Quindaro Gardens Institute
3027 N. 11th Street
Kansas City KS 66104
Mission Statement
Gardening as a group and learning to help each other to increase standards of living and quality of life.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Paul Grahovac
Board Chair Paul Grahovac
Board Chair Company Affiliation PROSOCO, Inc.
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2012
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Gardening as a group and learning to help each other to increase standards of living and quality of life.
Background Statement I am a corporate attorney, business development executive, and technical product manager for a construction products company. Every Saturday for three years I built houses for Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer in the Quindaro area of Kansas City, Kansas. I noticed all the vacant lots and contacted a neighborhood association that was pursuing large-scale gardening on vacant lots. I volunteered for them every Saturday for two years. Their focus turned to commercial production for the benefit of a single family, so I bought the five lots and began a community collaborative garden. I've also purchased a house nearby for my retirement.  My son lives there now.
Impact Statement

Accomplishments:

  1. Acquired five vacant lots overgrown with trees and weeds and transformed two of them into a large urban mini-farm producing vegetables from 2,000 square feet of 14 planted raised beds accessed with wood-mulched, weed-free walkways. The garden will be featured in the Greater Kansas City garden tour in June.
  2. Obtained neighborhood association’s mailing list and mailed flyers about the free-picking garden to the 271 households in the neighborhood.
  3. Provided vegetables to about 20 families who came to pick, and when the heat wave cut that off, delivered mounds of vegetables to the nearby low-income apartment residents.

Goals:

  1. Transforming the remaining lots into the same visually pleasing and productive vegetable farm space as the first lots.
  2. Getting more people from the Quindaro area involved.
  3. Causing people from outside Quindaro to become interested in moving there and participating in the project.
Needs Statement

Almost any kind of in-kind donation will be put to use for some purpose or traded for something we need. Our scope extends to self-help: cooking of meals, house rehab, car repair, and virtually anything that could directly or indirectly increase the standard of living and quality of life of inner-city residents. Any material or equipment that could be used for such purposes is needed.

Currently I am funding everything.  All cash will go toward expenses to maintain and increase the garden production. I take no salary or other compensation from this organization.

Service Categories
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition NEC
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement So far, there is no Board. There is just myself. My main purpose in setting up a non-profit corporation and obtaining tax exempt status was to provide a basis for me to deduct the substantial expenses I have had. I am submitting this profile just in case there is anyone out there who sees the potential of this effort. Food is a very large component of low-income families’ expenses. If we can help them help themselves reduce their food expenses, we are increasing their standard of living and their quality of life – not to mention providing highly nutritious food without the environmental and energy impact of bringing vegetables into Kansas City.
Programs
Description Gardening as a group and learning to help each other to increase standards of living and quality of life.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Agricultural Production
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Short-Term Success Acquaints or re-acquaints residents with gardening to produce fresh, nutritious food. Satisfaction from producing valuable goods independently without reliance on government programs or the ability to obtain employment.
Long-Term Success Studies show an optimal organizational size is 150 people. The goal is to have that many local residents working together as volunteers without pay to maximize vegetable production, raise chickens, eggs, and Tilapia, prepare buffet-style meals for the group, can and freeze food, and provide each other house and yard rehab / maintenance, day care, auto repair, and other services – all on a volunteer basis without pay. This will allow cash normally spent on such things to be spent on other things and in doing both, raise the standard of living and quality of life in the neighborhood.
Program Success Monitored By Meetings with neighborhood association.
Examples of Program Success 2,000 square feet x 0.39 pounds per square foot = 780 pounds of vegetables / 118 pounds per family = Vegetables for 6 families.
We’ve had about a dozen neighborhood volunteers. None for the entire season, but very few people in the neighborhood know about us despite the flyers, so we look forward to increased participation in our second year.
CEO Comments We need a neighborhood center like every small rural town has for seniors except this would be for all ages.  By using a volunteer staff and offering a soup and salad bar based on the garden produce, the program will have more appeal than offering only vegetables from the garden.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Paul Grahovac
Term Start May 2012
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Paul Grahovac
Company Affiliation PROSOCO, Inc.
Term May 2012 to May 2015
Email grahovac8@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Paul Grahovac PROSOCO, Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Governance
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $0
Projected Expenses $0
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
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Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Quindaro Gardens Institute
Address 3027 N. 11th Street
Kansas City, KS 66104
Primary Phone (785) 393-1816
Contact Email grahovac8@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Paul Grahovac
Board Chair Paul Grahovac
Board Chair Company Affiliation PROSOCO, Inc.
Year of Incorporation 2012