Liberty Parks and Recreation Charitable Fund
1600 S Withers Road
Liberty MO 64068
Mission Statement
The Liberty Parks and Recreation Charitable Fund (LPRCF) provides individuals, families, businesses and other organizations the means to financially contribute to the parks and recreation programs, projects and services benefiting the Liberty community.
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Bob Burks
Board Chair Company Affiliation RBC Wealth Management
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
The Liberty Parks and Recreation Charitable Fund (LPRCF) provides individuals, families, businesses and other organizations the means to financially contribute to the parks and recreation programs, projects and services benefiting the Liberty community.
Background Statement
The Liberty Parks and Recreation Charitable Fund was founded in 2006 as recommended by the Parks and Open Space Master Plan (2002). The Fund was established to create a parks expansion fund for neighborhood access to parks and green space, and to provide financial assistance to aid low-income youth and families to access programs through scholarship assistance.
Under the auspices of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (GKCCF) since the Charitable Fund’s inception, the Fund’s Board of Directors incorporated as a stand-alone entity in 2013 to pursue an independent charitable designation.
The LPRCF has grown to manage 4 specific giving programs and an annual capital campaign program, as well as donor-directed giving to Liberty Parks projects not specifically listed in the program detail sections of the profile below.
Impact Statement
2015 Top Accomplishments:
  • YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - community donations are collected to fund scholarships for children to be able to participate in youth sports programs regardless of their families' ability to pay for those programs. Since its inception, the Scholarship Program has awarded $16,496 in scholarships to 347 children in the community.
  • LPRCF ANNUAL CAPITAL CAMPAIGN PROGRAM - community donations are collected and used to enhance park facilities and recreation opportunities in Liberty, as evidenced by the addition of an off-leash dog park in 2011 and a disc golf course in 2015. In 2015, the Charitable Fund purchased a popcorn machine for use by the Parks and Recreation Department at special events and procured excavating services to construct a bicycle pump track.
  • LIBERTY COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE PROGRAM - community donations are collected to purchase food, other consumables and holiday gifts for needy families in the Liberty Community. Volunteers deliver donations three weeks before Christmas. This program operates through its own board, but its funds are maintained as a subfund of the LPRCF.
2016 Top Goals:
  • ROADMAPPING – LPRCF board members desire to create a road map for the organization that will increase the capacity of the organization. Name recognition, recruitment of volunteers and donors, and establishment of fund raising priorities will be considered.
  • ENHANCED SCHOLARSHIPS – In an effort to remove more barriers to participation, the LPRCF desires to add equipment purchase assistance (gloves, bats, shin protectors, etc.) to scholarship awards.
Needs Statement
  1. Road map for capacity building
  2. Volunteers to serve the organization in various capacities and with various levels of involvement
  3. Determination of funding priorities
  4. Training of volunteers for fund raising best practices
  5. Funding for an administrative staff person
Service Categories
Parks and Playgrounds
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
I grew up in a large family with limited income. We never took a family vacation. The only summer activity was getting to play baseball. Putting on a uniform to play baseball was the highlight of my childhood.
As an adult and blessed with two amazing daughters, I made sure that as soon as they were old enough we enrolled them in almost every Liberty Parks & Rec program. They are now very happy, well-adjusted, wonderful adults with children of their own. I have always given credit to Parks & Rec for providing them a way to learn the values of respect, sportsmanship, teamwork, hard work and the way to make life-long friends.
After I was no longer coaching my girls’ teams, I volunteered to serve on the Liberty Park Board. My goal was to give back to Parks & Rec and make sure that as many children as possible had parks and facilities where they could participate in as many programs as possible. I helped establish the Liberty Parks & Recreation Charitable Fund. We continue to grow and get better but the one thing I am most proud of is the Scholarship Fund that affords needy families the financial assistance to enroll their children in Parks & Rec programs.
This fund allows children who most need to be involved in organized activities to learn values and lessons that come from youth sports. We also need to make sure there are a sufficient number of safe parks for them. Some say that taxes paid should take care of parks. City budgets are stretched thin. It takes more than just tax dollars to have the kind of parks that makes Liberty such a great town to live in.
One of the biggest challenges for the foundation is finding volunteers. Everyone lives such busy lives that it is difficult to find people with the time and passion to volunteer.
When people come before the Park Board or the Charitable Foundation with a request for more parks or park improvements, we try to get them involved by asking them to help organize fundraising for their special request(s). This is beginning to show improvement in getting more people involved in the Foundation and Park Board.
We are all blessed to live in a town with a rich history, well-respected school district, great people and an amazing place to raise a family. The Parks and Community Center play a huge role in making this a wonderful place to live. All of us who serve on this Foundation are committed to raising money for our Parks and programs but we are even more serious about being good stewards with that money.
