International Relations Council of Kansas City
107 W. 9th St., Second Floor
Kansas City MO 64105
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 423-2632
Mission Statement
A Kansas City nonprofit organization and a member of the World Affairs Councils of America, the IRC works in partnership with businesses, universities, community organizations, and K-12 schools to bring a global perspective to our community. 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 invite you to join us for an upcoming event and see how you can get involved with Kansas City's global community.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Matthew Hughes
Board Chair Ms Lyn Lakin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lyn Lakin Consulting
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1955
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
We value the support of our community. Monetary and in-kind donations to the IRC are crucially important and help provide global affairs education to hundreds of adults, youth, students, and families each year. Donations to the IRC General Fund go to support a range of programming and organizational needs, including opportunities for teachers and students to globalize their learning, chances for local businesses to understand the international context of their work, and the development of an engaged global community right here in the Kansas City area. Donations to the IRC's K-12 Global Education Fund underwrite a range of education initiatives in our local community, including academic tournaments for high-schoolers, student access to global-affairs experts, and workshops and training opportunities for area teachers.
 
Monetary donations may be made online (https://www.irckc.org/donations/), over the phone (816-423-2632), or by mailing a check to our office.
 
Volunteers contribute time and non-monetary resources that make our events and programs successful. We welcome volunteer applications from community members who are interested in global issues and want to learn more about program or event management.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
A Kansas City nonprofit organization and a member of the World Affairs Councils of America, the IRC works in partnership with businesses, universities, community organizations, and K-12 schools to bring a global perspective to our community. 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 invite you to join us for an upcoming event and see how you can get involved with Kansas City's global community.
Background Statement
The International Relations Council was founded in late December 1954 by Eliot Berkley, who served as executive director of the IRC for nearly forty years and, later, as chairman of the IRC Academy and lifetime board member of the IRC. After graduating from Harvard University in 1947, Eliot earned an M.A. (1949) and Ph.D. (1952) from Princeton University. Returning to his hometown, Eliot taught history and government at the University of Kansas City, now UMKC. He then taught social science at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he later served as vice president for development from 1960 to 1961 and dean of the college from 1961 to 1965. For many years, his wife Marcia worked side by side with Eliot, hosting dinners and meetings in their home. Eliot passed away in 2012 but is still remembered fondly by business, community, and academic leaders » for his inspirational passion for global issues.
 
The IRC welcomed Eleanor Roosevelt as our first speaker in January 1955. Since then, a wide range of legislators, professors, journalists, diplomats, and other global-affairs experts have visited Kansas City to share their perspective and expertise. These notable guests include Henry Kissinger (1975), Jim Lehrer (1986), Robert J. Eaton (1993), Madeleine Albright (2006), Condoleezza Rice (2010), and Janet Napolitano (2014). We invite you to review our calendar of upcoming events » to find which speakers will be in Kansas City in the coming weeks.
 
Today, as a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan educational organization, the IRC works with a range of businesses, universities, organizational partners, K-12 schools, and other interested individuals around the Kansas City metropolitan area to grow a global perspective and find international connections within our community. We warmly welcome your involvement; please check out the different sections of our website and feel free to contact Matthew Hughes for more information.
Impact Statement
Top Accomplishments in 2018: 
  • Programming for high-schoolers broadened the global perspective of more than 700 students. As part of this, the IRC hosted the Your Global Future college and career fair, at which more than 50 businesses, universities, and organizations showed area students that they don't need to look far to pursue their global aspirations.
  • 17 interns from 8 colleges and universities developed their skills while expanding quality programming for our community. 
  • IRC members and friends came together for programs like WorldQuest to have fun while promoting team building and global knowledge.
  • IRC board members and volunteers engaged thousands of Kansas Citians through community outreach activities.
  • We grew the Global Experience program series, which focuses on two key questions: What's your global story? Do you get the chance to share it?
Top Goals for 2019:
  • 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 knowledge 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
Geographic Area Served Narrative Our programs reach throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area, including to member institutions in northwest, southwest, and central Missouri, and the capital region of Kansas.
Programs
Description We bring together dignitaries, foreign-policy experts, and regional leaders to discuss, debate, and engage the local community in issues of international scope and local relevance; often free for students.
Category International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, Adults,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
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 Each year since 2006, the IRC has offered high-school students the chance to showcase their knowledge of world affairs, geography, history, and world events; the winning team receives an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national tournament.
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), K-12 (5-19 years),
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
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 Each area high school may enter one team of four students plus a faculty sponsor. Participation is entirely cost-free for schools. The winning team will receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the students and their sponsor to participate in the national Academic WorldQuest competition in late April.
Description Discussion groups meet around the metro area for conversations on critical international topics.
Category International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other
Population Served Adults, Adolescents Only (13-19 years),
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
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. The organization 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 – businesses, universities, and nonprofit organizations – 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 Matthew Hughes
Term Start July 2016
Experience
Matthew Hughes has been executive director of the International Relations Council since July 2016.
 
