Museum of Prairiefire Foundation
5801 W. 135th St.
Overland Park KS 66223
KC Urban Advantage STEAM Experience
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 333-3500
Mission Statement
The Museum of Prairiefire Foundation (Museum at Prairiefire) is committed to innovative learning in science, the arts and natural history. Through a founding collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, as well as with other cultural and educational institutions in the nation, the Museum at Prairiefire is a place that provides ACCESS FOR ALL to understand and celebrate natural history and science in our region and around the world. The MAP engages visitors and students of all ages with world-class exhibitions, important programming, and provides significant educational and STEAM opportunities for underserved children through KC Urban Advantage.
 
KC Urban Advantage:
The purpose of KC Urban Advantage (KCUA) is to help break the cycle of poverty in Kansas City by increasing confidence and ability in academic achievement for underserved students. Our mission is to provide access to holistic STEAM education and unlock opportunities for higher learning and future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers.
 
The Museum at Prairiefire administrates and funds the development and implementation of all KCUA programming, resources, and partnerships to provide comprehensive, world-class STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) experiences for students and educators throughout the greater Kansas City Metro where resources are scarce.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Kathryn Nold McKinney
Board Chair Mr. Fred Leon Merrill Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Merrill Companies, LLC
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2008
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Gifts may be made for the general purposes of the MAP or for a specific initiative such as KC Urban Advantage (KCUA), ensuring ACCESS FOR ALL.

There are many ways to contribute including:

OUTRIGHT GIFTS:

Cash, Check or Credit Card – Gifts by cash, check or credit card may be made to MAP. Credit card gifts may be made online at https://shop.visitthemap.org/products/donate.

Stocks and Bonds – If a donor gifts appreciated stocks and bonds that have been owned for more than a year to MAP, the donor will be entitled to an income tax deduction for the value of the stocks and bonds on the date of the gift but the donor will not be required to pay capital gains taxes on the gift.

Qualified Charitable Distribution from IRA - A Qualified Charitable Distribution (“QCD”) may be made directly from an IRA (other than an ongoing SEP or SIMPLE IRA) owned by a donor who is age 70½ or over to MAP. A QCD allows the donor to exclude from gross income up to $100,000 of a QCD each year, and a QCD can be used to satisfy any required minimum distributions from the IRA for the year.

PLANNED GIFTS:

Bequests – A bequest can be made to MAP in a Will or Revocable Trust:

Will - I give, devise and bequeath [dollar amount, specific asset or portion of estate] to MUSEUM AT PRAIRIEFIRE FOUNDATION, Overland Park, Kansas [to be used for its general purposes or for a specific purpose such as KCUA].

Revocable Trust – [Stated dollar amount, specific asset or portion of trust] shall be distributed to MUSEUM AT PRAIRIEFIRE FOUNDATION, Overland Park, Kansas [to be used for its general purposes or for a specific purpose such as KCUA].

Beneficiary Designations

Retained Life Estate

Charitable Gift Annuity

Charitable Remainder Trust

Charitable Lead Trust

VOLUNTEERING:
 
Will you help us make a difference in a child’s life by volunteering? We are looking for field trip facilitators, teachers and more.

For more information please call or email Terri Thompson at (913) 333-3503 or terri@visitthemap.org.

Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The Museum of Prairiefire Foundation (Museum at Prairiefire) is committed to innovative learning in science, the arts and natural history. Through a founding collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, as well as with other cultural and educational institutions in the nation, the Museum at Prairiefire is a place that provides ACCESS FOR ALL to understand and celebrate natural history and science in our region and around the world. The MAP engages visitors and students of all ages with world-class exhibitions, important programming, and provides significant educational and STEAM opportunities for underserved children through KC Urban Advantage.
 
KC Urban Advantage:
The purpose of KC Urban Advantage (KCUA) is to help break the cycle of poverty in Kansas City by increasing confidence and ability in academic achievement for underserved students. Our mission is to provide access to holistic STEAM education and unlock opportunities for higher learning and future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers.
 
The Museum at Prairiefire administrates and funds the development and implementation of all KCUA programming, resources, and partnerships to provide comprehensive, world-class STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) experiences for students and educators throughout the greater Kansas City Metro where resources are scarce.
Background Statement
In an effort to expand and enhance the culture and education-centric community in the greater Kansas City metro area and Johnson County, Kansas, the Museum of Prairiefire Foundation was formed in 2008 through a unique partnership with the world-renowned American Museum of Natural History. The Museum at Prairiefire (MAP) opened in Overland Park, Kansas in 2014 and was developed with a focus on education and ACCESS FOR ALL. While the MAP has had premiere access to the American Museum of Natural History’s timely and scientifically accurate exhibitions, renowned educational resources and some of the best scientists in the world, it has also expanded its own education and exhibition programs.
 
KC Urban Advantage (KCUA) is the MAP’s signature initiative, and the central focus of the MAP's Education Department. The purpose of KCUA is to help break the cycle of poverty in Kansas City by increasing confidence and ability in academic achievement for underserved students. Our mission is to provide access to holistic STEAM education and unlock opportunities for higher learning and future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers.
 
In addition to KCUA, the MAP has developed and provides significant public and educational programs such as Professional Development (CE for educators), Little Explorers Club (science program ages 3-5), JAM Sessions (science and engineering program for elementary age) and Science Happy Hour Science and Natural History presentations by industry experts.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments in FY2018:
  • Reached the benchmark of impacting over 4,000 underserved students from 8 schools through KC Urban Advantage.
  • Added 2 schools to KCUA in 2018; Mark Twain Elementary and KidsTLC for a total of 9 schools.
  • Selected by Museum of Science Boston and NASA to pilot "In Good Hands: Engineering Space Gloves"(only 14 applicants selected out of 240).
  • Developed educational and programming partnerships with Kansas University, Kansas State University and JCERT.
  • Implemented Professional Development (PD) and Continuing Education (CE) program in partnership with Baker University.

KCUA IMPACT SNAPSHOT (since Q3 2016):
  • Over 4,000 underserved children have participated
  • 3,150 lunches served
  • 300 families returned to visit the MAP
  • 97 Buses provided
  • 39 In-School KCUA Educator visits
     
Goals for Current Year (FY2019):
  • Expand KCUA metro wide impact.
  • Add at least 3-5 additional schools to KC Urban Advantage.
  • Offer Project Based Learning PD for K-12; Free PD for KC Urban Advantage Schools.
  • Create financial sustainability for the MAP and KC Urban Advantage through increased donor support as well as multiple business initiatives including Off the MAP Exhibits development and licensing.
Needs Statement
1. Increase financial sustainability
  • Develop sustainability through income-generating initiatives such as "Off the MAP Exhibits" (rental and licensing fees) 
  • Increase philanthropic support for KC Urban Advantage through multi-year pledges and legacy gifts
  • Increase Corporate membership base by 25% in FY2019
  • Increase Venue Rental business by 20% in FY2019

2. Improve organizational effectiveness
  • Consolidate and streamline all financial processes, e.g. purchasing, donations, field trip billing, IT, events
  • Create a culture of innovation, cutting edge technologies, collaboration, and accountability

3. Raise MAP awareness
  • Implement a marketing and communications strategy using multiple channels to increase overall awareness
  • Social media and public relations program expansion
  • Engage in community outreach and fundraising efforts on a weekly basis

4. Strengthen strategic and collaborative partnerships
  • Develop deep, long-term partnerships with corporations in the KC region
  • Increase partnerships with Kansas City area school districts
  • Develop partnerships with nationally recognized higher education institutions to provide guest lecturers, access to cutting-edge scientific content, and potentially college credit for participants

5. Continue to develop world-class programming and exhibitions
Service Categories
Natural History, Natural Science Museums
Educational Services
Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Clay County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Platte County
Geographic Area Served Narrative Guests have visited the MAP from a wide geographic area including over 2,000 zip codes and 6 countries. KC Urban Advantage focuses its efforts on the greater Kansas City Metro area in order to provide its underserved students access to education, opportunities and resources they would not have otherwise.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The Museum at Prairiefire is an institution with great potential, and we realize more of that potential every day. KC Urban Advantage is at the core of our mission. With the help of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and program partners such as Kansas University, Kansas State University, The Sosland Foundation, and Black & Veatch, we are offering some of the finest STEAM and Project Based Learning-related educational experiences in the region.
 
