1555 Georgetown Rd
Lexington KY 40511
Contact Information
Address 1555 Georgetown Rd
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone (859) 231-1555
Fax 859 231-1558
Contact Name Marion Gibson
At A Glance
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Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement The broad mission of the Imani Family Life Center, Inc., is
to strengthen, educate, empower, restore, improve, and nurture both the family and the community. The Family Life Center seeks to bring together families of all ages, races and backgrounds to make individuals and families stronger.  Historically, the primary focus has been in establishing programs in the African American community. We believe
spiritual, educational, and cultural roots are essential to the growth,
development and health of all people.
Background Statement

The Imani Family Life Center, Inc. (IFLC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This community-based organization was founded by the membership of Imani Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. The IFLC is a charitable organization that seeks to develop, implement, and direct community service programs. Since its beginning, several programs have been implemented to address the critical problems that plague the lives of citizens in the community. 

Organized and incorporated in 1997, the IFLC aimed to promote educational, health, and social well-being of families in Fayette and surrounding counties; to address the educational, vocational, occupational, social, cultural and recreational needs of today’s family. Additionally, the Imani Family Life Center, Inc. develops a forum for families to discuss and determine the best alternatives for coping with problems that face them daily.

Since its incorporation, the IFLC’s main focus has been to help children and families in the community. It began its service to the community by establishing two children’s programs, namely, the Youth Achievers Program and the Rites of Passage Program. These programs were designed to provide educational direction to children and parents with a focus on completing high school and attending college. To meet the recreational needs of the community, the IFLC established a T-ball program to provide a fun and safe way for children to have fun and provide positive family interactions.

Although very limited by space, the IFLC continued to add programs. In 2008, the current building, located at 1555 Georgetown Road, Lexington, Kentucky was constructed. Phase I consisted of college-size basketball
and volleyball courts, a fitness center, computer lab, library, office space, cafeteria and meeting rooms. Since the completion of phase I, the community's demand for greater access to the facility is ever present. The potential is great for further impacting northwest Lexington, as well as surrounding communities. 


Impact Statement

The IFLC has a strong commitment to the community. We are impacting the health and well-being of families in a community where many social and economic ills are ever present. The top 5 accomplishments in the past fiscal year have included: 

1) An increase in demand and usage of the college-size basketball and volleyball courts, and the Fitness Center.  

 2) Sixty-eight (68) youth, ages 5 – 12 are enrolled in the IFLC After-School Program. According to Fayette County Public Schools, 85%percent of the students served by the Program receive free or reduced lunch. 

 3) There were 110 students enrolled in the 2011 IFLC Summer Camp. 
A Reading Program was incorporated in the 2011 camp.

 4) Implemented in 2001, the IFLC Pre-School Jump-Start Program continued to provide educational enhancement activities for 4, 5 and 6 year-old children and workshops for their parents.  In 2011, the need continues as evidenced by continued increase in enrollment.

 5) Imani’s programming targets at-risk families, providing parenting education (since 2004), as as well as mentoring for youth aging out of foster care (Imani Summer Youth Mentoring Program in collaboration with Children's Law Center), prevention programming aimed at improving family health, and other prevention programming.
The top 5 goals for the IFLC are:

1) Need a new van to assist with transporting youth to IFLC Programs. 

2) To complete construction of the Conference Center, which is located on the first floor of the facility located at 1555 Georgetown Road, Lexington, KY

3) To complete construction of the area of 2nd  floor of the facility located at 1555 Georgetown Road.  The goal for this space is that it is designed for classrooms, to help make community education more accessible to individuals in the community. 

4)  To complete construction of 1stFloor, where the space will be utilized for a Child Care Center.

