CASA OF THE BLUEGRASS
1153 Perryville Rd
Danville KY 40422
Contact Information
Nonprofit CASA OF THE BLUEGRASS
Address 1153 Perryville Rd
Danville, KY 40422
Phone (859) 936-3510
Contact Name Laura Guerrant
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2008
Former Names
CASA at Woodlawn and Franklin County CASA
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Provide us with your mailing address if you would like to be added to CASA of the Bluegrass mailing list to receive newsletters, an invitation to the annual Derby Eve Gala, and our annual report that accompanies our fundraising campaign.
 
You can also donate to CASA of the Bluegrass by check and/ or credit card.
 
If you are interested in providing in-kind donations please contact us to receive a copy of our CASA Wish List.
 
We encourage you to contact us if you are interested in serving as a CASA to protect abused and neglected children in our community through court advocacy. 
Financial Summary
 
 
Statements
Mission Statement The mission of CASA of the Bluegrass is to advance the best interests of abused and neglected children in the Anderson, Boyle, Franklin and Mercer County Family Court Systems through the training and support of community volunteers who serve as court appointed special advocates working with children, the family, and the Court.
Background Statement

NATIONAL

Judges can’t make good decisions on behalf of children without information and CASA grew, at a grassroots level, straight from that desire and need for effective decision-making.

In 1976, Superior Court Judge David Soukup of Seattle, WA, saw a recurring problem in his courtroom:

"In criminal and civil cases, even though there were always many different points of view, you walked out of the courthouse at the end of the day and you said, 'I've done my best; I can live with this decision,' he explains.

 "But when you're involved with a child and you're trying to decide what to do to facilitate that child's growth into a mature and happy adult, you don't feel like you have sufficient information to allow you to make the right decision. You can't walk away and leave them at the courthouse at 4 o'clock. You wonder, 'Do I really know everything I should? Have I really been told all of the different things? Is this really right?'"

 To ensure he was getting all the facts and the long-term welfare of each child was being represented, the Seattle judge came up with an idea that would change America's judicial procedure and the lives of over a million children. He obtained funding to recruit and train community volunteers to step into courtrooms on behalf of the children: Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers.

 This unique concept was implemented in Seattle as a pilot program in January 1977. During that first year, the program provided 110 trained CASA volunteers for 498 children in 376 dependency cases. Since that initial idea CASA has grown into a national organization with 955 local and state programs. In 2010 CASA programs across the country served over 240,000 children.

Impact Statement
Accomplishments in 2016
1) Succeeded in our first year as a merged, regional CASA program serving Boyle, Mercer, Anderson, and Franklin Counties
2) Increased the number of volunteers to 117
3) The program grew from serving 48 children in 2009, to serving 327 children in 2016.
4)Being a rural program, CASA of the Bluegrass is currently the second largest CASA program in Kentucky
 Goals for 2017
1) Increase revenue by at least $40,000
2) Diversify revenue sources
3) Increase volunteers to 125
Needs Statement
1) Recruit a more gender-diverse, ethnically-diverse volunteer base
2) Develop a new fundraising event to diversify fund sources
3) Recruit more volunteers to serve more children in the Family Court System
4) Secure at least five new corporate sponsors
5) Recruit a volunteer to work in the office
CEO/Executive Director Statement
Court Appointed Special Advocates is the community's grassroots response to an overwhelmed child welfare system. It creates a pathway for volunteers to take ownership of our community and it's future through helping one child at a time. People are hungry for organizations that allow people to be connected to real and lasting change that will positively impact their communities. The role of a CASA is about meeting a real family where they are, in crisis, providing the time and attention that every maltreated child deserves, and providing a hub of collaboration, in the form of an actual person, for many service providers.
 
There are many child advocacy organizations in this country but they are research-level organizations that gather research to inform policymakers. They focus on change beginning at the highest levels. CASA is the only organization of its kind that brings child advocacy close enough to know what matters to an actual child. This bottom-up perspective is unprecedented and it works.
 
Board Chair Statement
My years as an educator and administrator in our public school system led me to seek out an organization that was serving those children that I saw struggling when there were only so many things that the schools can do. I knew about CASA from my interaction with a handful of CASA volunteers and when I retired I saw the opportunity to both serve as a CASA volunteer myself and serve on the board. Serving as a CASA while I am serving the organization as a board member has strengthened my advocacy for the children that we serve. I see first-hand the tremendous opportunity, responsibility, and challenges that a CASA faces and I remain that much more dedicated to bringing the organization to our community's attention thereby serving more children in need.  
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Children's Rights
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services / Children's and Youth Services
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Boyle County
Mercer County
Kentucky
Anderson County
Franklin County

Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, and Mercer Counties

Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. CASA of the Bluegrass' long-term, strategic plan goal is to serve EVERY abused and neglected child that enters the Family Court System in it's four counties.  Currently, the program is serving approximately 60% of the child victim population.
Board Chair
Board Chair Chris Tucker
Company Affiliation Attorney
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Josh Baird Bottle ShoppeVoting
Katie Baird BankingVoting
Zach Becker Commonwealth AttorneyVoting
Ingrid Boling State of KentuckyVoting
Amanda Clark Community VolunteerVoting
Winfield Frankel Attorney
Susan Hensley Community VolunteerExofficio
Sheila Kavanaugh Human ResourcesVoting
Megan Milby Centre College
Arnetta Myers EMRMCVoting
Maria Olson HitachiVoting
Rene True Real Estate/Technology
Julie Tucker Sysco Sales RepresentativeVoting
Chris Tucker Attorney
Rodney Williams Whitaker BankVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
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 10
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Laura W Guerrant
Term Start June 2011
Email laura@casaofthebluegrass.org
Experience
Executive Director, Laura Guerrant, has deep roots in the community she serves and was first introduced to the CASA program in college as her sorority's national philanthropy was CASA. 
She served on the CASA at Woodlawn Board for five years and for part of that time served as the Board Chair and overseeing the success of our annual Derby Eve Gala and the growth of the whole organization. 
Ms. Guerrant successfully ran her own photography business for several years before setting it aside to become the CASA at Woodlawn Executive Director in June of 2011. Since that time, Ms. Guerrant has overseen the growth of the staff and volunteer base and has made excellent use of her Nonprofit Management certification from Duke University raising the standard and professionalism of the whole organization.
 
Staff
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 117
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Jamie Etherton June 2006 - Apr 2010
Melynda Milburn Jamison June 2009 - Dec 2010
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description
CASA of the Bluegrass recruits community members to go through 30 hours of special training to become a CASA volunteer.  After a volunteer is fully trained, they are sworn-in to the court and appointed by the county judge to a specific case involving an abused or neglected child or sibling set.  The volunteers serve as the eyes and the ears of the judge, working with social workers, teachers, attorneys, and others to get to know the child (ren) and advocate for his/her/their best interest as their case proceeds through the court system.
 
Budget 185,000
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Children's Rights
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Victims,
Program Short Term Success
In the short term we hope to be able to serve more cases and more children in the Boyle/Mercer Family Court System.  This will result in better outcomes for the youth served.
Program Long term Success
By providing a CASA for children in the Boyle/Mercer family court system we hope to reduce the amount of child abuse and neglect that occurs.  Currently Kentucky is number one for child abuse, neglect and child deaths.  Through the advocacy of CASA's we want to see this statistic change.
Program Success Monitored By
Currently a software program called COMET is used to track the cases and children we serve.
Examples of Program Success
In 2009 CASA at Woodlawn served 28 cases for the entire year.  We have grown by leaps and bounds and are currently serving 72 children and 44 cases!
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Kentucky is one of very few states that does not provide funding for CASA.  Our program is also limited in that we receive no local government funding.  Therefore, our entire budget is secured through fundraising and grants.  We are further impacted due to being in a rural area, which limits our ability to secure funding from corporate sponsors.
 
In 2011, the CASA of the Bluegrass program changed it's staffing structure to allow for long-term expansion.  In 2014, CASA at Woodlawn and Franklin County CASA merged to create one, large regional program named CASA of the Bluegrass.  The program now serves children in Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, and Mercer Counties.  CASA of the Bluegrass is currently an organization of 10 highly qualified staff members, 116 volunteers and a budget of approximately $285,000.

In 2012, the Board of Directors and staff implemented the "I am for the Child" giving campaign. It was very successful for its first year and the Board has set a higher goal for 2012. In addition, in fiscal year 2012, CASA of the Bluegrass received its first Victim of Crime Act grant while also received funding from small, local foundation grants.
 
CASA of the Bluegrass annually hosts a pre-Derby Gala which is well supported by the community. The Derby Eve Gala continues to be a funding source that grosses between $30,000 - $40,000 annually. New and additional fund-raising events are being planned for fiscal year 2013. These events will raise money for the program in addition to raising awareness in the communities that CASA of the Bluegrass serves.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National CASA2013
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $285,000.00
Projected Expenses $275,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
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
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified--$0$0
Individual Contributions$185,254$238,137$167,604
--$0$0
--$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$126$26$3
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$30,474$30,117$1,024
Revenue In-Kind--$6,000$6,000
Other--$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$177,856$191,756$118,219
Administration Expense$48,325$54,575$39,105
Fundraising Expense$17,215$16,294$14,745
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.891.020.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%73%69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%6%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$76,739$101,092$93,503
Current Assets$76,739$101,092$93,503
Long-Term Liabilities--$0$0
Current Liabilities$8,782$5,593$3,398
Total Net Assets$67,957$95,499$90,105
Form 990s
2016 Form 990
2015 Form 990
2014 Form 990
2013 990
2012 990
2011 2011 990
2010 990
2009 2008 990
2008 2007 990
Audit Documents
2016 Audit
2015 Audit
2014 Audit
2013 FY 2013 Audit
2009 Review
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments Organization began in April 2008.
Address 1153 Perryville Rd
Danville, KY 40422
Primary Phone 859 936-3510
CEO/Executive Director Laura W Guerrant
Board Chair Chris Tucker
Board Chair Company Affiliation Attorney