220 Market Street
Lexington KY 40507
Contact Information
Address 220 Market Street
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone (859) 255-0146
Contact Name John Hackworth
At A Glance
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Mail a check to the Gratz  Park Neighborhood Association or GPNA, 
c/o John Hackworth, 220 Market Street, Lexington, KY  40507 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

The Gratz Park Neighborhood Association (GPNA) seeks to preserve, maintain, and further beautify Gratz Park as a walking park for Lexingtonians as well as visitors to Lexington to enjoy.  All of the GPNA’s efforts are coordinated with the Parks and Recreation Department along with other LFUCG agencies when appropriate and necessary.

Background Statement

The Gratz Park Neighborhood Association (GPNA) has been formally incorporated as a 501 (c)3 organization since 2002.  The neighborhood association had existed for many years prior to that and was led during the 80’s and 90’s by Mrs. Lucy Crump, who was known as the mayor of Gratz Park.  Even going back to the mid 1950’s when the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation was formed, the residents in the park were unified in their support of that organization and often worked on projects and fundraisers that benefitted the neighborhood as well as the BGT.  Since the early 1980’s the neighborhood association has been responsible for funding projects that have totaled over $200,000.  All fundraising proceeds go directly into park projects for the maintenance and improvement of the park.

Impact Statement

During the last few years, the GPNA has had landscape gardens planted at both ends of the Kitchen building as well as in front of the Carnegie Center.  The GPNA has also planted numerous replacement trees in the park and continues to repair the brick walks as needed.  The Gratz Park neighbors were also responsible for putting the brick walks in the park, building a brick retaining wall beside the sidewalk at the Carnegie Center along Market Street, and installing the Gratz Park arch and gates behind the Carnegie Center.

Needs Statement

The Gratz Park Neighborhood Association is currently focusing its efforts on restoring the historic fountain at the north end of the park.  This fountain was a gift to the children of Lexington from the celebrated Lexington author, James Lane Allen.  It has been in the park for 80 years and is in desperate need of a new pump, plumbing and electrical connections, and the statue itself needs to be repaired.  Often referred to as the Fountain of Youth, it has long helped to identify Gratz Park as the unique gem that it is in downtown Lexington.  With the cooperation and support of Parks and Recreation as well as the Office of Historic Preservation, the GPNA is turning all of its attention to insuring that this beautiful fountain survives and provides enjoyment for countless future generations.

CEO/Executive Director Statement

Board Chair Statement

The Gratz Park Fountain, which is a gift to the children of Lexington from renowned late nineteenth and early twentieth century writer James Lane Allen, has been in place since 1933.  During these eight decades, the statue of the young boy and girl by New York sculptor, Joseph Pollia, has twice been damaged by vandals.  The electrical service, the plumbing, and water filtration system are in desperate need of replacement.  The Gratz Park Neighborhood Association is focusing all of its efforts to accomplishing this task.  In cooperation with the Parks and Recreation Department, the Office of Historic Preservation, and other LFUCG entities, the GPNA is trying to obtain the resources to make this gift to our city continue giving for generations to come.  To that end, the GPNA is pledging $30,000, but the cost of completing the entire project is much more.  We need your help to accomplish this.  At a total cost of $180,000 +/-, there are ample opportunities for your gift to help us.

James Lane Allen was born in Lexington in 1849.  He went to the local schools and graduated from Transylvania.  For a  few years, he taught Greek and Latin in Transylvania preparatory school located in the Kitchen Building in Gratz Park.  So the placement of the fountain in Gratz Park is very appropriate.  Once his writing career took off, Allen moved to New York City.  In 1915, Prof. M.A. Cassidy, Superintendent of Public Schools, declared Dec. 21 as a day to henceforth honor James Lane Allen in all the schools.  Each year, the children sent him telegrams with poems and messages of best wishes.  It is perhaps because of this gesture that James Lane Allen wanted to make a special gift to the children of Lexington.

As an organization whose sole purpose for existence is to care for the park, the Gratz Park Neighborhood Association wants to spearhead this effort to restore the fountain.  However, this task is too large to tackle without help from friends of Gratz Park.  If you have good memories of Gratz Park and want to see it remain a gem in the midst of our downtown, please help us with this fountain project.

Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Gratz Park
Board Chair
Board Chair John W. Hackworth
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Members
Elvis Donaldson MDBaptist HealthVoting
Joan Gaines Retired
Ann Garden RetiredVoting
John Hackworth RetiredVoting
Ben Kibler MDLexington Clinic Sports Medicine Center
Hon. Pamela Perlman Private Law PracticeVoting
Sharon Reed RetiredVoting
Hon. Jim Ringo Retired
Jackie Roberts Vocal Music TeacherVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Standing Committees
Project Oversight
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director All volunteer
Term Start Dec 2002
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 56
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
Description Restore the fountain in Gratz Park.
Budget 150000
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
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? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2015
Projected Revenue $4,119.00
Projected Expenses $10,424.00
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 Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$2,500$1,177$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$204$265
Membership Dues$3,550$1,450$750
Special Events$18,283$13,316$16
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$1,842$6,409$1,565
Administration Expense$740$977$670
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses9.742.242.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%87%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$44,233$39,938$30,778
Current Assets$44,233$39,938$30,778
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$44,233$39,938$30,778
Form 990s
2013 990N 2013
2012 990N 2012, 2011
2010 990EZ 2010
2009 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Foundation Staff Comments
Because this organization filed the 990N postcard in 2011 and 2012, all financial information for these years was provided by the organization itself.
Address 220 Market Street
Lexington, KY 40507
Primary Phone 859 255-0146
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director All volunteer
Board Chair John W. Hackworth
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired