Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Inc
521 LANCASTER AVE
RICHMOND KY 40475-3100
Contact Information
Nonprofit Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Inc
Address 521 LANCASTER AVE
RICHMOND , KY 40475 3100
Phone (859) 421-1616
Fax 859 622-8256
Contact Name Drexel Neal
Web and Social Media
Overview of Memorial site and wall
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2000
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Over 70% of KLEMF Funds  come from the purchase of specialized Kentucky license plates which displays our logo.  Currently there are over 15,000 vehicles displaying the plates.  KLEMF also provides for internet donations, memorial brick pavers, mailing address on Facebook,  our website and law enforcement publications.  KLEMF also holds or partners with other organizations, various  charity events open to the general public.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Statements
Mission Statement

Our foundation will continue to review, update and our marketing initiatives with emphasis on increasing the sales and support of Fallen Officer plates in targeted geographic areas with PSAs, televisions announcements, billboards and social media.

 

We hope to increase the understanding of the KLEMF mission and financial support to law enforcement through continuous contact with media, civic organizations, law enforcement agencies and associations in Kentucky.

 

The foundation will continue to analyze sales data to determine more effective programs and efforts to boast license plate sales, event attendance and donations.

 

In 2018 KLEMF will began promoting the sale of out Fallen Officer commemorative plates for motorcycles. We are currently working with a state representative to have needed legislation prepared for 2018 legislative session.

 

The foundation is attempting to develop new philanthropic and private sector interest to increase financial support for KLEMF with emphasis and regular contributions and major gift programs.

 

KLEMF will participate in more public and private events in areas of the state where license plates and foundation support have been at a low level.

 

KLEMF will continue to partner with other charities, fraternal groups and law enforcement organizations in conducting joint events that enhance the foundation’s exposure to potential supporters.

 

Background Statement

The Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation was originally created to erect a monument to honor every fallen law enforcement officer in Kentucky – past, present and future.  Since its inception in 1999, the Foundation has also been a major supporter of Kentucky’s law enforcement officers and their families. Through financial assistance for anything from unexpected medical bills to picking up the pieces after a devastating disaster to easing the burden of higher education for officers and their family members, KLEMF exists to honor all Kentucky officers, in communities big and small across the state, with the helping hand they need and the respect they deserve for their unwavering commitment to serving their fellow citizens of the commonwealth.

Each year, KLEMF provides approximately $10,000 in emergency and medical assistance to Kentucky’s law enforcement families, including emergency funds given to fallen officers’ families within 48 hours to assist with the unforeseen circumstances they are facing. 

In addition, 25 educational scholarships are awarded each year to law enforcement officers, family members and survivors. The $1,000 for officers and their families and $2,000 for survivors can be used to toward tuition, books, fees, housing, meals or transportation costs – lightening the load for law enforcement families across the state.  The total amount funds distributed to officers and families to date is approximately $600, 700 dollars.


Impact Statement

The foundation will continue to provide death benefits, emergency crisis assistance and scholarship opportunities for all Kentucky law enforcement officers and telecommunicators. The foundation will continue to fund these financial opportunities because no other agency or foundation responses to these needs for immediate assistance. The current funding level will allow KLEMF to continue funding at 2017 levels with possible increases for future recipients. The foundation will increase funding levels through increased sales of commemorative license plates, donations and fund-raising events. KLEMF experienced a 12% increase in commemoratives license plates in 2016 which increased our funding level. KLEMF will continue to see an increase in 2017 as well as adding the sales of motorcycle commemorative in mid-2018.

 

Needs Statement



Five Most Pressing Needs For KLEMF


 


The five most pressing needs of our foundation are:


  1. Developing new approaches for getting the community involved in our foundation and developing a volunteer base outside state organizations in Richmond, Kentucky.

  2. Explore new sources of funding.

  3. Increase the dollar amounts of benefits offered for death of officer/telecommunicators, emergency family crisis assistance and college scholarships.

  4. Expand the foundation’s use of social media and internet.

  5. Develop an internal plan to hire a full-time executive director with experience in administrating a non-profit organization. An alternate approach would be the addition of a full time administrative assistant skilled in the inner operations of a charitable organization.


CEO/Executive Director Statement

Today, charitable organizations are confronted by many challenges in raising funds to sustain their operations. The Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation has been fortunate that we have been able to increase the number of memorial license plates sold each year. KLEMF wants to expand both private and corporate giving to a higher level. We hope to achieve this by promoting our charity throughout the commonwealth.

