We choose to live out our Kentucky Colonel commission through continued service and charitable contributions. Trustees thoroughly vet grant requests made to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels to ensure donations to our Good Works Program positively affect the largest number of people in need. As one member remarked, “when it comes to making sure my charitable dollars are put to the best use, the Kentucky Colonels do a better job than I ever could.”

We’re a proud group who enjoys the occasional celebration. That’s why you might see our members gathered to celebrate the Kentucky Colonels and each other.


The Kentucky Colonels is an organization of talented and capable men and women appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky because of their service to the state. We act as the Governor’s ambassadors of Kentucky’s heritage and rich history of arts and entertainment.

Our primary objective is to support needy Kentucky charities and worthy Kentucky organizations by raising money from our membership to help those organizations who stand ready to help our citizens share in Kentucky’s boundless future. We celebrate this mission and encourage and affirm one another in these efforts.