Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas
12615 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City KS 66109
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 647-0325
Mission Statement
The mission and purpose of the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas are clearly defined to support the needs of 65,000 households, parishes, schools and ministries of the 21-county Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas by: Promoting the spiritual mission of the Catholic Church by encouraging stewardship. Collaborating with parishes and institutions to develop additional resources and support. Building endowed funds to ensure the vitality of the Church and its ministries. Stewarding responsibly the funds entrusted to The Foundation.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Lesle M Knop
Board Chair Mr. Daniel Stalp
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sandler Training
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1989
Former Names
The Archdiocesan Foundation
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $350,000
Projected Expenses $305,000
Mission Statement The mission and purpose of the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas are clearly defined to support the needs of 65,000 households, parishes, schools and ministries of the 21-county Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas by: Promoting the spiritual mission of the Catholic Church by encouraging stewardship. Collaborating with parishes and institutions to develop additional resources and support. Building endowed funds to ensure the vitality of the Church and its ministries. Stewarding responsibly the funds entrusted to The Foundation.
Background Statement The Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas (Foundation) was established in 1989. On September 4, 1997, the Foundation was changed from the Archdiocesan Foundation of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas to the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas. Within the Foundation, parishes, schools, institutions, or other archdiocesan entities may establish an endowment or trust to hold assets. The endowment or trust is a vehicle for soliciting, accepting, maintaining, investing, and distributing assets for a general or restricted purpose as specified by the donor, establishing entity or bequest. Donors may give to existing funds or start a new fund with their gift. 
Impact Statement The Catholic Church is a people of prayer, faith, and sacrifice. The life of the Church is found in her people. Catholicism is found in our homes, schools, workplaces, and in our hearts. From a frontier church to one of incredible diversity, the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas remains vibrant and dynamic. To ensure that our mission as a church to pass on our faith to future generations is accomplished, we must plan and prepare. As of the end of our most recently audited fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas had more than $81 million under its management in 190 funds that provide for the future of our parishes, schools and other organizations and ministries. The first donors and communities who planned for the future with their endowments have been joined by others who share the commitment to sacred spaces for worship, gathering spaces to enrich lives, schools in which to educate our children, and institutions to meet the pastoral and social needs of our communities. In our fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, $1,577,806 was distributed to fund holders through income distributions.
Needs Statement Catholics are called upon by God to defend those who are poor, to protect human life, to promote dignity, to strengthen the Church and to seek the common good. Through wise stewardship and sharing of financial resources, the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas recognizes the need to provide the opportunity for people to permanently fund causes that are most meaningful to them and to the fulfillment of their Faith, thus amplifying and supporting the work in parishes, schools, and ministries.
Service Categories
Roman Catholic
Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Educational Services
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS - Franklin County
KS - Lawrence
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Through a strong union of leaders from throughout the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas representing parishes, schools and other institutions, the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas provides a solid framework of financial support to ensure that our faith will be passed to future generations. Changing demographics and aging churches in established communities, coupled with growth and the accompanying needs throughout the region, makes this a dynamic and important time in the history of the Church. It is my honor to lead the dedicated Catholic leaders who comprise the Foundation's Board of Directors. Our board consists of a broad Northeast Kansas geographic representation of committed professional lay persons who are recommended to and appointed by the Archbishop to guide the purposes for which the Foundation was created. These purposes are to accept endowments and trusts from various Archdiocesan entities, to provide or retain asset management and investment services, and to otherwise assist trustees in meeting their responsibilities and to minimize expenses.
Description There are 50 parish endowment funds at the CFNEK established by generous parishioners through gifts, bequests, and activities, provide funds through annual distributions to defray costs of operations, repairs or renovations, ministerial services, or other projects approved by the parish in a manner consistent with donor intent. The impact of these endowments will continue to be felt for many generations to come. "The Christian faithful are those who, inasmuch as they have been incorporated in Christ through Baptism, have been constituted as the people of God; for this reason, since they have become sharers in Christ's priestly, prophetic, and royal office in their own manner, they are called to exercise the mission which God has entrusted to the Church to fulfill the world, in accord with the condition proper to each one." Canon Law 242
Program Budget $300,000.00
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served Families, Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short-Term Success The near term achievement of an endowment fund established to benefit a parish is that your attachments as a Catholic donor are respected. You may choose to establish a restricted or unrestricted endowment fund. You may assign your gift to your own parish for its use in any manner you designate consistent with the mission of the Church. You may also request that your donation simply be used to provide the greatest good to the greatest number as an unrestricted gift. The endowment fund offers both accountability and protection of assets.
Long-Term Success The needs of a parish change as a parish community changes. Some parishes see results from the use of their endowment fund distributions in the form of repairs and renovations, others in funding ministerial programs including staff and supplies. The key benefit resulting from a parish endowment fund is that the principal of the gift remains on deposit and continues to grow, while every year, the parishes you have chosen will receive income from your gift forever. The manner in which a parish uses your gift is consistent with manner you designate.
