About the Kentucky Colonel Foundation
The Kentucky Colonel Foundation, formerly Kentucky Colonels International is a model not-for-profit, charitable membership organization made up of Kentucky colonels promoting and supporting other Kentucky colonels as goodwill ambassadors for the Commonwealth of Kentucky at home and abroad.
The Kentucky Colonel Foundation (KCF) is an objective that began in 1998 online to extend goodwill and project fellowship internationally between the Commonwealth of Kentucky to people of other nations and states around the world, in the grand effort to bestow an official high regard upon the title of Kentucky Colonel as an internationally recognized award and proper title. The focus of KCF is upon its colonels being legally designated as goodwill ambassadors, nationally and internationally while being officially recognized as representatives of traditional Kentucky values when travelling abroad.
The Kentucky Colonel Foundation began as an idea conceived by Col. David Wright to establish an active international membership organization that members could participate in socially and perpetuate their recognition as Kentucky colonels in a dignified and professional manner. Perhaps more of an equal social order rather than as military Kentucky colonel brigade, command, sociopolitical group, or a subjective membership structure. We follow the rules of the Rochdale principles and emulate a horizontal cooperative membership structure.
Between 2006 and 2009 the organization advanced its development by administering groups that were forming by Kentucky colonels for Kentucky colonels to share information and come together with other like-minded individuals. Today the organization assists and inspires other Kentucky colonels using the social media and the Internet to carry on what we have started while elevating the distinction of one another.
Our International Commissioners
Now as an international civil society organization (iCSO) we have eight officers including Col. Nicholas Wright, Col. Luis Cruz Diaz, Col. Maria Veneke, Col. Jon Meier, Col. Joshua D. Wilkes, and Col. David Wright; all of them are considered executive council members to carry our formation forward; most of them have extensive experience in international affairs as goodwill ambassadors.
The title of "Kentucky Colonel" has come to be recognized by heads of state, at the United Nations, by international non-governmental organizations, and among royalty through these noteworthy individuals.
The organization's officers have extensive experience in human and civil rights or are cause advocates for social justice issues including the environment, migration, animal welfare, indigenous peoples, women and children. They are all coincidently Kentucky colonels, mostly from Globcal International. Globcal for those who do not know it is a non-state decentralized autonomous organization formed as a cooperative development association that works with the United Nations, sovereign states and other international organizations, it is operated by a team of over fifty goodwill ambassadors representing causes from around the world. Many of them have become Kentucky colonels over the years based on their deeds as members, some of them were already Kentucky colonels.
To become a member in our international social fellowship a person must already behold a commission as a Kentucky colonel and make a declaration of their deed for which they received their title. There is currently no membership fee, all of our activities are conducted online and based on voluntary contributions by active members and volunteers. Members are admitted based solely on providing a photograph of or with their Kentucky Colonel Commission.
In 2006 our errant group of Kentucky colonels began its journey in the social media on Facebook evolving to our current presence to pull together interested members in an association internationally to promote like-minded ideals, honor and values that are common and well-understood among Kentucky colonels. In 2009 we had 500 of 700 members living outside Kentucky with nearly 30% living overseas in our social media circles, today we are up to 4,100 members world-wide.
International Registry of Kentucky Colonels
Our formation was developing a Registry Project that we announced in 2018 exclusively for Kentucky colonels that wanted to be recognized in the international theater for their achievement or use their title internationally as goodwill ambassadors. The registry (a decentralized blockchain project) first became available in November 2019 for those who were interested in receiving an additional credential and having their title recognized in a publicly searchable database. Due to budget setbacks and technical problems the project was halted to be professionally redeveloped under a sister organization the Goodwill Ambassador Foundation which is established offshore in the international theater. The project will now formally get restarted in 2020.
The registry offers colonels a certificate of registration, a lifetime ID card and additional Internet services with Google using a credential called IDaaS (Identity-as-a-Service). The electronic online directory is searchable so Kentucky colonels can have their titles verified by a third party wherever they present it.
The identity service will be compatible with Chrome, iPhone and Android it can be used with any Mac, Windows or Linux based operating system to access special Google services provided by our organization.
Other Program Services
To better project the image of the Kentucky Colonel title and what it means to us, those who register their title (letters patent) can also demonstrate themselves through a permanent web page which we will develop and maintain on their behalf that is linked to our roster (or can connect their personal website). This is an additional service which is provided to those that live outside (or inside) the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
More About Us
The Kentucky Colonel Foundation, formerly Kentucky Colonels International is currently organized as non-governmental and non-state fellowship association (commission) made up of Kentucky colonels who have been nominated and awarded the 'Honorable' title for a notable meritorious deed or participation in a newsworthy event deserving the title. The organization "still in formation" that we are developing involves member participation as stakeholders, therefore there may eventually be a voluntary membership fee with accountability to our supporters for work that we do with them. Currently there are no annual fees for social media participants or online development provided by KCF to its members.
Membership fees or dues which may be requested (in the future) will be used to provide membership and professional public relations services for those who request them. To date we have not needed to request membership fees nor have we charged anyone for the services we provide online. Meanwhile there is a not a donation page here on our website (pending a recent legal dispute). In the future membership fees to provide better social media and Internet services for our voluntary members will be presented. We will keep up the hope that people will make donations and provide funding from time to time for the services that we do provide.
The Kentucky Colonel Foundation is not the HOKC
The Kentucky Colonel Foundation (KCF) is not the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (HOKC) nor is it a military brigade of Kentucky colonels; all of our members have been duly recognized by the Honorable Order as their supporters or donors of their independent charitable institution. The HOKC is a private non-profit organization and registered charity in Kentucky, it is not a state operated institution or charter of the state, its supporters have no voting powers, participation, or personal influence over the organization or its charitable activities. As is stated in their Articles of Incorporation that are on file in Frankfort, Kentucky; "The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels has no members." The HOKC does however, offer membership cards to its honorary members and donors as a token of appreciation and perk to encourage participation and show solidarity with their charity, they hold several annual events to raise funds for their Good Works program as well.