Just Fund Education Project dba JustFundKY

Justice for All

aka JustFundKY   |   Lexington, KY   |  www.justfundky.org

Mission

JustFundKY is an intergenerational group working to improve the lives of LGBTQ Kentuckians. We fund educational projects that promote equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community in Kentucky. Our volunteers support JustFundKY with our time, talents, and financial resources. We welcome you to join the JFKY family and become a part of something bigger than yourself. JustFundKY has the dual mission of reducing discrimination through public events showcasing the positive contributions LGBTQ persons, and by funding the educational efforts of other organizations to increase awareness and understanding of the LGBT community.  Just Fund Education Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) doing business as JustFundKY.

Ruling year info

2008

President

Mr. Brandl Skirvin

Main address

PO Box 21815

Lexington, KY 40522 USA

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EIN

20-8465456

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Cliff Todd Endowment Grants

JustFundKY is an intergenerational group working to improve the lives of LGBTQ Kentuckians. We fund educational projects that promote equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community in Kentucky. Our volunteers support JustFundKY with our time, talents, and financial resources. We welcome you to join the JFKY family and become a part of something bigger than yourself. JustFundKY has the dual mission of reducing discrimination through public events showcasing the positive contributions LGBTQ persons, and by funding the educational efforts of other organizations to increase awareness and understanding of the LGBT community.  Just Fund Education Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) doing business as JustFundKY.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of organizations applying for grants

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people

Related Program

Cliff Todd Endowment Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

It's hard to believe, but discrimination is still an ongoing problem here in the 21st century.  While the Supreme Court has recently recognized marriage as a basic human right that should be available to all persons regardless of their gender, there is still a strong movement to deny LGBT people the right to shop and do business with stores and service providers that are open to the public. There is still a movement to deny LGBTQ persons the right to adopt or be foster parents.  There are still businesses that covertly have policies of not hiring LGBTQ people. There are still landlords who try not to rent apartments or business space to LGBTQ people. The battle has not yet been won.  Our goal is to secure equal rights for all persons, so that no one experiences any humiliation or embarrassment simply by doing everyday activities.

We have two main strategies.  One, to give monetary support to small groups working in their Kentucky Communities to educate and advocate for equality, fairness, and non-discrimination.  Second, we highlight the good deeds and philanthropy that LGBT persons have done for the community.  In 2016, for example, in addition to our annual grants, our annual event was a "fun roast" of Debra Hensley, a former LFUCG council member, small business owner, and community activist who has pioneered projects that benefit all of the Bluegrass, such as Lexington Community Radio. In 2017 we held a series of meet & greet events to introduce LGBTQ advocates to one another and to education about legacy giving as a strategy to build the endowment so that we can increase the number of grants given annually.  In the Spring of 2018 we held a grand unveiling of two historical markers in Lexington celebrating places where significant events in the development of local LGBTQ culture and early legal efforts to secure civil rights took place.  Our grants and outreach efforts are designed to educate the public about fairness issues and reduce the amount of discrimination against LGBTQ persons in Kentucky.

Our endowment fund allows us to give the grants and to hold our annual awareness and education events; that is our main resource.  Our hard working board members and volunteers are our next biggest resource - a mix of LGBT persons and non-LGBT persons who care about the issue of discrimination in all forms.  Social media is a growing source of educational and advocacy opportunities both for spreading the word and for hearing about new issues that may affect our struggle against discrimination.

Our focus for 2018 will be to increase our endowment fund.  In 2017 we launched a Legacy Campaign to encourage aging Boomers to consider supporting LGBTQ education as part of their end-of-life planning.  With the current endowment balance, our fund generates just enough yearly income to cover a small number of annual Cliff Todd Grants.  However, with both costs of programming and community need increasing, we would like to increase our grant-making and to make sure that any stock market volatility will not have a large negative impact on our ability to give grants and fund education efforts around the state.  To do this, we need to increase the base principal amount of our endowment to a level that will be safe from sudden market swings, future inflation, unexpected emergencies and, of course, long-term ordinary growth.  So this year we look to the future with hope that it will be steady and secure.

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.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Grassroots to well established LGBTQ organizations, public educational, or governmental entities with LGBTQ educational project funding needs.

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

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Post grant reports.,

  • 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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Increased focus on projects focused on our BIPOC community.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It is our hope that while we have always been supportive of all forms of diversity, that by asking these questions out constituency has gained confidence that this is indeed a priority in our grant decision-making.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Just Fund Education Project dba JustFundKY

Board of directors
as of 7/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Brandl Skirvin

State Beauty Supply Lexington

Term: 2018 - 2021

Ernesto Scorsone

Board Vice President

Brandl Skirvin

Board President

David Lafferty

Board Treasurer

John Davis

Community Volunteer

Bernadette Barton

Board Secretary

Kevin Brown

Community Volunteer

Mark Johnson

Community Volunteer

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/16/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/16/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.