Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri
8383 Blue Parkway Drive
Kansas City MO 64133
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (800) 728-8750
Fax 816- 358-5714
Mission Statement
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Joy Wheeler
Board Chair Ms. Cindy Wallis-Lage
Board Chair Company Affiliation Black & Veatch
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1923
Former Names
Girl Scouts of Mid-Continent Council
Mid-Continent Council of Girl Scouts
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

You can make a contribution to the Girl Scouts at www, or mail your donation to:

8383 Blue Parkway Drive
Kansas City, MO 64133

Donors may also join our monthly giving program, Daisy's Circle, at This program provides a steady, predictable income stream to support programs like STEAM, Outdoor Experiences, and Outreach.

Girl Scout volunteers do more than just give of their time and skills. They continue to build upon a legacy that has developed girls and young women all over the world for more than 100 years. The time commitment for volunteering is up to each individual. Whether you are 18 or 80, have children or do not have children, are married or single, female or male, there is a volunteer opportunity that is right for you.  Visit us at and check out our ways to volunteer, including our Power of 52 Challenge for our short-term volunteers.

Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Background Statement

Our Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a one-of-a-kind leadership development program for girls with proven results. It is based on time-tested methods and research-backed programming that girls take the lead - in their own lives and in the world. Girl Scouts began in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low formed the first troop of 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. Since then, more than 50 million girls have been Girl Scouts. Sixty-four percent of today’s women leaders in the United States, including those in the corporate, public service, political, sports, and entertainment fields were Girl Scouts. Eighty-two percent of high-achieving alum believe Girl Scouts influenced their success.

Founded in 1923, Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri is chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA and supports about 23,000 girl members and 9,000 adult members in its 47 county jurisdiction surrounding the Greater Kansas City, Topeka and St. Joseph areas.

The counties we serve include:

Kansas: Atchison, Anderson, Brown, Clay, Doniphan, Douglas, Geary, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Marshall, Miami, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, Washington and Wyandotte

Missouri: Andrew, Atchison, Bates, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Holt, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Platte, Ray, and Worth

Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri provides a comprehensive youth leadership development program for girls via an experiential, research-based model leading to proven, long-term outcomes. The program provides the five essential supports and opportunities for positive youth development: supportive relationships with adults and peers, physical and emotional safety, significant youth involvement, skill building, and a sense of belonging to and impacting the community. Girls join in and participate through a number of pathways: volunteer-led troops that meet with the same group of girls and span the length of the school year; staff-led troops in the urban core that provide after-school programming; outdoor experiences at one of the council’s two area camps; local, regional, or council-wide events centered around a variety of topics; and leadership and cross-cultural opportunities through regional, national, and international travel.

Impact Statement
Girl Scouts offers the best leadership development experience for girls in the world - one that is designed with, by, and for girls. Girl Scouts unleashes the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) in every girl, preparing her for a lifetime of leadership. Girl Scouts is proven to help girls thrive in five key ways: Develop a strong sense of self; Display positive values; Seek challenges and learn from setbacks; Form and maintain healthy relationships and Identify and solve problems in the community.
All Girl Scout programming, including our iconic, skill-based badges and all Girl Scout Leadership activities are grade appropriate, outcomes-based, and centered on our priority areas that target areas where girls most often fall behind, including STEAM, Entrepreneurship, Outdoor Experiences, and Civic Engagement. Our goals for the year include increasing girl and volunteer participation; growing innovative partnerships for more program opportunities and growing philanthropic support to fund these leadership-building experiences.
Our accomplishments for last year include 1) Investment in outdoor education by securing funding for a state-of-the-art Aquatics Center and All Season Shower House and addition of a new Traverse Wall; 2) Increased outdoor and STEAM programming with new STEAM and Outdoor badges, local and national excursions, and community partner-sponsored activities like a Women in Cybersecurity event at Burns & McDonnell; 3) Increased travel and teen opportunities, such as St. Louis and a week-long trip to Belize.  Our Inspire a Girl event & Gold Award ceremony honored a record number of girls, 60, who earned the Gold Award; 4) Increased financial assistance through the Opportunity Fund; and 5) Increased Corporate Giving and Volunteer Involvement from local companies, including Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, Honeywell, Centric, Kiewit, and Henderson Engineers.
Needs Statement
  1. Increase organizational capacity to provide the highest quality program for the greatest number of girls.
  2. Increase donor funding for direct-service programming in Kansas City’s urban core.
  3. Diversify funding sources for decreased reliance on annual product sales.
  4. Ensure more girls are able to be Girl Scouts by increasing funding for financial assistance for membership, program materials and program opportunities.
  5. Increase the number of volunteers who want to be adult role models for girls.
Service Categories
Girls Scouts of the U.S.A
Areas of Service
MO - Buchanan
MO - Caldwell
MO - Cass County
MO - Clinton
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Lafayette
MO - Ray
MO - Ray County
KS - Atchison County
KS - Franklin County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Lawrence
KS - Leavenworth County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
Geographic Area Served Narrative
Kansas: Atchison,Anderson,Brown,Clay,Doniphan,Douglas,Geary,Franklin,Jackson,Jefferson,Johnson, Leavenworth,Linn,Marshall,Miami,Nemaha,Pottawatomie,Riley,Shawnee,Wabaunsee,Washington and Wyandotte.
Missouri: Andrew,Atchison,Bates,Buchanan,Caldwell,Carroll,Cass,Clay,Clinton,Daviess,DeKalb,Gentry,Grundy, Harrison,Henry,Holt,Jackson,Johnson,Lafayette,Livingston,Mercer,Nodaway,Platte,Ray,and Worth.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

