Just Fund Education Project dba JustFundKY
PO Box 21815
Lexington KY 40522-1815
Contact Information
Nonprofit Just Fund Education Project dba JustFundKY
Address PO Box 21815
Lexington, KY 40522 1815
Phone (859) 361-0335
Contact Name Ernesto Scorsone
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2008
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Contributions may be mailed to PO Box 21815, Lexington, KY 40522 or submitted online at http://www.justfundky.org/contributions.html. Join the Legacy Group by designating a percentage of your estate to further the mission of JustFundKY.  Email info@justfundky.org for more information or to volunteer to help with our annual event!
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Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement JustFundKY has the dual mission of reducing discrimination through public events showcasing the positive contributions of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) persons, and by funding the educational efforts of other organizations to increase awareness and understanding of the LGBT community.  Just Fund Education Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) doing business as JustFundKY.
Background Statement
JustFundKY was started in 2006 to create an enduring endowment to support work around the Commonwealth of Kentucky dedicated to ending discrimination against Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered Kentuckians.  A generous benefactor, Cliff Todd, pledged $500,000 for the endowment if the community would match his contribution in four years.  An incredible number of volunteers worked together to stage 5 focused fundraising events between 2007 and 2010 and hundreds of attendees, sponsors and donors raised more than the necessary $500,000 to meet the challenge. 
The Cliff Todd Endowment Fund was established at the Blue Grass Community Foundation and its earnings are used to fund annual grants to community-based organizations. 
JustFundKY will continue to hold public events and educational efforts to build the endowment so that more grant money will be available on a yearly basis.
Impact Statement
In 2017, JustFundKY continued its tradition of increasing awareness and understanding of the LGBT community.
Earnings from the Cliff Todd Endowment Fund were used to provide annual grants to community-based organizations working to increase awareness and understanding of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender community and to advance fairness in the Commonwealth.
Cliff Todd Grants for the Spring of 2018 were awarded to several organizations including: The Uof L Kent College of Social Work to support an LGBTQ adolescent health campaign, Bluegrass Black Pride for speakers at seven community workshops this year, PSCO for the New Song in the Bluegrass project and to support the Pride Library, Transylvania University for the premier of "The 217 Boxes of Dr Henry Anonymous," Imperial Court of Kentucky for the production of "Nelly Queen, the Life & Times of Jose Sarria" film project, UK Gender/Women's Study & Office of LGBTQ Resources to support the keynote speaker for the 2nd annual Ky Gender & Women's Studies Conference, The Lexington History Museum to support an exhibit commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Fairness Ordinance, Kentucky Black Pride to support the keynote speaker for a "Let's Talk" Seminar, the KY Bar Association - LGBT Law Section to support a statewide survey of attorneys and judges on LGBT attitudes, Bluegrass Community & Technical College to support LGBTQ outreach with speaker and conference materials, UK Prism Research to acquire transgender education materials, the Faulkner Morgan Archive to support the creation of a digital home, Unlearn Fear and Hate to support the Halo sculpture project, the Association of Welcome & Affirming Baptists to acquire transgender teaching toolkits and education guides, KY Fried Sisters to acquire supplies for the Tokens of Love project, UK Graduate Center for Gerontology to complete an LGBTQ aging needs assessment, the Woodford Theater to support LGBTQ scholarships for "The Girl Project," and GLSEN to support teacher education in Madison County on LGBTQ issues. 

In the future, JustFundKY will continue to host public events to build up the endowment, present a positive image of LGBT citizens, and further its mission to promote fairness, justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Kentuckians.

