Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc.
211 E 8th St
Suite D
Lawrence KS 66044-2771
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (785) 856-0917
Mission Statement

Kansas Appleseed believes Kansans, working together, can build a state full of thriving, inclusive, and just communities. We provide in-depth research, grassroots mobilization, and lobbying to champion laws and policies that ensure all Kansans have the resources they need to support themselves and raise a healthy family; all Kansans can participate fully in the community under equal protection of the law; and all Kansans benefit from a fair and effective judicial system. In other words: Justice for all.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Jami Reever
Board Chair David Wing
Board Chair Company Affiliation Spencer Fane LLP
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
You can support Kansas Appleseed and our work to build a state full of thriving, inclusive, and just communities in a variety of ways. 
 
You can: 
  • Use your voice and become an advocate for the issues that you and other Kansans care about. You can find out more about doing that at KansasAppleseed.org; 
  • Financially support our work via check or credit card at kansasappleseed.org/donate
If you want to learn more about our organization and how you can help, please contact us at 785.856.0917. 
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

Kansas Appleseed believes Kansans, working together, can build a state full of thriving, inclusive, and just communities. We provide in-depth research, grassroots mobilization, and lobbying to champion laws and policies that ensure all Kansans have the resources they need to support themselves and raise a healthy family; all Kansans can participate fully in the community under equal protection of the law; and all Kansans benefit from a fair and effective judicial system. In other words: Justice for all.

Background Statement

The Appleseed Network was originally created in 1993 by a group of Harvard lawyers who wanted to make a difference across the nation through policy advocacy. By 1999, the Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc joined the Appleseed Network with advocacy priorities of child welfare, civic engagement, and immigration advocacy. Today, Kansas Appleseed is one of eighteen Appleseed Centers across the United States and Mexico continuing a tradition of justice and dedication to public service.

For many years, Kansas Appleseed operated as a board-member-driven pro bono initiative, but has since experienced dramatic growth over the past six years after hiring a full time Executive Director. Today, fourteen staff members work towards a thriving, inclusive, and just Kansas by investigating social, economic, and political injustice, collaborating with community partners to build lasting solutions, and advocating for fair laws and policies that promote inclusion and alleviate poverty.
Impact Statement

In 2018, Kansas Appleseed:
-Grew Hunger Action Team (HAT) to 1,711 members, 70% of whom advocated multiple times for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Farm Bill
 
-Advocated for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) resulting in a record 1.42 million meals served in 2018 and a 72% increase in sites since 2014
 
-Built Strengthen Families Rebuild Hope coalition and published research on Foster Care system issues
 
-Organized the first League of Women Voters in Allen County, creating sustainable voter engagement
 
-Presented our work at 3 national conferences
 
In 2019, Kansas Appleseed will:
-Grow HAT to 3,000 members
 
-Develop advocacy for housing and criminal justice reform
 
-Establish new chapter of League of Women Voters in SE Kansas
 
-Research and advocate best practices to reduce racial and ethnic disparities among incarcerated youth

Needs Statement

To support our work towards a thriving, inclusive, and just state, Kansas Appleseed needs contributions towards:

Current Foster Care Reform Initiative: Funding a critical advocacy need to defend foster care youth during the 2020 legislative session ($75,000)
 
New Initiatives of Housing, Immigration, and Racial Justice: Expanding vital statewide advocacy ($75,000-$300,000 per year
depending on scope of the project)
 
Rapid Response Fund: Funding vital emergency-advocacy to defend Kansans' rights and opportunities ($10,000-$50,000)
 
Travel: An in kind donation of a dependable, used car to facilitate our advocates’ meetings with grassroots leaders across Kansas.
 