Our Kansas City Urban Advantage program is innovative in this regard. KCUA brings underserved students from the urban core and surrounding districts where resources are scarce to the MAP and our partner institutions such as the World War I Museum, the Kansas City Zoo and the Overland Park Arboretum for first-rate STEAM educational activities. This dynamic initiative which the MAP fully funds, serves not only underprivileged children, but their teachers and families as well.
 
The MAP features authentic, dynamic exhibitions that are a source of delight and wonder to young and old alike. Educators can take advantage of high-quality education materials developed specifically for each exhibition; these materials can be used in the classroom both before and after the students’ visit.
 
Unique Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality experiences hap proven successful as a way to attract guests, students and visitors from outside our metro area. There are plans for the expansion of both programs. 
 
There is much more happening at the MAP and KC Urban Advantage than this statement can possibly cover. Our challenge is to expand our collaborative partnerships and innovative programs while meeting the financial needs of the organization, especially KC Urban Advantage. We are extremely grateful to our donors for supporting these efforts.
Programs
Description

The purpose of KC Urban Advantage (KCUA) is to help break the cycle of poverty in Kanas City by increasing confidence and ability in academic achievement for underserved students. Our mission is to provide access to holistic STEAM education and unlock opportunities for higher learning and future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers.

The Museum at Prairiefire administrates and funds the development and implementation of KCUA programming, resources, and partnerships to provide comprehensive, world-class STEAM experiences for students and educators throughout the greater Kansas City Metro where resources are scarce.

A shortage of teachers in STEAM subjects leads to a shortage of young men and women who are able to step into the many STEM-related jobs that are growing in number every day. For example, less than 20% of 2016 KCMO 5th graders scored proficient or higher in science. Unfortunately, many schools don’t have the resources to bolster STEM education. When education budgets are cut, teachers look for outside resources to help provide the learning opportunities that will not only educate students, but also inspire them to pursue careers in STEM fields. This is the purpose of KC Urban Advantage.

Program Budget $650,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Students who have been excited and challenged by what they have experienced at the museum are likely to show a new interest in attending school, staying attentive and completing assignments. Because they are able, after their field trips, to return to the museum with their parents and siblings, they will enjoy family time in a setting where the whole family can work on a science inquiry together.

Teachers will receive excellent learning materials to use in the classroom, and this will improve their morale as well. The professional development sessions at the museum will boost their confidence; mentorships and apprenticeships offered by Black & Veatch and other partners will give them exciting new insight into STEM-related fields.

Long-Term Success

Urban Advantage programs in other U.S. cities have a demonstrated record of making significant change. New York Urban Advantage schools went from performing below non-UA schools by almost 10% to exceeding them by 5% in just a 3 year period.

Program Success Monitored By

The MAP educator visits to the schools are an important part of program evaluation. Educators will get a firsthand look at the effects of KCUA in the classroom, and gauge students’ progress in learning the digital literacy curriculum from their computer session at the museum. When students return to the museum for their second field trip, they take a post-assessment test to compare their skills to the pre-assessment test from their first trip, measuring their success in learning the principles of digital literacy.

Midway through the program year, focus groups and a random sample survey will gather anecdotal and perception data. At the end of the school year, focus groups will again be convened and a random sample survey conducted. At that time a Partner Satisfaction Survey will also be administered. Teachers will also give feedback on the program, and families who participate in related activities at the museum will be asked to complete surveys.

Examples of Program Success

At this time it is still early in the program to gather success stories. We have confidence, though, that KCUA will make a difference in the lives of underserved students, their teachers, and families. The original Urban Advantage New York program has been operative for more than 10 years now, and has yielded data showing that it has a dramatic effect on students’ achievement, interest in and involvement with STEM education. Similarly, an Urban Advantage Metro Denver program has also shown good results.

