Turn the Page KC
4049 Pennsylvania
Suite 301
Kansas City MO 64111
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 718-8926
Mission Statement
The mission of Turn the Page KC is to instigate Kansas City's most positive future through 3rd grade reading proficiency. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mike English
Board Chair Mr. Sly James
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mayor, Kansas City
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The mission of Turn the Page KC is to instigate Kansas City's most positive future through 3rd grade reading proficiency. 
Background Statement
Not long after his election in 2011, Mayor Sly James launched a citywide initiative to focus on 3rd grade reading, identifying it as the most important economic development initiative for the city. This initiative has evolved into the 501C3 organization Turn the Page KC. Our organization’s vision is that all third graders in Kansas City, MO will read at grade level or above. Through our role as convener, conductor, and cheerleader, Turn the Page KC adds unique value to the Kansas City community by mobilizing the community to solve this urgent problem.
  
Turn the Page KC is governed by an independent Board of Directors with a full-time Executive Director. We serve a critical role in Kansas City by focusing the community on the urgent need to achieve reading proficiency for third graders and harnessing community resources toward that objective.
Impact Statement
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 
  1. Helped to increase the percentage of children reading at grade level by 3rd grade in Kansas City, MO from 33% in 2014 to 52% in 2016.
  2. In partnership with First Book and the Local Investment Commission, distributed 300,000 books to Kansas City, MO low-income children.
  3. Recruited, trained, and managed 40 full-time tutors that helped 400 K-3 students learn to read during the summer months.
  4. Hosted a summer reading celebration at the Sprint Center for 1,400 children in July, 2016. 
  5. Helped to reduce the percentage of students that are chronically absent from 14% to 10%
 
CURRENT YEAR GOALS:
  1. Our ultimate goals is to achieve 70% 3rd grade reading proficiency scores by 2017.
  2. Help to expand the number of Kansas City parents served by home visiting programs from 1,400 to 3,000.
  3. Reduce chronic absenteeism from 10% to 5% by instigating viable solutions to the obstacles highly mobile families face relative to chronic school absenteeism.
  4. Elevate the awareness of the importance of reading at grade level by 3rd grade.
Needs Statement
  1. Raise $100,000 to hire three full-time parent educators that help new parents in the urban core of Kansas City to become their child's first teacher and to provided much needed developmental screening.
  2. Books: Turn the Page KC is constantly accepting book donations and funding donations so that we can purchase new books.
Service Categories
Primary & Elementary Schools
Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Remedial Reading & Encouragement
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Executive Director Statement:
Turn the Page KC is a new nonprofit organization, but Mayor Sly James launched this education initiative in 2011. He wanted to make sure that the initiative outlived his tenure as Mayor, so he established Turn the Page KC as a 501C3 nonprofit organization. We are in the “startup” phase, but we have strong governance and a solid strategic plan.
 
Board Chair (Mayor Sly James) Statement:
In the United States today, literacy is a vital individual and national need. If children aren’t reading and writing by third grade, their future academic and economic success may be jeopardized and even diminished. Our goal is strong literacy for all children by the end of third grade, a goal that demands an intensive instructional effort in kindergarten, first, and second grades. 
 
I grew up in a two bedroom bungalow at 44th and Montgall, one block east of Prospect Ave, on the east side of town. I lived in that house, sharing a small bedroom, initially with two younger brothers but then three by the time I had completed my Jr. Year at Bishop Hogan High School. Our parents drilled education into our heads. Homework rules were enforced and school misconduct was punished and sometimes severely. 
 
It was difficult in our small house to ever find a time to be alone. I believe my current late night habits began in this time frame of grade school youth when I waited impatiently for the time that my brothers and parents would FINALLY go to sleep so that I could be alone.
 
I did not want to be alone for the sake of meditation, after all, I was an adolescent boy with energy and imagination. I waited for the chorus of snores and nighttime noises to begin and would then open the closet door in our bedroom and climb the steps towards the attic door with a book and a flashlight. I was now in escape mode! Sitting on the wooden steps, behind clothes hanging on hangers on a wooden bar in front of me and a closed trap door to the attic lying flat above my head, I was “away.”
 
As I grew older, I continued to travel the world, fight the good fight and imagine myself greater because of and through the magical power of books and reading. It is why, through USMC Bootcamp, college, Law School and now as Mayor, I ALWAYS have a novel going. Usually it is fiction and often it juxtaposes a hero of extraordinary skill or ability against some dirty rotten scoundrel or villain. THAT is why I LOVE to read and why I believe in the magical powers of reading.
Programs
Description Turn the Page KC convenes organizations around Kansas City to shine a light on issues that prevent children from reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.
Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success In a short period of time, we have raised the awareness in Kansas City for this issue. We have also seen more and more organizations incorporate literacy into their existing programs.
Long-Term Success
By 2017, our goal is to increase the percentage of Kansas City MO students that can read at grade level to 70% (from a baseline of 33%).
Program Success Monitored By We measure the success of this program by tracking the reading levels of students that are matched with volunteers. We will know if this program is successful based on two key data points: (1) school attendance data and (2) 3rd grade reading data.
Examples of Program Success As a collective impact initiative, the success of Turn the Page KC is measured by the impact our collective community has on reading proficiency of Kansas City, MO 3rd graders. Over the past three years, the percentage of children reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade has increased from 33% to 53%. Since our goal is for all Kansas City, MO 3rd graders to read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade, we still have a long way to go.
Description Research has shown that access to books correlates to a child's development of literacy skills. Because children in low-income families have, on average, less than one book per home, Turn the Page KC prioritizes access to books for low-income families. We collect and distribute both new and gently used books through a variety of community partners. 

Turn the Page KC takes book donations and monetary donations that we use to purchase new books from First Book. We then work through over fifty community partners to ensure that books get to children living in low-income households. Over the past year, we have distributed over 300,000 books in the Kansas City community.

Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Distribute 50,000 books per year.
Long-Term Success All children are raised him book rich homes.
Program Success Monitored By Eliminate book deserts by ensuring that all homes have at least 10 books.
Examples of Program Success There are currently about 21,000 children under the age of 3 in Kansas City, MO. One example of program success would be to provide each of these children with a board book.
CEO Comments During the summer of 2015, Turn the Page KC ran a summer tutoring program. We hired 40 college students (pre-service teachers) and trained them to tutor students in grades K-3. These tutors then worked in summer programs run by the Upper Room, the Local Investment Commission (LINC), Freedom Schools, and the Boys and Girls Club. This program was an extremely effective way to help students catch up to their peers during the summer months. The challenge we face is a funding challenge. Much of the funding for the 2015 program was provided by a federal agency called the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS faces the prospect of severe budget cuts which would threaten this program and many other AmeriCorps programs. Organizations like Turn the Page KC may need to think of creative ways to replace the great value we get from the federal AmeriCorps program. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mike English
Term Start Feb 2014
Experience Mike English is the Executive Director of Turn the Page KC. He has served in that capacity since February 2014, and heads up the organization’s management, fundraising, and program development activities. English previously served as the President and CEO of the Missouri Council on Economic Education. English earned his undergraduate degree in Philosophy with a concentration in Politics and Economics from the University of Notre Dame. He earned his Master’s Degree in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago, focusing his studies on public finance. While earning his degree he worked as a policy analyst for the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the City of Chicago Office of Budget and Management. English then served as the Executive Director for the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project, where he also served on several community boards and committees while living in Pittsburgh. More recently, English worked as a Senior Analyst at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, working with schools and other education-related nonprofit organizations.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Program Coordinator
Experience/Biography Jordan is currently working on her Master's Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Turn the Page KC and the Mayor's Office in 2013-2014. Prior to that experience, she worked in communications with a United Way in Florida.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 25
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
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Turn the Page KC convenes, on a quarterly basis, four work groups focused on Community Engagement, School Attendance, School Readiness, and Summer Learning.  The organizations that comprise these work groups are our partners, and they include: Lead to Read KC, Center School District, Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City, Hickman Mills School District, Kansas City Public Schools, Park Hill School District, Guadalupe Center, MARC, Operation Breakthrough, Reach Out and Read,  Boys and Girls Club, Caring for Kids, Freedom Schools, Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium, Kansas City Power & Light District, Kansas City Public Libraries, LIFT-Missouri at Webster University, LINC, North Kansas City School District, Upper Room, United Way of Greater Kansas City, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Caring for Kids, Elevate KC, Family Conservancy, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Kansas City Public Libraries, Kansas City Public Television (KCPT), Literacy KC, Mattie Rhodes & Latino Civic Engagement Collaborative, Mid-Continent Public Libraries, Urban League, YMCA, ACE, Barkley Worldwide Advertising, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Metropolitan Community College – Francis Institute, and Prep-KC. 
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Pacesetter AwardAnnie E. Casey Foundation's Campaign for Grade Level Reading2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments Turn the Page KC is looking toward the future and working to make sure that we have a diverse source of funding that includes at least 20% of our annual revenue from individual contributions. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Sly James
Company Affiliation Mayor, Kansas City
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Bob Bartman Retired
Bert Berkley Tension Envelope
Linda Edwards Retired
Carol Hallquist Hallmark Corporate Foundation
Judy Heeter Pathfinder Consulting
Sly James Mayor, Kansas City
Kelly Kerns Populous
Eric Morgenstern Morningstar Communications
Uzziel Pecina UMKC School of Education
Adam Rossbach Kansas City Chiefs
Anne VanGarsse Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 10%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Nominating
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $349,935
Projected Expenses $362,876
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2014: (For 2/1/2014 through 8/31/2014) Financial data reported using Internal Financials.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$227,235$163,609$87,718
Administration Expense$51,543$19,855$11,166
Fundraising Expense$5,395$5,468$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.171.941.28
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%87%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%1%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$294,255$244,790$47,839
Current Assets$273,167$240,676$47,839
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,038$0$0
Total Net Assets$292,217$244,790$47,839
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities134.04----
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGeorge K. Baum Family Foundation $50,000George K. Baum Family Foundation $50,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOffice of the Mayor $50,000Office of the Mayor $50,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountDepartment of Health and Human Services $40,833Department of Health & Human Services $40,833 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
Organization Name Turn the Page KC
Address 4049 Pennsylvania
Suite 301
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 718-8926
CEO/Executive Director Mike English
Board Chair Mr. Sly James
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mayor, Kansas City
Year of Incorporation 2014