Operations: Supporting daily organizational needs, including funding for personnel ($65,000) and office space in Lawrence ($11,100) and Wichita ($3,900)
Service Categories
Civil Rights, Social Action, & Advocacy N.E.C.
Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C.
Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
Areas of Service
KS
Geographic Area Served Narrative Kansas Appleseed’s advocates are based in Wichita, Pittsburg, Lawrence, and Dodge City. These advocates collectively work to serve all counties in the state.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Kansas Appleseed has established itself as a leader in taking on issues that will ensure that a just, thriving Kansas is possible for all of our residents.  Our past successes have created a solid foundation for the future, and we are looking forward to engaging more deeply to achieve even greater success.  Our greatest challenge is capacity -- in order to do more, we must increase our staff size and develop more funding sources to fund our work.
Programs
Description All Kansans deserve access to affordable food, safe and secure housing, and a hopeful future, yet more than 170,000 households experience food insecurity, or 1 in 7 Kansans. The Thrive Campaign advocates for hungry Kansans to increase access to resources such as food that they need to live a healthy life. We work directly with the Kansas Department of Education providing outreach, advocacy, and research assistance to increase Child Nutrition Programs. This advocacy has already seen incredible success around summer meals, after-school suppers, and school breakfast, and the Thrive Campaign seeks to continue increasing access to food resources for Kansas children. Additionally, Kansas Appleseed organizes the community and advocates for participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and organized Kansans around protecting the Farm Bill that helps provide food a 1/4 million Kansans with the food they need to survive.
Program Budget $412,258.00
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Through Kansas Appleseed’s outreach, advocacy, and technical assistance, by May 2021: 1) Kansas will serve 30% more Summer Food Service Program Meals compared to 2017; 2) the number of Kansans receiving SNAP benefits will increase by 8,000 compared to 2017; 3) 30% more meals will be served year-round in Wichita - the state’s largest school district - to students in low-income families through Child Nutrition Programs, including after-school suppers, alternative breakfast models, the Community Eligibility Provision, and the Summer Food Service Program; 4) at least 200 Kansas organizations will have a formal written commitment to anti-hunger advocacy; and 5) Kansas Appleseed will have initiated an affordable housing campaign to better support food insecure Kansans.
Long-Term Success Kansas Appleseed works for a future where all Kansans have the resources they need to support themselves and raise a healthy family. That is to say, a future in which any Kansan who qualifies for summer meals, after-school suppers, school breakfast, SNAP, and affordable housing is receiving those resources. Currently in Kansas, only 74% of eligible Kansas families receive SNAP benefits, ranking the state 44th in the country for eligible individuals’ participation, meaning 80,000 Kansans were eligible for food assistance but not receiving it. Kansas Appleseed works so that 100% of eligible Kansans can receive the resources available to them to protect against food insecurity.
Program Success Monitored By Our success will be monitored through the USDA’s data reports related to SNAP usage and overall rate of food insecurity. Additionally, we will use data reported by the Kansas Department of Education to measure the efficacy of our efforts to increase Child Nutrition Programs. Internal measures will track the frequency of community and state-wide organizations’ formal commitments to anti-hunger advocacy. The affordable housing campaign will be measured by the number of people reached through our outreach and advocacy.
Examples of Program Success Kansas Appleseed’s began addressing food insecurity in 2014. Our advocates have held dozens of SNAP outreach clinics at public libraries, churches, community pantries and schools in Liberal, Garden City, Dodge City, Wichita, Junction City, Topeka, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Olathe, and Kansas City, connecting hundreds of Kansans to food assistance. We also developed a robust working relationship with the Child Nutrition and Wellness (CNW) division of KSDE, and discovered that 44 of the 105 Kansas counties had no Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites in 2014, excluding the entire northwestern corner of Kansas. In partnership with KSDE, we hosted fifteen regional Summer Meals Summits promoting an increase in the number of SFSP sites and participation at existing sites. In 2015, SFSP sites in Kansas served 140,000 more meals at 99 more sites. In 2017, SFSP sites served over 1,389,000 meals - an increase of over 60,000 meals from the previous year. Only 16 counties remain without SFSPs.
Description All Kansans should be able to participate fully in their communities. The campaign seeks the inclusion of Kansans in their communities through promotion of the 2020 census in southwest Kansas which have been notoriously “hard to count” districts due to low participation in the census. These “hard to count” communities are at significant risk of long-term political and economic inequities. Census results determine electoral redistribution and guide the distribution of billions of federal dollars to Kansas communities. Governments, businesses, and other organizations use the census results to make important decisions about investments and public services. Additionally, Kansas Appleseed organizes voter engagement and registration across the state with a particular focus on 10 communities in Southeastern Kansas, and provides policy advocacy on issues affecting the inclusion of Kansans in their communities.
Program Budget $150,000.00
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Kansas Appleseed’s census advocacy will result in 1) All census tracts in southwest Kansas will have a 2020 census mail (or internet) return rate above 73% (the current cut-off for the “hard to count” designation) and 2) The thousands of southwest Kansas residents engaged in this project will have an increased connection to civic engagement, providing a strong foundation for future grassroots projects in the region. Additionally, Kansas Appleseed will increase voter engagement by 10% and will have helped create three new chapters of the League of Women Voters in Southeast Kansas by 2020.
Long-Term Success Kansas Appleseed works towards a future in which all Kansans can participate fully in their communities and have full access to the resources they need live a thriving, inclusive, and just life. One barrier to this is low participation rates in the U.S. Census in rural, “hard-to-count” regions of Kansas. The census results often determine how resources are distributed to communities across Kansas and in areas like southern Ford County and eastern Liberal in Seward County, more than 40% of Kansans are not counted in the census, many of whom do not have reliable access to the internet. Kansas Appleseed’s advocates work to promote census participation in these areas. Kansas Appleseed also works to register eligible Kansans to vote, allowing them greater opportunity to participate in electing leaders to their communities, the state, and the nation.
Program Success Monitored By Advances in voter engagement will be measured by the Kansas Secretary of State voter statistics and the new chapters of League of Women Voters in southeast Kansas. Regarding the census advocacy, we will track our success by 1) Number of southwest Kansas residents who have received information about the census, determined by the number of residents attending Kansas Appleseed events or receiving material about the census; 2) Number of southwest Kansas residents who have taken an advocacy action ahead of the census, determined by the number of community members engaging in census advocacy organized by Kansas Appleseed; 3) Number of southwest Kansas residents who have participated in the census by mail or internet, determined by US Census data; and 4) Number of residents in other parts of the state who have received information and action alerts about the census, determined by the number of Kansans reached through our emails, social media advocacy, or community events.
Examples of Program Success Voter engagement in Southeast Kansas has grown through Kansas Appleseed’s collaboration with grassroots leaders. Within 6 months of working on voter engagement in southeast Kansas, we had established the first chapter of League of Women Voters in Allen County. Kansas Appleseed’s census work in Southwest Kansas is in its initial stages.
Description All Kansans should benefit from fair and effective systems of justice. Justice for all envisions a criminal justice, juvenile justice, and foster care systems that operate fairly and effectively for all Kansans. Kansas Appleseed works to reform our juvenile justice and foster care systems to protect Kansas youth from unnecessary incarceration, family instability, and racial discrimination through the use of policy advocacy, community organizing, and litigation.
Program Budget $235,000.00
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success According to research conducted by Strengthen Families Rebuild Hope coalition, children are “couch surfing” through the foster care system with DCF changing their placements about once every three months. We seek to decrease this to DCF’s own performance standard of placement changes with children being moved a maximum of once every seven months. Related to Juvenile Justice, Kansas Appleseed is working to close Kansas’s juvenile prison by 2021. The prison’s continued presence causes harm to the 150 boys and young men and the 8 girls and young women who are currently incarcerated there.
Long-Term Success Kansas Appleseed works towards a future where Kansans are protected against injustice. We advocate for community-based alternatives to incarceration and work towards a future in which Kansans are not discriminated against in our justice system based on the color of their skin. Since Kansas Appleseed began advocating for juvenile justice, reforms dramatically decreased the overall number of incarcerated youth in Kansas, but the racial and ethnic disparities in our system have remained. By reducing this disparity, all Kansans can equally benefit from reduced incarceration. Kansas Appleseed also works to protect foster children from dangerous instability resulting from repeated placement and lack of permanency. The Department for Children and Families (DCF)’s performance standard requires that, on average, children be moved a maximum of 4.12 times per 1,000 days in foster care, but Kansas has missed that standard since 2015 and averages 9.9 new placements per 1,000 days.
Program Success Monitored By The impact of our work in juvenile justice is tracked using data from the Kansas Department of Corrections relating to the number of youth placed in our juvenile prisons and out-of-home placements, the length of stay of youth in those placements, the racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in those placements, the amount of funding for alternatives to incarceration and out-of-home placements, and the number of youth who succeed following a placement. For Kansas Appleseed’s foster care work, statistics from the Kansas Department of Children and Families are used to measure improvements in racial disparities, number of children entering foster care, length of stay, type of placement, permanency, and placement stability in the foster system. Internal measures are used to estimate the number of individuals reached through our advocacy and mobilization efforts around juvenile justice and foster care.
Examples of Program Success

