LEXINGTON KY 40505-3524
Contact Information
Address 1015 N LIMESTONE
LEXINGTON , KY 40505 3524
Phone (859) 333-5336
Contact Name Karissa Porter
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2012
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Support the work of Common Good by becoming a mentor with us. The commitment is 3-4 hours one afternoon a week. You will have the opportunity to impact the lives of students in a tangible way by offering homework help, leadership formation and pouring into their lives. 
You can donate to us by mailing a check, donating new items for our Common Good store (toys, clothing, etc) or by giving online at 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Our Mission at Common Good exists to advance the wholistic community development in North Lexington through leadership, education, recreation, and spiritual formation. Common Good's Vision is for our community to live up to its God-given potential evidenced by thriving children with strong families in flourishing neighborhoods. Our desire is that community members be reconciled to God and each other.
Background Statement

Common Good was founded in 2011 by John and Laura Gallaher. They first began working with families in under-resourced neighborhoods in North Lexington in 2006 and they moved into the neighborhood soon after in 2007. John served as the youth pastor for The Rock/La Roca, an urban mission congregation, for five years. Living and working in the neighborhood provided a transformative education for John and Laura. During these years they were learning, growing and being challenged through relationships with their neighbors and the larger community to think differently about ministry and the wholistic nature of the gospel. The neighborhood came to be a place they loved deeply and found a deep sense of belonging.

Through the youth group model, spiritual transformation was happening in the lives of students, but it seemed that this was not fully impacting other realities students and families faced - like limited educational, recreational, leadership, and vocational opportunities. The couple began to dream about what it would be like to begin to address these barriers building on the assets and strengths of the people in their neighborhood. Through living in the community, building relationships with students and families and conversations with community stakeholders, they found there was a need for more opportunities and resources for neighbors to live into their God-given potential. Through God's provision, Common Good was born!

Since then, many people across Lexington, central Kentucky and beyond have caught the vision of Common Good. Today it belongs to many different people. First and foremost, Common Good belongs to our students and parents. They believe in and are leading the work of Common Good in meaningful ways. It belongs to our mentors and other volunteers who pour their time and love into our students. It belongs to our board and staff who are deeply committed to this work. It belongs to our financial partners: individuals, churches, businesses, and others who faithfully invest in what we do. All of us have unshakeable belief that hope is alive and well in North Lexington.

Impact Statement
1) Three more seniors graduated from our program! Two of them have full rides to universities in Kentucky. Making 11 students involved in our post-graduation Mission Transition program.
2) We added 12 more spots in our after school and summer program this 2016-2017 school year! We are now serving 70 kids daily!
3)We have increased our full time staff to 5 with the addition of our development director.
1) We want to continue to grow our Mission Transition program in order to keep college students on track and making progress in their education and life skills.
2) Add 3 new business partners to our supporters in order to have sustainable support for our on-going work.
3) Pursue diverse funding sources including grants and foundations.  
Needs Statement
1) Committed volunteers to offer 3-4 hours one day a week to be a mentor to our students.
2) Faithful and committed financial supporters to keep our program growing and vibrant.
3) A remodel of our 4th/5th grade classroom to reflect the personality of those students and offer them a space that empowers their learning and growth.
4) Business and church partnerships to sustain our work and volunteer needs.
5) Partnerships where our students can receive job and leadership training.  
CEO/Executive Director Statement

If I had to choose one word to describe the past year at Common Good it would be ownership. It’s no longer accurate to say that our work is beginning to belong to our community; it belongs to our community. Parents and students are leading us into the next season of our work. Their voices are growing stronger and their power is increasing. This was evidenced through our student-led Latino Festival in North Lexington last year that brought together over 250 community members. Our blossoming Parent Leadership team continues to improve the work of Common Good through building community among parents, hosting celebrations, making physical improvements to our space and advancing our programs. A group of our students had an idea to bring a Futsal Court to Castlewood Park and they made it a reality this year. They gathered community support, they applied for and received a grant, and they worked toward their goal for 14 months. Common Good belongs to those who come from the community---those who love it and live here. They are best equipped to know our community’s strengths and weaknesses, to understand its problems and find solutions to them. The most effective way to accomplish the goal of developing leaders is to rise up leaders from within the community of need.

We celebrate all of our accomplishments as a community over the past five years, but we are also looking ahead at the next five. There is a lot of work left to do. One specific goal is to provide increased support to our students as they go to college. We currently have nine CG graduates who are in college! The goal isn’t simply to get to there, but to excel once you are there and ultimately graduate. We are committed to students for the long haul. We want to learn how to do our work of empowerment better. Something all of our leaders have in common, from staff to parents to students to the board, is that we feel called by God to work towards the common good in North Lexington. I hope you will join us in our work!

Board Chair Statement

Common Good has a committed and active board that is continually striving for improvement in board governance strategies and overall improvement of the organization to increase the quality of programming we offer to our students, families, and community. Each of Common Good’s board members has a true passion for the students and families that we serve through our after school and summer programs. Because of this, the board takes an active role in Common Good’s fundraising efforts by leading Common Good’s two main fundraising events, our annual Fundraising Breakfast, and the annual Walk for Common Good. In addition, the board also leads committees to focus on key areas of organizational importance including finance, spiritual development, and special events.

In May, 2016, after 5 years of operation, the board held a visioning session that helped establish our long-range goals and strategic plan. We were able to reflect back on the successes of the past five years, including serving 70 students per semester with quality after-school programming, and helping 80% of our graduating seniors get enrolled into college. Many of these students were the first in their families to attend college. We also were able to identify key areas for growth over the next several years. As a result, in 2017, we added a Development Director to our staff. This key hire will allow us to continue to secure the financial sustainability of Common Good moving into the future. We will continue to look to our strategic plan goals to guide our growth into the future.

