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Brightside Foundation Inc

Donor-funded and volunteer driven… for a more beautiful Louisville.

LOUISVILLE, KY   |  www.brightsidefoundation.com
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Brightside Foundation Inc

EIN: 45-0948896


Mission

Brightside Foundation works hand-in-hand with Brightside, Inc. to solicit and oversee privately-raised funds in support of the environmentally focused activities of Brightside Inc. Through its fiduciary role, the Foundation ensures that donated funds are used as the donor intended.

Ruling year info

2014

Foundation Director

Michelle Black White

Main address

PO BOX 70362

LOUISVILLE, KY 40270 USA

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EIN

45-0948896

Subject area info

Environment

Health

Community and economic development

Community beautification

Population served info

Age groups

Family relationships

Ethnic and racial groups

Religious groups

Social and economic status

NTEE code info

Environmental Beautification (C50)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Brightside Foundation and Brightside, Inc. function together as a public/private partnership, merging the resources of Metro Government and those of private citizens, corporations and foundations. This unique public-private partnership contributes to the health and beauty of our community throughout Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky through activities including community-wide cleanups to reduce waste and litter and encourage recycling; the creation and maintenance of green spaces and plantings; sustainability efforts to conserve and expand the tree canopy; educational programs that instill values of clean, green and sustainability among our youngest citizens; and high-profile events that raise public awareness and help support Brightside’s mission.

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?

Brown-Forman Legacy Tree Program

Brown-Forman was one of Brightside’s first partners in 1986 and continues to be a community leader committed to environmental stewardship and philanthropy with the Brown-Forman Legacy Tree Program. The program has focused on the neighborhoods surrounding Brown-Forman’s corporate campus including the California, Russell, and other West Louisville neighborhoods.

Population(s) Served

Our mini botanical gardens are located across the metro area. Studies show that green oases, such as these, build civic pride and inspire neighbors to keep the area looking its best. Project BrightSite was started in 1987 with the purpose of taking small parcels of city-owned property and partnering with businesses or other agencies to donate plant material and maintain the newly-landscaped area. That tradition continues today.

Population(s) Served

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.

Total pounds of debris collected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of trees planted

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

Brown-Forman Legacy Tree Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Brightside, Inc. is dedicated to uniting people in clean and green activities that beautify and foster pride in our community through volunteerism, planting, sustainability, & education.

Brightside promotes sustainability through long-standing education programs that spread our mission to future generations and prepare for a brighter tomorrow, while our green living program advocates and educates about everyday sustainable living practices. Our BrightSites and planting projects strengthen and support our native ecosystem and tree canopy, while encouraging community involvement, pride in place, and economic development. You can view the community impact of Brightside’s activities on the interactive One Bright City map.

Because our programs are run entirely on privately donated dollars, any donation to the Brightside Foundation is an investment in our community.

Engaging socially responsible businesses, community organizations, and individuals partner with us to sponsor large-scale tree plantings, neighborhood cleanup days, and our educational programming along with creating new opportunities for beautification throughout Louisville and Jefferson County.

Brightside had a long history of beautification efforts and has successfully:
- planted over 7,500 canopy trees
- planted over 2 million daffodil and wildflower bulbs
- worked with corporate sponsors and local government officials to BrightSites throughout the community
- collected over 375,000 tons of trash
- made over 3,800 school presentations reaching close to 90,000 students
- engaged over 31,000 community volunteers in 2019

Brightside had a long history of beautification efforts and has successfully:
- planted over 7,200 canopy trees
- planted over 2 million daffodil and wildflower bulbs
- worked with corporate sponsors and local government officials to BrightSites throughout the community
- collected over 375,000 tons of trash
- made over 3,800 school presentations reaching close to 90,000 students
- engaged over 31,000 community volunteers in 2019

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 bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, 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

  • 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 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

Brightside Foundation Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
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

5.77

Average of 12.16 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

19.2

Average of 51.1 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

8%

Average of 7% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Brightside Foundation Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Brightside Foundation Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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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Brightside Foundation Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Brightside Foundation 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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $90,220 $83,450 $18,456 $218,706 -$63,049
As % of expenses 32.9% 27.4% 5.0% 101.8% -22.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $90,220 $83,450 $18,456 $214,194 -$72,072
As % of expenses 32.9% 27.4% 5.0% 97.7% -24.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $365,553 $434,851 $443,912 $475,012 -$18,979
Total revenue, % change over prior year -24.3% 19.0% 2.1% 7.0% -104.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 12.9% 12.2% 49.4% 1098.8%
Government grants 14.6% 24.8% 31.2% 26.8% -408.3%
All other grants and contributions 85.2% 62.3% 56.6% 23.8% -590.4%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $274,589 $304,131 $367,126 $214,829 $286,257
Total expenses, % change over prior year 7.9% 10.8% 20.7% -41.5% 33.2%
Personnel 15.7% 15.1% 12.9% 25.6% 21.0%
Professional fees 1.4% 1.1% 0.7% 4.6% 5.7%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 10.5% 9.9% 21.2% 11.4%
All other expenses 82.9% 73.3% 76.5% 48.6% 61.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $274,589 $304,131 $367,126 $219,341 $295,280
One month of savings $22,882 $25,344 $30,594 $17,902 $23,855
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $27,070 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $297,471 $329,475 $397,720 $264,313 $319,135

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 24.3 28.6 21.2 34.2 19.2
Months of cash and investments 57.0 60.1 48.8 94.0 63.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 17.9 19.5 16.7 39.3 26.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $556,214 $725,952 $648,997 $612,845 $457,013
Investments $748,800 $796,534 $843,405 $1,070,416 $1,053,743
Receivables $308 $0 $9,500 $66,548 $33,648
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $27,070 $27,070
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 16.7% 50.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 10.4% 14.6% 8.3% 7.9% 16.9%
Unrestricted net assets $409,841 $493,291 $511,747 $725,941 $653,869
Temporarily restricted net assets $760,222 $807,492 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $760,222 $807,492 $865,822 $907,299 $665,112
Total net assets $1,170,063 $1,300,783 $1,377,569 $1,633,240 $1,318,981

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Foundation Director

Michelle Black White

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Brightside Foundation Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Brightside Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Jeff English

Clark Material Handling USA

Term: 2023 -

Jennifer McGill

Papa John's Pizza

Jason Larkin

Messer Construction Co.

Gina O'Brien

JCTC

Chandrika Srinivasan

Hance & Srinivasan

Brandan Burfict

LG&E and KY

Brandon Coan

Applied Civics

Will Fensterer

CAC-KY

Louis Straub

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/12/2022

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
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/20/2020

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 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 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.

Contractors

Fiscal year ending
There are no fundraisers recorded for this organization.