Since Kansas Appleseed began its juvenile justice advocacy in Fall 2013, there was a 51% reduction in youth incarceration in Kansas with only 158 youth remaining in Kansas juvenile prison. In collaboration with the coalition Kansans United for Youth Justice, we advocated for 2016 juvenile justice reforms and prioritized reinvestment in community alternatives to incarceration. As a result, Kansas legislators created a $30 million reinvestment fund with an additional $17 million projected for fiscal year 2019.

Our work with Strengthen Families Rebuild Hope (SFRH) coalition has helped lead advocacy for foster care reform. In 2018, Kansas Appleseed, coalition members, and 5 former foster care youth presented SFRH research to the Kansas Legislature Child Welfare Task Force. Outside the coalition, Kansas Appleseed, Children’s Rights, and the National Center for Youth Law filed a class-action lawsuit against Kansas DCF’s harmful treatment of foster care youth.
 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Jami Reever
Term Start Sept 2019
Experience Jami has 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.  Much of her career has been spent with educational organizations, which has allowed her to work tirelessly to ensure that every child has access to a quality education.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Benet MagnusonAug 2013 - Oct 2019
Steve MassoniAug 2003 - Oct 2004
Senior Staff
Title Director of Advocacy
Experience/Biography Joey grew up in Shawnee County outside of Topeka, where there were more cattle than neighbors. His family has been in Topeka for generations, and his deep connection to his hometown informed his politics and galvanized his activism from an early age. In 2014, Joey worked in state-wide and local electoral politics. He graduated from the University of Kansas with bachelor's degrees in political science and Latin American & Caribbean studies. While an undergraduate student, Joey worked in several non-partisan positions at KU's Dole Institute of Politics and the International Relations Council in Kansas City. Joey continued at KU in the master's of Latin America & Caribbean studies program. Joey is passionate about his home state and is ready to build power with any community across Kansas to achieve meaningful changes for poor and marginalized Kansans
Title Director of Operations
Experience/Biography Lori is originally from metro Detroit, and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in social welfare from Wayne State University. Her professional roles have included work in foster care, pregnancy counseling and adoption, coalition building, fundraising, volunteer engagement, program development, and, during a three-year break from public service, small business ownership. Lori has lived in Lawrence for more than 25 years and is a graduate of Leadership Lawrence and Kansas Leadership Center’s You.Lead.Now. 
Title Communications and Digital Advocacy Director
Experience/Biography
Christina is a proud Northwest Kansan who cares greatly about the future of her state. She is a University of Kansas graduate with a degree in journalism with an emphasis in strategic communication. While at KU, worked the Dole Institute of Politics whose mission is to promote bipartisanship and civic engagement. Christina also worked to put the spotlight on gender inequality within politics and higher education reform through an internship with the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and a strategic campaigns fellowship with Young Invincibles. In addition to being Communications and Digital Advocacy Director, Christina advocates with Kansas Appleseed for increased participation and access to summer meal programs across Kansas. Christina also serves on the Board of Directors for Kansas Action for Children and on the Douglas County Food Policy Council and is working toward a master's of public administration at KU.
Title Litigation Director
