Community Inspired Solutions
PO BOX 1501
LEXINGTON KY 40508-1499
Contact Information
Nonprofit Community Inspired Solutions
Address PO BOX 1501
LEXINGTON, KY 40508 1499
Phone (859) 693-6436
Fax 859
Contact Name Rebecca Webb
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2014
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer On-line at website, Mailing a check, or In-Kind donations.We have lots of opportunities for volunteers with any of our programs.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Statements
Mission Statement The mission of Community Inspired Solutions is to decrease the violence in our community by supporting the family unit to become productive members of society. Our organization strives to provide individuals with education, training for employment, assist with job placement, life skills education and training, mentoring and tutoring for our youth, as well as being a resource for other community issues.
Background Statement Community Inspired Solutions was formed after an increase in violence among youth in the greater Lexington area in 2014. A group of concerned citizens met to discuss what they could do to decrease the violence among our young people and provide a better community for them to live and  grow in. As a result of those meetings the organization was formed to provide some alternatives to the negative life style choices that can ruin their lives. We began with six young people in a life skills class and have grown from there to our summer camp, boy's club, girl's club and tutoring program. which service approximately 100 youth in all the programs. In to many families parents may work but do not have the extra funds to place their children into tutoring or recreational programs. This leads to kids "hanging out" and being placed in vulnerable positions which leads to them becoming targets for negative community influences. By providing our services free of charge every child can have the opportunity to positive influences which can help them make positive life choices. 
Impact Statement
Community Inspired Solutions is a grassroots non-profit organization formed by a group of concerned residents of the greater Lexington area who wanted to create a safer environment for it's residents to live in by working to decrease violence.We feel if we can assist families to increase employment, improve their education and provide positive reinforcement for making better lifestyle choices the overall impact will be a decrease in violence. Today the organization has :
1. Began a  summer camp that grew from 18 youth in 2015 to and average daily attendance of 58 in 2016 and a total of 91 enrolled. 
2. Our Boy's Club reach 30 boys enrolled and established a basketball team. 
3. The Learning Community Tutoring Program is in it's 3rd semester, and has one graduate attending college on and academic scholarship, with a second student graduating this year and receiving a scholarship. 
These programs were developed through forming partnerships with other organizations and community members with like goals
Short-term Goals:
1. Establish a diversion vs. detention program for  youth offenders to train and educate them in the equine industry.
2. Provide  after school programs in 11 different park shelters for LFUCG Parks and Recreation Dept.
3.Continue to grow and expand our partnership and current programming.
4. To become more financially stable to achieve our goals. 
 
Needs Statement Our most pressing need is funding to continue and expand our programming. In 2015 our income was $32,756.11 and expenses were $31,138.87. Our 2016 income was $37891.67. While we have managed to be successful in the services we provide it has been a struggle. Transportation is an issue because we are limited in transporting youth to our programs which is some instances is a necessity. It also places limitations on ability to provide field trips and activities for our youth. Our  Second would be volunteers to expand our tutoring and other programming.We have been asked to provide a tutoring program in several other areas of the city but do not have the volunteer tutors to do so. We also need help with data collection, and financial management since we currently are trying to provide these services for ourselves as well as run programs.
CEO/Executive Director Statement We are sure there are lots of unique programs in the area, however the children we target do not have access to those programs primarily due to cost. What makes our organization unique is Community Inspired Solutions realizes that in some instances it is necessary to work with the entire family to effect change which we do. Every program we offer is free of charge to all participants, and we work through collaborations whenever possible to provide services. We not only provide services to the child, but if the parents need help to find employment, or making changes in their lives we work to accomplish their goals too. By working with others we can provide services to more participants than we can alone.Each organization remains it's own entity, we never try to take over anyone else's program. 
Board Chair Statement In November 2014, 4 months after we were formed, our co-founder was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was a very difficult time for us as an organization. She managed to complete surgery, chemotherapy and radiation while continuing to function in her capacity as president of the organization. Her determination and will to continue gave strength to us all and we made it through.Two weeks after we began summer camp in 2014 she completed all treatment and spent the next 6 weeks working the camp each day. Aside from losing her hair the kids never knew she was sick. She never stopped working with the organization through it all. We feel the organization is stronger for this experience and it helps keep us motivated and moving forward today no matter what. More recently, due to a decrease in funding, we have dealt with financial issues by closing our office and redirecting those funds to programming. We have established offices in our homes and this allows more opportunities to network, interact with the community and work with our programs. The relationships built with the young people give us motivation to continue during the worst of times. They needed us and we needed them, and still do.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Fayette County
Lexington
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. Our aim is to accomplish a decrease in violence in our community and provide a safer environment for all residents. We feel by providing alternatives to the negative lifestyle choices youth and young adults make we can have the long range impact of decreasing violence. We assist young adults, or other family adults with finding employment. We offer life skills training, goal setting and referral sources for the family. We provide youth with tutoring, mentoring and recreational activities to promote a positive environment and keep them out of trouble and off the street. We assist families with finding other community resources they may need to to provide safe housing, clothing, or life styles for their children. Our long range goals is to expand our services to other areas of the community since our services now are confined to one area of the city. The more youth/young adults we can impact the greater the chance of decreasing violence.                                                                                                                    
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
We plan to accomplish our long range goals by:
  • Partnering with Park and Recreation and the Neighborhood Associations to provide a variety of educational programs in park shelters throughout the city.
