Stephanie Vest Foundation
5704 NE Coral Drive
Lee's Summit MO 64064-1161
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 225-1600
Mission Statement
Providing peace of mind to families impacted by a cancer crisis by offering financial support for needs related to day-to-day expenses such as childcare, travel, and living expenses.
CEO/Executive Director Allan Gardner
Board Chair Eric Vest
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Credit card donations accepted online. Checks mailed directly to foundation. Volunteer opportunities for events such as the Trivia Night or Pink Laundry 5k.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Providing peace of mind to families impacted by a cancer crisis by offering financial support for needs related to day-to-day expenses such as childcare, travel, and living expenses.
Background Statement
In 2008, Stephanie Krider Vest was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Gamma Delta Lymphoma.  She received her diagnosis just a few short weeks after giving birth to her third child.  Complications with her illness led to an unexpected 14 week hospital stay at the Mayo Clinic for Stephanie.  Friends, family and neighbors rallied to gather resources to ensure that her three children and household were cared for during her absence. This led to the very first Pink Laundry 5K in 2008, the proceeds of which went directly to support the Vest family.  The funds allowed Eric and Stephanie to focus on her health and rest in the knowledge that their children were provided for and their mortgage was paid.  The Pink Laundry 5K was so named in honor of Stephanie and her hot pink laundry room.
Sadly, Stephanie lost her battle with cancer.  Shortly after her passing, the orignal 5K race committee made a contribution to House of Compassion - a volunteer group that had provided emotional support and respite to the Vests during their stay at the Mayo Clinic.  Subsequent races and fundraisers have generated financial support for other families in the Kansas City community.  In 2011, the Stephanie Vest Foundation was officially formed with the goal of continuing to pay it forward to local families dealing with similar cancer issues.
Impact Statement

In the last five years, The Stephanie Vest Foundation has assisted over 130 local families and awarded over $300,000 in financial grants.  In the coming year, The Stephanie Vest Foundation will focus on its mission of providing financial support to families going through a cancer crisis.  The foundation hopes to meet the needs of 15 - 20 families, with room for growth.

The Stephanie Vest Foundation intends to seek grant funding for the support of ongoing special projects and for the initiation of additional special projects.  Funding of current projects would support annual fundraisers, such as the Pink Friday Trivia Night and the Pink Laundry 5K Run.  Projects to be initiated consist of the establishment of an endowment with the goal of generating ongoing funds to provide to families, and a special financial allotment dedicated specifically to supporting families with a child who has received a cancer diagnosis.  
Needs Statement

  1. Funds to provided financial assistance to additional families.  With $3,000 being the average cost of assisting one family, the foundation will need to generate $45,000 to $60,000 in order to meet its goal of helping 15 to 20 families.
  2. Seek ways to grow the foundation and increase the number of families assisted.
  3. Establish an endowment to further the mission.  Based on The Stephanie Vest Foundation's current budget, an endowment of $120,000 would ensure the continued annual assistance of 15 to 20 families, while allowing for continued growth through fundraising and grant seeking efforts. 
  4. Seek and obtain grant funding for fundraising events.
  5. Seek and obtain grant funding for the development of a special allotment of funds for families with a child dealing with cancer.  $15,000 would ensure the care of approximately 5 families.
Service Categories
Family Services
Areas of Service
Geographic Area Served Narrative
The Stephanie Vest Foundation serves families in the KC Metro area including Jackson, Johnson, Miami, Cass, Linn, Bates, Wyandotte, Lafayette, Ray, Clay, Platte, Leavenworth, Clinton, and Caldwell counties. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement One of the greatest successes of the The Stephanie Vest Foundation is that the foundation offers a personal approach to the grant-seeking process. This is done by ensuring that two members of the foundation board meet personally with the families seeking help to ask them how the foundation can best help them to meet challenges, alleviate stress, shoulder burdens, and provide peace of mind. The primary challenge faced by The Stephanie Vest Foundation is that the entire organization consists of a volunteer board, which tends to create issues and conflicts related to time.
Description Annual fundraiser consisting of a trivia night and a silent auction.Tables of ten are purchased at $750 per table. Generates approximately $40,000 per year.
Program Budget $10,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served People/Families of People with Cancer
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success In 2018, the event sold out. Projections for 2019 suggest a similar outcome.
Long-Term Success Over time, the income generated from the Pink Friday Trivia Night has grown exponentially. Initial profits totaled $10,767, while profits in 2018 totaled $39,777. This growth enabled the foundation to assist approximately seven additional families in 2018, as compared to assistance provided in 2012.
Program Success Monitored By Success is measured by tickets sold and income generated.
Examples of Program Success Exponential income growth allowing for the assistance of approximately 10 families.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Allan Gardner
Term Start Jan 2008
CEO Total Compensation N/A
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO/Executive Director Eric Vest
Term Start Jan 2004
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 10
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Eric Vest
Term Jan 2008 to Dec 2019
Board Members
Kim Casey
Brooke Frost
Damon Frost
Allan Gardner
Vicki Gardner
Mike Ringgenberg
Janelle Ringgenberg
Angela Thomas
Eric Vest
Libby Vest
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $105,000
Projected Expenses $102,000
Spending Policy N/A
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$71,098$46,639$38,511
Administration Expense$99$0$116
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.671.350.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$90,745$43,389$26,868
Current Assets$90,745$43,389$26,868
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$90,745$43,389$26,868
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
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 Stephanie Vest Foundation
Address 5704 NE Coral Drive
Lee's Summit, MO 640641161
Primary Phone (816) 225-1600
CEO/Executive Director Allan Gardner
Board Chair Eric Vest
Year of Incorporation 2011