340 Legion Drive, Ste #20
Wade Haga
Lexington KY 40504-2716
Contact Information
Address 340 Legion Drive, Ste #20
Wade Haga
Lexington, KY 40504 2716
Phone (859) 219-0910
Fax 859 219-0670
Contact Name Wade Haga
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 make a check payable to Blue Grass Farms Charities and mail to: 340 Legion Dr, Suite 20, Lexington, KY 40504. Donations may also be dropped off at the office during normal business hours or call (859)219-0910 to arrange alternate delivery. BGFC accepts cash or check.  
Volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis for special events, event planning and light clerical duties. Bilingual volunteers, especially those whom speak Spanish, are also important to the needs of BGFC. 
Please remember Blue Grass Farms Charities in your will. A bequest is a great way to leave an ongoing legacy. We would be honored 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 further discuss. 
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. To join, email Wade Haga at
Financial Summary
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
Major accomplishments from 2014 include, but are not limited to:
1) Fresh Produce Distribution Program — In partnership with Whole Foods, Faith Feeds and Sullivan College Culinary Institute, up to 500 pounds of produce are available for distribution weekly to Thoroughbred industry operations for backstretch employees.
2) Back To School Backpack Program — Every Fall BGFC provides about 200 new backpacks loaded with school supplies to get children K-5th grade off to a good start to their school year.
3) Horsemen’s Cross-Cultural Training — This class teaches visiting workers the importance of proper communication, body language, equal rights, timeliness, safety, respect of property, and what expectations are in American work culture. The class is very interactive, informative, respectful of traditions, and will prepare the worker to interact as a team player. The training is offered as a 5 week course with one class per week.
4) ESL Classes — BGFC provides an exclusive ESL course based on the tasks and terminology commonly included in a Thoroughbred employee’s daily routine. BGFC brings the classroom to your farm or location of choice. Classes are offered as an 8 week course with two classes per week.
5) 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. 
For the current year of 2015, BGFC aims to:
1) Expand the reach of our mobile health clinics and screenings, in partnership with Bluegrass Community Health. In these instances, BGFC works to bring the doctor's office directly to the farm at zero cost to the worker or farm itself. Clinics may include flu shots, blood pressure screenings, blood sugar screenings, oral exams, HIV tests, physician’s assessment, prescriptions and referrals.
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 learn to budget their monies and 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 will continue to employ methods that have proven successful in the past 10 years.
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; and a new Cross-Cultural Horsemen's Training Program to help foreign workers acclimate to our culture.  We have a bi-lingual staff member on call 24/7 to help with any type of  crisis that may arise after hours; and we visit the backstretch of Keeneland and the Thoroughbred Training Center twice weekly and local farms regularly.  We have dealt with just about every type of crisis imaginable; and we are a trusted and reliable source for this industry.
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 Wade Haga
Term Start Jan 2015
Full Time Staff 1
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 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
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
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $350,000.00
Projected Expenses $320,000.00
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
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$267,055$231,796$346,337
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$0--
Membership Dues--$0--
Special Events$137,662$108,826$15,770
Revenue In-Kind--$91,240--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$191,680$201,409$292,705
Administration Expense$22,024$17,410$25,105
Fundraising Expense$109,980$97,012$14,328
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.251.081.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses59%64%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue27%28%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$172,125$91,092$67,910
Current Assets$172,125$91,092$67,910
Long-Term Liabilities--$0$1,609
Current Liabilities--$0$0
Total Net Assets$172,125$91,092$66,301
Form 990s
2015 2015 990
2014 990 2014
2013 990 2013
2012 990 2012
2011 990 2011
2010 990 2010
2009 990 2009
2008 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address 340 Legion Drive, Ste #20
Wade Haga
Lexington, KY 405042716
Primary Phone 859 219-0910
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Wade Haga
Board Chair Dennis Brawner
Board Chair Company Affiliation Dixiana Farms