Grandview Assistance Program
1121 Main Street
Grandview MO 64030-2415
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 2568522
Fax 816- 744-8818
Mission Statement
Cultivate a community of care by offering support and instilling hope to our neighbors facing adversity.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jackie Knabe
Board Chair Mrs. Sandy Kessinger
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bank of Blue Valley
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1992
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations may be made by mailing a check, or by using PayPal via our website. For volunteer opportunities, please call our office at 816-761-1919.
Financial Summary
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Source: IRS Form 990

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Statements
Mission Statement Cultivate a community of care by offering support and instilling hope to our neighbors facing adversity.
Background Statement Grandview Assistance Program (GAP) was established in 1992 by representatives from diverse sectors within the population of Grandview. They universally recognized an urgent need to provide support for the senior adults, children and families of the community. Political, religious, and educational differences were set aside as these individuals came together to create a central agency where their citizens could seek emergency assistance. GAP’s mission is to assist in a dignified manner, families and individuals in Grandview and the Grandview School District, with emergency assistance and guidance toward ultimate self-sufficiency.
Impact Statement
  • In 2017, GAP helped 75 families stay in their homes by assisting them with rent or a mortgage payment. Our pantry helped 342 households, including 1,646 people with groceries and personal care items.
  • GAP hosts a Holiday Store and invited parents to shop for their families for winter coats, hats, gloves and blankets. They were also able to select books, a family game and toys for their children - all at no charge to them. In addition, we gave a traditional holiday meal for 244 children and 64 senior citizens.
  • With assistance from GAP, 237 households were able to keep their utility services on during the hot and cold weather.
  • GAP collaborated with a local church to develop a community garden so we could offer fresh produce to our clients.
 
2018 Goals:
  • GAP has an active and passionate Board of Directors. In order to keep the momentum moving forward, in 2018, we implemented quarterly Board training which we believe is essential for fostering an environment where innovative ideas can be birthed, new skills to be developed and relationships strengthened. In addition, each board member has been challenged to actively give to GAP of their time, talents and finances this year.
  • In 2018, GAP launched a new program called Fill The Month. Each month, we ask 2 to 4 local businesses to compete with each other to collect the most food for our pantry. Recognizing the need to increase community awareness, we intentionally sought companies that have no previous involvement with GAP. As a result, in the first quarter, we've developed new relationships with 9 area companies and have received enough donations to provide 1,215 meals to our clients.
  • To ensure financial stability and diversify income sources, we are committed to increasing our donor base. Our goal is to develop new relationships with 50 businesses and 100 individuals who will financially support GAP.
Needs Statement

Our top needs:

  1. Additional funding to assist our clients with Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance and avoid homelessness.
  2. Funding to meet the food and personal care needs for clients.
  3. Larger space to fully execute our programs to assist individuals and families in our community.
  4. Volunteer or staff to work with our clients and help GAP administratively.
  5. Additional funding for Operational Expenses.
Service Categories
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Human Services
Senior Centers/Services
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

For more than 25 years, the Grandview Assistance Program (GAP) has assisted families and individuals in our community with emergency assistance. Now more than ever, we are facing a growing demand for our assistance and services due to the challenging economic environment. The Grandview Assistance program staff and leadership are committed to an aggressive plan to raise the funds and resources needed to meet the increased demand for services within our community. With dedicated leadership, along with vision and commitment of our board, staff and our supporters, we will be focusing on taking GAP to the next level to meet the growing needs of our community.

Programs
Description
Emergency Assistance:
  • Rent Assistance GAP offers to pay the final $350 of outstanding rent, when an eviction notice has been received. This assistance keeps our families and individuals in their homes and off the streets.
  • Utility Assistance Having the ability to offer our clients the final $250 of their unpaid utility bills, when they have received a shut-off notice, ensures that our families are able to remain in their home with working utilities, most often during the coldest/hottest months.
Program Budget 48500
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  • Prevention of eviction/foreclosure and/or reconnection/prevention of disconnection on utilities. 
  • 2017 - 75 households with 177 individuals received emergency rent assistance.  
  • 241 households with 638 individuals received emergency utility assistance. 
  • Helping these families during their emergency situation enabled them to remain in their home with working heat, water, etc.
Long-Term Success
For clients to remain stable with their housing and utilities and to not become homeless.  To provide opportunities for clients to receive budget-counseling to teach self-sufficiency.
Program Success Monitored By
Program success is monitored by GAP staff and Board of Directors by reviewing reports generated from MaacLink (Mid America Assistance Coalition) on a monthly and annual basis.
 
GAP also provides accountability reports for those who fund our emergency assistance program.  
Examples of Program Success
In 2017, GAP discovered:
  • 93% of GAP clients come for rental assistance one time.
  • 83% of our families come to GAP for utility assistance one time.
Description
Food Pantry/Personal Care Items GAP provides commodities to anyone who enters our door - regardless of where they live or their income (per Government regulation). Our goal is to supplement commodities with enough groceries to make at least four nutritious and filling meals for every person in the household.
 
Our food pantry is stocked through food drives hosted by many Grandview businesses, individuals and civic groups. When necessary, GAP purchases food from Harvester’s at $.19/pound. As a last resort, if additional food must be purchased, our volunteer Food Pantry Coordinator price shops for the lowest rates in two cities. 
Program Budget 12500
Category Human Services, General/Other Household Goods Provision
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
To stave hunger in our community. 
 
2017 Results:
  • 280 households (1,476 individuals) received commodities from GAP.
  • 235 households (1,154 individuals) received additional groceries from GAP.
  • 215 households (1,013 individuals) received meat from GAP. 
  • 140 households (473 individuals) received bakery items from GAP.  
  • 185 households (330 individuals) received produce from GAP.  
  • 235 households (1,154 individuals) received hygiene items from GAP. 
Long-Term Success Families in our community don't go to bed hungry and can manage basic hygiene needs.
Program Success Monitored By
We are able to secure enough donations to provide families with food and hygiene items minimizing purchases made by GAP to meet needs. Number, ages and genders of households and individuals and the assistance received is tracked through Mid America Assistance Coalition.
Examples of Program Success
Our clients average 3 visits to the pantry per year.  
  • In 2017 GAP provided 2,845 individuals (this includes all family members ie: adults, seniors and children) with pantry, fresh produce, commodities, Thanksgiving and Christmas food with a value of $98,406, to meet basic nutritional requirements.
  • In 2016 GAP provided 2,544 individuals (this includes all family members ie: adults, seniors and children) with pantry, fresh produce, commodities, Thanksgiving and Christmas food with a value of $92,931 to meet basic nutritional requirements.
Description Budget awareness is discussed at the time of appointment. We see where we can assist client to shift funds to cover expenses we can't help with. This could mean paying a utility bill, or giving food so those funds may be utilized elsewhere.
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Clients become aware of how they are spending and how they can rearrange their budget to better provide for themselves. Clients to have a working budget in place that helps them to plan for bills accordingly. Clients to be able to pay rent and utilities in a timely manner.
Long-Term Success Economic self-sufficiency for our clients.
Program Success Monitored By This budget awareness is communicated at time of appointment in conversation between client and case worker. There is no formal program at this time.
Examples of Program Success We have turned a small office space into a life-skills resource room, which includes a web-based budgeting module.
Description With the exception of earphones, GAP provides a complete set of School Supplies, including a brand new backpack for any child living in the district who needs one (we also provide mini backpack with coloring sets for younger siblings). We also host a Teacher Appreciation Open House, and invite all educators and staff of the Grandview C-4 School District to come shop for free supplies for their classroom.
Program Budget 4000
Category Human Services, General/Other Household Goods Provision
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), K-12 (5-19 years),
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success All students that are in need and sign up receive a new backpack with a complete set of school supplies specified for their grade. Giving the students a sense of pride in having their own school supplies and create an eagerness to attend school.
Long-Term Success The economically disadvantaged students of Grandview School District have all the necessary supplies to start the school year.
Program Success Monitored By By donations of supplies and the number of students served.
Examples of Program Success
At the beginning of the 2017 school year, we helped 248 children who attend schools in 6 different districts, which is more than we assisted in 2016.
Description GAP hosts a Holiday Store and invites parents to shop for their children for winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, books and toys at no charge to them. GAP also provides a traditional holiday meal for our families.
Program Budget 6000
Category Human Services, General/Other Holiday Assistance
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
To help lessen the stress of clients by being able to provide holiday food and gifts for their families.   In 2017 GAP provided: 
  • 54 households with 64 senior citizens with Christmas packages which included coats, gloves, scarves, new toiletry items.  In addition they could shop for 3 items from several tables of items.
  • 100 families with 287 children received 3 brand Christmas presents, 4 books, stockings with stuffers, a blanket, coat, gloves, hats and a family board game.
Long-Term Success That economically disadvantaged residents have gifts for their children and food for the holiday.
Program Success Monitored By Number of clients who go through store, verbal feedback from clients, number of cash and in-kind donations for store.
Examples of Program Success
  • 70% of the families we help during the Holidays are not regular GAP clients.
  • In 2017 GAP provided 234 households (653 individuals) with food for Thanksgiving and Christmas and 287 children with toys for Christmas totaling a value of $62,635.
  • In 2016 GAP provided 579 individuals with food for Thanksgiving and Christmas and 399 children with toys for Christmas totaling a value of $40,864.
CEO Comments
For more than 25 years, the Grandview Assistance Program (GAP) has assisted families and individuals in our community with emergency assistance.  Even during good economic times, unforeseen emergencies pop up, and GAP is there to offer a hand up to our neighbors.
 
In the past couple of years, we have successfully launched two new fundraising events, a 5k race and a gala, both of which helped us to expand our reach and to diversify our revenue sources.  Looking ahead into the next several years, from a sustainability standpoint, we realize how important it will be to share our mission with others in our community, especially in light of the recent tax reform legislation.
 
Our entire organization: board, staff, volunteers & community partners alike, are committed to our mission because those we serve are not faceless strangers: they are our neighbors.  #WeAreGrandview 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Jackie Knabe
Term Start Aug 2017
Experience Jackie Knabe has worked more than 20 years in nonprofits, focusing on homelessness and human services. 
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mrs. Sharon Kinder 2004 - 2017
Senior Staff
Title Case Worker
Experience/Biography Catherine Burr has been working at the Grandview Assistance Program since September 2006 as a case worker. Prior to working for GAP, she worked as a case worker for the Salvation Army for six years and as a case worker for the Community Assistance Program for three years. In all three of the case worker positions, she worked with low income households. The jobs included assisting qualified clients with rent, utilities, food, seasonal items, clothing, budgeting guidance, and an assortment of other social issues relating to low income households. Catherine has her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in Social Work from Central Missouri State University. She also has an Associate of Arts degree from Mesa Community College in AZ. Catherine has adopted her two biological grandsons and her community involvement revolves around the boys.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 1
Volunteers 40
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
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 Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
  • We have many facets of collaborations. The GAP Executive Director meets monthly with other Executive Directors of human service agencies, with the express intention of finding ways to collaborate. 
  • We work closely - on a weekly basis - with 2 local agencies to ensure we are all pulling together to provide the best possible assistance for our clients.   
  • We partner with many churches, schools, civic groups, clothing closets and food pantries to share resources as available.   We also work closely with the city government, school district and businesses. 
  • We also have a partnership with Kansas City Medicine Cabinet to meet the health needs of our clients.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Alliance of Greater Kansas City United Ways Agency Certification1992
Chamber of Commerce2000
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Outstanding Friend of Society Patient ServicesAmerican Cancer Society2005
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments Our staff is dedicated and committed to providing clients with the assistance needed and they strive to determine the core reason clients are seeking assistance. Our Board of Directors is proactive in the extracurricular activities surrounding agency operations. The diligent monitoring and updating of our policies enable us to provide the maximum services possible. This reflects the board's concern for our clients. Their empathy for those seeking assistance enables them to continually seek additional avenues in which we may assist the clients. We have an excellent core of volunteers. They are always willing to help the staff, board and clients with their needs.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Sandy Kessinger
Company Affiliation Bank of Blue Valley
Term Mar 2016 to Jan 2019
Email skessinger@bankbv.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Judy Barrett Tetrad Building Group
Mr. Jim Blankenship Retired, Grandview High School, Community Volunteer
Ms. Yolonda Bush Farmers Insurance and Financial Services
Mr. Jim Crain Retired, Hallmark, Board of Aldermen for Grandview, MO
Mrs. Lynn Crow Donald L. Crow, Atty., Paralegal
Mrs. Joanie Hoffman Retired, Research Hospital, Community Volunteer
Mrs. Valerie Johnson Retired
Mrs. Michelle Jones Community Volunteer
Mrs. Sandy Kessinger Bank of Blue Valley, Board of Alderman for Grandview, MO
Ms. Elonia Norwood Grandview C-4 School District
Mrs. Kim Randolph NBKC Bank
Mr. Thomas Rousey Retired, Community Volunteer
Pastor Judy Slimmer Grandview United Methodist Church
Mrs. Mary Sylvestri Sylvestri Associates, LLC
Mrs. Charlene Ward Sun Loan Company
Ms. Karen Wissman Stivers Staffing Services
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Human Resources / Personnel & Finance & Marketing & Nominating & By-laws
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Kim Curtis Grandview Chamber of Commerce
Mayor Leonard Jones City of Grandview
Dr. Kenny Rodrequez Grandview C-4 School District
CEO Comments Our staff is dedicated and committed to providing clients with the assistance needed and they strive to determine the core reason clients are seeking assistance. Our Board of Directors is proactive in the extracurricular activities surrounding agency operations. The diligent monitoring and updating of our policies enable us to provide the maximum services possible. This reflects the board's concern for our clients. Their empathy for those seeking assistance enables them to continually seek additional avenues in which we may assist the clients. We have an excellent core of volunteers. They are always willing to help the staff, board and clients with their needs.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $178,800
Projected Expenses $200,650
Endowment Value $10,000
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$338,759$314,398$305,006
Administration Expense$10,379$8,674$8,919
Fundraising Expense$9,395$4,182$4,214
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.040.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%96%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%1%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$222,866$201,438$190,656
Current Assets$220,331$137,120$124,332
Long-Term Liabilities$6,077$4,373$5,728
Current Liabilities$1,260$813$1,742
Total Net Assets$215,529$196,252$183,186
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities174.87168.6671.37
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%2%3%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way of Greater Kansas City $48,760United Way of Greater Kansas City $64,403United Way $62,811
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNorth American Savings Bank $25,000Edward F Swinney Trust $10,000Mid America Assistance Coalition $10,782
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountStrandberg Charitable Foundation $10,000Guy Bromley Trust $10,000Flarsheim Charitable Foundation $10,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose To possibly address physical updates to the cramped and outdated GAP facility.
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments While GAP has always been financially stable with strong support from United Way, local fundraising efforts and grants, the last few years, the number of requests for rent and utilities (as well as food pantry assistance) has far outpaced GAP's funds. GAP has aggressively sought new grants and has successfully written and received several new grants.
Other Documents
GAP Annual Report 20152015View
Organization Name Grandview Assistance Program
Address 1121 Main Street
Grandview, MO 640302415
Primary Phone (816) 2568522
Contact Email jackie@gapcares.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jackie Knabe
Board Chair Mrs. Sandy Kessinger
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bank of Blue Valley
Year of Incorporation 1992