Historic Kansas City Foundation
234 W. 10th Street
Kansas City MO 64105
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 9318448
Fax 816- 9318558
Mission Statement
A nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of greater Kansas City’s heritage, neighborhoods and historic built environment. 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.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lisa Briscoe
Board Chair Mr. Jim Wanser
Board Chair Company Affiliation Historic Kansas City
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1974
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Please check our website at www.historickansascity.org for volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved. You can donate online using a secure payment link or mail checks made out to Historic Kansas City to 234 W. 10th St. Kansas City, MO 64105
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement A nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of greater Kansas City’s heritage, neighborhoods and historic built environment. 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.
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
2018 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
HKC was part of a 2-year planning effort with the WRBL and the City to develop a Plan for Westport, adopted in June 2019. A top priority of the Plan is the adoption of a Special Character Overlay District which would allow Westport to evolve in a way that is sensitive to the existing context and consistent in character. HKC’s involvement has had an impact in three major ways: 1) Making sure that the things that we all love about Westport are maintained; 2) Integrated the historic resources survey into planning analysis to inform better planning decisions for Westport; and 3) Provided a clarity of intention for the future of Westport by defining what should be preserved, what future additions should feel like, how and where they should fit, and what’s needed to support Westport.
 
Leroy Satchel Paige was a legendary baseball pitcher. Following the fire that damaged the “Paige” home, at 2626 E. 28th St., HKC and its partners received emergency intervention funds from the National Trust to complete a phase one structural assessment. In July 2019, the National Trust African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund awarded a $134,000 grant to HKC for mothballing of the home and future use study.
 
HKC was involved in a two-year process involving dozens of property owners, city officials, developers and citizens, the Council approved the third expansion of the Plaza Bowl Overlay District. As a city ordinance, it codifies existing recommendations, adding more “teeth” to height and use regulations for the heart of our iconic Country Club Plaza. The goal of the Overlay is to preserve the character and integrity of the Plaza, maintain the Plaza Bowl concept, and protect the property values and expectations of Plaza property owners, residents, and visitors.
 
2019 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 21st century 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 hire an Education Director
  • Funding for a communications and marketing campaign
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
The perceptions of preservation are wide-ranging including: what we have is not valuable, an impediment to growth and progress, not a basic city service, expensive, elitist, not a voter priority, a tax dodge, gentrification, a “taking of property rights”, just dead white-guys houses, an east coast issue, or a nicety and not a necessity.
 
How does preservation endure in the face of shifting public interests and inclinations? How does the HKC plan for a future that remains uncertain and unsure? How do we plan for long term sustainability? Our strategic plan presents Big Ideas and strategies to enable HKC to better integrate historic preservation into the main-stream to address these challenges.
  1. Create A Culture of Preservation Awareness
  2. Establish A Diverse Membership with In the Kansas City Region
  3. Serve as A Leader to Affect Public Policy by Working with Powerful People
  4. Protect Our Critical Resources
  5. Target Our Financial Investments Wisely & Establish Financial Independence
By making preservation relevant to the broader community, by drawing on preservation’s demonstrated strengths, bolstering existing programs and creating new mechanisms, HKC can not only protect valuable resources but also lead and coordinate the processes involved in this protection.
 
It is critical for the HKC to make preservation a part of the conventional wisdom. That preservation becomes commonplace in the communities’ everyday thinking. The HKC must win the public’s heart and then keep the preservation challenge at the forefront of peoples’ minds. The task is never-ending and will require constant vigilance of our part.
 
Our accomplishments this past year is proactive planning to influence preservation in our city. Tackling projects like this re-asserts that HKC is a group that has the interest, expertise, and capacity to affect real change in the city, and that we are a strong and effective voice in the mainstream conversation about planning and redevelopment strategy. In this way, our efforts have advanced and expanded the influence of HKC.
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.
Program Budget $0.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Historic Preservation & Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success

Following a 2-year planning effort with the WRBL and the City, the Westport District Plan was adopted in June 2019. A top priority is the adoption of a Special Character Overlay District, allowing Westport to evolve in a way that is sensitive to the existing context and consistent in character. HKC’s had an impact by making sure that the things that we all love about Westport are maintained; integrated the historic survey into planning analysis to inform better planning decisions; and provided clarity of intention for the future of Westport.

Following a two-year process involving property owners and city officials, the City Council approved the third expansion of the Plaza Bowl Overlay District. The ordinance codifies existing recommendations, adding more “teeth” to height and use regulations for the heart of our iconic Country Club Plaza. The goal - to preserve the character and integrity of the Plaza, maintain the Plaza Bowl concept and protect the property values and expectations of Plaza property owners, residents, and visitors.

