Heartland Men's Chorus
P. O. Box 32374
Kansas City MO 64171-5374
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 931-3338
Fax 816- 531-1367
Mission Statement
Heartland Men's Chorus provides excellence in performance while advancing men's choral music, building community, and reaching out to diverse audiences.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Rick Fisher
Board Chair Keith Hohly
Board Chair Company Affiliation ELCA Synod
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1986
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations by credit card are accepted online at our Website hmckc.org or you are invited to call 816-931-3338. Donations by check may be mailed to: HMC, PO Box 32374, Kansas City MO 64171. 
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Heartland Men's Chorus provides excellence in performance while advancing men's choral music, building community, and reaching out to diverse audiences.
Background Statement Heartland Men's Chorus was formed in 1986 as Kansas City's gay men's chorus, an affiliate with GALA Choruses Inc., an international association of 150 performing groups. Starting with 30 singers performing in area churches, the group has grown to include more than 100 singers performing an annual 3-concert subscription series at Kansas City's historic downtown Folly Theater. In June, 2012, the Chorus performed their summer concert to sold-out audiences in Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Programming is characterized by variety, with repertoire choices from sacred to secular music, popular to serious music and themes, drawn from diverse styles representing all periods of music history. While the Chorus is made up of volunteers, many of whom are amateur musicians, concerts are known for a professional level of production and performance. Because of the focus on excellence in performance, the Heartland Men's Chorus has become a vital component of the cultural fabric of the greater Kansas City region.
Impact Statement
That Our Voices Enlighten, Inspire, Heal and Empower.
 
Accomplishments 2017-18: 
  • Presented a bonus Fall Concert From the Heart in the stunning new sanctuary at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS to further our strategic outreach to audiences in Johnson County. This drew 1,147 attendees.
  • Presented three subscription concerts (seven performances) reaching a total audience of 5,917.
  • Outreach performances throughout the year in the Kansas City metro and wider region at civic and charitable events introduced the music and message of the Chorus to more than 30,000 people.
  • Our summer concert "Indivisible" included the world premiere of a commissioned oratorio "We, the Unknown" on WWI themes. Presented in collaboration with the National WWI Museum, this project was chronicled by journalist Matt Flener in a one-hour documentary feature "Known But to God."
Goals 2018-19: 
  • Grow the number of singers participating in the Chorus, and numbers of people attending concerts and fundraising events.
  • Present Fall Concert From the Heart by invitation as the closing program for Kansas City's "Open Spaces" festival.
  • Beta-test our new school outreach program "Schools With Heart" to provide an educational resource to combat bullying (presented at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in the KCMO school district on 10/10/18). Evaluate and refine the program so it can be offered to other area high schools.
  • Collaborate with two dozen other LGBT choruses nationally to present the world premiere of "Stonewall 50" marking the 50th anniversary of the event popularly regarded as the start of the LGBT rights movement.
Needs Statement
  1. Strengthen funding base to sustain the organization's growth. 
  2. Increased earned revenue by improving ticket sales.  
  3. Refine marketing initiatives to continue audience growth and achievement of revenue/attendance goals for concerts. 
  4. Continue strategic outreach locally and to outlying communities to build audience, support community partners, and take our music and message to places where it needs to be heard. 
Service Categories
Singing & Choral Groups
Lesbian/Gay Rights
Music
Areas of Service
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
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Based on budget and infrastructure, the Heartland Men’s Chorus is the region’s largest community chorus. It is the premiere cultural institution serving the area’s LGBT community. The Chorus' solid reputation for artistic excellence continues to grow under artistic director Dustin S. Cates, now in his fifth season. The Chorus is known for its organizational stability under the leadership of Executive Director Rick Fisher. The Board of Directors is broadly representative of the community, and is fully engaged in guiding the organization on such matters as strategic planning, policy making, fund raising and fiscal oversight. The Chorus has gained the support of numerous corporate sponsors and individual donors, and the Chorus typically performs to enthusiastic, large audiences. Still, there are new artistic goals to achieve, new messages to share, and new audiences to reach.

 
Our members tell us that we are men for whom singing is more than the mere joy of the vocal expression. The Chorus is a home of dreams fulfilled, and a source of personal grounding in a world for some of whom is hostile, confusing and alien. We learn, we sing, we smile, laugh and, sometimes cry with our fellow singers…and with our audience.
 
We invite you to join our efforts to Enlighten, Inspire, Heal and Empower.
Programs
Description This gay men's chorus group produces three major shows each year as well as outreach through smaller community venues.
Program Budget 662,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Selling out concerts, steady growth in subscriber rate, attracting new customers, retaining existing customers.
Long-Term Success Continued audience growth securing the position of the Chorus as an integral participant in the Kansas City arts scene. Creating societal change where diversity is celebrated and all are valued.
Program Success Monitored By
Each concert is evaluated by a team made up of board members, artistic staff, executive staff and other key organization leaders. This group receives and considers input from audience members on a consistent basis. Written evaluation reports follow the format of:
  1. What worked well
  2. What needed improvement
  3. What we're going to do in the future about those areas needing improvement. 

These reports are shared with the full board. Another key component of program evaluation is fiscal monitoring, that is, how program sales perform against budgetary goals.
Examples of Program Success
We are pleased to report on another successful season in 2017-18:
  • Bonus fall concert at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood drew 1,150 attendees.
  • Holiday concerts were attended by 1,568 people at the Folly Theater.
  • Holiday concert at Yardley Hall (JCCC) grew by 12% over the previous year to 954 people.
  • Spring pops concert almost completely sold out two performances at the Folly, drawing 2,091 people.
  • Summer concert Indivisible was attended by 1,304 people. The concert included the world premiere of an oratorio commissioned by HMC. This project caught the attention of local media and was the subject of a one hour documentary created by Channel 9 journalist Matt Flener. His inspiring piece Known But to God deals with the history behind the story and the creation of the oratorio.
  • Audience development was strong-attendance included 751 new households
  • Community outreach performances introduced more than 30,000 people to the music and message of HMC.
CEO Comments HMC concerts are performed to audiences that continue to grow steadily.  That performances are increasingly selling out dual performances at the 1,068 seat Folly Theater points to the recognition of the Heartland Men's Chorus as an important element in the artistic fabric of the Greater Kansas City region. Our debut at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in June 2012  highlighted HMC's status as one of the major players in the vibrant arts scene of our city and provided the opportunity to substantially grow our audience. The Chorus engages in strategic community outreach to benefit other organizations and introduce new audiences to our music and performance.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Rick Fisher
Term Start Mar 1997
Experience Rick Fisher (Executive Director): Previously entrepreneur and small business owner, professional Church Musician; B.S. in Bible Degree from Philadelphia College of Bible and Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Church Music from Westminster Choir College.
Senior Staff
Title Artistic Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 2
Volunteers 150
Retention Rate 67%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 3
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Male 3
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan 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
HMC frequently collaborates with other non-profits in the area offering no-fee performances at various events. We also collaborate with other local artists and groups featuring them in our mainstage performances. Recent examples include the Lawrence Children's Chorus, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, KC Accapella, Beatboxer Luke Harbur, drag luminaries Genewa Stanwyck and Daisy Bucket, and composer Mark Hayes.
 