Liberty Parks and Recreation Charitable Fund offers a scholarship program administered by the Parks and Recreation Department. The program is designed for children who, without financial assistance, would not have the opportunity to participate in the Department’s youth activities. This makes programs more accessible by partially covering the cost of registration fees for youth who qualify.
Scholarships are awarded using the same criteria as the free/reduced school lunch program. Those families receiving a scholarship may receive financial assistance up to 75% of the cost of the program in which the youth is enrolling.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
In the short term, youth participating in recreation sports leagues and programs are offered the opportunity to gain and enhance leadership skills, grow their social circles and ability to create and build relationships with peers, and expose youth to the opportunity to experience positive and negative consequences through competition.
Moreover, participants can improve their motor skills and enhance their physical health through participation.
Long-Term Success
All other things being equal, if a child plays sports in his youth, he will earn more money, stay in school longer, and be more engaged in civic life. (Barron, Waddell, and Ewing study)
Research has shown that skills taught and traits enhanced by youth sports participation are among the 40 Developmental Assets identified as critically important for youth development.
It is the goal of the Liberty Parks and Recreation Charitable Fund board to remove as many barriers as possible to ensure the greatest participation of Liberty’s youth in recreational sports programs, exposing the greatest number of our youth to the opportunity to be successful in adult life.
Program Success Monitored By
In the short term, the board will consider the program successful if roughly the same percentage of free/reduce lunch qualified students participate in any given youth sports program as non-free/reduced lunch qualified students.
In the long term, Liberty Parks and Recreation staff members are tracking results of Liberty’s Student Survey (which measures age of first use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs), its graduation rates, and other measures. Given the long standing tradition of strong sports league participation, staff desires to see these measures maintained at the current levels.
Examples of Program Success Again, given the long standing tradition of strong sports league participation, staff desires to see the measures described above maintained at the current levels. To date, the LPRCF has awarded approximately $16,500 in enrollment subsidy scholarships to approximately 350 children in the Liberty community.
Description The Liberty Parks and Recreation Charitable Fund began accepting donations for specific capital improvements in 2010. The LPRCF board consults with the Liberty Parks and Recreation Board to select projects desired for addition to the City’s park system likely to be embraced by the members of the community for donation and not funded within the City’s limited parks and recreation fund budget. The Charitable Fund board then works with volunteers and staff to raise funds to bring the important quality of life amenities to fruition for community use.
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Public Parks & Recreational Trails
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success
The short term success of the program is dependent upon the type of amenity sought. Many of those amenities prioritized for inclusion in Liberty’s park system in the near future are those that enhance citizens’ physical health, like trails, playgrounds, spray grounds, and the like. Other measurable benefits to the community may include improvements to the social and emotional health of our community.
Long-Term Success
The LPRCF board has planned to develop a “road map” that will result in a vision and operational plan for the near future with respect to this program. From its inception, the ultimate goal of the organization has been to leverage community interest and donations to enhance the quality of life of Liberty’s residents.
Program Success Monitored By
In the short term, the LPRCF will need to monitor the use of those amenities added to the parks system as a result of the private donation and fund raising. As well, the LPRCF board will monitor the length of time it takes to complete fund raising efforts to fund projects and satisfaction expressed by donors and users of the new amenities.
Examples of Program Success Results of the capital campaigns include the construction of the first off-leash dog park in the Kansas City northland at Stocksdale Park in Liberty in 2011. In 2012, the Fund’s volunteers began soliciting individuals and businesses for donations toward the construction of a disc golf course completed in Stocksdale Park in 2015.
The Heritage Tree and Bench Programs provide a moving and beneficial way to honor a loved one or leave a family legacy in one of Liberty’s Parks or Cemeteries. The new 2” caliper trees and benches resulting from this program provide a sense of comfort to those in need and a place of quiet reflection for the community as a whole. Donations are collected by the Liberty Parks and Recreation Charitable Fund. After Heritage Trees are planted or Memorial Benches installed by City staff, the Charitable Fund reimburses the City of Liberty via a grant to the City approved by the Charitable Fund Board.
Longtime volunteer and not-for-profit organization Tree Liberty folded in 2014, resulting in an influx of dollars to support tree training, education, and planting in the community via the Heritage Tree program, now renamed Tree Liberty Program.
Category Environment, General/Other Architectural & Landscape Design
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success The City of Liberty desires to create a community where the healthy choice is the easy and preferred choice. It is anticipated that citizens’ use of parks and trails will increase with the addition of benches and trees. This, in turn, will enhance the health of the community.
