International Relations Council of Kansas City
106 W. 11th Street
Suite 1650
Kansas City MO 64105
Mission Statement

The International Relations Council (IRC) brings a global perspective to our community through strategic partnerships with businesses, universities, community organizations and K-12 schools.

 

We bring world leaders and dignitaries to the metro region, host forums for high school students to interact with and learn from foreign policy experts, and create opportunities for area business leaders to strengthen relationships abroad.

 

We believe that by promoting global awareness and understanding, we support and strengthen our community.

 

Since 1955, the IRC has been the region's leading organization for global affairs education.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Anna Lambertson
Board Chair Mr. Brad Kleindl
Board Chair Company Affiliation Park University School of Business
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1955
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $209,500
Projected Expenses $209,500
Statements
Mission Statement

The International Relations Council (IRC) brings a global perspective to our community through strategic partnerships with businesses, universities, community organizations and K-12 schools.

 

We bring world leaders and dignitaries to the metro region, host forums for high school students to interact with and learn from foreign policy experts, and create opportunities for area business leaders to strengthen relationships abroad.

 

We believe that by promoting global awareness and understanding, we support and strengthen our community.

 

Since 1955, the IRC has been the region's leading organization for global affairs education.
Background Statement

The International Relations Council (IRC) brings a global perspective to our community through strategic partnerships with businesses, universities, community organizations and K-12 schools.

 

We bring world leaders and dignitaries to the metro region, host forums for high school students to interact with and learn from foreign policy experts, and create opportunities for area business leaders to strengthen relationships abroad.

 

We believe that by promoting global awareness and understanding, we support and strengthen our community.
 
 
The IRC was founded in 1955 by Eliot Berkley whose passion for global issues inspired many people.

 

Since 1955, the IRC has been the region's leading organization for global affairs education. The IRC is also one of more than 90 organizations in the U.S. affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). WACA is the largest non-profit organization in the United States dedicated to fostering grassroots understanding of, and engagement in international affairs.

 

Impact Statement
Top Accomplishments in 2014:
 
  • In 2014, IRC reached over 3,500 community members who attended IRC lectures, panel discussions, social gatherings, Great Decisions group meetings, and our signature programs (e.g., annual banquet and Berkley lecture).
  • The IRC increased attendance at its programs by more than 100% compared to 2013.
  • The IRC hosted its 9th annual Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) on March 28 in Kansas City. AWQ is a fun and challenging global knowledge program for high school students and a flagship program of World Affairs Councils of America. International Relations Council hosts a competition each year for area high schools. During the half-day program, 4-student teams collaboratively answer questions divided into ten international categories. The winning team represents the Kansas City region at a national competition in Washington D.C.
    Sixteen area high schools participated in 2014, and businesses and individuals donated their time, money, and other resources for these exceptional high school students. The team from Rockhurst High School won the competition and represented Kansas City and the IRC at the national Academic WorldQuest in Washington, D.C. in April.
 
Top Goals for 2015:
 
  • Increase the number of IRC organizational partners (organizations that make an annual contribution to the IRC) or sponsors (organizations that contribute monetary assistance to sponsor an IRC program or event).
  • Diversify IRC funding to include more grant revenue and corporate sponsorships.
  • Secure funding to strengthen IRC's K-12 programs.
Needs Statement
Top 5 needs:
 
  1. Staff: Expand our reach, particularly in schools, by increasing the number of staff employed by the IRC. Additional staff to strengthen our school programs could cost between $26,000-$65,000 in salaries and benefits.
  2. Diversify funding: To sustain our work, we must diversify our funding to include more grant revenue.
  3. School programs: Each year, the IRC implements a robust speakers program in area schools, reaching hundreds of K-12 students. The IRC also implements a successful global trivia competition each year, called Academic WorldQuest. We would like reach more students by diversifying our schools programs. Doing so would require additional funding to support staff time, preparation and printing of materials, and other needs. 
  4. The IRC continually seeks partnerships with organizations and educational institutions to ensure that we are reaching a broad audience and engaging community members in understanding the most critical global issues. 
  5. The IRC needs funding to update our camera, which we use to archive programs.
Service Categories
Promotion of International Understanding
Higher Education
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Since 1955, the International Relations Council has been at the forefront of global affairs education in the bi-state Kansas City metro region. Advances in technology, global conflict, fluctuating relationships between the United States and other nations, and shifting socio-economic demographics of the Kansas City region have repeatedly forced the IRC to refine its role. The IRC has succeeded in sustaining and strengthening its presence across the metro region by remaining true to its mission and developing relationships with core academic institutions and corporations. To sustain our leadership, we must continue to embrace technology, think outside of the box, be nimble and responsive to global trends, and listen closely to the input and expertise of our strong network.

 

As the executive director of the International Relations Council since December 2013, I fully embrace the vision of our founder. I believe that our community is stronger when we have a global perspective, and I can personally attest to the fact that my life, knowledge, and experience are richer as a result of my background in international studies and language. I thrive, both personally and professionally, when I can interact with people from diverse perspectives and backgrounds and who speak languages other than English. I also feel the strongest when I can connect with information that makes foreign policy and global affairs relevant for my family and community. I understand that conflict, peace, disease, health, economic turmoil, and stability thousands of miles away can impact our lives right here in the metro region. I came to the IRC because I want to share that curiosity and desire to understand the world, and its relevance to my daily life, with others.

Programs
Description
The IRC brings to the region topic experts in timely global affairs issues. The IRC hosts these experts through lectures, panel discussions, and networking receptions. The IRC also hosts an annual lecture, called the Eliot S. Berkley Lecture, which covers a current global affairs topic.
Category International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, Adults,
Short-Term Success
Participating community members will demonstrate an increased understanding of the speaker's topic. For example, if we host a program about the conflict in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, participants will demonstrate knowledge about the issue that they didn't have before attending the IRC program.
Long-Term Success IRC programs will result in well-informed and engaged citizenry across the region.
Program Success Monitored By IRC has traditionally monitored progress by looking at the number of programs presented, the content and variety of the programs, the size of the audience, and the membership in the IRC. We are in the process of developing tools to better evaluate and strengthen our work. These evaluation tools include participant before and after surveys.
Examples of Program Success We have solicited feedback from our program attendees to understand whether or not our programs are meeting community needs. We will continue to strengthen our evaluation tools with the goal of using program evaluation to improve service delivery.
Description Academic WorldQuest is a high school team competition testing contestants’ knowledge of world affairs, geography, history, culture, world leaders and much more. The winning team receives a trip to Washington, DC, to participate in the national Academic WorldQuest competition which is sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America.
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), K-12 (5-19 years),
Short-Term Success Participating high school students will demonstrate increased knowledge about the world and global affairs.
Long-Term Success High schools students across the Kansas City metro region will be well-informed and engaged in understanding global affairs and its relevance for their community and families.
Program Success Monitored By We monitor the number and retention of participating schools. We also solicit feedback from participating high school students and coaches. We will continue to develop and strengthen evaluation tools, and use those tools to strengthen the program.
Examples of Program Success The IRC hosted its eighth annual Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) on February 23 in Kansas City. AWQ is a challenging international knowledge competition for high school students. Twelve area high schools participated in 2013, and over 50 businesses and individuals donated their time, money, and other resources for these exceptional high school students. In a survey following the event, 100% of survey respondents rated the program “Excellent” or “Good.” One participant called it “a great event" and added "Knowing all the material was very difficult, but I learned a ton.” The team from Shawnee Mission North High School won the competition and represented Kansas City and the IRC at the national Academic WorldQuest in Washington, D.C. in April.
Description Under the sponsorship of the Foreign Policy Association, the Great Decisions program includes an annual briefing book and discussion groups which meet to learn about some of the important issues facing the world today. IRC facilitates several groups and plans to increase the number of discussion groups in Kansas City. In addition, IRC sells the "Great Decisions" briefing book to independently organized Great Decisions discussion groups and to individuals.
Category International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other
Population Served Adults, Adolescents Only (13-19 years),
Short-Term Success We are currently developing evaluation tools that should strengthen our understanding of the impact of our Great Decisions program.
Long-Term Success We are currently developing evaluation tools that should strengthen our understanding of the impact of our Great Decisions program.
Program Success Monitored By We are currently developing evaluation tools that should strengthen our understanding of the impact of our Great Decisions program.
Examples of Program Success We are currently developing evaluation tools that should strengthen our understanding of the impact of our Great Decisions program.
CEO Comments

The IRC is supported by a community of organizations and individuals who recognize the need for a global perspective to stay competitive in this constantly changing world. The IRC implements cutting-edge and timely global affairs programming for people of all ages. IRC brings dignitaries and foreign policy experts to regional audiences, engages community members in thoughtful discussion about current global issues, and implements a variety of international programs for area high schools.

Our organizational partners – academic institutions and corporations - are an important component of our mission. Many of our organizational partners provide leadership on our board of directors, provide guidance on pressing global issues, and both inspire and inform our timely and informative programs.

Our individual members provide crucial monetary and in-kind support.

We understand that to remain a viable leader, we must continually reexamine and refine the way that we provide global affairs education. Internet technology has shifted the way that we receive and process information, more and more university students are pursuing online academic programs, and K-12 students are increasingly changing schools as their parents change jobs or move. We must be able to reach individuals where they are. Thoughtful, long-term planning will help the IRC to reach broader audiences, including more youth, university students, and families. We continue to pursue strategic planning that should strengthen our work moving forward.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Anna Lambertson
Term Start Dec 2013
Experience

Anna brings to her role more than a decade of experience in not-for-profit governance. She has directed successful fundraising campaigns and implemented regional educational initiatives. She has consulted for, and held board officer positions with state, regional and national organizations. She currently serves on the board of the Alliance Française de Kansas City.

Anna holds a MA in International Studies and BA in French & International Studies, both from the University of Kansas. She studied at France Business School, a Grande École in Clermont-Ferrand, France and Université de Franche-Comté in Besançon, France. Anna previously volunteered in Mexico with an international development NGO.

Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Judy Moody June 1993 - Feb 2002
Ms. Linda Trout Dec 2004 - Oct 2013
Staff
Full-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 100
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 50%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan No
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
World Affairs Councils of America - Member1955
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Partners in EducationNorth Kansas City School District2001
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Brad Kleindl
Company Affiliation Park University School of Business
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2015
Email brad.kleindl@park.edu
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Hilary Berndt Black & Veatch
Mr. Chad Bettes The Singularis Group
Mr. Kirk Doan Stinson Leonard Street
Mr. Scott Dupree Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Mr. Brian Gordon Commerce Bank
Mr. Lee Greif Sequoia Corporation
Mr. Frederick Jiang Waddell & Reed/Ivy Funds
Mr. Allan Katz UMKC
Mr. Brad Kleindl Park University
Ms. Lyn Lakin Heart to Heart International
Ms. Shelly Ma Scout Investments
Ms. Holly Nielsen Baring Vostok Capital Partners
Mr. Robert Rebori Bio-Microbics
Mr. Lawrence Rouse Red Bear Investors
Ms. Fang Shen Husch Blackwell
Ms. Cyprienne Simchowitz Community Volunteer
Dr. Joy Stevenson University of Central Missouri
Sidne Ward UMKC Bloch School of Business
Mr. Michael Wizniak Community Volunteer
Mr. Stephen Wynne BASIC-M
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 3
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 60%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Executive
Nominating
Finance
CEO Comments

We continue to be engaged in strategic planning discussions that should strengthen our work moving forward. We are also strengthening aspects of our governance work to ensure that all board members are engaged in these discussions and have the opportunity to provide input.

 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2015
Projected Revenue $209,500
Projected Expenses $209,500
Endowment Value $790,318
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 6%
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2013, 2012, 2011:  Financial data reported using IRS Form 990 and audited financial statements. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$6,526$342,578$19,063
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal--$0$0
State--$0$0
Local--$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions--$0$0
$0$0$0
$50,150$88,935$132,353
Investment Income, Net of Losses$61,665$25,363($6,267)
Membership Dues$47,815$0$45,920
Special Events$35,761$48,596$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$110$0$130
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$129,601$172,963$212,287
Administration Expense$36,464$22,669$25,306
Fundraising Expense$25,119$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.062.580.80
Program Expense/Total Expenses68%88%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue59%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$908,336$891,976$570,497
Current Assets$110,366$433,711$136,020
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$14,334$8,817$9,959
Total Net Assets$894,002$883,159$564,538
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.7049.1913.66
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountBlack & Veatch $5,000Individual $309,965Black & Veatch $10,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBlack & Veatch $5,000Individual $18,824William T. Kemper Foundation $6,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountWilliam T. Kemper Foundation $4,000Individual $8,789Payless ShoeSource/Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, each $5,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments To sustain our work, we must diversify our funding to include more grants, corporate sponsorship of events, and other sources. The topic of revenue diversification is part of our ongoing strategic planning discussions.
Organization Name International Relations Council of Kansas City
Address 106 W. 11th Street
Suite 1650
Kansas City, MO 64105
Primary Phone (816) 2214204
Contact Email irc@irckc.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Anna Lambertson
Board Chair Mr. Brad Kleindl
Board Chair Company Affiliation Park University School of Business
Year of Incorporation 1955