Dudley Square
380 South Mill Street, Suite 205
Lexington KY 40508-2560
Contact Information
Address Dudley Square
380 South Mill Street, Suite 205
Lexington, KY 40508 2560
Phone (859) 255-4552
Fax 859 255-7952
Contact Name Laura Miller
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1996
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Farms are the factory floor of our region's economy, heritage, and traditions. Help permanently protect the Bluegrass one farm at a time. 
Donations can be made by check, payable to Bluegrass Conservancy (380 South Mill Street, #205, Lexington, Kentucky, 40508); or online by clicking the "Donate Now" button on our website; or by calling our office, (859) 255-4552.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Founded in 1995, Bluegrass Conservancy is a community-supported, nonprofit, accredited land trust working to protect the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky through land conservation for future generations. It encourages the preservation of these lands for agricultural viability, natural habitat, rural heritage, and scenic open space. Thanks to increasing community support, the Conservancy has permanently protected over 25,500 acres.
Background Statement
Protecting our landscape not only preserves the beauty of our public viewsheds, it protects water supplies, enhances air quality, and provides local sources of food.  Additionally, conservation easements protect agricultural land that creates money and jobs for our economy from primary farming operations to farming's supporting sectors such as accounting, appraising, business, finance, law, real estate, research, and sales, as well as tourism and related hotel, retail, and restaurant opportunities.  Our protected farmland also helps keep down the high cost of community services as development moves away from urban areas and protects our communities' unique brand identity and "sense of place."  Many of Bluegrass Conservancy's easements are tailored to protect key water resources, forests, wildlife habitat, hunting and fishing venues, and historic sites.  
A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and qualified organization such as Bluegrass Conservancy.  This flexible agreement is tailored to a landowner's objectives and property in order to permanently preserve the land for agriculture and other open space activities.  A conservation easement donor may be eligible for significant income and estate tax savings.  In accepting a conservation easement, Bluegrass Conservancy assumes the responsibility for monitoring, stewarding, and legally defending each protected property in perpetuity. 
Impact Statement

Our service area includes but is not limited to the counties of Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Scott, Washington, and Woodford.  

To date, 117 parcels encompassing approximately 25,629 acres have been conserved, and we continue to work with landowners committed to conserving additional farms in the Bluegrass.
In addition to conserving and stewarding Bluegrass land, our efforts include providing free educational programs and outreach to the community about land conservation and the benefits there is for all in protecting our farming heritage and future. 
Needs Statement 1) Volunteers for Community Programs: interested in designing and leading a program that will be free and open to the public? Let us know your ideas on hikes, clean-ups, water quality and conservation activities, wildlife habitat and migration patterns, and more. Let's partner together to make the benefits of Bluegrass farmland conservation come to life for the whole community.
2) Volunteer Photographers: an opportunity to get outdoors to enjoy and capture our local farmland's beauty.
3) Sponsors: are you a local business who believes in benefiting our shared community? Let's talk about ways we can partner to serve the Bluegrass together.
Board Chair Statement A conservation easement can seem daunting at first.  The legalese can seem overwhelming, but it is really a document crafted to your desires and your needs, so fear not! It is easiest to sit down with a member of the Bluegrass Conservancy staff to discuss the terms of the easement you want to place on your property.  You will find that in the end it's not too hard.  The more contiguous acres protected the better for all! - Helen Alexander, Fayette County 2002 and Woodford County 2008 Conservation Easement Donor, Chair of Bluegrass Conservancy Board of Directors.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Farmland Preservation
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit /
Geographic Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Anderson County
Bourbon County
Boyle County
Clark County
Fayette County
Franklin County
Jessamine County
Scott County
Mercer County
Woodford County
Madison County
Harrison County
Garrard County
Nicholas County
Washington County

We serve the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky, including the counties of Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Scott, Washington, and Woodford.

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Helen C. Alexander
Company Affiliation Middlebrook Farm
Board Members
Ms. Helen Alexander Middlebrook FarmVoting
Mr. Ned Bonnie Community Volunteer
Mrs. Lendy Brown Stonereath FarmVoting
Ms. Laura Lee Brown Community Volunteer
Mr. Warner Brown Brown Hay Farm
Mr. Michael Burns Cambus-Kenneth FarmVoting
Mrs. Laurel Catto Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Robert Clay Three Chimneys FarmVoting
Mr. Brutus Clay Runnymede FarmVoting
Mr. John Egan Frost Brown Todd
Dr. Luke Fallon Hagyard Equine Medical CenterVoting
Mr. Peek Garlington Edge Capital Partners
Ms. Margaret Graves Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Russell Gray Central Kentucky Ag CreditVoting
Ms. Boo Hardy Community Volunteer
Mr. Hoppy Henton Henton FarmsVoting
Mrs. Libby Jones Airdrie StudVoting
Mrs. Betty Kenan Kenan FarmVoting
Ms. Mary Lowry Alta Vista Farm
Mr. Boyce Martin IIIEli Brown
Ms. Katie Martin Friends of BLC
Ms. Connie Jo Miller Group CJVoting
Mr. W. Austin Musselman Jr.Asbourne Farm
Mrs. Maegan Ford Nicholson Diamond A FarmsVoting
Mr. Michael Potapov E.S. Barr & CompanyVoting
Mr. Steve Ragan Kinetic the Technology Agency
Ms. Nancy Theiss Community Volunteer
Ms. Miriam Tinnell Community Volunteer
Mr. Joel B. Turner Frost Brown Todd
Mr. Steve Wilson 21c Hotels
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 16
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 78%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Elizabeth Buxton
Term Start Oct 2016
Full Time Staff 7
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 20
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 85%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Communications & Community Programs Coordinator
Title Director of Stewardship
Title Associate Director
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
Our accredited, nonprofit land trust protects and stewards one hundred-seventeen conservation easements on 25,629 acres throughout the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky.  We are working to protect additional farms this year.  Conservation easements are voluntary legal agreements between a landowner and Bluegrass Conservancy.  These flexible agreements are tailored to the landowner's objectives and property in order to preserve the land for agriculture and other open space activities in perpetuity.  
No public dollars have been spent on our projects to-date.  Our annual program budget includes acquisition and stewardship expenses.  The costs of acquiring an easement include baseline mapping, photography and other documentation, a thorough title search, many times a survey, sometimes title insurance, and in-house and outside professional legal services.  Our land trust conducts education and outreach to inform landowners and the public about the importance of conserving the region.  Most importantly, when we accept an easement, we accept responsibility for monitoring, stewarding, and legally defending that easement in perpetuity.  
Budget 500,000.00
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2010
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Community Preservation AwardBlue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation2010
National Accreditation (First Land Trust in Kentucky to Receive Honor)Land Trust Accreditation Commission of the Land Trust Alliance2013
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 $809,450.00
Projected Expenses $452,922.00
Endowment Value $440,000.00
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$381,136$474,485$367,446
Investment Income, Net of Losses$26,396$63,447$53,020
Membership Dues------
Special Events$119,036$63,014$93,898
Revenue In-Kind----$54,546
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$359,424$376,135$429,666
Administration Expense$69,293$58,581$323,597
Fundraising Expense$74,259$73,132$46,946
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.181.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%74%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%14%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,912,348$2,041,137$1,933,777
Current Assets$235,682$382,817$394,208
Long-Term Liabilities$19,935$20,195$5,886
Current Liabilities$13,539$13,727$872
Total Net Assets$1,878,874$2,007,215$1,927,019
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address Dudley Square
380 South Mill Street, Suite 205
Lexington, KY 405082560
Primary Phone 859 255-4552
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Elizabeth Buxton
Board Chair Ms. Helen C. Alexander
Board Chair Company Affiliation Middlebrook Farm