Women in Politics Foundation, Inc.
Apt 212
Kansas City MO 64111
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 223-1890
Mission Statement
The Women in Politics Foundation, Inc. (WIP)  is dedicated to the fight for women to achieve political equality in Missouri and Kansas.  We are a nonpartisan organization that sponsors projects that educate women about leadership and how they can contribute to the political process.  WIP strives to continually grow the numbers of women ready to assume responsibility for our local, state and national offices.  Our family of funds includes the Education and Endowment Fund ("EEF") and The Hurlbut Fund.  Both are managed by the Women in Politics Foundation, Inc.  We are a 501(c)(3), so donations to our organization are 100% tax deductible.
CEO/Executive Director NA NA
Board Chair Ms. Linda McNicholas
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Former Names
Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus Endowment
Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have Volunteer Opportunities? Yes
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Checks may be mailed to:
Women in Politics Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 22825
Kansas City, MO 64113
Donations can also be made through the website www.wip-foundation.com  
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The Women in Politics Foundation, Inc. (WIP)  is dedicated to the fight for women to achieve political equality in Missouri and Kansas.  We are a nonpartisan organization that sponsors projects that educate women about leadership and how they can contribute to the political process.  WIP strives to continually grow the numbers of women ready to assume responsibility for our local, state and national offices.  Our family of funds includes the Education and Endowment Fund ("EEF") and The Hurlbut Fund.  Both are managed by the Women in Politics Foundation, Inc.  We are a 501(c)(3), so donations to our organization are 100% tax deductible.
Background Statement
The Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus Endowment and Education Fund, "EEF", was founded in November 1999 to ensure the long-term funding for education of women and men in the political process. Currently, EEF is getting close to 200 Founders, each giving of a minimum of $1,000.  The Founders are an outstanding group of progressive thinkers in our community.  The fund, invested with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, now totals over $300,000 with some Founders still making regular pledge payments, and new Founders being recruited to continue growing the fund.  When you give to EEF - you get a bit or immortality - a donation to EEF is a gift to women of the present and the future; daughters, granddaughters and women we will never know.  Your gift demands "women should have political equality."  And years from now it will still be here to demand it.  Giving to EEF brings education and training to potential candidates and helps work toward political equality at all levels of government.
Giving to EEF means there's meaningful money for education.  Your name should be among the outstanding women and men in our area who continue to fund this endowment.
The Hurlbut Fund is very much an extension of EEF, in that it expands upon what EEF has been doing for many years.  Whereas EEF can only award grants to the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus, any individual or organization in Kansas or Missouri can apply to The Hurlbut Fund to present an educational program.  We envision that The Hurlbut Fund will soon have a tremendous impact on our two states, just as EEF has for many years. 
Impact Statement

2018 Accomplishments Include:

  • Recruitment of 3 new Board Members
  • Held Palentine Fundraising Event
  • Hire dProfessional Registered Parliamentarian to oversee amendments of entire set of Bylaws.
  • Completed overhaul of entire set of Bylaws
  • Developed New Board of Directors Orientation Packet

2019 Goals: 
  • Implementation of new Bylaws
  • Annual meeting and election
  • Implement plans for 3 major fundraising events.
Needs Statement
The most pressing needs for the organization are the following: 
  1. Bring new founders (those who donate $1000+) to EEF to continue to grow the endowment and allow for new grants.
  2. Bring new donors to The Hurlbut Fund, particularly corporate donors that would commit to annual donations.
  3. Volunteers to serve on the board or on committees who have communications, marketing or fundraising experience.
Service Categories
Women's Rights
Adult Education
Reproductive Rights
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
Geographic Area Served Narrative
The Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
While the statistics and summaries in this profile tell one side of the story, I wanted to let you know about the energy and dedication our board members bring to the Women in Politics Board.  Our organization runs entirely on the volunteer efforts of our board.  As you learn about our busy board members, you can see that they are all dedicated to furthering women’s rights. The bottom line is that since EEF was started in 1999, over $100,000 has been given for the education programs of the GKCWPC.
