Greater Kansas City LINC, Inc.
3100 Broadway, Suite 1100
Kansas City MO 64111
Contact Information
Address 3100 Broadway, Suite 1100
Kansas City, MO 64111-
Telephone (816) 889-5050
Fax (816) 889-5051
Email info@kclinc.org
Web and Social Media
Mission Statement
To provide leadership and influence to engage the Kansas City community in creating the best service delivery system to support and strengthen children, families and individuals, holding that system accountable, and changing public attitudes towards the system.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Gayle A. Hobbs
Board Chair Mr. Landon H Rowland
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ever Glades Financial
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1994
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $17,799,924
Projected Expenses $18,040,198
Statements
Mission Statement To provide leadership and influence to engage the Kansas City community in creating the best service delivery system to support and strengthen children, families and individuals, holding that system accountable, and changing public attitudes towards the system.
Background Statement
The Local Investment Commission (LINC) is a citizen-driven community collaborative involving efforts by the state of Missouri to work with neighborhood, business, civic and labor leaders to improve the lives of children and families in Kansas City and Jackson, Clay and Platte counties. LINC is involved in initiatives to provide employment to those on welfare, create new businesses in the central city, improve the delivery of human services, and help improve the lives of families and children. LINC's system reform responsibilities are to get better results while fundamentally changing existing systems to insure sustainability.
 
LINC's efforts are directed by a 36-member citizen commission created in November 1992. Advice and support is provided by the LINC Professional Cabinet. More than 2,100 volunteers -- professionals, community leaders and citizens -- are involved with LINC.
 
LINC is also the state of Missouri's Community Partnership for Jackson, Clay and Platte counties.  As such, LINC administers the Caring Communities fund created by eight state departments (Social Services, Mental Health, Health, Labor, Elementary and Secondary Education, Corrections, Economic Development, and Public Safety) to develop school-linked/neighborhood-based services. LINC services are located at selected schools where interest is shown by parents, neighbors and the school principal. The effort involves 80 school and neighborhood sites in seven school districts and charter schools. School-linked services are part of a larger effort to develop comprehensive integrated neighborhood services through neighborhood involvement, professional development and change management.
 
LINC is involved in other community efforts and partnerships. Its areas of concentration include: children and families, aging, health care, school-linked services, welfare to work, and business development.
Impact Statement
LINC will work to achieve meaningful system reform in the community by focusing its efforts in nine "core result" areas. "Core results" are not isolated efforts but are part of a larger approach that values comprehensiveness, prevention, outcomes, participant involvement, neighborhoods, flexibility and responsiveness, collaboration, strong families, respect and dignity, mutual responsibility, cultural competency, creativity, compassion and honesty.
 
LINC's nine core results are:
 
(1) Adults working.
(2) Children and youth succeeding in school.
(3) Healthy children and families.
(4) Young children ready to enter school.
(5) Children safe in their families and families safe in their communities.
(6) Youth prepared for productive adulthood.
(7) Elders and people with disabilities valued and living as they choose.
(8) Well-informed citizens making decisions about their communities.
(9) Strong, thriving neighborhoods.
Needs Statement
A regional investment in community schools is fundamental to strengthening our struggling neighborhoods. Funding for community schools must include program support for family and neighborhood engagement and assistance.
 
Also needed is a sustainable funding stream for before and after school programming for middle and high school students. Traditional programming is focused on students who are succeeding and often does not engage those students who most need the involvement.
Service Categories
Family Services
Community & Neighbourhood Development
Management & Technical Assistance
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Platte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
LINC was established in 1992 through the vision of the Director of the Missouri Department of Social Services and key business and community leaders. LINC was designated as a Community Partnership by the state of Missouri in 1995. This visionary leadership has resulted in LINC being used as a model throughout the state, the nation and other nations. Applying a business model of governance to human services is fundamental to this effort. The LINC board is composed of 36 leaders diverse in race, gender, geography and socio-economic status. The core of the LINC board is essentially the same as it was in the beginning, with individuals who, without regard for self-interest, have a sustained commitment to the success of its investment responsibility and to community governance.
 
LINC’s primary role is to redirect and oversee state and other resources in the community, even as the state is experiencing challenges in funding the basic services of education and health care. Recognizing the state’s current fiscal crisis – and its contributions to LINC over the last 15 years – LINC now turns to the community to ask for support. In reaching out to the foundation community, LINC faces the challenge of building capacity for funding support with a nontraditional model of services. LINC turns the traditional process of achieving results upside down: working bottom-up rather than top-down, while sustaining formal relationships with the State of Missouri and several major state agencies – Elementary and Secondary Education, Social Services, Health, Mental Health, Labor and Industrial Relations, Economic Development, Corrections, and Public Safety – which are responsible for the health, well-being, safety and education of its citizens.
 
LINC convenes neighborhood residents and encourages them to identify priorities and challenges for their school and neighborhood. LINC then provides resources, expertise, data and support to meet these challenges and measures progress to assure outcomes. Programmatic approaches vary, and the need for flexible funding to respond to neighborhoods is critical. This approach is unique – citizens working to change government systems, using limited public and charitable dollars, to achieve better results for children and families. Each challenge that LINC has accepted has generated better outcomes for less money, and moved the definition of the problem and solution from a state issue to a community and neighborhood issue.
Programs
Description LINC coordinates the delivery of school-based supportive services for children, families and neighborhoods at more than 80 sites located primarily in low-income communities in seven school districts: Center, Fort Osage, Grandview, Hickman Mills, Independence, Kansas City and North Kansas City. LINC also supports Caring Communities sites at charter schools and in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Mo. Services vary according to each neighborhood's need. LINC provides opportunities, information and resources to encourage citizen decision making, and promotes accountability for those decisions.
Category Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),
Short-Term Success Increase enrollment and Average Daily Attendance particularly in the schools with higher rates of Free and Reduced lunch. Increase the number of community members at these sites that participate in site councils.
Long-Term Success Access to quality low-cost/free Before and After school encompassing the majority of KC metropolitan area (Mo side). Broad engagement of community members in the decision making process at the grass-roots level. Have healthier, happier and more self-sufficient families by the integration of programs offered within Caring Communities (Character Counts, parental engagement programs, etc.)
Program Success Monitored By Local Investment Commission, Georgia State University
Examples of Program Success Citizens actively participating in decision-making that affect their community. Bettering neighborhoods and communities by addressing issues that pertain to those individual sites. Having children engaged in stimulating, educational activities that will keep them off the streets and will keep them safe.
Description

LINC is the state of Missouri’s contracted provider of case management services for welfare recipients in Jackson, Clay and Platte counties. Clients approved for state cash assistance by the Mo. Family Support Division are referred to LINCWorks for employment assistance, training and work experience, and support if there are obstacles that make it difficult to work (child care assistance, transportation and other social supports).

