Northland Neighborhoods Inc.
4420 NE Chouteau Trafficway
Suite 100
Kansas City MO 64117-1256
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 454-2000
Mission Statement
The mission of Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. is to improve the quality of life in the Northland by collaborating with residents, businesses and institutions to empower neighborhoods to build and maintain their own healthy communities. We join together in absolute dedication to finding solutions and, in that collective spirit, we will leave no neighborhood behind.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Deborah L. Hermann
Board Chair JC Sanders
Board Chair Company Affiliation Reece Nichols
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1996
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The mission of Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. is to improve the quality of life in the Northland by collaborating with residents, businesses and institutions to empower neighborhoods to build and maintain their own healthy communities. We join together in absolute dedication to finding solutions and, in that collective spirit, we will leave no neighborhood behind.
Background Statement
When NNI was formed in 1996, growth in the northland was moving further north.  Older neighborhoods in the northland were deteriorating.  Pawn shops and sub-prime loan storefronts were moving in, as happens in deteriorating economies.  For the last 21 years, NNI has been working with neighborhoods, government agencies, and area developers to strengthen this area.  NNI's civic engagement programs bring citizens, government representatives, and developers together, giving an important voice to northlanders. 
NNI's home repair programs, which helps low- to moderate-income homeowners with much needed home repairs, is essential both to the homeowner and the neighborhood and community as a whole.  Better maintained homes has proven to be an effective strategy to reduce crime and blight.  NNI's continued investment in homes and neighborhoods will help support the recent investments in economic growth occurring in the area, such as Antioch Crossing.  NNI's goal is to improve neighborhoods for the future, as well as today. 
Impact Statement

Highlights from the 2016 - 2017 Year:

  • Over $631,000 invested in repairing and rehabilitating housing in the Northland. 
  • 241 low to moderate income citizens benefited from a wide variety of home repairs, from emergency repairs to make homes safe to accessibility ramps.
  • 92,000 newsletter pages were printed for neighborhoods carrying news to their neighbors about criminal activity or the neighborhood garage sale.
  • 176 older adults attended NNI workshops where they discovered new avenues to get assistance, ways to get involved with their community, or participated in NNI's movie days, complete with hot dogs and popcorn.
  • Over 3,500 citizens attended civic engagement meetings at NNI, where residents can gain information about the latest ballot initiatives, seek assistance at meetings like Neighborhood Preservation and 1st District Problem Solving, or work to build the capacity of their neighborhood group at LeaderWorks or Strategic Planning.
  • 88 neighborhood residents attended 76 neighborhood meetings at NNI offices.
  • Facilitation for four Northland area plan implementation committees. Our goal is to bring together community stakeholders to improve our communities.
  • NNI At Work started in July 2016, focusing on neighborhood education and codes enforcement.  875 codes violation were referred to NNI, and 75% of those cases were abated.
Needs Statement
  1. Increased funding for operations and capacity building
  2. Ongoing and increased funding for home repair programs with an emphasis on the Aging in Place Minor Home Repair program, as the need for this program is increasing exponentially.
  3. Major funding for our acquisition-rehab housing program focused on foreclosed or abandoned single-family houses in distressed areas of our community.
  4. Resources for more comprehensive neighborhood leadership training and programming in order to continue to enhance and grow grassroots leadership.
  5. Technology improvements.
Service Categories
Community & Neighbourhood Development
Home Improvement/Repairs
Citizen Participation
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

NNI is the only community development corporation serving Clay and Platte Counties. The demand for our services continues to exceed the funding available.

Low income citizens in need of critical home repairs are placed on a  waiting list until funding becomes available. NNI has worked very hard to rectify this situation by successfully applying for additional grants and obtaining funding from area businesses. We have also increased home repair production through improved processes and efficiency measures.

Requests for organizational assistance from our neighborhoods and homeowner associations continues to grow.  Crime Watch Training and Strategic Planning for Neighborhoods are programs continue to be popular programs.  

NNI’s Board of Directors and professional staff are up to the challenges and will continue to seek resources and serve our community.  