Experience/Biography Teresa Woody was born in Littlefield, Texas, and moved all over the country as a child. After law school, Teresa settled in Kansas City, where she has been a trial lawyer practicing in courts throughout the country, including extensive practice in Kansas state and federal courts. Before coming to Kansas Appleseed to become the Litigation Director, Teresa was the chair of the litigation department in a large Kansas City firm, a partner in a litigation boutique, and had her own trial practice for ten years. Her practice includes complex civil litigation, class and collective actions, and pro bono work in many areas of the law. She is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley and the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 10
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 150
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 5
Male 6
Not Specified 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 Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
Kansas Appleseed regularly collaborates with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Food Research and Access Center (FRAC), Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), League of Women Voters, The Wichita Seedhouse, and Progeny in Kansas. Additionally, Kansas Appleseed helps coordinate the coalitions Kansans United for Youth Justice and Strengthen Families Rebuild Hope on issues of juvenile justice and foster care reform. For the class-action lawsuit against Kansas DCF treatment of foster youth, Kansas Appleseed collaborates with Children’s Rights & National Center for Youth Law.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Andy Hyman Award for AdvocacyGrantmakers in Health2019
Leaders in DiversityWichita Business Journal2017
Outstanding Service AwardKansas Bar Association2003
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair David Wing
Company Affiliation Spencer Fane LLP
Term July 2018 to June 2020
Email dwing@spencerfane.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Teresa AndersonPolsinelli
J. Eugene BallounShook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Sarah BeezleyBeezley Law, LLC
James M. ConcannonWashburn University School of Law
Jane DeterdingCitizens Bank of Kansas
Karen GriffithsSebelius and Griffiths
Richard HinesLaw Offices of Richard L Hines
Martha HodgesmithRetired
Karen HumphreysRetired
Pedro IrigonegarayIrigonegaray & Associates
Lynn R. JohnsonShamberg, Johnson & Bergman
William KassebaumMorris County, Kansas
Stephen MazzaUniversity of Kansas School of Law
Teresa M. MeagherThe Law Office of Teresa Meagher
Stephen R. MorrisS&B Farms
Sylvia PennerFleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch
Larry RuteAssociates in Dispute Resolution
Richard SeatonSeaton Law Offices, LLP
Joy SpringfieldShook Hardy & Bacon
Gaye TibbetsHite Fanning & Honeyman LLP
C. Edward WatsonFoulston Siefkin
David WingSpencer Fane LLP
Brad YeretskyStinson Leonard Street
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 68%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Executive
Nominating
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments The Kansas Appleseed Board also includes a Litigation Committee.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $922,298
Projected Expenses $919,901
Form 990s
2018 Form 990
2017 Form 990
2016 Form 990
2015 Form 990
2014 Form 990
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$579,050$536,243$312,251
Administration Expense$16,288$12,797$5,199
Fundraising Expense$50,366$44,043$13,269
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.281.272.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%90%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$841,182$668,121$506,931
Current Assets$841,182$668,121$506,931
Long-Term Liabilities$548$10,517$9,772
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$840,634$657,604$497,159
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%2%2%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountKansas Health Foundation $417,206 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountPublic Welfare Foundation $250,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFood Research & Action Center $45,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Other Documents
Summer Food Service Program Report2018View
School Breakfast Report2018View
Strengthen Families Rebuild Hope Foster Care Report2018View
Organization Name Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc.
Address 211 E 8th St
Suite D
Lawrence, KS 660442771
Primary Phone (785) 856-0917
CEO/Executive Director Jami Reever
Board Chair David Wing
Board Chair Company Affiliation Spencer Fane LLP
Year of Incorporation 2000