How does a girl accomplish her goal of making new friends, experiencing exciting adventures or making a difference in her community? Or defy gender stereotypes and do something she sees more males than females do like becoming a scientist or engineer. Or set in motion her dream of becoming a leader when opportunity seems like only a buzzword to her?

How? It’s simple: Girl Scouts.

It's an incredible honor to work on behalf of the nearly 23,000 girls and over 9,000 adult members who are helping build these future leaders across our 47 counties. We are the world's premier leadership organization for girls Kindergarten - 12th grade. Through activities in STEAM/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), Entrepreneurship, Civic Engagement/Life Skills, and Outdoor Experiences, Girl Scouts provides girls opportunities for fun and friendship while fostering leadership skills and self-esteem.

We are amazed every day by these young leaders. Our youngest Girl Scouts, Daisies, work hard to earn their petals by learning about the values so important to all of us and outlined in the Girl Scout Law like being honest and fair, friendly and helpful, and considerate and caring. Our Gold Award (the highest award a girl can earn) Girl Scouts work hard on an 85+ hour sustainable project benefiting their communities and beyond. Our Girl Scout alum who are pursuing their dreams in STEM, business / entrepreneurship and service to their country credit Girl Scouts as a place that began their skill development and gave them confidence to pursue their dreams.

It is truly amazing to work on behalf of these wonderful young women. So our challenges? Finding the best adult volunteers to mentor these young women and making sure we offer them the best training and support we can and securing the Philanthropic support required to deliver our programs.

Volunteers can come from many walks of life - a mother or caregiver, a female STEM professional, a Girl Scout alum in college or recently graduated or a dad. Girls need diverse role models, and we have to connect and encourage more adults to volunteer.

We can't wait to see more girls exploring, imagining and amazing! Your generous investment in a girl makes all this possible. We look forward to working with you as we build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Thank you,

Joy Wheeler, CEO

Cindy Wallis-Lage, Chair, Board of Directors
Research-based curriculum, delivered by trained volunteers, guides girls to develop healthy relationships and gain skills in four focus areas - STEAM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math); entrepreneurship, the outdoors, and civic engagement - and beyond.  
Volunteer-Led Troops meet with the same group of girls throughout the school year.
Girls are organized into troops reflecting six program grade levels: DAISIES, K-1; BROWNIES, 2-3; JUNIORS, 4-5; CADETTES, 6-8; SENIORS, 9-10; AND AMBASSADORS, 11-12.
Our leadership development curriculum is designed to help girls become leaders, build confidence, and solve problems in their communities.
Activities are girl-led and encourage cooperative learning and learning by doing. Our iconic skill-based badges offer girls the chance to try new things and develop specific skills, from public policy to cooking healthy meals, geocaching to inventing to staying fit.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Females, K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience identifies three keys to leadership.  Girls develop their leadership potential through age-appropriate activities that enable them to discover their values, skills, and the world around them; connect with others in a multicultural environment; and take action to make a difference in the world. Girls benefit in five important ways:

Strong Sense of Self 

  •  Girls have confidence in themselves and their abilities, and form positive identities. 

