Gilda's Club Kansas City
21 W. 43rd Street
Kansas City MO 64111-1804
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 531-5444
Mission Statement

The mission of Gilda's Club Kansas City is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

The vision of Gilda's Club Kansas City is that no one faces cancer alone.
CEO/Executive Director Siobhan McLaughlin-Lesley
Board Chair Chuck Etherington
Board Chair Company Affiliation American Century Investments
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2006
Former Names
Friends of Gilda's Kansas City
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $455,150
Projected Expenses $458,120
Mission Statement

The mission of Gilda's Club Kansas City is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

The vision of Gilda's Club Kansas City is that no one faces cancer alone.
Background Statement

Gilda Radner, our namesake, once said, "Having cancer gave me membership into an elite club I'd rather not belong to".   At Gilda's Club Kansas City (GCKC), we know that no one wants to have cancer, but we also know that when they do, they need support from their community. GCKC opened its doors in October 2011 after our founder had seen first hand the impact that another Gilda's Club affiliate had on a friend.  Our Clubhouse is located in midtown Kansas City, providing a warm and welcoming home-like environment for people who need a community of support while they, or a loved one, is living with cancer.

Since opening, GCKC has continued to grow a program that includes support and networking groups facilitated by licensed mental health professionals; educational programs and materials such as the Frankly Speaking About Cancer series; healthy lifestyle classes such as nutrition, exercise, and arts; social activities such as comedy nights, cookouts, and remembrances; and resource and referral programs including Open to Options (treatment decision model) and Cancer Support Source (distress screening tool).  

Our reach continues to grow.  Most of our programming is done at the Clubhouse in midtown Kansas City; however, special programs are also conducted at Truman Medical Center, North Kansas City Hospital and other facilities throughout the community.   
GCKC is part of an affiliate network - Cancer Support Community (CSC), the largest employer of oncology social workers in North America. Today, there are approximately 50 affiliates. 
CSC provides an evidenced-based model, training, resource materials and grants to each affiliate; however, each affiliate is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Approximately 1% of our budget goes toward affiliate licensing fees which provides the support given by CSC. All other money raised locally, stays in Kansas City and is used to provide the professional program.  
GCKC has a strong board that directs its activities.  A staff of 4 full-time and 2 part-time professionals work hard to provide programming and administration to ensure that no one face cancer alone.   
Impact Statement
Top Accomplishments for 2016:
  • Increased number of people and number of visits to our free, professionally-led program of support for people impacted by cancer (125% increase in visits in 5 years).
  • Raised awareness of GCKC throughout the community.
  • Implemented Cancer Support Community specialized programs including: Cancer Support Source Distress Screening Tool in the clubhouse as well as under-served communities; Open-to-Options (treatment decision support program); Frankly Speaking About Cancer education series. 
  • Diversified funding sources including a significant increase in individual donations in addition to special events, grants, and corporate giving.
  • Built effective relationships in the community, including the medical community - allowing for increased outreach, awareness, and partnerships. 
Top Goals for 2016:
  • Provide high quality and impactful programs for all people impacted by cancer including support and networking groups, educational workshops, healthy lifestyle classes, social activities and resource and referral.
  • Increase the number and diversity of people served through our free comprehensive cancer support model through community partnerships, collaborations, and increased community awareness and recognition of GCKC. 
  • Secure financial stability by effectively developing, managing and growing sustainable sources of funding.
  • Maintain a financial system that provides adequate information to measure efficiency and effectiveness of Program.
Needs Statement Approximately 60,000 people are living with cancer in the Greater Kansas City area. Additionally, more than 9,000 new cases are expected to be diagnosed this year. When family and friends of the person diagnosed are taken into account 3 out of 4 people will be impacted by cancer in their lifetime.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM), in its Committee Report"Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs,concluded that attending to psychosocial needs of cancer patients and their families is an essential part of quality cancer care and set forth a standard that all cancer care practices at the clinical level should have mechanisms in place to ensure that appropriate psychosocial health services are provided for anyone diagnosed with cancer, and that they are critical as an essential complement to medical care”. The IOM report also emphasizes the impact of cancer beyond the individual with the diagnosis.
In order to meet these needs, our evidence-based, professionally led program is provided free to all who have been impacted by cancer, including friends, family and caregivers. Our most pressing needs are:
  1. Financial contributions and grants to fund the current program and operating expenses.  Funding gap to be filled after events and individual and corporate donations is $92,000
  2. Financial contributions and grant to grow the program and expand our reach $50,000
  3. Volunteers to assist in clubhouse activities
  4. Community Advocates, Profession Resource Council and Board Members who serve as resources and community ambassadors
  5. Opportunities to speak to civic clubs, community organizations, health care professionals and others
Service Categories
Health Support
Support NEC
Human Services
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Clay County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Platte County
KS - Lawrence
MO - Liberty
MO - Ray County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
In the 4 years that GCKC has been opened, more than 1500 people have visited the programs and activities 10,000 times to get support at a time when it is needed most. Everyday, we hear stories from our members about the positive impact GCKC has had on their lives, their relationships, their treatment decisions, and their quality of life.
When someone is diagnosed with cancer, the whole family is impacted, along with friends and co-workers.  GCKC exists to provide support to all who are impacted.  Everyone that is involved with GCKC, including members, staff and board, has a cancer story. We have all been touched by cancer in some way, either directly or through a loved one.  Kansas City has remarkable medical facilities and practitioners.  GCKC is here to complement treatment - providing a variety of support depending on the needs and desires of our family.  The entire program is provided free of charge not only because cancer treatment is a financial burden to most, but because we are creating a true community of support - one in which we want everyone to feel equal in the support the deserve and receive.  Because our programs are all offered free, one of our biggest challenges is funding.  We continue to apply for grants, make appeals to donors and build partnerships with corporations and health that no one faces cancer alone.  
Another challenge is making sure that people who need us, know that we are here.  We reach out to community organizations, civic groups, health care providers, and anyone else who will listen.  We continue a Tell Five program that includes business cards that describe GCKC and a request that our members and partners tell at least 5 people about us. We provide bulk mailings of our bi-monthly calendars and other materials to over 125 cancer-related health care providers and community organizations as well as direct mail to hundreds of individuals and members.  
No one should have to face cancer alone. GCKC is doing all we can to ensure that no one in the Kansas City area will.   
Description Educational classes and workshops provide people impacted by cancer with increased knowledge related to all aspects of a cancer including the specific diagnosis, post-treatment/survivorship issues, financial and insurance issues and friends and family impact. Classes include a variety of topics in our Frankly Speaking About Cancer series as well as programs such Cancer Transitions - a survivorship program, Kid Support, Social Security and so on.  Classes are taught by experts and often include a panel with a health care professional, a mental health professional and a Gilda's Club KC member.  
Category Health Care, General/Other Patient & Family Support
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success
Evidence shows that the more knowledgeable a person is about their (or a loved ones) diagnosis, the more likely they are to continue treatment, reduce stress in their life and live better with a diagnosis.  They are more comfortable talking with their healthcare team leading to better treatment and side effect options and fewer negative effects. It also helps families and friends understand issues and better support the person with cancer.  Gilda's Club KC uses written evaluations at the end of educational programs.  85% of people participating in educational programs report increased knowledge, confidence in working with the healthcare team, and reduced stress.  
Long-Term Success Evidence shows that people with better knowledge and understanding of cancer and its related impacts will live better lives with a cancer diagnosis in their family.  Education increases knowledge, helps individuals and families make better informed decisions, enables individuals to explore approaches that can complement traditional treatment, engages people in their diagnosis and treatment options, and helps all deal better with transitions and changes in life's roles.  Through on-going surveys, 85% of participants will report increased knowledge and confidence in making decisions which lead to a higher quality of life.
Program Success Monitored By Educational classes and workshops continue to grow.  Over 90% of participants report increases knowledge of the particular topic, confidence in asking their healthcare team questions related to the cancer, treatment and side effects.  Over 90% would recommend workshops to their loved ones.  
Examples of Program Success The Cancer Support Community, of which we are an affiliate, has recently implemented an improved way for affiliates to record our data, ie. member/participants attending,recording the type of cancer they have, where they are in their cancer journey, etc. This new data collection system allows us to better assess our success with members, and look at hard data to make program decisions.
Description This is a program for children with cancer and for children who are impacted by cancer because a close family member or friend has cancer. Children who have been impacted by cancer are full members of Gilda's Club Kansas City.  There is a special place called "Noogieland" at GCKC, where children are able to express their feelings through play and the creative arts.  Our program allows children to explore the feelings they have because of the impact of cancer, and help them know that they are not alone.
Category Health Care, General/Other Patient & Family Support
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), People/Families of People with Cancer,
Short-Term Success Gilda’s Club defines short-term success of its Noogieland program for children and teens living with cancer by the stability its programs create for those being served. Gilda’s Club provides a fun setting away from the medical setting to share things that are going on in their lives. Providing immediate emotional and social support for this age group is the primary short-term goal. We will assess the results by both formally and informally questioning parents and children about changes that have taken place because of participation in Noogieland.  An end of session sharing time, provides immediate feedback to the facilitator of Noogieland.
Long-Term Success Gilda’s Club seeks to improve the condition, behavior and level of satisfaction of those participating in Club programs. Noogieland is designed to help children and teens diagnosed with cancer, as well as siblings or children who have a parent with cancer, learn that they are not alone and to introduce them to peers who are dealing with similar circumstances. Advisors help to create individualized plans that include activities such as art therapy and play therapy to help children and teens express themselves, gain information and insight, and develop skills to strengthen them through this journey. Long-Term success is measured by the positive behaviors adopted and quality-of-life indicators stated by the children and teens served by Gilda’s Club. Annual surveys will be given to both children and parents, to assess the overall effectiveness of Noogieland programming.
Program Success Monitored By Professional staff keep progress reports on personal goals and activities to help address the needs identified in the individualized plans. Feedback from parents, attendance at Noogieland activities, and observation by trained staff are all used to help measure success. Questionnaires and surveys are also used to monitor the value of programs and activities. An increased sense of overall well-being is striven for, and will be assessed both formally and informally with parents, caretakers, and the children.
Examples of Program Success Participation in Kid Support, kids interest in attending once they have been introduced to Noogieland, and their ability to cope in their world on a day-to-day basis and feedback from kids and parents are evidence of program success.
Description The 2007 Institute of Medicine report "Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs" states that cancer care often does not adequately address the emotional, social, spiritual or financial challenges associated with the disease. More specifically, the report states "psychosocial stressors should not be ignored in the delivery of high-quality health care for people living with cancer" and accessing such care is critical for optimal medical outcomes.  Healthy Lifestyle - programs that address exercise, nutrition, stress reduction, expressive arts and other mind/body therapies have been demonstrated to positively affect the experience of people who are impacted by cancer. 
Category Health Care, General/Other Patient & Family Support
Population Served People/Families of People with Cancer, ,
Short-Term Success Regular evaluation forms include information about how member/participants are incorporating positive changes into their regular lives in regard to nutrition, exercise and other mind/body components. Our program is built on best practices, but are driven by the identified needs of the member/participants.  Attendance and participation is monitored and programming offerings adapted to needs and desires of members.  15% increase in participation with 85% reporting increased quality of life and decrease in stress.  
Long-Term Success
The long-term success will be assessed formally through our annual affiliate survey.  Member/participants will be surveyed regarding the impact that our programs have made on their implementing changes into their lives, on the mind-body connection.  Has there been increased activity as a result of participating in Exercise and Physical activity programs.  Has the nutrition education & awareness activities presented had a direct impact on their ongoing healthy life style.  Has the program allowed increased access to gently movement and exercise programs.  85% of participants will report that activities and classes have increased their quality of life and decreased cancer-related stress.  
Program Success Monitored By Annual surveys, program evaluation feedback, and program personnel notes allow us to monitor the success of these programs.  There has been an increase in participation and attedance as well as satisfaction with the programs.  
Examples of Program Success Reporting of increased physical activity, improved diet, improved sense of well-being, are all examples of program success.
Description A variety of activities which increase social connection and sense of community are offered including weekly pot-luck dinners, Gilda's Birthday Bash - a night of comedy, Chili and Bingo night, Game Night, and Night of Remembrance.  Social connection allows children, adults, and families to come together for support and fellowship - and leading to an understanding that they are not alone and others understand what they are going through.  
Category Health Care, General/Other Patient & Family Support
Population Served People/Families of People with Cancer, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),
Short-Term Success Short-term success will be an increased number of participants attending social activities, and taking advantage of the Clubhouse drop in program.  We informally survey the member/participants when we have social activities to find out if they are activities that are drawing them in to become more involved, and that they are relevant to where they are in their cancer experience.  We also monitor the attendance and participation and adjust programming accordingly.
Long-Term Success Social interaction is another component of the Gilda's Club program that is essential to the overall success rate of our program.  The sense of isolation and loss is a major factor in the lives of those who are impacted by cancer.  Social interaction, and a sense of belongingness will help to combat the negative feelings that can accompany a cancer diagnosis, or cancer in the family.
Program Success Monitored By We  use one-on-one interviews by program personnel, regular evaluation forms at then end of activities, as well as the annual survey.  Member/participants  self report on the effect that our program has on their lives.
Examples of Program Success Increased sense of self, increased sense of belonging, and increased empowerment are all examples of program success.  We will monitor the attendance of social events, and look at how members report that these activities are making a difference in their lives.
Description Weekly support groups for those living with cancer and for family and friends are offered and are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals.  Support groups are focused on the emotional aspects of living with cancer.  They are committed groups of individuals who are screened in to the group to ensure an appropriate fit for all. Networking groups are offered twice a week or monthly for a variety of groups including:  young survivors, living with dying, advanced stage caregivers, breast cancer, post-treatment, LGBT, bereavement and others as the need arises.
Category Health Care, General/Other Patient & Family Enrichment
Population Served People/Families of People with Cancer, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults
Short-Term Success The short-term success will be that increased number of members will participate in support groups, and they will indicate that the groups were helpful to them.  At the end of each support group 12 week cycle, members will provide feedback regarding the effectiveness of the groups.  Groups attendance and participation continues to increase.
Long-Term Success
The ultimate success is being a source for support for men, women, children and teens living with cancer and their family and friends.  The Institute of Medicine, in 2007 came out with a study that verified what we have thought all along, that cancer outcomes are more positive when patients have the opportunity to find support during the treatment process, and long after treatment.  Support groups reduce the sense of isolation and loss that is often accompanied by a cancer diagnosis.  Support groups also address the challenges of feeling a loss of control when cancer upends one's life.  Connectedness with others and learning and sharing with one another within a community of support, that is more than just a support group, provides both the sense of control, and social connectedness that has been demonstrated to improve the sense of well-being felt by cancer patients.  We will conduct an annual survey with our member/participants to assess the outcomes.  The number of groups has continued to increase as more people seek appropriate support and networking groups.  
Program Success Monitored By We will monitor the success by one-on-one meetings with program personnel, and the annual survey.  
Examples of Program Success Member moments that are shared with us measure success.  "I had been looking for a support group like this for us long.  I didn't know how much I needed this.  I feel like I'm able to better take control of my life because of the support I'm receiving at Gilda's Club.  In our first year of being open, we built the support aspect of our program to a point where we are offering about 20 group meetings a month.  Groups for friends and family, living with cancer and the children's program are held simultaneously on Wednesday evenings, so entire families can come together for the support they need."
CEO Comments
According to the Institute of Medicine report,  “Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs”, :  Psychological and social problems created or exacerbated by cancer cause additional suffering, weaken adherence to prescribed treatments, and threaten patients’ return to health.

Cancer Support Community affiliates, including GCKC, offer an evidence-based program proven to work in 50 different cities.  Specialized programs include Open to Options, a one-on-one treatment decision model conducted by certified counselors; Cancer Support Source, a distress screening tool that helps identify sources of stress and provides resources to assist in reliving the stress; Kid Support, a program directed at children and youth who have cancer in their family; Frankly Speaking About Cancer series of educational workshops and resource materials relating to specific types of cancers and treatments as well as other issues such as supporting loved ones from a distance, coping with the cost of care, talking to children about cancer and more.
The mission of Gilda's Club is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by that no one faces cancer alone.  
 As we grow the program to meet the needs of our current members as well as reach more in the community, we rely on paid mental health professionals and volunteer experts throughout the community.  We are fortunate to have very strong relationships with the medical community.  They provide us with many referrals as well as speakers and experts. We also rely on other specialists in the community - including artists, comedians, nutritionalist, writers, meditation facilitators, and so on. 
Gilda's Club closely monitors all expenses and donations and is grateful for the generous donors who ensure that we can continue to offer free programs to all impacted by that no one faces cancer alone.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Siobhan McLaughlin-Lesley
Term Start Oct 2016

Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley has over two decades of experience in providing marketing communications leadership to some of Kansas City’s most successful and visible marketing communications companies, as well as civic and arts organizations.

Prior to joining Gilda’s Club Kansas City, Siobhan served as vice president and director of client services at Walz Tetrick Advertising and served as president and COO at Valentine Radford.

Siobhan also serves on the Board of Directors of The Kansas City Ballet, Goodwill Industries of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas, The Health Care Foundation’s Community Advisory Committee and Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. She is also a trustee of Pembroke Hill School and serves on the Parents’ Association Arts Council.

Siobhan has her master’s degree from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Former CEOs
Gail Nichols June 2012 - Dec 2011
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 3
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Volunteers 225
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 No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
We have forged collaborative relationships with the oncology community and other nonprofits in the Kansas City community, including:  Truman Medical Center, North Kansas City Hospital, Children's Mercy Hospital, Cancer Action, Turning Point, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, K.C. Oncology Nursing Society, Bloch Cancer Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Young Survivor's Coalition, Ronald McDonald House Charities.We work closely with all health systems in the area.
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City2007
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments 2015 saw 125% growth since opening our doors just 5 years ago. We heave expanded community relationships to include North Kansas City, Southern Johnson County, and Eastern Jackson County.  
Board Chair
Board Chair Chuck Etherington
Company Affiliation American Century Investments
Term Feb 2015 to Feb 2017
Board Members
Erwin Abrams Retired
Pamela Bruce
Chuck Etherington American Century Investments
Susan Jackson BMO Harris
Salli Katz Community Volunteer
Theresa Leinwetter University of Kansas Cancer Center
Ashley Leuck CPABKD, LLP
Frank Lipsman Kreamer Kincaid Taylor Lipsman Parks & Arney, LC
John Myers HCA MidAmerica/Sarah Cannon
Bridget Romero Lathrop and Gage
Doris Royals
Erin Slattery
Michelle Smith Smith Group, Inc
Kathy Sudeikis All About Travel
Steve Swanson Centric Projects
Matt Tidwell Marketing Consultant
Shari Weyrauch
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
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 10
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
Mary Calys PT, DPTNorth Kansas City Hospital
Joan M.T. Collison MDUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
Meagan L Dwyer PhDUniversity of Kansas Cancer Center
Caroline Gill LMSW, LCSWChildren's Mercy Hospital
Cathy Glennon RN, MHS, OCN, NE-BCUniversity of Kansas Cancer Center
Stephanie Graff MDSarah Cannon at Research Medical Center
Nicole Hight RN, MSNSarah Cannon at Overland Park Regional Medical Center
Julie C Holding MDUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
Roy A Jensen MDUniversity of Kansas Cancer Center
Andrea Jewell MDUniversity of Kansas Cancer Center
Colleen Johnson RN, CBPNSt. Joseph Medical Center
Rhonda Johnson PhDSaint Luke's Cancer Center
Hope Krebill RN, BSN, MSWMidwest Cancer Alliance
Sharon Lewis DNP, APRN-NP, AOCNPUniversity of Kansas - Clinical Research Center
Jaime Orlich Shawnee Mission Cancer Center
Erin Shonkwiler APRN-BC, AOCNUniversity of Kansas Cancer Center
Christoper Sirridge MDUniversity of Kansas Cancer Center
Sherry Woods NorthCare/Kansas City Hospice
CEO Comments The board is continuing to transition from a working board who accomplished the day-to-day operations prior to having a full staff, to a board more focused on governance and policy.  We have added diversity in terms of geography, community representation, skill set, and so on, but continue to struggle to accomplish racial diversity.  The board is committed, energetic and enthusiastic!  
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $455,150
Projected Expenses $458,120
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012:  Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$325,462$296,520$273,786
Administration Expense$41,616$65,323$55,541
Fundraising Expense$35,158$14,345$22,403
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.701.110.70
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%79%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue16%3%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$285,698$406,893$359,055
Current Assets$272,722$387,880$333,377
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$16,058$14,905$9,346
Total Net Assets$269,640$391,988$349,709
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities16.9826.0235.67
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAmerican Century Investments $35,000 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEducate, Enrich & Enable Fund $25,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAmeristar Casino Kansas City $20,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
We have so many opportunities to grow our program.  As a young nonprofit just launching our program, we have worked hard to let the community know that we are open and available and free to all who are impacted by cancer in the community.  As an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community CSC, we have the strength of CSC's research and development creating outstanding educational materials and resources to use at the affiliate level.  Since our model is to offer our program completely free of charge, we must raise all of the dollars it takes to provide the staff, the facility, the materials and the programs.  The benefit  is that all of the money raised, is used directly in our community.  Our challenge is sustaining and growing our program of education, support and hope for all who are impacted by cancer, with 100% of the funds coming from individuals, corporations, local businesses and foundations.  
This year, we have a slight deficit in our budget, which is attributed to growth needs out-pacing donations.  We expect to close the gap in the next year or two as we partner with more organizations and build our database and financial support.  
Organization Name Gilda's Club Kansas City
Address 21 W. 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 641111804
Primary Phone (816) 531-5444
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Siobhan McLaughlin-Lesley
Board Chair Chuck Etherington
Board Chair Company Affiliation American Century Investments
Year of Incorporation 2006
Former Names
Friends of Gilda's Kansas City