Band of Angels Corp
11890 W 135TH ST
Overland Park KS 66221
Band of Angels
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 491-6636
Fax 913- 491-6691
Mission Statement

Helping students find music through the generosity of others.

CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Mike Meyer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Meyer Music
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Instrument Donations

Instruments in working and even in non-working condition are welcomed at three Meyer Music locations:

Blue Springs: 1512 SW Highway 40, Blue Springs Mo 64015

Kansas City North: 6312-14 NW Barry Road, Kansas City, Mo 64154

Overland Park,KS: 11890 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Ks 66221

(Unfortunately, we are unable to accept pianos, organs, electric keyboards or drum sets)

Financial Donations

Tax-deductible financial contributions can be made out and mailed to:

Band of Angels, 11890 West 135th St., Overland Park KS 66221

Please make your check payable to “Band of Angels.” Band of Angels is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. You may also donate any amount online via Paypal or Stripe, both available on the website.

Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Helping students find music through the generosity of others.

Background Statement
Band Of Angels was formed in 2010 as a not-for-profit partnership between WDAF-TV Fox 4 and Meyer Music. The goal of the organization, short and long-term is is to repurpose as well as provide used musical instruments for children who face financial barriers that would otherwise prevent participation in a music program.
In 2012 a scholarship program was added sending recipients to summer music camps. To date, we have sent 60 students to week long summer music camps at no cost to the student. At this point we have provided over 1000 instruments to students in need across roughly 60 school districts in Kansas and Missouri.
Impact Statement
  • Provided full scholarships for over 315 students to attend summer music camps of their choice.
  • Provided 1,950 repaired and refurbished instruments to students with financial need or barriers to ensure participation in school band/orchestra school music programs.
  • College scholarship program
  • Ongoing One-for-One program with school districts to replace worn or unusable instruments for the classroom.
  • BOA Wholesale instrument purchase for student instruments not available through donations.

  • Current average instrument per district is two. BOA would like to double that.
  • Start private music lesson program for students in our program. (100% increase over 5 year)
  • Strengthen music education programs in the form of instrument, summer camp and college scholarships. (25% increase annually)
  • Enhance and expand the college scholarship program from one student to five or more students annually t. (200% increase over 5 years)
  • Increase the number of instruments provided to music programs in the One-for-One program. (50% increase over 5 years)
Needs Statement
Band of Angels began when a need was identified to provide instruments for students that faced financial barriers that prevented them from participating in their school music program. In the ten years Band of Angels has served the community the need and reach of Band of Angels has grown. There became a real need for summer band camp scholarships. Summer band camp scholarships, and the requests for, have grown considerably. Band of Angels currently gives out almost 100 instruments a year and an equal number of camp scholarships. The programs continue to see an increase in requests each year and we work hard to fulfill each one.
Arts and education programs continue to take substantial financial cuts for support. These cuts are driving requests to organizations like Band of Angels for assistance. To help support music education and participation Band of Angels has since created programs like the One-for-One program that exchanges classroom and program instruments that are no longer classroom viable, for better quality used instrument. Each program can exchange three unusable instruments for three better quality used instruments.
Band of Angels supports many ongoing programs that are necessary to support music education in the Kansas City area. With the growth of the organization and exposure from the partnership with WDAF-TV Fox 4 has created a need through awareness. The requests for instruments and scholarships continues to grow substantially from year to year. This year the program experienced a growth of 25% for summer music camp scholarships and is seeing considerably more requests through districts and applications for instruments. the need for both is growing as fast, if not faster than the organization is able to provide.
Service Categories
Scholarships & Student Financial Aid
Arts Education
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS - Johnson County
KS - Lawrence
Geographic Area Served Narrative Band of Angels serves students within a 100-mile radius of the Kansas City Metro.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement The Kansas City community makes me proud. So much support for so many organizations. Band of Angels is a recipient of that love and support and it is greatly appreciated. Our success is directly related to our community support.
Description Collecting used music instruments from those who are not using them and making them available to students in financial need.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Appreciation
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

We have seen a good success already with the students that we have provided instruments for. Many have continued on and each year the number of kids interested in summer music camps has increased. We have had many of the parent / guardians of our instrument recipients tell us that the kids really love playing and being in music has given them a place to belong in the school.

