Junior League of Kansas City MO Inc.
9215 Ward Parkway
Kansas City MO 64114
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 444-2112
Mission Statement
We believe effectively trained volunteers make our community a better place. We accomplish this by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As a 501(c)(3) organization, our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Since 1914, the JLKCMO has been making a difference in the Kansas City community by donating more than $17.6 million dollars and over 2.4 million hours of volunteer time to more than 350 agencies. We make a difference by matching our resources to the needs of the community and providing comprehensive training opportunities to ensure our volunteers make a difference. Our current focus area is Women and Children.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Celeste Greenlee CFRE
Board Chair Ms. Katie Werner P. E.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Black & Veatch
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1914
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Gifts to the Junior League of Kansas City Missouri can be made by cash, check, credit card, or stock transfer. To make a gift online visit our website, https://www.jlkc.org/events/make-a-donation/ or contact us by phone. The League accepts gifts-in-kind that support our events or Signature Projects. For more information, contact Celeste Greenlee.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
We believe effectively trained volunteers make our community a better place. We accomplish this by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As a 501(c)(3) organization, our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Since 1914, the JLKCMO has been making a difference in the Kansas City community by donating more than $17.6 million dollars and over 2.4 million hours of volunteer time to more than 350 agencies. We make a difference by matching our resources to the needs of the community and providing comprehensive training opportunities to ensure our volunteers make a difference. Our current focus area is Women and Children.
Background Statement
The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, was granted status as a Junior League in 1914, with a membership of 50 women, after two years of operating as a service organization. The JLKCMO was the 14th League created in the United States.
During the first two decades as a Junior League, the JLKCMO started Kansas City’s first public kindergarten, operated the Florence Crittenton Home for unwed mothers, the Mattie Rhodes daycare nursery and organized bandage drives for the Red Cross. JLKCMO members also served families and young patients at Children’s Mercy Hospital and operated the Girls’ Advisory Bureau, an agency fostering mentoring relationships between women and young girls.
The JLKCMO has been a force behind creating and sustaining organizations that address the challenges of women and children’s health, education, domestic violence, mental health and physical disabilities.
Some highlights of our proud history in Kansas City include creating the Docent Program at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) project of Jackson County, Children’s TLC, the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, the Children’s Place and the Jazzoo fundraiser for the Kansas City Zoo. Continuing that relationship, we recently made a $1 million donation to the Penguin exhibit at the Kansas City Zoo to celebrate our 100 years in the Kansas City community.
Today, our organization is comprised of 558 Active Members, along with 773 Sustaining Members and a New Member Class of 105. 
Impact Statement
Our organization is celebrating 105 years in Kansas City, and is proud to have been recognized by the Associate of Junior League International, our parent organization, for providing Outstanding Leadership Development to our members through a partnership with UMKC Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership. This program provides members with an opportunity to take 12 classes with a focus on leadership and nonprofit skills. To date over 60 members have participated in the program and nearly 20 have earned their Nonprofit Leadership Certificate.
Our Signature Programs in our focus area of women and children are expanding their reach. The Healthy U Family Meals includes Operation Breakthrough and two Boys and Girls Clubs as 2018-2019 partners. This program provides an opportunity for families to learn how to cook and prepare healthy meals with food typically available at food pantries or through SNAP.
In 2018-2019, the League held two successful HealthyLivingKC fairs in the urban core. These resource fairs are in partnership with the Urban Neighborhood Initiative. These fairs bring health care professionals and services including dental care, flu shots, and mammograms to an under-served population. In the fall, attendees were given voucher for turkeys and food for a Thanksgiving dinner and in the spring, attendees were given bikes, helmets and other equipment to encourage an active lifestyle.
The League held the second annual C3KC in 2019. This one-day event brought together the civic, community and corporate sector to learn how to tackle and solve the issues that are affecting our community today. Over 325 guests attended the event held at Union Station Kansas City. They attended four tracks with three breakout session options in each track. A luncheon with speakers, Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms, authors of New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World and How to Make it Work for You was held in the Grand Plaza and the 2019 Branton/Hall Community Collaborator Awardee was David Oliver. Post event survey showed that attendees were very satisfied with the programming and breakout track topics and presenters.
Needs Statement
Funds raised through the League’s fundraisers support Signature Programming and Community, Volunteers & Grants partners.
  1. The JLKCMO is in need of sponsorships to underwrite the Holiday Mart, the League’s largest fundraiser. Sponsorship gifts, both cash and inkind, can reduce the overhead of this event making it possible for more funds raised to support the mission of JLKCMO.
  2. The newest League event, C3KC, brings together corporate, civic and community organizations to address the needs of Kansas City. The JLKCMO is in need of sponsorships to underwrite the cost of this event and speakers to present at the event on breakout sessions and panels.
  3. The League is in need of general donations that can be directed to the annual fund, a specific Signature Program, Community Endowment Fund, Legacy Fund, or Headquarters Fund.
Service Categories
Women's Service Clubs
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Clay County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Platte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement The Junior League has a rich history of identifying a need in our community. then identifying and implementing a solution. From founding The Children's Center for Visually Impaired, the Docent Program at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and The Children's Place to partnering with the civic and corporate community to save and restore such important landmarks as Union Station and the Kansas City Zoo League members are ready to roll up their sleeves and go to work for Kansas City. The League provides over 75 training opportunities for our members to develop their potential and improve our community through their effective action and leadership. League members sit on many nonprofit boards and put their newly honed skills to use to 
The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri (JLKCMO) started a partnership with a local Boys & Girls Club in 2016 to bring nutrition awareness to its young members and their families. JLKCMO members bring food and supplies on a regular basis to the Club, teaching the kids how food and nutrition can help them. Volunteers teach the families cooking techniques, and send them home with food to make a future healthy meal. In our first year of partnership, we prepared and served 430 meals, provided 146 bags of healthy food for families to take home, and taught 9 cooking techniques and gave 60 recipes to the 120 participating families. This was all done by a committee of 12 women, volunteering 271 hours over the year. The program has expanded in 2018-2019 to include a second club and Operation Breakthrough.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Nutrition
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short-Term Success The kids quickly got interested in cooking, and begged the volunteers to teach them more. Their enthusiasm throughout the program was so great, word quickly spread. The program continues to expand from two clubs in 2017-18, to include Operation Breakthrough in 2018-29. This is clearly a topic that kids want to learn about, and the program gives the families an opportunity to cook and learn together.
Long-Term Success
The goal of Family Meals is to help make the participants aware of their food choices. We hope they leave the program knowing how to cook healthy meals on a budget, and we supply the supplies and techniques to give them a good start. We hope they start to see cooking meals as a family event. We know childhood obesity is rising at an alarming rate, and that underprivileged kids are very high risk. If we can instill good health values in our participants, we hope they will be more likely to make good choices in the future. After the first full year, we changed the curriculum to give more long-term success – instead of families showing up for a month when they can, we are having the same 20 families come back each month. This should teach the kids involved more skills that will stick with them longer, rather than a monthly class here or there that may be forgotten quickly. This will hopefully lead to a healthier lifestyle, instead of a cool new “hobby” that is forgotten quickly.
Program Success Monitored By
First, we measure success by attendance. In 2016-17, 430 meals were prepared and served. We expect this number to grow, as we are doubling our volunteer force and adding a second location. We hope to have 20 families enrolled at each location this year, and that the same families will attend the monthly classes. This enables the same kids to develop a wide range of cooking skills, leading to more independence in the kitchen for them and a life-long skill they will take with them from the program. To that end, our success will be measured by the number of families that “graduate” from the program.
Secondly, we feel that this program is successful because of the excitement created in the program’s first year. Our involvement at this time is limited by amount of funds and volunteers we have available.
Examples of Program Success
From last year’s chair: “One story I can think of is from a family that attended every event we hosted last year. The mom and I were talking and I was thanking her for always coming and being so engaged and excited. She then shared with me that she and her daughter were working to get back to a healthy weight. They always came to our events because they knew we would provide them healthy food to take home, which was hard for them to find.” Too often, we assume that people aren’t healthy because they choose not to be. If we can help teach people how to prepare healthy food that tastes good, and provide that food to them at times, it can make a lasting impact on participants.
