Uncover KC
10010 NW 70th Court
Kansas City MO 64152
Overland Trail Elementary volunteering through one our education program.
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 721-5529
Mission Statement
Uncover KC strives to create positive social change by connecting compassionate volunteers with local organizations in need of them. We do this through a variety of ways such as awareness, retail, event planning and management, but our bread and butter is volunteerism. We recruit individuals and groups — schools, churches, clubs, businesses, organizations, families, friends, government entities — to utilize our scheduling services to volunteer. By dealing with both the participant and charitable benefactor, we make the process as easy as possible for all involved. The easier we make it to serve, the more people will, thus increasing our positive impact on society.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Brent Lager
Board Chair Mr. Brent Lager
Board Chair Company Affiliation Uncover KC
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Former Names
The Call KC
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Uncover KC strives to create positive social change by connecting compassionate volunteers with local organizations in need of them. We do this through a variety of ways such as awareness, retail, event planning and management, but our bread and butter is volunteerism. We recruit individuals and groups — schools, churches, clubs, businesses, organizations, families, friends, government entities — to utilize our scheduling services to volunteer. By dealing with both the participant and charitable benefactor, we make the process as easy as possible for all involved. The easier we make it to serve, the more people will, thus increasing our positive impact on society.
Background Statement
The boy and girl couldn’t have been more than six-years-old. Dirt caked their fingers and ragged layers of clothing covered their small, dwindling bodies. They looked cold, hungry and shy when they walked up to my food station.
 
With a scared face, the little boy asked for a bite-size candy bar to share with his sis. Without hesitation, I gave them two handfuls each. The next moment changed my life forever.
 
There are certain experiences in life that define who we are. Seldom are they easy to spot, and it’s usually not until later in life that we realize they occurred at all. They can affect many, or sometimes just one, and their true impact can vary for everyone. The idea of The Call KC came from that exact notion. So many times in my life, I found myself personally wondering what was my purpose.
 
As a man of faith, religion was the closest I got towards filling that hole, and it led me to opening my mind, eyes and heart. It also led me to a homeless shelter. In January 2013, friend and Uncover KC co-founder Brent Lobdell joined me to volunteer at Morning Glory Ministries in downtown Kansas City. For three hours, we prepared food for the less fortunate and served them a hot meal.
 
While watching hungry men, women and even children receive a short respite from their crest-fallen lives, a pair of siblings came up to me. The little boy and girl could not have been more than 6-years-old and all they asked for was a piece of chocolate. When I gave them two handfuls each, their toothy smiles hit me to the core — pure joy.
 
Two kids whom had next to nothing found happiness in a simple sweet, which I was lucky enough to give them. It felt like I was actually making a difference in someone else’s existence and it gave me a feeling of unabashed happiness. To put it plainly, I was doing something that mattered.
 
From that point on, the both of us looked for more opportunities to volunteer and an idea came to us. What would happen if we all did this? What if the people of Kansas City dedicated just one morning every six months to helping those in need? Think of the impact it could have on the less fortunate, the lives that it would make better or more importantly, the lives it would save. It would be life altering.
 
So we decided to start a movement, a community service renaissance, and we are challenging everyone in Kansas City to join us.
Impact Statement
In 2017, Uncover KC surpassed 43,300 completed service hours thanks to the over 16,000 volunteers we have recruited since 2013. With those volunteers, we've helped over 160 local nonprofits save more than $1 million during that span. Other accomplishments last year include:
  • Expanded our education program — including an original, inventive Service Learning Curriculum — into 45 different schools across 15 school districts in the KC metro area.
  • Developed an events management and planning service, which helped nine different major events including the Liberty Hospital Half-Marathon, The Call KC Poker Tournament and UKC Cookout with Big Brothers Big Sisters. We also had our best Socktober to date, raising 10,000 pairs of new socks for the homeless.
  • Acquired office space and raised our operation budget to nearly $32,000.
  • Added 2 full-time staffers, 2 interns and an advisory council that currently sits at 7. Couple that with a full 12-person board of directors and 13-person volunteer staff, our current number of organization staffers include 36 loving individuals.
Needs Statement
The volunteers numbers are constantly growing. With that expansion, it has brought Uncover KC to a critical juncture. No longer can our 12-person Board of Directors and 35-person staff, both of which are non-paid, part-time volunteer positions, handle the increasing interest.
 
To better serve our mission and address the demand for volunteers in Kansas City, we're hoping to create key paid staff positions, move into a full-time office and upgrade our organizational infrastructure. The following priority list highlights our most pressing needs: 
  1. Funding to support paid-staff positions.
  2. Funding to support outreach programs such as the Corporate Cares, Community Matters and Individual Impact volunteer initiatives.
  3. Funding or partnership to have a full-time office space.
  4. Funding to pay for organizational infrastructure such as compliance, tax forms, insurance, etc.
  5. Volunteers to further develop our committees.
Service Categories
Voluntarism Promotion
Community Coalitions
Citizen Participation
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
KS - Atchison County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Lawrence
KS - Leavenworth County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Cass County
MO - Clay County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Liberty
MO - Platte County
MO - Ray
MO - Ray County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The demand for volunteers in the United States is as strong as ever. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, more than 1.5 million nonprofits are registered in the U.S. and around 62.8 million volunteers were utilized in 2014 to serve those organizations, states the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 
Volunteerism is the keystone to this country’s charitable organizations, and Kansas City is no different. Thousands of charities exist in this 15-county metropolitan according to the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, and hundreds of thousands of volunteers are needed to help them exist. However, with a population at 2.34 million and growing, a lack of connectivity exists between volunteers and the charities that need them. Why? In simplest terms, they aren’t being asked.
 
So the question is — why aren’t charities asking? Answers vary with every organization, but often overlap.
  • Many nonprofits don’t have the time nor staff to properly recruit.
  • Lack of resources is always an issue.
  • And while some possess recruiters, they run out of new leads.
  • Reliable groups eventually age or dry out, leaving charities short staffed. With a retention deficiency that sees 1 out of every 3 volunteers never return, that’s a big problem.
Thus, charities will always be in need of new volunteers, which leads to why aren’t more people offering to help? Call KC surveys point to two major reasons: locating and scheduling.
 
The research shows that volunteers, of all ages, wish for easier ways to not only locate service opportunities, but to also sign-up. Too many stories exist of people trying to volunteer, yet seeing their calls, emails and voicemails go unanswered. Many don’t even know where to start, spending unwarranted time researching what even exists. The masses are willing to help, but like today’s society in general, they want an easier and faster way to do so — especially the youth.
 
Thus, Uncover KC has found its niche in a vast market of community service. Volunteers want to help. Nonprofits need the help. For various reasons, a void has formed between the two. But with active outreach and utilization of today’s expanding technology, UKC is working to improve this disengagement.
 
— Brent Lager, president
Programs
Description
Through experiential learning, the Uncover KC Explorers Program provides opportunities and structure for students to become active service leaders within their schools and communities. This is accomplished by facilitating sustainable and engaging impact for students through community service based curriculum, off-campus volunteer outings, in-class projects or speakers and innovative technology.
 
