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 and build a stronger community.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. Andrew Johnson
Board Chair Mr. 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.
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 and build a stronger community.

Background Statement 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 retirement of Roger Coleman and the hiring of Andrew Johnson as Executive Director and John Navarre as Chaplain.
  • The 2015 Pilgrim Run 5K, our 5th annual Thanksgiving morning run to benefit our children's programs, continued to be a popular family-friendly event, drawing over 1,200 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 1,100 children and parents for four Friday nights in June that included free movies, concert 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 Pilgrim Center.
  • Expand the Pilgrim Center for the Arts programming to feature local artists, musicians, and storytellers while raising awareness of the chapel as a community resource for the arts.
  • Increase the level of volunteer opportunities and engagement.
  • Continue efforts to restore Pilgrim Chapel (formerly the Pilgrim Lutheran Church for the Deaf) for use as a multi-purpose facility.
Needs Statement

Priority Needs for 2016

  1. Volunteers to assist with community events, to serve on program committees, and to assist with improvements to our website, social media, and community communication.
  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. Funding to continue programming for Pilgrim Center for the Arts, including an expansion of our concerts and readings at the chapel.
  4. With the hiring of a new director, we anticipate a need for greater Board involvement and a more elaborate committee structure than has been required in the past. 
Service Categories
Community & Neighbourhood Development
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
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 Roger announced his plan to retire, and in October the board hired Andrew Johnson, a local community activist and Hyde Park resident, to serve as the new Executive Director. Mindful of Roger Coleman's legacy, and under the collaborative leadership of the board and the new Executive Director, Pilgrim Center is positioned to grow the organization in the coming years, finding new ways of cultivating community in Kansas City's urban neighborhoods.
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.
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 Mr. Andrew Johnson
Term Start Oct 2014
Experience Prior to Pilgrim Center, Andrew Johnson worked for four years at Harvesters - The Community Food Bank, both as a program manager and as a food and fund drive manager. He then attended graduate school at UMKC, earning an M.F.A. in Creative Writing while also teaching college composition courses. After graduation, Andrew helped found and lead the Midtown Community School Initiative, a grassroots volunteer organization dedicated to improving education options for families in Midtown Kansas City. 
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Dr. Roger Coleman Jan 1998 - Dec 2014
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Volunteers 60
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
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 Yes
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 Mr. Kathryn Golden
Company Affiliation Director, Porch Fest
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2016
Email kathryngolden@gmail.com
Board Members
Mr. Bob Berkebile Architect, BNIM
Mr. Hal C. Brent Officer, Commerce Bank
Mr. Scott Burnett Member, Jackson County Legislature
Mr. Nial Champ Kauffman Center for Performing Arts
Ms. Karen Clawson Planner, Mid-America Regional Council
Ms. Maggie Curry-Chiu JCCC
Dr. Gary Ebersole PhDProfessor, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Mr. Gordon Gee Attorney, Seigfreid, Bingham, Levy & Gee
Ms. Kathryn Golden Netchmia, LLC
Mr. Clay Marcusen Representative, Hyde Park Neighborhood
Mr. Sergio Moreno Hallmark
Ms. Tu'Fanza Primos City of Kansas City, MO
Ms. Sheila Rice Retired, Former Commerce Foundation Trust Officer
Ms Jeana Van Sickle Support KC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 6
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
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $153,000
Projected Expenses $152,820
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$57,706$150,788$130,664
Administration Expense$84,893$8,633$7,265
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0--$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.951.010.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses40%95%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$221,129$398,059$445,747
Current Assets$90,135$12,249$7,915
Long-Term Liabilities$0$60,640$86,739
Current Liabilities$8,780$43,852$59,904
Total Net Assets$212,349$293,567$299,104
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.270.280.13
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%15%19%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual Donor $6,000
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 Yes
Organization Name Pilgrim Center
Address 3807 Gillham Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 753-6719
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Andrew Johnson
Board Chair Mr. Kathryn Golden
Board Chair Company Affiliation Director, Porch Fest
Year of Incorporation 1998
Former Names
Westport Allen Center, Inc. and Pilgrim Chapel,Inc.