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 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
Board Chair Ms. Jennifer Johnson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Transportation Planner, Hg Consult, Inc.
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1914
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 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 492 Active Members, along with 764 Sustainer Members and an impressive New Member Class of 167. The New Member Classes of 2016-17 and 2017-18 have been two of our biggest in recent years, and we are very excited to see what the future holds for us.
Impact Statement
Our first accomplishment is to have our new member classes increase 58% in 2016 and another 35% in 2017. Our organization is over 100 years old, staying relevant and appealing to new generations is something we strive to achieve. We believe that these numbers show we are successful, and hope to be around at least another 100 years.
Next, we published a new magazine this year, the Inside Scoop Community Edition. Inside Scoop was mailed to over 400 community nonprofits to ensure they are aware of us as an organization, along with the services and programs we can provide for them. This was our first community publication, and we have received significant positive feedback from recipients, both old partners and new acquaintances.
Thirdly, we reformed our Community Advisor Board, and are using our 12 advisors to their fullest capacities. They serve on Ad Hoc committees, help to market our fundraising events and provide a link to the needs of our community.
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.
  2. The League is also launching a new event C3KC that will bring 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. More to come.
Service Categories
Women's Service Clubs
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Clay County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Platte County
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 2017-2018 to include a second club.
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. After partnering with one club the first year (2016-17), we are expanding to two clubs for 2017-18, and we have four more clubs interested. 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.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Celeste Greenlee
Term Start Jan 2016
Celeste Greenlee started as the JLKCMO Executive Director in January 2016 and is responsible for operations and administration. She has 17 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.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Communications and Operations Manager
Title Bookkeeper and Membership Records Coordinator
Paid Full-Time Staff 6
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 1425
Paid Contractors 0
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
CEO Comments A list of agencies that we are working with for the 2017-18 include Lazarus Ministries, 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Jennifer Johnson
Company Affiliation Transportation Planner, Hg Consult, Inc.
Term June 2017 to May 2018
Board Members
Ms. Alma Azuara Sprint
Ms. Karen Crnkovich DMC Service, Inc.
Ms. Katherine Fowler Community Volunteer
Ms. Colleen Goldblatt Sprint
Ms. Jen Graves Black & Veatch Corporation
Ms. Celeste Greenlee Junior League of Kansas City
Ms. Heidi Hedges Commerce Bank
Ms. Jennifer Johnson Transportation Planner, Hg Consult, Inc.
Ms. Christy LaHood Community Volunteer
Ms. Erin Lambert Burns & McDonnell
Ms. Jana Larsen Better Homes & Gardens Kansas City Homes
Ms. Margaret Latshaw Cerner
Ms. Katie Minnis FedEx Services
Ms. Kimberlee Ried National Archives and Records Administration
Ms. Brandi Thomas Sprint
Ms. Katie Werner Black & Veatch Corporation
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 16
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Fiscal Year Start June 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End May 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $687,600
Projected Expenses $687,600
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 5/31/2016, 2015, 2014: 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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$101,268$187,344$477,914
Membership Dues$111,707$115,882$115,638
Special Events$309,603$332,452$418,401
Revenue In-Kind$95,072$81,466$88,374
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$584,757$592,414$709,146
Administration Expense$147,656$169,938$213,825
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.771.021.62
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%78%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$5,906,754$6,508,869$6,164,356
Current Assets$823,154$864,188$1,007,731
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$287,834$246,949$211,488
Total Net Assets$5,618,920$6,261,920$5,952,868
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.863.504.76
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
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 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
Board Chair Ms. Jennifer Johnson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Transportation Planner, Hg Consult, Inc.
Year of Incorporation 1914