501 West Sixth Street Suite 250
Lexington KY 40508-1341
Contact Information
Address 501 West Sixth Street Suite 250
Lexington, KY 40508 1341
Phone (859) 255-6999
Contact Name Angela Baldridge
Web and Social Media
The Plantory VISTA members serve in community agencies to help address poverty through a multi-faceted approach.
At A Glance
Former Names
National Conference for Community & Justice
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
To increase the diversity of agencies, sectors, and leadership represented at the Plantory, we connect donors with small nonprofits who meet factors of diversity. These donors sponsor the organizations for a year or more of incubation at the Plantory, enabling non-traditional founders to establish creative organizations in Lexington to solve problems from a more diverse perspective. We also appreciate donations of equipment, volunteers for our HelpDesk (, volunteers, and equipment donations! 
Please contact us at for additional information. 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

The Plantory is Lexington's nonprofit center for incubation, coworking, and cross-sector collaboration. Our mission is to develop a more connected and sustainable nonprofit sector in Lexington, KY. We achieve this by offering affordable workspace, opportunities for collaboration, administrative assistance, technical assistance, wellness programming, volunteer and intern management, fundraising, and interpersonal support. All of our work is centered around our innovative and energizing coworking hub that fosters collaboration and nurtures growth for positive, passionate, and community-minded businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Background Statement

Established in the early 1950s as an office of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, this organization has consistently worked to eliminate discrimination in all its forms. After 1978, as the Bluegrass Regional office of the National Conference for Community and Justice, it sponsored powerful and effective community initiatives, created outstanding youth leadership programs, and provided workplace training to local schools and businesses.  In 2004 the organization was incorporated as its own nonprofit dedicated to speaking out for the fair, just, and equal treatment of all people - the Kentucky Conference for Community and Justice (KCCJ).

In 2006, KCCJ reassessed the needs in the community and emerged with a vision to spearhead the formation of a regional center for social justice with a primary focus on providing quality, dynamic and affordable work space for small and emerging nonprofit organizations. Research and evaluation of local needs lead to the conclusion that co-location, affording lower overhead costs, shared administrative support, and cross-organizational collaboration with others who share the purpose of creating a socially just world, would inspire and enable nonprofits to focus more efficiently and effectively on their missions and goals.

In 2010, the project acquired a name:The Plantory. The nonprofit tenant concept of was expanded to include individuals, entrepreneurs and groups who are social innovators-using diverse approaches to change our community and our world for the better.  In June of 2011, The Plantory opened its doors and has since become home to a wide range of tenants who are thriving due, in part, to the care and support they receive from staff and the creativity and excitement sparked among themselves. In addition, the building itself has become a vital community center, hosting dozens of meetings, workshops and events where innovative, artistic, creative, and socially-minded individuals come together to collaborate on social justice issues.

Impact Statement

Over 1000 community members collaborate in our center each month, over 50 organizations call our office space home, Over 70 participate in our incubation services as members, and we save our organizations over $100,000 every year, allowing those funds to be reinvested in their missions and organizational growth.

Many nonprofits struggle to survive and maximize efficiencies because they cannot afford to work outside their homes or connect with other organizations. We meet a critical need in Lexington’s nonprofit world by intentionally growing our community as an affordable center where cooperation and creativity can flourish through workspace, meeting space, incubation services, workshops, and networking events. 

By uniting different nonprofits under one roof and working together, we strengthen ourselves and Lexington’s larger nonprofit community. In 2012, our first year, 2000+ people collaborated at The Plantory. Since then, we've grown to serve over 1000 every month. Our members report enhanced organizational credibility, increased collaboration, greater productivity, positive growth, and happier workdays. Our inviting center empowers us to connect our missions and unite around our passion for service.

Needs Statement

$25,000 to help make conference rooms confidential to meet the needs of our growing social service sector

