Urban League Of Lexington - Fayette County
148 Deweese Street
Lexington KY 40507
Contact Information
Nonprofit Urban League Of Lexington - Fayette County
Address 148 Deweese Street
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone (859) 233-1561
Fax 859 233-7260
Contact Name Annissa Franklin
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At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1968
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
ONLINE: Visit www.ULLEX.org and click on the Donate tab.
MAIL: 148 DeWeese Street, Lexington, KY 40507 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

The mission of the Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County is to assist African Americans and disadvantaged citizens in the achievement of social and economic equality.

Background Statement The National Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering all citizens to enter the economic and social mainstream. Founded in 1968 and recognized as a 501 (c) 3, the Urban League of Lexington has offered programs in job training, education, computer skills, housing, community development and advocacy. Our 5-point Empowerment Agenda includes: Youth & Education, Financial & Economic Empowerment, Health & Quality of Life, Civic Engagement & Leadership, and Civil Rights & Racial Justice.
Impact Statement

Affordable Housing

Our development corporation has built or renovated over $26,000 in affordable housing in the Lexington community. We have 3 apartment complexes, and 51 single-family rental properties for low-income families. Homelessness in Lexington is caused by the lack of affordable housing and the inability to pay the rent. By making more properties available we are aiding in the fight to end homelessness. With an affordable home, children are less likely to be uprooted from their school where such a move causes 3-6 months of education loss. Families are able to focus on other household needs like food and employment.

Gang and Violence Prevention:

Twelve students expected to drop out of school will graduate in May 2018. These students were identified as at-risk, but with caring mentors and staff, we have channeled that negative behavior into academic achievements. Showing improved behavior in school and at home, 87% of participants are being empowered to become productive and contributing members of our community.

Parent Advocates

This year 52 African American parents helped their children perform better academically. By participating in our Parent Leadership Academy parents learned how engagement with the school improves their child’s academic outcomes. They also discussed how to access student grades, their rights and responsibilities, communication, and setting and relaying goals for their children to their teachers.

Goals 2017-2018

  • Provide 4 new rental properties for low-income families.

  • Reduce gang and violent activities of 150 middle and high school students.

  • Assist 15 individuals find employment in the fiber optics field.

  • Reduce the achievement gap by equipping 50 parents with engagement activities.

  • Advocate for social and economic equality in areas of housing, workforce, education, and professional development.

Needs Statement
The top needs of the Urban League are:
Financial support that will allow us to provide quality programming for low- and moderate-income families.
Volunteers are needed to assist in youth and education programs. These programs and needs are listed below.
LIFT - a college and career ready conference for preschool through 12th grade students and their parents. Needs include serving as a volunteer the day of the event and serving as a session instructor.
MADE - a gang and violence prevention program for middle and high school students. Needs include serving as a keynote speaker.
CEO/Executive Director Statement "The Urban League is working to empower central Kentuckians. We take the approach of giving people a hand up and not just a hand out. We provide the needed training to assist in making life-changing decisions that alter a family's legacy.” ~P.G. Peeples, Sr.
Board Chair Statement I value the work of the Urban League that helps low-income families achieve their goals while making Lexington a better place to live, work, and thrive.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Student Services
Tertiary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Civil Rights
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
The Urban League serves Fayette County with special attention to low-income families and neighborhoods.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

The Urban League of Lexington – Fayette County’s five year goal is to be the catalyst that inspires, advocates, and promotes economic and social equality for the citizens of Central Kentucky.

During this time, we will focus on the following programmatic goals:

Affordable Housing: To meet the housing needs of low income renting households.

Workforce Development: To provide and empower low income individuals with the necessary support, job training, soft skills, and education to improve their economic status.

Youth & Education: To assist Kentucky reach its goal of 43% of the population with degrees by 2020.

Advocacy: To identify and strategically address the social and economic disparities and opportunities for all central Kentuckians especially African American and Hispanic communities.

Professional Development: To assist, direct, and develop young talent for leadership positions within the community.

StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

Affordable Housing: The Urban League’s affordable housing component will identify, purchase, and develop new affordable rental units for low income families.

Workforce Development: We will identify, train, and develop skilled workers for identified employment opportunities.

Youth & Education: The Urban League will support or operate programs that ensure all children receive a quality education that prepares them to succeed in college, careers, and life.

Advocacy: We will strengthen local practices and policies that promotes respect, and protect social and economic equality for all Kentuckians

Professional Development: The Urban League will prepare young professionals for leadership positions within the business community.

CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

The Urban League operates with four full-time and two part-time staff. Core administrative staff include:

P.G. Peeples, Sr., hired as education director in 1969, has served as President/CEO of the Urban League since 1971. He holds bachelors degrees in elementary and special education from the University of Kentucky.

Norman Franklin is the Vice President of Internal Operations, Chief Financial Officer, and the certified housing specialist for the Urban League. He has been with the organization since 1982.

Annissa Franklin is the Chief Administrative officer for Urban League and has been with the agency since 2001. She has a masters degree in nonprofit management from Northeastern University.

