Urban League Of Lexington - Fayette County

Empowering Communities, Changing Lives.

Lexington, KY   |  www.ullex.org


Our mission is to assist African Americans and disadvantaged citizens in the achievement of social and economic equality.

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Mr. Porter "P.G." Peeples

Main address

148 Deweese St

Lexington, KY 40507 USA

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NTEE code info

Public Housing (L21)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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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?

Single and Multi-Family Housing

The Urban League's Fayette County Local Development Corporation builds affordable rental properties for the elderly and low-income families.  Since 1984, over 240 homes have been built and/or renovated.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Lexington Urban League Young Professionals were established in August 2002 to provide leadership development, economic empowerment and community volunteer opportunities for young professionals. The organization trains, develops, and educates young professionals to take leadership roles within the civil rights movement and the communities in which they live and work.

Population(s) Served

Youth Educational Services focuses on the three known barriers to higher education: academic preparation, financial ability, and support. The components are: Academic Challenges – provides academic tutors for 2,000 students who compete for college scholarships. The goal is to close the achievement gap. LIFT is a college and career conference for middle/high school students that provides leadership and life skills. LIFT averages 300 students and 75 parents annually. YLEAD teaches 12 financial literacy lessons through entrepreneurship to 100 middle school youth. The goal is to prepare students for success in their financial lives. MADE provides weekly in school and after school gang/violence prevention services to 150 middle and high school students. The goal is to increase GPAs, decrease truancy, and deviant behavior. Parent Leadership Academies will equip parents and caregivers for better school engagement. The goal is to increase student achievement and produce adult advocates.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work


Affiliations & memberships

Commerce Lexington 2011

Commerce Lexington 2012

United Way Member Agency 2011

United Way Member Agency 2012

Commerce Lexington 2013

Kentucky Nonprofit Network 2013

Kentucky Nonprofit Network 2014

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/Chapter 1968

Commerce Lexington 2014

Commerce Lexington 2015

Kentucky Nonprofit Network 2015

LFUCG 2014

United Way Member Agency 2016

United Way Member Agency 2015

United Way Member Agency 2014

Commerce Lexington 2016

LFUCG 2015

LFUCG 2016

United Way Member Agency 2017

LFUCG 2018

Commerce Lexington 2017

Commerce Lexington 2018

Member Downtown Lexington Corporation 2017

Member Downtown Lexington Corporation 2018

Commerce Lexington 2021

LFUCG 2022

Commerce Lexington 2022

United Way Member Agency 2022

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.

The Urban League of Lexington – Fayette County’s five year goal is to be the catalyst that inspires, advocates, and promotes economic and social equality for the citizens of Central Kentucky. During this time, we will focus on the following programmatic goals: Affordable Housing: To meet the housing needs of low income renting households. Workforce Development: To provide and empower low income individuals with the necessary support, job training, soft skills, and education to improve their economic status. Youth & Education: To assist Kentucky reach its goal of 43% of the population with degrees by 2020. Advocacy: To identify and strategically address the social and economic disparities and opportunities for all central Kentuckians especially African American and Hispanic communities. Professional Development: To assist, direct, and develop young talent for leadership positions within the community.

Affordable Housing: The Urban League’s affordable housing component will identify, purchase, and develop new affordable rental units for low income families. Workforce Development: We will identify, train, and develop skilled workers for identified employment opportunities. Youth & Education: The Urban League will support or operate programs that ensure all children receive a quality education that prepares them to succeed in college, careers, and life. Advocacy: We will strengthen local practices and policies that promotes respect, and protect social and economic equality for all Kentuckians Professional Development: The Urban League will prepare young professionals for leadership positions within the business community.

The Urban League operates with four full-time and two part-time staff. Core administrative staff include: P.G. Peeples, Sr., hired as education director in 1969, has served as President/CEO of the Urban League since 1971. He holds bachelor's degrees in elementary and special education from the University of Kentucky. Tasha White is the Development Manager and certified housing specialist for the Urban League. She has been with the organization since 2010. Annissa Franklin is the Chief Administrative officer for Urban League and has been with the agency since 2001. She has a master's degree in nonprofit management from Northeastern University. Shannon Brooks has been with the Urban League since 2005. She is the Accounting Manager and Executive Administrator She has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky. With a limited staff, we partner with businesses and volunteers to reach our goals. Some of those partners include but are not limited to: the Lexington – Fayette Urban County Government, United Way of the Bluegrass, Kentucky Utilities, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, PNC Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Central Bank, Ball Homes, Kentucky Housing Corporation, Lexington Housing Authority, the Lexington Urban League Young Professionals, HOME funds, State Farm Insurance, Fayette County Public Schools, etc.

Affordable Housing: To date, there are 58 completed, affordable, single-family units. There are also 61 multi-family units for senior citizens age 62 and older. Workforce Development: The Urban League provided fiber optic training and certification. Our agency achieved great success helping residents across the digital divide, with 1,848 people trained in computer skills throughout Lexington in three years. The Urban League provided job training for senior citizens from 1984 until 2011. We also trained ex-offenders in carpentry skills and provided a training stipend. Youth & Education: 300 students attend the college and career readiness program, 30 participate in financial literacy during the summer, and annually 24 scholarships are awarded to elementary students, conferences. Advocacy: The Urban League has been active in the passing of Senate Bill 168 (2002) which aids in closing the academic achievement gap, the establishment of the Economic Inclusive report (2007) with strategies for increasing minority business participation, and the inaugural (2010) State of Black Lexington report. Young Professionals: Currently there are 64 active young professional members.

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?

    African Americans and the social and economic disadvantage.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • 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 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?

    We were able to successfully utilize social media and various other digital platforms to continue to serve our community safely during the COVID crisis.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    Asking for feedback from our clients has given them the opportunity to voice their concerns and objectives and gives our staff an honest evaluation of our program's effectiveness in the community. We have learned ways to improve relationships, innovate a new concept and work together with the community to better serve it.

  • 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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


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Urban League Of Lexington - Fayette County

Board of directors
as of 06/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Raymond Daniels

Equity Solution Group

Term: 2022 - 2023

Board co-chair

Mr. Jeff Zinger

WealthSouth/Farmers National Bank

Term: 2022 - 2023

Ray Daniels

Equity Solution Group

Adam Hall

Fifth Third Bank

Seon Jackson

JP Morgan Chase

Larry Jones

Community Trust Bank

Rodney Jackson

Fayette County Public Schools

Dominique Wright

Lexmark International, Inc

Wessley Perry


Mary Gray

Kentucky Utilities

Larry Forester

Forcht Bank

Yajaira West

PNC Bank

Abdul Muhammad


Raquel Carter

Guide Realty

Jeff Zinger

WealthSouth/Farmers National Bank

Brian Harman


Michael Whalen

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Co

Roderick Sherman

Kentucky American Water

Laura Klumb

Blue Grass Care Navigators

Melvin Lewis

Urban League of Lexington Young Professionals

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/8/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/07/2022

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  • 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 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 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.