  • We will then form partnership with other organizations to provide the hands on program task,and additional volunteers and we will provide supplies, meals or whatever is necessary to insure the program is successful. 
  • We will all work together to insure any child wanting to attend our programs or their parents never has to worry about being able to afford them. 
  • We believe this plan will work because it is how we currently provide programming. There are multiple organization providing services on a small scale but by working together we can increase our numbers. 
  • With more volunteers we can develop more programs internally but we feel the partnership plan allows for more programming for a greater number of kids. 
Our current partnership with NERD Squad is they provide tutors, we found a suitable space, and we both share the task of providing meals, along with in-kind donations. We become a family and the kids love it. Our ultimate goal is to re-create a village raising our kids.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? Our internal assets are a core group of about 12 volunteers who work tirelessly year round to insure our programming continues. These are just citizen volunteers who all believe one person can make a difference and if we work together we can accomplish even more. We have developed partnerships with other organizations that support our goals. Because our supporters, donors and sponsors to date saw our visions and have helped and guided us along the way we are proving ourselves to be a reputable entity in the community. We started with nothing and to some still have nothing, but what we see are successful programs that are having a positive impact in the community. We have teams and individuals working steady jobs in the equine industry with our help. We have parent's and youth who follow us from program to program around the city. We have young adults that are making positive lifestyle changes for the future of them and their child/children. Our internal volunteers, no one gets paid, continue to give up their summer vacations to come work with us for the kids. Most even volunteer to direct various programs, so they are performing double duty. At some point we have all come out of pocket to insure a program had what it needed without a second thought. The love we feel back from the kids makes it all worthwhile. To us this is a successful organization. We are doing what we said we would and doing it for the right reason. 
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? We currently measure our success by the increase in numbers of participants in our programs, and the number of participants in more than one program. Our students in the Learning Community have their grades monitored for improvements, and areas that need attention. We have increased the number of participants from the 6 in Life Skills and 18 in summer camp when we originally started with in 2014/2015 to 30 in Boy's Club, 15-20 in Girl's Club, 20-25 in The Learning Community and a average daily attendance of 58 in Summer Camp. Because our Summer Camp rotated to three different sites in 2016 we had a total of 91 youth enrolled in the program. At the end of the Summer Camp we surveyed the parent and kids and will use that information when planning our 2017 camp.We plan to include more educational opportunities next year and increase collaborative efforts to provide those opportunities.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?
Established in 2014 our accomplishments are:
  •  Developed a partnership with The NERD Squad in 2015 and began The Learning Community Tutoring Program. This program is currently in it's third semester. 
  • Developed Challenge ConQuest Boys (2015)and Girls Club (2016) in partnership with St. Peter and Paul School and local community leaders to mentor young boys and girls based on  Christian Youth Ministry for families curriculum. 
  • Began our Summer Camp Program in 2015 to provide educational and recreational activities for youth during the summer break .Experienced significant grow it participation in our second year, 18 in 2015 to 58 in 2016.
  • Developed a Teen Equine program in 2014 to teach youth hands on training on the care of horses. Today we have 5 youth that are participating in a work source scholarship program, that we are working to develop into a co-op program, working weekends on a local farm. 
  • Working to develop a diversion vs detention program with our partner Frankie's Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade to deter negative behaviors by teaching them various aspects of the equine industry. 
  • We have an adult equine program that educates hard to employee persons basic care of horses and farm work then finds them employment in the equine industry. We currently have placed employees on various local farms and have a team of 6-8 that travel the horse sales circuit. 