Hughes’ professional experience bridges the education and nonprofit sectors. A K-12 teacher for six years and fluent in Spanish, Hughes has worked with students ranging from age 4 through adult learners. He has developed curricula for schools and nonprofits, is a dynamic trainer and presenter, and has served on the board of several organizations, including the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City and the Kansas City Sister Cities Association. Matthew relishes the chance to travel and has experience living internationally, including in South America and on the U.S.-Mexico border.
 
Prior to the IRC, Hughes managed Global Education Programs for People to People International. In this role, he developed a Global Student Fair – attended in its first year by more than 600 elementary students, 350 high-schoolers, and 70 local organizations – to show students just how global Kansas City is. He admires the initiatives, diversity, and enthusiasm of the many international organizations and communities in Kansas City and values opportunities for collaboration.
 
Hughes holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Arts degree in Global & International Studies from the University of Kansas. His thesis discusses “Opportunities for Global-Competence Education in Secondary Extracurricular Programs.” He recently completed a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management & Innovation from the University of Missouri–Kansas City.
 
Please do reach out with your questions, feedback, or ideas!
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Judy Moody June 1993 - Feb 2002
Ms. Linda Trout Dec 2004 - Oct 2013
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 1
Volunteers 100
Retention Rate 100%
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 Lyn Lakin
Company Affiliation Lyn Lakin Consulting
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Jeffrey Bell Polsinelli
Ms Amy Bretall Arbor Grove, LLC, and LiveBreatheAlive.com
Ms Kimberly Connelly University of Kansas Medical Center
Mr. Kirk Doan Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Ms Anné Erickson JLL, Office Broker
Ms Narbeli Galindo Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City
Ms Lyn Lakin Lyn Lakin Consulting
Dr. Michael Makara University of Central Missouri
Ms Kelli Meilink Husch Blackwell
Ms Nancy C. Messer CFANational Association of Insurance Commissioners
Ms Holly Nielsen Baring Vostok Capital Partners
Mr. Bob Rebori Bio-Microbics
Mr. Lawrence Rouse Red Bear Investors
Mr. Randal L. Schultz Lathrop Gage, LLP
Mr. Gino Serra Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Ms Carrie Sherer Black & Veatch
Ms Cyprienne Simchowitz Honorary Consul of the French Republic
Mr. Stephen Steigman KCUR 89.3 Kansas City Public Media
Ms Samantha Vidal Burns & McDonnell
Dr. Sidne Ward University of Missouri–Kansas City
Mr. Mike Wood University of Missouri–Kansas City
Dr. Brian Wright Johnson County Community College
Dr. Karenbeth Zacharias University of St. Mary
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Executive
Nominating
Finance
Education
Membership
Program / Program Planning
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, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $233,400
Projected Expenses $233,400
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014:  Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • 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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$6,700$7,035$7,097
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
--$0$0
$72,990$62,416$68,228
Investment Income, Net of Losses$56,102($7,369)$33,956
Membership Dues$28,324$48,791$46,005
Special Events$0$35,940$26,529
Revenue In-Kind--$0$0
Other$150$9,962$1,984
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$190,829$125,502$131,066
Administration Expense$41,560$44,272$42,342
Fundraising Expense$6,183$32,980$25,371
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.690.770.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%62%66%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue92%77%75%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$762,067$843,713$896,408
Current Assets$33,849$78,247$92,511
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$3,331$10,671$17,387
Total Net Assets$758,736$833,042$879,021
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.167.335.32
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
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 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.
Other Documents
Organization Name International Relations Council of Kansas City
Address 107 W. 9th St., Second Floor
Kansas City, MO 64105
Primary Phone (816) 423-2632
Contact Email irc@irckc.org
CEO/Executive Director Matthew Hughes
Board Chair Ms Lyn Lakin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lyn Lakin Consulting
Year of Incorporation 1955