1640 Lyndon Farm Court
Suite 100
Louisville KY 40223-4243
Contact Information
Address 1640 Lyndon Farm Court
Suite 100
Louisville, KY 40223 4243
Phone (502) 326 2583
Fax 502 326-5748
Contact Name Angela Koch
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2001
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
To address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity.
Background Statement
In November of 1996, Kentucky Department of Insurance Commissioner, George Nichols and Attorney General Albert B. Chandler began an investigation of the conversion of charitable assets of Blue Cross & Blue Shield to Anthem, Inc. as a result of their 1993 merger.
At that time, Kentucky had no statutes to regulate non-profit conversions, but there was common law power of the court to impose provisions to protect charitable assets. In October 1997, Attorney General Chandler filed a lawsuit against Anthem, Inc. for the protection of converted assets dedicated to a charitable purpose.
Attorney General Chandler, representing the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the legal counsel for Anthem, Inc., in November of 1999 reached an agreement for Anthem to place $45 Million into an independent charitable foundation that would address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians.
One month after the agreement was reached, a restricted account was established by the court to hold the funds from Anthem Inc. until such time that a new, independent charitable foundation could be launched. Throughout the year 2000, a volunteer workgroup studied the issues related to creating the new foundation and presented their recommendations to the court. In the fall of 2000, a 34-member Community Advisory Committee was named with members reflecting the geographic, gender, racial and ethnic diversity of Kentucky. The Community Advisory Committee was charged with developing Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws and proposing members of an initial Board of Directors. The name selected for the new organization was the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and it was approved by the court as a worthy entity for receipt of the settlement funds on May 3, 2001. The Board of Directors held its inaugural meeting a few days later on May 9, 2001.
The Foundation’s Articles of Incorporation called for two initial grants, $1 Million to the University of Kentucky and $1 Million to the University of Louisville each matched by $1 Million from Kentucky’s “Bucks for Brains” Initiative. The grants were given for the purpose of creating Endowed Chairs in rural (UK) and urban (U of L) health policy to attract scholars and enhance Kentucky's research capacity related to health policy.
Impact Statement
From 2012 – 2017, the Foundation's work is centered on two new strategic initiatives. Promoting Responsive Health Policy (PRHP) aims to make public policy in Kentucky more responsive to the health and health care needs of Kentuckians. The Foundation works to assure that policymakers at all levels are more aware of findings of relevant health policy research and of the views and concerns of Kentucky residents.
Investing in Kentucky’s Future is an initiative aimed to improve the health of Kentucky's children by engaging in communities and testing innovative strategies. Through a series of meetings with experts and groups focused on children's health and development issues, six community partner grantees, focused on children's health and development issues, have been chosen for this new five year, $3 million initiative.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Health Care / Health (General and Financing)
Tertiary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy /
Geographic Areas Served
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Charlie Ross
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Dr. Mary Ann BarnesSt. Elizabeth HealthcareVoting
Mr. Joe Dan Beaverslife Skills, Inc.Voting
Mrs. Janice BlytheBerea CollegeVoting
Mr. Mark CarterPassport Health PlanVoting
Ms. Vivian Lasley-Bibbs MPHKentucky Department for Public HealthVoting
Ms. Paula LittleClinton County School DistrictVoting
Mr. Clifford MaesakaCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mr. Carlos MarinUniversity of Kentucky College of MedicineVoting
Dr. Daniel Mongiardo MDAnthem Appointed DirectorVoting
Mr. Allen MontgomeryCommunity VolunteerVoting
Ms. Dona RainsBaptist HealthcareVoting
Mr. Charles RossRetiredVoting
Dr. Brent Wright MDUniversity of Louisville Glasgow Primary Care ResidencyVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 86%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mr. Mark Carter
Company Affiliation Passport Health Plan
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
CEO Comments

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky works at the intersection of health policy and philanthropy. We use the tools available to us – including grantmaking, convening, polling and media partnerships - to help assure Kentuckians from throughout the Commonwealth are informed of health issues and better equipped to engage in health policy deliberations.

Our aim is not only to improve access to needed health care services but to engage Kentucky’s public and private leaders in reshaping the environments in which we live, work, play and pray in ways that may it easier to live a long, healthy and productive life.

We recognize that our resources are limited – our entire endowment works out to about $11 per Kentuckian – and our aims are far-reaching. So we knew early on that we would have to work at the policy level to make lasting change, and we know we can’t do this work alone.

The Foundation is led by a 15-member Board, advised by a 31-member Community Advisory Committee. Together, these Kentuckians from across the Commonwealth guide our work and keep us mindful of the challenges Kentucky families face, from the Mississippi Delta region in the West, to urban Louisville, to the Appalachian communities of Western Kentucky. They also remind us that when the problems are in the community, very often the best solutions may be found there as well. That’s why one of our two core Initiatives, Investing in Kentucky’s Future, is designed to support local civic leaders in their efforts to build a future for their community’s children that’s healthier than their own or their parents.

We believe strongly – in the words of former Justice Louis D. Brandeis – that sunlight is the best of disinfectants. Much of the work in our Promoting Responsive Health Policy Initiative is aimed at shining light on the impacts of policy decisions made and on how Kentuckians view policy opportunities still being discussed.

We invite you to learn more about our work at If you are a funder, we encourage you to embrace policy and systems change work as a way to better assure enduring impact for your philanthropy. If you are a Kentuckian, we hope you’ll make use of Foundation resources and let your voice be heard: participate in Health for a Change webinars and workshops, join us at the annual Howard L. Bost Health Policy Forum, visit, learn more about health coalitions working in your region. And if a Kentucky Health Issues Poll surveyor calls, we hope you’ll share your views.

CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ben Chandler
Term Start Sept 2016

Named President and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in 2016, Ben Chandler has returned to lead the Foundation he helped bring about. As Kentucky Attorney General, Ben won a $45 million settlement from one of Kentucky’s largest insurance companies; that funding was used to create the Foundation in 2001.

Ben practiced law with Brown, Todd & Heyburn, and later with Reeves & Graddy before beginning a career in public service. His state service included one term as Kentucky State Auditor (1992-1995), and two terms as Attorney General (1995-2003).

In February 2004, Ben was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District until the 112th Congress adjourned in January 2013. He was Executive Director of the Kentucky Humanities Council from 2013 to 2016.

An eighth-generation Woodford Countian, Ben earned a B.A. in history, graduating with distinction from the University of Kentucky, and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. He studied at the University of London and Trinity College in Dublin, including an internship in the British Parliament.

Full Time Staff 8
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 0
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 60%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Vice President, Operations and Administration
Experience/Biography Mary Jo has been with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky since immediately following its inception in 2001. In her role as VP for Operations & Administration, Mary Jo is responsible for oversight of day to day operations, grants administration and contracts management and is the project developer for (c)space, a coworking initiative operated by the Foundation. She is responsible for management of budgets, accounting, policies and procedures, compliance, governance and serves as lead staff to the Foundation’s Audit Committee and Governance Committees. In addition to her work in operations, she has served as a program officer to a number of Foundation initiatives including the Community Grants program, Integrating Mental Health and Medical Services Initiative and the annual Howard L. Bost Memorial Policy Forum. Prior to the Foundation, Mary Jo was an Information Analyst for a Louisville based computer software development company. Prior to that she contracted with several nonprofits and worked as a program and services director for the Kentucky Psychological Association. Mary Jo has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a MBA from Bellarmine University in Louisville.
Title Vice President, Policy and Program
Gabriela joined the Foundation in 2012 as Health Policy Director and is currently Vice President of Policy and Program. Her responsibilities include implementing the Foundation’s Strategic Plan, providing oversight to Program Officers, Community Research Officer, and interns, and working closely with the Communications Director. Gabriela is the lead on the Foundation’s health policy work.
Gabriela has experience in the government, nonprofit, academic, and community sectors, including qualitative research, community engagement, policy analysis and development, program development and implementation, capacity building, advocacy, and writing for various audiences. She has been active on boards and coalitions addressing public health policy, health equity, and communities of color.
She holds a DrPH in Health Administration from the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a Master’s in Public Health (M.P.H.) from Boston University; and a Bachelor’s of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from the University of Louisville.
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
Description Investing in Kentucky’s Future is an initiative to reduce the risk that today's school-aged children will develop chronic diseases as they grow into adults.
Promoting Responsive Health Policy (PRHP) aims to make public policy more responsive to the health and health care needs of the people of Kentucky. The four focus areas of PRHP are:
1. Increased access to care
2. Strengthening local public health
3. Improved children's health
4. Increased proportion of Kentuckians in smoke-free juridictions 
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2012
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
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 $2,981,965.00
Projected Expenses $2,220,055.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5%
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$1,328,959$2,239,953$4,684,187
Total Expenses$3,861,900$3,436,563$3,826,285
Revenue Less Expenses($2,532,941)($1,196,610)$857,902
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$510,468
Individual Contributions--$0$750,000
Investment Income, Net of Losses$945,702$1,364,661$1,293,305
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events--$0$0
Revenue In-Kind--$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,220,854$2,950,389$3,366,538
Administration Expense$641,046$486,174$459,747
Fundraising Expense--$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.340.651.22
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%86%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$50,450,905$52,061,916$56,237,796
Current Assets$1,694,796$1,098,880$787,899
Long-Term Liabilities--$0$0
Current Liabilities$396,996$741,469$789,453
Total Net Assets$50,053,909$51,320,447$55,448,343
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
State Registration Yes
Address 1640 Lyndon Farm Court
Suite 100
Louisville, KY 402234243
Primary Phone 502 326 2583
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ben Chandler
Board Chair Mr. Charlie Ross
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired