National Council of Jewish Women Incorporated
5311 West 75th St.
Shawnee Mission KS 66208
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 469-6188
Mission Statement
The National Council of Jewish Women is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Mirra Klausner
Board Chair Company Affiliation SAFEHOME, Inc.
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1894
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The National Council of Jewish Women is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.
Background Statement
National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) was founded in 1893 with the belief that women working together as volunteers could make the world a better place. There are currently 90 chapters and 90,000 members of NCJW nationwide. The Greater Kansas City section was founded in 1895 and currently has 650 members. Alongside national headquarters, NCJWKC advocates, educates and provides important services to those in need. Since 1895, NCJWKC has implemented over 60 impactful programs. NCJW has prided itself in providing programs and services that have lasted for decades as well as those that meet current, emerging needs. These include a 1901 program representing children in juvenile court (which, in time, became the independent CASA of Jackson County and CASA of Johnson/Wyandotte Counties). NCJW has worked to help the disenfranchised such as new immigrants (prior to World War II and again during the 1980's influx of Russian Jews), and women facing abuse (most recently Women Helping Women programs since 2001 and "Baskets 4 Babies" since 2007.) Kids +Teachers =School (KATS), a program initiated in 2000, paired NCJW with the Shawnee Mission East SHARE student volunteer program to provide yearly birthday parties for 1,500 grade school children in five KCMO elementary schools, the majority of whom receive free and reduced lunches.
In 2004, responding to harassment of people of the Muslim faith following 9/11, NCJWKC instituted an Interfaith Program which brings together individuals of different faiths. NCJW also plays a strong advocacy role in Topeka on issues related to the rights of women and children. Today, NCJW has 8 ongoing service projects, which aid low-income families. Included are: Children's Place "Back Snack Program"; "We Care for Eye Care" providing free glasses; "KATS Birthday Book Program", serving approximately 500 area school children; "Baskets 4 Babies" distributed to shelters providing refuge to new mothers escaping domestic violence; Mother’s Day Jewelry “stores” providing children in KCK the opportunity to pick a Mother’s Day gift for a special woman in their lives. Finally, NCJW’s annual "Back to School Store" serves approximately 300 KC community youth with new clothes and school supplies to start of their year successfully.
Scholarship programs for deserving high school graduates began in 1933 and continue today. Approximately 25 student scholarships of $500-$2,000 each are awarded for up to 4 years of college. Scholarship funding comes mainly through endowments provided by members and their families.
Impact Statement
  1. Scholarships
  2. Service to Children (through Children’s Place "Back Snack", Marillac "Birthday Parties", Baskets 4 Babies to area shelters, "Back to School Store" benefiting 300 elementary school children and "Suitcase to Start" for young adults aging out of the foster care system)
  3. Mother’s Day Jewelry “Stores” at 3 low-income schools
  1. To continue to serve children across the lifespan - Birth to Adulthood – with the introduction of a new program entitled “Suitcase to Start” for 18-year olds who “age out” of the foster system
  2. Continued advocacy through local Kansas City programming and in Topeka.
  3. Programs on timely issues (i.e., Human Trafficking, interfaith programs) utilizing community collaborations 
Needs Statement NCJW needs funding for the extensive and varied programming it offers the KC metro community each year (see complete list below). NCJW's greatest funding need is for the "Back to School Store", which serves approximately 300 low-income children each year prior to the beginning of the school year. Funding is required to purchase the school supplies and new clothing that is made available to each child who visits the "Store". In addition to the programs listed below, this year NCJW has initiated the “Suitcase to Start” program which will require approximately $9,500 to buy and fill the projected 35 suitcases for “Suitcase to Start” recipients (These are 18 year olds who are “aging out” of the foster care system and will need items for living on their own for the first time including, linens, pots, pans, utensils, etc.). Layette items are also needed for our "Baskets 4 Babies" program that supplies newborn items to mothers who are taking refuge in domestic violence shelters.
Service Categories
Family Services
Public & Societal Benefit NEC
Women's Rights
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
NCJW has it's office in Prairie Village, Kansas but serves families in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
There are many organizations in the Kansas City community that are worthy of time, membership and donations. The National Council of Jewish Women was an “easy sell” when I was approached several years ago to become a Board member. NCJW is a multi-faceted organization that is grounded in over a century of important and impactful national and local advocacy work as well as meaningful and well-organized community service projects that benefit women, children and families in the greater KC metro area. NCJWKC is made up of multi-generational members rich with diverse experience. I have enjoyed participating in NCJW programs and the Board of Directors with talented and inspiring women who are dedicated to bettering the lives of families – both Jewish and non-Jewish - in our community. It is truly an organization I can easily say I am proud to be a part of and we constantly are looking to strengthen successful programs while providing our members (and the greater community) with opportunities for innovative and timely new programs. I often tell people who ask about the organization that NCJW’s programs are so varied that there is truly “something for everyone” to become involved with and inspired by.
As with any non-profit organization, NCJW’s challenges are primarily with fundraising and maintaining a balanced budget. The NCJW Board has attempted to be intentional and thoughtful about the types of fundraisers that are planned. In the past several years, in response to feedback that members were tiring of fundraising “events,” NCJW initiated a “stay at home” fundraiser in which people were encouraged to give to the fundraising campaign and not expected to come out to an event. Another budget consideration that poses a challenge is the fact that we are expected to pay section “dues” each year to the national NCJW office. These dues increase each year and have become more and more difficult to cover with local membership dues and donations. Conversely, in part due to the new and innovative programming that the NCJW Board is developing (i.e., Back to School Store) and the dedication of several Board members, NCJW has been able to secure funding through local and national grants and private donors to cover the expenses of certain major community service projects, such as the Back to School Store. We hope that securing funding will be equally as successful for the Suitcase to Start program set to be launched in the summer of 2016.
Mirra Klausner, NCJWKC Co-President
The "Back to School Store" is a one-day event where approximately 300 low income children (grades K-5) who would otherwise start school without the necessary clothing and supplies get to “shop” for all new gear with the help of an NCJW volunteer. The program is unique in its scope in the Kansas City area as no other program we know of provides both a full set of clothing (jeans, tee shirt, shoes, a package of socks and a package of underwear, winter coat, hat and gloves) plus a backpack and the school supplies recommended by the child’s particular school district.
In 2016, we worked with the following agencies: Amethyst House, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, CASA Jackson County, CASA Johnson County, JFS, JVS, Kansas Children’s Service League, KVC, Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association, SAFEHOME and Operation Breakthrough.
Program Budget $38,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success In the short-term, the community benefits because children have the clothing they need to get to school and the tools they need to do school-work. Kids are more eager to return to school because they fit in with their friends and have more of a sense of well-being--they have the things they need to start the school year. And families can use the money they might otherwise had spent on these items for other household necessities.
Long-Term Success In the longer term, the community benefits from children who learn more at school and have a better chance of success because they are more prepared and better invested in the process. Each year we add additional agencies and children to assist as many children as possible. For 2017 we hope to provide all of the back to school items for 300 children.
Program Success Monitored By
NCJW measures the success of the "Back to School Program" by the lives the Program touches. BTSS chairpeople keep careful records of the schools and number of individuals and families served. Feedback from community collaborators and beneficiaries is also helpful:
As Jennifer Heinemann, a staff member from Operation Breakthrough, one of NCJWKC’s participating agencies stated, “The average family at Operation Breakthrough survives on income of less than $15,000 per year, including food stamps and other government aid. To purchase shoes or backpacks would mean taking money from rent or utility payments. In other words, it could mean endangering their housing. You gave parents great peace of mind.” A mother of one of the participants from Big Brothers/Big Sisters, another participating agency, stated in part, “ My daughter had an awesome experience!... She slept with her new backpack every night until school started. I could tell when she walked into school she was proud to have new items that were just like the other kids.”
Examples of Program Success
  • "The event was a wonderful gift for our children. A powerful message on the importance of school! Thank you so much." (Staff Contact)
  • "Thank you so much for all of your donations. My children and I were extremely fortunate to attend and receive these. Items helped so much." (Parent) 
  • "They were amazing people and were really good with the kids. Damione (my son) had a really fun experience and loved everything he got." (Parent)
  • Karrie Duke from Jackson County CASA: A huge thank you to everyone involved with making the Back to School Store a success! I was able to visit my CASA child last week, and the first thing she wanted to show me were the new clothes and supplies she picked out!! We also went through each and every school supply. It made my day to see her so excited about going back to school!
  • A parent from MFCAA related: “The event was awesome. The people were kind and gracious and very organized. Their ‘adopting’ our kids for back to school was huge. They covered all supplies as well as clothing and a winter coat. My children were very happy.”
Description In 2004, responding to harassment of people of the Muslim faith following 9/11, NCJWKC instituted an Interfaith Program which annually brings together women of different faiths. The first year of the program involved bringing NCJW members to a local mosque and conversation between individuals of the Jewish and Islamic faiths. At the second annual program, the story of Abraham was presented to an interfaith group from the perspectives of the three major world religions. Subsequent luncheons gathered women from a wider range of faiths including Hindus, Buddhists and those practicing Native American spiritual traditions. Topics covered have included Death, Marriage/Divorce and Ethics.
Category Religion, General/Other Interfaith Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success The connections that have been established between participating organizations have certainly been a long-term success. Personal, individual connections and increase of knowledge and empathy are also successes.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal of these programs is to promote knowledge of and understanding between women (and men, when they attended) of different religions and faiths in the Kansas City metropolitan area by providing informal opportunities for connection and conversation.
Program Success Monitored By The annual program’s success has been measured by its attendance and feedback. Committees have been established to evaluate the success of prior programs and to inform the topics of future programming.
Examples of Program Success The earlier interfaith programming was coupled with a luncheon and often drew approximately 300 people at each event. As more and more organizations also began to focus on interfaith programming in the area, attendance at the NCJW luncheons decreased to less than 100 individuals at each event. In addition, feedback three years ago indicated a consensus that the luncheon format was becoming cost prohibitive. To ensure continued success, NCJW decided to change the annual interfaith programming to every-other-year. Our last program was in April 2016 and addressed the topic of Human Trafficking.
Description Approximately 30 NCJW members volunteer their time throughout the year to collect, sort and set up jewelry “stores” at three Kansas City, KS grade schools. Children are brought into the "shopping" room by grade during their school day and are allowed to select a piece of jewelry for their mothers, or another significant female in their life. Volunteers wrap the gifts for the children who can take the gift home to give to their loved one on Mother's Day.
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success In the short-term, this program created much excitement and positive feelings for participants and volunteers alike! Volunteers remarked how heart-warming and amusing it was to see children’s varying approaches to picking out their gifts (e.g., some found the “perfect” gift immediately and others deliberated over the decision, sometimes eliciting advice from peers and adults).
Long-Term Success Long-Term Success includes strengthening established relationships with area schools and bringing programs that promote senses of excitement and pride in the children as well as enhancing the mother-child bond.
Program Success Monitored By Success of the Mother’s Day Jewelry “Stores” is measured by how many families are reached and how many schools collaborate. In May 2016, NCJW saw that approximately 500 children had a piece of jewelry for their special person. NCJW partnered with two schools in 2015 – Noble Prentis Elementary and McKinley Elementary schools. In May 2017, we plan to reach at least this many families and might expand to include one more school. Given positive feedback from volunteers, we feel it would not be a problem to increase the number of volunteers to meet the need.
Examples of Program Success
A letter from Jim Poplau, Principal, Noble Prentis Elementary School:
“The Noble Prentis community was absolutely “blown away” by the generosity displayed in your ingenious project today. The proud look on our children’s faces as they walked back to their classrooms with their new jewelry gifts brightened the building! The ladies were fantastic in their interactions with the students. They guided them in choices, and created an environment of excitement, fun, and empowerment. How often do our kids get to actually choose their gifts for family members? I can say, with great confidence, that I have witnessed the difference your organization has made in the lives of children in Kansas City, Kansas over our seven year partnership…Children need a constant model of care, commitment, support and opportunity The National Council of Jewish Women provide these models through all of your endeavors. You helped the children feel so significant today. This is a feeling they will build upon each year! Bless you and your colleagues for their unselfish service to our community!”
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Term Start June 2015
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 150
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan No
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
NCJW collaborates with many service and advocacy organizations as well as schools across the KC metro. 
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Mirra Klausner
Company Affiliation SAFEHOME, Inc.
Term June 2015 to June 2017
Board Members
Ms. Meg Adler Community Volunteer
Ms. Debby Agron Cohen Mcneile & Pappas p.c.
Heidi Atlas
Ms. Milisa Flekier Jewish Community Center, Vista Resources
Ms. Laura Gilman Jewish Family Services
Ms. Missy Goldenberg Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy
Ms. Sara Greenwood Greenwood Consulting Group, Cadmus Group
Barbara Holzmark
Ms. Joan Jacobson Retired, Community Volunteer
Ms. Mirra Klausner SAFEHOME, Inc.
Ms. Janet Kogan Retired, Community Volunteer
Ms. Carla Oppenheimer Community Volunteer
Barbara Palan
Linda Sander
Ms. Lynn Schweig Retired, Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Affairs
Board Development / Board Orientation
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments NCJW long history and current activism, programming and community collaboration has made its presence in the Greater Kansas City community a known quantity. NCJW's membership of over 600 individuals provides an active volunteer base for the many programs it sponsors.  NCJW's greatest challenge is securing funding for our impactful programs such as "Back to School Store" and "Suitcase to Start" that have a direct, immediate impact. 
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $73,620
Projected Expenses $73,620
Form 990s
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$96,499$69,907$73,208
Administration Expense$6,223$5,365$6,381
Fundraising Expense$5,468$6,468$1,408
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.290.67
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%86%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%8%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$414,214$414,056$395,436
Current Assets$358,924$360,943$381,047
Long-Term Liabilities$829$829$2,372
Current Liabilities$0$0$12,596
Total Net Assets$413,385$413,227$380,468
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----30.25
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%1%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
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 No
Organization Name National Council of Jewish Women Incorporated
Address 5311 West 75th St.
Shawnee Mission, KS 66208
Primary Phone (913) 469-6188
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Mirra Klausner
Board Chair Company Affiliation SAFEHOME, Inc.
Year of Incorporation 1894