Program Success Monitored By The Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas works in a collaborative manner to ensure that endowment gifts are utilized appropriately according to donor intent. Additional services and benefits include timely reporting and audits to assure open disclosure and public accountability; and to help establish a permanent legacy of faith, perhaps in the family name. By establishing an edowment fund for your parish, you have the satisfaction of making a lasting gift that is a permanent legacy of your faith.
Examples of Program Success Since 2000, more than twelve new parish endowment funds have been established in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Parish endowment funds have been established in several ways: some as a result of parish fund-raising activities, such as Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Paola, while others have been established by donor bequests, as exemplified by St. Gregory Catholic Church, Marysville.
Description Scholarship and education endowment funds have been established with the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas to benefit Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Today, more than 55 scholarship and elementary and secondary school endowment funds exist to benefit Catholic education within the Archdiocese. Additionally, the Catholic Education Foundation Endowment provides annual distributions to benefit scholarship assistance for schools whose student populations meet necessary guidelines for financial assistance.
Program Budget $300,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success A Catholic education endowment fund is the best way for you to provide a perpetual source of revenue for your Catholic school community in a manner that is important to you. The principal of your gift remains on deposit and continues to grow, while every year, the Catholic organization(s) you have chosen to receive income will continue to do so forever. You may assign your gift to your alma mater or to your child's school. You may assign your gift as a memorial scholarship, as many donors have chosen to do, for the benefit of a particular school or group of students. You are assured of timely reporting and audits and open disclosure and public accountability.
Long-Term Success Education funds established through the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the tradition of Catholic education in America. These funds provide for scholarships, operations, plant improvements, education programs and other needs within a elementary school or high school community as determined by donors. "Young people are a valued treasure and the future leaders of our Church. It is the responsibility of the entire Catholic community - bishops, priests, deacons, religious and laity - to continue to strive towards the goal of making our Catholic elementary and secondary schools available, accessible, and affordable to all Catholic parents and their children, including those who are poor and middle class." - Renewing our commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millenium, 2005, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Program Success Monitored By As stewardship becomes a priority for the archdiocese and subsequently its parishes, it then produces degrees of transformative lay involvement within the Catholic church. The growth of school endowment funds within the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas has been consistently sustained since its establishment in 1998 and mirrors the emphasis on Christian Stewardship by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann. By establishing an endowment fund to benefit Catholic education, the parish or organization or individual who establishes the fund becomes involved in grant-making and investment decisions while avoiding the disadvantages of a private foundations. If you, as an individual donor, and your family want to maximize the financial benefits associated with charitable giving while establishing a legacy of faith for the future good of the Church, the Catholic Foundation will help you accomplish these goals through the establishing an endowment fund and monitoring its ongoing impact
Examples of Program Success

Thanks to a record number of generous donors supplemented by distribution income from an endowment and scholarship funds housed by the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas, the Catholic Education Foundation(CEF) assists children attending 19 under-resourced Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship money was distributed by CEF during this fiscal year!

For additional information please call 913-647-0383 or go to

Description The perpetual support of Catholic cemeteries throughout the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is made possible through generous contributions to 17 cemetery endowment Funds and to those parishes that maintain parish cemeteries. Distributions of income from Cemetery Endowment Funds provide for upkeep of roads, mausoleum repairs of doors and roofs, mowing, trimming and tree care, irrigation and irrigation equipment maintenance and replacement, and shrine repair and maintenance.
Program Budget $300,000.00
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success To provide a burial place that is adequate and fitting by today's standards and in today's economy, we must meet many expenses: employees' wages; insurance costs; upkeep of grounds and ground maintenance; costs and care of equipment; capital expenditures; office expenses, etc. These expenses and many others must be met not only on a current basis but also in the future. Accordingly, income must be earned to meet not only current expenses but also future expenses—expenses that will grow by leaps and bounds, especially through inflation and other growing costs. Nine Cemetery Endowment Funds entrusted to the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas serve the purpose of providing annual distribution income for the maintenance of specific cemeteries.
Long-Term Success Suffering and illness have always been among the greatest problems that trouble the human spirit. Christians feel and experience pain, as do all other people; yet their faith helps them to grasp more deeply the mystery of suffering and to bear their pain with greater courage. The Laws and customs of the Church, from earliest times, have laid great emphasis on the place and the manner in which the deceased Faithful were to be buried. The first two centuries of the Christian Era saw the assembled Church actually living in cemeteries, the catacombs. We need not remind you how lovingly and with what devotion and care the remains of the Faithful, especially the Martyrs, were put to rest there. Even to this day, the Catacombs are places of pilgrimage and veneration. Down through the centuries the Church has always concerned itself with the proper rites to be held at the time of death and also with the proper disposition and burial of the body. Cemetery Endowments reflect this devotion.
