American Red Cross Bluegrass Area Chapter
1450 Newtown Pike
Lexington KY 40511
Contact Information
Nonprofit American Red Cross Bluegrass Area Chapter
Address 1450 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone (859) 230-6701
Fax 859 254-8354
Contact Name Lynne Washbish
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2007
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer The American Red Cross Bluegrass Area Chapter welcomes financial and in-kind donations to support vital programs for our community, including disaster preparedness and response, training in life-saving skills, services to the Armed Forces, and blood services. We also have many volunteer opportunities for local residents seeking to provide help in our office or out in the community. 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.



Background Statement
Founded by Clara Barton in 1881, the American Red Cross was granted a charter in 1905 by Congress. First Aid and safety programs began in 1909, and the water safety program was established in 1914. Since 1881, people have turned to the American Red Cross for emergency services. Today, trained and dedicated volunteers and staff are helping their neighbors across the country. Although not a government agency, the Red Cross is chartered by Congress to provide special services to members of the US Armed Forces and to disaster victims.
A Bluegrass Red Cross office was established in 1917. Today, our local Red Cross remains a vital part of this community, providing services to the residents and supporting efforts across the country in times of disasters. A critical component of Red Cross services is helping to build a "culture of prevention." Community preparedness educational programs assist families on how to make a plan, build a kit, get trained, and volunteer. When a disaster does occur, the Red Cross is there to help. Red Cross workers also assist members of the Armed Forces and their families in emergencies.
Impact Statement

The American Red Cross Bluegrass Area Chapter serves the community through programs that provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Our chapter assists clients in a local ten-county area consisting of Bourbon, Casey, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Harrison, Jessamine, Nicholas, Powell, and Scott Counties. In addition, we support and manage eight community chapters and provide services to a total of 55 counties throughout the Bluegrass Region. 

Last year, our Bluegrass Area Chapter responded to 326 home fires, installed 9,526 free smoke alarms, taught 1,076 youth fire and disaster preparedness and prevention, trained 11,634 local residents in life-saving skills such as CPR/First Aid/Water Safety, and provided 714 services to members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.

In order to provide these crucial services to the community, we rely on a 90% volunteer workforce and the generosity of donors.

Needs Statement
The American Red Cross Bluegrass Area Chapter is continuously training new volunteers and welcomes local residents who would like to make an impact and support our mission. We also rely on donations to support vital programs, including home fire and disaster preparedness and prevention, youth preparedness programs in partnership with local schools, and services the local members of the Armed Forces and their families. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement
The goal of the Red Cross is to help prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters. Without the support of local donors, we could not fulfill our mission. It is with your support that we can help individuals and families in a time of need.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Tertiary Organization Category Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief / Disaster Preparedness and Relief Service
Geographic Areas Served
Adair County
Bath County
Bell County
Boyle County
Casey County
Clark County
Clay County
Clinton County
Cumberland County
Estill County
Fayette County
Garrard County
Harlan County
Harrison County
Jackson County
Jessamine County
Johnson County
Knott County
Knox County
Laurel County
Lawrence County
Lee County
Leslie County
Letcher County
Lewis County
Lincoln County
Madison County
Magoffin County
Martin County
McCreary County
Menifee County
Mercer County
Montgomery County
Morgan County
Nicholas County
Owsley County
Perry County
Pike County
Powell County
Powell County
Pulaski County
Rockcastle County
Rowan County
Russell County
Scott County
Wayne County
Whitley County
Bracken County
Wolfe County
Carter County
Boyd County
Greenup County
Our chapter assists clients in a local ten-county area consisting of Bourbon, Casey, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Harrison, Jessamine, Nicholas, Powell, and Scott Counties. In addition, we support and manage eight community chapters and provide services to a total of 55 counties throughout the Bluegrass Region. 
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

Led by our volunteers, we serve the community through programs that provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Our chapter assists clients in a local ten county area consisting of Bourbon, Casey, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Harrison, Jessamine, Nicholas, Powell, and Scott Counties. In addition we support and manage eight community chapters and provide services to a total of 55 counties throughout the Bluegrass Region. Our chapter has experienced a significant number of disasters in our area. Our volunteers and staff were deployed locally and statewide to major disaster relief operations including the West Liberty tornado and Superstorm Sandy. Our goal is to continue to support these communities so that families can continue to live the way they are used to and get back on their feet in a timely manner.

StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
Our strategies are to make more awareness. We need others to know the good that the Red Cross does and that we always are stepping in as soon as a disaster happens to alleviate suffering for families and allow the to get back on their feet quickly. We cannot do this without the help of the community through donations, volunteers and time.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?
We are a very strong, national organization that continues to do good work and fight for donations. We look for the good in everyone and will begin our FY15 year by opening new doors and opportunities to raise money so that we can continue to support families in a time of need.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?
We measure our success by the number of families we provide assistance to and the amount of money that is raised to provide this assistance. We grow our organization by the people that want to get involved with the Red Cross. We are constantly recruiting volunteers to help our organization and be part of the One Red Cross.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?
We strive to make more awareness on the good that we do and provide for families in your community across the Bluegrass Region. We want to make others know that the Red Cross is always the first one to step in and assist and your dollars can help us provide that assistance. If you lost your house due to a fire or storm you would welcome the assistance and we can only provide that assitance through our donations and fundraising efforts that we strive to reach for.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. John Gohmann
Company Affiliation PNC Bank
Term June 2018 to July 2020
Board Members
Tucker BallingerForcht Bank
Stephen BellasCommonwealth Federal Credit Union
Jay BlantonUniversity of Kentucky
Gathan BordenVisit Lex
Ellen CartmellMaysville Community and Technical College
Rebecca CartmellCommunity Care of Mason County
Kristin ClarkKY Farm Bureau
Roger ColyerRetired
Donna DavisGeorgetown Community Hospital
Jamie DittertSturgill, Turner, Barker & Maloney
Brandon EasonKentucky Bank
Brian EvansGeorgetown College
Charlie FoxCity National Bank
Juli FulksTransyvania University
John GohmannPNC Bank
Jim GoodmanKeeneland
Deborah HaakerCrowe Horwath
Melissa HicksSt. Joseph Health
Dan HitchcockInter County Energy
Sherry HolleyHilliard Lyons
Jim JordanToyota
Andrea LaneKeller Williams Realty
Lezell LoweGrainger
Cathy LutzkaninBullard
Bill MattinglyJackson Kelly
Reg MorrisRetired from Lexmark
Amanda NoelChase Bank
Pat OldsBaptist Health Richmond
Craig OliveLM Communications
Rob OrlowskiLBX
Amy SandlinBlue & Company
Ellen SharpCentral Bank & Trust
Mike SharpeForcht Bank
Josh StephensonFifth Third Bank
Jeremy TerryKEMI
Charlene WalkerRetired
Jason WrightMesser Construction
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 34
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 23
Female 22
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
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 6
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Tracey Moore
Company Affiliation The Moore Group Real Estate
Term June 2014 to June 2017
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director
Full Time Staff 40
Part Time Staff 75
Volunteers 522
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 80%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 42
Asian American/Pacific Islander 4
Caucasian 70
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 3
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 90
Female 27
Unspecified 0
The term “disaster services” encompasses many different programs which, depending on the case, might include providing shelter, food, water, clothing, emergency medical care, clean-up kits, bedding, and rental assistance to disaster victims. It also means providing free disaster preparedness training for the community. Additionally, disaster services involves training our volunteers to work with local, state, and national government agencies and to provide a coordinated response in times of disaster. The American Red Cross is the only organization chartered by Congress to provide disaster relief to ALL Americans.
Service to the Armed Forces incorporates a variety of different programs aimed at assisting the members of our military and their families here at home in the Bluegrass. The most common service we perform is emergency messaging. This is when our staff sends a verified message to a soldier informing him or her of an emergency situation back at home such as a death or illness. Often the American Red Cross assists soldiers with logistical arrangements to ensure they can return to their families. Service to the Armed Forces might also include assisting families with financial concerns, linking service members and their families with support services, or assisting our veterans with their benefits.
Health and Safety Training are classes taught by the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross, or one of our authorized providers, to our friends and neighbors here in the Bluegrass. The Bluegrass Chapter teaches these life-saving courses both at our offices, or at sites throughout our region. Among the classes we offer are: First Aid; Adult, Infant and Child CPR; Automated External Defibrillation (AED); Life Guarding; CPR/PR for the Professional; Pet First Aid and Babysitting Certification.


Description The Bluegrass Chapter’s Wheels program is designed to meet the needs of local residents with disabilities by providing economical and accessible transportation throughout Fayette County. The Wheels program provides independence to riders by transporting them to work, to doctor’s appointments, on errands, or even out for social occasions. Funding for this program is provided through a contract with LexTran.



Program Comments
CEO Comments
Our challenge is to find support and throughout the communties whether it be from an individual or organization that is involved in giving back to the community. We also look for organizations that might be interested in and employee community giving program. Make awareness.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
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 $9,733,362.00
Projected Expenses $9,733,362.00
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$4,919,323$4,817,946$4,486,561
Individual Contributions$668,404$1,001,133$695,908
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues$602,340$421,608--
Special Events$97,679$66,006$64,940
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$6,689,600$6,187,378$5,932,588
Administration Expense$495,659$390,159$313,828
Fundraising Expense$1,479,244$1,174,569$1,106,277
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.001.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%80%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets----$3,486,142
Current Assets----$873,168
Long-Term Liabilities----$1,430,813
Current Liabilities----$461,519
Total Net Assets----$1,593,810
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
If you need further information on our financials please let us know and we can send you a copy of our financial summary.
Foundation Staff Comments The 990s on this portrait are for the American National Red Cross organization.  However, to provide a clearer picture of the financial activity at the local level, this organization has prepared financial data that applies to operations in Kentucky only. Financial data in the breakdowns and on the graphs were submitted by the American Red Cross Bluegrass Area Chapter and apply only to Kentucky.  Asset and liabilities numbers are national Red Cross organization figures.
Address 1450 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511
Primary Phone 859 230-6701
Board Chair Mr. John Gohmann
Board Chair Company Affiliation PNC Bank