Chuck Stinnett of Henderson has joined the Foundation as executive assistant. He will be responsible for handling administrative matters for the organization, maintaining the Foundation’s website and social media platforms, drafting news releases and other announcements, helping prepare outreach efforts to local nonprofits, affiliates and their donors, and related work.

“We realized as a board of volunteers that we would never have a multi-generational impact in Henderson until we hired someone who could focus weekly on our mission of transforming Henderson by connecting a donor’s passion to a charity’s purpose,” Foundation President Mark Weaver said. “We believe that we can triple our donors and endowments over the next five years with Chuck’s focused guidance, skills and efforts. We look forward to a greater impact as a direct result of hiring Chuck.”

Stinnett has been a resident of Henderson since 1980, spending more than 35 years as a journalist with The Gleaner including serving as business editor and columnist. He and his wife, Donna, received several awards for journalism and community service during their lengthy careers with the local newspaper. In 2015, Chuck and Donna Stinnett were named the Distinguished Citizens of the Year by the Henderson Chamber of Commerce.

Since mid-2018, Chuck Stinnett has served as executive director of the Henderson Leadership Initiative, and he will continue to serve in that role. He has also served on the boards of multiple nonprofit organizations in Henderson, serving as chairman for three of them: the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Trust Fund Committee of First United Methodist Church and, presently, the St. Anthony’s Hospice Board of Directors.

The Community Foundation of Henderson was conceived by a class of the Henderson Leadership Initiative and was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2011 by some HLI graduates and other community leaders. Its purpose is to help donors achieve their charitable goals and enable nonprofits to establish stable income sources such as through permanently endowed funds.

The Foundation is guided by a 14-member Board of Directors of volunteers that includes professional financial advisors, professionals such as attorneys and CPAs, leading nonprofit advocates and others passionate about building a stronger, more vibrant Henderson.

The Community Foundation of Henderson is affiliated with the 25-year-old Community Foundation of West Kentucky, based in Paducah.


Community Foundation of Henderson (CFH) is a philanthropic organization offering donor services, endowment building opportunities, and philanthropic advocacy. Through the power of permanently endowed funds, the CFH helps donors achieve their charitable goals and enables nonprofits to establish stable income sources. CFH acts as a servant to the community, supporting initiatives that build a stronger, more vibrant Henderson. The four pillars or interest areas that encompass CFH are Educating our community, Caring for our community, Inspiring our community, and Improving our community. The CFH also serves as a resource for grant information and broker training and technical assistance for local nonprofits. CFH is an affiliate foundation in partnership with the Community Foundation of West Kentucky.

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