Program Success Monitored By The 1917 Canon Law of the Church stipulated that in addition to funeral services held over the body in Church, the body must be buried in a place legitimately appointed for the burial of the Faithful Departed. In the past, local Churches or groups of Churches were required to possess their own cemeteries for the burial of the Faithful, that these cemeteries be blessed with special rites, and that the local Churches require the Faithful to be buried in these Church cemeteries or, in cases where there are not Church cemeteries, in ground blessed with the rites of the Church. The Church has also specified that Church Cemeteries must be protected and guarded implying that the cemetery must be kept in good condition. Catholic Cemeteries must consider as their primary purpose to provide a fitting burial place for the Faithful Departed and, therefore, all cemetery charges should be determined to achieve this purpose and all cemetery income must be used principally for cemetery purposes.
Examples of Program Success The perpetual care provided by a cemetery endowment fund could be illustrated by the recent repair of stone work at Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, Kansas. Stonework completed in the 1950s and early 1960s on an existing shrine needed tucking and replacement of stones, and the religious statues were in disrepair. Another example is of the replacement of a granite crucifix that had been featured on the Strang family mausoleum at St. John's Cemetery. It appeared that the cross had weakened, fell off, and then was removed. Most cemetery maintenance and operations are managed by individual parishes. The Archdiocese manages seven cemeteries.
Description The 6 Religious Vocations Endowment Funds of the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas uniquely provide for the support and education of priests and seminarians. Catholics are called by God to protect human life, to promote dignity, to defend those who are poor, to strengthen the Church and to seek the common good. The Catholic Foundation exists to help Catholics live out this sacred mission to the Church through wise stewardship and thoughtful sharing of their financial resources. Two Education of Priests and Seminarians funds, one of which was established by A Future Full of Hope, and the SOS Seminarians Fund, provides important resources. Young men are never denied entry into seminaries because of lack of funds. Seminarians studying to be priests of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas benefit from financial support resulting from income from endowments which have grown as a result of many gifts from individual donors that support religious vocations. These endowments, managed by the CFNEK, and supplemental assistance from the archdiocese made available through scholarships or loans are what helps to defray the expense of the many years of education required for priestly formation.
Program Budget $230,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success A diocesan priest ordinarily serves the church within a well-defined area (as in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas). He serves the people as a parish priest, but may also be involved in other forms of ministry: teaching, chaplain in hospitals, prisons, campus ministry, etc. A religious priest, on the other hand, is a member of a community which goes beyond the geographical limits of any diocese. Distribution of income from Endowment Funds established by generous donors helps to defray expenses and to help serve the Catholic Church.
Long-Term Success Endowment Funds to support the education of priests and seminarians of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas help men to defray their expenses, including living expenses and tuition, while preparing for Ordination as a Catholic Priest. The education of a future priest is expensive and the distribution income from endowments established by generous donors assists in this effort. The formation program involves several stages and often requires many years of discernment and study.
Program Success Monitored By In the past six years, the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas has been blessed by the ordination of 18 new priests, and currently has 28 active seminarians. For more information, call the Vocations Office of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas at 913-647-0303.
Examples of Program Success It takes six years after college or eight years after high school, the same as for many professions, in order to be educated and ordained a diocesan priest. In the past five years, more than 15 priests have been ordained in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. The path toward the priesthood begins with discernment, which is not just about deciding what to do in life. It is much more about the "who" of life, the total person. In essence discernment is about making decisions and choosing a path in life that God calls us to. "Who does God want me to be?" and not "What do I want to do with my life?" is the basic question in discernment. In answering that basic question one needs to address: the activities and work of life; the values and attitudes one holds in one's heart; and the choice to love that one makes. Christian discernment implies a life of faith and a sense of one's relationship with God in Christ. Discernment requires a heart ready to listen and respond.
Description Human Services needs within the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas are partially met through the generous contributors to the Catholic Charities Endowment Fund, the Catholic Charities, A Future Full of Hope Fund; the Catholic Charities Groniger Fund; the Irene Wohletz Fund for the Poor, and the Villa Saint Francis Endowment Fund. These permanent funds provide annual distribution income to help meet human service needs in many categories.
Program Budget $133,978.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations, Families, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short-Term Success Catholic Charities, for example, returns 90% of every donated dollar back to the community. We take great pride in the work that we are able to do and we are humbled by the need of those we serve.
Long-Term Success Success is exemplified by Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, a vehicle whereby the faith community and all people of good will can connect with those less fortunate in our communities. Our mission is derived from our Catholic social teaching, which calls on each us, individually and collectively to serve others. Within the 21 counties of northeast Kansas we provide services to the hungry, the sick, the elderly, children in need and the poor. The range of services provided includes food pantries and emergency assistance centers, early childhood development, pregnancy counseling and adoption, foster care, refugee resettlement, mental health counseling, marriage counseling, in-home support services for the elderly and hospice care for those with life-limiting illnesses. Through the generous support of the community, and a dedicated and talented group of  volunteers, Catholic Charities is able to assist 85,000 individuals of all faiths each year.
Program Success Monitored By The various Human Services organizations that receive income from endowments entrusted to the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas are governed by Boards of Directors represented by qualified individuals from throughout the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas in accordance with applicable canon and civil law and ethical and fiduciary guidelines.
Examples of Program Success Catholic Charities holds funds in endowment at the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas. Distribution income from these endowed funds is used to offset the organization’s administrative costs and capital budgets associated with operating 10 facilities across our 21-county service area. Examples include general facility maintenance such as cleaning services, roof repairs, HVAC repairs and replacement and electrical upgrades; maintenance and upgrades of our IT and voice systems; costs associated with staff training and recognition; professional fees for financial and licensure audits, program consultants and legal services. Without trained and motivated staff and volunteers and effective facilities from which to offer services, we would not be able to accomplish our mission of compassionate service to others.
CEO Comments The Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas affirms the vision of our founders who helped to build our foundation to serve the Catholic community throughout the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. We also look to the future, knowing we are prepared to serve the community and to ensure that many causes may be supported, not simply one cause. We help bring donors together to meet needs that they could not accomplish alone. Parish and institutional leaders and generous donors are skilled at anticipating and planning to meet future needs, and to recognize unfulfilled needs that cry out for funding. The Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas is a consistent, trusted resource that offers financial strength and security.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Lesle M Knop
Term Start June 2006
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mr. Mike Alex June 2000 - June 2003
Ms. Jennifer Damiano June 2003 - Apr 2006
Senior Staff
Title CFO
Title Executive Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Volunteers 20
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
The Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas supports the mission of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas with collaboration with its constituency and the various schools, parishes, ministries and organizations it serves.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
The Planned Giving Initiative is entering its seventh year of working to build a culture of legacy giving by practicing Catholic households. Fund holders and board members serving as planned giving diplomats are collaborating to increase participation in the Catholic Legacy Society. Legacy gift commitments increased by 79 to 512.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Daniel Stalp
Company Affiliation Sandler Training
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2016
Board Members
Mrs. Shirley M Antes Emporia Community Foundation
Mrs. Kathy Bastasch Community Volunteer
Mr. Larry J. Buessing MetLife
Mr. Joseph H Bunck Monsanto
Mr. John L Caton Community Volunteer
Mr. Douglas C Ciocca Kavar Capital Partners, LLC
Mr. Chris D Dierks JE Dunn Construction
Mr. William F Hess The Commerce Trust Company
Mr. Bernard "B.J." Hickert Newbery, Ungerer & Hickert, LLP
Mr. Donald L Lueger Community National Bank
Mrs. Ann Martin JMA Group, LLC
Mr. Stephen McBride Community Volunteer
Mr. Stephen Menke Strategic Wealth Planners
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann Archdioceses of Kansas City in Kansas
Mr. Eugene Schreiner Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael R Shirley Retired
Mr. Daniel J Stalp Sandler Training - Brooks
Mr. Jonathan J Twidwell Cornerstone Wealth Management, LLC
Ms. Patricia M Verschelden Kansas Dept. of Revenue
Mrs. Sharon Weems Church of the Ascension
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
CEO Comments The Board met for their annual Board Advance in May 2016 to review mission, vision, and strategic objectives for the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas. Specific goals were set, including helping a greater number of parishes to establish endowments and to educate parish leadership about planned giving opportunities within the archdiocese. A progress review was presented on progress of a planned giving initiative to build a culture of Catholic legacy giving in parishes and throughout all Archdiocesan institutions and ministries as well as increased numbers of Donor Advised Funds.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2016
Projected Revenue $350,000
Projected Expenses $305,000
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2014, 2013, 2012:  Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$2,561,783$1,375,355$1,171,952
Administration Expense$253,148$243,362$241,677
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.992.350.47
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%85%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$53,457,983$45,286,125$40,691,564
Current Assets$53,457,983$36,566$33,216
Long-Term Liabilities$0$22,878,961$20,535,732
Current Liabilities$27,338,914$304,476$332,710
Total Net Assets$26,119,069$22,102,688$20,535,732
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.960.120.10
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%51%50%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas
Address 12615 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, KS 66109
Primary Phone (913) 647-0325
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Lesle M Knop
Board Chair Mr. Daniel Stalp
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sandler Training
Year of Incorporation 1989
Former Names
The Archdiocesan Foundation