1265 Higbee Mill Rd
Lexington KY 40503
Contact Information
Address 1265 Higbee Mill Rd
Lexington, KY 40503
Phone (859) 223-9020
Contact Name Sandy Kyle
Financial Summary
Mission Statement CHARITABLE
The Lexington  Woman’s Club is a charitable organization which for over 60 years has pursued  programs to promote social, educational, and cultural growth and the betterment  of humanity at large.

Background Statement On March 12, 1948, a group of young women met at the  home of Mrs. H.T. Greathouse, Jr., to organize the Lexington Younger Woman’s  Club. A KFWC charter was presented to Mrs. Greathouse, the newly elected  president, on April 6. Each of the twenty charter members had the privilege of  inviting a friend to join the club. Thus with two transfers, the membership had  doubled at the start of the ‘48-’49 club year.
The club became officially known as the Lexington  Woman’s Club in 1950. Our membership today includes 121 members, and 9 honorary  members. The goals, hopes and dreams of our original club founders are the  driving force behind our members today. We are committed to carrying out the  ideals set forth in 1948 by our founders.
Our continuing community improvement project began in  1948. The club’s Public Welfare department endowed the club with the Clothing Center. This project actually started in  an oversized closet at the Ashland   School. Volunteers worked  within a $250 budget and successfully dressed 175 school children with the  donated clothing the first year. This project has grown dramatically over the  years and now operates within a $40,000 budget.
Last year club members dressed over 1,000 Fayette County el­ementary school children.  Since the project began 63 years ago we have dressed over 60,000 children. The Clothing Center has been relocated twice over the  years and is currently located in a home directly behind the Fayette County  Board of Education offices. This home provides a caring atmosphere for the  children plus ample stor­age space for the large inventory of donated and  purchased clothing.
Funds to operate our Clothing Center  are direct results of volunteer efforts and community support. Our annual Bids  For Kids fundraising event is possible in great part to the generosity of  individuals and business owners in the Lexington  community who want to share in our goal of helping these children. Bids For  Kids began in 1994 and has prospered over the years to become our greatest fundraising success.
Our companion fundraiser, Clothe-A-Child was  established in the late 1980’s. This on-going fundraiser solicits $50  donations from individuals and community businesses. The funds are used to  purchase new clothing for the children at discounted prices. We received over  $16,000 in generous Clothe-A-Child donations last year.

Impact Statement Accomplishments:
Our club members clothed approximately 1,000 children in the Fayette County School System in 2014

We awarded a full college scholarship in 2014.

To continue to clothe approximately 1,000 children in Fayette County.
To continue to award college scholarships.  One traditional and one non-traditional.
Needs Statement More volunteers are needed to help dress the children from September through November each year.
More funds are needed to be able to give each child 2 pair of new jeans or uniforms instead of one.
More funds are needed to offer both the traditional and non-traditional college scholarships.
Board Chair Statement
The Lexington Woman's Club clothed over 1400 children in the Fayette County School during the 2014-2015 school year.  It was challenging to keep within a budget of $50.00 per child, considering the increasing prices in clothing, especially winter coats.
However, the rewards far outweigh the challenges.  Seeing children's faces when they are having the full shopping experience- choosing clothes, trying them on in the dressing room, and modeling them in front of the mirror- is so rewarding.  We have had children who have never had this opportunity before.
I joined the Lexington Woman's Club because of the Clothing Center.  As a retired elementary school teacher, I saw children's self-esteem rise after their visits.  They felt so good about themselves when they had new clothes and a warm coat.  The rise in self-esteem led to an improvement in academic performance.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education /
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Board Chair
Board Chair Karen Smith
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term June 2014 to May 2016
Board Members
Jeanne Bethel Community VolunteerVoting
Martha Caywood Community VolunteerVoting
Jeanne Clark LWCVoting
Judy Courtney VolunteerVoting
Dr Tina DiGuglielmo Community Volunteer
Renea Dixon Community VolunteerVoting
Ruthann Fields Community VolunteerVoting
Gail Fortner VolunteerVoting
Patti Harris Community VolunteerVoting
Maggie Hayden Community VolunteerNonVoting
Beth Hill Community VolunteerNonVoting
Kate Hook LWCVoting
Susan Hopkins Community VolunteerVoting
Claudia Isenhour Community VolunteerVoting
Beverly Jaquith VolunteerVoting
Caitlin Kissner Community VolunteerVoting
Tisa Kline Community VolunteerVoting
Sandy Kyle Community VolunteerVoting
Judy Mathis Community VolunteerVoting
Meredith Mucci Community VolunmteerVoting
Debbie Ricker VolunteerVoting
Sue Ruddy Community VolunteerVoting
Susan Schell Community VolunteerVoting
Katy Schings Community VolunteerVoting
Dee Schweikle Community VolunteerVoting
Karen Smith Community VolunteerVoting
Myrna Wesley Community VolunteerVoting
Nancy Wiggins Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 28
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 29
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 58%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Distributions / Grant Making
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Karen Smith
Term Start June 2014
Email ksmith8447@aol.com
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 132
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? N/A
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