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.
Program Budget $0.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Historic Preservation & Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success
The Plaza was threatened. The need for protection was based on underlying zoning that was not consistent with the Plaza Plan and left open the possibility for development that would be out of scale and potentially damaging to the urban design and historic character of the area. Through grant support, Historic Kansas City engaged a consultant and completed a National Register Eligibility Assessment of the multiple properties that comprise the historic Country Club Plaza. This research project was necessary to inform the strategy and basis for protecting the existing historic resources and critical to Historic Kansas City achieving a long-term protection strategy for the Plaza. The updated Plan provides the framework to protect the existing historic character of the entire County Club Plaza, and the implementation committee will continue to evaluate what further measures are needed.
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 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. Annually, Historic Kansas City has been involved in successfully saving the MO Historic Tax Credit Program. Repeal of an ordinance that allow City Council to overturn decisions of the Historic Preservation Commission along with integration of historic preservation into all current city-wide planning efforts.
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

The annual Preservation Awards highlighted numerous historic preservation efforts that occurred in the Kansas City area in the year 2018. The final award winners were announced before an audience of owners, industry leaders, and representatives from around the Kansas City metro. The finalists exemplify the finest historic preservation projects from across the metro area. We applaud the dedication and passion of the hundreds of individuals working at these iconic properties and neighborhood reinvestment initiatives that keep the stories alive from the past. (256 + attendees)

HKC's events also raised public awareness and appreciation for the history and character of our city by showcasing unique buildings and spaces. Our signature event of 2018 was the Moveable Feast: A Night Out With Hemingway at Union Station. The Hemingway Trolley Tour, based upon the book “Hemingway at Eighteen”, took guests on a trip through time to places that Hemingway frequented in Kansas City through the years. (241 attendees)

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. Historic Kansas City has cosponsored events with the World War I Museum and Memorial about Kansas City's Parks and Boulevards System which drew approximately 200 people.
 
Our Country Club Plaza Walking Guide tapped local historians and writers who added their own personal reflections on the Plaza. The result was a unique publication that’s received rave reviews from Missouri’s Historic Preservation Office, the National Trust as well as local businesses. We are now on our second reprint.
Description
The purpose of the Young Preservationists is to raise awareness of Historic Kansas City in the community. The Goal of YP is to offer a chance to meet new people, talk about the history of the built environment of Kansas City, enjoy social events, and support the goals of HKC. Our target audience is between the ages of 19 and 40, based upon current youth initiatives of other major non-profits.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Historic Preservation & Conservation
Population Served Adults
Short-Term Success The Young Preservationists have held several successful sold-out trivia nights about the history of Kansas City, a scary movie night, and completed their second 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 KCModern holds a number of public engagement events annually that are highly successful, including Drummond Weekend with house tours and presentations about Kansas City builder Donald Drummond. They are 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. Lisa Briscoe
Term Start Apr 2017
Experience Lisa leads HKC’s efforts to preserve Kansas City’s heritage, neighborhoods and historic built environment. Lisa’s preservation experience includes, past Missouri Advisor – National Trust for Historic Preservation, past Board Member – Preservation Action, and past Board of Directors – Historic Kansas City.

For fifteen years, Lisa served as division manager of the KCMO City Planning & Development Dept. – Planning, Preservation & Urban Design Division. Her division staffed the City Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment, Landmarks Commission, Special Review Districts, and the City Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Committee of the City Council. She served as the Administrator of the Kansas City, Missouri Landmarks Commission, and Executive Director of the Landmarks Historic Trust Corporation. She was an active project manager with the award-winning FOCUS Kansas City planning process, as project manager for the city’s first Preservation Plan.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 100
Retention Rate 0%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
Male 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 
  • Westport Regional Business League
  • City Planning and Development Department
  • Santa Fe Neighborhood
  • 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 
  • Bike Walk KC 
  • Historic Green Neighborhood Associations across the city 
  • Kansas City Museum 
  • Kansas City Public Library 
  • KC modern Young Preservationists 
  • National World War I Museum
  • 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 Mr. Jim Wanser
Company Affiliation Historic Kansas City
Term May 2018 to May 2020
Email wanserj@umkc.edu
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Manny AbarcaCongressman Cleaver's Offices
Ms. Joan Adam
Mr. Brad Bruce
Mr. Dan CofranDan Cofran Law and Business Dispute Mediation
Ms Christy CubbageSupportKC
Ms Maryjo DraperDraper Communications
Mr. Bob MyersReece and Nichols Realestate
Ms Vicki NoteisCollins Noteis & Associates
Mr. Steve Paul
Mr. Eric PiperPiper Wind Architects LLC
Mr. Jim WanserCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Eric Youngberg
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
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 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
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, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $225,000
Projected Expenses $200,000
Endowment Value $40,000
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$123,025$78,087$5,546
Administration Expense$22,427$99,757$87,535
Fundraising Expense$22,925$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.701.221.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%44%6%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$182,450$231,965$193,296
Current Assets$180,901$231,965$191,746
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$5,704$1,209$4,612
Total Net Assets$176,746$230,756$188,684
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities31.71191.8741.58
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
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 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.  
Other Documents
Annual Report2015View
Annual Report2014View
Income Sources2013View
Organization Name Historic Kansas City Foundation
Address 234 W. 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Primary Phone (816) 9318448
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lisa Briscoe
Board Chair Mr. Jim Wanser
Board Chair Company Affiliation Historic Kansas City
Year of Incorporation 1974