Heartland Men's Chorus
P. O. Box 32374
Kansas City MO 64171-5374
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 931-3338
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 Robert M Hill
Board Chair Company Affiliation U.S. Army – Training/Education Specialist
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1986
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 150 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 2015-16:
 
  • Presented three subscription concerts (seven performances) reaching a total audience of 6,039.
  • Seventeen 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 9,462 people.
  • Undertook our first Kansas Tour to reach audiences in smaller communities where our voices need to be heard. Presented performances in Abilene, Hays, Russell, Salina and Topeka.
 
Goals 2016-17:
 
  • Grow the number of singers participating in the Chorus, and numbers of people attending concerts and fundraising events.
  • Perform our ever-popular holiday program Kansas City Christmas to new audiences in a suburban venue. December 10 will mark the first time we've presented one of our mainstage concerts in Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College.
  • Complete a strategic plan that includes visioning 3 to 5 years in the future.
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 beginning his third 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, sold-out 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 $662,000.00
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 The chorus continues to draw new audiences to performances. In the 2015-16 season,  6,039 people attended HMC mainstage performances at the Folly Theater. These included 500 new households, each purchasing one or more tickets and attending for the first time. Our outreach programs were seen and heard by an additional 9,500 people during the season, many of whom were experiencing the music and message of HMC for the first time.
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.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Development Director
Experience/Biography Cliff was a photojournalist, editor and manager for the Associated Press. He transitioned to non-profit work and served for a time as interim E.D. of Literacy Kansas City before becoming Development Director of HMC
Title Artistic Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 3
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 180
Paid Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
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 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 and drag luminaries Genewa Stanwyck and Daisy Bucket.
 
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
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 Robert M Hill
Company Affiliation U.S. Army – Training/Education Specialist
Term Aug 2015 to Aug 2017
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Kay Barnes Park University
Kevin Bogan United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
Curt Crespino UMKC
Consuelo Cruz Belger Arts Center/Red Star Studios-Community Engagement and Marketing Manager
Sarah Fulkerson Attorney
Robert M. Hill U.S. Army – Training/Education Specialist
Rev. Keith Hohly Central States Synod ELCA
Seft Hunter Communities Creating Opportunity
Brian Larios Lathrop & Gage LLP
Greg Maupins Verizon Wireless
J.D. Perkins Community Volunteer
Carolyn Rouchka Arvest Bank
Matthew Schulte Kansas City Royals
Daniel Silva Greater KC Chamber
Denesha Snell Kansas City Health Department
Tom Sullivan Sullivan Estate Law
Todd Wegener Grant Thornton
David Wood
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 5
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, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $651,183
Projected Expenses $651,183
Endowment Value $237,518
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 6/30/2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$156,661$196,440$399,220
Government Contributions$35,000$61,547$0
Federal--$0$0
State--$0$0
Local--$0$0
Unspecified$35,000$61,547$0
Individual Contributions--$117,735$0
$0$0$0
$233,163$213,668$200,485
Investment Income, Net of Losses$10,178$35,729$29,563
Membership Dues$21,770$27,430$22,330
Special Events$88,928$15,019$16,274
Revenue In-Kind$57,161$0$0
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$417,918$519,794$534,927
Administration Expense$53,854$46,627$96,865
Fundraising Expense$96,779$103,029$60,272
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.061.000.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%78%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue34%26%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$498,786$461,504$441,152
Current Assets$130,419$110,915$440,691
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$3,594$2,349$3,188
Total Net Assets$495,192$459,155$437,964
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities36.2947.22138.23
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountHall Family Foundation $25,000City of Kansas City Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund $30,000Hall Family Foundation $25,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountKCMO Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund $15,000AMC Entertainment $18,250KCMO Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund $25,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRichard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts $15,000Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts $15,000Richard J. Stern Foundation $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. While it appears that expenses exceeded revenue for the year ended 6/30/13, this was in fact a planned expenditure of reserves acquired over a four-year period to cover expenses of the choruses participation in GALA Choruses quadrennial festival, thus only a "loss" on paper.
 
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 Robert M Hill
Board Chair Company Affiliation U.S. Army – Training/Education Specialist
Year of Incorporation 1986