We also collaborate with many local arts organizations for cross marketing and advertising trades. Examples include Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Women's Chorus, Lyric Opera, Mid America Freedom Band, Quality Hill Playhouse, UMKC Theatre and Unicorn Theatre.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Philly Award-2nd place-Informational Brochures <$1 MillionCouncil on Philanthropy2007
Outstanding Design Achievement-Southwest Boulevard TrailerAIGA KC Design Awards2006
Outstanding Design Achievement-CD Desk CalendarAIGA KC Design Awards2006
Best Male ChorusOutMusic Awards2011
Inspiring Community OrganizationCompete Sports Diversity Awards2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The Heartland Men's Chorus continues to grow: in performance excellence, audience attendance, community recognition, budget size and financial resources. Balanced budgets and modest operating surpluses each year have allowed the organization to build a cash reserve that would sustain operating expenses for a three-month period. We engage a professional contractor for marketing, allowing us to to benefit from a level of expertise that would be unavailable to an organization of our size and resources. Our board functions at a high level, focusing on matters of governance, policy and fundraising. Although the board leaves management of day-to-day operations to the professional staff, board members are engaged in committee service that enables the organization to flourish.
Board Chair
Board Chair Keith Hohly
Company Affiliation ELCA Synod
Term Aug 2017 to Aug 2019
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Tom Sullivan
Company Affiliation Sullivan Estate Law
Term Aug 2017 to Aug 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Kay Barnes Park University
Curt Crespino UMKC
Steve Dodge Community Volunteer
Rodney Hill AMC Entertainment
Rev. Keith Hohly Central States Synod ELCA
Brian Larios Lathrop & Gage LLP
Greg Maupins Verizon Wireless
J.D. Perkins Community Volunteer
Carolyn Rouchka Arvest Bank
Michael Schnetzer Consultant
Matthew Schulte Kansas City Royals
Denesha Snell Community Volunteer
Tom Sullivan Sullivan Estate Law
Tim Van Zandt St. Luke's Hospital Foundation
Todd Wegener Grant Thornton
Joy Wheeler Regional Council of Girl Scouts
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Endowment
Executive
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Marketing
Membership
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO Comments The Heartland Men's Chorus continues to grow: in performance excellence, audience attendance, community recognition, budget size and financial resources. Balanced budgets and modest operating surpluses each year have allowed the organization to build a cash reserve that would sustain operating expenses for a three-month period. We engage a professional contractor for marketing, allowing us to to benefit from a level of expertise that would be unavailable to an organization of our size and resources. Our board functions at a high level, focusing on matters of governance, policy and fundraising. Although the board leaves management of day-to-day operations to the professional staff, board members are engaged in committee service that enables the organization to flourish.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $660,491
Projected Expenses $660,265
Endowment Value $368,277
Spending Policy Income Only
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$306,618$168,146$156,661
Government Contributions$31,165$25,744$35,000
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$31,165$25,744$35,000
Individual Contributions------
--$0$0
$195,566$215,437$233,163
Investment Income, Net of Losses$13,177$9,339$10,178
Membership Dues$29,684$19,860$21,770
Special Events$128,632$171,678$88,928
Revenue In-Kind$50,464$67,025$57,161
Other--$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$453,318$458,658$417,918
Administration Expense$46,463$47,088$53,854
Fundraising Expense$90,972$80,546$96,779
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.191.161.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%78%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue20%22%34%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$602,441$519,214$498,786
Current Assets$110,890$137,627$130,419
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$5,094$3,594$3,594
Total Net Assets$597,347$515,620$495,192
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities21.7738.2936.29
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEstate of Jerry Van Allen $83,436 --Hall Family Foundation $25,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHall Family Foundation $25,000 --KCMO Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund $15,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFrancis Family Foundation $16,000 --Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts $15,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
The Heartland Men's Chorus operates frugally. While our organization and operation are comparable to similar groups in larger metropolitan areas (Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis), our budget is less than those organizations. Through careful management and stewardship, we have been able to manage the vigorous growth of the organization and live on a balanced budget, while accumulating a small reserve to manage cash flow fluctuations.
Other Documents
Organization Name Heartland Men's Chorus
Address P. O. Box 32374
Kansas City, MO 641715374
Primary Phone (816) 931-3338
Contact Email hmc@hmckc.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Rick Fisher
Board Chair Keith Hohly
Board Chair Company Affiliation ELCA Synod
Year of Incorporation 1986