Legal Aid of Western Missouri
4001 Blue Parkway, Suite 300
Kansas City MO 64130
Justice Matters
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 474-1413 5225
Mission Statement
Legal Aid of Western Missouri (Legal Aid) has provided free legal services to low-income people since 1964 to ensure equal access to justice for those without the ability to pay. Legal Aid's mission is, "improving the lives of those in need through quality legal assistance." Our staff fulfills this mission by representing low-income residents in civil matters in which the client's physical safety, their access to healthcare or housing or their ability to support themselves is at risk. Legal Aid provides free legal assistance to people who need it most and can afford it least, including people who are elderly, have permanent disabilities, or are homeless, survivors of domestic abuse, families with children, the working poor, new immigrants and other vulnerable residents. We seek to provide the highest quality legal services to groups and individuals who are faced with economic barriers in obtaining legal representation and to assure that legal assistance is provided in a manner that favorably resolves clients' immediate problems and obtains improvements in institutions, laws, policies and practices which have a great impact on the client community. Legal services are provided in a manner that increases the economic and political self-sufficiency of the clients and in a manner which takes into account the expressed needs of our clients.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Joseph P. Dandurand
Board Chair Hon. Jerry Venters
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1964
Former Names
Kansas City Legal Aid Bureau
Legal Aid and Defenders' Society
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Legal Aid of Western Missouri (Legal Aid) has provided free legal services to low-income people since 1964 to ensure equal access to justice for those without the ability to pay. Legal Aid's mission is, "improving the lives of those in need through quality legal assistance." Our staff fulfills this mission by representing low-income residents in civil matters in which the client's physical safety, their access to healthcare or housing or their ability to support themselves is at risk. Legal Aid provides free legal assistance to people who need it most and can afford it least, including people who are elderly, have permanent disabilities, or are homeless, survivors of domestic abuse, families with children, the working poor, new immigrants and other vulnerable residents. We seek to provide the highest quality legal services to groups and individuals who are faced with economic barriers in obtaining legal representation and to assure that legal assistance is provided in a manner that favorably resolves clients' immediate problems and obtains improvements in institutions, laws, policies and practices which have a great impact on the client community. Legal services are provided in a manner that increases the economic and political self-sufficiency of the clients and in a manner which takes into account the expressed needs of our clients.
Background Statement Legal Aid has its roots in the Kansas City Legal Aid Bureau, which was founded in 1910 and was the first publicly funded legal aid organization in the country. Through the years, the Bureau funded a small number of attorneys who worked sporadically, counseling low-income clients without charging them a fee. This system remained in place until the early 1960's when the Kansas City Bar Association conducted a survey of the unmet legal needs of the low-income population. The survey found that the community needed an organization with full-time staff to provide free legal assistance to people of low-income. As a result, in 1964, the Legal Aid and Defenders' Society (now known as Legal Aid of Western Missouri) was officially incorporated as a not-for-profit agency, with funding from the Ford Foundation, the Jackson County Circuit Court and the City of Kansas City. Today Legal Aid has 108 staff in five offices, serving 40 counties throughout Western Missouri. As discussed in the Financial Soundness section below, Legal Aid has cultivated diverse and solid funding sources to insure its financial stability. Legal Aid has a 30-member board. In compliance with applicable federal regulations, we have ten client board members, an accountant and the remainder of the members are attorneys. Attorney board members are appointed primarily by local bar associations. Client board members are appointed by other agencies that provide services to our client base.
Impact Statement
With offices in Kansas City, Joplin, St. Joseph, Warrensburg, and a neighborhood office on Kansas City’s westside, Legal Aid serves a 40-county area where 295,000 people live in poverty. In 2016, Legal Aid's assistance was essential in resolving the legal issues of our clients and in finding long-term solutions to major community problems. We closed 4,510 civil cases with 56,340 corresponding hours of legal assistance. More specifically, we:
  • Provided legal assistance and representation for 1,686 survivors of domestic violence and their children in cases of protective orders, child custody/support, and marital dissolution;
  • Obtained medical care through Medicaid or Medicare for 476 persons who are permanently and totally disabled and cannot work;
  • Helped obtain Orders of Guardianship for 161 grandparents and other responsible adults who are sole caregivers of minor grandchildren and 173 Orders of Guardianship and Advance Directives for incapacitated adults;
  • Helped defendants in Kansas City's Municipal Court who have mental illnesses gain access to treatment and other supports to obtain stability and to help our community by reducing recidivism;
  • Initiated litigation that made it possible to convert dozens of abandoned and blighted properties in the urban core into high-quality housing. 
For a full presentation of agency accomplishments, please see our Annual Report, which can be viewed online at www.lawmo.org.
 
