Bridging The Gap, Inc.
1427 W. 9th Street
Suite 201
Kansas City MO 64101
Trained Heartland Tree Alliance volunteers plant trees in Swope Park
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 5611087 5611087
Mission Statement

Bridging The Gap works to make the Kansas City region sustainable for future generations by connecting environment, economy and community. Bridging The Gap seeks to educate citizens, businesses, and government on the impact of decisions and behavior on our present and future community and world.

Over 25 years, BTG has evolved to include individuals, businesses, and governments on both sides of the state line. Working with approximately 1,600 volunteers who give over 7,700 hours each year, we take action to make our world, region and community green, healthy and sustainable.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kristin Riott
Board Chair Ms. Kay Johnson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lathrop and Gage (retired)
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1992
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Bridging The Gap works to make the Kansas City region sustainable for future generations by connecting environment, economy and community. Bridging The Gap seeks to educate citizens, businesses, and government on the impact of decisions and behavior on our present and future community and world.

Over 25 years, BTG has evolved to include individuals, businesses, and governments on both sides of the state line. Working with approximately 1,600 volunteers who give over 7,700 hours each year, we take action to make our world, region and community green, healthy and sustainable.

Background Statement

Bridging The Gap is a community organization dedicated to making connections between environment, economy, and community.  A perfect example is a volunteer planting a single tree, which increases real estate values, cools the city, absorbs pollution, retains topsoil and stormwater, and beautifies the community.  BTG expresses this mission through multiple programs, all fueled by volunteers, ranging from Heartland Tree Alliance, Green Business Network, KC WildLands, Business Recycling, and more. We are unique in our ability to combine environmental education and environmental action, while building relationships and community.  Bridging The Gap was created by community leader and visionary Robert Mann and we opened our first volunteer-staffed Community Recycling Center in 1991. Soon, we became a hub coordinating many diverse environmental projects, from waste reduction to environmental education and from recycling to picking up litter and keeping Kansas City beautiful. By June of 1992 Bridging The Gap was incorporated and contracted with the City to coordinate the over 1,200 volunteers who staffed the Centers.  In 1993, we received a Missouri Department of Natural Resources Project Grant to develop a Buy Recycled Campaign, and three MARC Solid Waste Management District grants to promote recycling in schools and government offices, and to recognize and reward businesses who were outstanding in their environmental performance. The Environmental Excellence Campaign became known throughout the state of Missouri and developed to be an umbrella identity for many projects.

 Bridging The Gap, Inc. opened its office in June 1993 with a full-time staff of seven, several weekend staff operating the recycling centers and several thousand volunteers. The staff and programs of Bridging The Gap, Inc. have grown and presently include sixteen employees and thousands of community volunteers.

Annually, Bridging The Gap offers education and outreach programs to reach thousands of regional citizens with the sustainability message, engage them in dialogue about our future, ask them to make changes in their lives to reduce the massive amount of carbon emissions and other pollutants, dramatically reduce waste and protect, conserve and care for vital natural resources.

Impact Statement

Bridging The Gap's top accomplishments for last year: 

  1. Our Heartland Tree Alliance hosted 42 work days, planted 4,177 trees, pruned 590, and trained 64 citizens as Tree Keepers with 24 hours of professional arborist training. We also educated 180 youth about the value of our trees in 4-5th-grade classrooms.
  2. Bridging The Gap continued to manage three Kansas City MO recycling centers, leveraging over 300 volunteers to recycle over 2,000 tons of materials, and hosting two shredding events and several rain barrel workshops. Bridging The Gap also conducted outreach to more than 60 area businesses to help them reduce office waste.
  3. Our local natural areas conservation program, Kansas City WildLands, hosted 22 workdays, removing invasive plant species from public wild lands in the bi-state region, engaging 629 volunteers in over 1,950 hours of hands-on stewardship. We conducted six community presentations educating 147 people on the value of these lands and led a honeysuckle workshop to train professionals in the eradication of this exotic invasive.

Top two goals of 2017:

  1. Convene an influential Tree Stakeholders’ group, at the invitation of Mayor Sly James, to develop and fund a tree planting and public education plan in Kansas City, MO. This plan is necessary to respond to the decline of our urban forests due to age, weather, invasive species and disease (e.g. 1 million KCMO ash trees are expected to be destroyed in this decade by the emerald ash borer, an exotic insect). Leaders from Johnson County and the United Government of Wyandotte County will also be kept abreast of the group’s work. Bridging The Gap also hopes to increase the proportion of trees we plant for City Parks Department in 2017 to 100%.
  2. Create a Green Infrastructure Workforce Development program for the Water Services of KCMO. Bridging The Gap will recruit, train and supervise people who wish to develop more marketable job skills, or who are difficult to employ, such as former offenders. This workforce will learn to maintain the City’s rain gardens, swales, and other plantings for approximately 3 years, and will be trained to be eligible for other City jobs at the end of the training period.
Needs Statement

1) General Administration and Development needs for FY 2017-18 total $95,000 to provide financial management, volunteer coordination, fundraising and development, outreach and communication, and publications.

2) We need individuals, groups and businesses to get involved with protecting and improving our local natural assets. Last year, Bridging The Gap engaged more than 1,500 volunteers who worked more than 7,700 hours.

3) Events Sponsorships:

  • Our annual gala is our primary fundraiser for the year. 

4) Program-specific needs include:

  • Kansas City WildLands: $54,700 will preserve undeveloped land by planting native species and removing invasive plants.
Service Categories
Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Citizen Participation
Community & Neighbourhood Development
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Please let me introduce myself as the executive director, since 2010, of Bridging The Gap (BTG), Kansas City's leading environmental non-profit. A little personal background may illuminate my commitment to BTG. After a long career at Hallmark Cards at a senior level, my family and I relocated to Hong Kong for my husband's career; there we witnessed rapid environmental degradation and an almost complete lack of green spaces or wildlife. Upon returning to the States in 2002, I resigned from Hallmark and began volunteering for environmental work. In 2007, I joined Bridging The Gap as a part-time marketing director.
Bridging The Gap has been a deeply satisfying place to work--not only because I believe so strongly in its environmental and community-building mission, but because BTG does so much every year towards that mission! and it does so with collaboration at its heart. With our roots in recycling in the 1990's, BTG went on to develop perhaps the most diverse slate of environmental programs in the country. With BTG's leadership, thousands of volunteers annually are cleaning up our littered landscape, restoring natural areas and preserving and planting thousands of trees, turning waste into useful resources, teaching energy efficiency for buildings options, conserving water and encouraging the planting of local native plants to support local ecosystems.
Yet, there is so much more to do. Air and water pollution from coal-fired power plants and inefficient cars driving long distances result in ill health; inefficient buildings drive unaffordable utility bills, especially for low-income homes, and the death of ecosystems and draining of water aquifers undermine regional agriculture, just to name a few. But these downward spirals can be reversed. As Bridging The Gap and its partners and volunteers work to shore up our forests and prairies, restore ecosystems to health, and prepare for permanently warmer weather, the good work creates an upward spiral of benefits, from cleaner air and healthier lungs, to restored bee colonies pollinating local flowers, and less crime on tree-lined streets.
With its strong ties to government, corporate leaders and private citizens, Bridging The Gap is positioned now to partner with others in leading the communications and dialogue necessary to secure our future as a healthy, sustainable region. Though we believe we have the requisite leadership and staff, we need enough financial and community support to move forward now. If you can join us in this work, we would be deeply grateful--as will be our children's children.

Heartland Tree Alliance engages citizens to act and advocate for a healthy urban forest. We teach about the many benefits of trees in urban areas, such as how they improve our air, help manage stormwater, increase property values and reduce energy use. We stress how proper tree selection, planting and care is critical to helping urban trees thrive. We teach in many ways including speaking engagements, TreeKeepers courses and volunteer workdays to plant and care for trees on public lands. 

Program Budget $137,750.00
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental & Urban Beautification
Population Served General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success

The short term success of Heartland Tree Alliance relies on the continued growth in the number of volunteers who work to plant and care for more trees each year. As Heartland Tree Alliance reaches more residents in the Kansas City region, the amount of work done will also grow. 

Long-Term Success

Maintaining a healthy, mature urban forest is the ultimate goal of Heartland Tree Alliance. This will be achieved through education, outreach and volunteerism. Heartland Tree Alliance will continue to educate residents on the importance of tree selection and proper care. Heartland Tree Alliance will also continue to work with local and state governments to assist in the care and maintenance of trees in public areas. 

Program Success Monitored By

Data is collected on the number of trees planted and maintained. The number of people who complete the Tree Keepers training and attend other planting or pruning events is also collected. Heartland Tree Alliance is also helping the City of Kansas City, MO achieve their goal of planting 120,000 trees within the next ten years (as called for in their Climate Change Initiative) by identifying locations to plant trees. The data collected by HTA volunteers in this effort is also collected. 

Examples of Program Success During the past year we held 13 workdays to plant 1,281 trees and to prune 48 more.  We trained 45 citizens to become TreeKeepers and educated 1,121 youth through our "Trees are Terrific" program.  

Shadowcliff is an eco-friendly mountain sanctuary where together we are creating a climate for a restorative world. We encourage individuals, families and organizations to reconnect with the natural environment and explore their own spiritual journeys.

Program Budget $120,000.00
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success

Shadowcliff’s regular weekly schedules include nature and conservation lectures, interpretive hikes and visits from Rocky Mountain National Park rangers and naturalists. For the last 8 years, Shadowcliff’s faculty have led sustainability action-planning workshops on sustainable building design, sanctuaries, nonprofit organizations, businesses, by-product synergy, climate action plans for municipalities and counties, energy efficiency, and even training for the EPA.

Long-Term Success

Shadowcliff inspires citizens to understand their role in sustainable communities. At Shadowcliff, we want guests and workshop participants to leave believing that that they can be part of change. We believe we can inspire the journey - whether guests come as individuals, families, or part of a larger group, we want to provide an arena that inspires and provides hope and inspiration for the future. We commit to be a part of change necessary if our species is to learn to live in harmony with the natural environment and this planet.

Program Success Monitored By

Shadowcliff monitors the number of guests and workshop participants annually.

Examples of Program Success During 2015-16 we had 12 creek clean-ups, picking up 4,319 lbs of trash with 550 hours of volunteer help.  We also gave 12 healthy watershed presentations to 237 citizens.  

The Green Business Network connects people with a common goal: making sustainable business decisions that protect our natural resources AND make good business sense.

Program Budget $43,000.00
Category Environment, General/Other Environment, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success

The Green Business Network brings together 30-45 business people each month to exchange ideas on best practices for making their businesses more sustainable.

Long-Term Success

The Green Business Network is helping companies change the way they think and operate to benefit the environment, their bottom line and the community as a whole.

Program Success Monitored By

The Green Business Network’s success is monitored by the attendance at the monthly networking and education events.

Examples of Program Success

In 2015-16  the Green Business Network hosted 10 educational and networking events with a total of 355 attendees. 

Bridging The Gap began with recycling and the Community Recycling Centers remain our longest-running service to Kansas City.
Bridging The Gap sells rain barrels and conducts rain barrel workshops where participants build their own barrel and learn about all the benefits of using one.
Program Budget $178,500.00
Category Environment, General/Other Environment, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success
Bridging The Gap defines short term success of the recycling centers by the volume of materials recycled and by the number of visitors to the centers each week.  We also strive to accept "hard to recycle" items, such as clothing and books.
Long-Term Success Long term success of the community recycling centers can be easily measured by the amount of tons of materials collected for recycling. Also, the large volume of visitors is another measuring stick of the success of operating the centers. Long term, Bridging The Gap would like to expand its services by operating additional locations and offering to recycle more materials that are not currently recycled in Kansas City.
Program Success Monitored By
Success of the Recycling Centers is monitored based the volume of materials being recycled, how many recyclers visit each week and by the participation and dedication of the volunteers. BTG has developed many great relationships with vendors and haulers resulting in expansion of services offered.
Each center is managed by a full time staff person while being assisted by countless volunteers.  These centers provide a vital service to all residents, especially those who don't have curbside access, such as small businesses and residents living in multi-unit properties.  
Examples of Program Success
BTG Recycling Centers 
  • 2015-16: BTG continues to manage three drop-off recycling centers in Kansas City, MO offering outlets for businesses and residents to responsibly recycle waste. BTG has increased the materials accepted to include textiles, shoes, books, and electrical wiring. The centers also, occasionally host paper shredding events, which remain very popular.

Kansas City WildLands represents a coalition of 30 partner organizations who collaborate to conserve, protect, and restore Kansas City’s biological heritage by involving citizens in stewardship of public land. We coordinate volunteer workdays to remove invasive plants from remnant natural communities across the region, as well as re-introduce and nurture indigenous species. Our unique approach to conservation results in healthy wild areas and citizens who appreciate and use these beautiful places. A dual goal of KCWL is the education of both citizens and Parks staff to develop an understanding and appreciation of the wild lands - imperative for the long-term conservation of these precious places. KCWL conducts an educational component at each restoration workday, as well as conducting a large variety of outreach and workshop events each year to educate the public about the importance and restoration of these natural communities that represent Kansas City’s biological heritage. 

Category Environment, General/Other Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success

Kansas City WildLands is working to educate more residents about the remnant wild lands in our area and how we protect and care for them. Kansas City WildLands has a strong and faithful group of volunteers committed to continuing to advance the mission of the program.

Long-Term Success

Long term success for Kansas City WildLands is defined by the continued protection of the remnant wild lands in the Kansas City region; increased biological diversity and health of these areas and finally appreciation, awareness and utilization of our region’s glades, prairies, forests and natural streams by our citizens.

Program Success Monitored By

Kansas City WildLands works to involve people in the stewardship of area wild places - conserving, protecting and restoring the natural communities of Kansas City. To continue to be a successful program, Kansas City WildLands is monitored for volunteer commitment to the wild lands and what positive work is done on those lands.

Examples of Program Success

Kansas City WildLands: 

During the past year, volunteers gave 2,909 hours of their time in the stewardship of public lands, removing invasive plants, educating the public, surveying, photo monitoring, building appropriate trails, planting trees and flowers, and clearing fire breaks. 84 species of important native plants were collected, processed and planted by "Seed Team" volunteers.  KCWL also taught Honeysuckle Academy – a workshop designed to teach community members how to restore non-KCWL public green spaces in their neighborhoods.

179 Monarch gardens were planted.
CEO Comments
The greatest challenge faced by any environmental organization is to help people understand how their individual actions aggregate to affect our local, national and global natural systems--and how positive their individual behaviors can be in improving these systems.  Environmental systems, such as waterways or forests, are so ubiquitous that they are easily taken for granted, and it's not obvious when they're in trouble, nor is it obvious how they are tied to our local economy, but they are--intimately.  When our forests decline from, for example, the encroaching emerald ash borer, the entire city pays with higher air conditioning bills, greater potential for storm water problems, and increased air pollution. 
The second greatest challenge, in Kansas City at least, is to help people understand that donating to the environment helps our entire community, especially when they are accustomed to donating to more easily-understood issues.    Bridging The Gap finds the most effective way to help people understand these complexities is to get people out in our forests, prairies, waterways, parks and streets to work and see for themselves what their impact can be.  People learn by doing:  planting trees and gardens, picking up litter, recycling materials, installing a low-flow showerhead, or perhaps giving a talk on the environment themselves. 
Like every non-profit, we struggle for funding, but we've been greatly helped by moving to less expensive quarters in the West Bottoms and combining some of our programs to run more efficiently.  We've also broadened our base of funders and have found social media outreach and frequent socials with our public have kept our issues in front of people and increased our base.
Even during hard times, we've been able to keep all of our programs alive, active, and still engaging more than 1,500 local citizens in the important work of learning about the environment, dealing responsibly with waste, planting trees and rain gardens, re-establishing eco-systems, and much more. 
Please help us take Kansas City toward an economically strong, sustainable, "green" future by supporting our work, and getting involved in Bridging The Gap.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Kristin Riott
Term Start May 2010
Compensation $50,001 - $75,000

