Better Business Bureau Report for
Louisville Urban League

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2018
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 2020

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Louisville Urban League
Address: 1535 W. Broadway
  Louisville, KY 40203
Phone: 502-585-4622
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1921, Kentucky
Affiliates: Rebound Inc.
Stated Purpose: The Louisville Urban League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, community service organization dedicated to the elimination of racism and its effects within our community. The Louisville Urban League's mission is to assist African-American and disadvantaged persons in the achievement of social and economic equality primarily through education, employment, housing, family development and community development.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Louisville Urban League (LUL) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Louisville Urban League focuses on jobs, justice, education, health and housing. The Center for Workforce Development offers counseling and placement services, including one-on-one assistance to help clients find employment that best matches their skills and abilities. Training and development programs include Kentuckiana Builds, which is a seven-week construction training program which guarantees national certification upon completion. The Urban Seniors Job Program (USJP) helps low income persons aged 55 and older obtain job skills through paid training placements at local nonprofits. Justice initiatives include monthly expungement clinics in partnership with the Legal Aid Society and advocacy in the areas of education, housing, workforce and health. The Youth Development & Education Department provides youth with pathways to becoming successful academically, personally and socially. Project Ready is a college and career development program that offers high school students concrete experiences to foster personal visions of success and self-sufficiency. The Urban Youth Golf Program (UYGP) is a golf and academic enhancement initiative promoting opportunity, increased self-esteem and confidence for school-aged youth living in the urban core. Street Academy is an out-of-school-time program for 4th and 5th grade boys at Title 1 schools to help increase attendance, improve academic performance and decrease suspensions. The program is operated at five JCPS elementary schools. Girls League of the West (GLOW) empowers, liberates, motivates and celebrates middle school African-American girls. Participants connect with women mentors and participate in sisterhood activities that help to grow leadership and social development skills. The Health Education & Policy Department addresses the various social factors that impact one’s life, understanding that health is more than just medical conditions. “It starts with me!” community health program integrates community members and services and makes it easier for people to access the holistic care they need to live healthier, more active lifestyles. Zones of Hope is a violence prevention initiative focused on helping African-American males between ages 16 to 27, their families, and communities live free of violence by connecting them to jobs and educational opportunities. The Center for Housing & Financial Education helps current and future homeowners by offering a wide range of counseling and training programs. Credit Counselors assist clients in establishing working budgets and debt repayment plans. Housing Counseling & Development Services help families and individuals better their housing situations. Each program serves to educate participants and sets a goal around handling their housing needs. Rental Readiness classes coach prospective renters on how to become good tenants and understanding tenant rights. Homebuyer’s Club is a comprehensive education program that prepares clients for home ownership. Foreclosure Counselors assist clients in developing strategies to correct mortgage delinquencies and avoid losing their home.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, LUL's program expenses were:

Employment services program 1,642,225
Housing services and development 900,739
Youth development programs 758,785
Advocacy 358,152
Total Program Expenses: $3,659,901
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Chief Executive : Sadiqa Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Lorri Lee
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Director of Security Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino and Hotel

Co-Chair of the Board : Neal Thomas

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: CPA

Co-Chair of the Board : Sharon Decker

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Business development

Board Size: 20

Paid Staff Size: 32

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

LUL follows the American Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethics and Donor Bill of Rights. Methods used to fundraise include individual membership solicitation and donations through direct mail and online campaigns, fundraising events, grant proposals, and corporate memberships and donations.

In addition, the Louisville Urban League is a Metro United Way member agency.

Fund raising costs were 9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,131,816, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on LUL's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

Ending net assets as reported below include $1,653,728 in unrestricted net assets and $1,381,822 in temporarily restricted net assets.

Total assets as reported include $1,138,579 in assets invested in property and equipment, net.

Source of Funds  
Grants 2,785,327
Contributions and memberships 1,091,111
Property sales 266,780
Public support 255,378
Other income 214,398
Interest 1,159
Unrealized loss on investments -2,905
Total Income $4,611,248


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative: 9% 

Total income $4,611,248
Program expenses $3,659,901
Fund raising expenses 373,154
Administrative expenses 422,929
Total expenses $4,455,984
Income in Excess of Expenses 155,264
Beginning net assets 2,880,286
Ending net assets 3,035,550
Total liabilities 159,040
Total assets $3,194,590

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