Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City, Inc.
6701 West 64th Street
Suite 120
Overland Park KS 66202
a community volunteer fitting a Kansas City youth with a free properly fitted bike helmet
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 754-8883 4
Fax 913- 754-8890
Mission Statement

To improve the quality of life for those affected by brain injury.

CEO/Executive Director Robin Abramowitz
Board Chair MS Deborah Gutteridge
Board Chair Company Affiliation NeuroRestorative
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1982
Former Names
Kansas Head Injury Foundation
Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have Volunteer Opportunities? Yes
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
  • Online donations can be made to: click on donations button. 
  • We  also accept in-kind donations for the Memorial Day Run.
  • We offer volunteer opportunities in the office such as data entry and bike helmet processing. We utilize volunteers during our special events:  The Memorial Day Run for Brain Injury,  Family and Survivor Seminar and  Professional Conference. Finally, we utilize volunteers for bike helmet fittings in the community. 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

To improve the quality of life for those affected by brain injury.

Background Statement
In 1982, Mary Pat Beals needed information about traumatic brain injury and its effects. Her sister had sustained a head injury and the family had no idea what to expect. There was no information that would help them to understand what challenges their beloved family member would soon be facing. There was no support for the family who desperately wanted to be able to understand and help their sisters’ recovery be as successful as possible. That is when Mary Pat and a few close friends and family members began the Kansas Head Injury Foundation, becoming the fourth chartered state affiliate for the National Head Injury Foundation.

The group gathered information and offered support to the many people in the area who were going through the same trials as themselves. They also started a helpline so survivors and their families could get the support, information and education they needed. The name was to changed to Brain Injury Association to better reflect those served.
Today BIAKS is affiliated with the Brain Injury Association of America, the country's oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. 
Impact Statement
Accomplishments during the past year:

  • The annual two day Professional Conference was held in Overland Park during Brain Injury Awareness Month in March and was attended by 160 individuals.
  • Our Information and Referral Program benefits from our participation in the National Brain Injury Information Center. We have been able to improve the quality of resources we utilize and distribute free of charge. BIAKS provides assistance to hundreds of clients during the year.
  • Over 850 properly fitted helmets were given to disadvantaged youth in the KC metro, along with helmet education.
  • BIAKS has continued the Unmasking Brain Injury program. Survivors decorated masks to symbolize their feelings about their injuries.The masks have been featured at various events to increase awareness of brain injury.
  • During Brain Injury Awareness month, BIAKS sponsored a legislative day in Topeka. Individuals throughout the state met with their elected representatives and discussed issues of concern.
Current goals:
  • BIAKS  continues to provide enhanced programming in prevention, education and information and referral.  
  • Through a  new outreach program, BIAKS  has begun peer mentoring at KU Acute Inpatient Rehab.
  • Engage more people in our mission by increasing volunteer programming, increasing attendance at events, building our social media presence, and expanding our donor base.
  • Provide a Family and Survivor Seminars in Kansas and the Kansas City metro area for survivors affected by brain injury, their families and health professionals working in the brain injury field. 
  • Continue to provide bicycle helmets for children in disadvantaged areas.
Needs Statement

Funds are needed to:

  • Continue to expand our Information and Referral program by improving outreach to acute care health professionals and at health events aimed at high-risk populations. In 2017, we received over 300 calls requesting assistance. Our information line is  manned 40 hours per week.
  • Provide our nationally known "Red Book" book to those in our service area to further educate those directly impacted by brain injury.
  • Video conferencing capabilities for support group facilitator training and other programming purposes.
  • Update the BIAKS website to make it tablet and phone responsive.
In-kind needs include:
  • Printing and graphic help for newsletters, e-mails, programming and special events
  • Meals and snacks for participants at educational events
  • Website redesign
Service Categories
Brain Disorders
Health Care NEC
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Platte County
Geographic Area Served Narrative
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement The Board of Directors is responsible for raising funds and awareness of brain injury in our community. The Board also works in partnership with the Staff to establish priorities for each new fiscal year. One of the organization’s challenges in the past few years has been to effectively serve all of Kansas in addition to the Greater Kansas City area. The Board has added eight new members in the last two years. We have successfully recruited members from outside the metropolitan area in an effort to better reach our entire Kansas community. In addition, the Board is well represented by members in the brain injury field well suited to identify the needs our association can successfully meet.
This program provides a variety of information and referrals for survivors of brain injury, family members, friends and professionals. Inquiries for information and referral sources can be made by phone, in person and/or by email. We send information, free of charge, to those requesting it.

