Northland Shepherd's Center
5601 NE Antioch Road, Suite 12
Gladstone MO 64119
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 452-4536
Fax 816- 452-5326
Mission Statement
To improve the lives of older adults (60-plus), help them remain in their homes -- "age in place" --and thrive in the community.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rebecca Gordon
Board Chair Ms. Laura Rainey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Linden Woods Village
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1991
Former Names
Shepherd's Center of the Northland
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
  1. Use our make a secure on-line donation
  2. Contact our Executive Director Rebecca Gordon at 816-844-3963
  3. Provide in-kind donations--call Terry Tipton 816-452-896-8455 for information regarding our needs
  4. Send a check made out to Northland Shepherd's Center  %Rebecca Gordon, Executive Director, Northland Shepherd's Center, 4805 NE Antioch Rd. Ste. 9, Kansas City, MO 64119
  5. Provide an eCheck as listed on our 
Volunteers are the lifeblood of NSC. Since its inception 27 years ago, NSC has relied on dedicated volunteers to assist with services and life enrichment programs. Anyone interested in volunteering may call the Volunteer Coordinator Brenda Dunn at 816-844-3950 or send an email to Volunteers may want to assist with a single activity, for a limited time or as an on-going volunteer. Volunteers are especially needed in the areas of Res[ote Care or for services such as:
  • Transportation -- to provide rides for older adults who no longer are able to drive. This allows the clients to keep medical appointments and access other necessary daily living services. Volunteers receive support from NSC's Transportation Coordinator and easily can access a database to see where and when a client needs help.
  • BreakTime Club -- to either bring frail older adults to the activity or to help the director coordinate education and social activities for older adults attending the sessions.
  • Minor Home Repair -- help an older adult with minor repairs such as replacing light bulbs or possibly adding grab bars or taking care of small plumbing problems.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement To improve the lives of older adults (60-plus), help them remain in their homes -- "age in place" --and thrive in the community.
Background Statement

Five dedicated Kansas City Northland citizens created the original Shepherd’s Center of the Northland in 1990. These residents caught up in the reality that adults are living longer and need new beginnings, focused on three concepts:

  1. Aging adults want to continue being contributing members of the community;
  2. Active 60+ adults have great empathy for the more frail members of their generation and want to help them;
  3. More than 90% of older adults in the community want to remain in their homes—age in place.
This handful of individuals borrowed the “Shepherd’s Center” concept. The first Shepherd’s Center originated in 1974 in Kansas City, MO, when the Rev. Dr. Elbert C. Cole formed a coalition of civic leaders to consider “aging in America.”  Rev. Cole saw the mature years as an opportunity for healthy, concerned adults to engage in educational enrichment and to volunteer their talents to help the frail and home-bound find new ways to remain integrally involved in their communities. 
From the onset, establishing connections in the community and securing volunteers were paramount. The organization received its 501 (c) 3 IRS papers in 1991 and offered three programs, which were utilized by about 45 people in Clay County.
Today, a 15-member Board of Directors governs three full-time and nine part-time employees, who assist more than 3,500 Clay and Platte County 60+ adults annually. Whether they are active or frail older adults, they are an integral part of the 19 NSC programs that foster the new paradigm of “meaningful aging.” Three hundred and fifty plus volunteers comprise the “heart” of the agency’s services.
In 2014, the progressive Board of Trustees and executive staff changed the name to Northland Shepherd’s Center (NSC) to better exemplify its location – the Northland area of Greater Kansas City, Missouri.
Among its newest programs are Community Care Management, which includes the former CLAIM and Benefits projects, Healthy Lifestyles, and its expanded transportation program with the addition of a new van. NSC is funded by private donations, foundations, corporate grants, fund-raisers and its annual giving campaigns. Approximately 80% of NSC clients are low income, living at income thresholds of $20,000 or less annually.
Impact Statement
  1. Meals on Wheels: NSC added Northland Meals on Wheels to its programs in June 2017. At the request of the Northland Meals on Wheels organization, NSC is the primary agency to administer the program. A strong collaboration with North Kansas City Hospital exists--NKCH prepares the meals, while NSC's volunteer drivers deliver hot, nutritious meals to 185 older adults on a daily basis . The meals program coincides exactly with NSC’s mission – to improve the lives of older adults in the Northland, help them remain in their homes and thrive in the community. The goal for this program to increase funding by $50,000 to provide meals for additional individuals on the waiting list and to increase volunteer drivers to deliver the meals.
