251 W. Second St
Lexington KY 40507-1135
Contact Information
Address 251 W. Second St
Lexington, KY 40507 1135
Phone (859) 254-4175
Contact Name Neil Chethik
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1990
Former Names
Carnegie Literacy Center, Inc. (before opening)
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Besides donating through, you can make a cash gift to the Carnegie Center in a few different ways—you choose what is the most convenient for you!


You can mail a check to:

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
Attn: Jennifer Mattox
251 W. Second Street
Lexington, KY 40507


You can call us at (859) 254-4175 ext. 25 with your credit card number.

Or, you can go to online to and donate with your credit card ~ it’s quick and secure!


Besides making a one-time cash gift, there are other ways to show your support:
  • Pledge a gift you will give over the course of time (monthly, quarterly, biannually). We make this easy by sending you a friendly “Pledge Reminder” or automatically charging your credit card when it's time for your next gift. Through this method, donors benefit by making bold contributions they are comfortable giving.
  • Donate stock as an alternative to making a cash gift. Stocks allow you to make a substantial gift without reducing the cash you have on hand. You will further benefit at tax time, as stocks are deductible at the fair market value. Plus, giving stocks is easy! Just ask us how.
  • Planned Giving provides for the future. You can make a significant impact on learners after you are gone, whether you give a cash gift, stocks, real estate, or another type of gift. The center can be named a beneficiary of your life insurance policy or retirement fund as well.  
  • Give to our endowment fund at Blue Grass Community Foundation, which provides income we can rely on year after year.
  • Ask your employer to match your gift! It’s easy to do and can double the amount of support you give to our cause.
  • Donate your new or gently used items; we especially need books for children and adults.
  • Donate your time. Each year, hundreds of volunteers have rewarding experiences helping with our K-12 tutoring program, family literacy events, literary readings, art gallery receptions, general cleaning and yard work, and more. 
Financial Summary
Mission Statement

The Carnegie Center empowers people to explore and express their voices through imaginative learning and the literary arts.


The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning is a community learning and arts center with programs for beginning to master learners. It is nationally considered a one-of-a-kind organization.

At its dedication in 1992, guest speaker First Lady Barbara Bush said, “This center is going to reach out to everyone--families, workers, students, and teachers. And that's what communities throughout the nation need to learn to do.” Since then, the Carnegie Center has helped thousands of people from diverse segments of our community meet their learning needs at low or no cost. Scholarships are available for programs with fees, and every scholarship request has been granted.


Founded in 1992 and based in Lexington's original public library building, the Carnegie Center was named in honor of Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who provided a majority of building costs for the structure in 1902. Carnegie believed that all people should have opportunities to increase their knowledge, and from that statement, the Carnegie Center was formed.
Background Statement

After Lexington’s Public Library moved to a larger location in 1989, Lexington Mayor Scotty Baesler appointed a committee to create a new use for the Carnegie library building. In keeping with the beliefs of the original funder, Andrew Carnegie, the committee designed a community learning and arts center like no other in the country. The center opened in 1992 after an extensive restoration.


In 2017 we celebrate 25 years and are still going strong. The Carnegie Center is a place that children, adults, and families have come to rely on for their learning needs. The center is a nationally-recognized leader in literary arts programming, helping writers become published and authors promote their works. The center is also a regionally-respected leader in education outside the school systems, impacting diverse segments of our community. 


The Carnegie Center partners with numerous businesses and groups each year to participate in various programs and projects that share its vision and mission. For example, the center is partnering with Joseph-Beth Booksellers and public libraries in Central Kentucky to offer writing seminars and workshops. The center is the host site for the Kentucky Women Writer's conference every year, and is the physical home of a separate ESL literacy program, Operation Read, administered by Bluegrass Community & Technical College.

Impact Statement



Recent Accomplishments:


  • In 2016, we received the Kentucky Nonprofit Network Innovative Nonprofit Award for the Carnegie Center Reading Room in Triangle Park, offered in partnership with the Triangle Foundation. This space distributed over 4,000 free books to people of all ages in 2016 and provided a comfortable reading space downtown.
  • During the 2015-2016 school year, the Carnegie Center’s tutoring program directly impacted 281 students in our building or at outreach tutoring sites through one-on-one weekly sessions. A random sampling of children in our tutoring program showed an average improvement of 1.5 grade levels during the course of the school year. This program received a sixth consecutive Family Favorite Award from Lexington Family Magazine for “Best Tutoring Center.”
  • The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame gives recognition to our state's writers making a significant accomplishment across the Commonwealth and beyond. Among inductees are Barbara Kingsolver, Wendell Berry, Jesse Stuart, and Robert Penn Warren. The induction ceremonies draw hundreds of guests and are also later broadcast on KET stations and WUKY radio. 
  • Our annual Books-in-Progress conference continues to provide high quality sessions led by New York literary agents, a Writer’s Digest editor, and outstanding writers; in 2016, National Humanities Medal Winner Wendell Berry was keynote speaker.
  • During FY16, we served over 3,000 children and families through literacy programs that encouraged them to continue learning outside of school, brought authors into the schools, taught people about different cultures, explored writing in its many forms, or provided free books.

Among our goals for the current year, we plan to:

  • Provide weekly tutoring to 290 children during the summer or school year inside our building or at outreach tutoring sites in local schools so that children in need of one-on-one, tailored tutoring sessions get the help they need.
  • Seek and explore partnerships with other organizations, businesses, and groups that complement our mission so that together, we can help meet needs in our community.
  • Promote Kentucky writers and grow the literary presence in our state.
  • Continue to diversify our funding sources so that we have the strongest community support possible.
  • Explore and seek ways to preserve and enhance our historic Carnegie library building so that it meets our needs and serves generations to come.
Needs Statement

Needs Statement

With 77% of the Carnegie Center's budget provided by contributions and grants, the center is truly a community center that relies on support of individuals in the community. We need contributions at all levels. Your charitable gift makes a difference at programs such as the free Family Fun and Learning Nights, deeply discounted graphic design skills workshops, top-notch writing seminars, and more.


With a small, full-time staff planning and administering programs, volunteer support is instrumental to making our programs a success; approximately 500 people volunteer each year. Our largest volunteer need is in the afterschool tutoring program, impacting children grades K-12 who are scoring behind grade level in school in reading, writing, or math. We also serve ESL families (children and adults). Other volunteers assist with gallery receptions, author reading events, general cleaning/yard work, fundraising, and other areas.


In-kind donations are greatly appreciated. We especially could use gently used books for children and adults (no textbooks, please) so that we can give them to people who visit the center--including low income families who may not have many books of their own. During warm weather months, the Carnegie Center Reading Room in Triangle Park lets visitors of all ages stop in to read or pick up a free book from the shelves in the park. Office supplies and tutoring games/materials also make a difference.


If you own a business, there may be many ways you can help--just ask us! From sponsorships to donations to group volunteer projects, we work with you to make your Carnegie Center experience a memorable one, impacting people of all ages and backgrounds. The benefit to your company is successful brand awareness and providing a powerful impact on the community through our nonprofit.

CEO/Executive Director Statement
In 1992, the Carnegie Center opened its doors with the goal of inspiring children and adults through reading, writing and the literary arts. Recently, the Center reached a milestone when Gov. Steve Beshear awarded us Kentucky’s highest honor in the arts. 
The Carnegie Center was named the 2014 recipient of the Governor’s Award in the Arts for “substantial and extraordinary contributions” to arts education in the state. The governor was referring to the kind of programs that you will find in the pages that follow. 
For adults, we offer everything from writing memoirs to science fiction, speaking Italian to professional development skills. For children, you’ll find book clubs for babies, Spanish for grade-schoolers, college prep classes for teens, and more.
And it’s all affordable. Thanks to our donors, most of our classes are free or available for a moderate fee. And we offer discounts and scholarships for those with especially tight budgets. A low-income family in our after-school tutoring program, for example, pays just $5 for a whole year of tutoring for their child. 
The 2014 Governor’s Award in the Arts puts the Carnegie Center in elite company among nonprofits. But literacy itself isn’t just for the elite. Reaching one’s intellectual and creative potential is for every one of us. 
Neil Chethik, Executive Director
Board Chair Statement

When I was preparing to leave a very active role with Women Leading Kentucky, I knew I needed to get involved with an organization I had a passion for. There was no question for me; it had to be the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. Its vision of empowering the community through imaginative learning and the literary arts is carried out every day: through tutoring youngsters in reading, writing and math, to providing writing classes with extraordinary teachers, to celebrating Kentucky writers, and extending its literary education through public libraries and bookstores throughout the region. Most of all, I love and have benefited from the writing classes as I worked and reworked the stories for my memoir, A Willful Child, which was published in 2012. It was a dream of mine and I don't think I would have accomplished that dream without the support of the staff, students and volunteers at the Carnegie Center. My heart belongs to the Carnegie Center and I'm very proud to support its efforts, its staff and volunteers as they work to build a better, more vibrant community that supports imaginative learning and the literary arts.

