Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

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

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

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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
Budget
$33,380

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Our results

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Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people

Related Program

Cliff Todd Endowment Grants

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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.

In an ideal world, there would never be a story about discrimination in the news or on social media, because it would never happen.  We don't live in that world just yet, but as those who use hate and fear-mongering to attempt to circumvent equality and fairness continue to act with discrimination, the victim's stories are now publicly told and shared widely via social media and news outlets. We hear stories of injustices, bullying, even suicides.   Hopefully, we will begin to see less of these stories as discrimination becomes a thing of the past, and instead see many more positive stories of cooperation and outreach, successful LGBTQ parents, students, business persons, and community activists doing wonderful things not just for the LFGBTQ community, but for everyone in Kentucky.  When no more lawsuits are filed, when no complaints with the human rights commission are filed, when no one fears to go to school, apply for a job, buy or rent a home, or shop for special occasions, then the ideal future will have arrived.

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.

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Just Fund Education Project dba JustFundKY

Board of directors
as of 6/4/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Brandl Skirvin

State Beauty Supply Lexington

Term: 2018 - 2020

Ernesto Scorsone

Board Vice President

Cliff Todd

Community Volunteer

Brandl Skirvin

Board President

David Lafferty

Board Treasurer

John Davis

Community Volunteer

Mary Ellen Hart

Community Volunteer

Bernadette Barton

Board Secretary

Kevin Brown

Community Volunteer

Michael Frazier

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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 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.

Keywords

JustFund; JustFundKY; LGBT; Gay and Lesbian; Education Project Grants; JFKY;