PeacePathways
607 W Lexington, P.O. Box 242
Independence MO 64050
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 521-3033
Mission Statement
PeacePathways is dedicated to building peace by equipping children and adults to learn about peace, cultivate peaceful environments, and take actions that lead to peaceful outcomes. Peacemaking begins with children and adults who incorporate skills such as self-care, communication, conflict resolution, and integration of diversity into their daily lives and families. PeacePathways creates pathways for peace to be experienced in relationships and in community through peace education, advocacy, and community collaboration. The Peace Pavilion teaches these principles through lessons and activities.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Andy Kroesen
Board Chair Cathleen Cackler-Veazey PhD
Board Chair Company Affiliation 816-719-1720
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Former Names
The Children's Peace Pavilion
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
PeacePathways provides many opportunities to support the Peace Pavilion. Those opportunities include various volunteer options such as docents, artists and exhibit creators, construction and building support, resource writers, website support, event support, committee members, and board members, to name a few.  
 
Donations may be made through checks or cash by mail, or by credit card online on Facebook or the website. Reoccurring donations may be made through bank transfer. In-kind donations are accepted for supplies and exhibits at the Pavilion. Estate bequests are also welcomed. 
 
Donations also made by organizations and businesses through exhibit creation and support and with naming rights possibilities. 
 
 
Financial Summary
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Source: IRS Form 990

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Statements
Mission Statement PeacePathways is dedicated to building peace by equipping children and adults to learn about peace, cultivate peaceful environments, and take actions that lead to peaceful outcomes. Peacemaking begins with children and adults who incorporate skills such as self-care, communication, conflict resolution, and integration of diversity into their daily lives and families. PeacePathways creates pathways for peace to be experienced in relationships and in community through peace education, advocacy, and community collaboration. The Peace Pavilion teaches these principles through lessons and activities.
Background Statement Peace Pathways has been a nonprofit organization since 2011. Its principle goal was to bring together partner organizations and individual peacemakers to develop relationships, and share mutual ideas and programs that support and advocate for peace and justice. At that time the Children's Peace Pavilion (now the Peace Pavilion) was incorporated into the organization as its primary focus. For over 23 years, the Peace Pavilion has served as an interactive children's museum designed to teach concepts of peace through creative, fun, learning activities. It has remained dedicated to empowering children to incorporate peacemaking skills into their everyday lives.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments:
  1. Located and secured a new site for the Peace Pavilion that allows for expanded visibility, improved exhibits, and broader patronage.
  2. Grew a more effective board and supporting committees to engage in the development and support of the Pavilion as it prepares to move to the new site.
  3. Expanded community partnerships and support through events and relationship development.
  4. Developed strategic goals and funding strategies to support capital goals and operational needs.
  5. Continued activities of the Peace Pavilion in its current site.

Goals:
  1. Develop a Capital Campaign committee and strategy to support the capital and operations budgets. 
  2. As resources allow, build the Pavilion exhibits at the new site and prepare to move as soon as practical. 
  3. Strengthen the board by adding members who bring their talents and resources in to the organization. 
  4. Expand events that serve to build support for the Pavilion, both financially and within the community. 
  5. Continue to support the program at the current Pavilion site.  
Needs Statement
  1. Secure the financial support to complete and open the Pavilion at the new site. Total amount to purchase the building (currently under long term lease) and complete the construction of the exhibits - $750,000.
  2. Create organizational financial stability in the areas of operations. Total amount for three years of operation - $250,000.  
  3. Expand community partnerships for the Pavilion at the new site which include establishing greater volunteer and program support, and promoting the location around the Pavilion as a peace-oriented site. Possible partners include the Truman Library, the City of Independence, the Ministerial Alliance and area churches, local peace oriented organizations, the school districts, other non profits that focus on peace, worth of persons, and justice activities.
  4. Prepare for staffing the expanded exhibits and hours of operation by recruiting volunteer docents and funding additional staff. The larger space requires docents in the four theme rooms (Peace for me, Peace for us, Peace for everyone, and Peace for the earth). The plan is to move from five days a week to six days a week.
  5. Establish robust communication plan to share the message of the Peace Pavilion. The goal is to reach more potential Pavilion visitors and increase the community support.
Service Categories
Education N.E.C.
Youth Development NEC
Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
Geographic Area Served Narrative Greater Kansas City metropolitan area is served with particular emphasis on Jackson County. The Peace Pavilion is located in Independence, MO but has school groups, scouting groups, and preschool groups from around the area.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The successes we have experienced as an organization are evidenced in the quality and meaningful experience we provide and the longevity of our programs. PeacePathways and the Peace Pavilion have been in existence for 23 years providing a highly rated and significant service in peace education for thousands of children throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. A first-grade teacher from inner-city Kansas City commented, "This place saves lives. I will be using the lessons we learned at the Peace Pavilion in my classroom."  Andy Kroesen, PeacePathways executive director
 
