Honor Flight Kentucky

Winchester, KY   |
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Honor Flight Kentucky

EIN: 47-5320995


To fly World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War Veterans and veterans of subsequent incursions to Washington, D.C. for a one day all expense paid visit to their memorials that are dedicated to their service and sacrifices.

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Brig. Gen. (Ret) Ben Adams

Main address

PO Box 1 P. O. Box 1

Winchester, KY 40392 USA

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Subject area info

Unknown or not classified

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Population served info

Retired people

Military personnel


NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Honor Flight Kentucky, Inc.

Many vets returned home from service and were never fully recognized and appreciated by the community. Honor Flight Kentucky, Inc. (HFK), provides a veteran-focused day flhying out of lexington direct to D.C. and rturning that same evening to a huge welcome-home ceremony with between 1500-2500 people lining the Bluegrass Airport terminal. Bands, flags, Roaring thunder, family and friends welcome each vet as they pass through a gauntlet of welcoming people. Tears are shed by many as we give the weocome home some never received.

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Our results

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

Number of clients served

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Population(s) Served

Adults, Multiracial people, People of Asian descent, People of Latin American descent

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Context Notes

Due to Covid, we did not transport any veterans in 2020 and 2021. We had an all-female veteran flight in 2022 - first one in KY 2023 - 3 flights with 180 Vets

Number of volunteers

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Volunteers vary with the size of the transport (plane), and number of veterans, but typically runs between 50-75/flight 2020-21, only Board memers were active as volunteers due to Covid

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Honor Flight Kentucky, Inc. (HFK), seeks to transport WW II, Korean War, Vietnam and any veteran of warring conflicts and their guardian, to Washington, D.C. for one-day. Trip is all inclusive and free to the veteran; visits to war memorials in D.C. and the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are included in the day. We honor America's veterans for their service and sacrifice to our great nation.

HFK will educate the public through social media, tv/radio and other media regarding our mission and the need for support and participation of the citizenry we serve. HFK is not a social club and therefore it shall not engage in activities that are inconsistent with its purposes.

HFK serves most of the eastern half of Kentucky, veterans living in designated counties are eligible to fly with us. Application must be made and submitted along with required information. Acceptance on a flight first goes to WWII, Korean, and Vietnam vets; vets with a chronic or terminal illness, and from there it will be on first-come-first-serve basis - as much as possible.

Our final goal is to provide this transport service to any Kentucky veteran living in counties served, and has completed the appropriate application. We currently are able to provide 2-3 flights a year. A main goal is to provide a minimum of quarterly flights and to be able to increase the size of the chartered flight, which currently is betwen 130 - 160 veterans.

Honor Flight Kentucky, Inc., (HFK), falls somewhat in SDG16, in that our aim is to aid in strengthing the importance of our National War Memorials and by recognizing that our veterans have provided a service to our country that allows citizens of America to live in freedom and in peace.
We believe it is important to honor our veterans for their sacrifices and service to our country by providing them an opportunity to visit some of the war memorials located in our Nation's Capital, Washing, D.C.

Through private donations and grants, we are able to provide 2-3 charted flights annually and entrance to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to lay a wreath; visits to selected war memorials are included as well as meals and snacks throughout the day. All transportation including wheel-chair access is provided.

Our goal is to provide quarterly flights through sustainable funding streams.

A complete re-organization of the HFK Board of Directors occured in 2023. We added two additional board seats, and we have developed an agency budget which includes the addition of a paid part-time Executive Director to handle the administrative tasks as well as make community out-reach a #1 priority.

We want to be able to reach as many eligible veterans as possible with this free service. Each veteran is assigned a guardian who is with the veteran throughout the entire day; a guardian may be a family member (not a spouse), or friend. In the event the veteran does not have a designated guardian, HFK will provide one.


Honor Flight Kentucky
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 735.63 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 27.5 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Honor Flight Kentucky

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Honor Flight Kentucky

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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $102,966 -$9,952 $66,323 $15,844 $52,677
As % of expenses 40.0% -3.2% 217.9% 18.5% 18.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $101,466 -$11,452 $64,823 $14,969 $52,677
As % of expenses 39.2% -3.6% 202.9% 17.3% 18.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $360,597 $305,195 $96,767 $101,603 $334,388
Total revenue, % change over prior year 11.3% -15.4% -68.3% 5.0% 229.1%
Program services revenue 20.2% 22.1% 15.1% 46.4% 31.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 25.8% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 79.8% 77.9% 59.0% 53.6% 68.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $257,631 $315,147 $30,444 $85,759 $281,711
Total expenses, % change over prior year -18.9% 22.3% -90.3% 181.7% 228.5%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 0.6% 0.4% 4.5% 1.3% 0.7%
Occupancy 0.4% 0.7% 7.3% 2.5% 1.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 99.0% 99.0% 88.2% 96.3% 98.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $259,131 $316,647 $31,944 $86,634 $281,711
One month of savings $21,469 $26,262 $2,537 $7,147 $23,476
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $280,600 $342,909 $34,481 $93,781 $305,187

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 10.0 7.8 106.4 40.0 14.4
Months of cash and investments 10.0 7.8 106.4 40.0 14.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 9.9 7.7 106.3 40.0 14.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $214,703 $203,578 $270,001 $285,845 $338,321
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $7,500 $7,500 $7,500 $7,500 $7,500
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 48.3% 68.3% 88.3% 100.0% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.6% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $217,305 $205,853 $270,676 $285,645 $338,322
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $217,305 $205,853 $270,676 $285,645 $338,322

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

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Brig. Gen. (Ret) Ben Adams

General Adams' career with the Army spanned over 40-years and allowed him to be a member of the Active Duty, Reserves and National Guard forces. He has led and served with soldiers in countries around the world both in peace and time of war. He served as the Commonwealth's Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and volunteer with Veteran organizations such as Honor Flight Kentucky, Inc. He has been involed with Honor Flight Kentucky, Inc., since 2016.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Honor Flight Kentucky

Board of directors
as of 02/12/2024
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Board chair

Brig. Gen. (Retired) Ben Adams

Honor Flight Kentucky, Inc.

Term: 2023 - 2024

Carl Sullivan


Barbara Ellerbrook


Kelli Parmley

Lex. Pub. Library

Lindsay Thurston

Fayette District Court

Harris Miller


Donna Davidson

Ramsey & Assoc.

Kyle Knezevich


Tabatha McEldred


April Brown


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? Not applicable
  • 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? Yes
  • 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 2/12/2024

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/12/2024

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Policies and processes
  • 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.