The major mission of the Lexington Woman’s Club is to  provide new and “gently used” clothing to underprivileged kindergarten through  5th grade children in Fayette County schools.  The Clothing Center, a two story house,  serves as the shopping center for the children and houses our inventory. The  project which started in an oversized closet at the Ashland School has grown from a $250 budget  providing clothes to 175 school children to a $40,000 budget providing clothes  to over 1,000 school children.   Volunteers help the children shop during the  months of August through November.
        Some annual statistics for recent years follow:

  • Over 1,300  volunteer hours annually  at the Clothing Center.  Children came from 28 schools.
  • During a sample year, the club provided: 5,050  pairs of socks; 4,950 underwear; 1,242, sweatshirts; 640 sweatpants; 576 jeans;  725 coats; 212 uniform pants; and 360 uniform shirts.
  • Sparkle bags consisting of toothbrushes,  toothpaste, dental floss, combs, and face cloths plus age related books were  provided to each child. 




Population Served , ,

Lexington Woman's Club funds non-traditional scholarships as the  budget allows. The recipient must be a female Fayette County resident over 25 years of age. The scholarships  are awarded each semester on the basis of financial need, academic excellence,  character, and leadership. The recipient must apply each year based on the  above criteria.

A former Lexington Woman’s club  4 year scholarship winner, Loretta Kwan, demonstrated her appreciation by  providing members etches that she designed and made.  Her major was mechanical engineering with a  minor in mathematics and art studio.  She  explained that without the LWC scholarship she would not have been able to  minor in art studio.  Ms. Kwan stated  that she was often inspired by fairy tales, the circus, and play on words for  her etches.

This year’s non-traditional scholarship recipient is UK  student Susana Verni-Altamiran

LWC sponsors two awards to honor graduating  seniors at each of the local high schools. The LWC Service Award is presented  in recognition of achievements in leadership, character, and for service to the  community and the school.


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Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
National Federated Club2012
National Federated Club2013
National Federated Club2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start June 01, 2014
Fiscal Year End May 31, 2015
Projected Revenue $77,850.00
Projected Expenses $77,850.00
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$40,338$33,577$5,416
Investment Income, Net of Losses$37$43$43
Membership Dues$13,481$13,458$7,445
Special Events$32,273$25,363$47,579
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$55,847$479,949$59,066
Administration Expense$17,917$15,580$9,663
Fundraising Expense--$72$250
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.181.150.90
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%755%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$180,851$167,773$158,105
Current Assets$180,851$167,773$158,105
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$180,851$167,773$158,105
Form 990s
2014 990EZ 2014
2013 990EZ 2013
2012 990EZ 2012
2011 990EZ
2010 990EZ
2009 990EZ
2008 990EZ
Audit Documents
2014 Audited Financial Statements
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Foundation Staff Comments

This agency did not include fundraising expenses on line 17 of its 990s.  The expense breakdowns shown in the graphs do contain fundraising expenses.

Address 1265 Higbee Mill Rd
Lexington, KY 40503
Primary Phone 859 223-9020
Contact Email jkyle10353@aol.com
CEO/Executive Director Karen Smith
Board Chair Karen Smith
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer