International Relations Council of Kansas City
106 W. 11th Street
Suite 1650
Kansas City MO 64105
Contact Information
Address 106 W. 11th Street
Suite 1650
Kansas City, MO 64105-
Telephone (816) 2214204
Fax (816) 2214206
Email irc@irckc.org
Web and Social Media
Mission Statement
The mission of the International Relations Council is to inspire, educate and engage K-12 students, adults, and families in learning about critical global issues.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Anna Lambertson
Board Chair Ms. Mithra Amaran
Board Chair Company Affiliation JMA Information Technology
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1955
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $195,000
Projected Expenses $195,000
Statements
Mission Statement
The mission of the International Relations Council is to inspire, educate and engage K-12 students, adults, and families in learning about critical global issues.
Background Statement

The IRC is a non-profit organization founded in 1954 with the mission to educate and engage the region in understanding global affairs. Our founder, Eliot Berkley, understood that our community is stronger when our citizens have a global perspective, that our students are more competitive when they have access to international opportunities and information, and that our businesses are more prosperous when they can engage in global trade and expansion. 

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.

Impact Statement
Top accomplishments in 2013:
 
  • In 2013, IRC reached over 2,500 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 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.
  • The IRC's Global Connections program provides volunteer speakers who share their international experience and expertise with students in Kansas City metro area schools. IRC sends speakers to elementary, middle and high schools, as well as colleges and universities. In 2013, over 300 students in the Kansas City area benefited from Global Connections speakers, with speakers touching on diverse topics such as world religions, refugees, and the importance of international travel.
 
Top goals for 2014:
 
  • Increase audience attendance at IRC programs.  
  • 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.
  • Strengthen volunteer and intern engagement. 
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 technology and software in our office. Funds in the amount of $5,000-10,000 would allow us to add much-needed computer and software technology, as well as 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 1954, 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 Through the Global Connections Speakers Bureau, IRC provides speakers for K-12 classrooms and community organizations.  When teachers and organizations need a speaker on any type of international subject matter, IRC locates one or more potential speakers on that topic.  Frequently, these speakers come from IRC's membership but we also rely upon international students at area universities and colleges.  The range of topics covered includes specific countries and geographic areas, foreign policy topics, and international challenges.  IRC provides speakers throughout the year.  
Category International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other International Relations
Population Served General/Unspecified, K-12 (5-19 years), Adults
Short-Term Success Students and community members will demonstrate increased knowledge of the topic presented by the speaker. For example, if we send an individual to a school to speak about the importance of international travel, the participating students will have a better understanding of tangible experience or skills that they could gain overseas.
Long-Term Success Participating students and community members will be well-informed and engaged in understanding timely global affairs issues.
Program Success Monitored By 1. Informal feedback from the participants in the program. 2. IRC is developing stronger evaluation tools to solicit feedback from students and community members and organizations.
Examples of Program Success Students and community members have frequently provided positive comments about our Global Connections Speakers Bureau. We are developing stronger evaluation tools to solicit feedback about our programs and then use the feedback to strengthen our programs.
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 are currently engaged in strategic planning discussions that should strengthen our work moving forward.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Anna Lambertson
Term Start Dec 2013
Experience Anna Lambertson brings to the IRC a strong track record of program management, strategic planning, and community relations with foundations, community partners, and the media.

Lambertson previously served as executive director of the Kansas Health Consumer Coalition and was previously the coalition’s director of development.

She also has managed dual-language programs and supported grant making for a non-profit organization.

Lambertson, who has traveled extensively and speaks English, French, and Spanish, holds a bachelor’s degree in French and international studies and a master’s degree in international studies, both from the University of Kansas. She also studied at Groupe ESC Clermont and the Université de Franche-Comté in France.
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 Ms. Mithra Amaran
Company Affiliation JMA Information Technology
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2014
Email mithra@jma-it.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Tony Andrade Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Ms. Hilary Berndt Black & Veatch
Mr. Chad Bettes Community Volunteer
Ms. Katelyn Clark Front Flip
Mr. Kirk Doan Stinson Leonard Street
Mr. Brian Gordon Commerce Bank
Mr. Lee Greif Sequoia Corporation
Mr. Allan Katz UMKC
Mr. Brad Kleindl Park University
Ms. Lyn Lakin Camp Fire
Ms. Mary Larson-Diaz Baker University
Ms. Colleen LeCount Community Volunteer
Dr. Nick Peroff UMKC Bloch School of Business
Mr. Robert Rebori Bio-Microbics
Mr. Lawrence Rouse Rouse Hendricks German May PC
Ms. Fang Shen Husch Blackwell
Ms. Cyprienne Simchowitz Community Volunteer
Dr. Joy Stevenson University of Central Missouri
Mr. Michael Wizniak Community Volunteer
Mr. Stephen Wynne Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 9
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
Education
Membership
CEO Comments

We are currently 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, 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2014
Projected Revenue $195,000
Projected Expenses $195,000
Endowment Value $748,202
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 6%
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$172,963$212,287$226,241
Administration Expense$22,669$25,306$24,658
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.580.801.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%89%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$891,976$570,497$621,407
Current Assets$433,711$136,020$146,639
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$8,817$9,959$10,475
Total Net Assets$883,159$564,538$610,932
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities49.1913.6614.00
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual $309,965Black & Veatch $10,000Eliot Berkley $11,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual $18,824William T. Kemper Foundation $6,000Black & Veatch $8,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual $8,789Payless ShoeSource/Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, each $5,000Pioneer Financial $7,000
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.
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2012, 2011, 2010:  Financial data reported using IRS Form 990 and audited financial statements. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
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 Ms. Mithra Amaran
Board Chair Company Affiliation JMA Information Technology
Year of Incorporation 1955