PO Box 1070
Frankfort KY 40602-1070
Contact Information
Address PO Box 1070
Frankfort, KY 40602 1070
Phone (502) 875-2428
Fax 502 875.2845
Contact Name Tom FitzGerald
At A Glance
Former Names
Kentucky Rivers Coalition
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Mail donations to the Kentucky Resources Council at P.O. Box 1070, Frankfort, KY 40602.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

The Kentucky Resources Council (KRC) is Kentucky's comprehensive statewide environmental monitoring, legal and strategic assistance organization. KRC's mission is to promote livable and healthy communities by encouraging and facilitating informed public involvement in environmental issues, and by utilizing administrative and legislative advocacy, litigation, and other tools to protect our built and natural communities from pollution and damage.

We believe: 
  • Every Kentuckian has a right to clean air, clean water, and land free of pollution
  • Nature and natural resources should be protected from abuse
  • A healthy environment is essential for a sound economy
  • We are all stewards of our world, accountable to each other and to our children’s children, and all future generations, for the choices we make
  • Environmental and energy decisions and policies should be informed by humility, justice, and prudence
  • Public resources should not be taken for private gain or wasted
Background Statement
The Council is now in its 35th year of providing legal and technical assistance without charge to individuals, community organizations, and local governments on a wide range of energy and environmental issues.  
Reorganized in 1984 as a non-governmental provider of assistance and representation on air, waste, water, resource extraction, and utility issues, KRC takes no government or corporate money, and relies instead on the support of individuals and foundations to assist in delivering high quality, unflinching representation for those who live "downhill, downwind, and downstream," and who suffer the brunt of environmental and health damage from resource extraction and pollution.
Impact Statement


  •  Filed suit challenging decision of state environmental agency to eliminate permitting process for electric utility coal combustion regulations.
  • Continued to advise local governments and citizens on issues relating to the proposed Kinder Morgan Tennessee Gas Pipeline, including efforts in Boyle and Madison County to enact local zoning ordinance amendments to allow more local control over the proposal to “repurpose” a 70+ year-old pipeline to carry natural gas liquids;
  • Represented the Metropolitan Housing Coalition in a utility rate cases, resulting in additional protections for vulnerable fixed and low-income utility customers of LG&E;
  • Worked with state oil and gas workgroup to improve regulation of technologically-enhanced naturally-occurring radioactive material associated with oil and gas production and development.



Needs Statement
The highest priorities for KRC: 
  1. Funding our endowment in order to assure the stability of future programs 
  2. Expanding the current budget to support the hiring of additional legal support in order to expand the Council's reach across the Commonwealth.  
Board Chair Statement
I am proud to serve as the Board Chair for the Kentucky Resources Council. KRC provides high quality, free advocacy and legal representation for the victims of environmental injustice. KRC's Executive Director's presence at each General Assembly has kept dozens of truly bad bills from being passed by Kentucky's legislature, helping to keep Kentucky beautiful and its people safer. Key legal victories for those persons who cannot otherwise afford representation have recently kept unwanted interstate pipelines out of Kentucky.
I have personally known Tom FitzGerald, KRC's Director, for 38 years and have worked with him for nearly as long. His voice is a strong voice for environmental justice in Kentucky.
We are excited to announce that KRC has recently created an endowment fund with BGCF! Donations of any size to either the endowment or operating fund for KRC are welcome! 
-Joe Childers
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Environment / Research Institutes & Public Policy Analysis
Tertiary Organization Category Environment / Alliances & Advocacy
Geographic Areas Served
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Joe F. Childers Jr.
Company Affiliation Attorney
Term Jan to
Board Members
Betsy BennettCommunity VolunteerVoting
Joe ChildersAttorneyVoting
Sarah Lynn CunninghamVolunteerVoting
Arnita GadsonCommunity VolunteerVoting
Joe GravissBusinesspersonVoting
Jim HaysCommunity VolunteerVoting
Dr. Roger ShottRetiredVoting
Mimi ZinnielVolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Tom J. FitzGerald
Term Start May 1984
Director since 1984
Staff attorney for Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky 1980-1984 
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 0
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No

KRC's Environmental & Community Defense program provides free legal assistance and representation to those living downwind, downstream, and downhill of environmental problems. KRC provides individual representation to those who cannot afford or find representation on a range of environmental and energy-related issues. KRC also works programmatically through litigation, administrative advocacy, and legislative lobbying, to improve the quality of life for Kentuckians and to assure that those who pollute our air, land, or water are held to account.

Budget 198,710
Category Environment, General/Other Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Population Served US, At-Risk Populations, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent

For 35 years, KRC has provided comprehensive research and analysis on legislative bills and environmental issues of concern. During legislative sessions, we publish a weekly analysis, produced by our policy team, of bills we are supporting, opposing, and tracking, along with in-depth analysis of bills of particular concern. We supplement these weekly postings and newsletters with action alerts.

Under the aegis of the new Center for Environmental Policy, we will increase our focus on development of proactive policies and proposed laws and ordinances to promote healthy communities and a healthy environment in Kentucky.

Budget 66,212.50
Category Environment, General/Other Environment, General/Other
Population Served US, Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

In 2019, we will be establishing a formal training program to ensure that the next generation of litigators, environmental professionals, and community leaders are equipped with the resources to handle the toughest of environmental cases. We are working hard to develop and design training that meets the unique needs for two audiences: legal professionals and community members.

Budget 16,952.50
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served US, Adults, K-12 (5-19 years)
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2014
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $353,125.00
Projected Expenses $353,125.00
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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$1,150$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$138$158$204
Membership Dues$273,200$185,261$247,490
Special Events($376)$891$804
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$209,785$188,825$168,731
Administration Expense$60,650$57,398$54,896
Fundraising Expense$0$8,644$3,994
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.010.781.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%74%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$28,653$29,577$88,368
Current Assets$28,472$29,187$87,591
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$4,456$6,890
Total Net Assets$28,653$25,121$81,478
Form 990s
2018 Form 990
2017 Form 990
2016 Form 990
2015 Form 990
2014 Form 990
2013 Form 990
2012 Form 990
2011 Form 990
2010 Form 990
2009 Form 990
2008 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose KRC is currently in a capital campaign in alignment with its strategic and succession plans. The purpose of this campaign is to double annual support so that we can expand our legal and policy team staff.
Goal $900,000.00
Dates June 2019 to June 2021
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address PO Box 1070
Frankfort, KY 406021070
Primary Phone 502 875-2428
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Tom J. FitzGerald
Board Chair Mr. Joe F. Childers Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Attorney