PeacePathways and the Peace Pavilion are committed the promotion of peace and justice, particularly in the arena of children and youth education. The Peace Pavilion is developed on four concepts of peace, Peace for Me, Peace for Us, Peace for Everyone, and Peace for the Planet. PeacePathways also promotes peace concepts and practices through partnerships with organizations, schools, governmental entities, businesses, churches, and the community. It is anticipated the new site of the Peace Pavilion will act as a peace hub along with other like-minded sites and organizations. It is anticipated that the area will become a destination site. Cathleen Cackler-Veazey, PhD PeacePathways board chair
Programs
Description The Peace Pavilion has innovative and effective exhibitions based on hands-on activities that incorporate best practices of informal learning, including knowledge of multi-generational learning and learning styles. The exhibits are based on Peace for Me, Peace for Us, Peace for Everyone, and Peace for the Planet. Exhibits reflect the Peace Pathways' commitment to address issues of diversity and multiculturalism through peace education.The Peace Pavilion offers scheduled programs to school groups and has regular hours for families.The Peace Pavilion maintains a robust and full schedule of field trips and summer camps. Currently programs are presented 5 days a week, but will be opened 6 days a week at the new site. All programs are facilitated by volunteer docents and employed staff.
Program Budget $173,025.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Program success is predicated on reaching as many children and youth as possible, and teaching the principles of peace through exhibits and lessons. Visits are stand alone lessons, but can be built upon by repetition of visits or reinforcement by teachers and parents. It is difficult to acquire surveys of visitors, but has been offered as visitors leave after a visit. Few complete the survey and are completed by those old enough to do so.
Long-Term Success
Although it is difficult to quantify long-term success estimates, based on reports from parents, teachers, and participants the lessons learned at the Peace Pavilion are remembered and used in relationships or interactions of the participants. A main theme taught in the introduction session at the Peace Pavilion is "Think, Stop, Peace".  Years later, visitors remember the lessons learned and exhibits experienced at the Peace Pavilion. To our knowledge, there is no public data that supports tracking the impact of the Peace Pavilion. 
It is anticipated that ultimately the presence of the Peace Pavilion in the community will help alter the culture to be more just and peaceful, accepting others justly and helping build advocates for peace.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is measured qualitatively through reports during or at the completion of a visit, or through report backs later. Also written survey results are also consulted. Statistics are kept on visitors by date, ethnicity, type (group or individual), and donors.They are regularly reviewed and considered in program adjustments.
Examples of Program Success Visitors return for additional visits. Children visitors practice the lessons learned in their interactions and relationships. Testimonies of adult and child visitors related to the impact of the lessons learned in the Peace Pavilion.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Andy Kroesen
Term Start July 2016
Experience I began working for PeacePathways and the Peace Pavilion in September 2016. Prior to this, I was a public school educator for 29 years. During my years as a teacher I had to deal with student conflict on a regular basis; sometimes the outcome was successful and other times it was not. If I had known then what I know now since working at the Peace Pavilion, my success rate in dealing with conflict would have been substantially greater. The information we provide at the Peace Pavilion can be life changing in helping people discover ways to experience peace and to become a peacemaker. I truly believe that our programs can provide valuable conflict resolution tools for our visitors that will have a positive impact on their lives, the lives of their families and friends, and all throughout our community.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Barbara HarmonJune 2014 - May 2016
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 25
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 0
Male 1
Not Specified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
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 No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
The Peace Pavilion is has a collaboration with Outreach International, Health Ed Connect, and Community of Christ.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
American Alliance of Museums2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Cathleen Cackler-Veazey PhD
Company Affiliation 816-719-1720
Term Aug 2013 to Aug 2020
Email ccacklerveazey@yahoo.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair David Davis JD
Email ddavis@cofchrist.org
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Cathleen Cackler-Veazey PhD
Larry Cleveland
David Davis JD
Madora Graffeo
Kat Hnatyshyn
Roxy Kellogg
Chelsea McClain Pierce
Sherie Moody-St.Clair
Jim Parcel
Sue Sloan
Erin Stevenson
Fran Zimmerman
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 70%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 60%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Building
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Capital Campaign
CEO Comments The board is composed of 12 individuals. The standing committees are chaired by members of the board, but are comprised of more than 50 persons who are sitting on the committees in a volunteer capacity. The organization also had strong support in the community, local government, and other organizations.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $173,025
Projected Expenses $173,025
Endowment Value $282,440
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financials reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$132,809$70,284$103,244
Administration Expense$20,622$20,070$8,250
Fundraising Expense$0$3,190$129
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.580.860.54
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%75%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$488,499$530,446$548,818
Current Assets$6,821$135,228$158,953
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$24,818$2,980$8,292
Total Net Assets$463,681$527,466$540,526
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.2745.3819.17
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Capital - to build exhibits and purchase the current building - which we are currently leasing   750000
Regular giving  250000
Endowment increase 250000
Goal $1,200,000.00
Dates Sept 2018 to Aug 2020
Amount Raised to Date $55,000.00 as of Sept 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Other Documents
Case Statement2018View
Exhibit Goals2018View
Strategic Plan - basic2018View
Tax numbers2018View
MAP Evaluation2016View
Organization Name PeacePathways
Address 607 W Lexington, P.O. Box 242
Independence , MO 64050
Primary Phone (816) 521-3033
Contact Email info@peace-pathways.org
CEO/Executive Director Andy Kroesen
Board Chair Cathleen Cackler-Veazey PhD
Board Chair Company Affiliation 816-719-1720
Year of Incorporation 2004
Former Names
The Children's Peace Pavilion