We were very sad to lose Board Member Mary Louise (Biddy) Hurlbut in 2007.  Her daughters, Annie Hurlbut Zander and Heather Hurlbut Smith responded by organizing The Hurlbut Fund, and we are so proud that just four years later, The Hurlbut Fund has grown to nearly $60,000 and is available to award grants. Prior to 2016, a significant purpose of this fund was to provide support for the Madam President Camp, which began in 2012. This Camp is now a stand alone 501(c) 3.  We are looking for other organizations and programs to support through the Hurlbut Fund.
In the last few years, EEF has raised the bar to pro-actively make the greatest impact possible through its programs.  Excellent education meetings are often held at the monthly Caucus meetings, as well as larger education events.  At the last Campaign School, we saw many young women preparing to run for office.  If there’s ever going to be a woman President, that’s exactly what needs to happen.
Please join forces with this group of dedicated women who never give up on women’s equality by making a donation to EEF and/or The Hurlbut Fund.
Description The core missions of EEF and The Hurlbut Fund are to provide effective training to women candidates so they have the knowledge and skills to win political campaigns.  Part of that training is to also educate the people who surround candidates to be effective campaign workers.  Over the long term, many of those young campaign workers will go on to run for office in the future.  It is also important to educate people about issues that impact women, and to train them to be effective advocates for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Program Budget $7,000.00
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Citizen Participation Programs
Population Served Females
Short-Term Success
Short term success can be seen in incremental improvement in the following: 
  1. Number of women running and winning political office.
  2. Number of women voting in elections.
  3. Number of women becoming educated about how public policy impacts their lives.
  4. Number of women who participate in advocacy for public policies which will improve their lives.
  5. Increasing support for women in politics and pro-women legislation by the general public.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal for the organization is to achieve equal representation by women in government, to have women be effective advocates for themselves, and for society to consider issues important for women as core societal concerns.  The funds provide a steady stream of income to train women to win.  Over time we will consider our efforts successful when women have equal representation at all levels of government.
Program Success Monitored By The grants given by the funds require a written assessment of the education programs, including suggestions for changing programs in the future.  The Board Board is an active participant in the granting process, asking that adjustments be made in proposed projects before the grants are made.  Our board actively works with the grantees to improve the programs and monitor them as they are executed.
Examples of Program Success The sustained efforts of the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus to train and support women candidates have helped to achieve a tremendous local community of women leaders.  Such examples include past Caucus Presidents Beth Gottstein, Cathy Jolly, and Jan Marcason, being elected to the City Council, as well as Caucus members Melba Curls and Cindy Baker Circo.
Description The organization seeks to make the public in general and women in particular aware of how public policies impact them on a daily basis.  Equality Day, the anniversary of women achieving the right to vote, has become an annual event to promote awareness of the history of women's rights.  EEF also sponsors special educational seminars such as forums on women's rights in the workplace, how to recognize gender bias, and how to go about correcting discriminatory practices.
Program Budget $4,000.00
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Women's Rights
Population Served Females
Short-Term Success We consider keeping women's issues at the forefront through a robust education program to be the immediate goal.  It is important that the programs be on topics critical to women and families, held on a regular basis, open to the public, and well-attended.
Long-Term Success Long term success will include a better-informed public on issues of the day, in particular those with special impact on women.  We also seek to have our members and the public constantly monitoring current legislation, and taking action to assure support for women and families.
Program Success Monitored By Each grant has specific performance requirements including a focused mission-based topic, audience, budget, and general guidelines.  Instead of omnibus grants where it is more difficult to monitor progress and success, we make a series of smaller grants and monitor them closely.  Each grant requires that upon completion a written report be made documenting how the grant was carried out, how all the funds were distributed, an evaluation of success, and recommendations for how to improve future programs.
Examples of Program Success
We always participate in Women's Equality Week with events ranging from exhibitions, to speakers on health care and advocacy, to book readings and lectures to discussions on the history of civil rights. We are finding that an entire week has helped us bring recognition to many women's issues and that participants are finding their voice, as is evidenced by @10,000 participants in the Women's March on January 21, 2017.  
We provided major funding for the screening of the film Equal Means Equal with about 300 people attending. This film raises the issue of women's equality and the Equal Rights Amendment.
In 2016 we funded a nationally known expert in political polling, Celinda Lake, to speak at the MO Women's Political Caucus Convention at Osage Beach MO.  This presentation was invaluable to all of us, but in particular to those women were in fact thinking of running for office. This is how we move the women's agenda forward.
In 2016 we co-sponsored an event with the National Women's Political Caucus Foundation to bring higher visibility to the WIP Foundation.
CEO Comments This organization does not have an Executive Director. All of the work of the organization is performed on a volunteer basis by the Board of Directors.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director NA NA
Term Start Mar 2019
Email https://NA
Experience Board chair acts as Executive Director for the Foundation.
Former CEOs
Ms. Shicagolyn Hams ScrogginsJan 2018 - Mar 2019
Ms. Paula Owen WilmarthJan 2016 - Jan 2018
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 13
Retention Rate 0%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
This is a total volunteer board comprised of women who are talented and dedicated to the cause. One key issue facing our organization and the nation as a whole is the frustration toward elected officials.  We are striving for a day where citizens are proud of their electorate and the work we do.  We believe that a key part of achieving this goal is to provide political education and to work toward gender equality in politics.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Linda McNicholas
Term Mar 2019 to Jan 2021
Email mcnich@sbcglobal.net
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Ms. Rose Bell
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Mar 2019 to 2021
Email rose.marie.bell2010@gmail.com
Board Members
Ms. Frenchette Anderson
Ms. Betsy Beasley
Ms. Rose BellRetired
Ms. Shelly Larose
Ms. Laura Loyacano
Ms. Linda McNicholasRetired
Ms. Bonnaye Mims
Ms. Ryana Parks Shaw
Ms. Rebecca Richardson
Ms. Bridget Sanderson
Ms. Laura Wagner
Ms. Emily S. Weber
Ms. Regina Weir
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 13
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Advisory Board Members
Ms. Lajuana Counts Esq.
Ms. Virginia "Dee" EvansUMKC
Ms. Pamela KelleyCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Lee Smithson BurdCommunity volunteer
CEO Comments One current challenge facing the organization is that the public is very frustrated with the state of politics.  However, we must press on and work to recruit and train new candidates to enter the political arena so that one day we will have an electorate committed to what is best for their community, and a public that is proud of those elected officials.  We have a strong belief that in order to achieve this, we must work toward gender equality in politics.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $10,000
Projected Expenses $8,000
Endowment Value $300,000
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$9,856$40,915$23,887
Administration Expense$32,996$0$4,358
Fundraising Expense$0$0$1,104
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.271.382.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses23%100%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$279,094$310,507$295,090
Current Assets$279,094$310,507$8,369
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$279,094$310,507$295,090
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Skillbuilders $7,500 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Women's Foundation $2,850 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor $1,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
The Treasurer presents reports to the Board of Directors on a monthly basis. The Board evaluates the mix of investments at the Community Foundation annually.  The Board is very careful in its spending policies, and seeks to keep administrative costs to a minimum.  Many of the day-to-day operating expenses are donated by board members and Founding members.  Special fund raising projects are held annually to provide a stream of income for overhead, with the goal of directing the maximum possible to the educational programs.  Withdrawals from the endowment  are made in accordance with the governing document on file with the Community Foundation and require a 2/3 or unanimous board vote, as applicable.
Other Documents
Organization Name Women in Politics Foundation, Inc.
Address 4550 WARWICK BLVD
Apt 212
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 223-1890
Contact Email mcnich@sbcglobal.net
CEO/Executive Director NA NA
Board Chair Ms. Linda McNicholas
Year of Incorporation 2000
Former Names
Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus Endowment