John Yarmuth donates congressional salary to nonprofits

John Yarmuth
John Yarmuth

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, of Louisville, plans to donate his entire congressional salary to nonprofit organizations for yet another year.

Representative Yarmuth announced on Tuesday the 35 non-profit organizations in Louisville that will receive the donations.

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In 2006, during his first campaign, Yarmuth made the pledge to donate his entire salary to local charities, and he has honored that pledge in each of his 13 years in Congress.

“While charity can never make up for government’s failure to meet its responsibilities, our community organizations have done so much to serve and enrich the lives of our friends and neighbors, leading the way in making Louisville a vibrant, warm, and wonderful place to call home,” Yarmuth says. “I consider myself fortunate to be in a position to help these organizations continue their good work.”

This year, Yarmuth donated various sums to the following 35 organizations:

Alley Cat Advocates
Bates Memorial Community Development Corporation
Berry Center
Bridgehaven Mental Health Services
CASA of the River Region
Center for Women and Families
Family & Children’s Place
Family Scholar House
First Tee of Louisville
Fund for the Arts
Gilda’s Club
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville
Harbor House of Louisville
Jefferson Community and Technical College
Jewish Community Louisville
Kentucky Humane Society
KET Fund for Excellence
KMAC Museum
Louisville Orchestra
Louisville Parks Foundation
Louisville Urban League
Louisville Zoo
Metro United Way
Muhammad Ali Center
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing
Shawnee Golf Course
Simmons College of Kentucky
Speed Art Museum
The Library Foundation
West End School

Yarmuth has given more than $1.5 million to Louisville organizations through his salary donations. His salary in 2019 was $174,000.