PO BOX 12196
LEXINGTON KY 40581-2196
Contact Information
Address PO BOX 12196
LEXINGTON , KY 40581 2196
Phone (859) 225-4073
Contact Name Richard Mathy
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1994
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Contributions are accepted through the mail at The Friends of McConnell Springs, P.O. Box 12196, Lexington, KY 40581-2196. Credit card contributions can be made through PayPal on our web site at using the Make a Donation tab. Contributions can also be made in person at the park between the hours of 9am to 5 pm.
Other Documents
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
The Friends of McConnell Springs, an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, works in a partnership with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Division of Parks and Recreation, dedicated to the restoration and preservation of McConnell Springs as:
• a national historic site, recognized as the pioneer encampment in the naming of Lexington, Kentucky;
• an environmental and educational resource; and
• a passive recreational park.
Background Statement

The Friends of McConnell Springs works closely with the Lexington Parks and Recreation for the benefit of the community and the park. We do not have a paid staff. Our board is comprised of volunteers from business, education, local government, and the community at large. 

The Friends of McConnell Springs was organized as a non-profit in order to raise money to directly benefit and support the park. We have continued these efforts by gathering sponsors and contributors to fund the ongoing needs of the park over and above what is provided by the parks department. An example of this was to fund the cost of The Story of McConnell Springs, which is shown regularly on public television stations. 

The Friends of McConnell Springs sends out a hard copy of our quarterly newsletter to over 4,200 households and over 700 email users to promote activities and programs in the park. We have helped offset the cost of improvements at the center. We fund the cost of the park’s Annual Founders' Day Celebration, which is now in its 24nd year, the History to Chew On Lecture series, the Kentucky Author's series, The Irish Homecoming,  Free Family Ice Cream Social, and Rita's Ride transportation grants for all Kentucky schools and certain non-profit educational organizations..


Impact Statement


Increased the number of visitors to McConnell Springs over last year.

· Enhanced programs to enable more participation from schools, community groups, various organizations and individuals.

· Developed programs that increased the number of volunteers and hours they spent in improving the park.

· Financially supported a grant program that aids school children to attend the park.

Needs Statement

·     The Friends need office data entry volunteers who are willing to donate their time and expertise on a regular weekly basis. 

To enhance a state of the art science program with the Fayette County School System and offer it to all Kentucky schools. This hands-on program at the park would eliminate much of the planning duplication at the individual schools. The program would increase student excitement about science.

·       We need a volunteer with the expertize to promote MCS by increasing our presence in a variety of media outlets and on line.

CEO/Executive Director Statement We have no CEO/Executive Director
Board Chair Statement
The Friends board is comprised of volunteers who are concerned about the historical and environmental heritage that this National Historic Place provides to the community. The park's 26-acres parcel had to be rescued and purchased from industrial park developers who were turning the springs into a dump.
Our biggest challenge is advertising. Because we have limited resource, we often have to rely on our quarterly newsletter to announce up and coming events, which is mailed to over 4,400 households. We also make submissions to free community publications for events. Our advertising budget exceeds 10% of our annual expenditures.
Even though the park has been in existence for more than 22 years, many members of the community have not visited to park to enjoy our passive historic urban forest and educational center. The wetlands in the park is a constant source of interests to park visitors. The educational center office is bombarded with questions on insects, birds, turtles, trees, and wildflowers and has created school programs to help the classroom teachers with a hands on approach to these topics.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Environment / Single Organization Support
Geographic Areas Served

The geographic area served is mainly Fayette and surrounding counties, but we have expanded our reach to the entire state of Kentucky.

Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. Our goal is to bring more people into the park to enjoy and learn what this National Historic Site has to offer. We would like to make it a hands on learning environment educational center for visitor to the Bluegrass region and the Town Branch Water Basin. 
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? The Friends provide financial support so that course programs can be developed and expanded for the school system. We purchase material and equipment so that each student coming for a program can have their own equipment, such as; binoculars for the birding program, testing equipment for the water quality program, GPS devices for mapping programs, microscopes for cell study, workbooks, and awards.   
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? The board is only limited by the contributed funds we raise. The money we raise is dedicated to be used only at the park. We work in concert with the Lexington Park and Recreations. The Park & Recreation is like any other government entity, it needs to spread its limited resources amongst all of the public facilities in the system.  
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?

·        Increase Attendance - We measure the number of visitors this year against last year to determine the percentage of increase. 

·        Enhance programs - Yearly review of goals and accomplishment and determine success based on how these programs were received and the attendance of each. We monitor followup visits.

 ·       Volunteers – Monitor park needs and develop programs in accordance with those needs. 

·        Measure the number of volunteer hours and if the needs were met.

 ·       Financial Support – Work with park staff to determine their needs and cost projects. Then the board approves the expenditure or provides the funds to complete the project.


ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? The park naturalist keeps attendance records which are uses to determine the effectiveness of the programs. These statistics clearly show an increase in overall participation and visitors to the park. There are more repeat course participants that indicate quality programs are being offered.   
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Charles Boland
Company Affiliation Kentucky American Water
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Mr. Peter Andrew RetiredVoting
Mr. Charles Boland Kentucky American WaterVoting
Ms. Sherrell Brown RetiredVoting
Mr. Michael Galavotti Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Jon Hagee Lexmark Inc.Voting
Ms. Karen Higdon Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Jake Karnes RetiredVoting
Mr. John D. Kiefer RetiredVoting
Mr. Richard A. Mathy RetiredVoting
Mr. Doug McLaren U.K. Forestry DepartmentVoting
Ms. Becci Ray Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. James R. Rebmann LFUCG Division of Environmental PolicyVoting
Mr. Steven Rogers Park NaturalistVoting
Mr. Franklin D. Thompson RetiredVoting
Ms. B.J. Webb Republic BankVoting
Ms. Joan Whitman Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Renee D. Williams U.K. Forestry DepartmentVoting
Ms. Isabel Yates RetiredExofficio
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 60%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 30%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
Ms. Helen C. Alexander Community Leader
Mr. Bill Allen Bank of the Bluegrass
Mr. Tucker Ballinger Forcht Bank
Mrs. Norwood Cowgill Jr.Community Volunteer
M Lou DeLuca Community Volunteer
Mr. Thomas P. Dupree Retired
Ms. Lillian B. Gentry
Mr. Bo Henry Republic Bank
Ms. Barbara Hulette Community Volunteer
Mr. Kelly Keefe Franchise owner
Mr. Tim Kelly Retired
Ms. Freda Klotter Retired
Mr. James Klotter
Ms. Susan Lancho Kentucky American Water Co.
Ms. Gloria Martin Retired
Ms. Jennifer Mattingly
Ms. Pam Miller Retired
Mr. Roy W. Mundy II
Ms. Carolyn Murray-Wooley
Dr. Jacqueline Noonan
Mr. Greg Padgett Padgett Construction Co.
Ms. Susan Ridenour Prudential Real Estate
Mr. Charles W. Stewart
CEO Comments
The Friends of McConnell Springs is a volunteer board. We do not have a paid staff.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Not Applicable
Term Start Jan 1994
Co-CEO Not Applicable Not Applicable
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 0
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
CEO Comments The board is comprised of volunteers and there is no paid staff. All liability is covered by LFUCG Parks Department.
Description The Founders' Day Celebration is a free day long community event at the park held on the third Saturday of May. This event brings in revolutionary period reenactors, musicians, and displays that show the visitors what live would have been when the McConnell Springs area was being settled.   
Budget 6000
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program Short Term Success During the last celebration, we stationed exhibitors and reenactors around the park so that visitors would be drawn further into the park. We expanded the informal talks so the each exhibitor had to give a short program at a specific place and time. We will be expanding this in the park effort for next year. 
Program Long term Success This event is to show what was happening in the mid-18th century. We hope this event will inspire visitor to learn more about the revolutionary period and the park. 
Program Success Monitored By We evaluate this program by comments received from our visitors and performers. We keep attendance records which may be affected by the weather.
Examples of Program Success We find returning visitors are asking where certain programs are being staged in the park for the current celebration.
The Friends of McConnell Springs offers a transportation grant to Kentucky schools to help defray the cost of coming to the park for one of several theme programs offered. The park naturalist and the teacher coordinate and modify the program so that it covers what the students are currently studying. Transportation grant are available on our web site.
Budget 1,000
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Program Short Term Success
This grant will help teachers by providing a hands-on experience out side of the classroom. Children are excited to come to this passive park and are more likely to be interested in an exercise that they actually can participate.
Program Long term Success

This transportation grant program started in 2013. The grants are awarded each semester. Because of a perceived need the grant was extended to all Kentucky school. This grant allow a school to bring there entire class to the park for a program at one time. By the end of the spring semester, over 500 children will have benefited from this program.

Program Success Monitored By
We monitor the success by the comments of the teachers. Teachers do bring their classes to the park repeatedly, which is a good indication the programs are working.
Examples of Program Success
In 2014, an inner city school will be bringing two different classes to the park for a program. Even though the school is local, it could not afford to send there student to the park. It will be the first opportunity the school who services low income and minority, will be coming to the park,
The History to Chew On series brings speakers to the park for brown bag lunch evening program dealing with the early history on Kentucky and its surroundings. This a free lecture series on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.   
Budget 1000
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults, Families,
Program Short Term Success
Attendance ranges from 25 to 60 people each evening.
Program Long term Success
Individuals who attend the lecture series learn about there Kentucky heritage.
Program Success Monitored By
We judge the appreciation for this series by the number of people who attend the lecture.
Examples of Program Success
The audiance is generally pleased and indicate they will be back for future lectures.

Sharing Our Uncommon Culture, Music & Heritage:

In honor of our namesake and deeply rooted Celtic heritage, consider yourself invited to an Irish/Celtic cultural conference. Free admission! Held annually in early April.

We will have drama, music, history, genealogy and dance, as well as workshops on Irish genealogy, history & culture. Our goal is to have a friendly, comfortable day enjoying our enthusiasm for the Celtic/Irish culture, meeting like-minded people, sharing cultural knowledge & experiences. If you play or sing Irish music, please bring instruments if you want to join in a traditional music session.

Budget 500
Population Served , ,
Description This series brings in authors to speak about their books in an informal setting. This is a free lecture series on the 2nd Tuesday of the Spring.
Budget $300
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments All of our programs are free.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $33,850.00
Projected Expenses $33,850.00
Endowment Value $54,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage 90%
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$15,036$7,085$15,019
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$89$312
Membership Dues------
Special Events$8,895$7,828$13,737
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$21,670$18,445$22,785
Administration Expense$789$2,362$2,054
Fundraising Expense$2,482$3,180$12,169
Payments to Affiliates----$20,000
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.070.830.79
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%77%40%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%17%28%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$109,770$107,675$111,735
Current Assets$109,770$107,675$111,735
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$109,770$107,675$111,735
Form 990s
2016 990-N
2015 Form 990-N
2014 990-N
2013 990N 2013
2012 990-N
2011 990-N
2010 990EZ 2010
2009 Form 990
2008 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments The board endowed a fund for the Friends of McConnell Springs at the Blue Grass Community Foundation in the amount of $20,000. This one time charge was treated as an expense in 2014. 
Foundation Staff Comments
This organization files the 990N, which does not contain any financial information. Financial information was provided by the organization. Numbers are unaudited.
Address PO BOX 12196
LEXINGTON , KY 405812196
Primary Phone 859 225-4073
CEO/Executive Director Not Applicable
Board Chair Mr. Charles Boland
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kentucky American Water