 Positive Values

  •  Girls act ethically, honestly, and responsibly, and show concern for others.

 Challenge Seeking 

  •  Girls take appropriate risks, try things even if they might fail, and learn from mistakes.
Healthy Relationships 
  •  Girls develop and maintain healthy relationships by communicating their feelings directly. 

 Community Problem Solving

  •  Girls desire to contribute to the world in purposeful and meaningful ways, learn how to identify problems in the community, and create “active plans” to solve them.
Long-Term Success

When girls exhibit these attitudes and skills, they become responsible, productive, caring, and engaged citizens. Girls who develop these five outcomes are happier, healthier, and less likely to engage in problem behaviors or be victimized; achieve more academically and feel more engaged in school; become strong job applicants; and become successful, well-adjusted adults.

Both the leadership development curriculum and badges are age-appropriate and correlated to national and state learning standards so that educators and parents can be confident that girls are having fun and active experiences that reinforce what they are learning during the school day.

Girl Scouts, and the values and skills learned, will help girls in our community succeed in school, the local workforce and lay the foundation to building future community leaders. We seek to help girls become leaders with courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.

Program Success Monitored By

Girl Scouts participate in surveys that measure the five key outcomes referenced above.

  • Strong Sense of Self
  • Positive Values
  • Challenge Seeking
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Community Problem Solving
In addition to survey results, Girl Scouts examines various indicators to illustrate program success including the number and percent of girls who earn Journey Awards; the number and percent of girls who stay in Girl Scouts from year to year (an indicator that girls are forming positive relationships with adults, gaining skills, and participating in projects that keep them engaged in Girl Scouts); the number and percent of girls earning skill-building proficiency badges which require girls to complete five unique steps over several experiences to learn, experience, and teach others the skills they build in the program; the number and percent of girl participation in the Cookie Program (girls learn five key life skills in this program); and the number and percent of outdoor experiences participants (girls learn life and leadership skills when participating in Girl Scouts outdoor programs).
Examples of Program Success
Faith has been a Girl Scout for eight years.  Faith's Gold Award project addressed the need for a fun, safe space for girls with special needs to socialize and interact.   Faith knows this need firsthand as she has autism herself.  Statistics show that people with autism and other special needs struggle with social skills and thus have trouble making friends. Faith worked with University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Jamison and Jessica Shuttler to enhance a program that was already taking place for girls with Autism. Faith created an application system for participants to complete that would then be used to match them up with other young women of similar interests prior to the event. Faith also created a catalog of activities to be used at Girls Night out and their social skills classes. The application and activities list will now be a part of the Girls Night Out program moving forward!

Our Outreach Program makes it possible for 1,200 girls in underserved communities in Kansas City to realize the Girl Scout mission: to become girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.  Girls participate in the same program as volunteer-led troops; however their troops are led by paid part-time staff, eliminating the possibility that these girls are not served due to volunteer shortage. 

Community support of this program is very important and enables us to help girls develop their full potential, build important life skills, and contribute to the improvement of our community. The cost to participate in the program and receive her book, sash and membership dues is fully underwritten for each girl. We strive to ensure that girls in the Girl Scout Outreach Program have the same high-quality programming and experiences as all Girl Scouts, including leadership skill building, exposure to STEAM, Entrepreneurship/Financial Literacy, Civic Engagement and outdoor experiences.

Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Over 1,200 girls in the Girl Scout Outreach Program will learn to make decisions, express themselves, practice conflict resolution skills and learn about the differences that define individuals and cultures and ultimately lead to increased self-respect and respect for others.

 2017-2018 Outreach Program outcomes    

  • Girls gain practical life skills—90% of girls will complete requirements for and earn both their Financial Literacy and STEM badges.
  • Girls develop healthy relationships—90% of girls will view their troop leader as trusted adults.
  • Girls seek challenges in the word—80% of girls will report trying new experiences.
  • Girls educate and inspire others to act—85% of girls will share their “take action” project with others.
  • Girls will increase their interest in STEM activities and/or careers—85% of girls will demonstrate increased interest as measured by post-program surveys. 
Long-Term Success

Girls engage in leadership development in everything they do, all aimed at providing girls the benefits of the Girl Scout "Keys to Leadership": DISCOVERING themselves, CONNECTING with others, and TAKING ACTION to make the world a better place.

Both the leadership development curriculum and badges are age-appropriate and correlated to national and state learning standards so that educators and parents can be confident that girls are having fun and active experiences that reinforce what they are learning during the school day.

Girl Scouts, and the values and skills learned, will help girls in our community succeed in school, the local workforce and lay the foundation to building future community leaders. We seek to help girls become leaders with courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.

Program Success Monitored By

Progress towards these outcomes will be demonstrated through pre- and post-surveys administered to the girls by their program leaders. Results are collected in a database so we can target instruction in following years. The program manager also observes activities much like a school principal will do a classroom walk-through, watching for engagement and participation.

Examples of Program Success

Girl Scouts' approach is to frame activities in leadership - using leadership to improve the world around them.  Therefore, an important component of the program was to help girls find their passion and use their voice by taking action in their community.  Most girls completed a "take action" project wherein they identified a problem, researched solutions, and collaborated with others to carry out a plan of action. 

Daisies focused their efforts on taking care of animals by making bird houses and homeless animal "emergency kits" filled with dog treats, cat toys, blankets, and animal food.  Brownies made emergency kits for homeless individuals - brainstorming what one would need from band aids to food supplies and filling bags with appropriate items.  And Juniors decided that anti-bullying education would support their Girl Scout and non-Girl scout sisters alike.  A Stand Up to Bullying campaign at school and a positive message campaign are two examples of ways girls promoted positive, healthy relationships among their peers.
We introduce Girl Scouts of every age to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) to help them see how they can actually improve the world—whether they're discovering how a car's engine runs, learning about cybersecurity, or caring for animals.
Girls explore different aspects of STEAM through a unique, "fun with purpose" K–12 curriculum to inspire girls to embrace and celebrate scientific discovery in their lives. Our cutting-edge curriculum includes 23 new badges which girls can earn doing things like building a model rollercoaster, going on an environmentally conscious camping trip, collecting data in the great outdoors, or trying their hand at engineering.
To complement our curriculum and create an awareness of opportunities for a STEAM career, Girl Scouts teams up with area STEAM companies to offer learn-by-doing, engaging activities similar to what the professionals do on a regular basis.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Sadly, too few of our girls are going on to pursue STEAM careers. Despite the fact that nearly three quarters of high school girls are interested in STEAM, less than 25% of STEAM jobs are filled by women. Not only is that bad for girls—jobs in STEAM fields pay about 33% more than non-STEAM jobs—it’s also bad for society as a whole. If she can’t see it, she can’t be it: girls need more exposure to STEAM to see these areas as options for their own future career pathways.

STEAM Program Outcomes include:

  • Girls' knowledge of STEAM careers grows: 80% of girls report learning something new about a STEAM career.
  • Troop Leaders are better prepared to inspire girls in STEAM: 70% of STEAM Institute participants demonstrate increased readiness to lead STEAM activities for girls.
  • Girls are interested in learning more about STEAM: Girls have 19,000 STEAM experiences through the Girl Scout STEAM Program.
Long-Term Success

The goal of the Girl Scout STEAM Program is to build the pipeline of female leaders in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Our program prepares girls for future STEAM careers by increasing their STEAM confidence and competency.

The Girl Scouts approach to STEAM is unique because it’s framed in leadership – specifically, using leadership skills to make the world a better place. Research suggests that girls are more interested in STEAM careers when they know how their work can help others.

Research shows that Girl Scouting works; Girl Scout alum are more likely to graduate from college, earn more money, vote, and be an active volunteer. This is the case for all Girl Scout alum, across age/generations, social class, and race.

Program Success Monitored By

Input is sought from girls, volunteers and program partners to determine program effectiveness. Girls complete surveys after camp STEAM experiences and Spark events, troop leaders are surveyed after trainings, and community partners are debriefed. We use this feedback, along with findings from the Girl Scouts Research Institute ( to adapt the program to meet girls' changing needs.

Examples of Program Success

Abby was in Girl Scouts for 12 years and is now studying robotic engineering at Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts.  Abby's Gold Award project provided easy access to engaging STEM activities for young students in her community.  By giving students STEM activities that are interesting, exciting, social and fun, kids are more likely to pursue science as a potential career option.  Abby hosted youth STEM workshops that worked with her robotics team to inspire kids and give them hands-on experiences.  She also hosted a shop tour that showed kids the power tools involved in building robots and connected these activities to a local STEM summer camp.


Our outdoor programs including day camp, troop camping, and adventure (archery, climbing, rappelling, low ropes, tomahawk throwing, slingshots, zipline, and traverse wall) integrate science experiences, leadership activities, and physical activity while also supporting important causes like environmental stewardship. For girls in underserved areas where a lack of safety often limits outdoor experiences, being at camp offers a safe, fun, supportive environment in which they can explore. When girls spend quality time outdoors and increase their exposure to nature, they thrive physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

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

OUTCOME 1 – Girls seek challenges in the world. They develop positive attitudes toward learning, seeking opportunities for expanding their knowledge and skills, set challenging goals for themselves, and take appropriate risks.

OUTCOME 2 – Girls are resourceful problem solvers. They use their knowledge and skills to set up and implement creative and effective “action plans,” locate the tools and resources they need, and know when, where, and how to enlist help from others.

OUTCOME 3 – Girls promote cooperation and team building. They recognize the value of working together and learn to make decisions that benefit the whole group. They build effective teams, learn to be accountable for shared goals, and show recognition for others’ contributions and accomplishments.

Long-Term Success

 More than ever, Girl Scouts need to provide more opportunities for girls to discover, connect, and take action out-of-doors in a way that builds courage, confidence, and character.

Camping and outdoor programs are essential to the leadership experience of Girl Scouts. They create the opportunity for girls to learn critical thinking, experience community, and embrace the natural environment. A trip to camp provides freedom from social pressures, hectic schedules, and threatening home environments. Girls try new things, teach and help sister Girl Scouts, overcome fears, and learn to better enjoy outdoor experiences. They develop a strong sense of self, seek challenges, learn to work as a team, and become environmental stewards. They also make memories that last a lifetime.

Program Success Monitored By

Post-activity surveys are administered to evaluate this program.

Examples of Program Success

Quote from Madeline B., Senior Girl Scout

“Girl Scout camp taught me to be responsible for myself and to appreciate the little things. I loved making new friends and taking a break from all of the stressful things in my life. I owe so much to my camp experiences; I would never trade them for anything.”

CEO Comments

We are committed to moving at the speed of today’s girls with innovative programming and impactful community service projects. We are dedicated to bringing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to every girl in our 47 counties from rural communities to urban neighborhoods. Girl Scouting develops qualities that will last a lifetime including strong values, social consciousness and convictions about their own potential and self-worth. As a result, girls develop the skills needed to help them avoid unhealthy behaviors, make responsible decisions and overcome challenges throughout their lives.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Joy Wheeler
Term Start Apr 2013
Experience Joy Wheeler is an incredible professional with vast experience in for profit and non-profit leadership prior to joining Girl Scouts first as interim CEO in April 2013 then becoming permanent CEO in September 2013. She has an extensive healthcare leadership background and serves on many boards making her well connected in our council's jurisdiction. 
Former CEOs
Karen Grode-
Dr. Carol HansenMay 2008 - Nov 2010
Senior Staff
Title Chief Brand and Marketing Officer
Gina Garvin joined Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri in August 2007. She holds her B.S. degree in Journalism and Mass Communications with an emphasis in public relations and broadcast journalism from Kansas State University. In her role, Gina oversees the Brand, Retail, and Product Sales Program teams. She formerly worked in the nonprofit sector as the Communications Director for Rose Brooks Center. She also has corporate experience with her work as a Public Relations Manager for Sprint.
Title Chief Operating Officer

Carmen joined the Girl Scouts of NE KS & NW MO in May 2015. Her professional experience includes more than 9 years in the marketing fields. Carmen brings a strong background of training, coaching, management, and public speaking to her role at Girl Scouts which includes overseeing volunteer recruitment, training, and support in our 47-county region as well as managing program delivery in STEAM, Outdoor Experience, and our Girl Scout Outreach Program. Prior to Girl Scouts, Carmen was a regional director at DeVry University. She has a Master's degree in Human Resources Management & Services from Keller School of Management and a Bachelor's of Health & Human Service from Central Missouri State University.

Paid Full-Time Staff 79
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 8118
Retention Rate 83%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 9
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 94
Hispanic/Latino 8
Other 2
Other (Please Specify) 5 - Two or more Races - Not Hispanic or Latino
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 103
Male 11
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 No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes

Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri has hundreds of community partners delivering programming in the areas of STEM/STEAM, Entrepreneurship, Life Skills/Civic Engagement, and Outdoor Experiences. As the area’s premier organization for girls, Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri understands and advocates for the unique needs and interests of girls, and assists local agencies in recognizing and meeting the developmental needs of the girls they serve.

Partnership AwardNational Organization on Disability2006
Bankers Wildlife Award for Habitat ConservationKansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks2019
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

The goals for the council strategic plan are set by the Board of Directors, then objectives and strategies are set by the staff. Staff are evaluated on specific performance accountabilities. Supervisors are also evaluated on their performance and how well they develop their staff. The council undergoes an intensive and comprehensive evaluation by our national organization every three years. Additionally, there is a formal chartering process including a financial review and council evaluation.

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Cindy Wallis-Lage
Company Affiliation Black & Veatch
Term Oct 2017 to
Board Members
Ms. Libby AllmanHallmark Cards, Inc.
Ms. Renny ArensbergKVC Health Systems
Ms. Kay BarnesPark University
Ms. Barb BrownCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Carlos GomezHispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City
Ms. Mary JorgensonCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Todd MeierhofferMeierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory
Ms. Rachel MerloGoogle Fiber
Ms. Beryl NewTopeka Public Schools
Mr. Matt RalstonBurns & McDonnell
Ms. Judith SabbertHeartland Foundation
Ms. Theresa StokerSelf-Employed CPA
Ms. Vickie TrottCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Cindy Wallis-LageBlack & Veatch
Ms. Grisel WileyEquity Payment, Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 78%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
CEO Comments

The board is comprised of highly-skilled women and men who take an active role in setting strategic vision and governing the organization. Each board member is trained on board responsibilities; each serves on a committee or in an active capacity on the board, makes a financial gift and assists with philanthropy by soliciting funding from their personal spheres of influence.  Each board member is evaluated on his or her work regularly.

Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $9,278,400
Projected Expenses $9,278,400
Endowment Value $331,271
Spending Policy Income Only
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 9/30/2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundations/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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$16,558$16,588$16,559
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$429,799($1,046,909)$538,826
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind--$40,672$65,499
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$8,706,435$11,679,358$11,643,230
Administration Expense$2,318,485$2,347,967$2,355,924
Fundraising Expense$701,958$551,451$650,583
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.960.910.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%80%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$10,604,718$10,934,159$12,622,664
Current Assets$4,068,253$2,908,788$2,743,038
Long-Term Liabilities$26,255$26,118$12,170
Current Liabilities$675,429$443,440$424,114
Total Net Assets$9,903,034$10,464,601$12,186,380
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.026.566.47
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --The Sunderland Foundation $250,000Hall Family Foundation $400,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --United Way of Greater Kansas City $219,797United Way of Greater Kansas City $327,007
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation $200,000GEHA $96,750
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose To make much needed improvements to our two camp properties
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments

Our staff and board continue to work to diversify our revenue streams through targeted efforts to engage Girl Scout alum; grow Daisy's Circle, our monthly giving program; and find new funding partners, including individuals, corporations, and foundations.  In doing so, we will depend less on revenue from the Cookie Program and ensure a steady revenue stream.  This year we have demonstrated success in growing individual and corporate giving.  Companies have chosen to not only support Girl Scouts financially, but also deepen their engagement through volunteerism (individual and corporate level) which we hope will lead to more individual support as well.

Our girl membership, which continues to drive over 70% of our revenue, has stabilized after several years of decline.  In recent years we have intentionally invested in staff and technology in order to better support volunteers, as troop leaders are the number one driver of girl retention.  We introduced a strong recruitment campaign designed to preserve and grow our Girl Scout market share.  We are also launching a marketing campaign designed to increase awareness and engagement from the community-at-large in Girl Scouting and communicate the need to grow financial support.  This includes a new avenue to engage our alum base in volunteerism.
Finally, program driven revenues continue to increase slowly over the past several years as we offer more quality outdoor programs and make improvements to our two camp properties. 
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Organization Name Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri
Address 8383 Blue Parkway Drive
Kansas City, MO 64133
Primary Phone (800) 728-8750
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Joy Wheeler
Board Chair Ms. Cindy Wallis-Lage
Board Chair Company Affiliation Black & Veatch
Year of Incorporation 1923
Former Names
Girl Scouts of Mid-Continent Council
Mid-Continent Council of Girl Scouts