Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri
8383 Blue Parkway Drive
Kansas City MO 64133
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 3588750
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 Mr. Matt Ralston
Board Chair Company Affiliation Burns & McDonnell
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1923
Former Names
Girl Scouts of Mid-Continent Council
Mid-Continent Council of Girl Scouts
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. Eight-two percent of high-achieving alumnae 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 represents nearly 100 years of success serving girls Kindergarten through 12th grade, from all racial, ethnic, religious and socio-economic populations. Currently, we serve more than 23,000 girl members council-wide with the help of 9,000 adult volunteers in a 47-county area in northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri. One in eight girls, ages 5–17 who live within the council’s boundaries are Girl Scouts—a presence that exceeds the national average of one in every twelve girls. In the urban core of Kansas City, direct-service programs are conservatively estimated to have served over 100,000 girls over the past 20+ years.

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 adventure and learning at one of the council’s five 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. Our program focus is STEM, Life Skills, Outdoors and Entrepreneurship. Our goals for the year includes 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: a growth in girl membership taking us to 23,576 members grades K-12; Retention of adult volunteers is one of the highest in the country at 68% and increased program opportunities in our four program areas (STEM, Entrepreneurship, Outdoor and Life Skills) especially on the outdoor front with day excursions of kayaking / canoeing, hiking and a trip for older girls to the Rocky Mountains. We evaluated customer practices and moved to a new customer-centered system and website for mobility. 

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 an opportunity fund 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 - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS - Atchison County
KS - Franklin County
KS - Lawrence
KS - Leavenworth County
MO - Buchanan
MO - Caldwell
MO - Cass County
MO - Clinton
MO - Lafayette
MO - Ray
MO - Ray County
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 more than 23,000 girls and the 9,000 adult volunteers 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 science and technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness, 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 a 85+ hour sustainable project benefiting their communities and beyond. Our Girl Scout alumnae who are pursuing their dreams in STEM, business / entrepreneurship and service to their country crediting 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 challenge? Finding the best adult volunteers to mentor these young women and making sure we offer them the best training and support we can.

Volunteers can come from many walks of life - a mother or caregiver, a female STEM professional, a Girl Scout alumna 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


Girl Scouting, delivered by trained volunteer mentors, promotes cooperation and team building, offers girls a safe place to gain practical life skills in financial literacy, science, technology, engineering, math, healthy living and more, and encourages and empower girls to develop positive values.   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),
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 adventure and learning program participants (girls learn life and leadership skills when participating in Girl Scouts outdoor programs).

Examples of Program Success

Girl Scout Ambassador Abby from Troop 493 discovered a passion for ending hunger. This 2016 Gold Award recipient turned trash into treasure for those who face hunger in Kansas City.

Through badges and programs like the “Sow What?” Journey, Abby found a passion food insecurity and turned that passion into action at her high school. After looking into the lunch program at her school, Abby developed “The Fruit Basket Initiative” to do something about food waste she was witnessing. Her Gold Award project has the simple mission of saving quality food destined to become trash and instead putting it in the hands of people who are hungry. Working with Blue Valley West and Harvesters, she is helping to solve the issue of food insecurity in Kansas City.

For Abby, it’s all about finding ways to give in unexpected places. “If we could all, as a world, learn to give to others in need and not be so wasteful, eventually, I don’t think we would have an issue with food insecurity anymore,” Abby said.


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 STEM, Financial Literacy, 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

The Girl Scout Outreach program modules offer activities that are girl-led, encourage cooperative learning, and are experiential in nature (learning by doing). 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 leaders as trusted adults, as measured by a survey given at the end of the program year.
  • Girls seek challenges in the world -- 80% of girls will report trying new experiences, as measured by the year-end survey.
  • 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 -- 10% of girls will demonstrate increased interest as measured by post-program surveys.
  • Girls will report learning something new about a STEM career field -- 90% of Junior Girl Scouts (4th & 5th grade) will report learning something new about a STEM career field, 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

"Take Action" projects are a key element of Girl Scouting. In "Take Action" projects, the troops identify a need or problem in their community and develop and implement a plan to address the issue. They then educate and inspire others to act, hence living the Girl Scout mission of making the world a better place. Additionally, Take Action projects give the girls the opportunity think critically about what they have learned and how they can make a difference.

Last year, a troop at John Fiske Elementary piloted the Bronze Award by completing a “take action” project in which they learned about the need for books for families and decided to connect with the Family Conservancy. Their hard work in organizing a book drive paid off. The girls donated over 60 books!

“I have been a Girl Scout since I was 5 (a Daisy), and I would like to say that I think without Girl Scouts I would not be where I am today. I think I would not get good grades, I don’t think I would do as well in school, and I don’t think I would get along with others as well as I do.”

-Destiny, age 12


The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program helps girls discover their potential, develop critical thinking skills, see STEM areas as accessible options for career pathways. Through our “fun with purpose” K-12 curriculum, girls are encouraged to explore different aspects of STEM and embrace scientific discovery in their own lives. This could mean discovering how a car engine runs or learning how to care for animals.

The program integrates the leadership development outcomes of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, engaging girls in three key areas of leadership - girls discover themselves; connect with others; and take action to make the world a better place. In addition, all learning in STEM programs uses the Girl Scout processes, which ensures that activities are girl-led, learning is cooperative, and that girls learn by doing.
Girls participate in STEM through various pathways including:
  1. Events hosted by STEM organizations and universities that give girls an introduction to a professional field
  2. Troop-led activities
  3. Unique “field trips” that provide additional STEM-related educational opportunities hosted by community partners.
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

Sadly, too few of our girls are going on to pursue STEM careers. Despite the fact that nearly three quarters of high school girls are interested in STEM, less than 25% of STEM jobs are filled by women. Not only is that bad for girls—jobs in STEM fields pay about 33% more than non-STEM 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 STEM to see these areas as options for their own future career pathways.

But you can help us inspire girls in STEM! Your investment in the Girl Scouts STEM Program will provide STEM education for girls, building girls’ confidence and inspiring more girls to become future STEM superstars.

STEM Program Outcomes include:

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

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

The Girl Scouts approach to STEM 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 STEM careers when they know how their work can help others.

Research shows that Girl Scouting works; Girl Scout alumnae are more likely to graduate from college, earn more money, vote, and be an active volunteer. This is the case for all Girl Scout alumnae, 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 STEM 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

Jolly's Story:

Girl Scout Senior Jolly Patro is involved in Science Olympiad, works at Kumon, plays the viola, is an officer in her school service club, a member of student council and volunteers at Children’s Mercy. And this awesome Girl Scout is on her path to Gold!

To complete her Gold Award (the highest award in Girl Scouting) Jolly decided to combine her love of helping kids, STEM and education. “I knew I wanted to do something with science, medicine, and kids. So I thought of Children’s Mercy and we worked together to come up with the idea of STEM kits for the kids.” Jolly put together kits for a robotic hand, parachute challenge, zipline challenge, structure challenge, and an adventure kit, all including activities that require common components (string, aluminum foil and tape), so they can easily be reused in the future. These kits not only give the kids something to do while they spend time at the hospital, they inspire them to learn about a variety of STEM-focused areas.


Girl Scout Outdoor Experiences and Camp allows girls the opportunity to discover their natural world, understand the science behind nature and become strong environmental stewards. Three area camp properties of over 416 acres total host over 1,300 resident campers, 3,500 day campers, and 16,000 weekend and adventure participants annually. Featured activities include rappelling, ziplining, climbing, horseback riding, tomahawk throwing, archery, canoeing, hiking, swimming, sports, etc.

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

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, She has an extensive healthcare leadership background and serves on many boards making her well connected in our council's jurisdiction. 
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Karen Grode -
Dr. Carol Hansen May 2008 - Nov 2010
Senior Staff
Title VP, Operations

Brent joined the Girl Scouts of NE KS & NW MO in October 2014. He oversees operations of the finance and human resources departments as well as property operations for Girl Scouts' offices and camps. Brent's finance experience in the field of architecture and design lends its well to lead efforts to ensure Girl Scout properties are destinations for girls now and in the future. Brent's past roles include Director of Finance at BNIM Architects and Senior Tax Analyst at Populous. He has a Bachelor's of Science in Finance from Kansas State University.

Title VP, Philanthropy

Vanessa Van Goethem-Piela joined the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri in June 2013.  For nearly 15 years prior to joining Girl Scouts, Vanessa worked to further the mission of education and youth development organizations through her role in fund development.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Emporia State University and her Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Benedictine College.  Vanessa brings her knowledge of project, grant, and budget development and management to the team together with her passion for building relationships and volunteer support to help raise funds for the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. 

Title Vice President, Brand and Marketing
Gina Garvin has been with Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri for seven years.
Ms. Garvin 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, Ms. Garvin oversees the Brand, Retail, Product Sales Program and IT 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 VP, Mission Delivery

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 STEM, Outdoor Adventure & Learning, 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 80
Paid Part-Time Staff 52
Volunteers 9346
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 90%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 15
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 96
Hispanic/Latino 10
Other 10
Other (Please Specify) 5 - Two or more Races - Not Hispanic or Latino
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 116
Male 16
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 including churches and synagogues, schools, housing projects, community centers, and treatment centers, where Girl Scout troops meet. 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.