Janet Steele Holloway

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development NEC
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Anderson County
Bourbon County
Clark County
Franklin County
Jessamine County
Madison County
Scott County
Knox County
Whitley County
Montgomery County
The Carnegie Center primarily serves children and adults living in Central Kentucky. However, with no limitations on the people who can attend our programs, they have benefited people living in a third of our state's counties!  People have driven two hours just to take a Carnegie Center Saturday Seminar--that's how much our programs mean to the people of Kentucky. Through outreach programs and our Books-in-Progress conference, our reach extends beyond Kentucky, last year serving people from 16 other states.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

The Carnegie Center empowers people to explore and express their voices through imaginative learning and the literary arts. Guiding us in this mission are visionary goals. We seek to encourage active, critical, and creative learning as we promote the components of literacy (reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and technology). We strive to provide educational opportunities for people of all ages and levels of learning. We also support and promote Kentucky writers and artists, and we offer programs that engage the imagination through literary arts.  Preserving and enhancing the historic Carnegie building for the benefit of the community is important, as our welcoming atmosphere means as much to the community as our programs. In all that we do, we know that we can’t do it alone; we will establish partnerships with artists, educators, and community groups as we go about our mission.


In order to fulfill our mission, to follow Best Practices in nonprofit administration, and to expand and prepare our programs for future needs, the Board and Staff have outlined the following goals in our Strategic Plan: 

1.      Expand and diversify programming to meet the needs/interests of a broader client base.

2.      Expand programs, activities, and recognition in the literary arts so that the Carnegie Center is recognized in Kentucky and nationally as the Literary Capital of Mid-America.

3.      Use partnerships to increase the impact of Carnegie Center programs and activities.

4.      Establish a Carnegie Center marketing plan.

5.      Create a useable, attractive and “green” building for programs and activities.

6.      Continue to pursue ways to establish a self-sustaining financial position.

7.      Build the organizational capacity, and strengthen the capacity of the Board, to effectively fulfill the mission of the Carnegie Center.


One of the reasons the Carnegie Center received an inaugural MetLife Foundation Innovative Space Award was because we “provide art with a cause: literacy.” In all that we do, we strive to do the best we can to help people of all ages and backgrounds with their learning needs.

StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

To meet our goals, a Strategic Planning Committee identified a number of strategies that will be undertaken by staff and/or by board members. For each of our strategies, we identified what actions need to be taken, the resources needed, a time frame for completion, who will initiate, and a benchmark for accomplishment. Our current Strategic Plan spans 2012-2017.

For our educational and literary arts programming, strategies include identifying, developing, and/or expanding programs with specific target audiences identified--such as middle and low income families, the business community, writers, etc.--and how we will reach those audiences. Strategies involving evaluation methods (surveys, focus groups, etc.) of current programs will help plan future programs and identify constituents as well. We will develop mutually beneficial partnerships with other nonprofits, businesses, schools, groups, artists, and individuals to accomplish our goals. Where expert advice is necessary, we intend to seek professional support.

To ensure that programs are possible, we identified marketing and funding strategies. When establishing a marketing plan, we will consider branding, the use of social media and web-based marketing, and interactions with media professionals and elected officials. Strategies regarding funding involve donor cultivations, continuing a planned giving program, seeking new funding sources through rentals, and training our board on ways they can be involved with fundraising, among other strategies.


To best use our space and to preserve/enhance our building, a few of our strategies are to investigate energy-efficiency projects and employ green practices where possible, as well as seek preservation grants to restore the windows and other areas of the building.


We will ensure that our staff and board positions are the most effective as we work toward our mission by using strategies that update job descriptions and salary ranges, committee descriptions, plans for board/committee appointments, etc.

