West Is Best Scholarship Fund
13600 Santa Fe Trail Drive
Lenexa KS 66215
2017 Gear Giveaway at Westridge MS. Community members donated gently used or new sports/scout equipment and kids can "shop" for free. WiB held four Gear Giveaway events this year.
Mission Statement
West is Best Scholarship Fund supplements activity fees and uniform costs for individual students in grades K-12 who demonstrate a need for financial assistance in order to participate in after school activities. Students must live or go to school in the Shawnee Mission West attendance area to qualify.
CEO/Executive Director Kelly Tines
Board Chair Kelly Tines
Board Chair Company Affiliation Olathe School District
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Patrons may donate by mailing a check to:
West is Best
13600 Santa Fe Trail Drive
Lenexa, KS 66215
or by visiting our website at www.westisbestscholarshipfund.com 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement West is Best Scholarship Fund supplements activity fees and uniform costs for individual students in grades K-12 who demonstrate a need for financial assistance in order to participate in after school activities. Students must live or go to school in the Shawnee Mission West attendance area to qualify.
Background Statement
West is Best founders Dave & Kelly Tines have worked within the SM West community for years serving as coaches for youth sports and working with students involved in scouting. As poverty rates doubled in Johnson County they noticed the poverty level in the West area skyrocketing as well, leaving 50% of students in grades K-8 living in poverty and families struggling to meet daily financial challenges. In addition to basic needs, families face the increasing costs of participation in after-school activities for league fees, uniforms, and any other equipment. As a result, some children are unable to participate.

Knowing the academic and social benefits, Dave & Kelly did not want even one child excluded from after-school activities due to financial resources. They started West is Best Scholarship Fund with the hope that all interested students in the SM West area would be able to participate in after school-activities, regardless of financial status.
Impact Statement

Accomplishments during 2018: 

  1. Provided 129 scholarships during the fiscal year, totaling over $11,000.  Total scholarships since inception is over 770, equaling over $70,000.
  2. Held third Vikingpalooza Family Funfest to provide a FREE festival with booths about after school activities, social agencies, and local businesses.   Had much greater interaction with the SM West school community prior to the event.
  3. Held the second K-12 Physical Night to offer discounted sports/scout physicals to kids in the West area.  Hosted in conjunction with the SM West Athletic Department.  We had 8 providers donate a portion of their time and were able to offer scholarships to families in need.  Over 100 students served.
Goals for 2019: 
  1. Provide approximately $11,000 in scholarships during 2019 fiscal year. 
  2. Increase communication with schools, especially by participating in additional Back to School nights where a member of our organization can speak to parents.
  3. Seek funding through grant proposals and a corporate sponsorship package.
  4. Hold a fourth Vikingpalooza event with greater involvement and hold it at SM West High School to expand coverage.
  5. Hold a third $10 Sports Physical Night for all students K-12.
  6. Increase communications with sports organizations to promote scholarships.
Needs Statement
  1. Our primary need is funding. We have barely scratched the surface of need. Each year as our mission spreads we will have increased scholarship need. Since our funding base is primarily within our school boundaries, as our local poverty rate increases, our donations will likely decrease.
  2. Any in-kind donations which involve printing of flyers or signs would be helpful.
Service Categories
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
Geographic Area Served Narrative Serve students who live or go to school in the Shawnee Mission West attendance area.  This encompasses a portion of Lenexa and northwestern Overland Park.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

The greatest asset of our organization is our community. The SM West community is unique in that it embraces diversity, is proud of its youth, and consistently provides support for its members in need. While 50% of our population lives below poverty, the other 50% have stepped up to provide financial assistance through our organization. In only one year, we have had over 100 local citizens and businesses donate both funds and goods to help support our local children. We have also been fortunate to gain the support of our local school administrators, counselors, and social workers – from elementary through high school – who recognize the benefits of their students’ participation in activities. They have been an invaluable resource for spreading the word about West is Best. Finally, the coaches, scout leaders, and affiliated organizations have encouraged parents to seek assistance through our organization. They are identifying needs on the “front line” and helping steer families our direction. 

Our greatest challenge is continuing to raise funds. In our first year we thought $5,000 would suffice. We gave out over $7,000 and in many ways, our scholarships were rather limited to specific populations (football players, Cub Scouts at one particular school, etc). We know there is a much greater need and as our publicity spreads, the number of applicants will grow tremendously. Our funding is primarily limited to patrons of the SM West area, and of those, a targeted 50% who are not living in poverty. Looking for alternate funding sources and creative fundraising will be our greatest challenge.

Providing scholarships for students to participate in after-school activities is our only program. Candidates for scholarships complete a scholarship application indicating the activity, cost of activity, amount to be provided by the family, reason for the need, and annual family income.

Financial qualifications are based roughly on the USDA eligibility for free/reduced school lunch. Recipients may receive scholarships for 25%, 50% or 75% of the total cost of the activity.

A student may receive up to 3 scholarships in one year. Assistance is not provided for premier teams/camps. If the sponsoring organization provides scholarships, we ask that families apply there first.

If the scholarship is approved for a registration fee, a check is written to the sponsoring organization. If the scholarship is for a uniform or equipment, either a check is written to the coach or uniform vendor or a gift certificate is provided to a local retailer to be used toward the purchase of required equipment.

Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short-Term Success

In our first nine months, we were able to provide 99 scholarships totaling over $7,000. We provided scholarships for nine different after school activities including football, cheerleading, scouts, and basketball. Students served were from 11 different schools in the SM West area.

According to a survey, student behavior is being impacted. Comments from parents include:
  • I can’t tell you how much this experience has helped my son to have a greater sense of value and worth.
  • This scholarship has meant the world to us. Without it, my son could easily go down a negative path. With it, he has the opportunity for a greater sense of self and the quality role models his coaches provide.
  • He benefited by the life lessons he has received through sports.
  • My son has benefited by a tremendous increase in self-esteem and sense of belonging.
  • It helped to bring a little structure to our lives that have been a little chaotic lately.
  • She got to meet new friends and got her out for some exercise and fun.
Long-Term Success Research shows that students who participate in after-school activities have improved academic performance, attendance, and attitudes, as well as lower dropout rates. They are also less likely to use drugs. ACT says the one predictable indicator of post-high school success is a student’s involvement in activities. Our organization’s goal is to provide access to after-school activities to as many under-privileged children as possible to realize these positive effects.
Program Success Monitored By

We have completed our first annual survey of scholarship recipients (45% return). Almost 60% said their child would not have been able to participate in after school activities without a West is Best Scholarship. Of the 40% who would have found a way for their child to participate, recipients stated it would have been at the expense of paying bills and paying registration on time as other basic needs such as food and rent would have had to be paid first.

One hundred percent of respondents said their child participated in the entire season of the activity.

In addition to data from recipients, our board looks at internal data on a regular basis. We examine the number and average payout of scholarships given, the number of individual and families who receive aid, and which activities have been funded. We also track how many scholarships are given at each elementary school and the grade levels of recipients. This helps us target future marketing to particular buildings and programs.

Examples of Program Success

41% of recipients’ families earned under $17,000/yr; and 44% earned between $17,000 & $29,000. Almost 100% of the families who applied are working poor. Those not working were on disability. Approximately 1/3 of recipients were from single-parent homes.

A little league football coach said, “Thanks again for all you guys are doing. I know I have a lot of kids that there is no way they could play if it weren’t for what you guys are doing to help these kids.

Parent feedback includes:
  • It is a life saver and I hope it is available again when I need it.
  • Everything is so expensive and I want my children to be able to do more but I’m a single parent and a lot of the time I just can’t afford it.
  • It is the best thing that happened to me last year. As a single parent who is in school full time, the scholarships were a Godsend.
  • Last year was my child’s first year cheerleading. It was like a dream come true for her and without the scholarship it wouldn’t have happened. We are truly grateful.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Kelly Tines
Term Start Dec 2011
Experience Kelly Tines has been involved in various volunteer roles throughout the community, primarily with youth.  Mrs. Tines was the PTA president at Rising Star Elementary, Westridge Middle, and at SM West High School.  She has also served in various board and committee chair positions at each.  Mrs. Tines has also been a team administrator for multiple teams over the last decade including youth football, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse as well as high school football.  She served on the Board and as Treasurer of Shawnee Mission Patriot Lacrosse from 2015-2017.  Mrs. Tines is also a member of the City of Lenexa, KS Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, serving as vice-chairman in 2015 and is a member of the Junior League of Wyandotte & Johnson Counties, serving on the Board of Directors in past years.  When not volunteering, Mrs. Tines works for the Olathe School District as the Coordinator of Instructional Coaching and assists with operations of four small businesses owned by Mrs. Tines and her husband.
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 9
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan No
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborates with Shawnee Mission West High School Athletic Department on the annual K-12 Physical Night.  Has collaborated in the past with Breakpointe Community Church for our Vikingpalooza Family Fun Fest.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Kelly Tines
Company Affiliation Olathe School District
Term Dec 2011 to Dec 2019
Email info@westisbestscholarshipfund.com
Board Members
Janiece GleeseJC Penney
Angie GunionTitan Environmental Services
Jim HawkinsImko, Inc.
Barbara JanssenThe Rub Bar-B-Que & Catering, Inc.
Sheila RehderUniversity of Kansas
Angela SamuelsonThe Movement Clinic
Jennifer SilversteinCommunity Volunteer
Kelly TinesOlathe School District
Dave TinesThe Tines Group, Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 88%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $12,500
Projected Expenses $11,096
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using internal financial documents.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$11,065$7,364$8,925
Administration Expense$1,067$1,608$711
Fundraising Expense$168$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.861.460.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%82%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$23,089$0$0
Current Assets$23,089$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$23,089$0$0
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
2018 Annual Report2018View
2017 Annual Report2017View
2016 Annual Report2016View
2015 Annual Report2015View
2014 Annual Report2014View
2013 Annual Report2013View
2012 Annual Report2012View
Organization Name West Is Best Scholarship Fund
Address 13600 Santa Fe Trail Drive
Lenexa, KS 66215
Primary Phone (913) 620-6333
CEO/Executive Director Kelly Tines
Board Chair Kelly Tines
Board Chair Company Affiliation Olathe School District
Year of Incorporation 2011