Description

Through a founding partnership with the world-renowned American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York, the Museum at Prairiefire (MAP) presents cutting edge exhibitions and programming with a focus on Education. Their subjects cover every aspect of science and natural history, from the innermost workings of the human brain to the world’s largest dinosaurs and space. The exhibitions contain interactive features to keep students and visitors of all ages engaged. Teachers have access to Educator Guides and other educational materials prepared by the more than 300 scientists and educators at AMNH, as well as by the MAP Education Team. Teachers use these standards-based materials to help prepare their students for seeing the exhibitions, and for further exploration back in the classroom.

The MAP is now in the process of developing its own exhibitions with other partnering institutions and scientists from around the country.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Curatorial Work & Exhibitions
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Students who have experienced the Museum’s exhibitions are eager to learn more about the subject areas covered. They have a new or renewed interest in science-based education, leading to better school attendance, more participation in the classroom, and better attitudes toward school. Each exhibition provides new, dynamic topics in an engaging way that helps get students of all ages excited about STEAM learning. 

Long-Term Success

As more schools, students and families become familiar with the quality and content of exhibitions at the MAP, museum awareness and attendance will increase. Visitors will watch for the openings of new exhibitions, and more schools will take advantage of group scheduling to plan their field trips. Most importantly, these exhibitions provide significant content to KC Urban Advantage children.

The standards-based educational materials are used in classrooms pre- and post-visits, reinforcing the STEM-related exhibition content and leading to increased performance by students on standardized tests.

One measure of long-term success would be the number of students pursuing further STEM-related education and eventually entering STEM-related occupations (including teaching jobs).

Program Success Monitored By

Ultimately success is monitored by the level of engagement with the public, schools and educators. As visitors and teachers alike experience the exhibitions and associated programming, more students, both with and without access will be served by the MAP and programs such as KC Urban Advantage.

Students will demonstrate better school attendance and participation in the classroom. They will also demonstrate higher scores on standardized tests.
Examples of Program Success

The MAP's Field Trip program is one of the most diverse and well attended in the region.  Every day we see success stories taking shape in the Main Exhibition Gallery. Students love the subjects of the exhibitions, which include paleontology, space, natural history and much more. The interactive features of the exhibitions keep students and visitors engaged, and they leave the MAP with a new or renewed interest in STEAM-related education.

Description

Too many students – especially those furthest from opportunity – are unprepared for the modern economy and the challenges of the 21st century.

Project Based Learning (PBL) prepares students for academic, personal, and career success, and readies young people to rise to the challenges of their lives and the world they will inherit.

Students work on a project over an extended period of time – from a week up to a semester – that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing a public product or presentation for a real audience.

As a result, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills in the context of doing an authentic, meaningful project. Project Based Learning unleashes a contagious, creative energy among students and teachers.

Category Education, General/Other Curriculum Development
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Local schools, educators and students are embracing the MAP's Project Based Learning programs. There is a growing list of schools seeking to engage with our PBL programs.
Long-Term Success

Research demonstrates that PLTW students outperform their peers in school, are better prepared for post-secondary studies, and are more likely to consider careers as scientists, technology experts, engineers, mathematicians, healthcare providers, and researchers compared to their non-PLTW peers. Students find PLTW programs relevant, inspiring, engaging, and foundational to their future success.

Program Success Monitored By

Dr. Kathryn McKinney, the Museum at Prairiefire’s Director of Education, and KC Urban Advantage received Launch Lead Teacher certification at the PLTW 2016 Core Training Institute at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. She is a leader for Project Based Learning in the Kansas City Community, and is qualified to assess the program's progress.

