340 Legion Drive
Suite 20
Lexington KY 40504-2716
Contact Information
Address 340 Legion Drive
Suite 20
Lexington, KY 40504 2716
Phone (859) 2190910 2190910
Fax 859
Contact Name Sally Walker
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2003
Former Names
Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donate securely online through the organization website, or pay by check or credit card to Blue Grass Farms Charities and mail to: 340 Legion Dr, Suite 20, Lexington, KY 40504. 
Volunteers are always needed for special events and for fundraising activities. Bilingual volunteers, especially those whom speak Spanish, are also important to the needs of BGFC. 
Please consider naming Blue Grass Farms Charities in your will. A bequest is a great way to leave an ongoing legacy to our Blue Grass Thoroughbred tradition. We are always available to discuss how you can achieve your financial and charitable goals through a planned giving strategy. Please give us a call at (859)219-0910 to speak with Executive Director Sally Walker. 
You may also donate to the mission on a regular monthly, quarterly, or annual basis. Please tell us your preferred frequency of giving and pledge amount, and we will send you timely reminders instead of our regular appeals. Please email with a request for setting up a pledge fulfillment.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Blue Grass Farms Charities devotes itself to providing health and human services to people working in all aspects of the Thoroughbred Industry in Central Kentucky.
Background Statement Blue Grass Farms Charities was founded by horsemen to serve horsemen. BGFC provides crisis aid for housing, utilities, medicine and physician services. The organization currently possesses an emergency food pantry and small industry-related clothing bank. We also conduct safety training for horsemen, ESL classes and mobile health clinics (in partnership).
Impact Statement Ongoing major accomplishments include, but are not limited to:1) Health Screenings in partnership with Blue Grass Community Health Services, referrals and financial assistance 2) Benevolence assistance during times of crisis and difficulty 3)Fresh Produce Distribution Program — In partnership with GLEAN fresh produce is distributed to Thoroughbred industry workers and their families 4) Back To School Backpack Program — BGFC provides new backpacks loaded with school supplies to get children K-5th grade off to a good start to their school year.5) ESL Classes — BGFC provides a certified English as a Second Language course based on the tasks and terminology commonly included in a Thoroughbred employee's daily routine. BGFC brings the classroom to the Thoroughbred farm or location of choice. 6) Festival Of Christmas — A family centered event focusing on making the holiday special for children. This celebration helps take the pressure off of industry workers who may be struggling to provide the 'extras' for their families during the holidays. BGFC provides brand new gifts for the children, a meal basket for each family, a visit with Santa, and an interactive, Christmas-themed program for everyone to enjoy.
Needs Statement Blue Grass Farms Charities depends solely on grants, individual and in-kind donations for its funding. To help with food pantry costs, we accept non-perishable food items, grocery gift cards in $25 amounts, paper goods such as toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, bar soap, and shampoo. Limited amounts of men's and women's farm work-related clothing items such as khaki work pants, windbreakers, and jackets in good condition may be donated. We do not keep children's, office wear, dressy clothing, shoes or non-farm work related items of clothing or household items. Accepted food and clothing items may be delivered to our offices at 340 Legion Drive, Suite 20, between 9:00am and 5:00 pm. M - F.
CEO/Executive Director Statement Blue Grass Farms Charities is a unique organization focused on people working throughout Central Kentucky's venerable thoroughbred racing industry. When a worker faces a hardship through no fault of their own, they may come to BGFC for assistance with rent, utilities, medicine, food or clothing. BGFC will also help workers and family members with medical and dental referrals. Of course, we believe in fun too - we hold an annual industry soccer tournament and The Festival of Christmas, providing children's gifts, holiday-oriented goodies and a family food basket for attendees.
Board Chair Statement I am honored to be a part of the team of Blue Grass Farms Charities. I am so thankful for the donors, volunteers, and staff that give their time and resources to allow us to serve the thoroughbred community in Central Kentucky! BGFC provides health and human services to low income workers and their families through a number of programs and initiatives. It is such a joy to see the smiles created when Santa delivers toys to children at Christmas or food to a family struggling to make ends meet. Our staff treats everyone with love, care and compassion and they go out of their way to meet whatever need arises. This is an organization that changes lives and brings hope.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Adult Education
Tertiary Organization Category Health Care / Public Health
Geographic Areas Served
Central Kentucky
Blue Grass Farms Charities serves the areas of Fayette, Scott, Jessamine, Woodfood and Bourbon Counties.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. Blue Grass Farms Charities' work is dedicated to improving the lives of the men and women who are the backbone of the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky, as well as their children, whether by meeting their needs for health and human services or through education. By addressing the needs of these workers we alleviate stress on the job which could lead to poor performance, accidents, or injuries. Our language and safety classes address safety and improve communication in the workplace. Our goal is to help those in need find resources that will enable them to become self sufficient; and we aim to help workers progress in the workforce as they learn new safety and language skills.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? Blue Grass Farms Charities has a proven track record of helping working class people become self-sufficient. Students in our educational classes have steadily moved up in the ranks at major Thoroughbred farms into management positions through improving their communication skills. We have earned a reputation as a valuable resource for workers needing a helping hand.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? Fayette County offers a wealth of resources for nonprofits such as BGFC to network and share services. Through connections with UK Hospital and Bluegrass Community Health, we have provided free flu vaccines; and on-site health screenings so that a worker never has to leave the track or farm. We have developed our own ESL Welcome to the Farm language program. BGFC visits local farms regularly, and the organization has dealt with just about every type of crisis imaginable. BGFC is a trusted and reliable source for the Thoroughbred industry, which is so valuable to Central Kentucky.
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? Blue Grass Farms Charities has steadily made progress from its inception. Each year the number of people served by the organization increases by 200-300 people served. We have approximately 20 new farms per year contact us for services; and we have an ongoing relationship with our local racetrack, Keeneland Association to provide services to the backstretch workers at their racecourse. Additionally, have seen a high demand for ESL classes and other services offered by Blue Grass Farms Charities so far in 2014.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dennis Brawner
Company Affiliation Dixiana Farms
Term Jan 2014 to Apr 2017
Board Members
Dennis Brawner Dixiana FarmsVoting
Stephen Hillenmeyer Hillenmeyer Landscape ServicesVoting
Christina Jelm The Jelm FoundationVoting
Patrick Masson Dixiana FarmsVoting
Julie Mogge Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Thomas Riddle Rood & RiddleVoting
Thomas Thornbury Keeneland AssociationVoting
Gibson Wilhite Wilhite Ltd.
Samantha Will-Baccari Baccari BloodstockVoting
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 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
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 8
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
CEO Comments Updated bylaws and a conflicts of interest policy were instated in 2014.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director
Term Start Apr 2017
Experience Ms. Walker previously served as Executive Director of four nonprofits, two conservation and two equine organizations, one of which--The Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association-- provided services to Horsemen similar to those offered by Blue Grass Farms Charities. Ms. Walker's biography can be found on
Co-CEO Walker
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 75
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 50%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description Emergency financial aid is available to families who are unable to pay for primary care for acute or chronic illnesses and prescriptions.  BGFC partners with low costs clinics and the University of Kentucky Medical Center.  We act as an advocate to assure that sick workers or family members receive quality medical attention in a timely manner.
Budget 20000
Population Served , ,
Description Blue Grass Farms Charities provides emergency financial aid to thoroughbred industry workers who are facing a hardship due an unexpected crisis such as illness, death in the family, or lay-off.  Our goal is to bring stability to their lives by providing financial assistance for housing and utilities.  All applicants are carefully screened and all payments are made directly to the service provider.
Budget 40000
Population Served , ,
Description The Tack Room is our food and clothing pantry and consists of  personal hygiene items, laundry detergent andnon-perishable food items. Qualified applicants will receive a two-week supply of groceries for up to six weeks, or intermittently, as needed.  The Tack Room also stocks a limited supply of work-related clothing.
Budget 20000
Population Served , ,
Description Whether it's a human resources issue or personal concern, we maintain helpful communication with the employer in a manner that does not compromise confidentiality, but allows us to work together to solve problems that might interfere with work, safety, productivity and relationships in the workplace.
Budget 10000
Category Human Services
Population Served , ,
The charity conducts two events geared towards enhancing the lives of lower income children whose parents work in the thoroughbred industry.  Each summer, a backpack giveaway and week-long camp is offered to expose children to a fun, educational program.  
The charity also conducts an annual Festival of Christmas which hosts over 140 industry families for children's gifts, treats, and food to take home for the holidays, as well as a visit with Santa.
Budget 22000
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments I'm really proud of the scope of programs that we offer.  Anything that we cannot address in-house, we are blessed to have a partnership with someone in the community to help us or steer us in the right direction.  That's a valuable asset.  
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy 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 $240,000.00
Projected Expenses $240,000.00
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$175,978$267,055$231,796
Investment Income, Net of Losses----$0
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$74,294$137,662$108,826
Revenue In-Kind----$91,240
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$180,992$191,680$201,409
Administration Expense$42,390$22,024$17,410
Fundraising Expense$17,654$109,980$97,012
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.251.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%59%64%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%27%28%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$181,361$172,125$91,092
Current Assets$181,361$172,125$91,092
Long-Term Liabilities----$0
Current Liabilities----$0
Total Net Assets$181,361$172,125$91,092
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address 340 Legion Drive
Suite 20
Lexington, KY 405042716
Primary Phone 859 2190910 2190910
Contact Email
Board Chair Dennis Brawner
Board Chair Company Affiliation Dixiana Farms