Serving Bridging The Gap as Executive Director, Kristin Riott has over twenty years of business and communications management experience at Hallmark Cards, where she represented the organization to major clients such as K mart, Disney, Target, and Pleasant Company.  Following a move to Hong Kong for Hallmark in 2000-2002, and witnessing the devastating environmental degradation there, Ms. Riott became a committed environmentalist, serving on the Prairie Village Environmental Committee for several years, founding Greater Kansas City Climate Protection, a citizens' organization devoted to reducing greenhouse gases, and was selected to train with Al Gore to become a spokesperson for climate change. Since her time at Bridging The Gap she has worked to initiate fundraising and relationship building with Hallmark, KCP&L, Sprint, and others. Riott successfully sought EPA grant funding for an educational program called Five Green Things, wrote the content for the presentations, and has trained more than 130 volunteers to give the Five Green Things talk. To date, the program has reached over 16,000 Kansas Citians, and is credited with averting approximately 10,000,000 pounds in carbon emissions from the Kansas City area through online pledges. The program went later on to win the Clean Air Excellence Award in 2009 from the EPA in Washington.  Ms. Riott also has been involved in environmental advocacy at the state level in both Kansas and Missouri.  Riott lives in Prairie Village with her husband and two sons.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mr. James Frazier Jan 2005 - Mar 2007
Mr. Phelps D. Murdock Jr.Apr 2007 - Oct 2009
Senior Staff
Title Director of Programs
Noelle Morris holds a degree in Biology from the University of Kansas.  Noelle was the Executive Director of the San Diego Oceans Foundation, where she developed six environmental programs, led a volunteer force of over 500, and developed partnerships with some of the world's most renowned science institutions, including the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute.  Noelle also founded Epic Cleaning Products, an eco-friendly line of products which donates 100 percent of profits to environmental conservation, education, and research charities.
Title Director of Operations
Becki DeRusseau has a BA in Environmental Studies.  She has eight years' experience in corporate accounting management at Davidson-Babcock in Overland Park.  She has been with Bridging The Gap for nine years.
Title Energy Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 8
Paid Part-Time Staff 12
Volunteers 1661
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency 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 Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
We have many partners, including the City of Kansas City, Missouri's Solid Waste, Parks and Rec, Water Services, and Office of Environmental Quality Departments, Mid-America Regional Council, Metropolitan Energy Center, Ripple Glass, Kansas City Power and Light, EIERA (a Missouri-based solid waste reduction organization), Missouri Department of Conservation, Heartland Conservation Alliance, Johnson County Government, and many businesses throughout Kansas City which are committed to environmental progress, including Bayer Crop Science, Harley Davidson, Eagle Materials, Advantage Metals, ProShred, Surplus Exchange, Hallmark, Staples, Inc., REI, Veolia Energy, Heartland Conservation Alliance, Burroughs Audubon and many more.
Philly Award 2003Council on Philanthropy2003
1st Place National Litter Prevention AwardKeep America Beautiful2003
Nonprofit Volunteer Program of the Year - BTGVictor E. Speas Foundation2004
State of the County Address of Katheryn J. ShieldsJackson County2005
Nonprofit Volunteer Program of the Year - Kansas City WildLandsVictor E. Speas Foundation2006
Operations Service Award- Kansas City WildLandsJackson County Parks and Recreation2006
Outstanding Service to a Community Organization - Kansas City WildLandsMissouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA)2007
Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence - Heartland Tree AllianceMissouri Department of Conservation2008
Midwestern Chapter Gold Leaf Award - Heartland Tree AllianceInternational Society of Arboriculture2009
Green America Grand PrizeNature Hills Nurserys2009
Clean Air Excellence AwardU.S. Environmental Protection Agency2010
Distinguished Public Service Award - Kansas City WildLandsthe Kansas Recreation and Parks Association2012
Neighborhood Builders AwardBank of America2011
Listed in DOE's Best Management PracticesU.S. Department of Energy2012
Missouri Arbor Award of ExcellenceMissouri Department of Conservation2015
2015 Partner AwardMissouri Department of Conservation2015
Missouri Arbor Award of ExcellenceMissouri Department of Conservation2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

As with every non-profit, our challenge is to help potential partners and donors understand the importance of our mission and why it is worthy of their attention and funding. It's especially challenging for environmental organizations in the American Midwest to get this message across, for environmentalism has been politicized and is generally associated with a Democratic agenda--not a helpful positioning in "red" states like Kansas and Missouri. Bridging The Gap is unusual, however, in that we have been pro-business since our inception in the early 1990's, and continue to work closely with businesses on a daily basis, helping them to understand ways in which they can drive their costs down and increase their customer base through sustainable practices. Demonstrating the power of sustainability to advance business will, we believe, be a "win-win"--helping Bridging The Gap continue to cement its relationships with corporate donors, while helping those corporations to become even more profitable. Another direction that helps BTG's potential future funding is to begin to interest health funders, who are increasingly understanding the effects of environment, such as the presence of a healthy urban forest, on pulmonary and other health issues.

Unlike other non-profits which address a more targeted issue, environmental issues pervade every life activity and every demographic sector. BTG continually looks for "biggest bang for the buck" to guide us.