Long-Term Success

Our goal is to shepherd students along from elementary to college by giving them the opportunity to participate in beginning band and orchestra programs. We want to help to remove barriers standing in the way of these students developing a life skill through music.

Program Success Monitored By

We continually try to connect with the teachers of the students so see their success and find out if they are still in the program.

Examples of Program Success

Over 1,950 instruments donated to students & schools over the last three years.

Band of Angels also offers full summer music camp scholarships to the students it serves so that they may further their music education beyond the school year and classroom. Attending music camp allows students who are very serious in improving their skills to learn and practice among similar students. Campers receive one-on-one attention from instructors that is not available in band or orchestra classes during the school year. For some students, music camp is a place where they can escape troubling situations at home and focus on what brings them joy. The primary goal and focus is the surround the student with other like students. 
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Appreciation
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Many of the students who attended camps this year came from schools some would refer to as “tough”. There is no question that our students learned much about music, but more importantly they had a chance to decompress and see what a happy classroom situation was like. The counselors at the camps noted that at the beginning of the week, many of the students from our program didn’t really know how to fit in to a classroom all that well. By mid-week, they were able to drop their “tough” exterior and enjoy the instrument along with the friendships of the other campers. Our hope is that the kids continue to go to the camp each year and foster those friendships further. The camps are also typically held on a college campus which many of these kids have never gotten to experience. Opening their eyes to what can be in another big benefit of the summer camp scholarship.
Long-Term Success
Ultimately, we would like to see the students continue their music education in a more focused environment. In any music program in most schools you have about 20% of the students who have an absolute love of music. Music camps typically attract these 20% of students. By taking our students and surrounding them with all the other students who have music as their primary love, they can begin to see many more possibilities for their future. Ideally, if we provide them an instrument and access to great teachers through summer music camps we will prepare them to study music in college and potentially gain a scholarship to help get them there using their music talent.
Program Success Monitored By We will know the program is successful if the students continue in music and continue to come back to the camp again each year. We are very early in our process, but we hope that some of our scholarship kids continue to study music and this motivates them to continue on and go to college.
Examples of Program Success The best testimonial to date is two camp scholarship kids. Morgan and Connor are a brother and sister who attended camp the last two years. Their father passed away in 2014. Morgan and Connor have both turned to their music as a way to deal with their grief and the loss of their father. Morgan has been a now three year camp attendee and Connor has attended twice. Their mother has thanked us many times and told us they just would not be where they are without the music and our involvement. Morgan just auditioned for and made All District Band this year.
Description The program will provide one $3,000-$5,000 scholarship to a former Band of Angels instrument or scholarship recipient. 
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed No
Short-Term Success The program is intended to fill a small gap in funding that might be the determining factor if a financially challenged student will pursue post-secondary education. 
Long-Term Success The scholarship program is a recent addition to the Band of Angels goals.  The intent of the scholarship is to ensure students with financial barriers have the same opportunity their classroom counterparts have.  
Program Success Monitored By Band of Angels will begin tracking the demographics and success of students provided scholarships.  The long-term goal would be that the funding provided would enhance and secure attendance for students who might not otherwise be able to attend, while providing necessary support for long-term success and achievement of a college degree who is financially challenged.  
Examples of Program Success There are two primary measurements of program success.  The first being providing the financial resources necessary to secure attendance at an accredited college.  The second measurement will be the actual graduation rate of scholarship recipients.  
CEO Comments

The mission of Band of Angels matters. Providing this program is important to the success of students who otherwise would not be able to experience music programs and the success rate they offer later in life. For many years I had to watch as parents had to deny participation because of the financial barrier. I knew there had to be a way to encourage our community to pull perfectly good instruments out of their attics, basements and garages and gift them to these students. We have been highly successfully engaging the community and creating participation in the instrument donation program. Through this generosity and community support we have also been able to take our efforts one step further with the summer camp scholarship program and many other outreach efforts Band of Angels has taken on. This program doesn’t have the capacity yet to change the world but we do have the resources and support to change the world for a few of our children!