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Tertiary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Community & Neighbourhood Development
Geographic Areas Served
Common Good serves students on Lexington's Northside. We specifically work with students from Arlington Elementary, William Wells Brown Elementary, Bryan Station Middle, Winburn Middle, LTMS, STEAM academy, Bryan Station High, and Lafayette High. 
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
Common Good's goal is to impact student's lives in North Lexington so that they see the value of education, of leadership development, and desire to grow into community members who understand their own potential and value. We desire to see the Common Good of North Lexington by investing in students and their families. Common Good works with students from kindergarten through their transition to post-secondary education. Long term success has been shown by the number of first generation college students coming from our program, 8 out of 11 in our first five years. We desire to show students from varied backgrounds and experiences that higher education is an option for them and we are here to offer support and mentorship to help them attain those goals. 
Common Good is addressing the need that was noticed in our neighborhood concerning the lack of affordable after school care for students. Arlington Elementary had no after school program until Common Good came along in 2012. Now 35 students from that school are able to have a hot meal, homework help and a safe place to be until 6 pm Monday - Thursday. We hope to have those numbers continue to grow over the next 5 years as we have a waitlist every year of students whose parents desire for them to be in our program. Long-term success would look like continued appropriate growth that still offers quality care and value to the students attending.  
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
Our strategy for continuing to grow our program of higher education enrollment involves the long term commitment we make to our students. The relationship does not end after high school. We continue to support by scholarship, by phone calls, by visiting them at college. We hope to increase this support in the next 5 years by strategically focusing on and developing the Mission Transition program. Our staff now includes a development director who will be able to pour energy into developing funding for that program and our executive director has a passion to grow that program into a flourishing and vibrant resource.
In order to successfully grow the number of students in our after school and summer program, we will need to continue to grow our resources both financially and with volunteers. We desire for our growth to be controlled and directed and making sure that each student gets the love and investment that we at Common Good find is critical to their development. We could add more numbers currently with the space we have, but we just added 12 spots last fall and will keep those numbers for at least one year to make sure we are keeping our commitment level to the current students.  
One step in the direction of growth of the organization was the hiring of a Development Director who will help to build the ongoing capacity of the organization. This position was created at a budget deficit this year, but the goal being that the grants, foundations, fundraisers and partnerships that this position will create will set the organization up for positive growth.  
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? Common Good currently has 5 full time staff and we employ 2 interns during the summer. Laura Gallaher is the Exec. Director and founder and her knowledge of the students and families in the community provides an invaluable resource. Karissa Porter is the Development Director and is new to the staff and her position and connectivity will help bring fresh perspective and new partnerships. Their are 3 program staff and their diversity, language skills and passions bring our organization an amazing resource. Our current budget is around $200,000. Common Good is a trusted organization with a reputation for really great work impacting the lives of students and families and as such is a much sought out partner. We partner with many community and government organizations including: Lexington Parks and Rec, NOLI CDC, Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition, Seedleaf, Councilman James Brown, Lexington Art League, KY Refugee Ministries, and Arlington Elementary School. These partnerships are key to our work. We have just completed an application for VOCA funding through the KY Dept. of Justice and will know by October 1, 2017 if we received that funding to increase our capacity to serve children and families who have been victims of crimes. We are also a partner on a grant from the Knight Cities foundation to create and build more community gardening and play space in our community park. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs Becca Hughes
Company Affiliation Gray Construction
Term Sept 2016 to
Board Members
Mr. John BlaineUniversity of KentuckyVoting
Mr. Seth BurnettCongleton-HackerVoting
Ms. Paige CommodoreCareSourceVoting
Mr. Tom EblenRetiredVoting
Ms. Terry FoleyRetired TeacherVoting
Mr. John GallaherEmbrace United MethodistVoting
Mr. Valentin GomezNeighborhood member/ParentVoting
Mrs. Katie GrabauLaw Clerk, US District CourtVoting
Mrs. Becca HughesGray ConstructionVoting
Ms. Ciara LeRoyCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mr. Clint Long5/3 bankVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 71%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 70%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mr Richard Grier
Company Affiliation Centenary United Methodist
Term Sept 2016 to
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO Comments One goal for our board has been to increase diversity. That is an area where we are making strides are making a very intentional commitment to increasing diversity in the 2017-2018 year. 
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Laura Gallaher
Term Start Nov 2011
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 70
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Description Common Good works with 70 elementary - high school students to provide quality educational assistance and leadership development. This is accomplished with 3 program staff and 48 weekly volunteers. We also have "Club Times" that include spiritual formation, art, writing, cooking, positive movement. This program is from 2:45-6 pm during the school year and 1-5pm during the summer for 6 weeks. 
Budget 150,000
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Families, Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
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, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $40,972.33
Projected Expenses $60,631.99
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$196,118$198,927$166,061
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3$1--
Membership Dues$0$0--
Special Events$0$790$156
Revenue In-Kind$14,400$14,400--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$143,015$122,720$86,997
Administration Expense$33,816$25,160$22,399
Fundraising Expense$0$0$6,600
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.131.371.45
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%83%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$198,918$176,712$124,503
Current Assets$198,918$176,712$124,503
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0$1,904
Total Net Assets$198,918$176,712$122,599
Form 990s
2017 Form 990
2016 Form 990
2015 Form 990
2014 Form 990
2013 Form 990
2012 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address 1015 N LIMESTONE
LEXINGTON , KY 405053524
Primary Phone 859 333-5336
CEO/Executive Director Laura Gallaher
Board Chair Mrs Becca Hughes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Gray Construction