Better housing, better neighborhoods, and better communities. Preserving homes to be in good repair is an important aspect of NNI's strategy. Housing in the Northland faces the following challenges:

  1. Much of the Northland's older single-family homes were built between 50 and 65 years ago. Even with basic maintenance, age is taking a toll. 
  2. A disproportionate number of older adults on fixed income. 
  3. A notable rise in first-generation American families. This brings with it challenges as the Northland becomes a multicultural community. 
These factors create an older housing stock of smaller, affordable homes, owned by lower income residents.  We see families able to buy a home but unable to afford a working furnace and older adults who have lived in the same home for 50 years but can't afford to replace the sewer line when it collapses.  NNI's home repair programs keep lower income homeowners in safe and decent homes, while safeguarding the neighborhood from crime and blight.
Program Budget $1,025,000.00
Category Housing, General/Other Home Repair Programs
Population Served Other Economic Level, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Short-term success comes through the homeowners' relief of having much needed repairs completed.  When clients call or come into the office and ask about the possibility of getting repairs to their homes, the relief on their faces and in their voices is evident when they learn that NNI can help them.  By removing some of the family's financial stress through providing home repairs, families are better able to meet their day to day living expenses.  Living in a home that is safe, secure, and well maintained provides much needed stability for stressed families.

Long-Term Success

When a family is struggling financially, an unexpected expense, such as home repair, can be devastating and make it impossible to get caught up financially.  Getting help with home repair is extremely beneficial to lower income families.  It can mean the difference between living with a furnace in winter or without.  It could also mean the difference between having enough money to pay the mortgage, utilities, and buy food, or not.  Long term success means that a family is able to stay in their home that they've worked hard for, and that their home is safe, secure, and better maintained.  NNI surveys our home repair clients, and a recent review showed that 92% of respondents said that their home repair improved the quality of their life, and 58% reported improved health.  Program success also means that neighborhoods are healthier.  Healthy neighborhoods experience less crime and blight, which benefits the entire community.  

Program Success Monitored By

Program success is measured in two ways:  the number of homeowners we help, and making sure we are spending grant dollars received wisely.  NNI client surveys ask questions about how the home repair process worked, how they were treated, if they would recommend the program to a neighbor, etc.  The surveys also inquire about quality of life issues, such as if the repair improved their quality of life, improved their health, etc.  There is also a section for general comments. Surveys are reviewed at regular intervals.  NNI staff also talks to clients during their home inspection, and NNI has made improvements in paperwork and in communications based on some of these conversations.  

NNI also strives to spend the grant dollars we receive wisely.  NNI provides regular progress reporting to most of our grantors. We have two grantors who audit us during the grant year, and results show that we comply with grant requirements.    
Examples of Program Success

For the 2016-17 year, 241 home repairs were completed, compared to 179 home repairs for the 2015-2016 year. Here is a recent success story.  For years, Mrs. M, 71 years old, dealt with an inadequately wired kitchen.  When she used the microwave or toaster, she would have to unplug the refrigerator, or the breaker would pop, leaving the kitchen without electricity.  When this happened, she would head downstairs to flip the breaker.  Mrs. M recently had knee replacement surgery on one knee, and is waiting for surgery for her other knee.  The condition of Mrs. M's knees makes it impossible for her to manage the basement stairs in order to flip the breaker back on.  NNI upgraded her electric service so that she can run her appliances without unplugging the refrigerator.  This is a small repair that had a huge impact on Mrs. M's quality of life. 

Another success story involves a single mom with three children, and one of the children has health challenges.  The mom works in a professional position, yet makes under 50% of area median income and struggles to make ends meet.  Her home has wood siding, which was peeling badly, exposing wood surfaces to rain.  NNI had the wood siding scraped and painted, preserving her home, and relieving a huge financial stress from the family.  

NNI offers community organization and civic engagement programs, including Meet Your Councilperson, Neighborhood Preservation, and First District Problem Solvers, which link residents to KCMO City Council and staff members, KCPD, and other community and business leaders through regular meetings. NNI offers Crime Watch Training and Leader Works, both of which are hands on training and development programs that allow participants to develop leadership and advocacy skills in order to better themselves and their neighborhoods. Outcomes for our community organizing and civic engagement programs are stronger neighborhoods, improved property maintenance, higher neighborhood resident involvement, and increased leadership skills for our participants, so that they may be more effective volunteers in their neighborhoods and communities. The participants of our Crime Watch training take valuable information back to their neighborhoods to make their community more safe.  NNI also works directly with 85 neighborhood organizations.

Category Community Development, General/Other Neighborhood Revitalization
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

NNI helps homeowner associations file necessary paperwork and provides problem solving skills that helps neighborhood volunteers with small hurdles, giving them momentum to continue the work they do.  The Crime Watch training that NNI provides helps people feel connected to their communities and their neighbors, and they feel more safe in their neighborhoods.  

Citizens can come to an NNI meeting and discuss a problem involving homes in their neighborhoods with code violations or other issues, providing essential problem solving that can lead to better solutions for the neighborhood.  Additionally, NNI works one on one with neighborhoods and neighborhood leaders on specific issues. 
Overall, NNI's civic programming is a place for northlanders to get advice, find solutions, and learn essential problem-solving skills that they can take back to their neighborhoods to make immediate impact.      
Long-Term Success

Well organized neighborhoods have an edge in advocacy regarding community issues, strategic planning and general problem-solving. Long-term success is organizational structure, leadership succession, and ongoing neighborhood leadership training.  NNI provides training and other assistance to homeowner associations and neighborhoods wanting to organize helps to keep homeowner associations viable by providing meeting space and ongoing support.  NNI helps neighborhoods remain organized and viable, sustaining healthy communities.

Residents and citizens who actively engage with their political leaders, police, and business leaders are essential to strong communities.  NNI provides a pathway for this involvement through regular meetings such as Meet Your Councilperson, Neighborhood Preservation, Neighborhood Relations, Northland Community Action Team, and 1st District Problem Solvers.  
Program Success Monitored By

NNI monitors association activity through annual Member Certification. Each of NNI's member associations are contacted annually to verify contact information, the association’s good standing with the Secretary of State, and whether the group holds regular meetings. The NNI Board ratifies Member Certification on a monthly basis as new and renewal members are certified. Second, NNI monitors activity and viability in actually working with associations on board development, community policing and other issues as they arise.  NNI provides additional assistance to neighborhoods through newsletter printing and providing meeting space.

Success is also measured by the level of citizen involvement in NNI programs like Meet Your Councilperson.  NNI's member neighborhoods are more involved as they receive regular notices from NNI about planning activities in the Northland. 
Examples of Program Success

NNI recently worked with a Gladstone neighborhood in creating a community garden within their neighborhood.  The neighborhood contained an area of land where a swimming pool had been removed, but the land was left unsuitable for other uses.  NNI was working with this neighborhood on strategic planning, and the neighborhood came up with the concept of putting in a community garden on the site.  NNI helped turn this concept into a reality by getting donated services to properly grade the land, and getting local businesses involved by donating supplies, such as seeds, to get the garden started.  NNI worked with city officials to get water connected to the site, and neighborhood volunteers constructed the raised garden beds.  By summer 2017, the garden was complete.     

NNI’s Senior Seminars offers monthly health, education and recreation workshops dedicated to senior issues.  Seniors learn about disaster training, skills for dealing with depression, as well as fun things to do around town.  We include movie days, complete with hot dogs and popcorn for a real movie experience for those who have difficulty getting to theaters.  
Through funding from Clay County Senior Services, Platte County Senior Citizens Service Fund, Menorah Heritage Foundation, Harvest Ball, and United Way, NNI offers professional minor home repair services to older adults. Repairs include items such as installing grab bars, repairing tripping hazards, guttering repair and sealing, and emergency repairs such as repair/replacement of an air conditioner, furnace, or sewer line.

Older adults also make up the largest contingent of volunteers at NNI, serving on many of our committees.   
Program Budget $150,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Senior Services
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Short-term success is measured by the laughs and jokes shared at the workshops.  Socializing as a senior is critical for quality of life as it helps fend off feelings of isolation.  The workshops provide an opportunity to check on each other as well as learn about disaster preparedness or classes at the local library.  Additionally, NNI gives older adults several avenues to help improve themselves and their communities with volunteer opportunities.  Short-term success is also measured by the trips and falls avoided by home repairs.  Financial and emotional stress is removed through the home repair program, as older adults living on fixed incomes don't have to worry about whether they can afford that grab bar installation or plumbing repair. Active older adults are healthy older adults! 

Long-Term Success

 Long-term success is defined by collective improvement in the quality of life of Northland older adults through:  

  1. Enhanced social opportunities afforded by a regular, dependable workshops and movie days.
  2. Workshop content providing practical information for the daily lives of older adults.
  3. Aging in Place assistance through the resources provided at workshops and through home repairs. 
Program Success Monitored By

Satisfaction surveys are conducted for both the workshops and the home repair program. Terri, our Senior Workshop organizer, talks regularly with participants and gets ideas on what type of things they're interested in.  Home repair survey results indicate that 92% of home repair clients experience an increase in quality of life, and 58% report an increase in health.   

Examples of Program Success

NNI added movie days at the request of the senior group.  The seniors formed a committee to pick movies the group would enjoy. Movies include hot dogs and popcorn to make these events more special. NNI's Older Adult home repair program also allows clients to participate yearly for smaller repairs, so that they can keep up with needed repairs such as furnace repair, gutter cleaning, and handrail installation, helping older adults to safely "Age in Place".  This summer we received a phone call from Mrs. B, indicating her basement had flooded after a torrential rain.  Mrs. B's downstairs carpet was soaked, and the growing mold was exacerbating her respiratory disease.  We sent a contractor to remove the carpet and padding in her basement.  Her basement was dried out and the furniture returned, making it easier for her to breathe. 

A recent review of client surveys from our Older Adult home repair program showed that clients receiving fall prevention and safety modification repairs felt safer in their homes after the repair.  82% of those responding said that their home repair would help them remain in their home for a longer period of time.
NNI looks for opportunities to acquire distressed properties, rehabilitate the home to where it will be maintenance free for at least five years, and sell the home to a low- to moderate-income person/family.  This makes home ownership possible and sustainable for lower-income persons/families.  In the last five years, NNI has acquired and rehabilitated 9 distressed properties.
Category Housing, General/Other Affordable Housing
Population Served Other Economic Level, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Short term success is the acquisition and rehabilitation of a distressed home. The neighbors are happy that someone is finally taking care of the yard and doing something about the eyesore on their street. 
Long-Term Success

Long term success means giving an opportunity for homeownership to lower income households who may not have other avenues to purchase a home.  NNI rehabilitates homes to be maintenance free for approximately five years, further making these homes affordable.  By rehabilitating distressed homes and getting homeowners in the homes helps to keep neighborhoods sustainable.  Long term success also means turning a distressed property the neighbors are complaining about into an asset to the neighborhood. 

Program Success Monitored By Progress monitored by the long-term viability of lower-income homeowners that have purchased NNI homes, and the positive impact these homes can have on an entire block.
Examples of Program Success Within the last 5 years, NNI collaborated with the City of Kansas City, The Fuller Center and volunteers from Christian Carpenters to construct a universal design home for a disabled handicapped resident. NNI has also rehabilitated 8 additional homes, including a fire-ravaged home on a major Northland thoroughfare.
CEO Comments

NNI, as with other non-profits, continues to be challenged by a growing demand for services.  Governmental, philanthropic, and corporate resources are scarce; yet, the needs of low-to-moderate income persons  continues to grow. NNI continues to evaluate our inventory of services, reducing programs of marginal relevance, and streamlining our operations.   

