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55,000 Degrees is both a destination and an organization.

Louisville is committed to adding 55,000 college graduates by 2020 - an educational leap that ensures our citizens and our community can compete for 21st century jobs and enjoy a greater quality of life.

55,000 Degrees is a powerful partnership - leaders in education, business, government and civic life - committed to increasing the percentage of our workforce with college diplomas from one-third to one-half.

The organization will ensure Louisville reaches the destination by inspiring, challenging, coaching and supporting people to earn a college degree.

Any donations received will be used for student incentives. You may make a secure credit card donation to support the 55,000 Degrees Fund below. All contributions are irrevocable and are not refundable.

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Kate Biagi-Rickert
Director of Stewardship
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For questions about grant distributions from your fund, contact:

Michael Pfaff
Grants Associate

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For questions about gifts to your fund, contact:

Elise Waddell
Development & Stewardship Senior Associate

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