LEXINGTON FAIRNESS INC
333 W Vine St
Ste 1210
Lexington KY 40507
Contact Information
Nonprofit LEXINGTON FAIRNESS INC
Address 333 W Vine St
Ste 1210
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone (859) 608-9702
Fax 859 3093675
Contact Name Josh Mers
Web and Social Media
Project Speak Out
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2010
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Statements
Mission Statement Lexington Fairness is committed to achieving equal rights under the law, acceptance, and fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Central Kentucky through local community action, grassroots advocacy, network-building and educational outreach.
Background Statement
Lexington Fairness has been a leader for advocacy and education for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the region since 1992.  In that time countless people have worked and celebrated for fairness.  Supporters have contributed money, talent, time, and other resources.  Through their efforts we have been able to advance visibility, respect, and policies and legislation to further our rights.
 
Having been a 501(c)3 nonprofit status since 2008,  Lexington Fairness has joined the Statewide Fairness Coalition in helping secure equal rights for all across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Impact Statement
Lexington Fairness is committed to the prevention of bullying in Central Kentucky's middle and high schools. Data indicates that too many students experience some form of harassment in school each year, including reports of physical harassment and assault. With the organization's key program, Project Speak Out, the knowledge needed for school allies to provide safe school environments for youth in Central Kentucky will be abundant. Project Speak Out fosters an atmosphere of diversity and tolerance, which helps all students learn in a safe school space.
 
Lexington Fairness continues action on Project Speak Out. Goals include meeting with Fayette County educators and school administrative staff to help secure a safe environment for children facing bullying, harassment and thoughts of suicide. The professional trainers brought in through this program will be able to provide the tools and resources to those who work with children every day, helping ensure all children feel secure, loved and understood. 
Needs Statement
Lexington Fairness looks to the community for physical and financial support.  With a limited budget, we rely on our volunteer board members and community volunteers to fulfill the goals of the organization.  With no full or part-time staff, our work is completely executed by volunteers.
 
Our goals for Project Speak Out range from providing education to local schools to providing resources for suicidal youth and LGBT homeless youth.  This requires an enormous amount of resources, which we believe will equal at least $20,000 per year to fulfill and continue in Central Kentucky.
CEO/Executive Director Statement It is critical Lexington Fairness fulfills and completes our Project Speak Out programming.  This project will provide the needed education to our middle and high schools in helping prevent bullying and provide safe spaces for our students.  We need the community's financial and volunteer support to help make this program a reality.
Board Chair Statement
Lexington Fairness is a wonderful voice in the community, helping the views of the LGBT people in Central Kentucky to be heard.  We are so excited about the opportunities that have came to us over the past few years and the strong impact we plan to make in the near future.
 
We look forward to having as many from our community to join us as volunteers and help spread the words of fairness for all to Kentuckians.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Alliances & Advocacy
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Alliances & Advocacy
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky
Clark County
Fayette County
Jessamine County
Madison County
Scott County
Woodford County
Lexington Fairness is devoted to serving Fayette County, as well as those surrounding counties, including Bourbon, Clark, Jessamine, Madison, Scott and Woodford.  Our service area includes over 500,000 community members.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. Lexington Fairness's goal with Project Speak Out is to enable allies of the LGBTQ community to be resources for LGBTQ youth. 
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? In developing Project Speak Out, we target empathy-building activities, and providing useful resources and materials to adult allies of LGBTQ youth.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? We have 24 trained trainers who have developed a deep understanding of the Project Speak Out curriculum that Lexington Fairness and the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network developed for the Bluegrass.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? To date we have added more than 20 trainers for the Project Speak Out Program and accomplished training sessions for over 300 current and future educators.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Josh Mers
Company Affiliation Shelter Insurance
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms. Sarabeth Brownrobie Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Sara Christensen Merrill LynchVoting
Ms. Megan Martin The PlantoryVoting
Ms. Tuesday Meadows Retired - The Kroger CompanyVoting
Mr. Josh Mers Shelter InsuranceVoting
Mr. Joey Miniard QX Networking and DesignVoting
Ms. Stephanie Oghia RadioEyeVoting
Ms. Amanda Parsons NeccoVoting
Mrs. Pat Ritz RetiredVoting
Ms. Stacey Sexton Ky Health Justice NetworkVoting
Mrs. Vicki Stanley Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Louise Tallen Ahava Center for Spiritual LivingVoting
Mr. Andrew Tan Qx Networking and DesignVoting
Dr. Joshua Werkman Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. JR Zerkowski Catholic Diocese of LexingtonVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 25%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mrs. Sara Christensen
Company Affiliation Merrill Lynch
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Executive
Education
Legislative
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Josh Mers
Term Start Jan 2015
Email chair@lexfair.org
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 0
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? No
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Comments
CEO Comments The Board of Directors serves as the executive management for Lexington Fairness.  With no paid staff, this volunteer organization relies on the daily guidance from board members.  The Chairman of the Board handles daily duties, serving as the key volunteer of the organization.
Description Project speak out is devoted to providing a safe, secure and loving environment for all children, including LGBT youth.  Too many youth find themselves being harassed and bullied in school, ignored and shunned at home, leaving them with no place to turn.  This program helps educate school system staff to help these students feel safe and secure with their identity.
Budget $35,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered, Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short Term Success In the short term, Lexington Fairness hopes to see a successful training program instituted in Fayette County High Schools to provide teachers, counselors and administrative staff with the knowledge and resources they need to answer questions from students and help provide a no tolerance environment in their schools.
Program Long term Success
The success of this program will result in children feeling safe at home and in schools.  Gay-Straight Alliances will be supported in their schools and these youth will have resources to go to when struggling with their identities and the societal responses they will receive.
 
In the long-term, Lexington Fairness hopes to provide anti-bullying support, suicide prevention awareness and resources to help combat LGBT youth homelessness.
Program Success Monitored By Lexington Fairness will submit a questionnaire to participants in the training immediately and keep in touch with them after 6 months to see if they have recognized hands-on changes in their schools.  With this, we hope to see an adaptation to the current no tolerance policies to include sexual orientation harassment and bullying.
Examples of Program Success Since 2011 marks the initial year of success, we do not currently have examples.
Program Comments
CEO Comments With such a high percentage of students facing bullying and thoughts of suicide, Project Speak Out is geared to defeat the hateful speech and actions too many children face every day in schools.  This program will provide a safe space for all students in Central Kentucky.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2013
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
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 $72,500.00
Projected Expenses $54,675.00
Endowment Value $62,456.00
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
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$6,440$24,583$30,898
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----$52
Investment Income, Net of Losses$208$270--
Membership Dues------
Special Events$4,044$6,692($10,233)
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$15,253$17,266$8,370
Administration Expense$2,860$3,237$3,207
Fundraising Expense$953$1,079$500
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.561.461.72
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%80%69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%3%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$66,710$78,956$65,273
Current Assets$66,710$78,956$65,273
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities--$3,871$151
Total Net Assets$66,710$75,085$65,122
Form 990s
2016 Form 990
2016 Form 990
2015 Form 990
2014 Form 990
2013 990 Filing
2012 990
2011 990
2010 990
2009 990 Form
2008 990 Form
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address 333 W Vine St
Ste 1210
Lexington, KY 40507
Primary Phone 859 608-9702
Contact Email info@lexfair.org
CEO/Executive Director Josh Mers
Board Chair Mr. Josh Mers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Shelter Insurance