Giving the Basics, Inc.
3150 Mercier
Suite 270-D2
Kansas City MO 64111
No one should sit alone because they smell bad
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 964-3300
Mission Statement
We established Giving the Basics, Kansas City's hygiene hub to assure the adults and children in Kansas City would always have access to personal care hygiene products that are not covered by any government assistance programs.  We created this hub so people could get clean, have hope, pride and have dignity.  Giving the Basics tracks the need for products like soap, shampoo, deodorant and toilet paper, and then provides those products on a monthly basis to 65 registered pantries and 15+ school districts totaling 179 schools.  (We supply several individual local charter schools.)  
Our mission is to put products in the hands of the people! 
At Giving the Basics, we believe that no one should have to live in filth or shame or with the fear of being bullied due to being dirty.  The testimonials from all of our pantries location, school districts and individuals prove that our products immediately change lives. 
CEO/Executive Director Mrs Teresa Hamilton
Board Chair Teresa Hamilton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bob Hamilton Plumbing
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
We established Giving the Basics, Kansas City's hygiene hub to assure the adults and children in Kansas City would always have access to personal care hygiene products that are not covered by any government assistance programs.  We created this hub so people could get clean, have hope, pride and have dignity.  Giving the Basics tracks the need for products like soap, shampoo, deodorant and toilet paper, and then provides those products on a monthly basis to 65 registered pantries and 15+ school districts totaling 179 schools.  (We supply several individual local charter schools.)  
Our mission is to put products in the hands of the people! 
At Giving the Basics, we believe that no one should have to live in filth or shame or with the fear of being bullied due to being dirty.  The testimonials from all of our pantries location, school districts and individuals prove that our products immediately change lives. 
Background Statement Giving the Basics began when a small group of concerned people in the Kansas City area came together to help a family in need. The family, a single mother with six children relying on government assistance, was struggling to make ends meet. They were requesting food donations from the local pantry but their basic necessities were not available. The pantry was only able to offer this family of seven one roll of toilet paper. For 10 months, our small group helped her get what she needed and when she got a job that supported her family, we felt a calling to help others.  So, Giving the Basics was started to bring awareness that these items are not covered by food stamps.  We launched with 6 pantries and have grown in a few short years to where we are now.  
Impact Statement

Accomplishments for 2016: 

We have testimonials to prove that the attitudes are changing, children are socializing more and grades are improving. Adults are now able to get clean and gain employment because they receive our products.  We have educated thousands of people in our city and beyond about the critical need for hygiene products.  
When you are clean, you become a candidate for a job and you have personal pride. When you are clean you can go to school, and learn. Girls no longer have to stay home because they don't have feminine hygiene products. Students can raise their hands without the shame of having pit stains or smelling badly and being bullied.
We are successfully strengthening the KC Metro area at the core of human dignity needs. We are proud to be the leader in this country with our targeting, tracking and our distribution for human dignity products. 
  • We are currently leading the country with our program to target, track and meet the personal care hygiene needs in KC.
  • We have 256 distribution sites throughout the KC Metro area for our products.
  • We received proclamations from the Missouri and Kansas Governors.
  • We received a resolution from Mayor Sly James.
  • We provided our products to 65 local pantry on a monthly basis. 
  • We provided our hygiene products to 15+ school districts, (90,000 kids)
  • We have made the basics accessible to 123,000 people in KC monthly.
  • We provided over 1,500,000 hygiene products to the KC Metro area in 2016.
  • We increased our warehouse space to close to 25,000 feet.
  • We had had our second annual fundraising event.
  • We had our first end of the year campaign 
  • We increased our product drive totals.
  • We increased our donor base. 
  • We increased our bulk donations and procurement forces.
  • We added online giving sources to our portfolio of online tools.  
Goals for 2017: 
  • Supply 4 additional major school districts with free personal care hygiene items.
  • Add the pantries on our wait list.
  • Increase public awareness of the need in the city with increased advertising/marketing and spokesperson.
  • Add additional employee to manage warehouse (in process now)
  • Develop additional collaborations with non for profits and funders for greater impact in the city. 
  • Develop relationships with manufacturers.
  • Increase our warehouse space.
Needs Statement
  • We need a building above ground with 25,000 feet of warehouse space and 1,000 square feet of office space. 
  • Our primary need is human dignity product donations or financial to purchase  products.
  • We need to hire a warehouse manager, and a grant writer.
  • Funding is needed to cover operational  costs. This would include updating a room to conduct lessons for refugees and other low income students on what it means to be clean in the United States.
  • We want corporations schools and individuals to sponsor and have product drives so that we can use the product to help the people.
  • We are looking for a major sponsor/sponsors to help wipe this need out of the KC area.
  • We are asking for people/corporations to coordinate fundraising events for us.  
Service Categories
Health Support
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Family Services
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Cass County
MO - Clay County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Giving the Basics has one goal:  Putting human dignity products into the hands of the people in Kansas City.  We know that if Kansas City  wants to be a stronger city, we will have to help the people here get what they really need so they can fully participate in the community.  We can do that so easily by helping every individual to be able to get clean.  
Studies show a child can not learn with out their basics needs met.  You can develop elaborate programs and give books to children, but they can't learn without having their basics needs met.  They have to be able to raise their hand without fear of smelling bad or having pit stains.  They have to be able to move to the front of the classroom without feeling ashamed.  Can you imagine going without shampoo, bar soap, tampons, or deodorant and toilet paper??  
When adults cannot get clean, they are not candidates for jobs.  We cannot say get a job if we haven't provided a path to success for them.  Giving the Basics is changing all of that.  
Your donations will immediately impact over hundreds of thousands of  people in Kansas City a month, giving them a pathway to success.  It will bring hope, reduce humility and bring human dignity to those who often go without.  Please come visit us any time to see how you can help.  
Description Giving the Basics is here to put human dignity products on the shelves of Kansas City area shelters, homeless locations, veterans and senior centers, battered women's locations, childcare outlets, and transitional housing.  We currently provide our free hygiene products to 65 local pantries on a monthly basis.  The best way to accomplish this goal is through product drives and financial donations.  We are working with local businesses, as well as local private and public school districts to organize drives.  Many companies encourage their employees to spend time volunteering in their community and they do this at our warehouse.  The private schools in our area require their students earn service hours each quarter so this is a good way to accomplish that task. After completing a product drive, groups can take on the task of counting, sorting and packaging items.  We then distribute our products to our locations monthly.
Category Human Services, General/Other Household Goods Provision
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, ,
Short-Term Success
Immediately people will have a better quality of life and a better sense of self.  People will be able to be productive citizens and be better leaders for their families.  People in Kansas City will be able to stay healthier.  
Imagine having to use your clothing or bread as toilet paper. Imagine not leaving home because you are dirty and have no way to get soap, deodorant, shampoo or laundry soap.  Imagine not having feminine hygiene products.  For many of us, it is unimaginable.  Keeping clean is the first line of defense in preventing common illnesses and maintaining pride as a human being.  For thousands of people in Kansas City, it is a daily reality.  
Because we provide our products free of charge to the pantries, the vulnerable in our community do not have to choose between paying their rent and keeping themselves and their home clean.  Our donations help to lift up the downtrodden by supporting their sense of self-worth. When a person is confident, they are hopeful.  We bring hope and a sense of purpose with our products.  Kansas City will be a stronger city as people rise out of the shame of going without.  
Long-Term Success We will see a sense of pride and dignity begin to arise as people are not stuck living in filth and shame.  People will be able to gain employment as they are able to be clean and not smell badly for interviews.  People will be able to clean their clothes, bodies and Kansas City will become stronger.  We have already been told of the change in attitudes, and our hundreds of testimonials from all of our locations and the people using our products tell the story of how people now have hope and dignity.  We currently serve over 30,000 people monthly with this pantry program.  We will see some leaders emerge as the products continue to blanket the city.  That is exciting! 