  2. In late 2017, after a three-year building  search, NSC purchased property in a visible location at the corner of  Englewood and Antioch Road. This will be the first time since it's inception in 1991 that NSC will have its own home. In June 2019, NSC will move into its new home. The renovated property will: (1) provide NSC to house its programs in one building while maintaining a few of its programs in outlying areas, a factor that makes it easier for clients and their families to attend activities closer to their homes; (2) open a kitchen area giving it an opportunity to prepare meals and snacks in-house instead of contracting with vendors, a factor to help reduce expenses while providing healthy meals and snacks for residents attending enrichment programs; and (3) move its entire staff into one an aspect to help streamline NSC services. Donations and pledges from $50.00 to $50,000 will provide for the maintenance of the new building and will offer strong sustainability to this impact program for older adults in the Northland area. 
  3. The Benefits Program, which opened in late 2010, has secured a total of $4,458,444 for clients in need. Additional dollars from individuals and donors will help NSC expand the program and assist more clients secure the benefits to which they are entitled. 
  4. Collaborations: Continual focus on forging partnerships and collaborations has resulted in another new program – Together We Care. Tri-County Mental Health and NSC jointly established the program to help the Northland’s ever-growing number of caregivers. Together We Care provides monthly gatherings and trainings for caregivers. The program ties in with NSC’s Heart to Heart Program.
  5. Transportation services: Transportation was one of NSC’s first programs 28 years ago, and it recently took a new turn toward greater success. NSC’s volunteer drivers also take clients to personal doctor’s appointments and help older adults meet other individual schedules, but the bus has advanced the transportation services department. In 2018, NSC provided 4,419 trips, adding 91 new clients over the previous year. Additional monies will help NSC provide gas cards for our volunteers, maintain our bus, and will provide more marketing for this program.
Needs Statement
  1. Funding--from $10.00 to $10,000-- and in-kind donations of furniture and technology will enhance services in our new building located at Antioch and Englewood Road.
  2. Updated software and database system: NSC's unique programming necessitates working with a technology expert to build a system specific to NSC needs. Estimated costs to build software program specific to NSC's are $50,000.
  3. Accelerating overall marketing techniques to help advance business and individual contributions
  4. $300 will help an older adult take 8 sessions of a Matter of Balance class to help him/her avoid treacherous falls.
  5. $200 will help an isolated older adult join a BreakTime session to learn and socialize with others.
  6.  $150 will help a caregiver take the Powerful Tools for Caregivers class so he/she can learn how to cope with giving round-the-clock care. 
  7. $50 will serve as a valuable donation to the emergency fund which is used to help older adults pay utility bills or pay for medications until permanent help can be found.
Service Categories
Transportation Assistance
Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations
In-Home Assistance
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
Geographic Area Served Narrative NSC's primary services are in Clay and Platte counties. It also reaches into Ray, Jackson, and Clinton counties. Primary zip codes which NSC services include: 64119, 64118, 64116, 64152, 64151 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Rebecca Gordon, Executive Director
I’ve learned a lot in my 24 years of working with older adult clients at NSC. Starting as a volunteer and progressing to the Executive Director position opened my eyes to the continually accelerating needs of older adults and their caregivers. What exceeded my expectations is the rapid escalation in numbers of older adults and the advancement of services we must offer as we live up to our mission to improve the lives of Northland older adults and help them stay in their homes. Studies at the local, state and national levels prove older adults want to remain in their own homes. Comfort, familiarity, security and independence rank among the top reasons older adults choose to remain at home.
They want to sustain the connections that have mattered throughout their lives. Our staff, through caring conversations, discovers what each of our clients values in life. For our more than 500 volunteers and our staff, personalizing outreach is important. Jenny may not want the same kind of banking help as does Mabel; John may not want to eat at the same time every day while Frank prefers to have the three standard meals. Carl may be an exercise addict while Mary has to be taught the value of exercise and agility. We are not a "cookie-cutter" agency. As such,  time, energy, and professionalism stand at the foreground.
