Lafayette Urban Ministry Inc

Tackling human needs, uplifting human beings

aka LUM   |   Lafayette, IN   |
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Lafayette Urban Ministry Inc

EIN: 35-1182938


Poverty is the greatest thief. More than depriving a neighbor of food or shelter or warmth, it steals away hope. While other thieves may take away the past, poverty steals the future and self-respect. The Lafayette Urban Ministry is in the business of restoring human dignity. Through voluntary efforts and contributions we give back the hope, the future, the self-respect, which all God’s people need and deserve. Ours is a Christian ministry that welcomes congregations and people of all faiths. We give witness to God’s saving love and prophetic power by loving neighbors, seeking justice, empowering the least among us, and renewing the Church’s social ministry.

Notes from the nonprofit

LUM continues to be a beacon of light for those struggling and in need in our community. It is thanks to the generosity of our donors & volunteers that LUM has exceptional programs that offer assistance—and a more hopeful future to those in need. Thank you all for being a part of our LUM community, and for continuing to answer the call to serve and care for those in need.  Through sharing your talents and skills, and through your prayers and dedication, we, as people, and as a community, are uplifted. Peace. ~Deb Parent, board president Thank you for doing 'good.' In 2022, the 50th Anniversary of LUM, Micah 6:8 repeatedly came to our attention, 'What is good?... To do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God.' In this report you'll see that thousands of lives have benefited because you cared about justice, prioritized kindness, and humbly served God by serving others in 2022. Thank you for doing 'good' and being amazing! ~Wes Tillett, executive director

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Wes Tillett

Main address

420 N 4th Street

Lafayette, IN 47901 USA

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Subject area info

Human services

Family services

Youth organizing

Homeless shelters

Population served info

Children and youth


Immigrants and migrants

Homeless people

Low-income people

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Increasing accessibility by removing barriers, enhancing the experience, and increasing awareness of LUM; creating transformative experiences for those LUM serves: and committing to sustainability by focusing on LUM financial, human and physical facility & environmental resources.

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?

Financial Assistance Program

The LUM emergency financial assistance program provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is available for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications.
Trained volunteer assistants help administer the program every morning, Monday-Friday.

Population(s) Served

The Shelter provides a bed, meal, and shower 365 nights a year to homeless adults in Tippecanoe County. The Winter Warming Station serves as an overflow option during the winter months for people who can't or won't use the shelter, providing them with a warm place to sleep.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

LUM operates two weekly food pantries. The Protein Pantry provides protein, vegetables, and paper products to needy people in Lafayette every Thursday. The Westside Pantry provides food to need people in West Lafayette every Friday.

Population(s) Served
Extremely poor people
Low-income people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of bed nights (nights spent in shelter)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of Households served through our food pantry

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Number of low-income households who received assistance to pay their rent or utilities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Financial Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

STRATEGIC PILLARS (Three) - Ten-Year Plan
Transformative Experiences

GOALS (Nine) - Five-Year Focus
1. Increasing Awareness
2. Removing Barriers
3. Enhancing Engagement

4. Enhancing Services
5. Breaking the Cycle
6. Exceeding Expectations

7. Establishing Financial Sustainability
8. Increasing Human Capital
9. Improving Physical Facility & Environmental Sustainability

Yearly action items or objectives will be used to keep the progress moving in a positive direction. Quarterly updates and an Annual Report will be available for staff and board members to review.

The staff are committed to the strategic plan with high probability for success.

Several action items have been achieved, transforming the quality of our services and experiences for clients and staff 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.
  • 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

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

    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 act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Lafayette Urban Ministry Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 Lafayette Urban Ministry
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 270.32 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 32% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Lafayette Urban Ministry Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Lafayette Urban Ministry Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Lafayette Urban Ministry Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Lafayette Urban Ministry Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$171,598 -$111,317 $124,893 $522,045 $2,303,094
As % of expenses -18.4% -11.9% 14.0% 46.0% 177.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$229,036 -$173,927 $41,112 $437,267 $2,222,483
As % of expenses -23.2% -17.4% 4.2% 35.8% 161.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,042,563 $826,788 $1,117,447 $1,619,349 $1,425,116
Total revenue, % change over prior year 26.4% -20.7% 35.2% 44.9% -12.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 20.0% 16.9% 25.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.9% 10.6% 18.3% 7.5% 11.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 80.0% 101.0% 55.7% 71.7% 57.7%
Other revenue 18.1% -11.7% 6.1% 4.0% 6.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $931,525 $938,105 $894,422 $1,135,686 $1,299,068
Total expenses, % change over prior year -1.2% 0.7% -4.7% 27.0% 14.4%
Personnel 53.4% 55.9% 69.2% 59.6% 61.4%
Professional fees 0.7% 0.7% 0.8% 1.1% 1.4%
Occupancy 11.4% 14.4% 10.9% 9.0% 10.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.2% 0.1%
Pass-through 12.6% 11.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 21.9% 17.2% 18.8% 30.2% 26.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $988,963 $1,000,715 $978,203 $1,220,464 $1,379,679
One month of savings $77,627 $78,175 $74,535 $94,641 $108,256
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $2,793 $7,285
Fixed asset additions $64,902 $0 $458,824 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,131,492 $1,078,890 $1,511,562 $1,317,898 $1,495,220

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 8.5 9.3 10.3 11.3 8.5
Months of cash and investments 24.8 23.8 27.2 25.4 24.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.2 3.5 -0.6 5.0 4.9
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $661,880 $728,424 $769,628 $1,072,068 $915,672
Investments $1,264,050 $1,130,011 $1,260,689 $1,329,045 $1,726,215
Receivables $0 $0 $26,113 $125,541 $64,865
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,526,594 $2,545,644 $3,024,236 $2,983,086 $2,965,560
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 38.9% 41.1% 38.0% 40.2% 42.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.4% 1.7% 0.9% 0.7% 1.6%
Unrestricted net assets $1,947,395 $1,773,468 $1,814,580 $2,251,847 $2,222,483
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,964,805 $1,964,805 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,964,805 $1,964,805 $2,083,326 $2,044,944 $0
Total net assets $3,912,200 $3,738,273 $3,897,906 $4,296,791 $4,341,594

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No Yes


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Wes Tillett

Lafayette Urban Ministry is an organization of more than 45 churches that serves as a social safety net for individuals, children and families in Tippecanoe County. For more than 50 years, LUM has worked to give back the hope, the future, and the self-respect to our neighbors in need. LUM takes an active role in trying to change social injustices and improve the quality of life for the individuals, children and families in our community. Loving neighbors, seeking justice, empowering the least among us, and renewing the social ministry through food programs, financial assistance, youth programs, immigration services and emergency shelter. LUM invites you to learn about our programs and keep up to date with the latest LUM news and developments. Welcome!

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Lafayette Urban Ministry Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Lafayette Urban Ministry Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Deb Parent

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/7/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/07/2023

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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 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.
There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

Solicitation activities
Gross receipts from fundraising
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