Program Success Monitored By Our system is effective and efficient. Pantries and shelters are given the products the way they need to receive them – by the case and free of charge. We measure our success by the amount of products we put into the community.  Last year it was over one million products.  We can look to the amazing letters and testimonials we have received from individuals and organizations. They boldly state that our program works and is changing lives.  We currently have 179 distribution sites for our products.  
Examples of Program Success “With your donation, reStart is able to provide essential support for residents.” “On behalf of City Union Mission, I would like to thank Giving the Basics for making a difference in the lives of Kansas City’s poor and homeless!” “Your organization is helping to fill the gap relating to a great unmet need in the Kansas City area, that of personal care items.” These are just a sample of the comments we here from our registered charities. Possibly more important are the comments we receive from the individuals these organizations serve: “Dear Donor, when I came to the mission [City Union Mission] five months ago, I had nothing but what I was wearing. One of my biggest fears was staying clean, etc. How to do that? Thank you so much for your kind help.”  We have many more testimonials and great videos on our website.  
We offer free personal care hygiene products to 11+ school districts on a monthly basis.  We have 179 schools that receive our products each month.  The need is determined by the teacher, social worker, or nurse and the products are then chosen by the student in need to maximize product usage. 
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
We expect instant relief for each child given personal care hygiene items.  The nurses, teachers, and social workers will also find instant  relief from not using their own money to help the children!
Long-Term Success
Our goal is to help each child feel confident and secure in their classroom to enable learning and build self estteem.  This will eleiminate learning issues and bullying.
Program Success Monitored By
We have an IT program set set up to track each item going to the school district.  In return each school district is giving us a report on what items were needed by school.  This allows us to track the needs and plan accordingly.
Examples of Program Success
We are just now starting the program so we don't have firm data back, yet.  We do have testimonals from each school district that are pleading for us to provide these items for their students.  Our testimonials are from teachers, nurses, and social workers.  We have also, produced a video with actual students and administrators explaining the need for personal care hygiene items.
CEO Comments
Although we have a tremendous system for tracking, managing and meeting the need in Kansas City, we are in need of monetary donations to purchase personal care hygiene items at wholesale costs, (we can triple the dollar donated).   We do not want any child to go without our products, so we want to bring on ALL KC metro school districts that need personal care hygiene items for their students.  Currently we are serving 15+ school districts and 3 charter schools.  We have 5 districts on the waiting list.  
We also need funding to continue to consistently meet the needs of our local registered pantries.  We currently have a long list of pantries on our waiting list that desperately need our products.  We want to bring those pantries into our system for the sake of human dignity and pride.   
You cannot go to school and make friends and get good grades when you do not have products to get clean.  You cannot gain employment if you are not clean.  The basics provide for the most important needs to be met first.  Thank you for donating to us.   
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs Teresa Hamilton
Term Start Sept 2011
Experience My experience is in starting a family business, Bob Hamilton Plumbing, creating all the systems, marketing, and growing that company to where it is currently today.  As a co-owner starting from the ground up I learned everything I can use today.  My experience in the non-profit world is now vast.  I have learned this on my feet too and have been able to apply my business knowledge to help this charity grow to where it is today for the sake of Kansas City.  
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 5
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 4600
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
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 No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
We collaborate with a number of agencies including local manufacturers, distributors and other 501 organizations, including but not limited to, the Downs Syndrome Guild and the locations we serve, encompassing veterans centers, senior centers, homeless, mental health, child care outlets, transitional housing outlets, schools.