There can be no greater cause than helping our clients maintain their individuality and urging them to believe that aging is not lost youth but it is a new stage for a prospective community.
Board Chair – Dr. Jim Stewart
This is an exciting and gratifying time to lead the NSC Board of Trustees. Among the top priorities for NSC is making its new physical location (which will be under reconstruction as of June 2018) the best that it can be to reflect clients' needs. For three years our Building Committee searched for and visited various locations. Now , after excessive surveys and studies, we purchased the lot and buildings, Reconstruction will start soon.
The ever-growing population among the Northland’s older adults combined with their strong desire to “age in place”  encourages the Board, administration, and staff to propagate plans that will make the best use of our new facility.
In addition to the new facility, we added new programs including greater outreach through the Community Care Management Team. Also, the Board inspired Donor Motivation Program makes this an exciting year to be the Board leader. By a unanimous vote of the Board, my presidency of NSC extends into its second year. The Board believes it is essential to continue the momentum of 2017 into 2018, and I am excited to carry on that advancement.
As an internal medicine specialist focusing on geriatrics, I’ve enjoyed contributing to the Board. This year will end my Board service, but my involvement with NSC will continue. I urge more people to become volunteers. It’s easy. Go to our Website and respond on the “volunteers” tab. Or just call our agency and ask how you can help. Volunteers can choose from among our 20 programs to put their expertise to work.. For those who do not have the time to volunteer, I encourage them to make a donation. They can do that directly online. More than 85% of our clients live on less than $20,000 a year, so it’s impossible for them to squeeze out dollars to pay for additional services. Financial and in-kind donations along with a strong volunteer base keep our programs alive.
1. Community Care Management Team (Includes Benefits and CLAIM)
2. Call Check or Well-Person Check
3. Grocery Van
4. Personal Shopper
5. Minor Home Repair
6. Lawn Mowing
7. Care Call and Friendly Visitor
8. Respite Care
9. Information & Resource Center
Program Budget $222,645.00
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 300 volunteers will provide a variety of services that will assist the older adult.
Long-Term Success To provide reliable, affordable, door to door transportation to medical appointments, minor home safety repairs and additional in-home services and benefits resources for older adults over the age of 60 in Southern Clay and Platte Counties that will assist the older adult in healthy aging in place.
Program Success Monitored By Evaluations at the end of various sessions and yearly client surveys.
Examples of Program Success A couple living in the Northland had been using our medical transportation program for several years. The husband is legally blind and his wife has mental problems that are managed by medication and therapy. We regularly provide transportation for the wife to go to Tri-County Mental Health and the husband rides along for support. Last November the wife had a heart attack. They have no family in the area. After calling our office to ask about assisted living facilities in the area we provided him with that information but also told him about other services we offered such as help getting groceries, taking to them to the bank, having a volunteer go to doctor's appointments with them. With help from SCN and good neighbors they are managing well at home and happy they didn't have to move.
  • Adventures in Learning, for 60+ active adults, is offered twice monthly in two different locations. The program offers socialization, education activities, and expansion of current activities. Lasting friendships often develop among participants. 
  • Learning & Laughter, offered twice monthly, attracts more frail 60+. Guest speakers or vocal groups provide entertainment and education. Chair exercises, crafts, games developing hand-to-eye skills, and bingo are among the many activities.
  • BreakTime Club, a five-hour program held each week in two different locations, is for the more frail elderly (sometimes ambulatory clients) who need help with activities. Caregivers bring their loved ones and can then  take a "break" knowing their relative is in safe hands. Lunch is served.
  • Healthy Lifestyles offers agility and strength-building sessions. Additionally, take-home notebooks with exercise instructions show clients how to independently foster healthy living.
Program Budget $164,800.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The programs provide lifelong learning opportunities and events that enhance older adults in different stages of their lives. Respect and understanding grow through valued traditions and older adults can relate to actions of the upcoming generations, thereby reducing a sense of isolation.
Long-Term Success Older adult participants have opportunities to engage in social activities and learning opportunities, which help them in acuity, agility, awareness, and socialization skills. Statistics and studies generated by specialists in gerontology prove feelings of loneliness lead to severe depression and mental health issues. As NSC helps older adult retained their connections to community and develop friendships, fewer mental and physical health problems encumber older adults.
Program Success Monitored By Yearly client and family survey along with continual interaction with staff and volunteers.
Examples of Program Success Les is a very lively and independent 96 year old. He lives alone in his own home. His granddaughter, who lives close by, helps with medication and various appointments. His daughter lives in Texas. Les attended our Northland Adventures in Learning program for many years, but this past July the family had to take his car away from him and wanted to see if transportation could be provided for him. After some conversation about his declining health and isolation it was suggested he try our BreakTime Club program. We arranged for transportation and he instantly fell in love with the program. He looks forward to attending the sessions so he can interact with new found friends.
Successes for 60+ adults as well as their caregivers characterize these programs.
  • Transportation is a primary service. In this expansive Northland where public transportation is sparse, this free service provided by NSC volunteers is essential. Additionally, in late 2015 NSC's donors made it possible for the agency to purchase a van to takes groups of individuals to activities, shopping tours or other events. NSC is the only agency in the Northland to offer arm-in-arm and door-to-door transportation for its clients.
  • Heart-to-Heart is a monthly session for caregivers, who have opportunities to listen to professionals and share their own concerns.
  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week, evidence-based program where caregivers learn how to take care of themselves. 
  • Grief and Loss Support Group, held twice annually in collaboration with NorthCare Hospice and Crossroads Hospice, helps people grieving over the loss of a loved one.
  • Just For Fun Tours provides day trips and/or week-long tours at affordable rates. Travel, educational and social experiences are important.
Category Human Services, General/Other Transportation Assistance
Population Served Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The Healthy Lifestyles Program fits well in the category of obvious short-term success. Even after three-four weeks in the various exercise programs, registrants report "I'm more agile"; "I can dress myself without holding on to furniture" and "I just feel better now." Residents taking advantage of the Transportation program report feeling more secure about getting the help they need outside the home. More than 85% of the caregivers taking part in either of the two programs report they feel more confident and less stressed about taking care of their loved ones.
Long-Term Success Socialization produces a major long-term success. Professional studies indicate quality of life is achieved when 60+ adults avoid isolation.
Program Success Monitored By
Success of the programs is monitored by:
  • The presenters.
  • Contracted professionals, collaborators or staff monitoring the programs.
  • Overall evaluations conducted by the In-Home and Programs Coordinator.
Examples of Program Success A veteran in the Benefits Advocate Program is now living happily and with far less stress because the NSC social worker found multiple benefits that ultimately helped save his home. Jane, who has received tremendous benefits from the Transportation Program, continually states she has no idea how she would have been able to get to dialysis treatments without NSC volunteers. It is essential that she is frugal; "I could not afford cab service to my treatments," she says. In addition, the arm-in-arm assistance Jane receives would be impossible if she had to take a taxi. "God bless the Northland Shepherd's Center. Because of you and your transportation program volunteers, I'm not skipping my doctor's appointments," Sarah said. For Jim, transportation to the grocery store "is great. People can bring groceries to the house, but it's so much better if I can pick up my own food. It just makes me feel a part of the community," Jim says.
CEO Comments Challenges include advancing our already needed services and continuing to offer them free-of-charge for a financially stressed adult population, which comprises 80% of our clients. The challenge also includes expanding the services to the rapidly growing 60+ population. NSC services and programs reach various ages -- the 60+ adults and their younger sons, daughters or friends who take care of them. Also, our volunteers say they have a real sense of satisfaction when they help the people who once molded this community. Over this 28-year span, many individuals who once were volunteers are now using the services, and younger volunteers take their place. Our volunteers contend by helping the 60+ adults and keeping their minds and bodies active, they as volunteers feel a new spark of energy and mental acuity. As the NSC executive director, Rebecca Gordon reminds the community: "We provide our various services  at no cost, but donations are encouraged." The entire program makes the community stronger.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Rebecca Gordon
Term Start May 2001
Experience Shepherd's Center Northland: Executive Director May 2001 to present; In-home Service Coordinator Aug '99 to May '01; Office Manager, Internal Medicine practice 1985-1995. Volunteer positions in St. Luke Presbyterian Church, education committee since 1983, fund raising for youth since 1985, Camp Director 1996 to 1997, Co-Director '99 and '01. Education: Southwestern College, Winfield, KS Education 1.5 years.
