Rosedale Development Association, Inc.
1403 Southwest Blvd
Kansas City KS 66103
The 2012 Christmas in October program repaired 11 houses in one day with the help of nearly 200 volunteers from KUMC and the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 677-5097
Mission Statement
The Rosedale Development Association's (RDA) mission is to work in partnership with residents, businesses, and institutions to build a strong and healthy community and to improve the quality of life for those who live, work, and play in Rosedale.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Erin Stryka
Board Chair Mr. Robert Roddy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Resident, retired Director of Public Works and County Administrator
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1978
Former Names
Rosedale Community Council
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The Rosedale Development Association's (RDA) mission is to work in partnership with residents, businesses, and institutions to build a strong and healthy community and to improve the quality of life for those who live, work, and play in Rosedale.
Background Statement

In the beginning, Rosedale Development Association (RDA) was formed to address community issues, such as crime, flooding and housing, in the Rosedale neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas. It replaced the older Rosedale Community Council, which was formed in 1945, and added social services to its focus. Over the past 38 years, RDA has worked to give a voice to the Rosedale community, and has become an integral part of the neighborhood’s landscape. 

Today, RDA continues to build a strong community and improve the quality of life by working with local residents, businesses, and institutions. While the Rosedale neighborhood still has its share of crime, housing issues and the occasional flood, RDA has successfully “taken back” Rosedale one block at a time, working to remove drug houses, provide youth with alternatives to gangs and strengthening neighborhood groups and businesses. Currently, RDA is involved in a major land use plan implementation, a community childhood obesity prevention effort, community economic development activities and youth programs around Rosedale, in addition to its on-going work as a community resource and advocacy center.
Impact Statement

2016 Highlights:

  • Gave 12 students a summer job through Summer Youth Employment and trained 35 youth coaches to run sports programs.

  • Maintained four miles of nature trails in Fisher and Mt. Marty Parks.

  • Provided minor home repair to 10 Rosedale families.

  • Delivered 46 Thanksgiving baskets to Rosedale families in need through our annual Feed a Family program, including coats and winter wear for the children.

  • Engaged 250 community members in public meetings to update and expand the Rosedale Master Plan and successfully advocated for the plan's adoption.

2017 Goals:
  • Advocate for implementation of the Rosedale Master Plan in accordance with community input.

  • Attract, retain and expand businesses and investment in Rosedale.

  • Develop the capacity of neighborhood groups, residents, youth and businesses to address complex and evolving community issues and needs.

  • Improve the physical infrastructure and appearance of Rosedale to support individual and community health.

  • Improve individual health of Rosedalians, increase food access and promote health equity.

  • Encourage and prioritize green development and infrastructure.

Needs Statement
  1. Volunteer labor (for community gardens, minor home repair, community beautification and trails)
  2. General operating expenses
  3. Minor home repair supplies
  4. Youth supplies and healthy snacks (for events and programs)
  5. Building improvements for our current office space (both funds and volunteer labor)
Service Categories
Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C.
Youth Development Programs
Neighborhood Centers
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Residents, businesses, non-profits, churches, and institutions use RDA to better their situations in the community. Staff takes their observations, vision, and proposals as a guide to our advocacy. One of our strengths is serving as an informational conduit and partner in programs that strengthen families and the community.  Direct service to the community keeps us well grounded. The work takes many directions while it builds relationships to reach our overall goal to create and sustain a truly healthy Rosedale.

Minor home repair (targeting elderly, handicapped, or low-income homeowners), environmental code enforcement, beautification, and marketing of vacant lots for new home construction or community gardens. 

Program Budget $5,000.00
Category Housing, General/Other Home Repair Programs
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Elderly and/or Disabled, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short-Term Success

Reduction of physically blighting conditions in area housing stock and beautification of vacant lots encourages new families to locate in the area and businesses to see opportunities for success.  Assisting families and seniors with home repairs helps them remain in their homes and many times reduces stress and worry they have regarding costly repairs. 