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Term Start Jan 2010

Mike Meyer is our board chairman. Mike has 29 years of experience in the music retail industry working with students and schools. Mike's parents Ted and Betty Meyer started Meyer Music in 1966 and have been teaching music students and working closely with school band and orchestra programs for over 54 years.

Senior Staff
Title Development Director Angel
Experience/Biography Dawn joined Band of Angels in 2019, part time to support the growing need for and efforts of Band of Angels.  Dawn has 15 years of fundraising experience as well as experience in all aspects of grant writing and management. Her previous experience includes over $4 million dollars in federal grant management and 118 foundations, as well as experience with grant and financial compliance. 
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 60
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No

Band of Angels has been highly successful with their collaborative efforts. The organization was initially formed through a partnership with WDAF-TV Fox 4 and Meyer Music. The relationship with WDAF-TV Fox 4 continues to grow.  Their staff involvement and commitment to the program success continues to be a valuable collaboration.

Band of Angels serves 60 school districts within a 100 mile radius of the Kansas City Metro.  Each district is "instrumental" in communicating our services to students in-need.  Directors help the program determine need and potential with applicants and coordinate services.  

String Sprouts – String Sprouts K.C. partner to ensure that the program has the instruments necessary to carry out their mission.  The program is an extended effort of Band of Angels.  Program missions overlap and the populations served overlap.  Their success is our success.  

Band of Angels has also secured partnerships and sponsorship with Hallmark, one of the largest partners and financial supporters of the annual Art that Blows event.  Baron BMW who is present at all events, is a consistent sponsor of events and program promotion. Band of Angels also collects donated guitars and shares them with Guitars for Troops.   

Making a Difference AwardTournament of Roses2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

We collaborate with local artists to re-purpose instruments deemed un-usable which are made into art. This art is then auctioned to provide funds for summer music camp scholarships. We have had a wonderful and strong partnership with Hallmark for this program. Our silent art auction is called Art That Blows.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Mike Meyer
Company Affiliation Meyer Music
Term Jan 2010 to Dec 2019
Board Members
Mr. Darren AbbottHallmark
Mrs. Crissa CookHovey Williams LLP
Mrs. Lindsey DandoyN2Publishing
Mrs. Carla EvansDST
Ms. Carrie HibbelerFox 4: Community Relations Director
Mrs. Kathleen McCulloughRetired, Blue Valley Schools: Orchestra Director
Mr. Jason McElweeMontage Investments: Co-Founder/Partner
Mr. Mike MeyerMeyer Music
Mrs. Jill MuellerDeloitte
Mr. Ryan OthmerGreat Western Bank
Mr. Rick RodenbeckKalender & Rodenbeck CPA, LLC: CPA
Mr. Bryan SarffTrue Wealth and Company
Mrs. Barbara TeicherExecutive Training & Coaching
Mr. Paul WeberEAG Advertising
Ms. Sabrina WiewelHallmark
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 82%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 95%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 5%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Advisory Board Members
Mark Alford
Tony DeSare
Joanne Eschrich
Mark Pender
George ShelbyProfessional Sax Player - Los Angeles CA
CEO Comments

Band of Angels has continued to focus on board and advisory board diversity. Ensuring that the direction of the organization is constantly represented by a variety of experience and views. The organization began the peer-to-peer fundraising and advocacy group Rockstars in 2019. This group expands the diversity of the organization and is made up of 50% or more minorities. It is our goal to represent a wide demographic in age, race, and gender so we do our best to provide as many viewpoints as possible when building our organization.

Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $165,000
Projected Expenses $85,000
Spending Policy N/A
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$117,475$78,105$64,100
Administration Expense$5,872$2,778$4,546
Fundraising Expense$0$150$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.531.941.73
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%91%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$346,795$263,668$183,688
Current Assets$346,795$229,393$153,483
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$346,795$263,668$183,688
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
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
Organization Comments Expense Projections often do not include any potential grant awards or increases that will become available to our programs.
Other Documents
Organization Name Band of Angels Corp
Address 11890 W 135TH ST
Overland Park, KS 66221
Primary Phone (913) 491-6636
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Mike Meyer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Meyer Music
Year of Incorporation 2014