Overall, the board and staff use this Strategic Plan as a working document—one that is updated each year as goals are met and new needs are identified.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

The #1 resource we need to accomplish our goals is staff time and expertise. In some cases—such as program planning—we already have a staff person who routinely performs the strategies outlined in our plan. In other situations, staff would need to perform new tasks, such as our marketing director who will now need to allocate some of her time to develop a marketing plan. Overall, where qualified staff are concerned, we are prepared to take on these strategies.


The second most mentioned resource was funding for strategies listed in all of our goals. We will address that resource need as we work toward goal #6 with our fundraising efforts.


Other resources needed involved the creation/update of documents, board decisions, forging new partnerships, etc.

The board and staff feel confident that we can meet our resource needs.

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?

To determine if we have met our goals through the outlined strategies, our Strategic Planning Committee determined benchmarks for accomplishment. Those benchmarks, as outlined in our Strategic Plan, include a variety of outcomes. Those included but are not limited to:

  • The creation of a new program (like the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony)
  • Adopting new methods (i.e. paper surveys for program evaluation, donor cultivations, rental guidelines, etc.)
  • The creation of a schedule (i.e. for the marketing plan)
  • A specific quantitative indicator (i.e. 4 Carnegie Club outreach tutoring sites)
  • Decisions made (such as wording for a new mission statement)
  • An indicator of support (partnerships, in-kind marketing, etc.)
  • Board approval (for new policies, a marketing budget, building upgrades)

Often we access our progress through staff and board observation and reports, surveys, data collection, attendance/schedules, focus groups/feedback, financial reports, photographic evidence, and a variety of other means.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

We’ve made good progress toward the goals in our Strategic Plan. We have created and adopted a new mission statement, unveiled the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, completed a fundraising campaign, and completed a thorough overview of staff, board, and committee descriptions, just to name a few. Several of our strategies are ongoing or in progress, such as establishing new partnerships, building relationships with the media and our constituents, determining potential green renovations, and renting the building during time frames without programming in every room.


As a result of all that we’re doing, we’re identifying new constituents, meeting the learning needs of more people, and making a broader community impact. Through this process, we’ve learned that we are doing much better at employing “best practices” than even we realized, and that with the small staff of the Carnegie Center, we can reach far through the help of volunteers and program partners.

We will revisit our progress during our biannual board retreats and during committee and board meetings as needed.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ross Ewing
Company Affiliation McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie, & Kirkland
Term Sept 2017 to Sept 2019
Board Members
Ronda Beck University of KentuckyVoting
Eric Case EMC Legal, PLLCVoting
Cynthia Ellingsen AuthorVoting
Ross Ewing McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie, & KirklandVoting
Karen Gauthier BCTCVoting
Linda Gorton Retired Councilwoman & retired nurseVoting
Lisa Higgins-Hord University of Kentucky Community EngagementVoting
Brian Hodge Admissions & Recruitment Officer at Midway CollegeVoting
Janet Holloway Women Leading KentuckyVoting
Jeannette Lucas RetiredVoting
Pamela Perlman Pamela Perlman Law OfficeVoting
Bill Stewart RetiredVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 0%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 81%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Linda Gorton
Company Affiliation Retired, Vice Mayor & Council Member for Lexington-Fayette Co. Govt.
Term Sept 2017 to Sept 2019
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
Lauren Brooke Lauren Brooke, Attorney at Law
Claudia Marin Goggin Lexmark International
Jennifer Miloszewski Blue & Company
Eileen O'Brien Stoll Keenon Ogden, LLP
Mark Shepherd InVigoren, LLC
Paul Darryl Stith JDPaul Darryl Stith, Attorney at Law
CEO Comments
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Neil Chethik
Term Start Sept 2011

Prior to being selected as the Executive Director, Neil Chethik served as the Carnegie Center’s writer-in-residence. He is the author of two books: FatherLoss (Hyperion), which was recently adapted into a PBS documentary, and VoiceMale (Simon & Schuster). Prior to becoming named director, he also chaired the center’s fundraising committee for five years and built long-lasting partnerships with donors, businesses and other non-profits.


Before moving to Lexington, Chethik served as a newspaper reporter and syndicated columnist. He and his wife, state Rep. Kelly Flood, have lived in Lexington since 1991. “I first came to the Carnegie Center for help with my own writing, and I got everything I needed,” Chethik said. “I then fell in love with the people, the place and the writing community.”

Full Time Staff 7
Part Time Staff 8
Volunteers 510
Contractors 101
Retention Rate 74%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Ms. Laurie S. Bottoms 1992 - 1997
Janet A. Isenhour 1998 - Sept 2011
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually

Children and their families look forward to coming to the Carnegie Center.  Each year, more than 3,000 people participate in children's and family programs that encourage families to learn together or children to benefit from learning new things. The year-round tutoring program for grades K-12 provides weekly one-on-one tutoring sessions for children who need help with reading, writing, or math. Children found that learning can be fun in educational workshops involving reading, writing, math, and other topics, and Camp Carnegie's half-day summer camps provide high quality, academic enrichment activities in a fun, fast-paced environment. Family Fun and Learning Nights offer free dinner and learning activities that the entire family can enjoy, all based around a central theme. The Carnegie Center also offers outreach programs in local schools, often providing free books and connecting children with published authors. Of our overall children's and family program participants, 68% come from low income homes, and 64% are minorities. A majority of program expenses are funded by grants and community contributions, as nearly all of the children's and family programs are offered at no cost. For those programs with a minimal fee, scholarships are available for all children from low income families.

Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families,

Each season, we offer a new line-up of workshops in writing, world languages, graphic design, business topics, and others. One-on-one writer mentoring is offered year-round for the individual hoping to someday be published, as well as the person wanting to update her resume or demonstrate better writing skills on the job. Professional development seminar topics include marketing and grantwriting topics. Some of our workshop take place at outreach locations, including library branches, bookstores, and the local senior citizen center. Our annual writing conference features nationally-recognized authors. We serve 1,400 adults in these programs. A majority of revenue comes from grant funds and contributions so that we can hire qualified instructors while maintaining affordable fees. Scholarship rates are given to every person in need.

Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults, ,

The cornerstone of the Center’s arts engagement programs are literary arts programs, and we promote Kentucky writers through all that we do. The Kentucky Great Writers series and other literary readings take place throughout the year, and our annual Carnegie Center Book Fair during Mayfest helps self-published and small press authors to promote their books. We help emerging writers become noticed through writing contests in a variety of forms and genres. The center is the home site for the Kentucky Women Writers Conference and is used for some book launches by local authors and publishers. Many art programs are family-friendly and some specifically target children, such as our Youth Meeting Authors program. The Center participates in six local Gallery Hops to promote visual arts, and also incorporates musical and theatrical performances into other programs such as Carnegie Classics. Last fiscal year, we provided free art admission to more than 8,000 people, thanks to support from grant funds and contributions from the community.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Presenting
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families
Program Comments
CEO Comments

Youth & Family Programs

During the 25 years of the tutoring program’s existence, thousands of students have been touched. One parent shared with us, “My daughter enjoys sharing what happens each tutoring day. Thanks so much for being there when families need your guidance and support.” Another said, “It has improved my daughter’s grades at school. I am glad I found out about this program.”

Children of all ages love taking workshops at the Carnegie Center. A high school girl in the Young Women Writers workshops said, “I was taught new ways to use writing as a creative outlet and I was given opportunities for my voice to be heard.” A parent whose child participated in the Toddler Reading Group said, “I learned a lot of activities we can use at home."
Family Fun and Learning Night events are popular with children and their parents. One parent said, “My daughters and I have been coming to for the last 5 years; it’s something we look forward to every month.”
Camp Carnegie provides a fun, hands-on summer learning experience that introduces middle schoolers to different careers. One student in the “Making Apps, Games, and Websites” camp who came on scholarship decided he wanted to be a video gave professional after the instructor—the founder of Awesome, Inc.—taught him computer programming techniques and skills professionals use. 
 Adult workshops

We offer writing, world languages, and professional development topics for adults. One student said, “I enjoyed the one-on-one intimate teaching style. She really made the class practical for each student," and another reported, “the instructor was very informative and explained in a manner I could understand.”

Our Books-in-Progress Conference continues to receive great reviews from attendees. “What a vibrant and empowering atmosphere! The presenters were so competent and accommodating at the same time. It felt like home…if home is populated by writing geniuses,” said one attendee. 

The Carnegie Center Author Academy provides an intensive learning experience over nine months. Students have improved their writing skills, polished their manuscripts, and increased writing quantity through this program.