At times, research is required to adequately answer inquiries. Inquiries include requests for lists of professionals familiar with brain injury; resources for next stages of recovery; and, basic information about brain injury and its effects.

Consortiums are held for professionals every other  month, providing an  opportunity to learn the latest updates in TBI care and to share information and referral sources. There is no fee for this consortium. 

Each year our organization hosts two all day Survivor and Family Seminars, one in  the greater Kansas City area and one in central Kansas. Topics are presented on a range of subjects, each intended to improve the quality of life for those affected by brain injury. There is a minimum fee for these events.
Program Budget $8,000.00
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Many people who contact our information line have stated that we were their last resort. Through the information and referral sources they are given, people we serve have stated that their stress level has decreased; and, they now use more appropriate services that better meet their needs. These people now realize a better quality of life.

Through our consortium, professionals are better aware of services in the area and can make more appropriate referrals. These more appropriate referrals lessen the time a person will need rehabilitation services; and, connects a person with a facility/agency that better meets their needs.

Those attending the annual Survivor and Family Member seminars are given a chance to network with others in similar situations, plus are given a chance to meet care providers directly. Each is given information on how to improve their current situation. 
Long-Term Success The goal for this program is that each person who contacts our organization receives medically sound and current information about recovering from brain injury, and that each receives appropriate referral sources to meet their needs. The ultimate goal is to lessen the hardship for survivors on the road to recovery from brain injury.
Program Success Monitored By
We select a random sample of people we have served through our information and referral program. Each person is given a short survey about their experiences with our staff. These questions include response time, effectiveness of the information and overall satisfaction with our organization.

Surveys are given annually to members of the consortium, asking various questions in regards to satisfaction with the group. Evaluations are completed by participants following each Survivor and Family Seminar. These evaluations are used to plan future seminars. Through the assessment of these surveys and evaluations, we are able to find ways to improve our services.
Examples of Program Success

Examples of success stories through our information line include:

  • A mother contacted our organization because her son did not have funding for services. She had been told by an agency that her son did not qualify for state programming. After speaking with the Resource Liaison, this mother was given a different agency to contact, and her son soon began receiving services. 
  • A father contacted our organization because his young son, who had a brain injury, had been given a behavior disorder (BD) diagnosis. He had been placed in a BD program in his elementary school, along with antipsychotic medication. Through a referral from our organization, this boy has been taken off the medication and placed in an appropriate school setting and is now succeeding.   
Description Through this program, staff educates the community on how traumatic brain injuries can occur, and how to change their behavior so these injuries do not occur. Staff attend safety and health fairs with prevention information, speaking directly to members of the community. Information includes prevention of childhood injuries and fall prevention for seniors. The organization provides free bicycle helmets to children at risk, educating each child on the importance of safety and properly fitting each helmet. The Association also works with area physicians on educating the community on the effects of sports concussions and how to prevent Second Impact Syndrome.
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success Nationally, the incidence of traumatic brain injury has decreased, indicating that this prevention message is having an impact.
Long-Term Success The goal of this program is to educate the community on the prevalence of traumatic brain injury and ways to prevent these injuries from occurring. The ultimate goal of this program would be to change behavior to the point that the incidence of preventable brain injuries continues to decline.
Program Success Monitored By We know the program is successful by the number of organizations that ask us back year after year, and state that they are pleased with what our organization is doing for injury prevention.
Examples of Program Success Nationally, the annual incidence of traumatic brain injury has decreased. During education classes on brain injury prevention, school children regularly state the importance of wearing their helmets while bike riding before presentation begins.
Our organization hosts an annual two-day professional conference on brain injury, “Beyond Rehab: Succeeding at Life”. At this conference, professionals are given tools to improve how they work with survivors of brain injury. Staff also provides training for area agencies and shelters on the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury. It is through these trainings that individuals with undiagnosed brain injuries may receive appropriate referrals, therefore improving their outcome. 

