206 East Maxwell Street
Lexington KY 40508-2613
Contact Information
Address 206 East Maxwell Street
Lexington, KY 40508 2613
Phone (859) 257.5932
Fax 859 257.5933
Contact Name Marianne Stoess
At A Glance
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
People wishing to make a donation to the Kentucky Humanities Council can do so in one of the following ways: mail a check to 206 East Maxwell Street, Lexington, KY 40508; visit; call 859.257.5932; or return the donation envelope inserted in Kentucky Humanities magazine.
Financial Summary
Mission Statement The Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. is dedicated to Telling Kentucky's Story through programs and services that create a legacy of pride in the wealth of Kentucky culture.
Background Statement The Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501 (c) (3) affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Located at 206 East Maxwell Street in Lexington, the Council is governed by a 23-member volunteer Board of Directors and maintains a staff of 5. Since 1972, the Council has brought together the expertise of college faculty with the talents of community leaders to help Kentuckians learn about our history, our literature, and our culture. The Kentucky Humanities Council is hosted by the University of Kentucky and is supported solely by federal funds and private contributions. It has an annual budget of $1.2 million, 85% of which is devoted to services for Kentuckians.
Impact Statement
Each year the Kentucky Humanities Council sets a goal of bringing a humanities program to every county in Kentucky.
In 2015, we achieved the following goals:
• Booked 201 Kentucky Chautauqua programs
• Booked 101 speakers
• Booked 271 Kentucky Chautauqua in the Schools programs
• Hosted 14 Prime Time Family Reading Time programs
• Published two issues of Kentucky Humanities magazine 
Our goals for this year include:
• Book 175 Kentucky Chautauqua in the Schools programs
• Book 150 Kentucky Chautauqua programs
• Book 90 speakers
• Host 10 Prime Time Family Reading Time programs
• Publish two issues of Kentucky Humanities magazine and increase distribution throughout the state
• Select and develop 5 new Kentucky Chautauqua dramas — to begin performing in August 2017
• Manage the 35th Annual Kentucky Book Fair — November 5, 2016
CEO/Executive Director Statement
Informed by Kentuckians state wide, the Kentucky Humanities Council designs and provides services designed to meet the educational needs and interests of Kentucky communities. These programs and services include: Kentucky Chautauqua, Chautauqua in the Schools, Speakers Bureau, Kentucky Humanities magazine, Prime Time Family Reading Time, and the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street (traveling exhibits for regional museums).
The Council also assists in the development of humanities programs by funding grants to community organizations for projects they design.
The Council's partners include community leaders in every Kentucky county and scholars from every college and university in Kentucky. The Council accomplishes its mission through bringing together these knowledgeable and creative resources who work with schools and with volunteer community organizations such as: literacy council and family learning centers, historical societies, arts agencies, tourism councils, museums, libraries, service organizations, seniors' groups, church organizations, professional societies, and veterans associations. The Council also works in partnership with state agencies in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, Governors' Scholars Program, the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. In addition, the Council enjoys partnership with the University Press of Kentucky.
Geographic Areas Served
The Kentucky Humanities Council, inc. serves the state of Kentucky, placing emphasis on public audiences not served by other educational and cultural resources. In particular, the Council focuses on volunteer community organizations state wide with special attention to rural or small communities, minorities, and at-risk youth and their families.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Howard V. Roberts Ed.D.
Company Affiliation University of Pikeville
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2016
Board Members
Mrs. Barbara Bailey Cowden WKYT-TVVoting
James Duane Bolin Ph.D.Murray State UniversityVoting
Mrs. Bette Cain Bravo Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Brian T. Burton PNC BankVoting
Mr. Aristofanes Cedeño Ph.D.Governor’s Scholars ProgramVoting
Jeffory Clymer Ph.D.University of KentuckyVoting
Mr. W. David Denton JDDenton & KeulerVoting
Dean Katherine P. Frank Northern Kentucky UniversityVoting
Mrs. D. Joleen Frederick Morgan County AttorneyVoting
Dr. Betty Sue Griffin Griffin GroupVoting
Ms Mary Hammond Paducah Convention & Visitors BureauVoting
Mr. David V. Hawpe RetiredVoting
Mrs. Elise H. Luckey Lindsey Wilson CollegeVoting
Mr. Nathan Mick StateBook InternationalVoting
Mr. Minh Nguyen Ph.D.Eastern Kentucky UniversityVoting
Judge Phillip R. Patton JDCircuit JudgeVoting
Mr. Reed Polk Crossroads ConsultantVoting
President Judith Rhoads Ph.D.Madisonville Community CollegeVoting
Mr. Howard V. Roberts Ed.D.University of PikevilleVoting
Mr. John Michael Seelig JDRetiredVoting
Mr. Mark Wilden Merrill LynchVoting
Mrs. Elaine A. Wilson Somerset Community CollegeVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 Panamanian
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 73%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ben Chandler JD
Term Start July 2013

The executive director serves as the chief executive officer of the council, overseeing all activities and the day-to-day operations of the council, and approving and overseeing, in conjunction with the Finance and Audit Committee, all financial transactions, contracts, proposals, and other documents binding upon the council. He supports the work of the council and is responsible for recommending and implementing the policies of the council, and interpreting council policy to the public. He also serves as staff liaison to the Executive Committee, the Finance and Audit Committee, and shares staff liaison with the associate director for the Development Committee. Chandler is the council’s principle development officer. He directs marketing and public relations, and represents the council in its external relations. The executive director supervises and evaluates all council staff. 

Ben Chandler has been executive director of the Kentucky Humanities Council since July 2013. Chandler comes to the Council after a 21-year career in Kentucky politics. During his tenure in the House of Representatives, Chandler was a four-year member of the House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations, which oversees the budget for the National Endowment for the Humanities. From February 2004 through January 2013 Chandler served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Kentucky’s 6th District. Prior to his work as a Congressman he was the 48th Attorney General of Kentucky (1996-2004) and the 45th Kentucky State Auditor (1992-1995).


Chandler graduated with distinction from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in history and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Chandler opened a private law practice before beginning his career in politics.

Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 0
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Description Created in 1992 to celebrate Kentucky's bicentennial, these popular living history dramas reach all 120 counties. Kentucky Chautauqua has brought to life nearly 70 fascinating famous and previously unsung heroes from Kentucky's past, contributing statewide to heritage tourism and building pride in Kentucky communities. In 2014, Kentuckians enjoyed nearly 340 Chautauqua programs. In the classroom, Kentucky Chautauqua, aligning with Kentucky's academic standards, is a valuable resource for social studies and arts/humanities. Total audiences since inception exceed 500,000 Kentuckians.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Adults, General/Unspecified
Description Our annual catalog offers more than 50 excellent speakers on more than 120 talks on topics of interest to Kentuckians. 
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults, General/Unspecified, K-12 (5-19 years)
Description This nationally recognized family literacy program reached 21 Kentucky libraries in 2014. Aimed at children 6 to 10 and their parents, Prime Time has had great success in turning at-risk families into committed readers, better parents, and boosts job skills. Prime Time has taken place in public libraries in nearly 70 Kentucky counties with more than 130 six-week programs serving more than 32,000 Kentuckians.
Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Families, ,
Description First published in 1994, Kentucky Humanities magazine delivers Kentucky's story to thousands of homes, offices, and guest rooms across the state. This unique magazine features compelling articles about Kentuckians, our history, and our culture, along with short stories and poetry by Kentucky writers.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults, Adolescents Only (13-19 years), General/Unspecified
New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music and Journey Stories are two Smithsonian Institution exhibits that the Kentucky Humanities Council brought to 12 Kentucky communities in 2011-2013. Sponsored through a partnership between the Kentucky Humanities council and the Smithsonian Institution, this service to museums enjoys an estimated audience of 40,000 and has contributed significantly to local economies.
The Kentucky Humanities Council will bring a new Smithsonian exhibit to Kentucky in 2017-2018. The Hometown Teams exhibit will be on display at 15 Kentucky sites.
03/18/17 - 04/22/17 Mountain Sports Hall of Fame, Wayland