Our primary goals for 2017 are to meet or surpass our 2016 results, as well as to continue: 
  • Expanding our Medicaid Appeals work and Medical Legal Partnerships to new hospitals and clinics;
  • Conducting outreach to low-income immigrants to help address their unique legal needs; and, 
  • Developing new and effective ways of reducing the blight caused by foreclosures in Kansas City.
Needs Statement
Legal Aid of Western Missouri is the only nonprofit organization in this region that provides free civil legal assistance to individuals and families living in poverty. Our assistance often represents the last hope for those who are living in poverty and have nowhere else to turn. As both awareness of our services and severity of the economic downturn grow, people depend on Legal Aid now more than ever. Although we resolve around 5,000 civil cases per year, our capacity falls far short of meeting our clients’ needs. In fact, for every client whose case we take we have to turn about three away due to limited funding. Legal Aid needs to continue providing essential free legal services to low-income people with problems that seriously affect their ability to provide for their families and themselves. We prioritize cases involving housing, public benefits, consumer exploitation, immigration, education and employment issues, and court orders for domestic violence intervention. We focus on cases in which the client's personal safety, their home, or ability to support themselves is at risk. We can share many statistics here to make a compelling request for support. We live in a world driven by cold, hard facts which can be useful, yet figures can have a distancing effect. Every time we open a case file, it is to make a difference for a living, breathing, human being who is facing one of the most difficult times in life. Please refer to Legal Aid's annual reports that highlight stories of the real people we represent.
Service Categories
Legal Services
Human Services
Areas of Service
MO
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Buchanan
MO - Caldwell
MO - Cass County
MO - Clinton
MO - Lafayette
MO - Ray
MO - Ray County

We serve the following 40 counties out of five offices:

Andrew, Atchison, Barton, Bates, Benton, Buchanan, Caldwell, Camden, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Hickory, Holt, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Lafayette, Linn, Livingston, McDonald, Mercer, Morgan, Newton, Nodaway, Pettis, Platte, Putnam, Ray, Saline, St. Clair, Sullivan, Vernon, and Worth.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Since 2011, federal cutbacks severely reduced the budget of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which is our largest single funding source. At the same time, families in poverty have struggled more and more to access health care, maintain housing, overcome financial exploitation, and a range of other serious hardships.

As a result of these funding cuts coupled with increased need, several plans for cutbacks in spending have been put into practice as well as even greater efforts in the pursuit of new funding sources to make up for this loss. While funding issues are always a concern, we are on track to have a balanced budget for the upcoming year because of these solid plans put in place by Legal Aid’s Board. This means that, if we can maintain anticipated funding from our donors, we will be able to maintain our current staffing and keep providing the same level of high quality service to the clients who greatly need it.

The broad diversity of our funding sources helps with the stability of our funding. We continuously work to secure new funding streams and ways to expand our services. An example of this is the recent expansion of our Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) to Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph. The MLP at Mosaic was created largely as the result of networking connections made between Legal Aid staff and Mosaic staff in Leadership St. Joe. In its first year, the project generated well over $1,000,000 in Medicaid revenues for Mosaic and over $150,000 in revenue for Legal Aid, allowing us to serve more clients in need.

Also, in early November 2013, the Missouri Supreme Court responded to the growing need for legal assistance to low-income Missourians by implementing a new $30 per attorney fee to be paid by all Missouri attorneys and passed through to the four Legal Aid programs in Missouri. This generated $311,563 for Legal Aid in 2014, a significant amount during a particularly rough time for the four Legal Aid programs. This support will continue to help tremendously with our budget problems for years to come.

We also implemented an investment policy and hired an investment consulting firm to ensure our reserve is prudently invested and earning a good return on investment with relatively low risk. These are just a few examples, but upper management continually analyzes our financial situation based on the national and local economies, brainstorms about new funding opportunities, requests increases from current funders whenever possible, and implements budget cuts with input from staff. Our 2017 budget is a testament to these practices as we are expecting a balanced budget and these practices will be applied to our budgeting process for 2018, as well.

Programs
Description Legal counsel and representation of victims of domestic violence to protect health, safety, and welfare of victims and their family, especially children who witness abuse in the home.
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Family Violence Prevention
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Victims,
Short-Term Success Low-income clients who are survivors of domestic violence obtain orders of protection and temporary child custody/support to maximize safety and financial assistance to rebuild their lives.
Long-Term Success Outcome Statement - Survivors of domestic violence and their children gain the legal assistance they need in order to live safe, more stable lives. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that obtaining protective orders is the most effective means of assuring that victims of domestic violence are not abused again.
Program Success Monitored By Daily case records are maintained with individual entries in Legal Aid’s computerized Data and Case Management System. Outcome codes are entered when each case is closed. Monthly records are maintained on the number of meetings and advisory committees attended by staff. Survey forms are sent to clients to whom we provide extended representation upon closing of each case and this feedback is evaluated to improve service.
Examples of Program Success

In 2016, Legal Aid helped 1,686 victims of domestic violence break free from their abuser by providing much needed legal services.

Over half of protective orders obtained for victims with children include favorable judgments for child custody and child support through expanded provisions of the Adult Abuse Act. Nearly one-third of protective orders are secured for two years rather than requiring the victim to appear at another hearing after 12-months subject to the perpetrator being served which is often a barrier to the legal process.
Description Legal counsel and representation of persons wrongly denied public benefits or housing. Types of public assistance include: medical assistance for families, food stamps, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, nursing home care, Veteran's benefits, MO-Healthnet, Medicaid for pregnant women, children, and the working poor.
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Legal Services
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Short-Term Success Administrative and court hearings or negotiations with state administrative agencies improve clients income and access to benefits that allow them to live healthy, safe lives.
Long-Term Success Outcome Statement - Low income clients gain the legal assistance they need to obtain wrongfully denied public benefits, thus providing income and services to clients and their families to ultimately become self-sufficient.
Program Success Monitored By Daily case records are maintained with individual entries into Legal Aid’s computerized Data and Case Management System. Outcome codes are entered when each case is closed. Monthly records are maintained on the number of meetings and advisory committees attended by staff. Survey forms are sent to every client provided with extended representation at the completion of their case and these are reviewed once they are received.
Examples of Program Success In 2016, Legal Aid helped to resolve 395 public benefits cases, 290 consumer cases, 633 access to health care cases, providing much needed assistance and promoting self-sufficiency for individuals and their family members.
Description Legal counsel and representation for those who have lost, or are threatened with loss of, affordable housing. Preventing homelessness and preserving and expanding the availability of affordable housing are key goals of Legal Aid’s housing programs. We handle cases that have the greatest impact on our clients' ability to secure and maintain safe and affordable housing. These include illegal evictions, landlord/tenant disputes, housing discrimination, uninhabitable housing conditions, utility shut-off and foreclosures. We also help tenants’ associations and neighborhood and community groups in their efforts to preserve and construct public and other low-income housing to eliminate blight and preserve neighborhoods.
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Specialized Law Practice Areas
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Short-Term Success Administrative and court hearings or negotiations with state administrative agencies obtain favorable results for clients to obtain or maintain affordable housing.
Long-Term Success Clients gain the legal assistance they need to obtain or maintain affordable safe housing and avoid homelessness.
Program Success Monitored By Daily case records are maintained with individual entries into Legal Aid’s Data and Case Management System. Outcome codes are entered when each case is closed. Monthly records are maintained on meetings and advisory committees attended by staff.
Examples of Program Success In 2016, Legal Aid helped clients with 894 housing related cases, including helping with foreclosure cases and protecting the rights of tenants.
Description Legal counsel and representation for immigrants to obtain work permits and apply for naturalization, as well as, special assistance to victims of domestic violence who are immigrant and may have limited English proficiency.
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Legal Services
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent,
Short-Term Success Recently, Legal Aid assisted 135 immigrants with complicated immigration applications or hearings, providing legal assistance to immigrants in citizenship proceedings, applications for permanent resident status, and hearings, through collaboration with coordinating agencies. Staff of collaborating agencies also contact Legal Aid for guidance on hundreds of unique immigration issues. Victims of domestic violence and violent crimes were assisted with applications for legal status and work permits to begin the process of stabilization for their families.
Long-Term Success Legal Aid helps immigrant individuals and families achieve stability through obtaining employment status and legal status as well as leading them to self-sufficiency and integration into their newfound community.
Program Success Monitored By The number of immigrants assisted with immigration issues is the indicator used to determine the program’s success. Daily case records are maintained with individual entries into Legal Aid’s Data and Case Management System. Outcome codes are entered when each case is closed.
Examples of Program Success The legal assistance provided to these clients enables them to have stable employment status, legal status, and the ability to fully participate in their community.
Description

The Volunteer Attorney Project(VAP) is the pro bono component of Legal Aid. VAP is supported by bar associations in our service area and is the only organized pro bono program serving western Missouri. Through this program VAP, private attorneys agree to accept cases at no cost to Legal Aid clients. Solo practitioners as well as staff of law firms and in-house corporate counsel make up the panel of 900 volunteers. About one-third of our volunteers provide legal assistance to our clients on a regular basis. VAP was formed in 1982 as a private-sector response to reductions in federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation and legal aid offices around the country. In addition to individual cases referred by Legal Aid staff to the project, VAP programs include the Project Consent, Pro Se Dissolution of Marriage Clinics, the Urban Core Estate Planning Project, the Abandoned Housing Act Project, and the Warrant Relief Project.

Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Specialized Law Practice Areas
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Short-Term Success
To increase the number of: indigent and elderly clients served and the types of specialties areas in which volunteers represent Legal Aid clients.
Long-Term Success

The objective of the VAP is to enhance the provision of pro bono legal services to the indigent and elderly populations and to resolve neighborhood and community problems through the involvement of skilled volunteers.

Program Success Monitored By Program success will be monitored by internal case management software measuring the number of volunteer attorneys, number of hours of service provided by the volunteer attorneys, number of clients served and types and number of cases handled by the volunteers.
Examples of Program Success

Since the program’s inception, this program has helped clients to secure life’s basics including habitable shelter, a safe haven from abusers, health care and education; in addition to, providing other needed legal services. In 2016, volunteer attorneys donated their time to provide professional legal services and closed 450 cases in the Kansas City area.

