The Family Conservancy traces its roots to the 1880 founding of the Provident Association at the old Coates House hotel in downtown Kansas City. Our founders were local business leaders who were increasingly concerned about the the influx of poor, jobless families and growing vagrancy. The Provident Society created jobs for men in a fuel yard and its Ladies’ Aid delivered food to women and children living in poverty.
By the 1960s, The Family Conservancy was providing mental health services in the central city, the Northland, Eastern Jackson County and Johnson County, Kansas. We served as an adoption agency in the 1980s, created work-life balance initiatives as women entered the workforce in large numbers, and became a Child Care Resource and Referral agency. In 1988, we merged with the similar Wyandotte County family service agency to form Heart of America Family Services, now The Family Conservancy.
The Family Conservancy (TFC) has been serving families in Greater Kansas City since 1880. Programs have adapted to meet evolving familial and societal needs, yet our goal to strengthen families and help children is constant. Daily, we strive to reach our mission of: helping children and families achieve a lifetime of success. TFC served over 73,000 children and families, over 6,000 monthly, with the resources and tools needed to create brighter futures for their children. Through our unique portfolio of services and expertise, we help families foster the healthy social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of children in our community.
The Family Conservancy hires an independent accounting firm to conduct an annual audit of agency financials. For the past 15 years, including the most recent audit, TFC's annual audit has presented no findings, indicating our agency is financially well managed.
Our two annual fundraisers, Brew for Books and the Blue Carpet Event, both raised record-breaking funds and exceeded goals for the year.
Our agency completed our first “year” (18-month first period) of a five-year Early Head Start Child Care Partnership federal grant, serving 116 Kansas children from birth to age three and their families. Additionally, we helped nearly 60% of the homeless families in that program secure stable housing.
Renewing our accreditation with the he Council on Accreditation (COA) of Services for Families and Children, Inc. Our current accreditation was given in August 2013 and we anticipate reaccreditation Summer 2017.
Reapplying for United Way grants from the United Way of Greater Kansas City. TFC is the third-largest grant recipient in the metro of United Way funds and we look forward to renewing our awards in 2017.
Raise unrestricted dollars to ensure the highest quality of service is provided to vulnerable children and families.
Identify funds to cover infrastructure needs to increase service to clients.
Expand volunteer program and volunteers by developing and growing meaningful volunteer opportunities within the agency in collaboration with community stakeholders such as businesses, faith-based organizations, seniors and youth.
Increase awareness about The Family Conservancy’s impact on children, families and the community and the programs we offer.
Members of The Family Conservancy’s supporters and board of directors frequently applaud the agency for our ability to meet families’ needs--in all stages. Our services are comprehensive, which allows our organization to collaborate and refer for services internally and be the premier experts in Kansas City for matters concerning children and families.The Family Conservancy board, which represents communities throughout the metro area, is passionate about our mission to invest in the future of children and families. Directors are keenly aware of our role as stewards of the public trust in our philanthropic work. We believe the key to effective management is having the right people in place and supporting their initiatives to advance the mission. The board advises and empowers staff leadership to successfully navigate environmental changes as well as to explore promising new service models to heighten community impact. Together, board and staff ensure that our programs are financially sound and that new opportunities are actively pursued to support families raising children. Strong systems have been established for outcomes evaluation and continuous quality improvement. Program assessment involves feedback from consumers and review by the board. The board’s expectation is for management to think and act strategically. We are committed to our mission and to delivering solution-oriented service that sustains our tradition of excellence. We are eager to engage others who share our vision of bright futures for families and children.
Families and individuals benefit from matched savings and financial education as they work to buy a first home, repair a home, go to college or start a business. More than 70% make measurable progress toward their financial goals. Goals are set based on individual or family savings pace from 6 months to 3 years.
Children have access to strong early learning programs and enter school prepared to succeed.
Dean Olson was named President and CEO in December 2014. He previously served as a Vice President for The Family Conservancy for 13 years. He initially joined The Family Conservancy in 1993 and previous positions include: Clinical Social Worker and Director of Operations for Children's Services. Dean holds a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas (1993); master's in Public Administration from UMKC (2004); and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute through the Alliance for Children & Families and the University of Michigan.
In current role since 2012. Previous positions include: IAC Group/Plateau Group, Senior Sales Development Specialist; IAC Group, Professional Sales Advisor; Education: BA Spanish and International Studies, 2004. Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
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