PO Box 27
303 South Second St.
Danville KY 40423-0027
Contact Information
Address PO Box 27
303 South Second St.
Danville, KY 40423 0027
Phone (859) 936-6654
Fax 859 239-7006
Contact Name Ross Johnson
Web and Social Media
Students and Staff of Kentucky School for the Deaf gather on the steps of Jacobs Hall, our oldest building on campus.
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1986
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Mailing a check to the KSD Charitable Foundation.
For our fundraisers - KSD Pancake and Sausage Day (February) - we welcome donations for our silent and live auctions!
For our Jacobs Hall Holiday Tea (December), we welcome volunteers who will staff and serve at the Sunday afternoon Tea.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
The Kentucky School for the Deaf Charitable Foundation was established in 1986 to enhance the educational opportunities of deaf and hard of hearing students enrolled at the Kentucky School for the Deaf and regional deaf programs affiliated with KSD by:
  1. prudently investing the assets and
  2. spending proceeds from investments in ways that make the educational experiences for deaf students at KSD and regional deaf programs affiliated with KSD as valuable as possible.
Background Statement

On April 10, 1823, the Kentucky Asylum for the Tuition of the Deaf and Dumb, later changed to The Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) was established by the Kentucky General Assembly. KSD was the first deaf school established west of the Allegheny Mountains and the first to be supported by public funds.

The impetus for the establishment of the school came from legislation proposed by General Elias Barbee, whose daughter, Lucy, was deaf. The school was located in Danville and governance of the school was placed in the hands of the Board of Trustees of Centre College.

In looking for a faculty, the Board of Trustees turned to Centre College and found a young student, John Adamson Jacobs. Jacobs was sent to the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut, the first school for the deaf established in the United States, to study for a year. In 1825 he returned to Danville and began his teaching career. He taught and served as Principal from 1825-1854, and as Superintendent from 1835-1869. He also found time to write a book on instruction of the deaf. The National Landmark building on campus, Jacobs Hall, is named for him. This building was built in 1857 and is still in operation.

The Centre College Board of Trustees governed the school until 1870 when the Kentucky General Assembly established a Board of Commissioners for oversight. This arrangement stayed in place until 1959-60 when the Kentucky Department of Education took over control of the school.

KSD has educated deaf and hard of hearing students continuously since 1823. During the Civil War Confederate forces attempted on three different occasions to take it over but Jacobs was steadfast in his defense of the school, its property and its students. After the third attempt the Confederates moved on to other parts of the town.

KSD has changed its curriculum to meet the ever-changing demands placed on its students. The curriculum evolved from academic offerings to studies that combined academics with a vocational/trades component. Presently, the emphasis is again academic to meet the goals of the Kentucky Core Curriculum and to meet Proficiency by 2017.

Impact Statement
  1. Funded all staff requests for assistance with projects directly affecting students, including performers for arts and humanities, technology and appliances for residence halls, elementary major activities, middle school cultural fair, and high school culminating projects.
  2. Gave financial support to high school students attending a national deaf youth leadership camp (Youth Leadership Circle)
  3. Gave financial support to an annual event that introduces potential and current deaf students and their families to the resources available at KSD (Family Learning Vacation)
  1. Continue and increase level of support to classrooms, residence halls and outreach programs to counteract lower state funding.
  2. Continue to apply for grants and assistance to supplement funds available from interest on KSDCF's endowment. 
Needs Statement
  1. Supporting reestablishment of programs and support for our school swimming pool in Thomas Gym: $20,000;
  2. Supporting expansion of summer Family Learning Vacation materials and staff, travel expenses for families: $10,000;
  3. Renovating two residential hall facilities (70% of KSD students live on campus 5 days/week): furniture, washers, dryers and cooking stations, paint, drapes, etc.; $20,000
  4. Expanding videoconferencing for students in classrooms and residence halls: $10,000;
  5. Supporting KSD athletics with much needed equipment and uniforms: $8,000.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

KSD only serves students from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and has seen its enrollment decline in recent years. With the implementation of the Education for the Handicapped Act, students became the responsibility of their local education agencies/local school districts and students began to be educated at locally rather than at the state school. Nationally, 80 to 85% of deaf and hard of hearing students are now educated in local public schools. This shift has had an impact on state schools. In several states, residential schools have closed. Nebraska has closed its state school for the deaf; North Carolina has closed one of its state schools. Annually discussion has been held in Legislative chambers in this country discussing the fate of state residential schools.

Schools such as KSD are an essential part of the educational continuum serving this low-incidence population. KSD meets a need that cannot be met in the local public schools. Students who attend KSD have the opportunity to be with students like themselves and are not isolated like they might be in the public schools. And, if appropriate, they have the opportunity while living on KSD's campus to attend classes, accompanied by a certified American Sign Language interpreter, in the local public schools. On KSD's campus they also receive the intensive language training they need and participate in the vibrant social network of deaf and hard of hearing peers. Communication accessibility is vital for a deaf and hard of hearing student and our environment provides this communication-rich setting since faculty, staff and peers all communicate via sign language.

