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Ready Fest Incorporated

Let's Get Ready!

Shelbyville, KY   |  www.ReadyFest.org
GuideStar Charity Check

Ready Fest Incorporated

EIN: 93-1950350


Mission

Ready Fest sponsors a back-to-school event that is a one-stop-shop for the students and families of Shelby County Kentucky to get all the items they need to be ready for a new school year. Backpacks, school supplies, clothing, hygiene products, dental screenings, physicals, vaccinations, and haircut vouchers are available to any student in Shelby County, at absolutely no cost to them. This one-day event brings the entire community together. The extra costs that families encounter this time of year can cause enormous financial strain. By going beyond the basic school supply list, Ready Fest aims to relieve some of that stress. With their supplies, clothing, and basic hygiene needs met, students can approach the beginning of the school year with excitement and be ready to learn.

Ruling year info

2023

Executive Director

Michael McLaughlin

Chief Financial Officer

Jenny Payne

Main address

2565 Mount Eden Rd

Shelbyville, KY 40065 USA

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EIN

93-1950350

Subject area info

Equal opportunity in education

Student services

Parent-teacher involvement

Early childhood education

Health care quality

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Population served info

Children

Preteens

Adolescents

Immigrants and migrants

Economically disadvantaged people

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NTEE code info

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Tax forms

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At the start of every school year, thousands of families in Shelby County, Kentucky, face the costs of school supplies, back-to-school clothing for their growing kids, and basic hygiene supplies like shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and laundry detergent. All of the extra costs that families encounter this time of year can cause enormous financial strain and stress. Ready Fest also recognizes that many teachers and staff often spend their own time and resources fulfilling needs of students.

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?

Ready Fest Back-to-school Event

Every summer, Ready Fest sponsors a back-to-school event that is a one-stop-shop for the students and families of Shelby County Kentucky to get all the items they need to be ready for a new school year. Backpacks, grade-level school supplies, clothing, hygiene products, dental screenings, and haircut vouchers are available to any student in Shelby County, at absolutely no cost to them. This one-day event brings the entire community together.

The extra costs that families encounter this time of year can cause enormous financial strain. By going beyond the basic school supply list, Ready Fest aims to relieve some of that stress. With their supplies, clothing, and basic hygiene needs met, students can approach the beginning of the school year with excitement and be ready to learn.

We also know that teachers and staff often spend their own money fulfilling the basic needs of students. We want to ease this burden as well. In 2023, we helped 1,100 children and ran out of supplies.

Population(s) Served
Children
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Students
Teachers

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 backpacks filled with school supplies distributed

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

Ready Fest Back-to-school Event

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

COVID cancelled 2020 event

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

By working together to help provide school supplies, clothing, necessary hygiene items, and basic health screenings, Ready Fest wants to relieve some of the strain and pressure from the students, families, teachers, and school staff.

By removing barriers for students and families, especially low-income families, we can increase student and parental engagement, and the ripple impact will be an increase in student achievement. It is the goal of Ready Fest to ensure that every student of Shelby County, Kentucky has all of their school supplies, clothing, and basic hygiene needs met, so that students can approach the beginning of the school year with excitement and be ready to learn.

Ready Fest is 100% supported by our community.

We know that if our neighbors, small businesses, and local organizations are made aware of the need that Ready Fest fills, Shelby County will answer the call. This past year, we are incredibly grateful for the support of over 35 community partners and 75 volunteers.

In 2023, Ready Fest Incorporated was established as a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit Kentucky company. This will allow us to grow even more.

We are unifying the entire county's efforts. In the past, many different local organizations and churches
gave away backpacks and some school supplies during the summer. Ready Fest is making a concerted effort to organize all of those independent resources, making sure that together, we cover all the childrens back to school needs.

We are bringing together community partners and resources. This past year, Ready Fest brought together more sponsors and contributors to this effort than ever before. We also welcomed over a dozen organizations to our back-to-school event, from the Imagination Library to the Kentucky Attorney Generals office to spread awareness of all the incredible programs and services that are available to families in Shelby County.

Every year, Ready Fest grows in the number of school children who attend, the number of community volunteers it gathers, and in its sponsors, partners, contributors, resources, and supplies. Shelby County is growing, and the Shelby County Public School System keeps expanding as well.

The data keeps trending up, and we dont see signs of it slowing down. So, Ready Fest is planning on
1,500 students attending our 2024 event.

To help us be ready, our goals are to:
- Continue developing community partner relationships to build financial and volunteer support.

- Leverage our non-profit status to earn corporate grants and foundation gifts.

- Continue developing a robust communication strategy to ensure that everyone is aware of the opportunities that Ready Fest provides.

In 2023, Ready Fest Incorporated and was established as a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit Kentucky company. With a formal and engaged Board of Directors and Community Outreach Committe, this will allow us to grow even more.

This past year, we are incredibly grateful for the support of over 35 community partners and 75 volunteers. As we build out our infrastructure, establishing a Facebook presence, website, PayPal accounts, and provide Impact Statements and Outreach Collateral, Ready Fest prepares to raise awareness and expand.

Since our beginnings in 2019, when we were able to help 475 students, Ready Fest has grown every year.

This past year, Ready Fest served 1,100 students, from pre-K to high school, representing every school in Shelby County. . We were able to increase the number of school kids we helped in our community by 44% over the last year.

And then we ran ran out of supplies.

We know that there are many more families out there than need help, and it is Ready Fest's goal to help everyone get ready.


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 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 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

Ready Fest Incorporated

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Ready Fest Incorporated

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $10,500
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $10,500
Expenses
Program Services $10,500
Administration $0
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $10,500

Ready Fest Incorporated

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $0
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $0

Operations

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

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

Executive Director

Michael McLaughlin

Chief Financial Officer

Jenny Payne

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Ready Fest Incorporated

Board of directors
as of 04/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Michael McLaughlin

Jennifer Payne

Wendy Noack

Kari Dazey

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 ? 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • 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 4/9/2024

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/26/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.