Historic Kansas City Foundation
234 W. 10th Street
Kansas City MO 64105
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 9318448
Mission Statement
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of greater Kansas City's heritage, neighborhoods and historic built environment.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amanda Crawley
Board Chair Ms. Joan Adam
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1974
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of greater Kansas City's heritage, neighborhoods and historic built environment.
Background Statement Since its founding in 1974, Historic Kansas City has been the only greater Kansas City nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the area’s heritage, neighborhoods and historic built environment. Through advocacy, public policy, outreach and educational programming, Historic Kansas City is an advocate for, and participant in, the thoughtful and meaningful preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings, landscapes, and neighborhoods. The organization is financed through memberships, corporate and foundation gifts and public grants. The organization maintains a professional staff guided by a Board of Directors.
Impact Statement

Our Missions:

 

  • To demonstrate the economic and cultural value of preserving the built environment.
  • To preserve endangered buildings of historical, cultural or architectural significance.
  • To promote the continued use of older buildings through conservation, restoration or adaptive reuse in a manner that maintains the integrity of the building’s design and materials.
  • To encourage stabilization and conservation of older neighborhoods.
  • To educate the public about the historical, architectural and cultural heritage of Kansas City’s built environment.
  • To provide opportunities for the public to be actively involved in historic preservation.

 
2015 Accomplishments: Engaged over 1,300 people in our educational programs and special events, including an Annual Meeting about the legacy and impact of the Parks and Boulevards System; worked with stakeholders to achieve a long term protection for the Country Club Plaza; advocacy efforts saved Kemper Arena, positioning the building for reuse; led efforts to save Nelle Peters apartments on the Plaza
 
 
2016 Goals:  Increase membership; increase advocacy programs while acting as a positive and helpful player in the preservation of Kansas City's historic resources; maintain engagement with the City in preservation and planning issues; focus on 21stcentury issues including mid-century resources, sustainable communities, right-sizing and reinvestment in the urban core; expand staff to meet the demand for advocacy and preservation work; focus on higher level philanthropic giving through Heritage Partners advisory board and other programs
Needs Statement
The HKC office would greatly benefit from additional staff to expand our policy, advocacy and education work
  • Funding to expand walking tours program
  • Funding for I Am A Preservationist communications and marketing campaign
  • Volunteer coordinator 
  • Education/events coordinator
 
Service Categories
Historical Societies & Historic Preservation
Urban & Community Economic Development
Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Preserve Buildings. Promote Neighborhoods. Revitalize Kansas City.
Historic structures connect us to our collective past and richly enhance our City as a remarkable and unique place. Only one organization exists solely to protect them--Historic Kansas City. Historic Kansas City was incorporated in 1974 by a group of citizens concerned with the ongoing demolition of historic structures within our community. More than 30 years later, we continue to protect Kansas City’s unique heritage.

 

The goals of the organization are:
  • To serve as a public advocate for preservation causes within the greater Kansas City area
  • To inform and educate the public through programs, tours, lectures, seminars, special events and printed materials about the important benefits of preserving our cultural
    resources

 

We currently operate within five strategic areas:
  • Create a culture of preservation awareness
  • Establish a diverse membership
  • Serve as a leader to affect public policy
  • Protect our critical resources
  • Target investments wisely and maintain financial stability

 

Programs
Description Acts to save historic resources threatened with demolition or inappropriate changes. Volunteers and staff track projects, attend public meetings, and gather information under the oversight of the Board of Directors.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Historic Preservation & Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success To build positive working relationships with developers, neighborhood, groups, the city and other stakeholders in order to make proactive and constructive contributions to the rehabilitation of Kansas City's old buildings.
Long-Term Success Timely and effective response to preservation issues. Reductions in demolition and inappropriate changes, particularly in targeted areas.  
Program Success Monitored By Board of Directors, input and feedback from strategic partners and the general public
Examples of Program Success Historic Kansas City was instrumental in preventing the demolition of numerous historic resources, including historic apartment buildings on Armour Boulevard and Kemper Arena.
Description Identifies, evaluates and establishes policy positions to address local, state, and federal preservation issues. Volunteers monitor federal, state, and local legislative issues. Historic Kansas City Board of Directors monitors planning, neighborhood and community development activities of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, as well as the Missouri Legislature. When issues arise in other communities, Historic Kansas City provides support for local preservation groups. Members of the Board of Directors participate in local government planning projects and testify before local government commissions and committees on issues affecting historic structures, neighborhoods and landscapes.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Historic Preservation & Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Annually protecting the Missouri preservation tax credits from amendment by Missouri Legislature. Repeal of an ordinance that allows City Council to overturn decisions of the Historic Preservation Commission. Integration of historic preservation into all current city-wide planning efforts. 
Long-Term Success Integration of preservation policy in every aspect of the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s comprehensive plan and departmental policies and procedures. Involvement as a consulting party in programmatic agreements for all federal undertakings by all city departments and programs as part of compliance to the Section 106 of the National Preservation Act.
Program Success Monitored By Board of Directors, input and feedback from strategic partners and the general public
Examples of Program Success In 2016 Historic Kansas City was an instrumental partner in achieving long term protection for the Country Club Plaza through the city's updated Midtown/Plaza Area Plan. For the past several years Historic Kansas City has been involved in successfully saving the MO Historic Tax Credit Program.
Description Demonstrates the economic and cultural benefits of historic preservation and creates an appreciation for our unique built environment. Programs include a speakers bureau, guided walking tours, heritage hikes, urban explorers tours and other special events.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Historic Preservation & Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Increased participation in individual events and tours, including Speakers Bureau, Walking Tours, Heritage Hikes and special educational lectures.
Long-Term Success Increased awareness of Kansas City’s unique history and built environment by diverse groups of people.
Program Success Monitored By Board of Directors, public participation numbers, input and feedback from strategic partners and the general public.
Examples of Program Success For the past several years all of our long standing programs have steadily increased in participation  and net revenue. Our newest program, urban explorers, have been immensely popular and sells out regularly. In 2015 Historic Kansas City cosponsored an event with the World War I Museum and Memorial about Kansas City's Parks and Boulevards System drew approximately 200 people.
Description
Young Preservationists strives to encourage and mobilize young preservationists through service, learning and advocacy.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Historic Preservation & Conservation
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success In 2014 the Young Preservationists held 2 very successful events a sold-out trivia night about the historic of Kansas City and the fist annual Old Home Buyer Expo.
Long-Term Success To engage and train the next generation of preservationists in Kansas City.
Program Success Monitored By Board of Directors, staff, input and feedback from strategic partners and the general public.
Examples of Program Success Increased participation in events and active engagement in preservation topics, including Trivia Night, Old Home Expo, Vintage Holiday Happy Hour and preservation advocacy. 
Description
KCModern is an affiliated advocacy group dedicated to increasing awareness and appreciation for modern architecture and design.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Architecture
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success To increase awareness and appreciation for modern architecture and design.
Long-Term Success To successfully contribute to the preservation and re-use of our city's midcentury modern historic resources.
Program Success Monitored By Board of Directors, staff, input and feedback from strategic partners and the general public
Examples of Program Success In 2015 KCModern held a number of public engagement events that were highly successful, including Drummond Weekend with house tours and presentations about Kansas City builder Donald Drummond. They were also actively involved in preventing the demolition of Kemper Arena and are participating in discussions about the future of King Louis West Lanes.
CEO Comments

We currently operate within five strategic areas:

•  Create a culture of preservation awareness

•  Establish a diverse membership

•  Serve as a leader to affect public policy

•  Protect our critical resources

•  Target investments wisely and maintain financial independence

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Amanda Crawley
Term Start May 2011
Experience

Amanda Crawley is a native of Kansas City has been working locally in the field of preservation since 2008. Amanda first became interested in old buildings as a young child while attending grade school in Midtown Kansas City. Every morning en route to school from Prairie Village, through the Country Club Plaza to Westport, she saw old buildings and imagined what their past held. She also gained an appreciation for how easy it is to lose the buildings that people associate with their history and identity, as two buildings in which she spent so many years as a child, St. Paul’s (formerly the Rollins School) accidentally burned in 1993, and the building of their gracious host, Temple B’nai Jehudah (an award winning Modern design by Kivett and Myers) was demolished in 2003.

Amanda has a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University, and a Masters in Historic Preservation from Columbia University with an emphasis in Preservation Planning. She has professional experience in historic rehabilitation projects, historic resources surveys, advocacy and preservation planning. Amanda is a member of  Friends of the Plaza, Young Friends of Art and the Columbia Alumni Association. She joined the Historic Kansas City Foundation as Executive Director in May 2011.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 100
Paid Contractors 8
Retention Rate 0%
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 No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
National Trust for Historic Preservation, MO Preservation, MO Alliance for Investment Jobs and Preservation, Green Impact Zone, Mid America Regional Council, UMKC Dept. of Urban Planning and Design, Elmwood Cemetery, Friends of the Plaza, City of Kansas City, Crossroads Academy, BikeWalkKC, Historic Green, Neighborhood Associations across the city, Kansas City Museum, Kansas City Public Library, KCmodern, Young Preservationists, National World War I Museum and Memorial, Association for Preservation Technology
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Trust for Historic Preservation - Partner2012
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Best NonprofitThe Pitch2015
Crosby Kemper Award for Achievement in Historic PreservationWestport Historical Society2014
Historic Preservation AwardJackson County Historical Society2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Joan Adam
Term May 2016 to May 2018
Email gallen@allenfinancialcorp.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Manny Abarca
Ms. Joan Adam
Mr. Greg Allen Allen Financial Corporation
Ms. Jan Bentley Kansas City Bungalow Club
Ms. Julie Garvey McCown Gordon
Mr. Walter Guth PhDPrudential
Mr. Michael Jantsch Jantsch Architects
Mr. Bob Myers
Ms. Nancy Powell Community Volunteer
Ms. Lucinda Rice-Petrie Community Volunteer
Ms. Joy Swallow UMKC Dept. of Urban Planning and Design
Mr. Jim Wanser
Mr. Eric Youngberg
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Nominating
Program / Program Planning
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $225,451
Projected Expenses $189,800
Endowment Value $40,000
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012:  Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$58,786$44,463$32,453
Administration Expense$92,596$53,581$85,771
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.990.981.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses39%45%27%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$192,232$192,921$193,899
Current Assets$190,682$192,921$193,899
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$4,252$3,282$2,208
Total Net Assets$187,980$189,639$191,691
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities44.8558.7887.82
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountWilliam T. Kemper Foundation $10,000William T. Kemper Foundation $10,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $7,451Individual Donor $7,400 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBroadway Square Partners $5,000Individual Donor $5,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments The organization completed a thorough review of the finances dating from 2001 and converted all the bookkeeping to the QuickBooks accounting program for non-profits by a contracted bookkeeper. The bookkeeper provides monthly reports to the board and these are reviewed annually by a Certified Public Accountant who files our federal and state tax forms.  
Organization Name Historic Kansas City Foundation
Address 234 W. 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Primary Phone (816) 9318448
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amanda Crawley
Board Chair Ms. Joan Adam
Year of Incorporation 1974