$5500 matching grant to provide a full-time, capacity building AmeriCorps VISTA service member to a growing organization for 1 full year at 40 hours per week (this match secures a living allowance, scholarship, and benefits)
$3500 to sponsor a local nonprofit that meets factors of diversity. 
To increase the diversity of agencies, sectors, and leadership represented at the Plantory, we connect donors with small nonprofits who meet factors of diversity. These donors sponsor the organizations for a year or more of incubation at the Plantory, enabling non-traditional founders to establish creative organizations in Lexington to solve problems from a more diverse perspective.
$3500 to support an academic in residence for 1 year, engaging sabbatical research with community initiatives
$3500 to support an artist-in-residence for one year, applying the arts and creative problem-solving to large-scale social problems
$1000 to support a social justice internship, providing over 300 hours of community support and capacity-building for grassroots agencies and invaluable education for a student
$500 to provide a specialized workshop for growing nonprofit leaders 
 $250 to purchase a desk to provide workspace for a growing nonprofit
$10 to provide coffee for a day 
CEO/Executive Director Statement The Plantory is full of creative professionals who work in many different ways to make the world a better place. We are all stronger and more supported because of the community we have built together. It's hard to 'get' the Plantory without seeing it, because the unique, open airy warehouse space creates a very unusual and beautiful environment, but the real strength of the community is the diverse, fun, passionate group and the resources we share to grow together. Because it's such a unique place and group, our forms of collaboration vary in each instance. For example, recently, one of our members lost grant funding to house homeless veterans with disabilities. When another group heard about it, they were able to apply their funding for people with disabilities to the same clients. The groups worked together to transition the clients and make the process as painless as possible. This kind of collaboration wouldn't happen outside of this center; it's a great example of why this is important. As long as we are working in isolation, we will always be chipping away at large social problems. But together, with a connected approach, we have the opportunity to really tackle social issues from multiple perspectives with more resources, and really make a big difference. Plus, by sharing, we are able to really maximize our dollars so that we are increasingly efficient and effective.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Community & Neighbourhood Development
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Alliances & Advocacy
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Lexington and Central Kentucky
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. We want to increase the diversity of leadership in the nonprofit sector, increase cross-sector collaboration, launch good ideas, propel young organizations into well-organized legal entities, and increase the long-term sustainability of unique organizations by supporting their overhead costs and increasing their efficiencies.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
We currently provide 24-hour workspace, including conference rooms, shared amenities, staffing from 9-5, and more. Additionally, we run 10 programs to support the sustainable growth and development of our members. These include
  • Helpdesk
  • Sponsorship
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Internships
  • Get on Board
  • Citizens' Planning Academy (cohosted with Fayette Alliance)
  • Grow 101
  • Resident Expert Workshops
  • Youth Entrepreneur Program
  • Lauren K. Weinberg Humanitarian Awards
  • Volunteers
You can read more about those programs at Additionally, we provide one-on-one consulting services, including volunteer management and placement services, internship support, a 'help desk' with professional expertise in areas like law, accounting, marketing, and fundraising, meeting facilitation, organizational development consulting, workshops and training programs, and more. We continue to work with our community to identify more ways to support the organizational development of our members.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Kay Hoffman
Company Affiliation University of Kentucky
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2016
Board Members
Michael Ades Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. David Arnold RetiredVoting
Greg Coulson Butcher and CoulsonVoting
Lucy Ferguson Stoll Keenon OgdenVoting
Ben Fister GRW EngineersVoting
Dr. Bryan Haines University of Kentucky Community Innovations LabVoting
Ericka Harney Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) and The Foundation of AFWAVoting
Teddi Hibberd Omni ArchitectsVoting
Dr. Kay S. Hoffman Univ. of KY College of Social WorkVoting
Tanzi Merritt CirrusMioVoting
Ben Self ConsultantVoting
Reginald Thomas Attorney at LawVoting
Dave Wickstrom Alliance of Disability AdvocatesVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
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 Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Angela Baldridge
Term Start Sept 2012
Full Time Staff 9
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 100
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title VISTA Program Director
Formal Evaluations
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
CEO Comments
In July 2011, KCCJ Board Chair Shannon Stuart-Smith assumed the role of Acting Director of The Plantory.  Debra Hensley has assumed the role of Board Chair.  In September 2012, Angela Baldridge was hired as Executive Director.

The Plantory is a co-working space intentionally designed to nurture, support and build the capacity of small, socially responsible nonprofit and for-profit ventures which focus on social justice, the arts, technology, the environment and sustainable living. Through co-location, collaboration, education and capacity-building services, The Plantory fosters a more efficient, effective, and vital nonprofit community.

Besides individual workspace, The Plantory’s unique facility includes conference and meeting rooms, a community kitchen, up-to-date technological amenities, innovative fitness equipment, a shower for bike-commuters and a pet-friendly environment. Training and workshops are specifically designed to improve administrative skills, build organizational capacity, and enable members with limited staff and funding to focus more effectively on their missions. Fun events encourage member interaction and nourish participant's minds, bodies and spirits.

Budget 100000
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $334,000.00
Projected Expenses $334,000.00
Endowment Value $8,259.00
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$925$0
Individual Contributions$40,648$118,430$130,544
Investment Income, Net of Losses$211$224$31
Membership Dues--$70,012$38,193
Special Events$120--$2,317
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$232,725$206,804$91,221
Administration Expense$41,381$25,311$20,984
Fundraising Expense$3,600$21,260$10,836
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.060.841.45
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%82%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%18%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$86,916$66,897$106,829
Current Assets$75,507$47,866$84,306
Long-Term Liabilities$3,203$2,366$4,255
Current Liabilities$14,607$8,830--
Total Net Assets$86,916$66,897$102,573
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Funds raised will be used to fit-up and furnish the new, expanded space for The Plantory and to subsidize emerging organizations and individuals who would benefit from, but are unable to afford Plantory membership
Goal $250,000.00
Dates Jan 2014 to Dec 2016
Amount Raised To Date 250000 as of Oct 2014
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
Address 501 West Sixth Street Suite 250
Lexington, KY 405081341
Primary Phone 859 255-6999
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Angela Baldridge
Board Chair Dr. Kay Hoffman
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Kentucky