Compassion for the PoorCity Union Mission2015
Proclamation for Giving the Basics Human Dignity effortsGovernor of Kansas2016
Proclamation for Giving the Basics Human Dignity effortsGovernor of Missouri2016
Resolution for Giving the Basics Human Dignity Efforts in Kansas CityKansas City Mayor Sly James2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
Giving the Basics is Kansas City's new hygiene hub.  
Can you imagine going without laundry soap, shampoo toilet paper, deodorant or shampoo or other hygiene products for one day?  We need your help!
When we started Giving the Basics, we had no idea how powerful the program would be. We knew that girls were forced to stay home from school because they could not afford feminine hygiene products, and that thousands of people in Kansas City were living in shame and filth, without hope or dignity.  We knew that our seniors were suffering the humiliation of going without personal hygiene products, but we had no idea the impact we would make.  
We are currently providing products on a monthly basis, to 179 local schools and 65 registered pantries; products that people cannot buy on any government assistance program; products that change lives!
Our  hygiene products make an immediate impact on the homeless, the unemployed, the working poor, veterans, mental health patients, battered women, children, and our senior citizens.   
We often point fingers at people and say, "Get a job", but we do not provide them a way to get clean.  If we want a truly strong city, we will need to help people get what they really need so that they may be successful in feeling good about themselves, have the hope, and possibly change their lives.
Please help us.  
Teresa Hamilton
Executive Director
Giving the Basics 
Board Chair
Board Chair Teresa Hamilton
Company Affiliation Bob Hamilton Plumbing
Term Sept 2011 to Sept 2017
Board Members
Mr. Scott Fillmore Lockton Insurance
Teresa Hamilton Giving the Basics
Mr. Peter Hardy American Century Investments
Scott Hutchings SFS intec, Inc.
Mr. Joseph Lally Bank of the West
Mr. Brian Leitner Mariner Wealth Advisors
Ms. Jana Meyers American Century Finance
Kimberly Newton VP Hallmark
Michele Orpin Giving the Basics
Kelley Scharosch CPA
Anna Marie Vogel community volunteer
Mr. Nick Warren Commerce Bank
Sean Wheeler M.D.College Park Family Care Center
Hedi Whitehill Two West Communications
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
CEO Comments
Our biggest challenge is securing financial donations  to purchase product for shelters, pantries, and schools in need.  We need product donations as well.  Our next challenge is educating potential donors that these items are not covered by food stamps.  Everyone talks about food, but they do not talk about this issue.   
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $1,900,000
Projected Expenses $1,893,000
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate giving line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$403,241$399,191$102,948
Administration Expense$23,437$27,775$19,819
Fundraising Expense$28,310$5,262$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.321.111.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%92%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%4%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$269,865$97,360$41,684
Current Assets$107,831$38,968$41,684
Long-Term Liabilities$2,787$0$0
Current Liabilities$18,152$8,367$0
Total Net Assets$248,926$88,993$41,684
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.944.66--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $40,000KC Can $43,550Bob Hamilton Plumbing $10,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $25,000Bob Hamilton Plumbing, Inc. $11,200Wilks Broadcasting Group $10,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $25,000National Christian Foundation $10,000Centralized Services $50,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
Currently waiting on the results of an audit from Mize Houser PA. 
Giving the Basics relies on both donated product and purchased product to fulfill the needs of the Pantry Program and the Schools Program. The total cost of running the two programs for 2016 is projected to be $1,232,900 which includes estimated donated product of $900,000. The Management and Fundraising budgets for 2016 total $76,160 which is 6% of the total projected expenditures. Capital expenditures budget for needed improvements to our warehouse is $20,000. Giving the Basics currently employs two individuals. Their time and payroll expense is allocated between program, management and fundraising based on time spent on each of the categories.  
Organization Name Giving the Basics, Inc.
Address 3150 Mercier
Suite 270-D2
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (913) 964-3300
CEO/Executive Director Mrs Teresa Hamilton
Board Chair Teresa Hamilton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bob Hamilton Plumbing
Year of Incorporation 2011