Long-Term Success
Long term success will be defined by the fund’s ability to assist the City of Liberty with projects that beautify and enhance Liberty’s parks and publicly owned spaces.
With Liberty’s City Council interested in becoming a Community For All Ages (, the strategic placement of trees and benches along trails and in parks will increase the comfort level of users, regardless of their physical condition or age. Achievement of the highest levels of the Community For All Ages designation will indicate achievement of success. As well, as citizens become more confident in using trails, it is anticipated that citizens’ use of parks and trails will increase.
Program Success Monitored By
The City of Liberty conducted a Community Forestry Conservation Assessment in 2013. The assessment not only identified urban forest areas desired for conservation, but also identified possible areas for reforestation. City staff will plan, implement and track forestry education programs, community tree planting events, and the like, comparing the City’s tree canopy over time for positive or negative changes.
For the bench program – success can be measured in two ways. First, the success of the City toward achievement of the Community for All Ages designation levels is an indicator of progress in providing rest areas along trails or in parks. Second, progress can be monitored by tracking requests for benches in public areas. As the City adds more benches, there should be a decrease in requests from citizens.
Examples of Program Success
These programs have been slow to take off, but have seen a recent spike in interest among civic groups and youth serving organizations.
One success story is that of Arthur’s Hill Park. A neighborhood advocate approached the City staff in an effort to create a park in a neighborhood that previously had none within walking distance. A local civic group has donated funds to add a fantastic memorial bench to the park, adding to other local grants acquired by the City to construct other minor park improvements. Now, children can be active near their homes while parents relax and socialize.
The City of Liberty owns and operates the Fairview and New Hope cemeteries located on 30 acres of gently rolling land at Terrace Avenue and Shrader Street as well as the Mount Memorial Cemetery on William Jewell's campus.
The maintenance of the cemeteries is provided through the Perpetual Care Program which receives 25 percent of the proceeds from the sale of each burial lot. These funds, as well as any private donations designated specifically for the Cemetery Fund, are placed into a trust fund. Interest earned from this fund is used for maintenance expenses.
Donations are not just a gift, but a legacy for the future. Many donors choose to donate to the general Cemetery Fund, which allows their gift to be used where it is most needed, as determined by a Cemetery Advisory Committee appointed by the City Council. However, if donors may specify that their donations are credited to other cemetery improvements like Heritage Trees and Memorial Benches (see above).
Category Community Development, General/Other Community Development, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success In the short term, the Cemetery Advisory Committee desires to see donated funds begin to be used for physical improvements to the cemeteries. Priority projects include the construction of a monument sign, information signs, improvement of landscaping beds, and improvement of site amenities.
Long-Term Success
Long term success will be defined by the fund’s ability to assist the City of Liberty with projects that beautify and enhance Liberty’s publicly owned cemeteries.
In 2009, Fairview and New Hope Cemeteries were vandalized leaving more than 200 monuments overturned. Liberty City Council appointed a Cemetery Advisory Committee to restore and revitalize these historic cemeteries. The work has been done by volunteers and funded by donations. With nearly 7,000 Clay County residents laid to rest in publicly owned cemeteries, the Cemetery Advisory Committee desires to enhance the cemeteries so that citizens can continue to enjoy the art, culture, history, and nature of a well maintained cemetery, as well as celebrate the lives of those buried here.
Program Success Monitored By The Cemetery Advisory Committee keeps a close watch on the condition of the cemeteries. Providing better quality facilities and service to families while in the cemeteries is a passion for the committee.
Examples of Program Success The Cemetery Advisory Committee members have spent countless hours of volunteer time personally to improve the cemeteries by hosting monthly work days, scheduling school field trips for students to learn about cemeteries, and organizing special events and ceremonies that honor veterans and loved ones.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 7
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Bob Burks
Company Affiliation RBC Wealth Management
Term May 2016 to Apr 2017
Board Members
Mr. Bob Burks RBC Wealth Management
Ms. Jodie Capps Retired
Mr. Patrick Flora US Postal Service
Mr. Trey Katzer Liberty Public Schools
Mr. Harold Phillips CBF Heartland
Ms. Karen Ridder Freelance Writer
Mr. Vern Windsor Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $80,000
Projected Expenses $55,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$44,806$44,201$31,245
Administration Expense$136$803$1,629
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.791.311.85
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%98%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$160,040$124,446$108,680
Current Assets$160,040$124,446$108,680
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$160,040$124,446$108,680
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
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
Organization Name Liberty Parks and Recreation Charitable Fund
Address 1600 S Withers Road
Liberty, MO 64068
Primary Phone (816) 439.4360
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Bob Burks
Board Chair Company Affiliation RBC Wealth Management
Year of Incorporation 2013