NNI has been successful in the past couple years of adding new sources of revenue for home repair programs.  However, we continue to seek increased funding as we still maintain a waiting list of clients needing repairs.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Deborah L. Hermann
Term Start July 2011
Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Experience More than 30 years active experience in neighborhood planning and organizing. Eight years service on City Council of Kansas City, Missouri. Three and 1/2 years service on City Plan Commission of KCMO. Current chair of the Public Improvements Advisory Committee.  
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mr. James D. Rice June 2003 - July 2011
Ms. Carolyn Vellar Oct 1996 - May 2003
Senior Staff
Title Director of Administration
Title Dir. of Finance & Compliance
Title Director of Planning and Development
Experience/Biography Ed Linnebur, NNI’s Director of Planning and Development, has over 20 years in community development and 10 years in construction management.  Ed's experience includes financial counseling for families preparing to purchase their first home,  design and implementation of programs to provide leadership training and coaching for neighborhood leaders, and design and implementation of facade programs to support local business in economically depressed areas. 
Paid Full-Time Staff 7
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 25
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 86%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 7
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 4
Male 4
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 Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Northland Neighborhoods collaborates with the City of Kansas City, MO, City of Gladstone, Clay County, Clay County Senior Services, Missouri Housing Development Commission, Platte County, Platte County Senior Services Citizen Fund, North Kansas City School District, Kansas City Missouri Police Department, Rebuilding Together Clay County, and the Northland Shepherd's Center.  United Way as well as other social service agencies refer clients to NNI's services.  Over 80% of our home repair clients are referred by a friend, neighborhood organization, or social service agency.
United Way Member Agency0
Northland Diversity Award Northland Diversity Council2003
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
A small permanent staff manages the core operations of NNI. The staff is driven by a strategic plan that reflects the organization as well as individual programs.  NNI continually seeks to increase the capacity of employees through educational opportunities. The development of the Board has proven successful as board members become increasingly more engaged through their participation within the five standing committees of the Board.
Board Chair
Board Chair JC Sanders
Company Affiliation Reece Nichols
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board Members
Henry Clark Community Volunteer
Dan Clemens NKC School District
Doug Green Community Volunteer
Charles Hayton Pastor, The Lighthouse Chapel
Darren Hennen Olsson Associates
Paul Matsuoka Kansas City Rescue Mission
David Mecklenburg CEK Insurance
JC Sanders Re/Max Innovations
Richard Sayles Community Volunteer
Beth Sullivan Synergy Services
Henok Tekeste Blue Nile Contractors, Inc.
Ellen Todd Curry Real Estate Services
Scott Wingerson Assistant City Manager, City of Gladstone
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 6
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 74%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 69%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 46%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
CEO Comments

Through concerted effort, NNI has developed a well-informed, disciplined and united Board of Directors, a 13-member body that represents a diversity of social, economic and cultural backgrounds and perspectives. The Board of Directors excel at non-profit governance. 

Fiscal Year Start June 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End May 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $1,537,791
Projected Expenses $1,524,223
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 5/31/2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 5/31/2014: 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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$886,745$831,090$601,298
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$19,547$23,192$20,081
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$869,197$688,683$600,209
Administration Expense$85,519$85,610$106,924
Fundraising Expense$12,381$11,403$12,369
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.190.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%88%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$436,813$403,401$368,652
Current Assets$410,417$362,621$314,961
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$60,186$70,712$188,898
Total Net Assets$376,627$332,689$179,754
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.825.131.67
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountJewish Heritage Foundation $10,000 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way - Older Adult Program $9,997 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHarvest Ball Society $7,500 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments Due to the professionalism of NNI staff and under the oversight of our Board of Directors, we are celebrating yet another clean audit with no material weaknesses. NNI has worked diligently in the past several years to drastically improve our financial stability and internal processes. We will continue to work to increase our financial capacity and to diversify our resources. 
Organization Name Northland Neighborhoods Inc.
Address 4420 NE Chouteau Trafficway
Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 641171256
Primary Phone (816) 454-2000
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Deborah L. Hermann
Board Chair JC Sanders
Board Chair Company Affiliation Reece Nichols
Year of Incorporation 1996