About us

The Crimson Mission, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization that has been established to raise contributions to provide financial assistance to duPont Manual High School and the Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS) in Louisville, KY. Incorporated in 2015, the Crimson Mission, Inc.’s sole purpose is make duPont Manual High School a national model of excellence by raising and allocating resources to support and enhance our mission. The Crimson Mission, Inc. is a diverse, enthusiastic and committed organization that is appropriately structured and financially viable to fulfill the mission of making duPont Manual High School an national model of excellence. '

The Crimson Mission, Inc. invites the vast duPont Manual Family – our Alumni, current parents, former parents, and community friends – to join us in our mission. Your tax-deductible donation today will support the Mission and our goal of honoring the past, empowering the present and ensuring the future of duPont Manual High School!

Become a Founder


Becoming a Crimson Mission Founder is an important step in maintaing the unique experience at duPont Manual. Your tax receipt will be provided at the end of the year.

Becoming a Founder Form

Please click the button below to donate and become forever memorialized with a Founders Plaque for your contribution to duPont Manual High School

Click below to see what your donation is funding.

Fieldhouse Project

Manual Achievement Center

Your Donations at Work

Click to see representative examples of what your donation is funding

Fieldhouse Project

This multi-use fieldhouse will be next to the Manual softball field (near the corner of Ray Baer Boulevard and W. Cardinal Boulevard).

The Honeycomb

In 2017, Kindred Healthcare partnered with the University of Louisville to announce The Hive, a collaborative work space and incubator

Manual Achievement Center

The Manual Achievement Center will be a 21st century learning space serving the academic needs of all Manual students.

The Board

Please click on the pictures to the left to learn more about the board members.

Josh Hardesty
A proud graduate of duPont Manual High School, Josh was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and French from Centre College. After college, he moved to Montpellier, France where he taught high school students in both English and topics relating to politics, social justice, and global issues.

Upon moving back to the United States, Josh started and directed the Colorado state program of a national nonprofit focused on increasing youth engagement and leadership in the political process across our country. When he decided to return to his hometown, Josh began building a sustainable sales strategy and customer base for a local startup aimed at helping organizations communicate their social good.

Josh has built his professional career in the nonprofit world and currently serves the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association in the role of Program Director. He is passionate about continuing the organization’s work in building community, empowering Kentucky’s youth, and creating programs that directly improve our state.

Josh enjoys remaining engaged in the community by serving on various local boards and political campaigns. He is an avid traveler, loves cooking (and eating, of course), and always sounds himself with family and friends.

Support the Mission


A Manual education is more than a simple high school education it is an academic experience which prepares our students for college and beyond. Manual students are our leaders of tomorrow. It is our goal to raise funds to make the best education - even better! If you are interested in supporting The Crimson Mission, we ask and encourage your tax-deductible donation in any amount. We do not have an annual kick-off or fund raising campaign so alumni and friends of Manual can support our Mission all year round!

Your gift to The Crimson Mission will support academic enrichment, student achievement, campus wide facility improvements, technology, athletics, plus much more! Our fundraising efforts are accomplished through our ongoing annual fund and the Annual Growing the Mission Gala.

Why should you donate to the Crimson Mission? Here’s a message from a student!

Are you ready to support the Mission? You can easily make your tax-deductible donation online by clicking the donate button below or you can print out the donation form and mail your donation. Either way, you are supporting the students at Manual.

Link to donation form

PO Box 21122, Louisville Kentucky 40221-9990


    The Crimson Mission, Inc. has assisted with the funding of:
  • microscopes and grow lights
  • rolling trimmer for AP Geography class
  • gas pressure sensors
  • HD video projector
  • outdoor advertising signs
  • gallery pedestal refurbishing
  • box trailer for transport of musical instruments
  • Project Graduation

Thank you for your support of the students at duPont Manual High School!

If you are interested in leaving a lasting legacy to the students at duPont Manual High School, please contact The Crimson Mission at crimsonmissioninc@gmail.com for more information.

If you are a Manual Alum, please check out this wonderful Alumni opportunity by click the link below:
duPont Manual Alumni

Founded in 2015, the Crimson Mission serves as a non-profit organization devoted to the students and staff at duPont Manual High School - accepting contributions from alumni, community partners and families and friends of Manual - to fund individual student needs and large-scale projects the school itself cannot fund through its annual state and federal funding allowances. It is our goal to honor the past, empower the present and ensure the future of duPont Manual High School.

Growing the Mission Gala


Saturday, March 7, 2020

Kindred atrium 6 pm - 12 am

680 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202

Click Here for Growing the Mission Gala Tickets, Parking Spot Raffle Tickets, and Graduation Seat Raffle Tickets

Enjoy an evening of hor d'oeuvres, drinks from the complimentary bar, dinner, music, silent and live auction items and much, much more - All to raise money for the students of Manual High School.

Our 2020 Honorees are: Brian Thornton, Phil Bond, Morgan McGarvey and Amy Medley

Tickets will be going on sale in January and will be limited!

Follow us on Twitter @crimson_mission and Like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on information for the Gala!

Sponsors of the Crimson Mission's Spring Gala


Ram Sponsor


Glow Touch Technologies


Bowling Nursery

The Marsh Family

Red/White Sponsor


Awards Center


Partners In Women's Health


Educational Resources


Treyton Oak Towers


Susan's Florist


Tom Drexler Plumbing and Remodeling


Republic Bank


Independence Bank

The Jennifer Lanham Family

The Sterling and Amy Lapinski Family