The National MS Society's vision is a world free of MS.
The Society's mission statement is: We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.
The Mid-America Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in 253 counties in Kansas, Western Missouri, Nebraska and Pottawattemie County and raise funds for critical MS research. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide. Top accomplishments for the past year include fundraising $3.486M for the chapter which 91% is allocated to direct services and programs. To invest $871K in research to end MS, and re-organization of the chapter to streamline work flow and costs.
Our five most pressing needs are:
The National MS Society’s vision is a World Free of MS. And the Mid America Chapter helps to achieve this by leveraging volunteers and resources throughout a wide geographic area. We serve the entire states of Kansas and Nebraska, the western half of Missouri, and one county in Iowa. In recent years the chapter has gone through significant transition, including the realignment of territory and people served, and restructuring staff and resources to more efficiently execute the work across the territory. Our constituents include people with MS, their families and friends, health care professionals, legislators, volunteers, walkers, cyclists, fundraisers, individual donors, corporate sponsors, and everyone who wants to do something about MS. The chapter is successfully adapting to the changes in structure and resources, and has carefully aligned all work with the strategic priorities of the National MS Society. These strategies which include a focus on leading global collaborative MS research, connecting people with MS to what they need to live their best lives, fully engaging volunteers, driving policy change, and growing resources through individual giving, special events, and corporate revenue. We also continue to dedicate time and attention to building our organizational culture that is results-driven, embracing and celebrating learning, diversity and inclusion.
Our objectives are to increase volunteer engagement on our state advocacy committees, in action alert and in other advocacy initiatives, to identify key issues/bills and legislators on which to focus our efforts and to develop and communicate our targeted legislative agenda.
Tami Greenberg was selected to be the Mid America Chapter President in 2014, after the former Chapter President, Kay Julian, was promoted to Executive Vice President of the Northeast Region of the National MS Society. Tami had a successful career within the National MS Society from 2002 to 2012, beginning as the Vice President of Programs with the Mid America Chapter, and subsequently serving in a national role as Associate Vice President of Organizational Development and Interim Management.
In 2012 Tami joined the United Way of Greater Kansas City team, as the Senior Vice President of Strategy Development and Human Capital. After 2½ years with United Way Tami returned to the National MS Society as Chapter President. Her prior career experience includes social work roles with Good Samaritan Project, The Children’s Place, and The CASA Project.
Tami has a Bachelors in Psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois, and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Kansas. She is a 2007 graduate of the Centurions leadership development program, and served for 2 years on the Alumni Board. In 2013 she completed the Kansas City Tomorrow program of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, and also served as a member of the inaugural Mayor’s Challenge Cabinet in Kansas City Missouri, including chairing the Resources subcommittee. After leaving United Way of Greater Kansas City in a staff role she began serving as a volunteer on their Health Impact Council. Tami was profiled in the Kansas City Star cover story “Giving Thanks in 40 Ways”, and was recognized as a 2015 Influential Woman by Kansas City Business magazine.
Jamie joined the Chapter in December of 2014. Jamie has a long tenured history with the America Cancer Society. She earned numerous awards and accomplished many successes in her 15+ years with the Society.
The MS Society staff and volunteer partners are accomplishing high quality fund raising campaigns and program/service delivery. The ongoing challenge is continuing to recruit and retain high quality staff, build teamwork and provide professional development to continue to ensure that staff and volunteers have the tools they need to achieve our objectives..
The Mid America Chapter functions with a strategic, governing Board that oversees all work of the chapter, in addition to four City Boards that focus on awareness, engagement and fundraising in our target markets of Kansas City, Omaha, Springfield MO and Wichita. Our Board members are highly engaged, contributing high value in multiple ways. The work of the Board is focused around the strategic priorities of the National MS Society, and we are developing personal Board engagement plans for each chapter board member to ensure transparency and ongoing development. We are continually developing relationships within the general community, our City Boards, and throughout our work, for targeted and strategic chapter board recruitment.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
Like many organizations, the Mid America Chapter felt the impact of the economic downturn and experienced significant declines in revenue in FY2014. We reduced expenses significantly while staying invested in our core mission related and operational areas. We did implement a reorganization to help synergize work efforts specifically in the development departments to centralize processes in event management. The restructure did come with employee alignment in job duties and responsibilities. We continue to monitor expenses and cash flow and feel positive about achieving our revenue and mission delivery goals for the fiscal year 2015.
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