KLEMF is currently expanding the use of social media, networking with other charities and taking advantage of digital marketing and the broadcast media. In the future KLEMF hopes to reach out to the public and increase the awareness of the assistance given to fallen officers and their families. KLEMF also wants all Kentucky communities to be mindful of the emergency assistance and college scholarships available to officers and telecommuicators.

Lastly, we want to maintain a nationally recognized memorial monument that individually honors and recognizes all law enforcement officers that gave their life in the line of duty serving their communities.

Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky
KLEMF will pay death benefits or provide emergency assistance to any Kentucky Certified Law Enforcement Officer and/or family member.  Currently there are approximately 9,000 certified officers, deputies and agents in Kentucky.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

Our foundation will continue to review, update and our marketing initiatives with emphasis on increasing the sales and support of Fallen Officer plates in targeted geographic areas with PSAs, televisions announcements, billboards and social media.

 

We hope to increase the understanding of the KLEMF mission and financial support to law enforcement through continuous contact with media, civic organizations, law enforcement agencies and associations in Kentucky.

 

The foundation will continue to analyze sales data to determine more effective programs and efforts to boast license plate sales, event attendance and donations.

 

In 2018 KLEMF will began promoting the sale of out Fallen Officer commemorative plates for motorcycles. We are currently working with a state representative to have needed legislation prepared for 2018 legislative session.

 

The foundation is attempting to develop new philanthropic and private sector interest to increase financial support for KLEMF with emphasis and regular contributions and major gift programs.

 

KLEMF will participate in more public and private events in areas of the state where license plates and foundation support have been at a low level.

 

KLEMF will continue to partner with other charities, fraternal groups and law enforcement organizations in conducting joint events that enhance the foundation’s exposure to potential supporters.

 