The Kentucky School for the Deaf is proud to have played a vital part in the education of deaf and hard of hearing since its founding in 1823 and will continue to provide a quality education to the students of the Commonwealth of Kentucky as we move forward into the future.

Board Chair Statement

I believe that equality of opportunity is a core value of American democracy and that our public schools, more than any other of our society’s institutions, have served to guarantee this value. That being said, I recognize disparities in the educational opportunities provided for deaf children, who must already clear hurdles that are higher than those the hearing population must jump over to obtain an education that will prepare them for lives of meaningful and productive citizenship. The KSD Charitable Foundation seeks to overcome some of those disparities in its support of the Kentucky School for the Deaf and its students. Through its support of the school and the students enrolled there, the KSD Charitable Foundation makes a difference for good in the lives of deaf students. --Scott Haun, KSDCF Board Chairman

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Geographic Areas Served
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. W. Scott Haun
Company Affiliation Kentucky School for the Deaf
Term July 2016 to June 2019
Board Members
Chris Anderson self-employedVoting
Rhonda Bodner Kentucky School for the DeafVoting
Gary Crase Centre CollegeVoting
Cliff Dunne Small Business ownerVoting
Carolyn Gulley RetiredVoting
JoAnn Hamm RetiredVoting
Archie Harris RetiredVoting
W. Scott Haun Kentucky School for the DeafVoting
Nancy Mann RetiredVoting
William A. Melton RetiredVoting
Lori Mohan RetiredVoting
Margaret Riley Heartland Veterinary HospitalVoting
Evelyn Smith RetiredVoting
Byron Wilson Kentucky School for the DeafVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 94%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments

Working with the Foundation enables us to give our students opportunities for learning and traveling that they would otherwise never have. We are able to send them to leadership conferences and camps. We can buy them technology that levels the playing field of education. We can reward them for doing outstanding work and make their experiences similar to those experienced in schools for hearing students. We do not have a Family Resource Center, which was established for all schools with the onset of KERA; therefore our children would miss out on a lot of the tangible and educational support that hearing students get from the FRC, if not for the KSD Foundation. Through the Foundation, we give our students a richer education and through their experiences we help them to be better prepared for life in a hearing world.

CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. JoAnn Hamm
Term Start July 2017
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 14
Contractors 9
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? No
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A

In 1986, leaders from the Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) and the community established the Kentucky School for the Deaf Charitable Foundation. Through yearlong fundraising efforts, we award teacher grants for programs/projects to enrich and enhance the educational opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled at KSD in Danville. Foundation funding provides equipment and materials that help meet student needs that can’t be met in the school’s budget.

With state funding for our students shrinking, we write grants for library books that meet curricular needs and for new technology. We secure donations for upgrading dorm facilities and money for art consultants and student conferences   We help level the playing field for our students, improving their ability to  communicate effectively in the hearing world and to develop needed skills to attain satisfying jobs and careers, 

Budget 15,000
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), K-12 (5-19 years), K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short Term Success
Through an grant, each student was able to select up three personal books for his or her home library.
Through a generous donation from TempurPedic, all dormitory students sleep on luxurious TemperPedic mattresses!
 Annual academic and behavioral incentive packages are provided for each level (elementary, middle and high school) allowing the school to reward high-performing, well-behaved students with special activities once a month.
Program Long term Success
For 27 years the KSD Charitable Foundation has annually supported the educational needs of the student body at Kentucky School for the Deaf, providing funds for field trips, leadership conferences, student publications, and, more recently, a wide variety of advanced technology through grants awarded to the Foundation.
These grants include funding from AT&T, Tandberg, Hudson-Ellis Foundation, the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonals, and WHAS Crusade for Children 
Program Success Monitored By
Feedback from school personnel
Interim and final reports specific to grant awards
Student reports to the Foundation Board 
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
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 July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $24,000.00
Projected Expenses $22,000.00
Endowment Value $484,024.88
Spending Policy Income Only
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$70,757$65,343$79,087
Investment Income, Net of Losses$23,564$11,124$20,208
Membership Dues------
Special Events$30$20$75
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$67,949$65,606$108,451
Administration Expense$2,360$7,348$8,382
Fundraising Expense$1,505--$225
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.311.200.85
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%90%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$185,311$162,774$148,365
Current Assets$185,311$162,774$148,365
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$185,311$162,774$148,365
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Foundation Staff Comments
The Kentucky School for the Deaf Foundation files the 990EZ, which does not include expense breakdowns. Expense breakdowns used in the graphs  was provided the the agency.
Address PO Box 27
303 South Second St.
Danville, KY 404230027
Primary Phone 859 936-6654
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. JoAnn Hamm
Board Chair Mr. W. Scott Haun
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kentucky School for the Deaf