5) Funding for staff will make the facility more accessible to the community for longer hours, and funding for equipment to support existing recreational and educational programs.
Needs Statement
The most pressing need of the IFLC is funding.  Completion of the next construction phases will permit the IFLC to provide the additional, needed programming to families and children in the community. 
1) Currently, the building houses a second floor and childcare facility which are incomplete. Childcare facilities in this area of Lexington are limited. Funding to complete the childcare complex would provide the community with a quality, affordable childcare facility which could house approximately 200 children. 
2) In addition, the second floor of the facility can accommodate 20 classrooms. It would expand the number of people served in educational programs and help close the educational gap, which exists in this community. 
3) Funding for transportation would increase the number of people who could access programs and services, and and enhance their educational and recreational opportunities.
4)  Funding for educational materials, computers, and scholarships are needed.  
5) Funding for salaries would provide consistency in programs and enhance programs' availability to the community.  Currently, more than 80% of the staff are volunteers.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
The most important mission of the IFLC is to provide necessary programs and services to the community that have a positive affect on families and children in helping them to achieve family stability.  The area serviced by the IFLC encompasses an 85% poverty level in which many basic necessities are not available to this community.  Consequently, it is the mission of the IFLC to increase awareness, and to help families access community resources, including child care, education, recreation and health.  Imani is unique in that is is designed to strengthen the whole family, addressing issues that affect families on a daily basis. 
Board Chair Statement
As board chair for the Imani Family Life Center, Inc., I recognize the need for families in the northwest Lexington region.  Families are at risk for meeting educational requirements due to lack of access to community resources, crime, poverty, and lack of healthy activities.  The IFLC is welcoming, and provides a wealth of resources for all families, particularly African American and Hispanic communities.  The IFLC provides the community access to tutoring, after-school programs, reading programs, summer camp, pre-school jump start, and a variety of sport and recreation programs that promote healthy lifestyles.  These issues are near and dear to my heart.  I have witnessed the enormous impact that the IFLC has made on this community.  The need  in this area of the city is so great that additional funding would permit us to reach even more families who are in need.  Other programs that are available to the community include free computer classes that were offered in collaboration with the Urban League's Connect project, court-referred parenting classes in collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky and Kentucky State University's Cooperative Extension Program, Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Community Health Education and Resource Fairs, in addition to other educational programs that are available through the Family Life Center.  The IFLC consistently seeks funding and programming through collaborations and grant seeking.  Unfortunately, much of the programming currently in place are not funded.  The Executive Director utilizes volunteers to achieve missions and goals of the IFLC.  Funding would help with continued growth and sustainability. 
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Community & Neighbourhood Development
Tertiary Organization Category Recreation & Sports / Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Scott County
Woodford County
The IFLC serves the Lexington/Fayette County area that includes the Northwest Lexington area, zip codes 40508, 40511 and 40505.  In addition, families from surrounding counties such as Woodford and Scott counties participate in programs, as the IFLC is located near the Fayette-Scott county and the Fayette-Woodford county lines.
Board Chair
Board Chair Penny Doneley
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2016
Board Members
Edwin 'Pete' Clark Community Volunteer
Norma Cloyd Community VolunteerVoting
Penny Donley Community VolunteerVoting
Frederick Harris Community VolunteerVoting
Shellian Jackson Community VolunteerVoting
Steve Johnson Community VolunteerVoting
Frances Lockett Community VolunteerVoting
Brenda Richards Community VolunteerVoting
Priscilla Ross Community VolunteerVoting
Robert Stromberg Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 10
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 76%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
CEO Comments
The board has become more active since moving into the newly erected facility.  Previously, programming was done at different locations throughout the community, partnering with local faith-based and community-based organizations.  The IFLC was basiclly un-funded.  Youth and family serving programs were delivered through collaborations, and the Board members met as needed.  In the past three years, funding opportunities have become more available as a direct result of the newly acquired facility, however, much more support is needed.  The positive is that the IFLC has the infrastructure in place, i.e., the by-laws, the Articles of Incorporation, and a working Board.  The need for funding is great in order to further benefit the mission.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Rev. Willis G. Polk I
Term Start Aug 1997
As Executive Director of the Imani Family Life Center (IFLC), I have served in this lead capacity since the inception of the organization; lead efforts to implement the strategic goals and objectives of the organization; worked with the Board Chair to enable the Board in fulfilling its governance function; and provided direction and leadership toward the achievement of the IFLC's philosophy, mission, strategy, and its annual goals and objectives.
Education: 1981 – 1982, Graduate Studies, Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, KY
1981-Bachelor of Science Degree in Religion, Minor in Psychology, Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY
1974–1976   Simmons Bible College, Louisville, KY
1969 – 1971 Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY
1968 - Graduate of Woodford County High School, Versailles, KY
1997 -  Senior Pastor, Imani Missionary Baptist Church, Lexington, KY                        
Executive Director, Imani Family Life Center, Inc., Lexington, KY
1989-1997  -  Senior Pastor, Antioch Baptist Church, Lexington, KY
1979-1985  -  Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Versailles, KY

1985  -   Kentucky Colonel under Governor Martha L. Collins
1982  -   Outstanding Young Men of America Award
1980  -   Kentucky Colonel under Governor John Y. Brown, Jr.