Needs Statement
JustFundKy is constantly trying to increase the corpus of its endowment so as to be able to fund more worthy projects and worthy organizations around the state.  In addition, at lease one event is held annually showcasing a person or historical event that has helped shaped the LGBTQ community in Kentucky in positive ways.  Volunteers are greatly appreciated.
Board Chair Statement
Kentucky has seen much progress on the road to fairness and equality for all Kentuckians. However, much more work needs to be done. Education is the key. The more we educate the public about LGBT people, the faster we erase the evils of discrimination. Please join our campaign for fairness.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Alliances & Advocacy
Tertiary Organization Category Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations /
Geographic Areas Served
We serve the entire state of Kentucky by giving grants to local organizations to further their work of education and advocacy for LGBTQ persons throughout the state.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. It's hard to believe, but discrimination is still an ongoing problem here in the 21st century.  While the Supreme Court has recently recognized marriage as a basic human right that should be available to all persons regardless of their gender, there is still a strong movement to deny LGBT people the right to shop and do business with stores and service providers that are open to the public. There is still a movement to deny LGBTQ persons the right to adopt or be foster parents.  There are still businesses that covertly have policies of not hiring LGBTQ people. There are still landlords who try not to rent apartments or business space to LGBTQ people. The battle has not yet been won.  Our goal is to secure equal rights for all persons, so that no one experiences any humiliation or embarrassment simply by doing everyday activities. 
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? We have two main strategies.  One, to give monetary support to small groups working in their Kentucky Communities to educate and advocate for equality, fairness, and non-discrimination.  Second, we highlight the good deeds and philanthropy that LGBT persons have done for the community.  In 2016, for example, in addition to our annual grants, our annual event was a "fun roast" of Debra Hensley, a former LFUCG council member, small business owner, and community activist who has pioneered projects that benefit all of the Bluegrass, such as Lexington Community Radio. In 2017 we held a series of meet & greet events to introduce LGBTQ advocates to one another and to education about legacy giving as a strategy to build the endowment so that we can increase the number of grants given annually.  In the Spring of 2018 we held a grand unveiling of two historical markers in Lexington celebrating places where significant events in the development of local LGBTQ culture and early legal efforts to secure civil rights took place.  Our grants and outreach efforts are designed to educate the public about fairness issues and reduce the amount of discrimination against LGBTQ persons in Kentucky.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? Our endowment fund allows us to give the grants and to hold our annual awareness and education events; that is our main resource.  Our hard working board members and volunteers are our next biggest resource - a mix of LGBT persons and non-LGBT persons who care about the issue of discrimination in all forms.  Social media is a growing source of educational and advocacy opportunities both for spreading the word and for hearing about new issues that may affect our struggle against discrimination. 
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? In an ideal world, there would never be a story about discrimination in the news or on social media, because it would never happen.  We don't live in that world just yet, but as those who use hate and fear-mongering to attempt to circumvent equality and fairness continue to act with discrimination, the victim's stories are now publicly told and shared widely via social media and news outlets. We hear stories of injustices, bullying, even suicides.   Hopefully, we will begin to see less of these stories as discrimination becomes a thing of the past, and instead see many more positive stories of cooperation and outreach, successful LGBTQ parents, students, business persons, and community activists doing wonderful things not just for the LFGBTQ community, but for everyone in Kentucky.  When no more lawsuits are filed, when no complaints with the human rights commission are filed, when no one fears to go to school, apply for a job, buy or rent a home, or shop for special occasions, then the ideal future will have arrived. 
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? Our focus for 2018 will be to increase our endowment fund.  In 2017 we launched a Legacy Campaign to encourage aging Boomers to consider supporting LGBTQ education as part of their end-of-life planning.  With the current endowment balance, our fund generates just enough yearly income to cover a small number of annual Cliff Todd Grants.  However, with both costs of programming and community need increasing, we would like to increase our grant-making and to make sure that any stock market volatility will not have a large negative impact on our ability to give grants and fund education efforts around the state.  To do this, we need to increase the base principal amount of our endowment to a level that will be safe from sudden market swings, future inflation, unexpected emergencies and, of course, long-term ordinary growth.  So this year we look to the future with hope that it will be steady and secure. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ernesto Scorsone
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2011 to July 2019
Board Members
Bernadette Barton Community VolunteerVoting
Marsha Charles Community VolunteerVoting
John Davis Community VolunteerVoting
Mary Ellen Hart Community VolunteerVoting
David Lafferty VolunteerVoting
Ernesto Scorsone Community VolunteerVoting
Brandl Skirvin Community VolunteerVoting
Dennis Stutsman Community VolunteerVoting
Cliff Todd Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
CEO Comments

The Board of JustFundKy is a very hands-on group of people.  There is no executive director - the Board personally works on the grant selections and organizes all the events annually.  They are dedicated to working on behalf of the LGBTQ community.

CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director All Volunteer
Term Start Feb 2007
Email info@justfundky.org
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? N/A
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
CEO Comments Just Fund Ky has no paid staff and no paid executive director at this time.  The Board of Directors participates fully in the operation of the organization with no compensation.
Grants are given each year to community-based organizations whose projects are designed to educate Kentucky residents about issues affecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals and to combat discrimination against and promote fairness for all LGBT citizens.
Budget 33,380
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Lesbian & Gay Rights
Population Served Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered, ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments Our primary challenge is, ironically, the idea that the LGBT community has "won" its biggest challenge in that the issue of marriage equality has been decided by the Supreme Court.  Even if such decisions could never be challenged again (they can), the fight against ordinary everyday discrimination continues and will continue for the foreseeable future. Increased efforts will be required to educate and to make people aware - and to hopefully sway the opinions of those who may still feel justified discriminating.  One victory is not the end of the fight.  There is still a long, long way to go.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $200,000.00
Projected Expenses $75,000.00
Endowment Value $1,477,623.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$15,410$519,050$7,998
Investment Income, Net of Losses$199,561$78,467$24,999
Membership Dues------
Special Events--($13,069)$22,185
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$56,126$46,583$53,189
Administration Expense$10,902$9,241$13,985
Fundraising Expense$9,360$216$630
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.9310.430.84
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%83%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue40%0%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,586,953$1,439,351$910,825
Current Assets$109,321$127,721$8,879
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$1,586,953$1,439,351$910,825
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Legacy Giving Campaign for Endowment
Goal $5,000,000.00
Dates Jan 2017 to
Amount Raised To Date 5105 as of May 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
Our 2016 income includes an unusual grant - the Just Fund Ky c4 board voted to dissolve that organization, and the remainder of their assets was disbursed to the Just Fund Education Project.  Their biggest asset was a stock market investment fund, the proceeds of which were added to our endowment.  Other than that, our income and expenses were typical for the year.  Nothing remarkable occurred in 2017 - our income and expenses were primarily according to budget.  
Address PO Box 21815
Lexington, KY 405221815
Primary Phone 859 361-0335
Contact Email info@justfundky.org
CEO/Executive Director All Volunteer
Board Chair Ernesto Scorsone
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer