PO Box 4654
Lexington KY 40544
Contact Information
Address PO Box 4654
Lexington, KY 40544
Phone (859) 277-3087
Fax 859 255-8551
Contact Name Sally Davenport
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2000
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer We accept donations via check and through the National Christian Foundation online.  We have many volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

Through Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit we connect leaders, unify the body, and mobilize people to transform Lexington into a city for God.

Background Statement In 1998, a group of local individuals attended a joint meeting of the Christian Community Development Association and the Leadership Foundations of America (LFA). Impacted by what they learned there, the group felt led to begin Lexington Leadership Foundation. The following spring, Reid Carpenter of LFA was invited to speak at several community meetings in Lexington. The consensus following his visit was to move forward and LLF was incorporated in August of 1999.

LLF’s founding leaders felt that the first action should be to pray. A team of intercessory prayer leaders developed The Trumpet to focus strategic prayer for our city. Next, a survey of inner-city ministry leaders and social service providers was undertaken to determine the pressing needs facing our city which were not currently being addressed by any other agency. The overwhelming cry was for help with children and youth. As a result, Read to Succeed (RTS) was begun in the Fall of 2000, following a model program in Memphis and engaging a group of motivated volunteers.  Many of the initial volunteers continue to be involved in RTS to this day.

LLF’s growth to date has occurred as a result of God’s blessing on our efforts. Other significant factors have included the involvement of volunteers from across a wide section of our city, grass-roots community awareness efforts and development of a track record of success. Our national affiliate, Leadership Foundations, has provided on-going professional development, networking and other support.

Impact Statement
CONNECTING: LLF continues to expand its impact on the community through our network of partners and volunteers. Our service programs are focused on at-risk children and families.  These programs are conducted in partnership with churches, schools and other agencies, expanding our capacity by empowering hundreds of volunteers and other resources from across the city. In doing so we connect the community of resource with the community of need. 
UNIFYING:  LLF seeks to be a uniting force, bringing diverse agencies and people together around issues of common concern and building coalitions among those.  Our Prayer & Evangelism team works within the faith community to promote a message of unity through The Link luncheon for ministry leaders and The Trumpet newsletter for intercessors.  
MOBILIZING: Our goal is to build capacity among organizations and individuals to meet the needs of the marginalized in our city.  This involves training and support of program volunteers within Amachi, Read to Succeed, Urban Impact, and Fayette County Fatherhood Initiative.  Over 250 volunteers are at work within these programs on a year round basis.  Through them, the lives of hundreds of children, fathers and families are positively impacted. 
Needs Statement
We are continually seeking the following:
1) Organizational partners - those currently involved in efforts to assist the marginalized in our city and those seeking to become more involved in that arena.
2) Individual volunteers - We have opportunities for individuals to read with a child, participate in after-school sessions, and mentor a child or young adult. Men are also needed to lead groups of at-risk fathers through training on how to become better dads.
3)Financial partners - our funding is primarily provided by the local community, including individuals and businesses.  Our Youth Development programs need approximately $235,000 to operate annually. Our Prayer and Evangelism program needs approximately $130,000 annually.  Our General Fund needs $200,000 annually.  Our Fatherhood program was funded primarily from a grant from the Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families from 2011-2015.  However, that grant has ended and we are working to develop a local network of funding partners to enable us to continue this much needed program in a revised format.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
Our programmatic objectives in 2016 will focus on enhancing and managing current initiatives with excellence. We will continue to implement the Fayette County Fatherhood Initiative, working without federal funding for this next season. For the first time in our organization's history, we have a Director of Development on staff, who will work with our program staff to strengthen and expand our donor base.  In all things we will strive to Connect leaders from across a wide spectrum, Unify the body of Christ and people of good will around issues of common concern, and Mobilize people to action, providing leadership development and building the capacity of others. We depend upon the Holy Spirit to Transform individuals, families, communities and our city through these efforts.
Board Chair Statement

I am pleased with the work our team has been able to accomplish. Since it was founded, one of the strategies of Lexington Leadership Foundation has been to partner with local churches and organizations in order to impact the most vulnerable in our city.  In the process of working together towards a common goal, we build unity among the diverse parts.

For instance, our Youth Development programs occur in partnership with many schools, 22 congregations and other organizations. This broad network of organizations and volunteers allows us to have a much greater impact on the city than any of us could by ourselves.
Let's work together Lexington and make this A City for God!
John Withers,
Chair of the Board
(Founding Board Member) 
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Tertiary Organization Category Religion- Related / Alliances & Advocacy
Geographic Areas Served
Activities occur primarily in Fayette county.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.




1) To provide at-risk children, youth and families with character-building activities that also build skills and knowledge.
2) To provide caring, supportive relationships for at-risk youth.
3) To engage volunteers as role models for youth participants.
1) Increase father presence in the lives of children through skills-based parenting education and father-child relationship enhancement activities.
2) Stimulate and increase economic stability and mobility by providing comprehensive employment services.
3) Strengthen relationships between fathers and their families, improve co-parenting communication, and strengthen the couple's commitment to the well-being of the child through healthy marriage and relationship education. 
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

In general, LLF programs work in partnership with other agencies, ministries, congregations and volunteers to deliver services to at-risk youth and families.

1) One-to-one mentoring (a/k/a Amachi Central KY).
2) Site-based mentoring, both in-school and after-school programming (a/k/a The Academy and Read to Succeed).
3) Arts enrichment camps and sports enrichment camps. 
1) Healthy Marriage and Responsible Parenting workshops/curricula offered as 6-12 week small group studies. Courses offered in partnership with over 50 community and faith-based organizations.
2) Economic Stability Component includes training in job readiness, financial literacy and employment opportunities via Jubilee Jobs.
3) Educational events and other father plus family activities to promote Fatherhood. 
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

LLF’s governance structure includes a 12-member Board of Directors that meets seven times per year, led by chair Dr. John Withers and is composed of business, civic and community leaders committed to our values and who bring a variety of skills and resources to the organization.

Our staff is overseen by CEO Eric Geary, a visionary with enthusiasm and significant leadership experience, who reports to the board of directors. LLF has comprehensive policies and procedures in place, including personnel policies and those concerning conflict of interest. LLF has established fiscal controls to successfully manage our annual budget of approximately $1M.

Led by a capable and committed staff with a very low turnover ratio, LLF currently engages robust and diverse partnerships with more than 50 faith-based organizations in the Lexington-Fayette County area. Complimenting these relationships are more than 80 partnerships from public, government, private, business, and education sectors.   


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?


  1. Improved relationships, behavior, and outlook on school.
  2. Improved school attendance, grades.
  3. Improved self confidence, outlook, peer relationships and response to authority.


  1. Fathers participating in responsible parenting classes will increase the frequency of engagement with their children.
  2. Fathers participating in responsible parenting classes will use positive discipline techniques more frequently and decrease the frequency of negative discipline techniques.
  3. Fathers will use a written budget to plan their spending upon completion of our comprehensive economic stability and mobility services.
  4. Fathers will report confidence in their job skills, including where to find job openings, how to apply for a job, or their interviewing skills.
  5. Fathers involved in a romantic relationship will report being satisfied in the way they handle conflict with their partner/spouse upon completion of the healthy marriage and relationship training.
  6. Fathers who have an agreement with their child’s mother about spending time with their child increase the frequency with which they follow that agreement.
  7. Participants with a criminal record will not commit any offenses that result in an arrest or criminal charges within six months of graduating from Fatherhood University.

ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?


  1. Our one-to-one mentoring program (Amachi) makes mentor-youth matches that meet at least one hour weekly. Since 2004, we have made 542 matches and trained 542 adult volunteer mentors. In 2014, we provided 2,636 hours of one-to-one mentoring, which reflects 164 additional hours and 42 new matches over 2013. Our program has a 60% rate of sustaining matches for one year or more.
  2. In 2009, we expanded to group mentoring at schools serving at-risk students. School data show 90% of participants have improved their grades and attendance has not been an issue with any participating youth. Our successful relationships with school personnel are confirmed through invitations for our staff to serve on school advisory councils.
  3. Urban Impact began sports enrichment camps (basketball, soccer, and football) in 2006 as an additional support for our youth. We have trained and nurtured volunteer coaches and staff, as well as establishing partnerships with the University of Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball teams and football team, local schools, and LFUCG parks. Attendance has increased steadily, and we have served more than 1,000 youth through sports programming.
  1. Over the last five years, FCFI has demonstrated its success in restoring, equipping, and deploying nearly 1000 fathers and/or couples to become effective and nurturing parents.
  2. FCFI has experienced success executing our community involvement approach that dramatically expands the number of agents invested in and serving program participants and their families. This cooperative model is submitted among the effective approaches in the “Promising Practices” document, “Peer Guidance from the Responsible Fatherhood Program,” submitted by the Administration of Children and Families (ACF) Office of Family Assistance.
  3. By building upon its knowledge, experience, solid reputation, and strong community partnerships, FCFI will continue its work to transform families and at-risk communities throughout Fayette County, Kentucky. 


Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. John W. Withers
Company Affiliation Former Pastor, Open Door Church
Board Members
Connie Barnhart Community VolunteerVoting
Biff Buckley Community VolunteerVoting
Natalie Corso Community VolunteerVoting
Kevin Edmonds LFUCG
Rev. Richard Gaines Consolidated Baptist ChurchVoting
Anthony Humphress Local businessVoting
Trudi Matthews U.K. Medical CenterVoting
Pat Price South Central BankVoting
Rob Stravitz Ashland OilVoting
Mike Troutman Attorney, Troutman & Napier PLLCVoting
Breck Withers Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 68%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Eric Geary
Term Start Dec 2005
Email egeary@lexlf.org

Eric has been on staff at LLF since December 2005 and has served in the roles of Program Manager, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer. 

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Eric graduated from Johnson Bible College in 1995 with a degree in Youth Ministry and Christian Education.  Following college, he served in multiple capacities at an urban youth ministry in Knoxville, TN for 10 years.  Eric's working to soon complete a Master’s Degree from Bakke University. 

Full Time Staff 9
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 250
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 3
Unspecified 0
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
Amachi assists children affected by incarceration in achieving their highest potential by engaging them in consistent and committed mentoring relationships with people of faith and/or good will.
Population Served , ,
Empowering congregations and ministries to equip urban youth to be leaders through outreach, youth development and discipleship.
Population Served , ,
Helping children learn to love reading, building relationships with them, and reaching them with the love of Jesus.
Population Served , ,
Description This initiative addresses three specific activities of  "Promoting Responsible Fatherhood": Healthy Marriage, Responsible Parenting, and Economic Stability.  Funded by a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, the target population is young to middle-aged men who face economic and social stressors that can negatively impact their ability to parent their children well.
Population Served , ,
Description This initiative is designed to increase and equip congregations and ministries for evangelism and prayer.  It includes publication of The Trumpet, a newsletter for intercessors and pastors and operation of the Prayer Room, a facility for city-wide prayer and worship.  We also coordinate The Link, a network of pastors and ministry leaders seeking unity in the body and transformation in the city.  An additional component, known as City for the Nations, focuses on reaching unreached people groups, both locally and globally.  
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2015
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Spotlight on Nonprofit Recognition AwardWest End Community Empowerment Project2009
Business of PromiseFamily Care Center2003
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
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 $1,131,636.00
Projected Expenses $1,068,772.00
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$164,871$408,645$896,603
Individual Contributions$770,785$495,638--
Investment Income, Net of Losses$26$2--
Membership Dues------
Special Events$46,395$47,773$31,162
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$603,647$832,633$849,321
Administration Expense$127,130$98,181$89,568
Fundraising Expense$89,068$24,410$20,136
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.201.000.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%87%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%3%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$296,722$130,277$130,979
Current Assets$290,022$120,882$116,889
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$23,483$19,980$19,545
Total Net Assets$273,239$110,297$111,434
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address PO Box 4654
Lexington, KY 40544
Primary Phone 859 277-3087
Contact Email sdavenport@lexlf.org
CEO/Executive Director Eric Geary
Board Chair Dr. John W. Withers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Former Pastor, Open Door Church