CEO Comments

Now, more than ever, we are working with partner organizations throughout western Missouri to assure that we are serving the most vulnerable among us and getting results that vastly improve the lives of as many of our clients and their family members as possible. Those results also make the communities we serve a better place to live for all of us. If we can maintain anticipated funding from our donors, we will be able to maintain our current staffing and keep providing the same level of high quality service to the clients who greatly need it. When we convert an abandoned and blighted house in the urban core of Kansas City into high-quality occupied property; when we secure SSI benefits and mental health treatment for a homeless veteran; when we secure legal protections to help end an abusive relationship that had left a woman and her children living in fear for years, we make our world a better place for everyone. Every day, Legal Aid and our broad network of partners work together to change, improve, and save lives. The statistics of people we serve are vast and impressive but not nearly as powerful as the stories of the individual lives that are being changed for good. We believe that our annual agency reports best illustrate the impact of our critical casework and have included them in the other attachments section of this profile.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Joseph P. Dandurand
Term Start Feb 2017
Experience
Joseph P. Dandurand became the Executive Director of Legal Aid of Western Missouri (Legal Aid) in February 2017. Mr. Dandurand was passionate about ensuring justice for all long before joining Legal Aid; his career in the provision of justice began in 1980, directly after he completed his Juris Doctorate at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC), when he became a private practitioner at Rahm, Rahm and Dandurand. In 1986, he was elected to the trial bench as a Circuit Judge of Missouri’s 17th Judicial Circuit and moved up to Presiding Judge for the circuit in 1992. Mr. Dandurand remained in this position until 2007, at which point he took on the role of Appellate Judge for the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. During this time, he served on several Supreme Court Committees and was a frequent accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presenter. From 2009 up until accepting the position as Legal Aid’s Executive Director, Mr. Dandurand was the Deputy Attorney General of Missouri, a position which involved duties including, but not limited to, those related to maintaining relationships with numerous high-profile clients and managing several hundred employees.
Throughout his career, Mr. Dandurand has been lead counsel in many significant cases and has stayed very involved in the community through participation and/or membership in several local associations, committees, and boards. Additionally, he is licensed to practice in all Missouri State Courts, as well as the Federal District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Richard Halliburton Jan 1987 - Feb 2008
Gregg Lombardi Feb 2008 - Dec 2016
Senior Staff
Title Deputy Executive Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 101
Paid Part-Time Staff 10
Volunteers 800
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 83%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
The City of Kansas City/MO, ReStart, Jewish Vocational Services, Swope Community Builders, Mid America Regional Council, Jackson County Safe Family Coalition, Mosaic, Jackson County Housing Resource Commission, Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund, Westside Housing Organization, Jasper County Family Violence Commission Housing Resources Board, Buchanan County Sexual Assault & Family Violence Council, Ivanhoe Neighborhood Association, Rose Brooks Center, Synergy Services, Hope House, Newhouse Women's Shelter, UMKC School of Law, KC Free clinic, Missouri Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, City of Kansas City Post-Foreclosure Task Force, IRS Taxpayer Advocacy Service, Missouri Department of Social Services, Missouri Department of Public Safety - Crime Victim Services Center, regional Area Agencies on Aging, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, local United Ways, Missouri Bar, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, American College of Trial Lawyers and Equal Justice Works, Housing Authority of Kansas City, law firms, private attorneys, and more.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Nonprofit Missouri2012
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City2008
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2007
Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence - Member2007
United Way Member Agency1990
National Legal Aid and Public Defender Association - Member1987
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Housing Counseling Agency Certification2004
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
HUD Approved Housing Counseling AgencyHUD2004
Dorsey AwardAmerican Bar Association2008
Kutak-Dodds Prize--Julie Levin for Career Legal Aid ServiceNational Legal Aid and Defender Association2009
LSC AgencyLegal Services Corporation of America1964
Philly Award for best agency annual report for 2010-2012Philanthropy Midwest & NP-Connect: Honoring Excellence in Nonprofit Communications2013
Circle of Caring for agency campaign for five yearsUnited Way of Greater Kansas City2012
National Housing Counseling 4th Quarter Service Champion, awarded qtrlyUS Dept. of Housing and Urban Development2012
Best 2015 Annual ReportThe Philly Awards2016
Best Identity Campaign of 2015The Philly Awards2016
Award of Distinction for Annual Report theme: "What is Legal Aid?"The Philly Awards2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
Client success stories are our most poignant indicator of program success because they demonstrate the human impact of the services we provide. All names and identifying information in the following narrative have been changed to protect confidentiality.