Community Work:
Rev. Polk has been active in many civic, social and political activities, i.e., Planning and Zoning Commission, Kentucky’s Child and Adolescent Service System Program, University of Kentucky Black Campus Ministry, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.), Woodford County Red Cross and Citizens’ Programs,
in addition to his involvement in local, state and national initiatives.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 10
Volunteers 7
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 17
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
CEO Comments
As with most non-profit organizations, funding is a major challenge in the management and operation of programs for the Imani Family Life Center.  Currently, areas of the building are not complete which limits the amount of programming available.With additional funding, additional programs could be implemented and more communities could be serviced.  In addition, management of the facility is complicated by the lack of paid staff.  The facility is currently being run by volunteers and the facility would greatly benefit from the on-boarding of paid staff.  The use of paid staff would permit more consistency in program operations.  Not having the necessary tools (space, staff, transportation) makes it difficult to manage the programs and has an impact the efficiency and effectiveness of the programs.
To accomplish the mission of the facility, resources currently available are being used in the most effective and efficient manner.  Many tools available are used in double-duty capacity.  Management seeks more funding through the use of grants and implementation of programs that have the potential to produce additional funding.  However, due to the incompletion of the building and the lack of space to implement additional programs, this area is also limited.
The IFLC is designed to meet the health and recreational needs of Lexington and its surrounding counties.  The sports and recreational programs include soccer, basketball, T-ball, youth football, aerobics, volleyball, walking track and a fitness center, all designed to address the health and well-being of families and children in the community.  The facility is equipped to address issues of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, nutrition and health maintenance, in general.  It is a much needed resource to this undeserved community, as the sports and recreational programs provide an opportunity for fun, while the children, families of the community reap the recreational benefit of this sports complex.  The quality of life of children and families is enhanced, and a community spirit where families come together for the shared love of sports and recreation is to be realized.  
Budget 30000
Population Served , ,
In an effort to provide educational services designed to close the achievement gap, the Imani After-School Program offers tutoring services to enrollees and at-risk/economically disadvantaged children in K-7th grades.  A variety of educational methods are used through one-on-one, small and large goup tutoring, in addition to incorporating technology programs.  Students rceive homework assistance and students' progression and grades are monitored through the use of their school report cards and conferences with parents.  The Program has been successful, as reported with students making progress as indicated by an increase in grades in school, their educatioonal performance during the afterschool program and parental evaluations.  In addition, the After-School program integrates recreation and physical fitness activies which are designed to address medical issues such as childhood diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and other medical conditions facing children today.
Budget 50000
Population Served , ,
The Imani Summer Camp Program offers educational and recreational resources to children ages 5 to 13.  It provides a safe, fun, supervised atmosphere for children during the summer months. The summer camp program seeks to nurture the spiritual, social, emotional, educational and physical growth of children through a variety of programs. The program provides supportive relationships, an opportunity for children to make choices and engage in activities that complement them. The program also provides creative ways to help children discover new things about themselves and the world around them through structured activities and Christian principles.  Funding for this program will allow the IFLC to serve families and youth who are otherwise unable to participate in the Summer Camp.
Budget 70000
Population Served , ,
The Imani Reading Program bridges the educational lapse in reading
during the summer months. The national Department of Education, state and local education systems have deemed reading and math as the two educational areas where children are struggling the most. This reading program offers both a
period of time for children to make progress toward closing their educational
gap and to increase their proficiency in reading to give them a head start in the coming school year.  Imani currently provides this program as a part of their service to the community. 
Budget 20000
Population Served , ,
The Imani Pre-School Jump-Start Program is an educational program for children 3-6 years old who have not had the educational opportunities to begin their learning process. The program was implemented in 1999. These children usually have not attended a Head Start program and/or an educationally based daycare which would have provided the remedial education for this age group. The program also has a parenting component that educates parents on how to set educational goals for themselves as well as their children.  The children are taught the educational basics designed to bring them up to level and to give them a jumpstart on their life-long educational learning process.  Imani has provided this program at no cost to all families who wish to attend the program. 
Budget 40000
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments
The most pressing need of the IFLC is funding to complete construction of the building to provide much needed programming to families and children in the community. 