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Kay Johnson
Company Affiliation Lathrop and Gage (retired)
Term Dec 2012 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Mr. Bob Berkebile BNIM Architects
Mr. William (Bill) Craig Lakemary Center
Mr. Doug Dietrich Burns and McDonnell
Mr. Steve DiGiacinto Hallmark Cards
Mr. Ashok Gupta National Resource Defense Council
Mr. Geoff Hall Wayside Waifs
Ms. Amy Hargroves Sprint
Mr. Tom Jacobs Mid-America Regional Council
Mr. James Joerke Government of Johnson County, Kansas
Ms. Kay Johnson Community Volunteer
Mr. John McDonald Boulevard Brewing Company
Mr. Brad Nies BNIM Architects
Mr. Jason Parson Parson + Associates
Mr. Ken Perdue Staples, Inc.
Ms. Mary Ramm RubinBrown LLP
Mr. Eric Ziegenhorn Martin and Pringle Attorneys at Law
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 India
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 58%
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 Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
CEO Comments
Though I've always been moved by the beauty of nature, I didn't really understand how important it was to the well-being of humanity until I moved to Hong Kong with my husband and children in 2000.  We lived for two years in an extremely polluted environment, where our children were unable to play on the beach or swim in the ocean because of contamination.  Most trees had been cut down, and the air quality was deteriorating rapidly.  When we came home from Hong Kong, I heard E.O. Wilson, the great biologist of Harvard, say "if you care about social justice, you must care about the environment--because everywhere environmental degradation takes place, social injustice and poverty follow.  Shortly after, I resigned from Hallmark after a long career and devoted myself to working on environmental issues such as climate change.  Bridging The Gap has been a wonderful place to work on these issues, with its long traditions in education, and a friendly hand reaching out to ask people to help their environment and community.  I love working with the thousands of Kansas Citians who unselfishly help us improve our prairies, forests, waterways, and city, and I'm challenged continuously by our fine board and the many business leaders we work with to help craft a vision for our city's future which encompasses a healthy natural world and healthy people as a result.  And once that vision has been articulated, that's when BTG's work really begins, for we're one of the few organizations in the country who not only strategize, not only educate, but actually DO THE WORK of making our environment better!  We plant and pick up litter and schlep recyclables around and believe that every one of these actions moves us closer to that beautiful, clean, efficient, and strong future.  It's hard physical work for everyone, and challenging to keep funding and execute our numerous programs--really like managing several non-profits at once.  But we use time very efficiently, keep our costs very low, and incorporate fun into everything we do. We enjoy helping some of the lowest-income people in Kansas City with energy efficiency measures that help them save money, and sometimes we are able to offer them work.  We reach across the boundaries ("bridging the gap") of the state line, of siloed city departments, of economic class, of political rancor, and other barriers that keep people from working together.  And we get them working together, and it's a privilege and a joy.  Join us! 
Fiscal Year Start May 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Apr 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $1,320,325
Projected Expenses $1,246,799
Endowment Value $26,355
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 4/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item includes 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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$79,460$67,856$219,368
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,891$1,556$1,265
Membership Dues$6,225$4,365$4,720
Special Events$14,573$35,938$0
Revenue In-Kind$60,516$58,028$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$659,725$606,478$764,971
Administration Expense$71,084$71,504$75,503
Fundraising Expense$43,799$70,559$97,408
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.030.940.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%81%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%19%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,086,424$1,959,580$2,042,385
Current Assets$506,590$457,318$513,411
Long-Term Liabilities$221,192$123,882$162,220
Current Liabilities$30,445$25,733$24,740
Total Net Assets$1,834,787$1,809,965$1,855,425
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities16.6417.7720.75
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets11%6%8%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --City of Kansas City, Missouri $162,270City of Kansas City, MO $393,699
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Mid America Regional Council - Solid Waste Management District $79,740Shumaker Family Foundation $55,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Missouri Department of Conservation $57,080Mid-America Regional Council-Solid Waste Management District $25,114
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
Like other environmental non-profits, we experienced a rapid loss of income following the recession, especially from traditional funders like the City of KCMO.  In response, we have added new funders and new programs, paid off our debt, moved to cheaper offices.  We have also added an annual evening event to increase our fundraising prospects and shine a light on our activities every year. 
Organization Name Bridging The Gap, Inc.
Address 1427 W. 9th Street
Suite 201
Kansas City, MO 64101
Primary Phone (816) 56110875611087
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kristin Riott
Board Chair Ms. Kay Johnson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lathrop and Gage (retired)
Year of Incorporation 1992