Category Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated, Adults,
Short-Term Success Engage welfare recipients in work activities.  Help lift barriers to participation by providing case managing services to help with transportation, child care, referrals to mental health services, etc.
Long-Term Success Assist the state with the goal of reaching 50% participation rate.
Program Success Monitored By Client participation tracking in state data system augmented by LINC-developed tools.  Oversight by volunteer LINCWorks committee.
Examples of Program Success Increase work participation to meet and exceed 50% for Jackson, Clay and Platte counties.
Description LINC provides early child development training primarily to home- and family-based childcare providers through its Educare initiative, which received an award in the 2003 National Honors Program from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It also supports effective parenting programs such as Parents As Teachers.
Category Human Services Children & Youth Services
Population Served General Public/Unspecified, Adults,
Short-Term Success Continue to expand offerings and attendance to trainings.
Long-Term Success Increase the number of accessible, high quality, licensed and registered child care providers. This is accomplished by providing comprehensive training sessions to providers throughout the metro area.
Program Success Monitored By Local Investment Commission- Office of Research and Evaluation and the Office of Early Childhood.
Examples of Program Success Ever-increasing number of programs that meet and exceed the quality requirements set by the state of Missouri.
Description LINC works with young adults (age 14-21) who are transitioning out of foster care and juvenile justice residential care into independent adulthood.  LINC youth advocates help young people set goals, develop life skills, and access resources on the way to becoming self-sufficient adults.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success
Young adults gaining access to money and resources in support of:
  • continuing secondary education
  • housing and associated housing start-up needs
  • emergency assistance (e.g. car repair)
Long-Term Success
  • Young adults in stable employment/education and housing.
  • Young adults knowledgeable about how to gain necessary assistance
Program Success Monitored By
  • Local Investment Commission
  • Mo. Department of Social Services-Children's Division
  • Mo. Department of Social Services-Division of Youth Services
Examples of Program Success
As of Sept. 30, 2010, there were 260 youth being served by the LINC Independent Living Initiative:
  • 152 attending high school
  • 76 received high school diploma
  • 32 enrolled in post secondary education
  • 31 received scholarships, FAFSA and/or ETV vouchers
  • 61 currently employed
Description
LINC coordinates the community outreach effort for MO HealthNet, Missouri's version of the federal children's health insurance program. This effort has provided health insurance coverage for area children in the Kansas City region.  LINC also is responsible for the development of a new community health care clinic serving low-income, underserved residents in south Kansas City.
 
LINC is also actively involved in improving services for the area's frail and elderly. Efforts include community outreach to enroll seniors in Missouri SenioRx Prescription Drug Program and the Grandparents As Parents Outreach Program.
Category
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Families, People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Short-Term Success Increase enrollment in the state of Missouri program called Missouri HealthNet that provides low cost health insurance for children. The Health and Aging initiative would help awareness efforts and enrollment.
Long-Term Success Increase awareness of issue of elder abuse and neglect, elderly prescription drug plans, health insurance for children. Connect members of the community with the services that are needed.
Program Success Monitored By Local Investment Commission, LINC Health & Aging Committee, Office of Research and Evaluation Health and Aging.
Examples of Program Success Increased enrollment in health insurance, RX for Seniors. Trainings on elderly abuse and neglect.
CEO Comments
LINC has a strong philosophical and organizational commitment to program performance. Our focus on system reform and changing community systems has resulted in the development of a substantial data collection infrastructure to support oversight, program monitoring, program evaluation and service delivery design. This effort includes gaining access to state data systems -- welfare, health, education, etc. -- that permits the organization to obtain, trend and analyze data at zip code and census tract level.
 
The program performance efforts are perhaps best seen in the LINC-directed welfare to work system that was designed based on forging practical, functional partnerships between state and local agencies involved in public assistance and workforce development. The strong performance in Jackson County resulted in the state of Missouri winning several federal welfare-to-work performance bonuses, out of which the Department of Social Services provided LINC $1 million in 2002 for its efforts. LINC's strong performance in other areas -- children's health insurance and early childhood education -- have been significant enough to "turn the curve" in a positive direction and make the state a national leader.
 
