PO Box 21874
Lexington KY 40522
Contact Information
Address PO Box 21874
Lexington, KY 40522
Phone (859) 367-0152
Contact Name Kit Donohue
Web and Social Media
BUILD 2008 Nehemiah Action Assembly
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2002
Other Documents
2010 Review 990
Financial Summary
Mission Statement

Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct-Action (BUILD) is an organization of 27 religious congregations located in Lexington, Kentucky. BUILD is an interfaith, interracial, grassroots, multi-issue, proactive organization. Since its inception in 2003, BUILD has been constituent-led and employs the practices of direct-action community organizing. BUILD is developing a powerful grassroots organization, made up of congregations situated in low-to moderate-income communities that are capable of creating system-wide change in Lexington.

The goals of BUILD are:

·         To develop a responsible organization to address local issues of concern to member congregations/groups, through a process of education, training, research, and action.

·         To strengthen the individual congregations/groups by training existing leaders in organizing skills, identifying and training potential leaders, building the participation of larger numbers of their members, and attracting the participation of new members.

·         To build and deepen relationships among diverse segments of our community by bringing together groups from various cultural, economic, and religious backgrounds around common interests.

·         To enable religious congregations and neighborhood groups to act on our shared values of human worth, dignity, and justice.

Background Statement

In past years, BUILD leaders have engaged in other  issues of justice.  In the area of drugs, BUILD leaders discovered that 80-90 percent of people incarcerated in Lexington-Fayette County are there for reasons related to substance abuse. For those who do not receive treatment while they're incarcerated, up to 66 percent of them are rearrested. There was a drug treatment program in the jail for men that lowered the recidivism rate to 19 percent. BUILD leaders were shocked to discover that there was no program for women. BUILD leaders took the responsibility of holding the city mayor and council accountable for providing $175,000 in the city budget to create a women's drug treatment program in the jail, and continue to ensure this money is allocated. In healthcare, BUILD leaders discovered that they were 40,000 adults in Lexington that we uninsured and were going to emergency rooms for primary care, costing the community and taxpayers millions of dollars.BUILD pressed health care providers to ensure primary care was made accessible to more people, and now almost $8 million in health care is provided to more than 14,000 uninsured adults each year in our community.In public transportation, BUILD leaders discovered that people could not find transportation to get to work. Upon further investigation, leaders found that the businesses were having trouble filling positions for the same reason. BUILD leaders successfully got Lextran to design a bus system that gets people to work. These are not the only problems in Lexington. While the need in these areas is fairly obvious, the greater need may be less apparent. That need is a way for people, specifically those suffering the effects of poverty, to rise up and change systems and practices that make it impossible to escape poverty. To do this, congregations need power and BUILD acts as a vehicle to build power to create system wide change.


Impact Statement Low-income communities are directly targeted by the payday lending industry, which is currently charging nearly 400% interest and fees on payday loans. In 2011 alone, payday lending drained over $112 million in fees alone from Kentucky families’ pockets. This practice causes people who are already desperate to be trapped in ongoing debt. There are 20,000 people in Lexington who have a conviction and they are not being hired due to stigma associated with their criminal background. When these individuals cannot obtain gainful employment they cannot provide for themselves or their families and often turn back to crime, ultimately costing the community millions of dollars. Affordable housing is also an enormous problem in Lexington with 27,000 people paying more than 30% of their income on rent. When individuals are paying this much for rent they are unable to pay for other bills and expenses. All of these problems represent cycles of poverty and our challenge in addressing these problems is that we need to build our capacity to turn out more and more people to our Action Assembly in order to win more comprehensive solutions. To do this, we need to be able to hire more staff to provide more training and work with more congregations. Accomplishments related to these areas are that we are currently a part of the Kentucky Coalition for Responsible Lending, which is comprised of over 65 various nonprofit and religious organizations across the state, that is working to establish a statewide rate cap for payday loans, and we have secured commitments from several council members to create a $3-5 million dollar Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which will make millions of dollars available to support the creation of hundreds of homes and hundreds of jobs each year. We have made progress on this issue and will continue to fight for more safe and affordable housing in our community. We also gained a commitment from Mayor Gray this year to promote hiring policies that help reduce recidivism by getting people with a criminal history back to work. He agreed to bring together his staff and local employers to meet with a national expert to deepen their understanding of fair, effective hiring practices. The membership of BUILD has voted to research and address problems related to crime and drugs for this year.
Needs Statement

Lexington-Fayette County  is known as an affluent, well educated community. It is home of both the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University. Lexington enjoys an economic climate that includes a mix of manufacturing, financial, and light industry components. In many ways, Lexington is a very prosperous community. However, this is only half of the story.Of the estimated 301,569 individuals living in Lexington, 17.4% of them are living in poverty. Some areas of Fayette County have nearly 40% of their residents living in poverty. Additionally, Lexington has a county-wide unemployment rate of 6.7%, but some areas of the county have unemployment rates of up to 47%. Lexington ranks #75 in the nation’s highest unemployment rates. The work of BUILD, through congregation-based community organizing, is specifically designed to empower individuals to join together to make long-lasting institutional changes within Lexington. Emphasis is placed on engaging those who are directly experiencing the effects of systemic problems so that they are challenged and trained to build power in order to change their situations.

Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Board Chair
Board Chair Rev. Donald Gillett
Company Affiliation East Second Street Christian Church
Board Members
Katherine Akers Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic ChurchVoting
Mrs. Shawnise Barnes VolunteerVoting
Ms. Beverly Benton VolunteerVoting
Jonna Carter Community Volunteer
Adrienne Curry Community Volunteer
Dwayne Edwards Community VolunteerVoting
Sister Clara Fehringer St. Paul Catholic ChurchVoting
Ann Freytag Hunter Presbyterian ChurchVoting
Rev. Richard Gaines Community Volunteer
Cheryl Garr Community Volunteer
Richard Gentry East Second Street Christian ChurchVoting
Rev. Donald Gillett Community Volunteer
Katherine Goetz St. Peter Catholic ChurchVoting
Rev. Adam Jones Open Door ChurchVoting
Jim Larson Community VolunteerVoting
Sister Iris Ann Ledden Community VolunteerVoting
Deloris Lee Community VolunteerVoting
John Lee Community Volunteer
Father John List Community VolunteerVoting
Judy Maxson Community VolunteerVoting
Amariah McIntosh Community Volunteer
Jerry Meriwether Shiloh Baptist ChurchVoting
Bill Moody Community VolunteerVoting
Father John Moriarty VolunteerVoting
Rev. Joseph Owens Community VolunteerVoting
Deloris Price Community VolunteerVoting
Don Putnam Trinity Baptist ChurchVoting
Richard Smith East Second Street Christian ChurchVoting
Belinda Snead Consolidated Baptist ChurchVoting
Joe Swanson Community VolunteerVoting
Yoshiya Togami Lexington Friends MeetingVoting
Deacon James Weathers Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 18
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 17
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 53%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Ms. Kabby Akers
Company Affiliation Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Dustin Pugel
Term Start Nov 2014
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 1740
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 67%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Mrs. Kelly Doyle Nov 2009 - Oct 2014
Benjamin Van Dyne Oct 2007 - Nov 2009
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Tri-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Tri-Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Tri-Annually
Our work is done primarily by volunteers. The majority of funds the organization spends are used to provide the necessary training for volunteer leaders. Ongoing training events include: Introductory training for new congregations, how to surface issues and engage others through a listening process, how to conduct research and empower people to take action on community problems and how to locally raise funds. These trainings are conducted by BUILD staff and make up the largest expense of the organization. 


Population Served Adults, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, At-Risk Populations
Program Success Monitored By

 2010 Leadership Development Goals

1.      Develop and strengthen teams in new and existing congregations.

2.      Train at least 50 people locally on how to effectively surface issues through a listening process.

3.      Engage at least 50 people in a local orientation workshop designed to expose the concept of organizing to new congregations.

4.      Train at least 50 people locally on how to conduct issue research and action.

5.      Send at least 15 people to national DART training on the principles and techniques of community organizing.

6.      Locally train at least 40 leaders on conducting a successful support drive.

7.      Increase membership by at least 2 congregations.

8.      Hold at least one assembly with at least 250 people present to elect new officers for the organization.

9.      Hold at least one assembly with over 1000 people present to secure commitments for change from local decision makers.

Examples of Program Success
2009 Leadership Development Top Results
  1. BUILD held a large, public Action meeting of 1,400 people to hold public officials accountable to effectively address serious community problems that concern the people of Lexington.
  2. We engaged 70 people in a local workshop designed to expose the concept of organizing to new congregations.
  3. BUILD had five local trainings to prepare our leadership to effectively surface issues through a listening process, do issue research, take action based on this research and conduct a funding drive. The total attendance of these trainings is over 160 people.
  4. During the listening process, BUILD leaders used this training to surface community problems from over 270 people who then came to vote to take action on the areas that most concerned them.
  5. BUILD welcomed three new congregations into membership this year.
Description Justice, in terms of systemic change, requires power. Alone many of us have this value, but do not have the power it takes to live it out. When we join together as BUILD, we can bring the issues that concern us to the table, we can research them and find solutions and we can demand community change from our officials. BUILD benefits the people of Lexington by giving them power among our city decision makers to act on their values.
Population Served , ,
Program Short Term Success

2010 Institutional Change Goals

1.      Conduct follow-up meetings with public officials on commitments that have already been obtained.

2.      Examine public officials’ plan of action to insure the needs of the people are being met.

3.      Hold a large assembly with at least 250 people present for public officials to report on the progress made towards goals and to select two new problems areas to take action on.

4.      Form issue committees with representatives from each of our member congregations to begin research into these new problem areas.

5.      Hold a public assembly with more than 1000 people present. At this assembly, pursue and obtain specific commitments for change from the public officials who have the power to implement that change.

6.      Conduct follow-up meetings with local officials to hold them accountable to their commitments and to ensure they are making progress in the time agreed upon.

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2010
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter2003
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2015
Projected Revenue $224,500.00
Projected Expenses $224,180.00
Endowment Value $9,445.00
Spending Policy Income Only
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$180,905$167,839--
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$0$1
Membership Dues$42,430$34,855$33,655
Special Events--$0--
Revenue In-Kind--$0--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$173,880$145,317$104,458
Administration Expense$17,519$14,371$19,586
Fundraising Expense$7,483$7,337$6,529
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.131.221.21
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%87%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%4%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$124,317$98,930$62,737
Current Assets$124,317$98,930$62,737
Long-Term Liabilities--$0--
Current Liabilities--$0--
Total Net Assets$124,317$0$62,737
Form 990s
2014 990
2013 Form 990
2012 990EZ 2012
2011 990EZ
2010 990EZ
2009 990EZ
2008 990EZ
2007 990EZ
2006 990EZ
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address PO Box 21874
Lexington, KY 40522
Primary Phone 859 367-0152
CEO/Executive Director Dustin Pugel
Board Chair Rev. Donald Gillett
Board Chair Company Affiliation East Second Street Christian Church