Assistance League® of Kansas City
6101 N Chestnut
Gladstone MO 64119
Two Students at Operation School Bell
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 453-6011
Mission Statement
Assistance League of Kansas City is a not for profit 501(c)(3) all- volunteer organization. Established in 1983, ALKC puts caring and commitment into action through community-based philanthropic programs. 
 
Assistance League of Kansas City, a chapter of National Assistance League, fulfills specific unmet needs of children and adults in the Kansas City area through philanthropic programs developed, funded and operated by dedicated volunteers and community partners. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cindy McGinnis
Board Chair Ms. Cindy McGinnis
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1983
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $688,000
Projected Expenses $651,000
Statements
Mission Statement
Assistance League of Kansas City is a not for profit 501(c)(3) all- volunteer organization. Established in 1983, ALKC puts caring and commitment into action through community-based philanthropic programs. 
 
Assistance League of Kansas City, a chapter of National Assistance League, fulfills specific unmet needs of children and adults in the Kansas City area through philanthropic programs developed, funded and operated by dedicated volunteers and community partners. 
Background Statement
Assistance League of Kansas City, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and a chapter of National Assistance League®, has a 30-year history of philanthropic service to the Greater Kansas City community. Assistance League has over 350 multi-talented volunteer members who contributed nearly 54,000 volunteer hours to serve over 25,000 children and adults in 2015-2016. Assistance League of Kansas City has put caring and commitment into action since 1983 when a small group of women convened to determine the best ways to meet community needs. 
 
Assistance League is a national nonprofit organization that celebrates the power of the volunteer to evoke positive change in the world.  120 Assistance League chapters operate across the United States and return millions of dollars to their own communities each year. Each local chapter of Assistance League raises its own funds to support community-based, unique philanthropic programs.  Assistance League is a respected and effective national organization comprised of these individual chapters whose members believe that a giving heart and simple compassionate acts can make a world of difference. The website address of the national organization is  www.assistanceleague.org
 
Assistance League of Kansas City serves the community through 9 community-based philanthropic programs.
 
Assistance League of Kansas City has two supporting auxiliary groups:  Heartland Auxiliary and Assisteens. Heartland Auxiliary coordinates and supports the Operation Child In Need program. Assisteens is a group of Kansas City Northland teenagers, in grades 7-12,  learning the art and skill of volunteerism by supporting the mission and philanthropic programs of ALKC. 
 
Assistance League of Kansas City's membership is comprised of  voting and non-voting member volunteers who are residents of Clay, Jackson, Johnson, and Platte counties.
 
Assistance League of Kansas City conducts fundraising efforts and pursues grant monies throughout the year to operate our philanthropic programs.  There are no paid employees.
 
An Advisory Council is in place that assists and guides the governing Board of Assistance League of Kansas City. Advisory Board members are community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to assist our organization in an advisory capacity. 
Impact Statement
ALKC makes a positive impact on the Kansas City community through nine community-based philanthropic programs. Our impact during 2015-2016 is outlined below.
  
  • Operation School Bell® - provides new clothing and supplies to needy and at-risk school children. 2,774 students were served.  
  • Operation Hug - provides new teddy bears to comfort children in crisis at area hospitals and surgery centers. 4,589  teddy bears were prepared by Assistance League volunteer members and delivered to area emergency workers. 
  • I'm In Charge - supplies area elementary schools with workbooks and an educational video that teach elementary students personal safety skills. 13,219 students in area schools received the I'm In Charge materials.    
  • Assault Survivor Kits® - supplies personal care kits for use by sexual assault victims.  Our kits are distributed by the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA). 600  individuals received Assault Survivor Kits. 
  • Operation Child In Need - addresses special needs of children that are not met through other programs. 696 children received school supplies and/or backpacks and 396 children from K-12th grade received individual support. 
  • Senior Outreach Service - provides friendship and support to residents of six Northland senior care centers. Over 3,400 senior residents were served.   
  • Operation Celebration -  provides celebration bags to children and teenagers who are in local temporary foster care facilities.  35 children received a birthday/celebration bag.    
  • Outreach Program - allows the volunteer members of Assistance League of Kansas City the opportunity to respond to various needs in our community on a seasonal or short term basis. 5 students were served.  
  • Waste Not - recognizes the contributions to other nonprofit organizations of unusable, donated items not needed by our thrift shop.  Over 10,000 pounds of items were donated to City Union Mission.
Needs Statement
Assistance League of Kansas City welcomes your support of our mission and community-based philanthropic programs in the following ways:   
 
  • Make a financial donation. You may designate which of our  programs you would like to support or provide general funding. Donation information can be found on our website.  
  • Participate in our annual Step UP For Students direct mail fundraiser to benefit the Operation School Bell program. Contact our office at alkc@alkc.org or 816.453.6011 to be added to our mailing list.  
  • Participate in our annual Poinsettia plant sale or purchase Mama Jane's Creation products to benefit the Operation Child In Need program. Contact our office at auxiliary@alkc.org or call 816.453.6011 to receive more information about either of these fundraising efforts.  (Mama Jane's Creations include a large selection of products ranging from seasoning packets  to soups, dips and drink mixes.) 
  • Shop at or make a donation to our thrift shop, THE ReSALE SHOP.  THE ReSALE SHOP is located at 6601 N Oak Trafficway.  Store hours are Monday - Friday 10-6,  Thursdays until 7, and Saturday 10-4.  We accept clean, gently used, quality donations during our hours of operation.
  • Be a community volunteer.  Contact us at alkc@alkc.org if you or your group would like to volunteer for a short time or on an ongoing basis.
  • Become a member of Assistance League of Kansas City.  We welcome  dedicated, committed and hard-working individuals who would like to join us in making a difference in our community. 
Service Categories
Human Services
Family Services
Senior Centers/Services
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Our identity statement, Together…making our community better, defines the purpose of our organization. Since 1983, we have worked to touch the lives of thousands of Kansas City residents. Our dedicated and talented members work tirelessly to provide new school clothing for children, teach practical safety skills to elementary students, give teddy bears to children in hospitals, provide new clothing and personal items to women and men who are victims of assault and provide friendship and support to area seniors. In addition, we provide students with backpacks, school supplies and assist with other special individual requests. 
 
All this is made possible through fundraising, grants and donations. Please visit the Programs section of our Profile to learn more about our philanthropic programs. Thank you for your interest in  Assistance League of Kansas City. 
 
Reviews of Assistance League of Kansas City written by those we serve and those with whom we partner can be found at www.greatnonprofits.org 
Programs
Description
Operation School Bell provides needy and at risk elementary and middle school children in the Kansas City area with new clothing, personal care items and a book. Children are identified as needing our service by school counselors, teachers or administrators. In the 2015 - 2016 school year, 2,207 elementary students were served. Each participating student receives two pairs of pants, two shirts, one warm top (sweater or sweatshirt), a package of socks & underwear, a winter hat and gloves, a $20 Payless Shoe voucher, a new book and a health kit. The 2015 - 2016 school year was the 24rd year of operation for the program with a cost to clothe each child at approximately $90.  26,550 elementary children have been served since the program began.
398 Northland middle school students were also served during 2015-2016 by the Operation School Bell program.  1,320 middle school students have received clothing and supplies through the OSB program over the last six years. 
 
Program Budget $150,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success
Short term success of this program is measured by the number of students served through our program each year.  A survey completed by counselors bringing students to Operation School Bell indicated that during the 2015 - 2016 school year,  69% of students served were receiving benefits from the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program.  This percentage indicates that ALKC is reaching the students who need our services.  Short term success is also measured by the sight of students with new clothing and supplies along with many smiles and much pride. 
  
A parent recently sent this note, "Today my daughter participated in the Operation School Bell program and I wanted to say thank you so much!  She was so excited to show me her new things today after school.  She can't wait to wear her new skirt, top and socks.  This is a wonderful program and we are very appreciative.  Thank you for brightening our day!"
 
A school counselor made this comment "Kids and families love this program.  The experience the children have choosing new clothes with such kind volunteers is life changing."
  
A third grade student wrote this note to OSB, "I am in 3rd grade.  Thank you for the clothes.  The clothes fit on very well, and again thank you so much.  PS - I realy like the red jacket I got..."
 
Long-Term Success
The Operation School Bell program is successful because student confidence experiences a major boost and improved behavior is observed at school after participation.  Students who attend Operation School Bell are also better integrated with peer groups. 
Program Success Monitored By
 ALKC also measures this program's success through surveys that counselors complete for each visit they and their students make to Operation School Bell.  An internal committee also conducts an annual review of our program to look for ways to improve procedures and/or policies with consideration to student need and budget.
During the 2015-2016 school year, 80% of school counselors felt the program had a very positive effect effect on student confidence, 97% of counselors felt the program had a very positive or positive effect on their students' inclusion in peer groups and 73% of school counselors felt that behavior at school was very positively  or positively affected by participation in the Operation School Bell Program. 
Examples of Program Success
Counselors, teachers, students as well as parents all attest to the significance and importance of Operation School Bell.
A teacher comment: "...this makes a tremendous impact on their lives...this helps them to be comfortable and confident students...this program has been helpful in boosting student confidence by decreasing the social issues related to wearing the right clothes."   
A counselor comment: "...students self-concept soars...even in the days ahead..." 
Greg Casel, Director of Counseling at Liberty Public Schools,  made these comments, "The look of happiness and excitement on the children's faces when they bring their bags of clothes back to the activity room is dramatic.  For many, this means that they will truly be able to come to school in clean clothes that fit, that are without holes...They feel as if they actually belong with their peers, as opposed to experiencing the rejection that some face from classmates due to their appearance.  They also feel the warm embrace of teachers and the adult volunteers who 'love on them' by making sure that their most basic needs are met.  Dignity is offered and received...this program helps our neediest students come to school ready to take advantage of our excellent academic opportunities..."
 A grandparent of a participating student wrote this note, "...I want to thank everyone involved for your kindness and generosity and helping provide my grandson with wonderful school clothes to help him feel proud of his appearance and be successful at school this year."
Description Operation Hug provides new teddy bears to comfort children in crisis situations. In 2015 - 2016, Assistance League of Kansas City prepared and distributed 4,589  teddy bears to area emergency personnel to comfort children involved in accidents or other traumatic situations. We deliver teddy bears to hospitals (Liberty, North Kansas City, Children's Mercy Northland, St. Luke's - North, South and the Plaza locations, and Truman Hospital),  Briarcliff Surgery Center, the Liberty Surgical Center, and Synergy Services.  Since beginning this program in 1989, over 78,000 teddy bears have provided comfort to hurting children in our community.
Program Budget $36,600.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success Short term success in the Operation Hug program is measured in the number of bears distributed to hospitals, surgery centers and police departments yearly. For the 2015 - 2016 year, over 4,500 bears have been provided to children in need.  Since the beginning of Operation Hug, over 78,000 teddy bears have been distributed to area emergency workers and hospitals to comfort children in crisis.  Eight hospitals and three surgery centers participated in this program.  In a recent survey, over 90% of participating facilities felt patients were comforted and reassured by receiving an Operation Hug bear. 
Long-Term Success The long term success of this program is measured in the comfort that children in crisis receive from our stuffed teddy bears. Children receiving bears are primarily between the ages of 5 and 14.
Program Success Monitored By
Surveys of organizations who utilize the Operation Hug program are conducted annually. Those using our services were very satisfied with our bears and our delivery process. They expressed gratitude and appreciation for this program.  One facility using the Operation Hug bears shared this comment, " The patients and families are always full of smiles after receiving a special friend for surgery."
An e-mail was recently received from a parent of a child who had been given an Operation Hug bear at the Liberty Hospital Emergency Room.  It read as follows, "Last night my 4 year old granddaughter was in Liberty, MO ER for an ear infection and she was in a lot of pain.  When that nurse brought that gorgeous teddy bear in, her face lighted up!  She hugged it and wouldn't let go of it for anything!  She appropriately named him AL.  It is amazing what a simple teddy bear will do for a child who is hurting.  The hospital can be a scary place for little ones and this helps so much!  What a wonderful thing to do!  I just wanted you to know that what you do is very much appreciated!  She will cherish 'AL' forever!" 
Examples of Program Success
We have evidence that the Operation Hug program is successful because of the positive surveys we have received from agencies distributing our bears and most importantly the positive impact the bears have on children in crisis at area hospitals, surgery centers or police stations. A thank you note was received from a mother of a little girl who received one of our bears at St. Luke's Hospital North. She wrote, "This summer my daughter and son were playing with scissors when my son accidentally cut his sister's face and lip. We went to St. Luke's North for stitches. My daughter was very upset and scared to be there until the nurse brought her one of your bears. She is fully recovered now with very little scarring and sleeps with her bear "Luke" every night. Thank you for such a wonderful program."  Another mother whose child received a teddy bear supplied by Assistance League of Kansas City wrote this, "...last night my daughter was in the hospital with a real nasty stomach bug.  Once the hospital staff got her feeling better they came by with an adorable little Teddy bear for her.  It totally brightened her night.  I want to thank your group for providing such a nice bear for her.  She's actually holding on to it now as she naps.  Your kindness has put a smile on her sick little face and has touched my heart tremendously.  Thank you for your generosity."
A nurse said this about Operation Hug, "At times it (the teddy bear) was as much comfort to the mom as it was the kids." 
Description I'm in Charge is a school curriculum which includes a DVD, a facilitator's manual and a workbook for elementary-age students focusing on safety in emergency and non-emergency situations when a child is alone at home or on their own away from home. In the 2015- 2016 school year, 13,219 students  in our community benefited from this program. The following topics are covered by engaging students in discussion and role-play situations; using the telephone, answering the door, inappropriate touching, stranger danger, fire safety, guns, first-aid, Internet safety, and emergency weather situations. Since the I'm In Charge program began in 1984, over 128,00 elementary students have received personal safety information and training through this program.
Program Budget $15,000.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success
Short term success in this program is measured by the children and school districts that are served through this program every year. In the 2015-2016 school year, 12 school districts and 89 schools participated with 13,219 students benefiting. In addition to local schools served, I'm In Charge materials have been purchased for use by outside agencies and other Assistance League chapters across the country. 

The I'm In Charge materials have also been ordered by a Red Cross unit in Korea and a school in Nebraska. A graduate student from San Francisco found our materials online and used them in writing her thesis.
Long-Term Success The long term success of the I'm In Charge program is measured in the number of children who have been given information on being safe when they are alone at home or on their own away from home. Since the program began in 1984, Assistance League of Kansas City has distributed this important safety information to over 128,000 children.
Program Success Monitored By Progress is monitored by surveys completed by school counselors who present the program and committee meetings. All program materials were updated during 2014-2015. Some of the comments that we received from participating school counselors include: "The kids love this program and always have lively discussion pertaining to this topic," "This was a great tool for me as a first year counselor," "Great resource," "Thank you for providing this book. The children enjoy it and I feel it helps them prepare for their own safety," "The students love this curriculum."
Examples of Program Success
92% of school counselors who completed a survey following presentation of the program felt the I'm In Charge program provided a needed service to students and families.  84% of counselors submitting surveys strongly agreed that this program encouraged students to become more aware of their own safety issues.  The 3rd grade students in a class using the program all agreed the program helped them learn "how to be safe."
A counselor made this comment, "The information about stranger danger and taking care of themselves is a great foundation for the topic of personal safety and boundaries...thank you for providing this wonderful resource..." 
 
Description
This program provides personal care items for sexual assault victims. In 2015-2016 our kits provided comfort to 600 assault victims. The kits are distributed by MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault) when victims present at area hospitals.  The program provides clothing and other items to help assault victims, whose garments are retained by police for evidence, to leave the hospital comfortably and with dignity. Each kit contains pants, a shirt, underwear, hygiene items and the book Recovering from Rape by Dr. Linda Ledrey.
The volunteer coordinator of MOCSA made this comment, "This program is an invaluable resource to survivors.  Not only does it provide them with essentials such as clothing, toiletries, and information, but it also helps to restore a sense of dignity and control after the assault.  This is an important start to the healing process..."
 
Program Budget $19,700.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Victims, Victims, Victims
Short-Term Success Short term success for the Assault Survivor Kits program is measured in the number of kits distributed yearly. 600 kits were prepared by ALKC and distributed to victims in 2015-2016 through MOCSA.
Long-Term Success The long term success of the Assault Survivor Kits program is measured in the support the kits give to local women and men who are victims of assault. Since the program's inception, 6,783 kits have been distributed to victims through MOCSA. MOCSA is the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault which has 24 hour care available to assault victims and are contacted when a victim is admitted to a hospital emergency room. 
Program Success Monitored By

Program success and positive outcomes for the Assault Survivor Kits program are measured through  monthly follow up calls to assault survivors performed by MOCSA representatives.  The results from the calls made to survivors showed that nearly all clients felt that the Assualt Survivor Kit was helpful to them.

A MOCSA volunteer commented that the Assault Survivor Kits, "...make a difference that is so amazing...". A survivor from Jackson County was asked why the kit was helpful and commented, "The bag was really helpful.  I didn't have any extra clothes with me, so when the nurse took my clothes for evidence I wouldn't have had anything to wear if it weren't for the clothes in the bag." 

Examples of Program Success
The Assault Survivor Kits program is successful because of the appreciation of the staff at MOSCA and the positive responses by individuals who have received our kits. MOCSA staff report to Assistance League of Kansas City that our kits, "...provide comfort and victims are thankful and surprised to receive them..." further, "...the Assault Survivor Kits allow victims to leave the hospital with regular clothing (not hospital scrubs) and a sense of dignity...".
Comments from survivors who have received an Assault Survivor Kit include: "I was so glad to have something to wear home", "I'm homeless and had been wearing the same clothes for 5 days before I went to the hospital, so having the clothes in the kit was really nice." After showering and using the toiletries in the kit and changing into the new clothes, another victim said, "I feel like a person again."   "The bag was really helpful.  I didn't have any extra clothes with me, so when the nurse took my clothes for evidence I wouldn't have had anything to wear if it weren't for the clothes in the bag."  "It was really great to have something to clean up with." 
Description
Operation Child In Need is a philanthropic program that helps any child in our community whose family is unable to provide the things that would help their educational, physical or emotional development. This program assists foster children, foster families, wards of the court and other children in need.  This program distributes new backpacks and school supplies as well as fill requests for clothing, tutoring and the extras children need that cannot be provided by the families and agencies caring for them.  In 2015-2016, 696 students received school supplies and/or backpacks and 396 children from kindergarten - 12th grade received various types of items and support.  Requests for assistance are made to Assistance League of Kansas City through school counselors and social workers.
 
Individual requests granted have included:  eye exams and glasses, psychiatrist services for a child, bike helmets, a baby carrier, cribs, space heaters, croc-like shoes and two yards of fleece to make a poncho for a girl with autism who lives with her grandparents, gas and hotel expense for a family to take their child to see a pediatric neurological oncologist in St. Louis, replacing Christmas gifts for a family whose gifts were stolen, as well as many requests for clothing and school uniforms for children without and those removed from their homes. 
 
Operation Child In Need is indeed far-reaching in its scope and making a positive impact on needy children and their families in our community.   
Program Budget $53,500.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short-Term Success Operation Child In Need has had much short term success this year by distributing backpacks and school supplies to 696 children. Individual requests were also granted to 396 children and  some of these requests are outlined above. Other individual requests that have been granted in the past through this unique program include:  making arrangements for stylists to give foster children haircuts, paid for a student's music lessons at school, paid space camp tuition for a needy elementary student and paid for a disabled mom to have a double stroller for her toddlers.  It is rewarding to be able to meet these needs, not being addressed in other ways, through the Operation Child In Need Program.
Long-Term Success This program's success is measured in the improved lives of needy and at risk children  by meeting various special requests and supplying backpacks and school supplies each year. Over 90% of school counselors responding to a follow up survey felt that the school supplies provided met student needs.  Operation Child In Need is truly a unique program meeting important individual needs of children that are not being met through other assistance programs.
Program Success Monitored By The Operation Child In Need program is known to be successful because of conversations with and monitoring by the counselors and social workers involved with the children that we help. Assistance League of Kansas City volunteers monitor the program to ensure its effectiveness as well. 
Examples of Program Success
This program is deemed successful because of the happiness of the children that we are able to help. Also, we believe it is successful because of the unique and very specific needs of individual children that we are able to fulfill through the Operation Child In Need program. Truly Northland children in need would not be as well served without the Operation Child In Need program.
Following are notes received from children, a case worker and a school social worker served by Operation Child In Need: 
  "Dear Money Giver, I'm very thankful for the money for the shoes, if it wasn't for you people or money I wouldn't have shoes on my feet right now.  You guys are really a blessing to many people at this house.  P.S. you give me hope someone cares."
  "I thank you for the $150 paid for my clothing.  I was able to get a couple outfits and an outfit for church.  With much appreciation..."
  A case worker whose 18 year old client received new clothing in order to be able to look for a job was nearly in tears as he said he had never had so many new clothes in his life.
  "Thank you so much for the last two school clothing vouchers!  I am just shocked at how quickly these are distributed! ..It is difficult to verbalize the difference new school clothes makes in a teenager's life.  Thank you very much.  We truly appreciate you and your organization."
 
Description
The Senior Outreach Service program provides friendship and support to residents of six Northland senior care centers.  Assistance League of Kansas City volunteers are matched as senior pals to residents of these nursing homes to provide support through personal visits and mailing greeting cards on holidays and birthdays.  Entertaining and educational programming as well as as magazine subscriptions, puzzle books, CD's and bingo cards, are also provided to help enhance the lives of residents at these facilities.  Over 3,400 senior residents were served during 2015-2016 through this program.  An activity director from one of the senior care centers we serve made this comment, "You and your friends at the Assistance League of Kansas City have been wonderful during the holiday season about reaching out to our residents..thanks again for all your generosity and wonderful donations..."
 
ALKC volunteers had 120 Senior Pals during 2015-2016.  Holiday, birthday and thinking of you cards were sent to each senior pal on a regular basis along with gifts of candy for Valentine's Day and Easter.  Gifts of quilted vests were provided at Christmas. 
 
    
Program Budget $10,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Senior Residential Facilities Programs
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short-Term Success
Senior Outreach Service has been very well received by the staff and residents of the six nursing homes served by ALKC volunteers.  Comments from facility activity directors included:  "Assistance League brings smiles to our seniors.  Giving seniors the ability to enjoy life.  Creating memories and restored hope  - Assistance League touches people's lives." 
"Residents enjoy the cards and gifts for some of our residents who don't have any family.  They enjoy the programs..." 
"They enjoy the entertainment and the ladies coming out for bingo."
Long-Term Success
The Senior Outreach Service program has been in operation for 6 years.  Outcomes for this program are collected through on online survey that was completed by all six of the facility activity directors last year. 
83% of facility activity directors strongly agreed that this program improved the lives of their senior residents.  83% of facility activity directors also strongly agreed that educational and entertaining programs presented were enjoyed by their residents. 
Program Success Monitored By  Success of the Senior Outreach Service Program is monitored by an annual online survey completed by senior facility directors and activity directors. 
Examples of Program Success

Comments from senior facility directors and activity directors regarding how the Senior Outreach Service is affecting the lives of seniors include: 

"(due to the Senior Outreach Program) families and residents know that there is someone else out there that really cares for the elderly" 
"some of the residents have no families or visitors and this is a great way to provide that extra care for them..."
"the program gives additional activities/entertainment choices" 
"your program provides additional contact, interaction and resources for our residents"
"because of your program several of our residents are able to do things and take part in activities they would not be able to do without the program" 
 


 

Description
Operation Celebration is a philanthropic program administered by the Assisteens auxiliary of Assistance League of Kansas City focusing on meeting the needs of children who have been removed from their home, and placed in a temporary foster care facility.  Assisteens provide this program to celebrate birthdays of children 2 years through 18 years of age who have been removed from their homes and are staying temporary housing operated by Synergy Services.  If a child does not have a birthday during his/her stay, a celebration bag will be provided.  During 2015-2016, 35 children received a birthday or celebration bag. 
Each birthday/celebration bag contains a cake mix, frosting, decorations, paper products and an age appropriate gift.
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success Facility management reports that the gift bags provided through the Operation Celebration program are very well received and are helpful in creating good memories for youth during a difficult time in their lives. 
Long-Term Success

 This program provides gift bags to local foster care facilities that serves children and teens.  These supplies are used to celebrate birthdays and other events for youth staying at the facility. 

Assistance League is working with the agency to develop methods to track outcomes of this program.   
Program Success Monitored By As stated above, Assistance League is currently working with facility management to develop methods to track outcomes for this program. 
Examples of Program Success
The assistant programming director of Synergy Children's Center made this comment about this program, "The Assistance League of Kansas City provides our shelter with Celebration Bags, which are used for birthday celebrations, good bye gifts, and achievement parties.  The toys and party supplies in these bags truly make a difference in the lives of the children we serve every day.  These celebration bag donations assure that every child served by our shelter has a homemade cake, age appropriate gift, and fun decorations for their party.  We are so thankful for the ongoing support of Assistance League of Kansas City." 
Description
The Outreach Program allows Assistance League of Kansas City volunteers the opportunity to respond to various needs in our community on a seasonal or short term basis.  Clothing has been provided to tornado and fire victims through this program.  
During 2015-2016,  5 students received new school uniforms through this program.   
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success


Long-Term Success The Outreach Program is designed to meet short-term one-time needs in our community.  
Program Success Monitored By

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Examples of Program Success  During 2015-2016, the Outreach program provided one-time, short-term service to 5 students in need. 
CEO Comments
I am very proud of the important philanthropic work of Assistance League of Kansas City. We are a distinct organization in that we are an all-volunteer group of committed members that is governed by sound financial and management practices. Our philanthropic programs are helping to meet the needs of children and families in Kansas City as evidenced by the positive outcomes of our efforts and the increased requests for aid each year. We strive to improve the lives of those served as well as those serving. We appreciate our members, supporters and donors in partnering with us to help make our philanthropic goals a reality.
Assistance League of Kansas City was chosen as the nonprofit beneficiary of the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast in 2014. 
 
Assistance League of Kansas City was inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame in November 2011 for our philanthropic work with children and education through the Operation School Bell, I'm In Charge and Operation Child In Need programs. The purpose of the Education Hall of Fame is to identify and recognize individuals, organizations, and corporate supporters, notable for their contributions to education and to provide well deserved recognition for honorees as well as to education and its impact on their lives. The Kansas City Kansas Community College Endowment Association coordinates the application process and yearly induction ceremony. 
 
Assistance League of Kansas City has also qualified for the GreatNonprofits 2014 top-rated list. This distinction is awarded to less than 1% of eligible nonprofits and is a result of the quality and number of reviews of our organization and its community-based philanthropic programs at the GreatNonprofits website www.greatnonprofits.org. The mission of GreatNonprofits is to help inspire and inform prospective donors and volunteers, help them differentiate between nonprofits, find ones they can trust and be more confident in giving or signing up to volunteer.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Cindy McGinnis
Term Start June 2016
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Cathy Stone June 2014 - May
Ms. Ann Whittaker June 2015 - May 2016
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 300
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
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
Collaborations
The organization provides Assault Survivor Kits to MOCSA, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault.  MOCSA uses our kits in their hospital advocacy with victims of sexual assault. 
Assistance League of Kansas City members also partner with area school districts and social service agencies to provide service through our other philanthropic programs. 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter1986
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Mid-America Education Hall of FameKansas City Kansas Community College Endowment Association2011
Top-Rated Children and Families NonprofitGreatNonprofits - www.greatnonprofits.org2014
GuideStar Gold Exchange SealGuidestar2015
nonprofit beneficiaryMayor's Prayer Breakfast2014
designationBetter Business Bureau2013
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
The Board is the governing body of  Assistance League of Kansas City. It is composed of the elected officers who each have a vote. The Board is subject to the organization's Bylaws, Standing Rules and policies.  The Board has the power to establish and maintain policies and standards and has the responsibility for the management of the organization. Assistance League of Kansas City supports the mission of  National Assistance League and complies with its Bylaws, Standing Rules and policies. 
Assistance League of Kansas City also adheres to its Conflict of Interest Policy at all times. Chapter members participate in and support the philanthropic programs and fundraising activities of the chapter and  pay annual dues. They agree to attend meetings, vote and hold office.
 
Associate members participate in and support the programs and fundraising activities of the Chapter with less membership expectations.  There is no minimum time commitment, they may attend meetings, but may not vote or hold office.
 
Auxiliary members participate in and support the programs and fundraising activities of the chapter. Heartland Auxiliary administers the Operation Child In Need program and raises funds to support it.  Heartland Auxiliary members commit to a minimum of 30 hours of service annually and pay annual dues.
 
Assisteens is a youth auxiliary of Assistance League of Kansas City which is open to 7th - 12th grade students. The Assisteens support the programs of Assistance League of Kansas City with an emphasis on service learning.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Cindy McGinnis
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term June 2016 to May 2017
Email rcmcginnis83@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Terry Besser Community Volunteer
Ms. Libby Blair Community Volunteer
Ms. Peggy Carruthers Community Volunteer
Ms. Barbara Condra Community Volunteer
Ms. Judi Farrell Community Volunteer
Ms. Janet Geary Community Volunteer
Ms. Shelly Knight Community Volunteer
Ms. Suzanne Locke Community Volunteer
Ms. Cindy McGinnis Community Volunteer
Ms. Penny Merrill Community Volunteer
Ms. Karen Mollohan Community Volunteer
Ms. Karen Moreno Community Volunteer
Ms. Sherry Sweat Community Volunteer
Ms. Margie Thomas Community Volunteer
Ms. Ann Whittaker Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Education
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel & Finance & Marketing & Nominating & By-laws
Membership
Nominating
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Youth
Technology
Program / Program Planning
Building
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Gary Barnes Partner - Husch Blackwell LLP
Dr. Utpal Goswami President - MCC Maple Woods
Ms. Tammy Henderson North Kansas City School District
Ms. Theresa Hupp Hallmark
Ms. Judy Keller
Ms. Jean Moore
Ms. Cecilia Robinson
Mr. Mark Tomes CEK Insurance, Inc.
Ms. Tina Uridge Clay County Senior Services
CEO Comments
The Board is the governing body of  Assistance League of Kansas City. It is composed of the elected officers who each have a vote. The Board is subject to the organization's Bylaws, Standing Rules and Policies of the Assistance League of Kansas City. The Board has the power to establish and maintain policies and standards and has the responsibility for the management of the organization. The Assistance League of Kansas City also supports the mission of  National Assistance League and complies with all of its Bylaws and Policies.   Assistance League of Kansas City adheres to  its conflict of interest policy at all times. Chapter members participate in and support the programs and fundraising activities of the chapter and pay annual dues. They agree to attend meetings and help with philanthropic programs and fundraising efforts.  Associate members participate in and support the programs and fundraising activities of the Chapter with less membership expectations.  They may attend meetings, but may not vote or hold office.
 
Auxiliary members participate in and support the programs and fundraising activities of the chapter. Nan Lippincott is the 2016-2017 of the Heartland Auxiliary chairman. Heartland Auxiliary manages the Operation Child In Need program.  Heartland Auxiliary members commit to a minimum of 30 hours of service annually and pay annual dues. Assisteens Auxiliary is a youth auxiliary of Assistance League of Kansas City which is open to 7th - 12th grade students. The Assisteens support the programs of Assistance League of Kansas City with an emphasis on service learning.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start June 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End May 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $688,000
Projected Expenses $651,000
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 5/31/2015, 2014, 2013:  Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$714,115$276,720$90,166
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
$1,885$2,022$4,906
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,751$1,196$1,395
Membership Dues$21,212$22,199$21,395
Special Events$10,090$14,544$13,150
Revenue In-Kind$529,913$604,804$406,633
Other$5,145$4,970$9,831
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$512,939$381,934$368,927
Administration Expense$65,307$118,137$181,390
Fundraising Expense$63,356$80,732$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.001.600.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%66%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%28%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,985,444$2,661,804$2,361,903
Current Assets$1,227,431$936,848$603,743
Long-Term Liabilities$417,953$744,035$778,700
Current Liabilities$31,157$23,944$35,030
Total Net Assets$2,536,334$1,893,825$1,548,173
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities39.4039.1317.24
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets14%28%33%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountNorth Kansas City Hospital $55,000Northland Giving Circle $30,000Irene E. & Nevada P. Linscomb Foundation $25,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountLinscomb Foundation $25,000Individual Donor $25,315Harvest Ball Society $20,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHarvest Ball Society $16,000Linscomb Foundation $25,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
Over the last three years, Assistance League of Kansas City has purchased and renovated a building on North Oak and successfully conducted a $1,000,000 capital campaign. 
 
We started with the dream of expanding our largest philanthropic program, Operation School Bell.  We were able to locate a depressed building in our target area and it was purchased in March 2012 to provide a larger home for both Operation School Bell and our thrift shop, THE ReSALE SHOP.  Renovation of the building took place over the next year and we moved into the space in time to start clothing children in our larger space in September 2012.  The thrift shop opened in April 2013 with a grand opening in May 2013.  Our thrift shop has been housed in rental properties for many years and our new mortgage is less expensive than our lease in the store's previous location. 
 
The Capital Campaign began in September 2013 with fundraising beginning in October 2013.  The campaign was successfully concluded in February 2015.  Capital campaign funds will be used to repay the construction loan for renovations on our new building as well as other capital improvements needed at the building, such as energy efficient lighting.  Capital Campaign funds are also designated for improvements at our nearby Administrative Center building.  
 
2014 revenue exceeds expenses for several reasons:
  • 2014 revenue includes nearly $198,000 in capital campaign revenue, which is restricted for designated capital expenditures.  We anticipate the majority of the capital campaign revenue will be received in these first two years with the remaining pledges to be paid over five years.
  • $150,000 of the surplus revenue is due to the extraordinary thrift shop revenue from the first year in our new location and greater than budgeted grant funding received by our organization.  Our thrift shop revenue greatly increased due to the expanded retail space in our new location, location visibility and bigger and better signage for the shop. 
Expenses and liabilities have increased over the last three years due to our organization acquiring a mortgage and a construction loan following acquisition of the building on North Oak.  Additional expenses were also necessary for paying rent on our previous thrift shop location until the new building was ready for us to move into, moving expenses and increased utilities and overhead expenses due to the larger size of our new thrift shop.
Funds spent on our philanthropic programs have, however, steadily increased every year over the last three years.  Operation School Bell, our largest philanthropic program, Operation Child In Need, Assault Survivor Kits and the Operation Hug Program all served more clients each year.  We are proud that we have continued to serve our clients at increased levels, due to increased revenue from our relocated thrift shop and the constant commitment of our all-volunteer membership. 
 
Fundraising expenses of $80,000 in 2014 are for consulting fees incurred during our capital campaign, campaign events expenses and campaign administrative expenses.  We will continue to incur capital campaign expenses during 2015, even though the fundraising portion of our campaign is completed. 
Organization Name Assistance League® of Kansas City
Address 6101 N Chestnut
Gladstone, MO 64119
Primary Phone (816) 453-6011
Contact Email alkc@alkc.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cindy McGinnis
Board Chair Ms. Cindy McGinnis
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1983