Shannon Brooks has been with the Urban League since 2005. She is the Accounting Manager and Tenant Files Manager. She has a bachelors degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky.

With a limited staff, we partner with businesses and volunteers to reach our goals. Some of those partners include, but are not limited to: the Lexington – Fayette Urban County Government, United Way of the Bluegrass, Kentucky Utilities, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, PNC Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Central Bank, Ball Homes, Kentucky Housing Corporation, Lexington Housing Authority, the Lexington Urban League Young Professionals, HOME funds, State Farm Insurance, Fayette County Public Schools, etc.


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?

Affordable Housing: The Urban League’s development corporation will produce 20 affordable housing units between July 2014 and June 2019; four units each fiscal period.

Workforce Development: The Urban League will build upon its previous workforce development programming to reestablish a credible program by June 2017.

Youth & Education: We will increase youth participation by 10% in college and career readiness programming by June 2017 and distribute 170 college scholarships by June 2019.

Advocacy: We will advocate for constituents on education, workforce development, and/or civil rights issues that hinder social and economic equality.

Professional Development: The Urban League will increase the Young Professionals membership to 100 active members by June 2019.

ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

Affordable Housing: To date there are 48 completed, affordable, single-family units. There are also 51 multi-family units for senior citizens age 62 and older.

Workforce Development: The Urban League provided job training for senior citizens from 1984 until 2011. We also trained ex-offenders in carpentry skills and provided a training stipend.

Youth & Education: 300 students attend the college and career readiness program, 30 participate in financial literacy during the summer, and annually 24 scholarships are awarded to elementary students, conference.

Advocacy: The Urban League has been active in the passing of Senate Bill 168 (2002) which aids in closing the academic achievement gap, the establishment of the Economic Inclusive report (2007) with strategies for increasing minority business participation, and the inaugural (2010) State of Black Lexington report.

Young Professionals: Currently there are 64 active young professional members.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Raymond Daniels
Company Affiliation LexiDan Foods
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Mrs. Janet BeardFifth Third BankVoting
Ms. Amy CaudillKentucky American WaterVoting
Mr. Kerry CreechToyota Motor Manufacturing, KYVoting
Mr. Ray DanielsWaffle HouseVoting
Mr. Larry ForesterCumberland Valley National BankVoting
Mr. Gerald GilinskyState Farm InsuranceVoting
Mr. Jason HensonWindstream CommunicationsVoting
Ms. Tonya JacksonLexmark InternationalVoting
Mr. Seon JacksonPNC Financial ServicesVoting
Mr. Rodney JacksonFayette County Public SchoolsVoting
Mr. Larry JonesCommunity Trust BankVoting
Mr. Timothy MeltonKentucky UtilitiesVoting
Mrs. Emma MetcalfVeterans AffairsVoting
Mr. Wessley PerryUPSVoting
Mr. Reggie SmithMesser ConstructionVoting
Mr. Ashley WardStites & HarbisonVoting
Mrs Dominique WrightLexington Urban League Young ProfessionalsVoting
Mr. Todd ZieglerRepublic BankVoting
Mr. Jeffrey ZingerPNC Financial ServicesVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 55%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mr. Kerry Creech
Company Affiliation Toyota Motor Manufacturing, KY
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Board Governance
CEO Comments
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Porter "P.G." Peeples Sr.
Term Start Oct 1969
Email PG@ullexfay.org

Porter G. Peeples, Sr., a native Kentuckian, graduated from Lynch High School in 1964 and Southeast Community College in 1966. He attended and graduated from the University of Kentucky in Lexington in 1968 and completed graduate work at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. He is presently the President/CEO of the Urban League-Fayette County. He has served in this capacity since 1972.

P.G. continues his dedication to the community through his active participation on numerous local and national boards including Chair of the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, Vice Chair of the Bluegrass Airport, Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, Kentucky Housing Corporation, and the Blue Grass Community Foundation, to name a few.   P.G. has also received several awards including National History Makers Award, Downtown Lexington Corporation Outstanding Individual Award, and being inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Education Hall of Fame, Kentucky Human Rights Commission Hall of Fame, Kentucky Community & Technical College System Hall of Fame, Southeast Community College President’s Award, and the National Council for Community & Justice Lyman T. Johnson Award. P.G. is very thankful that he has been blessed with a job and career that has allowed him to be of service to his community.

Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 82
Contractors 5
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Mr. Walter BrownOct 1968 - Oct 1971
Senior Staff
Title Vice President of Interal Operations
Title Chief Administrative officer
Experience/Biography Annissa has been with the Urban League since 2002. She has 18 years of nonprofit experience and a masters degree in nonprofit management.
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
CEO Comments
Description The Urban League's Fayette County Local Development Corporation builds affordable rental properties for the elderly and low-income families.  Since 1984, over 240 homes have been built and/or renovated.
Budget $247,334
Category Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Population Served Families, Homeless, Elderly and/or Disabled
Program Short Term Success
Remove blighted homes from inner-city streets.
Provide adequate, safe, and sanitary homes for families.
Provide housing that is 30% or less of a families income.
Program Long term Success
To eradicate the deficit that exists with safe, sanitary, and affordable housing for low- to moderate-income families in central Kentucky.
Program Success Monitored By
Regular home visits attest to the living conditions of families.
Montly rental payments allow for continued monitoring of family successes and challenges.
Section 8 re-certifications.
Examples of Program Success
Description The Lexington Urban League Young Professionals were established in August 2002 to provide leadership development, economic empowerment and community volunteer opportunities for young professionals. The organization trains, develops, and educates young professionals to take leadership roles within the civil rights movement and the communities in which they live and work.
Budget 25,220
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights
Population Served Adults, Blacks, African Heritage
Program Short Term Success
Young Professionals build a presence in the community.
Young Professionals assume auxiliary leadership positions.
Young Professionals learn about the civil rights movement and political processes.
Young professionals develop and implement programs for future generations.
Program Long term Success
Young Professionals members receive the experience and training needed to assume leadership positions in and outside the community.
Program Success Monitored By
Monthly reports to the Urban League Board of Directors.
Annual reports
Examples of Program Success The Urban League Young Professionals recently celebrated its 10th annual LIFT conference for middle and high school students and their parents. 

Youth Educational Services focuses on the three known barriers to higher education: academic preparation, financial ability, and support. The components are:

Academic Challenges – provides academic tutors for 2,000 students who compete for college scholarships. The goal is to close the achievement gap.

LIFT is a college and career conference for middle/high school students that provides leadership and life skills. LIFT averages 300 students and 75 parents annually.

YLEAD teaches 12 financial literacy lessons through entrepreneurship to 100 middle school youth. The goal is to prepare students for success in their financial lives.

MADE provides weekly in and after school gang/violence prevention services to 150 middle and high school students. The goal is to increase GPAs, decrease truancy and deviant behavior.

Parent Leadership Academies will equip parents and caregivers for better school engagement. The goal is to increase student achievement and produce adult advocates.

Budget $324,650
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, At-Risk Populations
Program Short Term Success
Elementary students improve their knowledge of core content.
Middle school students learn about entrepreneurship and digital literacy. Middle and high school students learn about the college enrollment process and age-appropriate life skills.
Program Long term Success YES will increase high school graduation rates, enhance college access and ultimately close the college enrollment and degree gaps among under-served groups.  The overarching goal is to improve the academic preparation and college access of poor and students of working class families. 
Program Success Monitored By Quarterly reports submitted to the CAO.
Examples of Program Success
In August 2013, 16 students won college scholarships totaling $24,000.
Academic challenge students received college scholarships valued at over $26,000,000 to Kentucky public institutions.
127 at risk students received one-on-one and peer counseling to discourage gang participation. 
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2014
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Community Action Council
Lexington - Fayette Urban County Government
Lexington Urban League Young Professionals
Fayette County Public Schools
United Way of the Bluegrass
Commerce Lexington2011
Commerce Lexington2012
United Way Member Agency2011
United Way Member Agency2012
Commerce Lexington2013
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2013
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2014
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/Chapter1968
Commerce Lexington2014
Commerce Lexington2015
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2015
United Way Member Agency2016
United Way Member Agency2015
United Way Member Agency2014
Commerce Lexington2016
United Way Member Agency2017
Commerce Lexington2017
Commerce Lexington2018
Member Downtown Lexington Corporation2017
Member Downtown Lexington Corporation2018
Legacy CEO of the YearNational Urban League2013
Leader in Innovative DevelopmentFayette Alliance2013
2013 J. Timmy Anderson Award for Best Historic Rehab Utilizing LIHTCs – Medium (Between $5-10 Million Development Costs)National Housing & Rehabilitation Association2013
Housing AwardNational Urban League2012
Clyde Carpenter Adaptive Re-Use AwardBluegrass Turst2012
Urban Innovation AwardDowntown Lexington Corporation2012
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $1,072,990.00
Projected Expenses $1,055,850.00
Endowment Value $267,857.00
Spending Policy Income Only
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$105,260$101,750$88,818
Individual Contributions$471,712$306,957--
Investment Income, Net of Losses$7,084$8,026$8,325
Membership Dues--$0$318,869
Special Events$72,019$61,281$24,402
Revenue In-Kind--$0--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$469,489$318,354$300,504
Administration Expense$189,665$256,673$302,144
Fundraising Expense--$0--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.070.841.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%55%50%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$805,337$688,672$783,272
Current Assets$325,259$265,276$278,066
Long-Term Liabilities$206,137$125,013$128,919
Current Liabilities$55,370$72,404$60,331
Total Net Assets$543,830$491,255$594,022
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments The Urban League continues to receive unmodified opinions from our annual audits with no management notes.  This is the highest opinion that can be awarded to an organization. 
Address 148 Deweese Street
Lexington, KY 40507
Primary Phone 859 233-1561
Contact Email rsvp@ullexfay.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Porter "P.G." Peeples Sr.
Board Chair Mr. Raymond Daniels
Board Chair Company Affiliation LexiDan Foods