Examples of Program Success The MAP's first Project Based Learning Program has been successfully implemented at Stanley Elementary School. The challenge is to provide the resources for schools and educators to successfully implement PBL programs 
Description Soon after the museum opened, staff noticed that families and caregivers were bringing in very young children, ages 3-5. These children have great curiosity and are eager to learn; they are still developing their language skills, but they can understand scientific concepts if they are communicated in the right way. Parents were also very interested in getting their children to learn. The Little Explorers Club was founded to meet this need. The Club meets twice a month on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. There is also a Tuesday afternoon session to accommodate children who are in day care in the morning. Each 45-minute session is focused on hands-on activities—learning by doing. A short and exciting lesson is followed by story time, an activity or experiment, an artifact or animal encounter, and a craft. For example, in a session devoted to learning about preservation, children made “mummies” by wrapping string around small wooden figures.
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Short-Term Success Active children become absorbed in learning and listening, through activities as simple as learning to use a magnifying glass. They ask questions and express interest in learning more. They understand new words and concepts from session to session. Little Explorers Club is a destination for parents who are seeking high-quality activities for their kids; many of them are regular attendees.
Long-Term Success This activity stimulates young minds and introduces scientific inquiry as a pleasurable pursuit. As a result, children will perform well in science classes and may go on to STEM-related careers.
Program Success Monitored By There are no learning standards for children in this age group. However, direct observation shows that the Club sessions are engaging, stimulating, and fun for Little Explorers. They enjoy coming back, and their parents enjoy bringing them.
Examples of Program Success In FY2015, 1,800 children participated in the program. Children and parents alike enjoyed the program, and there were many repeat visitors.
Description For the curious at heart, Science Happy Hours feature informal, expert presentations on diverse topics ranging from astronomy to zoology. The Bioscience Happy Hours feature animal, plant, environmental, and biotech topics. Appetizers and drinks are included with the ticket price of $10.00.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museum Audience Services
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success Guests will experience a new curiosity about science, and will want to return to the museum, bringing their families with them.
Long-Term Success Because their interest in science has been stimulated or rekindled, guests will be open to ongoing science-related experiences and activities going forward.
Program Success Monitored By Attendance is one success measurement, and these sessions are well-attended. Invariably, guests approach the presenter after the session with more questions. Guests also suggest topics for future sessions.
Examples of Program Success Informal, anecdotal evidence suggests that adults have the same museum experience as their kids—they are enjoying themselves so much they don’t realize they’re learning.
CEO Comments

Meaningful learning and engagement with science, culture, art and natural history is at the forefront of the Museum at Prairiefire’s efforts. Leveraging educational resources developed by the American Museum of Natural History as well as other renowned cultural institutions and scientists, the Museum at Prairiefire’s education programs are deeply engaging and strive to inspire the next generation of scientists, naturalists, artists and engineers. Sound standards based education programs tie the Museum at Prairiefire programs directly into the classroom, thereby driving school group attendance and community involvement.

The Museum also has a unique opportunity to enhance the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) topics throughout the community by offering vetted education programs, professional educator development and relevant lecture series, as well as other science and natural history programming for all ages.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Kathryn Nold McKinney
Term Start July 2014
Experience

As the Executive Director of the Museum at Prairiefire, Dr. McKinney has worked with educators, scientists and collaborative partners to provide meaningful STEM programming and learning experiences for visitors, members and approximately 30,000 students from 58 public school districts, 135 private schools, and numerous youth programs since July 2014. 

Kathryn McKinney graduated from University of Kansas with a B.A. in Geology, a M.S. in Geological Sciences and a M.A. in Anthropology from Indiana University, and completed her dual-PhD in Geological Sciences and Anthropology from IU in 2018. She brings 9 years’ experience teaching geological sciences in laboratory, lecture, and field settings as an Associate Instructor with KU and IU, and was the recipient of a teaching award for strong and steady contributions to student learning.

Kathryn successfully funded her dissertation research that examined late Holocene paleoenvironmental and archaeological records from coastal sites in the Dominican Republic with resources from agencies including the National Science Foundation and the Geological Society of America. She has presented her research at professional conferences such as the North American Paleontological Convention, the Society of American Archaeology Annual Meeting, and the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Kathryn served as president of Indiana University’s chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, an earth science honor society chapter.

She has volunteered at a number of science-outreach initiatives, developing and teaching hands-on experiences for children and adults at museums, science centers, and educational television programs.

Before joining the Museum at Prairiefire, Kathryn worked as a Science Communication & Community Development intern with STEPPE, an NSF-supported consortium whose purpose is to promote multidisciplinary research and education on Earth’s deep-time sedimentary crust.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO/Executive Director Ms. Candace Costie Merrill
Term Start Nov 2013
E-mail candy@visitthemap.org
Co-CEO Experience

In an effort to expand and enhance the culture and education-centric community in the greater Kansas City metro area and Johnson County, Kansas, the Museum of Prairiefire Foundation was formed in 2008 through a unique partnership with the world-renowned American Museum of Natural History.

