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
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.
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.
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.
$25,000 to help make conference rooms confidential to meet the needs of our growing social service sector
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.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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499 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40507