These experiences provide an environment for respect, empathy and compassion to flourish, while also giving students authentic tools to become the changemakers and social leaders of tomorrow. Built around principals like self-awareness, leadership, community involvement, belonging and reflection, the Uncover KC Explorers Program positively impacts society by positively shaping the very generations that will soon lead it.
Program Budget $30,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
The program is based on employing innovative and customizable service outings, programming and projects, both in and outside the classroom. These include, but are not limited to:
  • In-class service projects
  • Off-campus service outings
  • Nonprofit speakers and presentations
  • Social experiences through virtual reality and other technology
Implementation of this program includes UKC staff facilitating various projects and presentations, as well as providing awareness and reflection sessions throughout. The result is an all-encompassing service learning initiative built by the very students that will experience it, leading to increased student engagement and empowerment, with no direct cost to teachers or administrators.
Long-Term Success
The earlier children witness the impact they have through volunteerism, the more community service becomes an innate value within them. This introduction to social issues and people of different credences, experiences and lifestyles also deepens their perspective for a more inclusive and compassionate society, as shown by these national statistics.
  • “Youth who volunteer just one hour or more a week are 50% less likely to abuse alcohol, cigarettes, become pregnant, or engage in other destructive behavior."
  • “Volunteering is also associated with the development of greater respect for others, leadership skills, and an understanding of citizenship that can carry over into adulthood."
Lastly, teaching children about the importance of volunteerism through practical project-based learning prepares them to thrive in real world settings. Service opportunities provide genuine exposure to real world experiences or careers while increasing overall community involvement.
Program Success Monitored By
To evaluate its 5 core outcomes — self-awareness, leadership, community involvement, belonging and reflection — the Uncover KC Explorers Program utilizes the following metrics:
  • Student and teacher surveys at the beginning and end of each semester
  • Regular awareness activities throughout the courses
  • Reflection submissions following each project
Through these metrics, the program is able to measure how, when, where, who and why or why not students are participating. The information enables teachers and UKC facilitators to construct meaningful curriculum, volunteer outings and projects for the students. It also helps students become intentional and conscious of their actions, maintaining the ability to effectively reflect on how they are their communities as well as themselves.
Examples of Program Success
Impact Stats from Uncover KC’s first 5 years:
  • 43,392 completed service hours
  • 16,451 volunteers recruited
  • $1,001,042 saved for local nonprofits
  • 160 different organizations helped
  • 13,702 student volunteers recruited
  • 33,691 student service hours completed
  • Students from 45 different schools represented
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Brent Lager
Term Start Apr 2013
Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Vice-President of Operations
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 35
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Brent Lager
Company Affiliation Uncover KC
Term Apr 2013 to Dec 2018
Email brent@uncoverkc.org
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Katlyn Baker Union Station Kansas City
Mr. Colin Barnes VinSolutions
Ms. Tammy deLisser Kansas City Autism Training Center
Ms. Jenni Hoffman KVC Health Systems
Mr. John Koster Kairos Growth Consulting
Mr. Brent Lager Uncover KC
Mr. Marcus Mossberger Infor
Mrs. Tanya Mossberger Community Volunteer
Ms. Selina Rios City Year KC
Mr. Jeff Shafer City Year KC
Mr. Joe Snapp Joe Snapp Studios
Ms. Nikki Vandepopulier Spotlight Analyst Relations
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Administration
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Marketing
Membership
Operations
Technology
Education
Volunteer
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Eric Clemenson Arvest Bank
Mr. Doug deLisser Insperity
Mrs. Erica Austin Logan Children's Mercy Hospital
Mr. Mark O'Renick Will & Grail
Mrs. Beth Petrikin Clinical Social Work
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $35,000
Projected Expenses $32,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the agency's internal financial documents.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$16,095$13,094$2,245
Administration Expense$1,571$0$22
Fundraising Expense$1,694$0$1,926
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.621.142.66
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%100%54%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%0%17%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$0$0$11,168
Current Assets$0$0$6,975
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$1,918
Total Net Assets$0$0$9,250
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----3.64
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets----0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose Funding to support paid-staff positions.
Goal $30,000.00
Dates July 2018 to June 2019
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
Organization Name Uncover KC
Address 10010 NW 70th Court
Kansas City, MO 64152
Primary Phone (816) 721-5529
Contact Email info@uncoverkc.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Brent Lager
Board Chair Mr. Brent Lager
Board Chair Company Affiliation Uncover KC
Year of Incorporation 2014
Former Names
The Call KC