Uncover KC
1739 B Walnut Street
Kansas City MO 64108
Overland Trail Elementary volunteering through one our education program.
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 721-5529
Mission Statement
Uncover KC creates positive social impact through community engagement. We achieve that by establishing unique, creative connections with people and organizations to facilitate volunteerism, education and events.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Brent Lager
Board Chair Mr. Colin Barnes
Board Chair Company Affiliation VinSolutions
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Former Names
The Call KC
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Visit UncoverKC.org to donate online, email info@uncoverkc.org or call 816-721-5529 for more info. We also accept mail donations at 10010 NW 70th Court, Kansas City, MO 64152. Lastly, we are in need for staff volunteers for our board of directors, committees and advisory councils.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Uncover KC creates positive social impact through community engagement. We achieve that by establishing unique, creative connections with people and organizations to facilitate volunteerism, education and events.
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 Uncover 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 2019, Uncover KC surpassed 90,000 total service hours thanks to the nearly 30,000 volunteers recruited during the year. With those volunteers, we provide more than $2.2 million in value to over 400 nonprofits. Other accomplishments last year include:
  • The official launch of our Discovery Education Program, which empowers personal and community transformation for students through community service.
  • The official launch of our Corporate Cares Program, which strives to create similar impact as the education program, but through businesses instead of schools. 
  • Acquired full-time office space in downtown Kansas City and raised our operation budget to nearly $71,000.
  • Added two part-time staffers to go with our three full-time staffers while continuing to add to our 10-person Board of Directors, 9-person volunteer staff and 16-person advisory council.
Needs Statement
To handle our rapid expansion, Uncover KC finds itself at a critical juncture. Key positions such as Development and Marketing/Events Directors are needed, yet locating funding our current full-time staff positions — President, Vice-President and Director of Programming — remain ever so present. Thus, the following priority list highlights our most pressing needs: 
  1. Funding to support current full-time staff positions — President, Vice-President and Director of Programming.
  2. Funding to support new full-time staff positions — Director of Development and Marketing/Events
  3. Funding to pay for organizational infrastructure such as compliance, tax forms, insurance, etc.
  4. Volunteers for our board of directors, committees and advisory council.
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 nonprofits 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 nonprofits 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, nonprofits will always be in need of new volunteers, which leads to why aren’t more people offering to help? Uncover 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, Uncover KC is working to improve this disengagement.
 
— Brent Lager, president
Programs
Description
Through experiential learning, the Uncover KC Discovery Education 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 Discovery Education Program positively impacts society by positively shaping the very generations that will soon lead it.
Program Budget $0.00
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 Discovery Education 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
Description
The Uncover KC Corporate Cares Program provides opportunities and structure for employees to become active leaders within their companies and communities. This is accomplished by facilitating sustainable, engaging impact for staff through service-based initiatives, off-campus volunteer outings, in-office projects or speakers, and innovative technology.
 
These experiences provide an environment for respect, empathy and compassion to flourish. Built around the outcomes of team building, leadership, community involvement, personal development and company exposure, the UKC Corporate Cares Program positively impacts society by fostering socially responsible businesses.
Program Budget $0.00
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Community Service
Population Served Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
By evaluating 5 core outcomes — team building, leadership, community involvement, personal development and company exposure — the program utilizes the following metrics:
  • Staff surveys at the beginning & end of each calendar year
  • Service statistics to show impact on society
  • Frequent awareness raising activities
Through these metrics, the program is able to measure staff participation and influence. This information enables company leadership and UKC facilitators to construct meaningful engagement, outings and projects for the staff. It also helps employees become intentional in their actions by enhancing their ability to reflect on community and personal impact.
Long-Term Success
By evaluating 5 core outcomes — team building, leadership, community involvement, personal development and company exposure — the program utilizes the following metrics:
  • Staff surveys at the beginning & end of each calendar year
  • Service statistics to show impact on society
  • Frequent awareness raising activities
Through these metrics, the program is able to measure staff participation and influence. This information enables company leadership and UKC facilitators to construct meaningful engagement, outings and projects for the staff. It also helps employees become intentional in their actions by enhancing their ability to reflect on community and personal impact.
Program Success Monitored By
By evaluating 5 core outcomes — team building, leadership, community involvement, personal development and company exposure — the program utilizes the following metrics:
  • Staff surveys at the beginning & end of each calendar year
  • Service statistics to show impact on society
  • Frequent awareness raising activities
Through these metrics, the program is able to measure staff participation and influence. This information enables company leadership and UKC facilitators to construct meaningful engagement, outings and projects for the staff. It also helps employees become intentional in their actions by enhancing their ability to reflect on community and personal impact.
Examples of Program Success
UKC aims to provide the most comprehensive corporate volunteer programming possible. To ensure this, we work with businesses on a variety of engagement levels to find the best fit. A couple testimonials from current partners include:

“During our staff service days, we were supported and inspired by the staff and volunteers at Uncover KC every step of the way. We are honored to have played a small part in the meaningful service being provided by Uncover KC and look forward to working with this amazing organization in the future.” Kathleen Romero, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

“The Eric Berry Foundation partnership with Uncover KC became a vital component for our KC Backpack Challenge. Their familiarity with large scale volunteer based events and level of organizational skills kept what could have been chaotic mess clean and seamless. No question that Uncover KC will be a continued relationship for future successful events.” Emily J. McNeill, Eric Berry Foundation
And a few impact stats from our initial pilot years (April 2013-June 2018):
  • $1,368,628 saved for local nonprofits
  • 300 different organizations helped
  • 22,617 volunteers recruited
  • 55,433 completed service hours 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Brent Lager
Term Start Apr 2013
Experience s
Senior Staff
Title Executive Vice-President
Title Director of Programming
Title Co-Director of Development
Title Co-Director of Development
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 3
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 2
Volunteers 35
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 5
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 4
Male 1
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 Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Colin Barnes
Company Affiliation VinSolutions
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Katlyn BakerUnion Station Kansas City
Mr. Colin BarnesVinSolutions
Mrs. Kirsten DuntemanDataFile Technologies
Ms. Jenni HoffmanKVC Health Systems
Mr. John KosterKairos Growth Consulting
Ms. Heather LangeRainbow Center for Communicative Disorders
Ms. Katie McGinnissMcGinniss Consulting LLC
Ms. Selina RiosCity Year KC
Mr. Jeff ShaferCity Year KC
Mr. Joe SnappJoe Snapp Studios
Ms. Ashley Sweeney-EmmonsReeceNichols Parkville
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
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. Jason BohnAdolescent IOP
Mr. Eric ClemensonArvest Bank
Mr. Doug deLisserInsperity
Mr. Nick DornPembroke Hill School
Mr. Greg HeggerVirgin Mobile USA
Mrs. Erica Austin LoganChildren's Mercy Hospital
Mrs. Erica Austin LoganChildren's Mercy Hospital
Mr. Marcus MossbergerInfor
Mrs. Tanya MossbergerKC Hospice Volunteer
Mr. Mark O'RenickWill & Grail
Mrs. Beth PetrikinClinical Social Work
Mrs. Beth PetrikinClinical Social Work
Ms. Nikki VandepopulierBarkley
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $142,000
Projected Expenses $13,200
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the agency's internal financial documents.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$14,365$16,095$13,094
Administration Expense$2,194$1,571$0
Fundraising Expense$892$1,694$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.451.621.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%83%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$7,475$0$0
Current Assets$7,475$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,102$0$0
Total Net Assets$6,373$0$0
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.78----
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 Yes
Other Documents
Discovery Education Program One-Pager2018View
Corporate Cares Program One-Pager2018View
Organization Name Uncover KC
Address 1739 B Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 721-5529
Contact Email info@uncoverkc.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Brent Lager
Board Chair Mr. Colin Barnes
Board Chair Company Affiliation VinSolutions
Year of Incorporation 2014
Former Names
The Call KC