Former CEOs
Ms. Brenda GarnerAug 1995 - May 2001
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Experience/Biography Ray County Senior Services Board member for the past two years, Volunteer work at Whatsoever Community Center in KC.
Title Executive Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 1
Volunteers 512
Retention Rate 85%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 14
Male 2
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
Antioch Community Church, Clay County Health Center, Clay County Senior Services, Grief Network Group, Liberty Christian & Liberty Methodist Church, Liberty Hospital, Mosaic Life Care, McCrite Plaza, Meals on Wheels, Missouri Patient Care Review Foundation, NorthCare Hospice, North Cross Methodist Church, North Kansas City Hospital, North Kansas City School District, Northland Neighborhoods, Platte County Senior Citizens Service Fund, Rebuilding Clay County Together, St. Luke Presbyterian Church, Tri-County Mental Health, Missouri Association on Area Agencies on Aging; Shepherd's Center of America; Clay and Platte County Falls Coalition.
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter1971
United Way Member Agency2012
Innovative Program-Garden AngelsShepherd's Center of America2006
Jean Williams Fund DevelopmentShepherd's Center of America2006
Bishop John J. Sulivan AwardCatholic Charities of KC2006
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The "Shepherd's Center" concept, from the onset, focused on the importance of volunteers being at the heart of the agency. We continue to uphold that approach. We value incorporating new volunteers to help our clients experience the best results from programs and services. In 2014 our Board of Directors and staff  decided a name change would provide more individuality. Once called "Shepherd's Center of the Northland," our agency name became "Northland Shepherd's Center. Placing "Northland" first differentiates us from the other Shepherd's Centers in the area. Additionally, for the past two years we have a new logo depicting our ever-progressive organization. We annually assess the needs of the rapidly expanding 60+ adult population in our area. In early 2016 generous donors and foundations made it possible for NSC to purchase a new Ford 15-passenger van. We now are able to extend transportation opportunities for our clients. Our Healthy Lifestyles program was another important management decision made in late 2014. In 2015, the Healthy Lifestyles Program helped 489 older adults achieve greater balance and taught them how to avoid falls through our Matter of Balance class. Healthy Lifestyles also includes PEPPI, which helps older adults achieve strength (use of stretch bands and weights) and agility. In 2017 NSC helped 244 older adults maintain balance, build agility, and increase their strength through Healthy Lifestyles. In 2010 NSC opened its Benefits and CLAIM program. Since November 2010 through April 2018, NSC collective has brought a dollar value of $4,458.444 to its various clients. Another major first was being invited by North Kansas City Hospital to be among four collaborators initiating a pilot program to help 65+ patients being released from the hospital. This project is partially funded by the Kemper Foundation and Clay County Senior Services. NSC continues to focus on pertinent partnerships and collaborations to extend financial strengths as well as services and programming. In July 2017 the Northland Meals on Wheels program asked NSC to assume the administration of Meals on Wheels. The continual success of NSC along with its outreach to more than 4,000 older adults initiates opportunities for collaboration.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Laura Rainey
Company Affiliation Linden Woods Village
Term Nov 2019 to Dec 2021
Board Members
Mr. Nathan AskrenScript Pro
Dr. Gary CarterNorth Kansas City Hospital
Mrs. Linda CraigieCommunity Volunteer; Retired Teacher
Mrs. Reta GaeblerCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Ryan GeorgeFinancial Planner
Mr. Dennis GordonRetired
Ms. Verda HylandRetired
Mr. Mark LatshawLatshaw & Company
Mr. Dermidio Juez PerezWattMaster Controls
Ms Laura RaineyLinden Woods Village
Mrs. Mary ReichertCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Yvonne SeckingtonCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Glen SmithElder Business Law
Ms. Bonnie SmithNorterre
Dr. James StewartNorth Kansas City Hospital
Mr. Dennis WhittyCommunity Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Project Oversight
Advisory Board Members
Mrs. Melanie BeardNorth Kansas City Hospital
Ms. Glenda KinderUniversity Outreach Extension
Ms. Judy RychlewskiWilliam Jewell College
Mrs. Ida May WillhausCommunity Volunteer
CEO Comments I have a dedicated staff that assists the progressive Board of Trustees and me. We also have more than 500 volunteers that are willing to take on multiple jobs and responsibilities. As they help our clients and NSC, the volunteers demonstrate a definite passion for their work. We look forward to the challenges of adding new and younger volunteers. Present and former volunteers market our services as they explain to their friends the true meaning of NSC. In 2017 we added the Northland Meals on Wheels program to our services. Another major change is the purchase of a building on which we will start reconstruction in June 2018. This will mark the first time in our 28 years of service to Northland older adults that NSC will have a "home" in which we can house all 20 programs. The building purchase also helps create two streams of revenue . One stream of revenue will result from leasing a segment of the structure to three businesses. This will provide annual income for NSC. The second stream of revenue will result from the construction of a Community Cafe, a concept unique to the area. As residents and businesses use the meeting space and order from the cafe, they also will provide income for NSC. We expect the Cafe to be fully operational by mid-2019. Statistics indicate that the 60+ population in the Northland area will expand by nearly 30% in the next 15 years.. It is essential that NSC advance to meet the needs of this expanding population. 
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $616,246
Projected Expenses $616,046
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • 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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$154,540$402,558$148,237
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$11,323$11,449$14,480
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$89,464$90,862$73,042
Revenue In-Kind$36,950$37,950$37,950
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$696,182$602,841$521,326
Administration Expense$252,255$161,688$34,167
Fundraising Expense$55,023$55,619$55,695
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.360.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses69%74%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$2,415,017$2,410,925$533,599
Current Assets$304,800$136,830$42,055
Long-Term Liabilities$1,496,440$1,523,999$0
Current Liabilities$67,421$21,057$7,499
Total Net Assets$851,156$865,869$526,100
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.526.505.61
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets62%63%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountClay County Senior Services $154,540Clay County Senior Services $402,558Clay County Senior Services $145,237
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way of Greater Kansas City $26,327United Way of Greater Kansas City $26,242Greater Kansas City Community Foundation $55,284
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountKnowledge Management Association $22,673Individual Donor $22,500RC Kemper Jr. Trust $50,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose For reconstruction of a building purchased in late 2017.
Goal $3,500,000.00
Dates Aug 2018 to Aug 2020
Amount Raised to Date as of Apr 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
Our greatest challenge is securing funds to run the organization and its programs. We are funded through grants, corporations, private donations and pertinent fund raising activities.We sponsor several fundraisers each year plus run a direct mail campaign. Our challenge now is addressing the social media outlets that will allow us to run campaigns such as on-line giving. We continue to seek new corporate outlets. Finding grant opportunities through foundations that fund programs for the elderly remains our focus as well. In the past two years, we successfully wrote grants to four new foundations and have successfully sought new corporate donors. We are aware NSC cannot go back to the same foundations and donors year after year. The Missouri Department of Economic Development Neighborhood Assistance Program approved NSC for providing tax credits to its business donors in 2014. However, this program also proved to be a challenge because many corporations are reticent to do the paperwork associated with being approved for tax credits; others contend 50% is not enough of a tax credit. NAP explained to our agency that various Kansas City agencies reports this problem. Our Board of Directors does an excellent job in reviewing and actively maintaining our budget and helping us grow financially. NSC continues to lack affluent individual donors.
Our second greatest challenge is serving the greatly expanded number of older adults with a small staff. Each of the three full-time staff members wears a number of hats; part-time staff members do much more than their job descriptions entail. Assistance is needed to expand our staff, but the dollars are not available.
Opportunities are many--all national, state and local studies point to older adults wanting to remain in their homes and be a part of the community. NSC has the opportunity to address these desires and needs and to train additional individuals with an affinity for helping older adults. Limited funds to hire additional staff remains our problem.
Other Documents
Annual Report2017View
President's Report2017View
Organization Name Northland Shepherd's Center
Address 5601 NE Antioch Road, Suite 12
Gladstone, MO 64119
Primary Phone (816) 452-4536
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rebecca Gordon
Board Chair Ms. Laura Rainey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Linden Woods Village
Year of Incorporation 1991
Former Names
Shepherd's Center of the Northland