Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Heart of Danville (HOD) a part of Danville-Boyle County local government?
A: No, we are not a government agency. HOD is an independent, non-profit organization devoted to promoting downtown as a unique and vibrant place in Danville for business, residential life & entertainment.
Q: Does local government provide financial support to HOD?
A: Yes. HOD receives a portion of our yearly operating budget from the local governments.
Q: Where does HOD get its money?
A: HOD is a member-based organization; therefore revenues come in the form of annual membership dues from its members. Members may also provide financial support for individual events in the form of cash sponsorship. HOD also generates revenue from events through beverage sales, vendor fees and merchandise sales.
Q: Are my individual donations to the HOD tax-deductible?
A: Yes. HOD carries a 501(c)3 non-profit status (FEIN # 61-1110163), therefore membership dues are tax-deductible.
Q: What does HOD do with the money it generates?
A: The revenue raised by HOD goes to support the organization and its programs, including: marketing our members, advocating for and promoting downtown Danville and producing free events in the downtown area for the public to enjoy.
Q: Who can join HOD as a member?
A: Anyone who has an interest in supporting the vitality of downtown Danville. Our members are not limited by geographical boundaries and we have members who are large corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals. Anyone who wants to see Danville stand out as a world-class micropolitan should invest in a safe, vibrant downtown.
Q: Are there benefits to membership?
A: Yes. Most of the direct benefits are geared toward our business and non-profit members in the form of exposure and advertising opportunities. We work cooperatively with our members to create win-win situations that give to each other and the community. Visit our membership page for more information.
Q: How is HOD different from the Chamber of Commerce?
A: Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce focuses specifically on economic development and the promotion of its business members. While HOD includes economic development, HOD also produces entertainment events that benefit the public at large whereas the Chamber of Commerce produces events that focus primarily on benefiting or recruiting business members. For more information about the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce visit their website at www.danvilleboylechamber.com.
Q: How is HOD different from Develop Danville (DD) (formerly Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership)?
A: DD strives to promote physical and economic development, land uses, and activities that make Danville-Boyle County the thriving, stimulating and diverse economic, heart of Central Kentucky.
The mission of DD is similar to that of HOD, however; HOD is a membership-based organization that focuses on promotion and marketing of its members, producing free events for the entire community and promoting downtown Danville. For more information on DD visit their website at www.developdanville.com.
Think of the Chamber of Commerce and Develop Danville as recruiting businesses and development and HOD as helping retain business through quality of life initiatives.
Q: How is HOD different from Destination Danville?
A: Destination Danville markets Danville & Boyle County, nationally and internationally; as a destination for leisure travel, business travel, meetings, and conventions. HOD supports these efforts by creating downtown maps and shopping, dining and entertainment guides for our visitors.
Q: Can I get involved with HOD?
A: Yes! Since HOD functions with a very small core staff, we rely heavily on the help of our interns and volunteers. We have opportunities to help with office-related tasks, special research projects, and events. We work closely with the local colleges and universities to provide student internship opportunities. We also have a number of committees which are open to the public. If you are interested in volunteering in any of these areas, contact our office at 859.236.2361 x140 or firstname.lastname@example.org.