Pilgrim Center
3807 Gillham Rd.
Kansas City MO 64111
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 753-6719
Mission Statement

Pilgrim Center is a nonprofit organization focused on driving community involvement in urban Kansas City through arts programs, neighborhood initiatives, and public events. The center is based out of the historic Pilgrim Chapel in Midtown KC. Our mission is to provide an open space in midtown Kansas City where neighbors can come together to build a stronger community.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amelia McDaniel
Board Chair Ms. Kathryn Golden
Board Chair Company Affiliation Director, Porch Fest
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1998
Former Names
Westport Allen Center, Inc. and Pilgrim Chapel,Inc.
Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have Volunteer Opportunities? Yes
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
  • Visit our website to donate online
  • Send a check to 3807 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO 64111
  • Call 816-753-6719 to learn about opportunities for volunteering and in-kind donations
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Pilgrim Center is a nonprofit organization focused on driving community involvement in urban Kansas City through arts programs, neighborhood initiatives, and public events. The center is based out of the historic Pilgrim Chapel in Midtown KC. Our mission is to provide an open space in midtown Kansas City where neighbors can come together to build a stronger community.

Background Statement The Pilgrim Center was created in 2003 through the merger of two midtown not-for-profit organizations, the Westport Allen Center and Pilgrim Chapel. Westport Allen Center, a former grade school facility, was purchased by Westport Cooperative Services in 1978. The building was used as a community center until 2000 when it became a charter grade school, the Allen Edison Village. Pilgrim Chapel was the former Pilgrim Lutheran Church for the Deaf. The facility was purchased in 1997 for use as a public chapel. A decision to merge the chapel with the Westport Allen Center was made because the two organizations shared several Board members, the same director, and common goals of building community in the Midtown area of Kansas City, Missouri.
Impact Statement
Pilgrim Center's accomplishments over the past year include:
  • Successfully transitioning into new leadership, following the replacement of Executive Director Andrew Johnson with Amelia McDaniel, long-time Coordinator of Neighborhood Programs at the Pilgrim Center
  • The 2017 Pilgrim Run 5K, our 7th annual Thanksgiving morning run to benefit our community programs, continued to be a popular family-friendly event, drawing over 1,100 runners and walkers from all over the city, as well as out-of-town visitors, and raising over $20,000 to support the children's programs of Pilgrim Center.
  • The annual Hyde Park Children's Film Festival once again drew nearly 1,000 children and parents for four Friday nights in June that included free movies, concerts by youth bands, educational activities, and refreshments.
Goals for the current year: 
  • Develop the board of directors into a cohesive group that is engaged in the programs, fundraising, and strategic planning of the Pilgrim Center
  • Develop a strategic fundraising plan to ensure the continuity of the Pilgrim Center
  • Re-examine programming for opportunities to increase our impact on our community and provide measurable outcomes for our funders
  • Grow our annual fundraiser, the Pilgrim Run 5K
Needs Statement