LINC's philosophical commitment to citizen decision-making also opens our efforts up to review, oversight, redirection and refocus so that the organization does not get caught up in "mission drift."  Citizen oversight occurs at the board level (the commission), within its committees and also in the site councils that have been developed at the LINC-supported school sites.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Gayle A. Hobbs
Term Start Jan 1991
Experience Hobbs is president of the Local Investment Commission (LINC), a wide-ranging, well-regarded community collaborative known for its broad agenda to improve the lives of children and families in Kansas City, Mo. and Jackson County. She is a former Regional Administrator for the Missouri Division of Youth Services, responsible for administration of a 28-county area serving adjudicated youth and their families. Hobbs is a licensed clinical social worker.
Senior Staff
Title Deputy Director
Experience/Biography Cheatem is involved in developing school and neighborhood based services for children and families. She served for 7 years as a Parent Educator for the Kansas City, Mo School District and contracted for 3 years to conduct workshops with school districts in Flint, Mich.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Creston, Ia.; and St. Louis, Mo. Cheatem received an Education Associate Degree from Penn Valley Community College and a Bachelor's Degree from Nazarene College.
Title Chief Operating Officer
Experience/Biography Gierer is the Chief Financial Officer for LINC. He comes to Kansas City after 10 years as a Senior Executive with the Dept. of Social Services. He has served as Executive Director of ARCHS, the Community Partnership in St. Louis. He also has extensive experience in Medicaid revenue maximization. Gierer received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, completed the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government's Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government and attended the Center for Creative Leadership.
Title Director of Communications
Experience/Biography Schondelmeyer oversees LINC's communications efforts including its newsletter, website, public affairs and other external affairs. He has over a decade's experience in journalism including The Kansas City Star, the Associated Press, the Kansas City Business Journal, the Kansas City Health Care Times and the Budapest Business Journal. He is a published author and local historian. He has served on various non-profits and has public board appointments that include Community Advisory Committee Rising Tide Foundation (2003); Mid-Continent Library Board (2003); and City of Independence Heritage Commission (2003). Schondelmeyer received a B.A. from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Ia. (1976) and a M.Sc. Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics (1981).
Staff
Full-Time Staff 141
Volunteers 2100
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 85%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Families Count: The Honors ProgramAnnie E. Casey Foundation2003
Communities Can!Federal Interagency Coordinating Council: 2003
Innovations in American Government -- SemifinalistFord Foundation, John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University1999
Innovations in American Government -- SemifinalistFord Foundation, John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University1998
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments
LINC is blessed by the deep commitment and involvement of both a talented, thoughtful, well-respected board and an equally capable staff. This is reflected by the long tenure of volunteer Commissioners (most of the original living 22 LINC Commissioners are still on the board) and the stable, durable, adaptable performance of a staff that has shaped and molded an embryonic idea into a nationally and internationally known organization that is respected for its sound thinking, solid results, and ability to tap the ideas, inspiration and concerns of a community that ranges from young to old, rich to poor and covers a considerable expanse of geography.
 
LINC is committed to the challenges of those "living with little" but takes the approach that all should be concerned and that all -- government, neighborhoods, business, faith communities, non-profit, and foundations -- can do a better job of systematically addressing problems if they value the voices, talents and abilities of those they intend to serve.
 
Both the Commission and staff have grown together in its appreciation of a community's abilities to solve its own problems if they are given information, support, a chance to decide and some flexible funds with which to make a difference. This approach is best expressed by Frank Farrow, a leading social services reform leader:
"LINC's responses are very small and appropriately so. Small scale in the sense of they are about this individual, this family, this neighborhood. When you add up all those responses, those customized responses, you get a system response."
This "bottom-up" or "grassroots" approach is a distinguishing characteristic of the organization and has contributed greatly to its success in changing several community systems.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Landon H Rowland
Company Affiliation Ever Glades Financial
Term Jan 2014 to Jan 2015
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Bert Berkley Tension Envelope Corporation
Ms. Sharon M. Cheers Neighborhood Leader
Mr. John (Jack) C. Craft Lathrop & Gage
Mr. Aaron Deacon KC Digital Drive
Mr. Steve Dunn J.E. Dunn Construction Co.
Mr. Randall C. Ferguson JrRetired
Mr. Herb Freeman Mental Health Advocate
Ms. SuEllen Fried Community Volunteer
Mr. Tom Gerke Businessman
Mr. Rob Givens Mazuma Credit Union
Ms. Anita Gorman Community Volunteer
Mr. Bart Hakan Businessman
Mr. Richard Hibschman Retired
Mr. Sly James (ex-officio) Mayor of Kansas City, Mo.
Dr. Tom Lewin Community Volunteer
Ms. Rosemary Smith Lowe Neighborhood Leader
Ms. Mary Kay McPhee Community Volunteer
Mr. Richard Morris Community Volunteer
Ms. Margie E. Peltier Community Volunteer
Mr. David Rock Community Volunteer
Mr. David Ross David P. Ross LLC
Mr. Landon H. Rowland Ever Glades Financial
Mr. Mike Sanders (Ex-Officio) Jackson County Executive
Mr. Bailus Tate Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 8
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 6
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 65%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 10%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Audit
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Executive
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
CEO Comments
LINC is blessed by the deep commitment and involvement of both a talented, thoughtful, well-respected board and an equally capable staff. This is reflected by the long tenure of volunteer Commissioners (most of the original living 22 LINC Commissioners are still on the board) and the stable, durable, adaptable performance of a staff that has shaped and molded an embryonic idea into a nationally and internationally known organization that is respected for its sound thinking, solid results, and ability to tap the ideas, inspiration and concerns of a community that ranges from young to old, rich to poor and covers a considerable expanse of geography.
 
LINC is committed to the challenges of those "living with little" but takes the approach that all should be concerned and that all -- government, neighborhoods, business, faith communities, non-profit, and foundations -- can do a better job of systematically addressing problems if they value the voices, talents and abilities of those they intend to serve.
 
Both the Commission and staff have grown together in its appreciation of a community's abilities to solve its own problems if they are given information, support, a chance to decide and some flexible funds with which to make a difference. This approach is best expressed by Frank Farrow, a leading social services reform leader:
"LINC's responses are very small and appropriately so. Small scale in the sense of they are about this individual, this family, this neighborhood. When you add up all those responses, those customized responses, you get a system response."
This "bottom-up" or "grassroots" approach is a distinguishing characteristic of the organization and has contributed greatly to its success in changing several community systems.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2013
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2014
Projected Revenue $17,799,924
Projected Expenses $18,040,198
Endowment Value $0
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage 0%
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
$1,853,031$1,469,925$441,116
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$0$0$0
$0$0$0
$13,631,605$14,486,679$13,862,496
Investment Income, Net of Losses$714,010($99,230)$1,503,324
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$1,229,427$1,475,830$1,344,685
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$15,960,760$15,210,305$16,500,153
Administration Expense$1,391,010$1,333,834$1,361,384
Fundraising Expense$35,902$41,141$23,310
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.050.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%92%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%3%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$9,857,670$9,279,767$9,338,368
Current Assets$4,844,253$4,933,850$2,381,000
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,324,250$1,786,748$2,593,273
Total Net Assets$7,533,420$7,493,019$6,745,095
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.082.760.92
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
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
Goal $0.00
Amount Raised to Date 0 as of 2008
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

Over the last five years LINC’s most pressing challenge has been to adapt to the opportunities before it. Whether these opportunities are accompanied by an increase or decrease in funding, LINC’s task has been to respond in a way that benefits the communities we serve.

Following the end, in 2007, of a decade-long relationship with the Kansas City, Mo. School District, LINC extended its geographic reach by expanding Caring Communities into the Hickman Mills, Center and Grandview school districts. Since LINC’s return to the Kansas City, Mo. School District in 2009, our partnership has continued to deepen and mature, as have our relationships with the Independence and North Kansas City school districts.

The core work of Caring Communities has thrived during this time. Before and after school services continue to be LINC’s primary means of engaging communities where we work to build full-service community schools.

Our relationship with Missouri state government has also expanded during this time. As staff levels in state government have decreased, LINC has been called upon to serve as the state’s community partner in new ways. There are currently three independent and substantial LINC initiatives dependent on LINC’s capacity to serve as an agent of the state in the Kansas City community. These include child care payments, supporting youth transitioning to independent living, and the LINCWorks welfare case management initiative.

As LINC moves into a new era of growth and development the scope of opportunity continues to widen. It is an era that will demand more of LINC’s partners and more from its staff as we are called upon to provide more to the community.

Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2013, 2012, 2011:  Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.

 

Organization Name Greater Kansas City LINC, Inc.
Address 3100 Broadway, Suite 1100
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 889-5050
Contact Email info@kclinc.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Gayle A. Hobbs
Board Chair Mr. Landon H Rowland
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ever Glades Financial
Year of Incorporation 1994