Board Chair
Board Chair Mark Turner
Company Affiliation Turner Consulting
Term July 2002 to Dec 2017
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Staff Associate Attorney Tyler Adkins Steptoe & Johnson PLLCVoting
First Vice President Andrew Baird Morgan Stanley Smith BarneyVoting
President Michael Benson Eastern Kentucky UniversityVoting
Commissioner John Bizzack Retired Department of Criminal Justice TrainingVoting
Deputy Commissioner Herbert Bowling Retired - Department of Criminal Justice TrainingVoting
Commissioner Rodney Brewer Reired - Kentucky State PoliceVoting
Senior Vice President Pete Chiericozzi Retired - Wassau PaperVoting
Deputy David Culler Nelson County Sheriff's OfficeVoting
Adminstrative Officer Richard Curtis Lexington Department of Public SafetyVoting
Security Manager Ben Elder Retired - Overbook FarmVoting
Commissioner Mark Filburn Department of Criminal Justice TrainingVoting
Leslie Gannon Compliance & monitoring Section - Department of Criminal Justice TrainingVoting
Deputy Director Doug Goforth Kentucky League of CitiesVoting
Chief Operating Officer Kelly Healy McFutures, Inc.Voting
Rachel Lingenfelter Kentucky Concerns of Police Survivors - Department of Criminal Justice TrainingVoting
Director of Training Charles Melville Retired - Department of Criminal Justice TrainingVoting
Executive Director Drexel Neal Retired - Lexington Police Department and DOCJTNonVoting
Director Francis Root Kentucky Law Enforcement CouncilVoting
Attorney at Law Tom Szurlinski Boone County Sheriff's DepartmentVoting
Chairman of the Board Mark Turner Turner ConsultingVoting
Priscilla Walls Kentucky Concerns of Police SurvivorsVoting
Director Mike Wilder Danville/Boyle County Emergency Management AgencyVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 19
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 45%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 13%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 9%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
By-laws
Scholarship
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Drexel Neal
Term Start Nov 2013
Email dneal@klemf.org
Experience The executive director has a BS and MS from Eastern Kentucky University in Criminal Justice Administration and served with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government from 1969 through 2004.  The director has held management level positions with both the Division of Police and Corrections.  In these positions he was responsible for division budgeting, development of policies and procedures and supervision of division personnel. After retirement from LFUCG he was a program coordinator for Homeland Security Grants at the Department of Criminal Justice Training.  Just prior to final retirement the director was a staff assistant to the commissioner and was responsible for staff services, accreditation and certification for continuing education. 
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 0
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Description
  1. KLEMF awards a $7500 death benefit to any certified law enforcement officer killed in the line-of-duty.
  2. KLEMF provides emergency financial assistance up to $2000 to officers or their family members who face family tragedies, such as overcoming the effects of a personal or natural disaster.
  3. KLEMF supports the commonwealth's only monument to the over 500 officers killed in the line of duty.
  4. KLEMF conduct an annual memorial service honoring family survivors and fallen officers which is attended by state officials, the press, law enforcement agencies and the public.
  5. KLEMF provides college scholarships to as many as 25 students - primarily the children of law enforcement officers - annually.
Category
Population Served , ,
Program Short Term Success KLEMF will continue to provide death benefit payments to fallen officer families within 48 hours of the officer's death.  KLEMF recognizes that the spouses and family loss their income flow upon death and it is sometimes several months before state and federal benefits are available to them. KLEMF will continue to fund our college scholarship program and provide immediate emergency financial assistance to officers and their families in crisis.
Program Long term Success KLEMF will continue to provide a death benefit to all Kentucky Certified law Enforcement Officers.  The benefit is currently $7500 which we would like to increase to $10,000 if fund levels allow.  KLEMF will continue to provide emergency financial assistance to officers and their families during crisis situations.  The maximum benefit level is currently $2000 and we would like to increase it to $5000 and extent payments over several months if the need period is long term.
Program Success Monitored By KLEMF is immediately notified by law enforcement agency heads when their is a line of duty death.  KLEMF is networked with NLEMF and media agencies that report deaths almost immediately.  There are also other organizations that assist families and agencies upon the death of an officer.  These organizations maintain extensive check lists of available benefits and verify that the families have filed and received funds.  Emergency assistance to families in crisis must be submitted by letter or email from the officer's command staff for consideration.  Upon receipt the executive director reviews the request and approves fund to the officer or family.   KLEMF attempts to deliver a check within 2 days after approval when possible.  During annual mandatory in-service the officers and command staff are reminded that the emergency assistance fund is available if needed.  KLEMF realizes that in some situations they are not notified of every officer that may qualify for this assistance.  The availability of assistance can be found on the KLEMF website, Facebook and in law enforcement publications.
Examples of Program Success In 2016 KLEMF provided $21,721 to 13 officers or their families who requested emergency financial assistance.  In 2016 there were no officers that were killed in the line-of-duty.  In 2015 there were 4 officers killed in the line-of-duty and their spouses or families received a total of $30,000 in death benefits from KLEMF>
Program Comments
CEO Comments Our foundation was started in Richmond, Ky. by a group of law enforcement executives and trainers.  As the foundation grew several local business executives and representatives from insurance and banking joined are board.  KLEMF has made a significant attempt to get our foundation known across the commonwealth.  In 2015 we contracted with Lamar advertising to conduct a regional bill board campaign  to increase our sale of license plates and make the plate more popular outside the central Bluegrass area.  The campaign was successful and we have experience a growth in sales in western and eastern Kentucky.  In 2016 we contracted with the Kentucky Broadcasters Association to distribute 30 and 60 second PSAs on all broadcast television stations as well as both AM and FM radio broadcasters.  This campaign has also proved successful and we experienced increased sales.  The broadcast campaign has lead to local communities organizing charity events with the funds being donated to KLEMF.  The community of Central City/ Muhlenberg County has sponsored two 5K Races and a Mini-marathon Race which raised over $10,000.  KLEMF  hopes to continue our exposure in western and eastern Kentucky where local communities sponsor even and forward donations to KLEMF.  KLEMF is a very small foundation in that it has only one part-time employee, the executive director, and administrative volunteer.  Our funds are generated through the sale of commemorative license plates.  KLEMF conducts several small events in Richmond to raise funds.  Most of volunteers are state employees and they are only available after hours or weekends.  KLEMF would like to increase the use of social media and the internet to increase our fund base.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Financials
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $48,000.00
Projected Expenses $210,000.00
Endowment Value $570,000.00
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$149,534$142,067$129,988
$0$0$0
($4,205)$2,274$2,598
Investment Income, Net of Losses($8,264)($9,403)$38,501
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$10,496$8,223$7,414
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$105,736$85,113$79,191
Administration Expense$18,215$15,389$12,796
Fundraising Expense$18,000$44,815$25,736
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.040.991.52
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%59%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%30%19%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$929,208$923,636$925,725
Current Assets$716,247$699,894$700,080
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$38$229
Total Net Assets$929,208$923,598$925,496
Form 990s
2015 Form 990
2014 Form 990
2013 Form 990
2012 Form 990
2011 Form 990
2010 Form 990
2009 Form 990
2008 Form 990
Audit Documents
2015 Audit
2014 Account Reviews
2013 Account Reviews
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address 521 LANCASTER AVE
RICHMOND , KY 404753100
Primary Phone 859 421-1616
Contact Email dneal@klemf.org
CEO/Executive Director Drexel Neal
Board Chair Mark Turner
Board Chair Company Affiliation Turner Consulting