American Daughters
206 Olive Street
Kansas City MO 64124
American Daughters High School Club 2017-2018
Mission Statement

American Daughters exist to collectively empower and celebrate women in America.

CEO/Executive Director Jennifer Lacy
Board Chair Ms. Sarah Gilstrap
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2017
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Checks can be mailed to:
206 Olive Street
Kansas City, MO 64124
Donations can be made at:
In-kind donations for the Summer Academy are always welcome.
We are also seeking volunteers to share their knowledge and skills at our community events and Summer Academy. 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

American Daughters exist to collectively empower and celebrate women in America.

Background Statement
American Daughters was founded in January 2017 by a group of women living in Kansas City, who aspire to empower and encourage women to learn from and with each other; celebrate women making social, cultural, and intellectual contributions to the Kansas City community; and to expand the intellectual, social, and physical horizons of high school-aged women through an annual Summer Academy.
In preparation to support the first annual American Daughters Summer Academy in Summer of 2019, American Daughters hosted a high school club at William Chrisman High School during the 2017-2018 academic year. The club met every two weeks and was regularly attended by 14 students. Club activities included discussion around feminist topics, including the history of the women's movement as well as related current events. Guest speakers and workshops, to name a few, included an African-American gynecologist who spoke to the students about STEM careers and answered questions related to sexual wellness, a local teacher who provided self-care techniques and spoke on their importance, a guided tour at the Kemper Museum, and a mother-daughter team who spoke on the cultural history of henna and provided henna materials to allow the students to create their own art. 
American Daughters provided Academy applications to Kansas City high schools in Fall of 2018 and selected four young women to participate in the first annual Summer Academy. In June and July 2019, each student created a project related to a personal or professional area of interest, which was completed with the assistance of mentors from the Kansas City community. Each student's project will be featured at an event in fall 2019, which will be open to friends and family of the students and Academy supporters. Additionally, Academy students heard guest speakers, took part in workshops related to their physical, emotional, and mental well-being, and attended field trips throughout Kansas City to institutes of art, culture, and academia.
American Daughters also holds regular community events to explore feminist topics and support local women, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Past events have included sharing pamphlets providing information on the November 2018 Missouri ballot issues, The Politics of Hair panel discussion, and a Galentine's Day Party in partnership with the Homeless Period Project to provide menstrual hygiene products for students in local public schools.  
Impact Statement

Impact Statement: When American Daughters learn with and celebrate each other, we are empowered to claim our futures.

 2019-to-Date Accomplishments:
1. Created the American Daughters high school club at a local Kansas City school. 
2. Hosted "The Politics of Hair" panel discussion which explored feminist issues related to hair, including work-place style standards, cultural appropriation, aging, and hair care tips. 
3. Co-hosted a Women Makers Pop Up in partnership with Horticulture, a local gift and resale shop, to feature goods produced by local woman entrepreneurs.
4. Intersectional Feminist Book Club - met every six to eight weeks to discuss intersectional, feminist topics.
5. American Daughters was invited to participate in the Good Company panel discussion hosted by Design*Sponge. Good Company is a biannual print magazine that provides motivation, inspiration, practical advice, and a vital sense of connection and community for women and non-binary creatives.
6. First Friday Voting Event - At the November 2018 First Friday event in downtown Kansas City, American Daughters distributed original stickers and a booklet that provided information about each issue on the Missouri ballot. 
7. Bloody Galentine's Day Party - In partnership with the Homeless Period Project, American Daughters hosted a Galentine's Day party to receive and pack donations of menstrual hygiene products. Over 850 period packs were assembled for young women in the Kansas City school district. 
8. Hosted the "Politics of Fashion" panel discussion which explored feminist issues related to aging, workplace norms, fast fashion, cultural appropriation, and the LBGQT+ community.  
9. Completed the first annual American Daughters Academy in June and July 2019. 
2018-2019 Goals:
1. Launch the first-ever American Daughters Academy in Summer of 2019.
2. Host monthly opportunities to learn with, serve, and enjoy the company of fellow women.
3. Create an online monthly newsletter to engage our members and supporters. 
Needs Statement
American Daughters hosted the first annual American Daughters Summer Academy, a four-week program, in June and July of 2019. Applications were provided to Kansas City high schools in Fall of 2018, and American Daughters selected four female students to participate. Three students completed the program, which included weekly speakers and workshops and personalized mentoring based on each student's area of interest. The Academy will be held each summer to support young women as they create a vision for their future, realize their capacity for leadership, and share their work with the local community.  
American Daughters is raising funds to cover costs associated with hosting the American Daughters Summer Academy. With your donation, we can obtain the resources needed to build and host the Academy at no cost to the participating students.

Top American Daughters Academy Needs:

1. Volunteers to provide mentorship and workshop opportunities for Academy students
2. Guest speakers
3. Funds to cover the following costs:
   a. Transportation - $1,700
   b. Food and beverages to fuel their bodies and minds - $2,300
   c. Admission to local events/exhibits
   d. Office and art supplies to create student projects - $2,900
   e. Instructor fee - $4,650 
   g. Academy Party costs - $1,400
   h. Liability insurance - $500 
4. Field trip opportunities to explore Kansas City businesses and institutes of art, culture, and academia 

Service Categories
Youth Development Programs
Leadership Development
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
American Daughters is a success when we create an event or opportunity that allows women to share their stories and learn with and from each other. An example of this success is evident in the sisterhood that developed between the young women that took part in the American Daughters high school club. These girls found their voices and courage as a group to speak out against gun violence in their school in a way that each girl, alone, could not have done. Another example of success was The Politics of Hair panel discussion, at which five panelists spoke on feminist topics related to hair, including work-place norms, cultural appropriation, aging, religion, and discrimination. When the discussion was opened to the audience, woman after woman stood up to share a personal experience or a call to action. 
Another success of American Daughters is the overwhelming support we have received from women wanting to serve as a guest speaker or wanting to share a skill at the Summer Academy or a community event. The women we have met in Kansas City are excited to work with and collaborate with other women. 
As with any new non-profit organization, opportunities for exposure, which are needed to share our stories and goals and seek donations, are difficult with limited revenue. Creating community events is more difficult when costs must be kept very low. Additionally, the launch of a new program, such as the Summer Academy, is always more difficult the first year when statistics and other typical markers of success cannot be provided to donors to ensure them that their money will be used to fund a successful program. American Daughters hopes that the success of our high school club and positive student/community feedback will be a launch pad for the Summer Academy. 
Description The annual American Daughters Academy is a 4-week summer leadership program, starting in Summer 2019, that will support high school-aged women from Kansas City-area schools as they create a vision for their future, realize their capacity for leadership and change, and share their work with the local community. 
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Females
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Four girls have been selected to attend the Academy for the Summer of 2019. A successful pilot year would include pairing each student with a mentor(s) that provides the knowledge and guidance necessary to allow the student to explore her area of interest and develop a project that is meaningful to the student and reflects the Academy goals and curriculum. Additionally, all students should have explored and experienced historical, cultural, and artistic Kansas City institutes and neighborhoods and feel more comfortable and better prepared to pursue higher education and explore areas outside their neighborhoods and communities. 
Long-Term Success By introducing student participants to a community of supportive women and resources through the Academy, American Daughters' goal is to see its students leave the Academy feeling empowered and confident to step outside their neighborhoods, pursue their goals, and claim their futures. The success of the American Daughters Academy will be measured by lasting relationships between students and mentors and the number of young women who pursue higher education and other opportunities for personal or professional development.
Program Success Monitored By The types of activities, workshops, and guest speakers will be evaluated from year to year based on student feedback. The growth of each student throughout the 4-week program will be evaluated using pre- and post-completion surveys as well as feedback from mentors. American Daughters will also follow-up with each participant throughout the remainder of high school and post-graduation.   
Examples of Program Success To be provided following the completion of the first annual Academy.
American Daughters offer monthly opportunities for women to gather to share ideas, learn from and with each other, and experience a sense of community. Examples of community events include a viewing of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary, RGB; the Politics of Hair panel discussion; a henna workshop with Henna by Hernandez, a mother/daughter team; a guided tour and feminist discussion at the Kemper Museum; a Galentine's Day event in partnership with the Homeless Period Project, to provide menstrual hygiene products for homeless women, specifically students in Kansas City public schools; and the Politics of Fashion panel discussion.  
Category Community Development, General/Other Community Development, General/Other
Population Served Females
