Berea College
CPO 2216
BEREA KY 40404-0001
Contact Information
Nonprofit Berea College
Address CPO 2216
BEREA, KY 40404 0001
Phone (859) 985-3000
Contact Name Bernadine Douglas
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1953
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Berea College seeks to uplift students, families, and communities through education and other services provided within the Appalachian region. On campus in Berea, Kentucky, this mission is accomplished by providing tuition-free liberal arts education to 1,600 talented students with exceptional financial need. In the surrounding region, Berea College initiatives foster positive growth through education of all age groups and by empowering families and communities. Eight Great Commitments guide Berea's work promoting educational opportunity, interracial cooperation, and social justice. The College's mission statement can be viewed in its entirety at
Background Statement
Founded in 1855 by noted abolitionist Rev. John G. Fee, Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 60 countries.  
Grow Appalachia was created at Berea College in 2009 through funding from John Paul Dejoria, co-founder and owner of John Paul Mitchell Systems (JPMS) and Patron Tequila, to address the problem of food security in Appalachia. Tommy Callahan, a friend of John Paul’s and Senior Vice President of Training and Development at JPMS, told John Paul about his experience growing up in Harlan County, Kentucky, where food insecurity is still pervasive and healthy food is frequently unavailable. A natural entrepreneur and problem-solver, John Paul began cultivating a unique vision for tackling food insecurity. He believes that the best way to help people is to empower them to help themselves—even when facing steep, structural challenges. Grow Appalachia partner sites now serve 33 counties in Kentucky, and the program's success has driven expansion into neighboring states.
Impact Statement
Each year since it formed, Grow Appalachia has worked with numerous non-profits and families to grow food for family consumption, market sales, and donation to food banks. In 2016, Grow Appalachia families produced more than 647,563 pounds of food. The program’s 406 market growers were able to sell more than $177,221 of produce at their local market.
In Kentucky alone, Grow Appalachia served 621 families at 16 partner sites in 2016. Grow Appalachia’s newest initiative, the Berea Summer Food Service Program, was able to serve just under 14,000 meals throughout Berea, saving local families over $44,500 in food costs.
Needs Statement Grow Appalachia’s Summer Food Service Program is looking for funding to establish additional meal sites in the area as well as to enhance enrichment programs for meal participants. The program is currently expanding into the areas surrounding Berea to be able to serve meals to more local children in need.
Geographic Areas Served
West Virginia
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
Berea College seeks to recruit, retain, and graduate underserved students at high rates and with minimal or no student loan debt.  
In the surrounding region, Berea initiatives advance the College's commitment to serving Appalachia. Grow Appalachia’s mission is to help as many Appalachian families grow as much of their own food as possible.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

Berea provides tuition-free education by awarding every enrolled student a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which is valued at $24,900 this year. This financial model is made possible through a combination of federal/state financial aid, spendable return from the College's endowment, and the philanthropy of alumni and friends. 

Promoting food production and a thriving local foods economy in Central Appalachia, Grow Appalachia at Berea College supports producers through:

· Gardening grants

· Providing technical and physical assistance

· Donating food to food banks

· Leveraging community assets

· Encouraging entrepreneurship

· Building high tunnels for season extension

CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? Grow Appalachia staff possess technical expertise and deep connections to the region. This knowledge and passion drives the work done at the Berea headquarters, which directly influences the network of nonprofits, producers, home gardeners, educational institutions, and private businesses that comprise the majority of the program.
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?

All Grow Appalachia partner sites submit bi-monthly reports detailing program financials, amount of food grown, and obstacles faced. The program uses these reports to assess the success of individual sites and of the program overall.

ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

Since the program was created in 2010, we have partnered with 56 sites across 6 states in Central Appalachia. Through these sites, 4,402 families have been able to grow 3,016,980 pounds of food.

Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Harold L. Moses
Company Affiliation Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center; Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Term 2014 to 2018
Board Members
Vicki E. Allums Defense Information Systems Agency, Department of Defense
Celeste P. Armstrong Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Trial Division
Charlotte F. Beason Consultant in Healthcare Administration and Education
Vance Blade Kroger
Nancy E. Blair Blair & Potts
Anne Berry Bonnyman Reverend
Joseph John Bridy Hamlin Capital Management, LLC
Scott Caldwell The Resource Group, LLC, An Ascension Subsidiary
David H. Chow DanCourt Management, LLC
Charles D. Crowe LeGacy Resource Consulting Corp.
M. Elizabeth Culbreth Retired
John E. Fleming J.E. Fleming Associates, LLC; National Museum of African American Music; Cincinnati Museum Center
Michael D. Flowers Retired
Donna S. Hall Community Volunteer
Bob Hawks Woodward Academy
Scott M. Jenkins S. M. Jenkins & Co.
Glenn R. Jennings Delta Natural Gas Company
Shawn C.D. Johnson Guidon Global, LLC
Nancy Lampton Hardscuffle, Inc; American Life and Accident Insurance Co. of KY
Eugene Y. Lowe Jr.Northwestern University
Harold L. Moses Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center; Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Betty H. Olinger Kentucky State University
Douglas M. Orr Warren Wilson College
Thomas W. Phillips United States District Court
William B. Richardson Richardson Associates Architects, P.S.C.
Lyle D. Roelofs Berea College
Dennis R. Roop Center for Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Biology, University of Colorado Denver
Charles Ward Seabury IICommunity Volunteer
David E. Shelton R&D Properties
David B. Sloan O'Hara, Taylor, Sloan, & Cassidy
Tyler S. Thompson Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC
Rocky S. Tuan Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Robert T. Yahng Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 8
Asian American/Pacific Islander 3
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 23
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 6
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 73%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. Lyle D. Roelofs
Term Start July 2012
Full Time Staff 652
Part Time Staff 44
Volunteers 0
Contractors 80
Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 53
Asian American/Pacific Islander 7
Caucasian 553
Hispanic/Latino 15
Native American/American Indian 2
Other 33 No response, international, or two or more races
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 258
Female 380
Unspecified 0

Grow Appalachia is a program of Berea College dedicated to alleviating food insecurity. The program partners with well-established non-profit agencies throughout Central Appalachia to help families grow as much of their own food as possible. Grow Appalachia seeks to solve pervasive food insecurity issues by restoring the relationship between the people and the land.

When food grows, communities and families grow too. The gardens are worked by nonprofits, farmers market entrepreneurs, the elderly, the Girl Scouts, inmates, the disabled, and others who believe a better food system equals better lives. Some participants garden to save money. Others garden to make money.

The program seeks both to educate communities and to learn from communities. It works to preserve the past, build hope for the future, and empower Appalachians to live healthy, productive lives. More program details are available at

Budget 2209146
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Hunger Action
Population Served Families, Elderly and/or Disabled, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Long term Success Through funding and technical assistance, Grow Appalachia has supported thousands of gardens through hundreds of community partnerships in five states—from backyard gardens to community gardens to school and summer camp gardens to greenhouses to mini-farms—producing about 2.9 million pounds of healthy, organic food for thousands of people in its first six years.
Program Success Monitored By Grow Appalachia works with its nonprofit community partners to track the number of program participants and the amount of food produced. Other indicators of success include estimated economic benefit to participating families and anecdotal feedback assessed via paper surveys. With a goal to visit each partner site at least once per growing season, Grow Appalachia staff also enjoy significant direct contact with participants.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $59,417,100.00
Projected Expenses $59,417,100.00
Endowment Value $1,082,000,700.00
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 Year201520142013
Total Revenue$181,880,291$183,011,099$93,509,320
Total Expenses$101,260,450$96,336,769$97,735,265
Revenue Less Expenses$80,619,841$86,674,330($4,225,945)
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$25,695,644$22,117,583$27,153,326
Individual Contributions$34,185,881$43,822,374$23,110,421
Investment Income, Net of Losses$21,435,197$21,600,867$22,423,449
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$1,257,284$700,149$929,892
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$85,909,249$79,827,558$82,266,975
Administration Expense$11,328,975$12,815,595$12,049,222
Fundraising Expense$4,022,226$3,693,616$3,419,068
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.801.900.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%83%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%6%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,432,784,656$1,454,920,382$1,306,539,674
Current Assets$99,731,472$95,460,863$85,576,266
Long-Term Liabilities$69,207,119$73,337,496$76,485,926
Current Liabilities$14,270,442$11,323,427$13,082,143
Total Net Assets$1,349,307,095$1,370,259,459$1,216,971,605
Form 990s
2015 Form 990
2014 Form 990
2013 Form 990
2012 Form 990
2011 Form 990
2010 Form 990
2009 Form 990
2008 Form 990
Audit Documents
2016 BC audited financial statements
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
State Registration Yes
Address CPO 2216
BEREA, KY 404040001
Primary Phone 859 985-3000
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Lyle D. Roelofs
Board Chair Dr. Harold L. Moses
Board Chair Company Affiliation Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center; Vanderbilt University School of Medicine