External Assessment and Accreditations
American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation1960
Partnership AwardNational Organization on Disability2006
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 Mr. Matt Ralston
Company Affiliation Burns & McDonnell
Term Apr 2015 to Oct 2017
Board Members
Ms. Libby Allman Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Ms. Renny Arensberg KVC Health Systems
Ms. Kay Barnes Park University
Ms. Emily Brown McCownGordon Construction
Ms. Ramona Farris Wellmatch Health
Ms. Sherry Gibbs GEHA
Ms. Jennifer Ingraham UMKC Foundation
Ms. Mary Lou Jaramillo Community Volunteer
Mr. Jeff Jernigan Retired
Ms. Mary Jorgenson Community Volunteer
Ms. Rachel Merlo Google Fiber
Mr. Matt Ralston Burns & McDonnell
Ms. Judith Sabbert Heartland Foundation
Ms. Casey Simmons a Store Named...STUFF
Mr. Bradley Sprong KPMG
Ms. Cindy Wallis-Lage Black & Veatch
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 13
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 81%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
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, 2016
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $8,800,000
Projected Expenses $8,800,000
Endowment Value $327,936
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 9/30/2016, 2015, 2014: 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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$16,559$18,629$22,770
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$538,826$247,055$207,599
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$65,499$21,857$12,994
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$11,643,230$10,620,936$9,594,309
Administration Expense$2,355,924$2,168,113$1,994,926
Fundraising Expense$650,583$661,583$515,881
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.950.900.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%79%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue35%46%35%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$12,622,664$13,240,107$15,682,962
Current Assets$2,743,038$1,936,696$2,990,933
Long-Term Liabilities$12,170$7,905$59,965
Current Liabilities$424,114$469,697$485,460
Total Net Assets$12,186,380$12,762,505$15,137,537
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.474.126.16
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountHall Family Foundation $400,000United Way of Greater Kansas City $389,188United Way of Greater Kansas City $479,115
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way of Greater Kansas City $327,007The Sunderland Foundation $150,000Hall Family Foundation $225,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGEHA $96,750Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation $115,000Capitol Federal Foundation $75,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

From 2011FY to 2015FY, we have made important strides in our fundraising efforts which poise us to grow philanthropy even more in the future. During this time, our overall philanthropic support has increased from $998,052 raised in 2011FY to $1,477,843 raised in 2015FY. This is an increase of 48%. In this same time, our overall number of donors went from 671 to 1,179, a 76% increase, and the overall number of gifts made from these donors increased from 1,040 to 3,464, a jump of 233%!

Overall cash declined $610,000 in 2015 primarily due to required pension contributions of $570,000 to fund the National Girl Scout Council Retirement Plan. Total net assets were reduced $1,680,000. Contributing factors were a $549,000 operating loss, depreciation expense of $444,000, net pension payments of $556,000, and investment losses of $164,000.

Despite the significant reduction in total net assets in 2015, we had several wins on the operating income statement. Revenues grew nearly 7%. Membership stabilized after several years of decline, and as result cookie revenues grew by nearly $350,000, net. Despite a 27% decrease in United Way support, fund development income remained flat. Our growing team of fund development professionals was able to successfully build relationships allowing us to raise more money from individuals, corporations, foundations, and grants. This past year we made a conscious effort to reduce our dependence on product (cookie) sales, and successfully reduced it from 78% to 76% of revenues. Other income was abnormally high this year due to realized income on insurance proceeds from storm damages.

Leadership made a decision in 2015 to invest in the future of the organization which caused a temporary imbalance between revenues and expenses. Operating expenses grew $633,000 from 2014. While expenses were successfully shifted by 4% from management and general to program services, spending on personnel, professional fees, program supplies, and equipment rental showed double digit increases. Several position salaries were adjusted to market, and positions were added in fund development and outdoor program to support initiatives and need for growth in these areas. Six and one-half (6.5) FTEs were added in 2015. A strategic decision was made to realign HR, IT, accounting and outdoor programming and property under a new VP and hire an outside professional service to assist with high level human resource needs. A VP of Mission Delivery was hired mid-year after having a vacancy for over a year.

Organization Name Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri
Address 8383 Blue Parkway Drive
Kansas City, MO 64133
Primary Phone (816) 3588750
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Joy Wheeler
Board Chair Mr. Matt Ralston
Board Chair Company Affiliation Burns & McDonnell
Year of Incorporation 1923
Former Names
Girl Scouts of Mid-Continent Council
Mid-Continent Council of Girl Scouts