Ms. Merrill is a founder, volunteer and supporter of the Museum of Prairiefire Foundation (the Museum at Prairiefire/MAP). The intention in creating the institution was to meet the wants and needs of a community that is not only focused on education, but also on taking care of its most underprivileged citizens. This is why the core of the MAP's mission is STEAM Education and ACCESS FOR ALL.

Merrill has been honored to be a part of creating the MAP and KC Urban Advantage, working daily to see its mission through. This couldn't be accomplished without the help of a talented staff and generous supporters committed to accomplishing the mission.

Ms. Merrill has extensive experience in business development, retail packaging and corporate identity design. Over the past 25 years she has been active in the community with organizations such as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Children’s Mercy and others.

Prior to her activities in business and philanthropy, Merrill pursued a career in competitive synchronized swimming, which culminated with a gold medal in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Senior Staff
Title Director of Community Engagement and Development
Title Director of Education and KC Urban Advantage
Title Director of Operations
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 7
Paid Part-Time Staff 12
Paid Contractors 5
Volunteers 55
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 Quarterly
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
Collaborations
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • University of Kansas
  • Kansas State University
  • Saint Luke's Health System
  • Black & Veatch
  • Kansas City Zoo
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Baker University
  • Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
  • KC Friends of Alvin Ailey
  • American Jazz Museum
  • All local school districts
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Fred Merrill Jr.
Company Affiliation Merrill Companies, LLC
Term Nov 2013 to Dec 2020
Email fred@merrillcompanies.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Anab AbdulahiAXA Advisors, LLC
Mr. Darren DupriestValidity Screening Solutions
Dr. Michael S. EngelAmerican Museum of Natural History
Mr. Brett GordonMcCownGordon Construction
Mr. Scott K. MartinsenKirkland Woods & Martinsen LLP
Mr. Matt MasilionisRMT Architects
Mr. Fred L. Merrill Jr.Merrill Companies
Mr. Greg L. MusilRouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, P.C.
Ms. Suze ParkerParker Communications Group
Mr. Bill SnyderKansas State University
Dr. Joseph M. SopcichJohnson County Community College
Mr. Thomas J. Turner IIIGrandbridge
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 70%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $925,000
Projected Expenses $1,000,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$2,033,723$2,148,209$2,024,480
Administration Expense$799,363$1,355,078$1,109,214
Fundraising Expense$16,606$6,136$33,050
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.450.290.30
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%61%64%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$23,648,327$24,768,693$3,739,942
Current Assets$509,920$707,456$1,004,774
Long-Term Liabilities$3,471,399$2,963,605$2,331,259
Current Liabilities$2,235,941$2,245,898$1,485,049
Total Net Assets$17,940,987$19,559,190($76,366)
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.230.310.68
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets15%12%62%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount $540,281 --Anonymous $65,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount $25,000 --Anonymous $50,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount $20,000 --Anonymous $20,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose The purpose of the future Capital Campaign will be to provide additional space, materials and the equipment necessary to support KC Urban Advantage on a broader scale and include up to 25 elementary schools at all grade levels.
Dates Jan 2020 to Dec 2021
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
The Museum of Prairiefire Foundation and its signature initiative, KC Urban Advantage, are in their youth as an institution and ground-breaking educational program. The MAP is doing meaningful work to meet the goals of its mission, but it requires philanthropic support from the community to fill the needs and close the gap of poverty and access. A majority of our expenses are used for KC Urban Advantage programming, KCUA course development, materials for programs, student meals, KCUA school transportation and Museum of Prairiefire Foundation education staff.
 
In 2019 the MAP will establish its endowment, as well as the initial phase of the KCUA Scholarship Fund. 
Other Documents
Museum at Prairiefire Update2018View
KC Urban Advantage Update2018View
Organization Name Museum of Prairiefire Foundation
Address 5801 W. 135th St.
Overland Park, KS 66223
Primary Phone (913) 333-3500
Contact Email info@visitthemap.org
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Kathryn Nold McKinney
Board Chair Mr. Fred Leon Merrill Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Merrill Companies, LLC
Year of Incorporation 2008