Priority Needs for 2018

  1. Volunteers to serve on our board of directors, to assist with goal development and management, and to assist with increasing our social media presence
  2. Funding to continue the restoration and maintenance of Pilgrim Chapel, as well as consideration for a capital campaign that would create an endowment for the long-term viability of the chapel and grounds
  3. Volunteers to serve on the Pilgrim Run 5K Committees July-November
  4. Assistance with the Labyrinth Butterfly Garden in Hyde Park such as watering, weeding, hardscape maintenance, occasional replanting of desirable species, planning plantings, and planning educational opportunities for the community, based on the garden
Service Categories
Community & Neighbourhood Development
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Much of the credit for this success of our organization can be attributed to founder Roger Coleman, who previously directed the Westport Allen Center and also Westport Cooperative Services. Roger helped save the chapel from an uncertain future and transformed it into a public chapel for the community. In 2003 Roger expanded the mission of the chapel and founded Pilgrim Center, and ever since then our popular programs for children and youth have helped build community among the surrounding Midtown neighborhoods. In addition to being a public chapel open daily to people of all faiths, the Pilgrim Chapel also provides valuable community space for use as a meeting facility, a worship center for all faiths, a location for weddings, and a concert venue. In 2014 the board hired Andrew Johnson, a local community activist and Hyde Park resident, to serve as Executive Director. Andrew brought the Pilgrim Center into the present day with a solid financial foundation, a reputation for positive community involvement, and a popular, annual, neighborhood-based fundraising run on Thanksgiving Day. In May of this year Amelia McDaniel re-joined the Pilgrim Center, no longer as Coordinator of Neighborhood Programs but as the Executive Director. Her familiarity with the Center and urban Kansas City, her background in training and program management, and her enthusiasm for community building make her the ideal candidate to help grow the Pilgrim Center in the coming years.
There is a shortage of free family-oriented activities in the urban neighborhoods of Kansas City. Pilgrim Center seeks to fill this void.
The Hyde Park Children's Film Festival is designed to bring families together in a fun, safe setting. It consists of a free film shown on the four Fridays in June in Hyde Park. Prior to the movie, there is a concert featuring local young musicians. In between these activities are educational programs and refreshments. Approximately 200-250 children attend each of the four events co-sponsored with the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, KCMO Parks and Recreation Dept. and the KCMO Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.
Category Community Development, General/Other Community Development, General/Other
Population Served Families
Short-Term Success The short-term success of this program can be found in the fact that families return year after year in increasing numbers. Also, in our evaluations, deep appreciation is expressed for an activity that allows parents and children to spend a fun evening together in their own neighborhood. We also have parents often ask if they can volunteer and many of those who serve popcorn or help with the clean up are those who first came to see only the concert and the film and then became involved.
Long-Term Success Our goal is for children and their parents to view their community as a caring, responsive place to live and for the larger community to see midtown Kansas City as an active, vibrant community that is family friendly. We also seek to strengthen family and community bonds with the goal of reducing drug use, crime and other anti-social activities often attributed to more isolated children.
Program Success Monitored By
At all events, we gather information by email sign ups or online registrations. At the conclusion of events, we use Google Forms to generate surveys that we then distribute to attendees, volunteers, and sponsors, asking each group for their feedback on the event's successes and challenges. 
Examples of Program Success
The Hyde Park Children's Film Festival has been called the most diverse gathering in the metropolitan Kansas City community because of its ability to draw equally from the Westside, central Kansas City and eastern Kansas City. We focus our promotions for the events at many schools and youth organizations across the city, and in minority newspapers, which helps ensure a racially and socio-economically diverse group of attendees.
Pilgrim Center has always had musical performance as part of the festival, but last year we added a feature of hosting youth bands to perform. Attendees have overwhelmingly praised this addition, saying that it inspires and encourages their children to play music, and the bands are able to find one more audience as they grow as a band.
Description On Easter Sunday, more than 500 people attend the Spring Frolic in Hyde Park to hunt for candy-filled Easter Eggs, ride ponies, have their faces painted, eat popcorn and cotton candy, play prize-winning games, jump in bounce houses, pose for free instant pictures with the Easter Bunny, and MORE. It's all FREE.
Program Budget $9,000.00
Category Community Development, General/Other
Population Served Families, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short-Term Success More than 300 children and their families attend the Spring Frolic each year.
Long-Term Success Families in urban Kansas City neighborhoods will expect to find free, family-friendly events occurring in their neighborhoods around holidays and common vacation times (i.e. summer) when they need to keep kids occupied and engaged, thus creating community support for these families and keeping youth safe when they need it.
Examples of Program Success This program has continued since 2003, resulting in a consistently large attendance each year (even this year, 2018, when it was 30 degrees Fahrenheit and sleeting on Easter Sunday during the egg hunt!). We feel it has created a community expectation of this gathering each year, and that expectation demonstrates that we are helping to build consistency in the sense of community in urban Kansas City.
CEO Comments
Pilgrim Center generates over 50% of its annual income through non-fundraising activities including rental and building use income from activities held at the Pilgrim Chapel. In addition, the organization has developed a strong core of individual contributors who regularly and consistently support the organization. These two combine to give continuity and consistency to the organization and allow foundation and corporate contributors to assist with direct program activities.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Amelia McDaniel
Term Start May 2018
Experience Before becoming the Executive Director this May, Amelia McDaniel worked for the Pilgrim Center for eight years as the Coordinator of Neighborhood Programs. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Coordinator for a student retention program called Supplemental Instruction (SI) founded at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and disseminated internationally. She is a Certified Trainer of SI and has earned a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature (2005) and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (2002) from UMKC.   
Former CEOs
Dr. Roger ColemanJan 1998 - Dec 2014
Mr. Andrew JohnsonOct 2014 - May 2018
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 2
Volunteers 60
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
Male 2
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
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
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Kathryn Golden
Company Affiliation Director, Porch Fest
Term Jan 2015 to
Email kathryngolden@gmail.com
Board Members
Ms. Maggie Curry-ChiuJCCC
Dr. Gary Ebersole PhDProfessor, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Mr. Gordon GeeAttorney, Seigfreid, Bingham, Levy & Gee
Ms. Kathryn GoldenNetchmia, LLC
Mr. Sergio MorenoHallmark
Ms. Sheila RiceRetired, Former Commerce Foundation Trust Officer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Advisory Board Members
Mr. Bob Berkebile
Mr. Scott Burnett
Mr. Clay Marcuson
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $125,411
Projected Expenses $126,879
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: 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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$4,791$14,000$4,000
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,376$6,665$4,206
Membership Dues$0----
Special Events$300$1,343--
Revenue In-Kind$4,750----
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$107,002$111,096$146,401
Administration Expense$49,897$75,324$57,812
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.061.081.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses68%60%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$238,693$66,526$228,196
Current Assets$64,277$236,179$103,440
Long-Term Liabilities$3,690$4,762$0
Current Liabilities$1,049$845$7,204
Total Net Assets$233,954$230,572$220,992
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities61.27279.5014.36
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2%7%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Neighborhood Tourism & Development Fund of Kansas City $14,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Mader Foundation $12,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor $6,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Other Documents
Organization Name Pilgrim Center
Address 3807 Gillham Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 753-6719
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amelia McDaniel
Board Chair Ms. Kathryn Golden
Board Chair Company Affiliation Director, Porch Fest
Year of Incorporation 1998
Former Names
Westport Allen Center, Inc. and Pilgrim Chapel,Inc.