Description Healthy Living KC works with the Urban Neighborhood Initiative on two major events: a Health Fair in the fall, and Fun and Fitness Fair in the spring. Junior League Volunteers helped distribute hats, gloves and socks in the fall as well as food and a turkey voucher for a Thanksgiving meal. The League coordinates with other vendors to provide flu shots, dental care and other services available to improve their quality of life. The Fall Health Fair welcomed 477 participants, and provided 97 flu shots, 155 dental screenings from UMKC Dental School, 300 hats and gloves, 315 turkey vouchers, 405 bags of Thanksgiving food, and 200 books. The Spring Fair featured giveaways to 1,329 attendees, including 130 bikes and helmets, 160 fitness items (balls, jump ropes, etc.), 650 healthy snacks, and 300 bags of fresh produce.
Category Health Care, General/Other Health Care, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success
We know that the people that attend our events keep coming back, so they are satisfied with the events themselves. Participants told us they enjoy furthering their knowledge base through connections with partners in the Kansas City community. Exit survey commends indicate that the fair attendees are satisfied with the vendors we provide, and we know that we are providing health care information to foster new dialog among families. This should immediately help improve their understanding of proper health care.
Long-Term Success
Long term, the UNI wants to break the poverty cycle in this area by revitalizing the neighborhoods. This means educating current residents, increasing demand to live in the area, and making sure that those that live there get a good education to further their development. The two events that the Junior League helps with are focused on health and wellness. We hope that exposure to health care essentials for the adults will help create a culture of self-responsibility, and that making fitness fun for the kids will help create a healthy lifestyle for the rest of their lives.
Program Success Monitored By
A key metric is attendance, which we hope will continue to increase year after year. We also have received an overwhelming positive response from community participants and our agency partners. We have also enjoyed continued support from the vendors and volunteers that help put on the events, so we know the experience is worthwhile on their end as well.
Examples of Program Success Between the two events, we have helped over 1,800 local residents in the program’s first year. 325 families got to have a turkey for Thanksgiving, 405 bags of food were given out, 300 pairs of hats and gloves were distributed to those that needed them. For the first year, we are very happy with the success of the program, and have devoted more volunteers and leaders to the committee. We hope the numbers continue to skyrocket in the years to come.
Hope and Healing Kits is a benefiting a community partner, Rose Brooks. Junior League volunteers collect donations, assemble care packages, and then deliver the packages to the organization. The care packages have toiletries and comfort items that the Rose Brooks residents may not have time to gather before leaving home. In 2016-17, its first full year of operation, the committee donated 3668 items in 415 bags given to mothers and their children upon arrival. In addition, the committee of 8 logged 76 hours at the agency in special projects. We look forward to expanding this program in the near future, as the demand continues to increase.
Category Human Services, General/Other Personal Goods & Services
Population Served Families
Short-Term Success The short-term success is much easier to track than the long-term success of this program, as it is intended to bring immediate comfort to the beneficiary. We feel that especially the kids will benefit from having things of their own, and it will help the initial change not seem quite so scary and overwhelming.
Long-Term Success
Ultimately, we hope the welcome kits help to make the new residents of Rose Brooks (both mothers and children) feel a little more comfortable during a very hard time of their lives. Something as simple as soft slippers or a robe can make a big difference to these women, and we hope that this will set the stage for their visit, encouraging them to stay until they feel they are ready to leave.
Program Success Monitored By Short-term monitoring is simply how many items we are able to collect, and how many bags we are able to distribute. Long-term could include tracking if the women and children that receive the bags end up with a longer stay, an increased rate of completion of therapy, or are less likely to return to the dangerous situation they are trying to escape.
Examples of Program Success
A Junior League representative is not present when the women check in to Rose Brooks, so getting a testimonial regarding the Hope and Healing Kits is a challenge. We have received feedback from Rose Brooks staff that these are filling a critical need of their clients that would not otherwise be met. League members were able to interact with the women at a Family Fun Day held in the spring. The moms got to relax, enjoy massages, and get their nails done while the kids enjoyed activities such as making Mother's Day cards for their moms, games, cookie decorating and a magic show. This was a fun way to show appreciation for the moms and help take their mind off of everything they are going through.
CEO Comments The Junior League of Kansas City Missouri has a rich history of meeting unfulfilled needs in the community from founding such organizations as The Children's Place and Children's Center for the Visually Impaired to starting Jazzoo to support the Kansas City Zoo and the Zoo Learning Fund. We continue this work today with our Signature Programs, Healthy U Meals, Hope and Healing Kits and Healthy Living KC. As we partner with other nonprofits to fill a need for the Kansas City community we are always looking forward to successfully launching these as stand along programs. Through all of this, the League provides numerous training opportunities for our members to learn the skills to successfully implement nonprofit fundraisers, serve on nonprofit boards and leadership skills.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Celeste Greenlee CFRE
Term Start Jan 2016
Celeste Greenlee started as the JLKCMO Executive Director in January 2016 and is responsible for operations and administration. She has 20 years experience in the nonprofit sector, particularly in fund development.
Celeste is a University of Kansas graduate. She entered the nonprofit sector when she began working at Notre Dame de Sion School. During her 13 years, she was Director of Institutional Advancement and Associate Head of School for Advancement and Enrollment raising nearly $14 million for annual and capital campaigns, and managing admissions and marketing.
Previous work experience includes the Director of Development at Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, which included planning and implementation of the Snow Ball, annually recognized as one the top fundraising events in Kansas City. She most recently was the Senior Director of Development at Avila University. Celeste is a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) and earned her master’s degree in Fundraising Management from Avila University in 2014.
Senior Staff
Title Communications and Operations Manager
Title Bookkeeper and Membership Records Coordinator
Paid Full-Time Staff 5
Paid Contractors 1
Volunteers 1496
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 5
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 5
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 Yes
Association of Junior Leagues International2019
Leadership Development AwardAssociation of Junior Leagues International2018
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments A list of agencies that we are working with for the 2019-20 include Lazarus Ministries, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City, New House, Operation Breakthrough, Rose Brooks Center, Women's Employment Network, Amethyst Place, Wayside Waifs, Inclusion Connections, Jewish Family Services, Shadow Buddies Foundation, and Solace House.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Katie Werner P. E.
Company Affiliation Black & Veatch
Term June 2018 to
Board Members
Ms. Megan AllenBella Bridesmaids
Decemeber BrammerSunlife Financial
Karen CrnkovichDMC Service
Ms. Stephanie DavisIntouch Solutions
Ericka DukerSprint
Aaron FulkLillian James Creative
Jennifer GravesBlack & Veatch
Ms. Celeste GreenleeJunior League of Kansas City
Ms. Sara HarrisUMB Bank
Ms. Heidi HedgesCommerce Bank
Lisa HoffmanHoffman Rinehart & Associates, LLC
Jessica MatthysJessica Maxine Todd
Deann SalazarFederal Government
Ms. Robyn WagnerRealty Executives of Kansas City
Ms. Liz WebbBlack and Veatch
Ms. Katie WernerBlack & Veatch Corporation
Ms. Kristen Yates-BoothLittlefield Eye Associates
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 17
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Advisory Board Members
Sara Anthony JDBlue Cross Blue Shield
Gary Baker Ph.D.UMKC Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
Jeffrey ByrneJeffrey Byrne + Associates, Inc.
Ann Davis Ph.D.,M.P.H.University of Kansas Medical Center
Christa Dubill41 Action News
Kimiko Black GilmoreUMKC Chancellor's Office
Greg GravesCommunity Volunteer
Deanna GravesCommunity Volunteer
The Honrable Jolie JustusCity of Kansas City, Missouri
Mary Thompson O'ConnorCountry Club Bank
Stacie ProsserKansas City Business Journal
Jovanna Rohs Ph.D.Mid-America Regional Council
Joni WickhamChief of Staff, Office of Mayor Sly James
CEO Comments    
Fiscal Year Start June 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End May 31, 2020
Projected Revenue $687,600
Projected Expenses $687,600
Endowment Value $4,400,000
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 6
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 5/31/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$76,468$101,268$187,344
Membership Dues$170,761$111,707$115,882
Special Events$256,724$309,603$332,452
Revenue In-Kind$51,359$95,072$81,466
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$543,867$584,757$592,414
Administration Expense$142,628$147,656$169,938
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.830.771.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%80%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$6,087,695$5,906,754$6,508,869
Current Assets$785,873$823,154$864,188
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$341,233$287,834$246,949
Total Net Assets$5,746,462$5,618,920$6,261,920
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.302.863.50
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%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? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
Organization Name Junior League of Kansas City MO Inc.
Address 9215 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64114
Primary Phone (816) 444-2112
Contact Email info@jlkc.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Celeste Greenlee CFRE
Board Chair Ms. Katie Werner P. E.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Black & Veatch
Year of Incorporation 1914