Mission: We exist to serve and glorify God through Christ-centered ministry that meets the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of hurting people in the greater Lexington area.

Every day, we see people struggling to survive. People who are hungry. People who are homeless. People who are incarcerated. People who are on the brink of losing everything. Starting with practical assistance, we get to know our guests. We get to know their stories, their struggles, and their pain. And we offer hope.

We encourage them. We pray with them. We counsel them. And we offer the help they need - food for the hungry, transitional housing for men who homeless, training and mentorship for those in jail, and financial assistance for families on the brink of eviction or utility shut-off.

Most importantly, we invite people into the presence of Jesus, who promises true rest for all who are weary and heavy-laden. Through Him, lives are transformed…today and for eternity.

Lexington Rescue Mission is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2001, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.lexingtonrescue.org/

  444 Glen Arvin Avenue
Lexington KY 40508 

  859-381-9600


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Good

This charity's score is 89.35, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2020, the latest year published by the IRS. 

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

67.3%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

10.1%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

22.4%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

3.2%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.18


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

1.69 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

17.87%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
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Policies


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Policies:
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  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


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Transparency:
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Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Jim Connell, Executive Director

$67,546 (3.06% of Total Expenses)


Laura Carr, Executive Director

$72,512 (3.28% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Lexington Rescue Mission reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Staffing


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

We received a tremendous amount of support from the community to serve those who were most vulnerable during the pandemic, particularly the homeless, those who lost jobs, and people being released early from incarceration due to COVID.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

We launched a new program, Neighbor Helping Neighbor, to provide critical supplies to our neighbors who were shut-in, lacked transportation, or were unable to access food, water, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and hygiene products. We also adjusted many of our services to be able to stay open during the pandemic and serve those who were struggling. For instance, we changed our community meals to carry-out meals, rearranged our Outreach Center to be able to provide socially-distanced day shelter for the homeless, offered appointments and chapel services outdoors, provided Walmart gift cards for those in need of clothing since local thrift stores were shut down, and provided for motel stays for homeless ex-offenders who could not stay at local shelters. We also had to test our residents in our transitional homes weekly for COVID, submit results to the health department, and provide off-site housing for them as needed to quarantine.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

We coordinated all of our services through regular phone calls and Zoom meetings with the local Continuum of Care, the county health department, and the Mayor's Office to ensure we were able to meet the standards set by the governor and the CDC to stay open and provide essential services to the homeless and hungry during COVID-19.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We shifted a lot of our internal infrastructure to cloud-based solutions, including our accounting and HR software, and we implemented Microsoft Business 365 to be able to work remotely and share files between laptops and desktops. All of these changes will be kept and has helped us to operate more efficiently as an organization.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
12/23/20212020 89.35
12/23/20202019 81.89
9/3/20192018 81.73
3/1/20192017 79.19
11/1/20182017 78.61

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to its Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

12/22/20172016 75.42
6/1/20172015 68.77
2/1/20172015 68.64
12/21/20162014 66.73

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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Lexington Rescue Mission cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Lexington Rescue Mission reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$645,943

Spent in most recent FY

42%

Percent of program expenses


Outreach Services


$342,764

Spent in most recent FY

22%

Percent of program expenses


Restorative Services


$276,256

Spent in most recent FY

18%

Percent of program expenses


Advance Lexington: Job Placement Services


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Lexington Rescue Mission is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


We exist to serve and glorify God through Christ-centered ministry that meets the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of hurting people in the greater Lexington area. Every day, we see people struggling to survive. People who are hungry. People who are homeless. People who are incarcerated. People who are on the brink of losing everything. Starting with practical assistance, we get to know our guests. We get to know their stories, their struggles, and their pain. And we offer hope. We encourage them. We pray with them. We counsel them. And we offer the help they need - food for the hungry, transitional housing for men and women who are homeless, jobs for those who are unemployed, training and mentoring for those in jail, and financial assistance to move homeless families into housing. Most importantly, we invite people into the presence of Jesus, who promises true rest for all who are weary and heavy-laden. Through Him, lives are transformed…today and for eternity.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


Rebuilding lives


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Find and acquire sufficient space for outreach services.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Develop rich partnerships that provide more holistic care, deeper spiritual discipleship, more outside-the-walls ministry, strong referral networks, and healthy places for clients to live and work.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Three: Build strong mentoring programs across all divisions and equip and support volunteers to take on lay leadership roles.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Our organization has paid for our leadership team to attend the national Citygate Network conference to learn from leaders at rescue missions from across the country.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

The Lexington Rescue Mission is actively involved in the Lexington-Fayette Continuum of Care, which coordinates a community response to preventing and ending homelessness, and partners with the City of Lexington through ONE Lexington's Safety Net Initiative and serving as a Mayor's Workforce Development Partner. Our Executive Director is Chair of the Fayette County Emergency Food & Shelter Board, and our Director of Outreach is Chair of the Resource Office for Social Ministries Board. Our Director of Re-Entry Services is completing a fellowship with JustLeadership USA's Leading with Conviction program and regularly speaks at conferences and on panels about criminal justice issues, including, most recently, at the Kentucky Criminal Justice Reform and Smart Justice conferences. The mission raises awareness of our mission and cause through our Facebook and Instagram accounts as well as our direct mail appeals and newsletters, which reach over 8,000 households.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


2020 arrived like any other year. Throughout January and February, we worked hard to keep people warm, fed, clothed, and housed. Then, on March 16, the world turned upside down. We sent all staff and volunteers who were over 60 home, for what we thought would be a couple of weeks, until this new virus could be contained. We quickly learned we were in this for the long haul. The first decision we made was that we could not shut down. People needed us more than ever and had even less access to resources during the quarantine. The second decision was that we had to make changes to all our procedures and programs to accommodate the new requirements. Our skeleton crew jumped in and did anything that was required. They cleaned, they cooked meals, they helped meet client needs, they washed dishes and more. We had to change the way we served meals and distribute them in to-go containers. We had to make sure our homeless clients were wearing masks and were socially distanced so they could use the mission for daytime shelter when they had nowhere else to go. We moved our chapel and our meal service outside. We partnered with a distillery to employ people to make hand sanitizer. We found emergency shelter in motels for ex-offenders who were released early due to the pandemic. Our next challenge came on November 12, when a fire caused extensive damage to our Outreach Center. Thankfully, the Robert H. Williams Cultural Center came to our rescue by letting us use their facilities while ours were being repaired. By far, the most important thing we experienced in 2020 was God’s faithfulness. He rallied His people to band together to support the people served by the Mission. Individuals, churches, and businesses turned out in record number to offer their financial support, provide meals, donate toilet paper and cleaning supplies and much more. This outpouring of support meant people in need could be cared for, and the Mission could operate at full speed throughout the year.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Laura Carr

Executive Director

Gary Loucks

President

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

86

out of 100

Lexington Rescue Mission has earned a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 80/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

86

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

80/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 80 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 3 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

30% of beacon score


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.


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Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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