People to People International
2405 Grand Boulevard #500
Kansas City MO 64108

Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 531-4701
Mission Statement
OUR MISSION is to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures in Kansas City and throughout the world.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary Eisenhower
Board Chair Dr. Micah Kubic
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1961
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
OUR MISSION is to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures in Kansas City and throughout the world.
Background Statement

Realizing the importance of uniting ordinary citizens from different countries to foster understanding and respect, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower launched the President's People to People Program on September 11, 1956 as part of the U.S. Information Agency. The program, which emphasized personal diplomacy and nongovernmental contacts between people, was implemented by an assortment of committees, many of which have become programs that are still carried out today.  

After Eisenhower left the office of President, he arranged to have the program privatized as a nongovernmental organization that would enable people worldwide to continue on the path toward peace through people-to-people activities.  In 1961, the program was incorporated in the state of Missouri as a not-for-profit organization known as People to People International. President Eisenhower became Chairman of the Board of Trustees and was recognized as the organization's founder.  

Among the leaders who worked with President Eisenhower to advance his vision were Hallmark Cards founder J. C. Hall, Walt Disney, Bob Hope and approximately 100 other remarkable individuals from industry, academia and the arts. For more than five decades, PTPI has benefited from the talents of countless individuals who have supported the ideals set forth by President Eisenhower. 

Impact Statement

People to People International's top three accomplishments so far in 2017 within the Kansas City area are:

  1. Created the Eisenhower Speakers Series in which local experts can share their insights as to how the Kansas City Community and businesses can make the most of the changing dynamics in the world.
  2. Helped local school districts in the Kansas City area enhance their international and social studies curriculum via our School and    Classroom Program in which they were connected and worked on assignments with their counterparts in different countries despite challenges in the school budgets. Our School and Classroom Program helps to increase inter-cultural competency with participating students.    
  3. We held several monthly events in Kansas City that are focused on gaining the insights of the foreign officers that are students of the Command and General staff college at Ft. Leavenworth.
Our top three accomplishments with our international projects in 2017 are:
  1. With our chapter in Bogota, Columbia, PTPI gave school supplies to roughly 125 indigenous girls in rural communities as they began their formal education.
  2. With our chapter in Skople, Macedonia, PTPI sponsored a Youth Leadership Forum that equipped 17 high school students with leadership skills based on intercultural competency.
  3. With our chapter in Imo State, Nigeria, PTPI held several workshops that taught the basics of water and sanitation as a proactive treatment to prevent Malaria and the spread of the Ebola Virus to 180 rural villagers.  
Needs Statement

People to People International (PTPI) is one of the only non profits in the Kansas City area that does both local and international projects. Wherever there is a threat to peace, PTPI wants to be there to bridge the cultural gaps. The easiest method to donate to PTPI is to contribute to The Eisenhower Legacy Fund with the specification of where you would like to funding to go towards (i.e. local Kansas City or international initiatives). The Eisenhower Legacy fund was established in 2009 to ensure the continuation of the organization and the continuation of the legacy created by President Eisenhower more than 50 years ago.  PTPI plays a vital role in increasing international understanding, supporting humanitarian causes and developing global-thinking young leaders, in turn playing a vital role in the development of peace throughout the world. 

Our International Friendship Fund supports PTPI chapter projects and events, and initiatives that advance the mission of PTPI. Our goal is to support sustainable community projects that address needs from a local perspective.
PTPI annually hosts a number of youth focused events, and we aim to equip young people with the tools needed to be global-thinking future leaders who will take action to address the needs they are introduced to during our programs. We are seeking contributions for our scholarship funds and to defray major program expenses.
Service Categories
International Cultural Exchange
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
People to People International was founded in 1956 and our headquarters has been in Kansas City, Missouri since 1961. Our first local chapter was also created in Kansas City in 1961 to organize programs to build bridges to cultural gaps throughout the community via education, cultural, and humanitarian projects. This model has been replicated on an international scale with helping local community leaders create over 250 active local chapters on all continents except Antarctica.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Description Chapters are the backbone of People to People International, bringing the ideals of global education, understanding and humanitarianism to life at the local level. As volunteer, membership-based groups, PTPI chapters provide the opportunity for students, adults, and families to participate in programs, projects and activities devoted to the principle of Peace through Understanding. PTPI chapter programming revolves around three core areas: educational and cultural programs, humanitarian and community service efforts, and membership.
Program Budget $696,555.00
Category International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other International Relations
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Chapters actively participating in a minimum of three PTPI programs annually: one International & Cultural Program, one Membership Program and one Humanitarian Program; and maintaining an active membership with innovative local leaders.
Long-Term Success
  • The formation of chapters in new countries where PTPI is not represented—Canada, Latin America and South America—and the continued growth of chapters in Western Europe and the Middle East 
  • Increase in number of at-large members that form PTPI Chapters
  • Growth in our young adult membership (ages of 18-30 years)
Program Success Monitored By
  • Frequent communication between chapter presidents and PTPI World Headquarters 
  • Highlighting PTPI Chapter activities in publications such as PEOPLE magazine on On Track 
  • Making PTPI at-large members aware of chapter membership opportunities 
  • Making PTPI’s Chapter Network aware of activity at the World Headquarters office in Kansas City, Missouri 
Examples of Program Success
  • Chapters celebrating 20 year plus anniversaries include PTPI Delaware and La Porte chapters
  • New and innovative programs being created 
  • Collaboration with other community organizations, such as Sister Cities or Rotary 
  • Local publicity of chapter events and activities has led to community support and funding
  • Developing projects between chapters
  • Developing projects that cross borders internationally 
  • The National Capitol Area (Washington) and Greater Kansas City chapters host international military officers stationed in neighboring cities every year.
Description The School and Classroom Program is a free service that links classes and youth groups in different countries for pen pal exchanges and projects that foster cultural understanding and friendship. Teachers of students ages 4-18 are invited to register. Participating teachers receive a manual that offers guidance, tips for communication and project ideas. Contact details are exchanged between partner teachers so they may communicate directly. Groups may communicate via email, postal mail or both. 
Program Budget $93,510.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), K-12 (5-19 years), Adults
Short-Term Success By partnering teachers whose students successfully communicate and collaborate on projects for one or two school semesters.
Long-Term Success
  • Steady registrations from teachers new to the program 
  • Expansion into countries where schools were not previously involved 
  • Stronger partnerships between more teachers 
  • Whole-school partnerships
Program Success Monitored By
  • Frequent email contact with teachers
  • Request updates from teachers 
  • Direct teachers to re-register with program each school year 
  • Distribute new versions of program manual so teachers have current materials and guidance
Examples of Program Success
  • Students exchange cultural data or items; helps them to learn more about cultures, broaden perspectives, and gain respect for people from other backgrounds 
  • Develop projects more complex than correspondence. The Global Youth Murals illustrates their cultures, communities and opinions about global events or concerns 
  • Repeat registrations by teachers who are past participants, which involves new students 
  • Growth to include additional educators and classes at schools where only one or few classes were originally involved 
  • Partner teachers continue to work together for more than one school year or semester 
  • Teachers choose to involve more of their classes in the program
  • Physical exchanges/visits between students and teachers
  • Independent correspondence between students during summer holidays; result of friendships formed 
  • Collaboration with organizations, embassies, and foreign ministries to involve more children
Our multinational conferences are designed to provide personally enriching international experiences, cross-cultural learning, and global networking opportunities.
Program Budget $228,191.00
Category International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other International Relief
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success To date, Operation Iraqi Children has provided volunteer opportunities for over 7,600 Kansas City residents. Donors have continued to support the program, sending over a thousand boxes containing over 112,000 School Supply Kits and other items. Monetary contributions, totaling more than $1,187,000 have made it possible to continue purchasing supplies in bulk and covering shipping expenses.  
Long-Term Success Administered by program partner People to People International, Operation Iraqi Children has provided over 300,000 children in Iraq, Afghanistan, Djibouti, Philippines, Haiti and Panama with basic school supplies, sports equipment, and stuffed animals. Shoes, blankets and tarps have also been sent. Donations, contributed monetarily or in the form of various school supplies, have remained steadily constant throughout the three years of operation.
Program Success Monitored By Operation Iraqi Children has contacts within the military who serve to handle the supplies once they arrive overseas. Regular communication with these contacts ensures that we are kept up to date on the status of our shipments. We are provided with as much information as possible regarding where, when and to whom supplies are distributed. We are constantly looking for ways to improve the process to meet the needs of both the children and the United States military who are working to deliver the supplies.
Examples of Program Success Photos, letters and emails from troops serve to testify to the fact that the supplies we are sending are much needed and much appreciated by the people both receiving and distributing. After eight years, men and women serving overseas continue to send requests for supplies and letters of appreciation. Our local volunteers remain active in participating and assisting with the vast work efforts of sorting through incoming supply donations, organizing the assembly of School Supply Kits, and preparing pallets of boxes for international shipment.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Mary Eisenhower
Term Start Feb 2016

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mary Jean Eisenhower 2000 - 2013
Dr. Alan Warne Oct 1999 - Apr 2000
Paid Full-Time Staff 8
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 5
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 38%
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 Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan No
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Eisenhower Institute, Eisenhower Presidential Library & Foundation, Embassies throughout the world, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, International Relations Council Kansas City, National Council for International Visitors, World Trade Center Kansas City, Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Micah Kubic
Term Aug 2013 to Oct 2016
Board Members
Mrs. Barbara Capozzi
Mr. Richard Corriette
Mr. Steve DiGiacinto Community Volunteer
Ms. Mary Jean Eisenhower Community Volunteer
Mr. Franklin Fang
Mr. Charif Hamidi
Mr. William Jarvis
Chairwoman Gil Youn Kim
Dr. Micah Kubic Community Volunteer
Ms. Teresa Loar
Mrs. Joyce Miller
Mr. Genci Mucaj People to People International
Mr. Troy Nash People to People International
Mr. Robert Ragsdale III
Mr. Mike Rubin Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael Zanders Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 7 Albanian, British, Egyptian, Japanese, Korean, Swiss, Taiwanese
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
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 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Program / Program Planning
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $2,587,000
Projected Expenses $3,339,000
Endowment Value $3,274,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2013: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.   
  • 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions----$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$418,718$243,892$472,969
Membership Dues$0$0$368,660
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,234,318$1,862,876$2,605,372
Administration Expense$901,134$800,317$824,938
Fundraising Expense$313,605$242,836$178,792
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.830.960.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses50%64%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue657%58%174%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$3,080,285$3,898,313$4,157,381
Current Assets$1,862,987$829,562$440,628
Long-Term Liabilities$27,629$6,322$17,912
Current Liabilities$79,798$96,272$158,193
Total Net Assets$2,972,858$3,795,719$3,981,276
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities23.358.622.79
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $125,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $35,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

Financial statements have been audited in accordance with US generally accepted auditing standards.  A copy of the Annual Report and 990 is available on our website and by request. 

Organization Name People to People International
Address 2405 Grand Boulevard #500
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 531-4701
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary Eisenhower
Board Chair Dr. Micah Kubic
Year of Incorporation 1961