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Blue Grass Farms Charities, Inc.

Supporting the Thoroughbred Racing Community

Lexington, KY   |  www.bgfcky.org

Mission

Blue Grass Farms Charities devotes itself to providing health and human services to people working in all aspects of the Thoroughbred Industry in Central Kentucky.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Ms. Julie Kwasniewski

Main address

2339 Sandersville Road

Lexington, KY 40511 USA

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Formerly known as

Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy

EIN

20-0374962

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Medical Services

Emergency financial aid is available to families who are unable to pay for primary care for acute or chronic illnesses and prescriptions.  BGFC partners with low costs clinics in Lexington and surrounding areas, and the University of Kentucky Medical Center.  We act as an advocate to assure that sick workers or family members receive quality medical attention in a timely manner.

Population(s) Served
Farmers
Economically disadvantaged people

Blue Grass Farms Charities provides emergency financial aid to thoroughbred industry workers who are facing a hardship due an unexpected crisis such as illness, death in the family, or lay-off.  Our goal is to bring stability to their lives by providing financial assistance for housing and utilities.  All applicants are carefully screened and all payments are made directly to the service provider.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The BGFC Food Pantry provides nonperishables,  personal hygiene items, laundry detergent andnon-perishable food items. Qualified applicants will receive a two-week supply of groceries for up to six weeks, or intermittently, as needed.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Farmers

Whether it's a human resources issue or personal concern, we maintain helpful communication with the employer in a manner that does not compromise confidentiality, but allows us to work together to solve problems that might interfere with work, safety, productivity and relationships in the workplace.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

The charity conducts two events geared towards enhancing the lives of lower income children whose parents work in the thoroughbred industry.  Each summer, a backpack giveaway and week-long camp is offered to expose children to a fun, educational program.  The charity also conducts an annual Festival of Christmas which hosts over 140 industry families for children's gifts, treats, and food to take home for the holidays, as well as a visit with Santa.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Farmers

Where we work

Awards

WT Young Humanitarian Award 2020

KTA/KTOBA

Affiliations & memberships

WT Young Humanitarian Award 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Blue Grass Farms Charities' work is dedicated to improving the lives of the men and women who are the backbone of the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky, as well as their children, whether by meeting their needs for health and human services or through education. By addressing the needs of these workers we alleviate stress on the job which could lead to poor performance, accidents, or injuries. Our language and safety classes address safety and improve communication in the workplace. Our goal is to help those in need find resources that will enable them to become self sufficient; and we aim to help workers progress in the workforce as they learn new safety and language skills.

Blue Grass Farms Charities has a proven track record of helping working class people become self-sufficient. Students in our educational classes have steadily moved up in the ranks at major Thoroughbred farms into management positions through improving their communication skills. We have earned a reputation as a valuable resource for workers needing a helping hand.

Fayette County offers a wealth of resources for nonprofits such as BGFC to network and share services. Through connections with UK Hospital and Bluegrass Community Health, we have provided free flu vaccines; and on-site health screenings so that a worker never has to leave the track or farm. We have developed our own ESL Welcome to the Farm language program. BGFC visits local farms regularly, and the organization has dealt with just about every type of crisis imaginable. BGFC is a trusted and reliable source for the Thoroughbred industry, which is so valuable to Central Kentucky.

Outreach has been increased 2-fold in 2019 in acknowledging the charities ability to assist the farm workers and backstretch employees. We have been award grants to extend our medical assistance program to now dental and vision wear needs. We have partnered with God's Pantry in Lexington, KY to provide fresh produce, breads, etc. to the farms directly to where over 25,000 pounds has been delivered to date. We have increased our Board from 10 members to 16 with a diverse origins from Chili, Mexico, Ireland and England and extensive horse, business and human resource background.

Our continued involvement with community activities was increasing with a Hispanic Heritage Festival planned before Covid19 along with a Spring Fundraiser. We will reconsider once this has passed.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Blue Grass Farms Charities, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jesse Ullery

Fasig Tipton, Inc.

Term: 2020 - 2023

Gibson Wilhite

Wilhite Ltd.

Thomas Riddle

Rood & Riddle

Thomas Thornbury

Keeneland Association

Patrick Masson

Patrick Masson Bloodstock Agency

Emily Alberti

Paulick Report

Julia Cauthen

Julia Cauthen Bloodstock Agency

Gemma Freeman

Stonestreet Farms

Gonzalo Maluenda

Lane's End Farm

Julia Hall

Hallway Feeds

David Smith

Dean, Dorton & Ford, CPA

Sharon Bradley

Central Bank

Bryan Lyster

Ashview Farms

Adrian Wallace

Coolmore/Ashford Stud

Amy Nave

Winstar Farms

Amy McLean

Crestwood Farm

Kari West

Keeneland, Inc.

Walter Hillenmeyer

Consultant

Clark Shepherd

Bloodstock Agent

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/19/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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