450 Old Vine Street
Suite 105
Lexington KY 40507-1544
Contact Information
Address 450 Old Vine Street
Suite 105
Lexington, KY 40507 1544
Phone (502) 297-1596
Fax 859 255-7952
Contact Name Stephanie Geddes
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1996
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Since 1995, BLC has protected over 27,600 acres of land in central Kentucky, preserving natural resources and unique landscapes for future generations forever. 
Donations can be made by check, payable to Bluegrass Land Conservancy (450 Old Vine Street Suite 105, Lexington, Kentucky, 40507); 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 The mission of Bluegrass Land Conservancy is to protect land in Kentucky's Bluegrass Region through permanent conservation easements. Founded in 1995, BLC is a community-supported, non-profit, 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. 
Background Statement

In December 2016, Bluegrass Conservancy and Limestone Land Trust merged to become Bluegrass Land Conservancy (BLC), combining resources across a 24-county service area and becoming the largest regional, accredited land trust in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Bluegrass Land Conservancy’s mission is to protect land in Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region through conservation easements. Protecting our landscapes not only preserves the unique regional beauty. It also 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 BLC’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 BLC. 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, BLC assumes the responsibility for monitoring, stewarding, and legally defending each protected property in perpetuity.

Impact Statement Our 24-county service area includes but is not limited to the counties of Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Bullitt, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Madison, Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Nicholas, Oldham, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Washington, and Woodford. To date, 131 parcels encompassing approximately 27,600 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 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) Corporate Partners: 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 Land 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 Land 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
Bullitt County
Clark County
Fayette County
Franklin County
Garrard County
Harrison County
Henry County
Jefferson County
Jessamine County
Madison County
Marion County
Mercer County
Nelson County
Nicholas County
Oldham County
Shelby County
Scott County
Spencer County
Trimble County
Washington County
Woodford County
Our 24-county service area includes but is not limited to the counties of Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Bullitt, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Madison, Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Nicholas, Oldham, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Washington, and Woodford
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Helen C. Alexander
Company Affiliation Middlebrook Farm
Board Members
Ms. Helen AlexanderMiddlebrook FarmVoting
Mrs. Nina BonnieCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Lendy BrownStonereath FarmNonVoting
Ms. Laura Lee BrownCommunity VolunteerNonVoting
Mrs. Laurel CattoCommunity VolunteerNonVoting
Mr. Brutus ClayRunnymede FarmVoting
Mr. John EganFrost Brown ToddVoting
Dr. Luke FallonHagyard Equine Medical CenterVoting
Mr. Peek Garlington IIIEdge Capital PartnersVoting
Ms. Margaret GravesCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mr. Hoppy HentonHenton FarmsNonVoting
Mrs. Libby JonesAirdrie StudVoting
Mrs. Betty KenanKenan FarmVoting
Ms. Mary LowryAlta Vista FarmVoting
Mrs. Natalie Henton LysterCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mr. Boyce Martin IIIEli BrownVoting
Ms. Connie Jo MillerGroup CJVoting
Mr. W. Austin Musselman Jr.Asbourne FarmVoting
Mr. Michael PotapovE.S. Barr & CompanyVoting
Mr. Steve R. RaganRicoh USAVoting
Dr. Nancy S. TheissCommunity VolunteerVoting
Ms. Miriam TinnellCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mr. Joel B. TurnerFrost Brown ToddVoting
Mr. Steve Wilson21c HotelsNonVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 13
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
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Program / Program Planning
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Jessie Wilder
Term Start Aug 2017
Full Time Staff 8
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 20
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 63%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Executive Director
Title Counsel, Director of Conservation
Title Director of Development
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
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
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
Accreditation RenewalLand Trust Accreditation Commission of the Land Trust Alliance2018
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, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,132,420.00
Projected Expenses $1,132,220.00
Endowment Value $182,500.00
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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$845,249$801,709$133,899
Investment Income, Net of Losses$30,904$26,881$5,488
Membership Dues$0--$0
Special Events$218,079$179,874$172,668
Revenue In-Kind$127,082--$47,096
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$654,057$535,365$209,173
Administration Expense$92,814$67,541$39,655
Fundraising Expense$87,172$100,952$40,963
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.311.481.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%76%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$2,838,225$2,558,083$1,940,309
Current Assets$689,720$640,779$338,791
Long-Term Liabilities$6,753$12,230$17,432
Current Liabilities$9,274$53,895$6,543
Total Net Assets$2,822,198$2,491,958$1,916,334
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Foundation Staff Comments Bluegrass Conservancy filed a six-month return for Jan. 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016 as it transitioned to a fiscal rather than calendar year.
Address 450 Old Vine Street
Suite 105
Lexington, KY 405071544
Primary Phone 502 297-1596
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jessie Wilder
Board Chair Ms. Helen C. Alexander
Board Chair Company Affiliation Middlebrook Farm