Kansas City Boys Choir
1 West Armour Suite 16
Kansas City MO 64111
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 474-7464
Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Kansas City Boys Choir to provide a forum for developing and enhancing the mind and to bridge cultural gaps through music in the classical boy choir tradition, service and scholarship.

The mission of the Kansas City Girls Choir is to offer young girls an opportunity to share their musical talent & to enrich each girl to become a strong positive force in their community.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ah'Lee E. Robinson
Board Chair Mr. Michael Hobson
Board Chair Company Affiliation U.S. Postal Service
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1995
Former Names
Boys Choir
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Kansas City Boys Choir to provide a forum for developing and enhancing the mind and to bridge cultural gaps through music in the classical boy choir tradition, service and scholarship.

The mission of the Kansas City Girls Choir is to offer young girls an opportunity to share their musical talent & to enrich each girl to become a strong positive force in their community.

Background Statement The Kansas City Boys Choir is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that was incorporated in 1996. There has only been one Artistic Director in its life span. The organization is comprised of two choirs: The Kansas City Boys Choir and the Kansas City Girls Choir. Both choirs carry membership of around 40 choristers. The all volunteer board has 13 members from the community. It also has approximately 15 volunteer support staff that primarily work with the choirs first hand. The choirs annually perform two concerts, one in the Spring and the other in the Winter. The organization sponsors a scholarship banquet where we support graduating seniors in the choir with a monetary scholarship if they are continuing their education. The Kansas City Boys Choir has traveled extensively and is closely connected with MCDA and ACDA (Missouri Choral Directors Association and the American Choral Directors Association). Both choirs perform music from all areas. The choristers perform classical, jazz, gospel and show tunes. The choir consists of changed and unchanged voices. It has demonstrated quality throughout its performances and has been named among the best in the arts community. The choir has performed at several local events in the community and has always received a warm reception. In 2014 and 2016 Choirs were declared one of the top 50 outstanding organizations in the country declared by the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program.  
Impact Statement
2016 Accomplishments:
  1. Successful "Oh Freedom" program with Singer Patti Austin
  2. Successful scholarship program at end of year, able to provide scholarships to choristers
  3. Implemented new training programs for staff
 
2017 Goals:
  1. Adding more diversity to the choirs
  2. Increase Budget to meet program Expectations
  3. Support from KCMSD to update staff and parents about the choirs
Needs Statement
  1. Would like to secure some from of transportation for choristers travels, local and across the country.
  2. Educational Materials including funding for handbooks, videos and workbooks, and hygiene supplies to include skin care and personal grooming.
  3. Volunteers for performances (ticket takers, ushers, etc.) for two concerts spring and winter.
  4. Technology-website upgrades and updates (webmaster) individual laptops or notebooks for each of the choristers to secure and study music, secured 4 computers for the office and space for tutor program.
  5. Office space to hold trophies, plaques and awards, to hold board meetings and office space to secure all chorister and staff files has been donated by the US Bank and we are very grateful for this opportunity.
Service Categories
Music
Single Organization Support
Areas of Service
National
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement The Kansas City Boys Choir and the Kansas City Girls Choir have been a wonderful addition to my life. As Board Chair for several years, I am deeply moved by the performances of these young choristers. Our goal is to mentor, build leaders, instill character, engage the kids to have dignity & respect. We conduct Etiquette Workshops, Financial Workshops, Personal Hygiene Workshops, Self-Esteem Workshops, to ensure these choristers have a well rounded outlook on life and to build skills in them they can have for the rest of their lives. We also offer a tutoring program to assist them with school work. I became addicted to the organization at the Kansas City Boys Choir Scholarship Banquet in the mid 1990s. There, the boys conducted much of the program from the welcome, the prayer, the introduction of the speaker, and most of all, the performance. The boys have performed in many cities including St. Louis, Memphis, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Washington, D.C., and many others. It has been an honor for me to serve this organization. Our all volunteer staff, board, and parents work very hard to promote professionalism, discipline, and poise for the boys and girls. Our Executive Director, Mr. Ah'Lee Robinson donates countless hours, his own money, and musical talents to provide an opportunity for these kids to be successful in life. With these wonderful goals and dreams for these kids, the organization faces many challenges when attempting to seek funding, grants, and corporate donations. Each year, the organization awards scholarships to all graduating high school Seniors, who have met the requirements of the organization to receive this financial award. Our Winter and Spring Concerts also require a substantial amount of dollars to present a high quality, as well as entertaining show for our audience.  Each Board Member pledge to give an "out-of-pocket" sum, based on their own financial position.  The Board of Directors also has recently voted to outline a Board Commitment Program to hold each Board member financially responsible for a set dollar amount each calendar year. The total financial commitment is $ 1,000.00 for each member. I feel if we are the leaders of the organization, we should set the standard and lead by example. However, much more financial support is needed. Your support is very much needed and appreciated.
Programs
Description Our Etiquette Class is available to all choristers and is offered annually, usually in preparation for our scholarship banquet.  This class provides our youth with firsthand formal dining experiences.  The class is taught, usually in a fine dining establishment and/or catered by a professional chef.  Usually after this class, many of the choristers desire to pursue a career in culinary arts.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success Choristers learn how to set the table for a full course meal, as well as how to socially interact during a formal dining experience. 
Long-Term Success Maintaining proper etiquette privately and publicly is of great importance and adds to the security of developing socially adept, well-rounded youth.  The emphasis of our educational programs is on the “whole boy” with music becoming the by-product. Through these supportive programs, we are able to teach our young men to become successful and productive members of the community. Due to the fact that many choristers are requesting this class be taught more, we have made this available two times a year to meet the expectation of the young choristers request.
Program Success Monitored By Observation, written and oral assessments, and feedback from choristers are all used to measure the effectiveness of the etiquette classes.
Examples of Program Success Staff has observed positive transformation and improved etiquette skills, put to use at our annual scholarship banquet.
Description
Passport to Manhood (males 11-14) and Smart Girls (females 9-18) promote positive values and responsible behavior.  These fourteen week programs focus on transitions such as physical changes in their bodies, hygiene and personal wellness; altering relationships with authority, friends and members of the opposite sex; greater freedom and responsibility for personal decisions; new expectation for acting more like adults in how they conceive and plan for the future; preparation for life's roles particularly related to education and careers; and the acquisition of money and material possessions.  Both of these programs have been field tested and revised by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Category Human Services, General/Other Personal Enrichment
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success Choristers are given tips in grooming and good hygiene, so that "looking good and feeling good" become regular habits and evolve into a lifestyle choice.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal of the grooming and hygiene class is to reinforce a positive self-image and achieve ultimate success, promoted through the practice of positive self-care and healthy habits. The emphasis of our educational programs is on the “whole boy” with music becoming the by-product. Through these supportive programs, we are able to teach our young men to become successful and productive members of the community. 
Program Success Monitored By Observation, written and oral assessments, and feedback from choristers are all used to measure the effectiveness of the grooming and hygiene classes.
Examples of Program Success Staff members have witnessed positive transformations in choristers, and choristers share written and oral statements about the growth and development of their self-esteem since joining the Choir. 
Description

Part of the mission of the Kansas City Boys Choir is to provide a forum for developing and enhancing the mind and to bridge cultural gaps through music in the classical boy choir tradition. With this in mind, this part of the mission is accomplished through the annual performance programs presented by the choirs. In the spring and winter of each year the choir presents a performance concert program that showcases the talents of the young gifted singers and sets the platform for presenting a program for the public. After five months of preparation the choirs presents a performance program to the audience complete with choreography, music and expressions spoken by the young singers. Each program is affords the choristers the opportunity to speak about their time in the choir and express their thoughts and share in the musical presentation. These programs bring much excitement not only to the audience but for the young choristers it exudes with much joy. The choristers are always eager to greet the audience with a theme fitting for the program season. This annual spring and winter performance program usually presented in April and December is one of the many highlights for the organization and the youth it serve.

Program Budget $5,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Performances Presenting
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success Short term success would be watching the youth prepare for the performance programs and the excitement that they bring. The chorister are responsible for selecting program themes, creating props and are given lead responsibilities to make them feel included in the performance programs. This boost without reason their self-esteem as they take the stage with much pride and ownership.  Needless to say when the choristers are dressed in quality uniforms, it brings a great deal of pride that not only exudes in their actions but comes across in the presentation on stage. They not only look good, but feel good as well. Wearing something new and looking and feeling good, always make you feel like you're on top of the world. Their attention to detail is heightened, their attendance is consistent and their energy is relentless. They are without a doubt eager to perform for both the spring and winter concerts. Backstage is always an exciting place to to see them transform as they make ready for the performance presentation and inquire about the waiting audience.
Long-Term Success Many of the choristers aspire to become productive citizens remaining in the arts. It has been proven that by being a part of the choirs curriculum, music becomes a part of their disciplined life, offering the teachings they learned in the choir to their future aspirations.  
Program Success Monitored By The success of the programs are monitored by the faces of the audience. In addition to the video and still shots the audience is well diverse, including demographics, age, ethnicity and social and economic status. This is measured with the surveys that are asked of each patron visiting the performance programs.
Examples of Program Success The performance programs have been very successful. Many of the parents of the choristers are full of stories about their young child being completely excited about having the opportunity to perform. There have been stories of the child transforming into someone that the parents had no idea they had it in them. At the close of the performance programs the cameras captures the excitement as the audience exits and provides feedback about the program. The feedback from the videos has been overwhelming. Many always include that they will be back for the next performance program and will tell someone about the youth that display an array of talents.
Description All youth involved with the choir will be challenged not participate in the drug prevention program. The organization will present classes and learning opportunities to assure that all youth are aware of the unwanted benefits to drugs. Because of the large age difference, we will make sure to present classes that will reflect the age described. This program is funded thru the COMBAT program in Kansas City Missouri.  
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Youth Violence Prevention
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Pending, New program 
Long-Term Success This is a new program and we have not had to measure any successes yet. 
Program Success Monitored By Random test will be administered
Examples of Program Success Pending,, New program 
CEO Comments It is exciting to announce that because of the grant writer that we have currently is making things happen. We are receiving funds and would like to work toward establishing an ongoing program that provides more consistent dollars. Our new board treasurer has presented the challenge to all with the idea of how to grow what we are currently receiving.  Many of the programs that we operate are self sufficient, however the desire to sustain additional programming would take additional funding coming into the organization on a consistent basis. The self-esteem and etiquette programs have captured the attention of many in the community and offered volunteer services to make things happen.  Our  programs planned must be able to be sustained for the youth that we serve to enjoy quality programming. Our roster has not changed much for the boys, but the girls are growing rapidly. They are very consistent in the programs and seem to enjoy them very much, which ultimately results in additional choristers. The success of the programs have been phenomenal in that they reach into the community showcasing the talents and results of quality programming. With choristers coming from a broad area across the city, our audience base is not only diverse but is captivated by the presentation of the group. Many of the programs that we present, offer opportunities for volunteers in the community. Our programs also serve as a catalyst for improving a quality of life for the choristers that we serve in the organization. With the current issues in the news relative to the youth, we strongly feel that we are assisting this need, and have begun dialogue to create more avenues for the youth in our community. We have had many successes as a result of our dedicated board that gives 100% financially,and also makes a presence when called upon by the Executive Director. The community is always welcome to come and learn more about the organization as we work diligently to achieve a greater visibility and become the ambassadors for the city of Kansas City.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Ah'Lee E. Robinson
Term Start Apr 1995
Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Experience Ah'Lee Robinson, born and raised in Kansas City, MO, has been singing since the age of 5. He has been a noted vocal coach for the past 15 years, teaching both professionally and private lessons to those interested in furthering their careers. He is a songwriter and a musician and is an international recording artist. He is the Founder and CEO of the Kansas City Boys Choir and in July 2005, the KCBC celebrated their 10th year. In March 2006, adding to his successes, he founded the Kansas City Girls Choir. He has served as Minister of Music Worship & Arts at the Historic Second Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO, under the leadership of Dr. Vernon P. Howard, Jr. and is the Director for the Masters Men of Kansas City.   He worked as an on air announcer with Mortenson Broadcasting Company for 15 years.  He attended University of Missouri with an emphasis in Elementary Education and a minor in Music. He teaches musical workshops across the country and enjoys reading in his spare time. He serves on several Boards within the area, and he still has time to spend with his three sons. He is a licensed foster parent with emphasis on behavioral issues. He is an avid tennis player and enjoys writing and performing music. Currently Mr. Robinson is a full time staff with the Kansas City Boys Choir and the Kansas City Girls Choir.     
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Experience/Biography Resposible for booking and handling all calls related to the request of performances for the choir. Handles and oversees the annual planning for the choirs events. Is involved in the day to day of the organization. Has been a Youth Friend and works with youth in the community. Serves as the General Supervisor for the Transporation Dept in Kansas City, MO
Title Budget Director
Experience/Biography The Budget Director is a staff position with the Kansas City Boys Choir/Kansas City Girls Choir. Duties and Responsibilities include but not limited to: establishing and implementing procedures for cash handling, including but not limited to, ticket sales, souvenir/merchandise sales, and all other generated income; preparing the annual budget, in conjunction with the Treasurer of Board of Directors; monitoring all expenditure requests to verify the availability of budgeted funds; prepare financial reports for Board of Directors on a monthly basis and when requested; reviewing and advising Board on all proposed expenditures; implement and maintain appropriate financial files, collect and sell tickets, souvenirs/merchandise and account for all sales at all performances; and shall perform other duties as assigned.
Title Marketing Director
Experience/Biography Responsible for the overall Marketing of the organization. Programs, brochures and matrerials that represent the organization.
Title Budget Director
Title Asst. Director
Title KCBC Proctor
Title Choir Manager
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 23
Paid Contractors 3
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 16
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 4
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 17
Male 6
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-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 Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Each month the Community Service Coordinator is responsible for selecting organizations that our choristers can work with on projects. We have collaborated with the Kansas City Boys and Girls Club on many occasions, to paint one of their facilities, assist the Kidney Foundation in packaging bags for the Annual Mayors Breakfast. Most if not all collaborations are done thru the community service coordinator. We have collaborated with the Coiterie Theater in selecting talent for both organizations. We also collaborate with the Ronald McDonald House and ReStart in Kansas City, Missouri.  Currently the choirs are in residence with the Mutual Musicians Foundation. Recently worked with the Lyric opera's music camp. Recently we teamed up with Mazuma and Junior Achievement to assist in working our money matters class for the choristers.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Recognized in top 50 across the country as "best youth organizaiton"NAHYP2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
Choirs have been recently challenged with need of a home to be able to access on an as needed basis. The Board has developed a search committee that has been challenged to locate a permanent home for the organization. Many opportunities and the opportunity to apply for grants has increased with the assistance of a local grant writer. Another challenge is securing a marketing person to assist in getting the choirs information out to the general public. Our most recent concert did not prove successful which was a result of the lack of marketing. We are changing strategies in locating a person that would devote the time needed to make this happen. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Michael Hobson
Company Affiliation U.S. Postal Service
Term May 2010 to May 2018
Email limohop@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Tracey Bradford City of Kansas City, Mo
Mr. Chester Brock
Ms. Bettye Day Jackson County
Rev. David Gilmore Centennial United Methodist Pastor
Mr. Michael Hobson U.S. Postal Service
Ms. Deborah Hogan MoDOT
Ms. Jill Katz Jill M. Katz, Esq. LLC
Ms. Carolyn Lucas Honeywell
Mr. Earnest McCoy Burns & McDonald
Mr. Lebert Shultz Attorney-Husch Blackwell Sanders
Ms. Regina Toney Honeywell
Ms. Debbie Warner Warner and Associates, CPA
Ms. Barbara Washington
Mr. Paul Wenske Federal Reserve Bank of KC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 10
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 99%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Membership
Marketing
Capital Campaign
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Finance
Scholarship
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Education
Program / Program Planning
Nominating
Parents
Board Development / Board Orientation
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Kimiko Gilmore City of Kansas City
CEO Comments Our board consists of community leaders who are both still in the professional workforce and retired. They come from all levels of management and provide a diverse cross section of gender and social status. The Board is very resourceful and works very close with the choristers by providing assistance on trips, great role models and opportunities for the choristers to be involved in many events that the average young child would not be privy to. The volunteer staff is a dedicated group who work faithfully with the organization providing guidance and administrative support in all areas. Both volunteer entities (board and staff) are dedicated and committed financially and are able to provide in-kind and service. The board meets monthly to provide governance for the organization. Although they are not as hands on as the staff, they are committed to making sure that they are privy to the inner workings of the organization. Each volunteer staff that holds a position in the organization shares their role with the board monthly or quarterly. Our Development Director works very diligently in meeting potential donors and sponsors. Our Marketing Director puts together our marketing packets that we send out to community leaders and those interested in hearing more about the choirs and the organization as a whole. The board and staff are always available to speak to groups that are interested in learning more about the organization. We are always looking for dedicated staff and board members that are willing to serve the community and express a concern for the young choristers that we serve.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $100,615
Projected Expenses $100,615
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
  • For FY 2013, total revenue amount does not match total on line 9 of IRS Form 990.  There is an addition error on the return. Revenue amount on profile is correct.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$32,279$36,765$23,909
Administration Expense$36,414$16,610$46,856
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.931.240.80
Program Expense/Total Expenses47%69%34%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$14,431$18,963$7,829
Current Assets$12,567$18,663$6,621
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$14,431$18,963$7,829
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $10,000Missouri Arts Council $16,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $5,000Individual Donor $7,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Sprint $5,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose The purpose of the capital campaign would be to raise dollars to increase funding for programs. Continue to research transportation for out of state trips. 
Goal $50,000.00
Dates Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments It is extremely important that current and incoming board members know that supporting the organization financially is imperative for the sustainability of the organization. Each board member personally commits to support the organization with their own finances. Many of the board members go beyond the obligations and provide in-kind and other services for the sake of the organization. Currently the Development Director is working on an updated fundraising plan for the organization. Our Grants Administrator is lining up grants that will support our programs. The parent group works very diligently in assuring that we remain financial stable. The parent organization is committed to annually giving a financial gift. Currently working on and will meet the deadline for the 2015 990.  
Organization Name Kansas City Boys Choir
Address 1 West Armour Suite 16
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 474-7464
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ah'Lee E. Robinson
Board Chair Mr. Michael Hobson
Board Chair Company Affiliation U.S. Postal Service
Year of Incorporation 1995
Former Names
Boys Choir