Currently, the facility houses a second floor space for classrooms, and additional space on the first floor which is designated for a childcare facility.  Both areas of the building are currently incomplete.  Child care facilities in Northwest Lexington are limited. Funding to complete the childcare complex would provide the surrounding community with a much needed quality, affordable childcare facility which could house approximately 200 children. 

In addition, the second floor of the facility houses space for 20 classrooms which would be used for additional educational and technological learning. It would expand the number of people who could participate in educational classes and assist in closing the educational gap which exists in this community.

Due to the unavailability of transportation for at-risk families, a portion of those in need are not being serviced by the facility. Funding to buy transportation equipment would increase the number of people who could be reached for programs and services in the community and enhance their educational and recreational opportunities.

The facility offers a variety of educational and recreational programs for the benefit of the community. Funding for educational materials, computers, and scholarships are needed. 

Currently, 85% of the people working in the facility are  volunteers. Funding for staffing salaries would provide more consistency in the programs and enhance the programs availability to the community.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
The Imani Family Life Center, Inc. collaborates with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services - Department for Community Based Services; Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky; Kentucky State University's Cooperative Extension Program; Kentucky Department of Education; Fayette County Public Schools, Nutrition Education Program, Pre-School Jump Start, Race, Community and Child Welfare, Community Collaboration for Protecting Children (CPPC), and the Fayette County Health Department, and the Fayette County Health Equity Network.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2014
Projected Revenue $250,000.00
Projected Expenses $250,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Revenue$763,392$713,143$683,374
Total Expenses$1,053,093$1,013,405$1,209,200
Revenue Less Expenses($289,701)($300,262)($525,826)
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$78,914$547$2,898
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0----
Membership Dues$0----
Special Events$0----
Revenue In-Kind$0----
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$105,567$83,915$108,291
Administration Expense$947,526$929,490$1,100,909
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.720.700.57
Program Expense/Total Expenses10%8%9%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$11,968,244$12,278,581$12,606,676
Current Assets$1,751$1,934$19,875
Long-Term Liabilities$13,395,134$13,416,418$13,441,837
Current Liabilities$1,255$606$3,020
Total Net Assets($1,428,145)($1,138,443)($838,181)
Form 990s
2014 Form 990
2013 990 2013 Part 1
2013 990 2013 Part 2
2012 990 2012
2011 990 2011
2010 990
2009 990
2008 990
Audit Documents
2010 IFLC Audit 2010
2009 IFLC Audit 2009
2008 IFLC Audit 2008
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose completion of building for more programming space for additional community programming.
Goal $750,000.00
Dates Jan 2011 to Dec 2014
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of Dec 2011
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
The major challenge for the Imani Family Life Center, Inc. has been funding for the completion of the building.  It will take approximately $750,000 to complete areas of the building which will provide additional space and more services to the community.  At this time, spaces available within the facility are used for dual purposes which limits activities and programs that could be offered to the community.  Imani has a double gymnasium.  However, at the present time the gymnasium is serving the purposes of a santuary and gymnasium.  With the completion of the building, the santuary could be moved and the gymnasium could provide double the programming for the community.  We currently have a computer lab with 20 computers.  Additional space would permit the IFLC to expand the computer lab and double or triple its size to serve more people.  Most people who can afford computers may think that everyone has a computer.  The reality is not everyone has a computer and/or cannot afford the additional services necessary for internet capabilities.  In essence, many children cannot perform homework assignments because they do not have the computer equipment and tools to do so.  The computer lab has proven to be invaluable to students and adults who wish to use them for programming, educational purposes and searching for employment.  Imani has provided space for neighborhood meetings and programs.  There are many differing neighborhoods in the immediate area, however, due to dual purposes of the areas completed, we are limited in facilitating forums to discuss and solve community issues.  The second floor of the buiding, when completed, will offer approximately 22 classrooms/meeting rooms.  The additional classrooms/meeting rooms would solve the issue of limited space for community forums.
Address 1555 Georgetown Rd
Lexington, KY 40511
Primary Phone 859 231-1555
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Willis G. Polk I
Board Chair Penny Doneley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer