Women in Politics Foundation
11409 Norton Ave
Kansas City MO 64137
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (573) 694-7889
Mission Statement
The Women in Politics Foundation, Inc. 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.  We must continually grow the numbers of women ready to assume responsibility for our Nation's offices.  Our family of funds includes the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus Education and Endowment Fund ("EEF") and The Hurlbut Fund.  Both are managed by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.  We are a 501(c)(3), so donations to our organization are 100% tax deductible.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Paula Owen Willmarth
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Former Names
Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus Endowment
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The Women in Politics Foundation, Inc. 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.  We must continually grow the numbers of women ready to assume responsibility for our Nation's offices.  Our family of funds includes the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus Education and Endowment Fund ("EEF") and The Hurlbut Fund.  Both are managed by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.  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

2016 Accomplishments Include:

  •  Recruitment of 4 new Board Members
  • Co-Sponsored a Holiday Party with Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus and spoke to the attendees about the mission and goals of the WIP Foundation
  • Held Executive Board Retreat/Strategic Planning Session
  • Collaborated with the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus and other Women's organizations on the "No on 6 Campaign" (see 2016 Hurlbut Fund grant below)
  • Participated in Women's Equality Week and helped fund the screening of the film, Equal Means Equal

 2017 Goals: 

  •  Develop fundraising plan
  • Partner with at least one other organization
  • Finalize new branding and marketing/Communications Plan
  • Recruit 2 new Board members
Our first fund, "EEF" (Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus Education and Endowment Fund), was started in 1999 to fund the Caucus' educational programs. Each year, the WIP Board awards up to 5% of the fund to the Caucus in the form of grants. EEF sponsors Caucus projects that are non-partisan and dedicated to education, and does not fund candidates or support ballot issues. A total of $128,959 has been awarded in grants through the 2016 year.
  The following grants were awarded in 2016 totaling $10,180.00:   Outreach Grant; Trailblazers Grant, Membership Grant, Equality Week "Equal Means Equal". The following grants were awarded in 2016, totaling $9,680: Trailblazers Grant, Outreach Grant, Membership Grant. 
 
Our second fund, "The Hurlbut Fund", was created in 2008 in honor of one of our Board members. This fund is also dedicated to bringing women into politics and is open to any applicant in Kansas or Missouri. A total of $25,799 has been awarded in grants through the 2016 year. 
 
One 2016 grant in the amount of $2,500 was awarded from The Hurlbut Fund for a Photo Voter Photo ID Education Project surrounding a constitutional amendment on the Missouri statewide ballot in November 2016. 
 
The Hurlbut Fund sponsored Madame President Camp from 2012 - 2015. After the 2015 camps that WIP sponsored, a new private not for profit was formed to take ownership of the Madame President Camp. 

Our goals for the two funds for the upcoming year are to continue to grow the funds to support their intended causes with consistent, sustaining donors, and to further develop the programming that is supported by the Hurlbut Fund.
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
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
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
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 EEF.  Our organization runs entirely on the volunteer efforts of the 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. At this time, a significant purpose of this fund is to provide support for the Madam President Camp, which began in 2012. We look forward to growing this Camp each year, both in terms of sponsorships and attendance, so it becomes the premiere camp for young girls in the Kansas City area.  In addition, 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.
Programs
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) the number of women running and winning political office; (2) the number of women voting in elections; (3) the number of women becoming educated about how public policy impacts their lives; (4) the number of women who participate in advocacy for public policies which will improve their lives; and (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.
Description Voter registration, and encouraging people to vote, is a core mission.  In particular we want women to be active educated voters, and we want young people to register and get into the habit of voting at an early age.  Our voter education efforts are typically held in election years.
Program Budget $2,500.00
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Voter Services
Population Served Females, ,
Short-Term Success Short term success would include incremental increases in voter registration and turnout overall, and in particular by women, young people, and under-represented populations.
Long-Term Success As more women vote, we hope that more public officials who support women's rights are elected, and that more women are elected to office.  Long term success would include increased overall voter turnout, increased voter turnout by women, increased voter turnout by young people, and increased voter turnout by under-represented populations.
Program Success Monitored By We monitor each grant made individually to assure that the registration outreach programs are executed. Similar to all other grants, a report is made at the end to assure the mission was followed, the expenditures were made per the budget, and suggestions made for the future.
Examples of Program Success The Hurlbut Fund's first ever grant was awarded to an organization to conduct voter registration events at local farmers' markets.  It is important to conduct voter registration at everyday events that are not political in nature, so that new registrants can be reached who may have moved into a new state or district or never thought about registering.  We know one vote can make a difference in an election, and therefore every single new registrant is important in our eyes.  We are proud that the first tangible success of the Hurlbut Fund was to provide the public service of voter registration.
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 Board Chair is Executive Director
Term Start Jan 2016
Compensation N/A
Experience Board Chair has several years experience both serving on Board of Directors and with the Women's Political Caucus
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Lajuana Counts -
Ms. Pamela Kelley -
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 12
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 7
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 12
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
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 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. Paula Owen Willmarth
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2018
Email Pjowen49@aol.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Ms. Barbara Womack
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Email barbwomack@ymail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Rose Bell
Ms. Lajuana M. Counts Western District of Missouri
Ms. Shicagolyn Hams
Ms. Jackie Regan
Ms. Rebecca Richardson Axis Architecture
Ms. Jennifer Spaw
Ms. Karen Suddath
Ms. Emily S. Weber
Ms. Regina Weir
Ms. Paula Willmarth Community Volunteer
Ms. Barbara Womack Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Governance
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 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Education
Executive
Nominating
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Virginia "Dee" Evans UMKC
Ms. Pamela Kelley Community Volunteer
Ms. Lee Smithson Burd Community 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.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $20,000
Projected Expenses $20,000
Endowment Value $278,000
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • FY 2013: Financial data reported using fund statements and internal accounting records for GKCWPC fund and Hurlbut fund.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
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 Revenue0%0%8%
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.
 
Now that we are sponsoring the Madam President Camp annually, it will become more pressing to engage in fundraising - from individuals, corporate sponsorships and grants.  This will involve much more significant work on the part of board members and volunteers, and we would welcome support from the community in this endeavor.
Organization Name Women in Politics Foundation
Address 11409 Norton Ave
Kansas City, MO 64137
Primary Phone (573) 694-7889
Contact Email pjowen49@aol.com
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Paula Owen Willmarth
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 2000
Former Names
Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus Endowment