Case 1:  Tina came to Legal Aid for assistance seeking orders of custody and paternity for her two year old child. Tina had suffered from years of domestic violence and had finally, with the help of her Children's Division caseworker, developed a plan to sneak away to a local domestic violence shelter. The shelter helped her to file an Order of Protection and find transitional housing to get back on her feet. She found a part time job and placed her child with a babysitter during the work hours. While she was working, the child's father came and took him and refused to let Tina have any contact. He also filed and had Tina served with a paternity action. 

When Tina came to Legal Aid an attorney met with her to create a safety plan first. The child's father was extremely violence and volatile. He had been violating the Order of Protection by sending threatening text messages and indicated that he had found her apartment despite her attempts to keep her information private. The attorney then drafted responsive pleadings as well as a Motion for Temporary Custody. The Judge granted the motion, immediately ordering that the child be returned to Ally's care until further order of the court. The child is now safe, and the father is facing charges for assault and violation of the ex-parte.  
Board Chair
Board Chair Hon. Jerry Venters
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2019
Email jwventers@yahoo.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Janell Avila Esq.Solorio & Avila Law Firm, LLC
Janelle Bailey Esq.Jackson County Bar Association
Ronda Calvert Client of YMCA St. Joseph
Michael Carey Esq.Michael T. Carey, LLC
Diane Carter Esq.Dentons US, LLP
Hon. Richard Copeland Jasper County Bar Association
Sharon Courter Client of Midland Empire Resources for Independent Living (MERIL)
Hon. Charles Curless Jasper County Bar Association
Matt Dameron Esq.Williams Dirks Dameron LLC
Saundra Hayes Mattie Rhodes Counseling & Arts Center
Blake Heath Esq.M Blake Heath, Trial Attorney LLC
Adam Hess Economic Security Corp. of Southwest Area
Mary Hill Westside Housing Organization
Matt Keenan Esq.Shook Hardy & Bacon PC
Leslie Kern Synergy Services
Hon. Meryl Lange Johnson County Bar Association
Benjamin Mann Esq.Husch Blackwell LLP
Hon. Mike Manners Langdon & Emison
LuAnn Marlow-Shaddox Care Connection
Lisa Richter Survival Adult Abuse Center
Dennis Robinson Ivanhoe Neighborhood Association
Fred Sgroi Esq.Bryan Cave, LLP
Beth Tong Economic Security Corp. of Southwest Area
Dave Tushaus Esq.St. Joseph Bar Association
Hon. Jerry Venters Retired
Gillian Wilcox Esq.American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri
Shauna Woody-Coussens BKD Forensics
Brad Yeretsky Esq.Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 14
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 64%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 60%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 30%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Executive
Finance
Ethics
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Human Resources / Personnel
Investment
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Stina Hergott b.Legal Marketing
Katie Hollar Firesign
Lisa Weixelman Esq.Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus PC
CEO Comments Legal Aid of Western Missouri is fortunate to have an experienced management team. More importantly, our staff has developed deep ties within our community. These networks include contacts with social service providers, government agencies, private attorneys, judges, and other professionals throughout our service area. Our community connections allow us to better assess the needs of our target population. Our board has a mix of veteran agency supporters and new committed supporters. The board is composed of attorneys, an accountant, a marketing professional, and client eligible members. The board has racial, ethnic, geographic and gender diversity. As required by federal regulations, Board structure is 60% attorney representatives from bar associations in our service area and 30% client representatives appointed by community organizations. The board has a working committee structure. Committees examine policy issues in depth and make recommendations to the board. We also have an active fundraising advisory committee made up of board members and representatives of the legal and corporate community. The committee meets monthly and supports our Justice For All Campaign, as well as advising the organization on fundraising issues and promoting our fundraising efforts. Legal Aid's board and committee structure provides oversight of the organization's finances. An experienced accountant serves as our board treasurer. Bi-monthly the board's finance and audit committee reviews all financials and reports to the board. We have found it helpful to include in the agenda of each Board of Trustees meeting, an opportunity for a staff attorney to give a ten minute presentation on their current casework. It is invaluable in educating board members, both new and existing, about our vital programs. Every four years the staff and board undergo an extensive needs assessment survey that gathers input from clients and service providers.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $8,511,991
Projected Expenses $8,889,000
Endowment Value $2,217,140
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2012:  Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  Government grant revenue line items may include earned revenue from government contracts.
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$4,206,491$3,789,802$2,452,777
Government Contributions$4,244,154$3,798,057$3,857,323
Federal----$2,395,861
State----$975,648
Local----$485,814
Unspecified$4,244,154$3,798,057$0
Individual Contributions----$794,863
$4,324$5,053$711,033
$0$0$60,000
Investment Income, Net of Losses$140,908$106,218$106,997
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$44,865$46,592$49,294
Revenue In-Kind$47,626$1,454$1,336,787
Other$717,005$278,709$430,000
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$7,523,213$7,428,106$869,904
Administration Expense$931,616$914,653$851,863
Fundraising Expense$336,704$351,851$362,001
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.070.920.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%85%9%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%5%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$6,152,055$5,513,945$6,081,616
Current Assets$2,333,223$2,218,433$5,911,021
Long-Term Liabilities$89,214$98,766$87,017
Current Liabilities$1,223,294$1,189,800$1,219,530
Total Net Assets$4,839,547$4,225,379$4,775,069
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.911.864.85
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%2%1%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Legal Services Corporation $1,749,390
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --City of Kansas City, Missouri - Municipal Court Defense $1,015,185
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Missouri State Supreme Court Filing Fees $931,189
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To extend our resources that enable us to give free access to legal representation and assistance to low-income clients. These resources fuel the positive changes made to this community through justice for some of its more vulnerable residents.
Goal $2,250,000.00
Dates Jan 2017 to Dec 2019
Amount Raised to Date $1,003,196.00 as of Feb 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments

Fifteen years ago, 59% of Legal Aid's funding came from a single source: annual grants from the Legal Services Corporation ("LSC"). When this funding was cut by more than one-fourth in 1996, Legal Aid increased its efforts to diversify its funding sources. As part of those efforts, we looked at how other successful legal aid programs throughout the country were raising money. As a result, we have implemented several new funding strategies. Our annual "Justice For All" luncheon is now one of the largest professional events each year for Kansas City attorneys. We are now trying to expand our private giving beyond the legal community. In 2002, Legal Aid took a leadership role in organizing all four Missouri legal aid programs to advocate for an increase in filing fees for state court cases to fund legal aid programs. The campaign took two years and relied on many influential volunteers from all over the state. The result was a $3,000,000 new statewide funding source of which Legal Aid receives about $800,000 annually. In 2003, we worked with the Missouri Bar to increase lawyers' dues by $20 per year and the dues increased by $30 more in 2014. This raises over $1,000,000 per year for the state's legal aid programs. These and other strategies have allowed Legal Aid to decrease our dependence on LSC funding from 59% of total funding in 1994 to a projected 19% of our funding twenty years later. We now have more than 40 different major funding sources, six of which provide 5% or more of our funding. By diversifying our funding sources, we have been able to continue protecting basic individual rights and helping clients obtain access to healthcare, court orders for domestic violence intervention, resolution to tenant and homeownership issues, consumer matters, and appeals for public benefits. This critical casework has helped families in poverty to maintain housing and overcome financial exploitation, among other hardships in the lives of low-income Missourians in need.

Organization Name Legal Aid of Western Missouri
Address 4001 Blue Parkway, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64130
Primary Phone (816) 474-14135225
Contact Email kcutliff@lawmo.org
CEO/Executive Director Joseph P. Dandurand
Board Chair Hon. Jerry Venters
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 1964
Former Names
Kansas City Legal Aid Bureau
Legal Aid and Defenders' Society