  • This year our co-founder Mike Thomas was nominated for the Godolphin Community Award which recognizes outstanding contribution to the thoroughbred industry for his work with our adult equine program.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Rebecca Webb
Company Affiliation President
Term Oct 2014 to Oct 2017
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Mrs. Lakeshia Campbell Youth Services DirectorVoting
Mrs Sasha Love Higgins Board MemberVoting
Mrs. Joyce Johnson Board MemberVoting
Mr. Charles Kelly Kilgore AttorneyVoting
Ms. Misty Sullivan Office ManagerVoting
Mr. Myron Thomas Vice PresidentVoting
Mrs. Rebecca Webb PresidentVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 62%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 43%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 43%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mr Myron Thomas
Company Affiliation Vice President
Term Oct 2014 to Oct 2017
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Ms. Stephanie Watkins Community Volunteer
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Rebecca Webb
Term Start Oct 2014
Email cis@windstream.net
Experience Ms. Webb is a registered nurse who retired after 28 1/2 years of service with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She completed her GED iand LPN school in 1983, and went to work at the DVA right after graduating. After spending 14 years as an LPN she enrolled in Kentucky State University and received her ADN in 1997. Rebecca again returned to school at Midway College and received her BSN in 2005. In 2006 she completed the DVA Employee Self-Development Leadership Track and in 2007 she attended and completed the MidSouth  Healthcare Leadership Institute and moved into a position in management at the VA. Rebecca maintained this position and worked to obtain a 3 year CARF certification for the Residential PTSD/Substance Program before retiring in January of 2012. Ms. Webb received numerous awards and commendations  throughout her career including Nurse of the Year 2008.Her article titled "The View from My Door" was published in Dept. of Veterans Affairs VanGuard Magazine in 2008.
Co-CEO
Co-CEO Myron Thomas
Term Start Oct 2014
Email myronthomas25@gmail.com
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 16
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 11
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Description
Bi-weekly after school tutoring program formed in partnership with NERD Squad to provide one on one/individual tutoring, and mentoring to school aged youth during the scheduled school year. The program is based on STEM principles and critical thinking.Goals: Expand the number of participants and tutors. Develop a second location to reach a bigger geographic area.
 
Category Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served , ,
Description
This program is in development in partnership with Frankie's Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade will introduce youth and young adults to varioous aspects of the equestrian world providing a blended series of hands on education with a scholarly equine context. The goal of our organization is to build self-confidence, team work, independence and self-employmentto help them become productive members of society, while teaching cooperation, trust, mentoring and responsibility with a goal of transferring these skills into their everyday lives and reconnecting with peers, family and their community. We strive to have a world in which all youth succeed in life while feeling values and respected. 
Goals: To have the pilot program up and running by the end of the year.
To expand the program beyond the initial pilot phase within 6 months. 
Category
Population Served , ,
Description The summer camp program is conducted to help develop the educational and work skills during their break from school. The camp helps build upon what has been taught to the youth throughout the school year. Scheduled activities include virtue/values and history teaching, hiking field trips, arts and crafts classes and physical activities.This program includes teen equine and Operation LexUp. Goals: Increase the number of participants to encompass a larger geographic area. Reach a more culturally diverse group of youth.
Category
Population Served , ,
Description
Challenge and ConQuest strive to offer effective methods and materials to reach youth and teach them basic morals and values to become productive role models in the community. We instill positive reinforcement through diversity and mindset to develop future leaders/mentors. 
 
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Program Comments
CEO Comments Our greatest challenge is funding. We exist solely on donation and fundraising efforts. To date being a new organization we have some community support but it is limited and does not fully meet our needs. In order to compensate for the lack of funding we have closed our office and established home offices to cut expenses. We are redirecting those funds to support programming. In-kind donations assist greatly with us accomplishing our goals but it is difficult to expand and reach more kids. The longer we are in existence the more the public becomes aware of our work and more opportunities become available to us. More opportunities in the area of grants have begun to open up to us.However, fundraising and monetary community support still suffers.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Financials
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 $40,000.00
Projected Expenses $35,000.00
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$2,100$2,550$0
Federal------
State------
Local$2,100$2,550--
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$17,587$22,243--
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Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$1,567$5,754--
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$16,638$2,209--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$14,805$13,394$138
Administration Expense$18,845$11,979$5,162
Fundraising Expense$4,241$5,766$603
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.050.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses39%43%2%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue20%19%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,364$6,000$5,849
Current Assets$215$419$5,849
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities--$6,000$5,899
Total Net Assets$2,365----
Form 990s
2015 990N and 990T
2014 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Comments
CEO Comments Funding has been an issue for us a new organization. In the last 6 months we have learned of grant opportunities that we can apply for. We have cut our overhead cost by moving to a less expensive office space so more of our funding goes to programming.
Foundation Staff Comments This organization received its 501c3 determination in 2014 and does not yet have three years of financials.
Address PO BOX 1501
LEXINGTON, KY 405081499
Primary Phone 859 693-6436
Contact Email cis@windstream.net
CEO/Executive Director Rebecca Webb
Board Chair Mrs. Rebecca Webb
Board Chair Company Affiliation President