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success A community event is successful if participants leave the event having learned something new, been given the opportunity to learn from and with others, and our mission is seen and heard by new members of the Kansas City community. 
Long-Term Success Community events are designed to allow women to spend time together to learn from and with each other and to, specifically, expose women to different ways of thinking, different perspectives, and new experiences. These events will allow Kansas City women to be part of a network of women and woman-run businesses and organizations that support each other. 
Program Success Monitored By
Event success will be tracked through feedback from participants, sales of merchandise and memberships, and new followers on American Daughters social media accounts.
Successful growth of the community event program would be a 20-percent increase in overall attendance at events from year-to-year. Long-term success will also be measured by the number of partnerships created with other community groups, businesses, and individuals as result of these events. American Daughters would like to create at least two new partnerships each year.  
Examples of Program Success
Examples of successful community events include the Bloody Galentine's Day party in February 2019 and the Politics of Hair panel discussion in February 2018. 
The Galentine's Day party was hosted in partnership with the Homeless Period Project, an organization created to end the stigma of menstruation and provide menstrual hygiene products to local students. The event was attended by over 100 women from the community who donated enough hygiene products to create 850 period packs for local women in the Kansas City School District.  
The Politics of Hair panel discussion facilitated open discussion with over 50 women (diverse in age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status) around issues including cultural appropriation, work-place standards, and aging. Due to its success and participants expressing their want for similar events, American Daughters is hosting the Politics of Fashion in March 2019 in partnership with Central Exchange, a women's organization for professional development.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Jennifer Lacy
Term Start Mar 2017
Experience Dr. Jennifer Lacy graduated from Missouri State University in 2006 with a degree in Biology Education/Unified Science. She later received her Master's in Curriculum and Instruction in 2010 from the University of Columbia-Missouri. Most recently, Dr. Lacy received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While there, she focused her studies on science education, design-based learning, and humanist philosophy. Dr. Lacy returned to Kansas City in 2016 to design and teach curricula that encourage students to think critically about social and natural systems. She currently works at Crossroads Preparatory Academy. 
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 15
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
American Daughters has collaborated with the following Kansas City institutes:
1. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art - hosted a guided tour and discussion of feminist art,
2. The Drawing Room - donated its space for community events including a book club event and the Bloody Galentine's Day Party
3. The Hair Parlour - hosted First Friday events and a book club meeting
4. Betty Rae's Ice Cream - donated a percentage of one day's sales
5. Horticulture - hosted the Women's Maker Event
6. Second Best Coffee - hosted a book club event and donated coffee/tea for the Politics of Hair event
7. Henna by Hernandez - hosted a henna workshop for students
8. neither/nor zine distro - hosted a zine making workshop for students
9. Hammerpress - donated a portion of one day's sales in December 2018 
9. Homeless Period Project - co-hosted the Bloody Galentine's Day party  
10. Politics of Fashion panel discussion - co-hosted with Central Exchange 
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Sarah Gilstrap
Term Mar 2017 to Mar 2019
Board Members
Ms. Amanda Fuson
Ms. Sarah GilstrapBurns & McDonnell
Ms. Jessica Jaskiewicz
Dr. Jennifer Lacy
Ms. Jennifer Murphy
Ms. Elsa Rainey
Ms Kelsey Saragnese
Ms. Sierra Stites
Ms. Kasey Strobel
Ms. Marium Zahir
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Middle Eastern
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 64%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $27,400
Projected Expenses $27,400
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018 & 2017: Financial data reported using internal financial documents. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,676$1,185--
Administration Expense$1,275$489--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
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Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.571.48--
Program Expense/Total Expenses57%71%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$0$0--
Current Assets$0$0--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$0$0--
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
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Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
Organization Name American Daughters
Address 206 Olive Street
Kansas City, MO 64124
Primary Phone (816) 2238631
CEO/Executive Director Jennifer Lacy
Board Chair Ms. Sarah Gilstrap
Year of Incorporation 2017