04/29/17 - 06/03/17 Campbell County Public Library, Newport

06/10/17 - 07/08/17 Laurel County Public Library, London

07/15/17 - 08/19/17 Nicholas County Historical Society, Carlisle

08/26/17 - 09/30/17 Appalachian Arts Alliance, Hazard 

10/07/17 - 11/11/17 Todd County Welcome Center, Elkton 

11/18/17 - 12/30/17 Corbin County Tourism and Convention Commission, Corbin 

01/13/18 - 02/24/18 The Lincoln Museum, Hodgenville

03/03/18 - 04/07/18 Fleming County Public Library, Flemingsburg

04/14/18 - 05/19/18 Highlands Museum and Discovery Center, Ashland

05/26/18 - 07/07/18 Lincoln County Public Library, Stanford

07/14/18 - 08/18/18 American Cave Museum, Horse Cave

08/25/18 - 09/29/18 Muhlenburg County Public Library, Greenville 

10/06/18 - 11/10/18 Wrather West Kentucky Museum, Murray

11/17/18 - 12/29/18 Georgetown and Scott County Museum

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museums
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults, Families

The Kentucky Book Fair attracts writers of all genres and patrons of all walks of life in a celebration of shared passion and mutual interest — the importance and promotion of writing and reading. Each year more than 150 authors attend the Kentucky Book Fair, seeking to promote and support literacy for the public good. The 35th Annual Kentucky Book Fair will be held on November 5, 2016, at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Previously operated by a nonprofit independent board of volunteers, the Kentucky Book Fair will now be operated by the Kentucky Humanities Council, in partnership with the Kentucky Book Fair board and the many volunteers who have made the book fair the state’s premier literary event for the past 34 years. 
The Kentucky Humanities Council has been successful in seeking a grant from the Pultizer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiatives for events associated with the 35th Annual Kentucky Book Fair. Special events scheduled for this next book fair will include Pulitzer Prize winners Maria Henson and Joel Pett. Events include:

· “Master Classes” with Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist, Maria Henson

· Press Event & Social Reception with Pulitzer Prize winners Maria Henson & Joel Pett

· My Morning Newspaper & Coffee

· “Campfire Chats with the Authors”

· Keynote Address from Pulitzer Prize winner, Joel Pett

· Interview and Q & A with Pulitzer Prize winner, Maria Henson

Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Nov 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End Oct 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $1,026,913.00
Projected Expenses $987,368.00
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$600,476$768,364$674,326
Individual Contributions$306,649$268,859$304,645
Investment Income, Net of Losses$55,937$53,420$45,738
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events--$0$0
Revenue In-Kind--$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$665,776$581,387$571,682
Administration Expense$154,580$270,872$201,774
Fundraising Expense$65,064$47,427$73,439
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.211.21
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%65%68%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%5%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$3,171,772$3,056,004$2,722,246
Current Assets$740,002$779,157$617,366
Long-Term Liabilities--$0$0
Current Liabilities$124,603$66,646$40,805
Total Net Assets$3,047,169$2,989,358$2,681,441
Form 990s
2015 990
2014 990
2013 2013 990
2012 2012 990
2011 990 2011
2010 990
2009 990
2008 990
Audit Documents
2015 2015 Audit
2014 2014 Audit
2013 2013 Audit
2012 2012 Audit
2011 2011 Audit
2010 2010 Audit
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address 206 East Maxwell Street
Lexington, KY 405082613
Primary Phone 859 257.5932
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ben Chandler JD
Board Chair Mr. Howard V. Roberts Ed.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Pikeville