Our staff is available upon request to train staff of other community partners on various aspects of brain injury and recovery. Fees are only charged for the professional conference.
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success Our organization has received calls from various case workers we have educated at domestic violence shelters who have discovered the person they are working with has a brain injury or suspects she does. These people are then given the needed resources for brain injury recovery. Through our educational opportunities for professionals, people with milder forms of brain injury have been given correct diagnosis and referrals.
Long-Term Success By educating professionals who work directly with those who have sustained a brain injury, our organization is able to better the outcome for these survivors. The ultimate goal of this program is to improve the quality of life for survivors of brain injury. Another goal of this program is to decrease the amount of time needed for rehabilitation by educating professionals on new and better methods of treatment.
Program Success Monitored By Participants of the conference and agency trainings are asked to complete an evaluation of each presentation. Planning for subsequent conferences is based on these surveys; and, on-site agency trainings are adjusted as needed to meet the needs of the agency.
Examples of Program Success
Following presentations at domestic violence shelters, we have received calls from case workers who had participated in these trainings. Each caller had a specific person they were working with who had sustained a brain injury. Follow-up education took place with the case worker and client.

A nurse who participated in a presentation was present during an emergency room assessment of a victim of domestic violence. Because of the information she received during the presentation, she suggested that the woman be assessed for a brain injury. It was found that the woman did have a brain injury that would have otherwise been missed during this assessment. These are stories we have been told about; there are an unknown number of people whose lives were changed for the better because of our professional development program.

Participants in our professional conference have stated that the conference helped inspire them to spread more hope in the healing process with their clients.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Robin Abramowitz
Term Start Jan 2013
Robin received her B.A. in Psychology & Communication Studies from the University of Kansas. Prior to working in the non-profit sector, she was a legal analyst. Having served on several boards, she has extensive volunteer and leadership experience. Robin started as the program director for BIA in 2011, and moved to the interim executive director role in August 2012. Hired as the executive director in January 2013, she is responsible for leading and directing the management, program and administrative functions of the entire organization.
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Title Development Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 150
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 3
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 3
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 Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
  • Midwest Neurological Coalition
  • National Charity League
  • Safe Kids Kansas
  • Research Medical Center
  • Safety City
  • BikeWalkKC
  • Kansas TBI work group
  • Brain Injury Association of Missouri
  • Topeka School District
  • HCA Midwest
  • Kansas Injury Prevention Program
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization2016
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization2017
Award of Excellence for CollaborationBrain Injury Association of America2016
State Association Leadership Award for Chief Professional of the YearBrain Injury Association of America2016
Award of Excellence for AdvocacyBrain Injury Association of America2017
Award of Excellence for FundraisingBrain Injury Association of America2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair MS Deborah Gutteridge
Company Affiliation NeuroRestorative
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Logie Asebedo
Jeanette Boucher
Anne BowlingCommunity Volunteer
Connie Fahey
Jeff Goldenberg
Deborah GutteridgeNeuroRestorative
David Haydon
Adam Krause
Andre Kulikov
Susan Murray
Chad MyersPaola Community Center
Janet Williams PhDMinds Matter LLC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 60%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Board Governance
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $346,250
Projected Expenses $346,245
Form 990s
2017 BIA 990
2016 BIA 990
2015 BIA 990
2014 BIA 990
2013 BIA 990
2012 BIA 990
2011 BIA 990
2010 BIA 990
2010 BIA 990
2009 BIA 990
2008 BIA 990
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.  
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$57$51$51
Membership Dues$9,160$10,370$6,075
Special Events$133,867$127,095$142,221
Revenue In-Kind$17,472--$16,220
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$196,097$186,100$180,234
Administration Expense$33,285$32,665$30,499
Fundraising Expense$23,378$24,126$26,164
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.861.111.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%77%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$156,654$178,762$140,963
Current Assets$156,654$178,087$139,652
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$28,979$21,476$9,197
Total Net Assets$127,675$157,286$131,766
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.418.2915.18
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
Organization Name Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City, Inc.
Address 6701 West 64th Street
Suite 120
Overland Park, KS 66202
Primary Phone (913) 754-88834
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Robin Abramowitz
Board Chair MS Deborah Gutteridge
Board Chair Company Affiliation NeuroRestorative
Year of Incorporation 1982
Former Names
Kansas Head Injury Foundation