Arts Engagement


The Kentucky Great Writers Series is one of our most popular arts engagement programs. One attendee said, “This series supports my writing life, it affirms me, it inspires me.” Being part of the series has become a benchmark for writing quality. “It's an honor to be included and will certainly be a bonus as I build my writing career,” said author Angela Correll. 

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2012
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
MetLife Innovative Artist Space AwardMetLife Foundation and Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC)2009
Martin Luther King Day Unity AwardN/A2007
Governor’s Citation for Outstanding ServiceN/A2006
Lexington's Best Nonprofit Partner AwardN/A2005
Best Academic Camp - Family FavoriteLexington Family Magazine2010
Best Academic Camp - Family FavoriteLexington Family Magazine2011
Best Tutoring Program - Family FavoriteLexington Family Magazine2011
Best Nonprofit to Work ForOpportunity Knocks2011
Best Tutoring Program--Family FavoriteLexington Family Magazine2012
Best Tutoring Program - Family FavoriteLexington Family Magazine2013
Governor's Award in the Arts ~ EducationKentucky Arts Council2014
Best Tutoring Program--Family FavoriteLexington Family Magazine2014
Best Tutoring Program--Family FavoriteLexington Family Magazine2015
Best Tutoring Program--Family FavoriteLexington Family Magazine2016
Innovative Nonprofit AwardKentucky Nonprofit Network2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $861,300.00
Projected Expenses $861,300.00
Endowment Value $10,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 4.5%
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$180,000$80,798$0
Individual Contributions$375,339$474,042$575,975
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,846$2,837$647
Membership Dues------
Special Events$22,206$3,727--
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$621,976$553,355$565,860
Administration Expense$80,080$66,331$68,069
Fundraising Expense$59,805$66,828$67,960
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.021.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%81%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%12%12%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$621,662$596,488$580,962
Current Assets$580,541$532,905$544,209
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$37,183$32,643$32,558
Total Net Assets$584,479$563,845$548,404
Form 990s
2016 990
2015 990
2014 990
2013 990
2012 990
2011 990
2010 990
2009 990
2008 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments

We are committed to demonstrating fiscal responsibility. As a Kentucky Nonprofit Network Best Practices Partner, we follow the best practices for fiscal control, responsibility, and ethical standards as outlined by KNN’s team of nonprofit experts. Our financial policies cover such topics as travel expense, use of credit cards, review of the budget, reimbursements, financial records, employee benefits, determination of salary, and conflicts of interest. The center’s Finance Committee has on-line access to all bank statements, and members of the committee regularly inspect records and receipts related to expenditures. The Carnegie Center uses a private accounting firm for payroll, accounts payable, tax payments, and preparation of financial statements. The board reviews financial reports at each of its meetings. The center has an independent audit performed every year by a separate accounting firm.  


We believe in a carefully-managed, diversified funding approach. To fund the Carnegie Center’s operations, we seek grant support, contributions from annual givers and major donors, in-kind support of items or time, and planned gifts. We do not rely much on fundraising events, which is identified on the "Fundraising" line item in our annual audits. We invest surplus funds in short-term CDs. 


The center has also undertaken two multi-annual fundraising campaigns in the last decade. The most recent was a multi-year annual fundraising campaign during FY12-FY13 that raised $1.35 million to help cover program costs from 2012-2014. As part of our campaign, we established a scholarship fund to help us cover the increase in contract program instructors and featured artists as we grow our programs; a majority of our arts programs are offered with free admission, and scholarships are available to workshops with fees. 


Funds raised as multi-year pledges (such as $30,000 payable over three years) are recorded in the year in which the gift was pledged. In subsequent years, the funds continue to come in ($10,000/year) though are not recorded as new contributions or pledges. Our financials may show a deficit when in fact we are spending funds as they arrive. Hence, our current fiscal year’s board-approved budget shows an anticipated deficit because we have an accrual method of accounting. The Carnegie Center’s funding is stable; we have 3-4 months of operating in reserve which we intend to maintain in case of future economic downturns impacting our donors and community. In 2016, the centered opened an endowment at the Blue Grass Community Foundation. 


Through the support of the community, we’re able to offer opportunities to people of all ages and socioeconomic statuses so that no one is prevented an opportunity to learn or to participate.

Address 251 W. Second St
Lexington, KY 405071135
Primary Phone 859 254-4175
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Neil Chethik
Board Chair Ross Ewing
Board Chair Company Affiliation McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie, & Kirkland