Long-Term Success Physical improvement of blighted properties leads neighbors to reinvest in their homes and developers to invest in new construction.
Program Success Monitored By Physical look of community, new residential and commercial development, and community involvement in programs.
Examples of Program Success
We work with local businesses, churches, youth organizations and other organizations to provide blight reduction and minor home repair. In 2016, we provided minor home repair assistance to 10 families, worked with six community and schoolyard gardens in Rosedale and organized regular neighborhood cleanups.
This program provides 14-16 year old youth with a paying real work experience - for many their first job. They must fill out an application, interview, participate in a job fair, attend orientation prior to starting their job, attend weekly lunch and learn sessions and fulfill their terms of employment for the entire summer. The program teaches youth about the rights and responsibilities of having a job. It instills pride and ownership in the community and builds relationships with local businesses.
2016 program goals include:
  • Ensuring youth have what they need to confidently enter the workforce at the end of 8 weeks.
  • Giving youth valuable skill sets that will help them achieve their future goals.
  • Providing youth in Rosedale an opportunity to be productive during the summer months.
  • Helping create meaningful connections and relationships between youth and positive role models.
  • Empowering our future community leaders.
  • Serving as a resource and reference for former participants as they search for future employment.
Program Budget $12,000.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
Youth complete a pre-program assessment and post-program assessment, as well as evaluations of speakers throughout the summer. Business partners also complete evaluations of the youth.
Of the summer youth employees surveyed in 2016, 100% showed in increase in the following job-related skills:
  • Knowing the skills and traits employers are looking for, and being able to identify which of those skills are their strengths.
  • Being prepared to discuss their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Preparing for an interview, coming up with questions to ask during an interview, and knowing how to properly dress and present themselves in an interview.
  • Feeling prepared and enthusiastic about their future job searches.
Long-Term Success Youth will develop the necessary skills, motivation, and responsibility to become productive members of society. Youth will learn the value of a strong work ethic and the importance of education. They will also be more involved in civic and community affairs, as a result of participation in the program.  Through this experience the youth will have meaningful job experiences that will give them a leg up when they compete for a job on their own.
Program Success Monitored By
The program uses an evaluation tool created by graduate students at UMKC which measures the skills and competencies of the youth at the beginning and end of the program. Each youth completes an evaluation after the training sessions and at the end of the summer, as does each supervisor. These written forms provide necessary feedback to improve the program.
We also keep track of the number of hours worked during the summer, and whether or not each youth employee finds a job following the completion of our program. Each year at the end of our program one to two of the youth are hired by their employer to continue their work experience. We invite youth to participate in additional programs and activities the following year.
Examples of Program Success
  • In 2014, one Summer Youth Employee created a several hundred page product catalog for Carroll Seating Company. The catalog is still in use. Several employees were hired on seasonally by their employers.
  • In 2015, RDA employed 10 students for the summer. Additionally, two former participants came back as guest speakers. 
  • In 2016, RDA reached out to former Summer Youth Employees and received feedback from several that the skills they had learned through Summer Youth Employment enabled them to get and keep future jobs.  RDA employed 12 youth for the summer. 

The Rosedale Healthy Kids program (RHK) is a community-based project to improve equitable access to healthy food and opportunities for active living for all who live, work and play in Rosedale, a neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas. RHK accomplishes this by promoting healthy, active lifestyles for all Rosedale residents and advocating for environmental and policy changes that support healthy communities.

By creating access to healthy food, safe routes for bicyclists and pedestrians, and healthy out-of-school activities for youth, RHK is making the healthy choice the easy choice in Rosedale.

Program Budget $0.00
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other
Population Served Families, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),
Short-Term Success
RHK concentrates advocacy and community organizing toward 3 major outcomes:
  1. Increase access to healthy foods.
  2. Expand opportunities for active living.
  3. Improve transportation and the built environment. 
Expected outcomes in 2017 include: increased garden sustainability; increased awareness of healthy food access points in Rosedale; increased nutrition knowledge among Rosedale kids; expanded youth sports opportunities; more and safer biking and walking; and community-driven development of complete streets, trails and bus access.
Long-Term Success New policies and physical improvements will be in place that foster production and distribution of healthy foods and opportunities for active living (enhanced parks and programs, increase in out of school activities, establishment of a walk-able, bike-able community through creation of trails and upgraded infrastructure).
Program Success Monitored By
RDA contracts with the University of Kansas Medical Center to evaluate the success of the program. 
In early 2015, a community survey was sent to all 5000 households and businesses in Rosedale to evaluate the program's success and set priorities moving forward. The results of the survey guided improvements to current programs and is currently guiding RDA's strategic planning process.  
In 2017 the University of Kansas Medical Center will work with RDA to evaluate the impact of changes made based on survey results. 
Examples of Program Success

  • Since 2009, RHK successes include increased access to healthy foods through the Rosedale Farmers Market, community and schoolyard gardens and orchards, expanded opportunities for active living through youth sports and running programs an community events, and a built environment with more sidewalks, bike lanes, and trails.
  •  In 2015, RDA sent a survey to every household and business in Rosedale to evaluate the impact of the first 5 years of RHK and identify remaining barriers to health.  The results of the survey formed the basis of the 2016 Rosedale Master Plan update, which codifed the community's vision of a vibrant, diverse and walkable neighborhood.   
  • In 2016 Rosedale Healthy Kids provided services to 905 youth and adults and engaged 425 volunteers in creating a healthier community.


On a daily basis, RDA helps residents and businesses to connect with other resources, such as charitable organizations, city officials, or community police officers.  RDA assists residents and businesses with codes issues by contacting property owners or the city codes officer. The organization also communicates with the police department about community concerns and crime trends.

RDA handles issues ranging from land-use planning to animal control, job and housing referrals to zoning and development.  RDA listens to the concerns and ideas of community members and strives to advocate for and with the Rosedale community.

Category Community Development, General/Other Neighborhood Revitalization
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success
In 2016, RDA assisted over 18 businesses with issues related to locating in Rosedale, expanding their business, or addressing problems that may have a negative impact on their businesses.
RDA, with the Unified Government, engaged the community in public meetings to update the Rosedale Master Plan.  The final plan was adopted at the end of 2016, and RDA and the Unified Government will work to implement the plan in accordance with continued community input in 2017.
Long-Term Success

RDA's 2017 goals include: 

  • Attract, retain and expand businesses and investment in Rosedale through providing support and services to current and new businesses and investors.
  • Advocate for implementation of the Rosedale Master Plan in accordance with community input.

Program Success Monitored By The 2015 Community Survey helped to measure the success of economic development and community advocacy activities.  In 2016 RDA worked with a Program Evaluation Specialist to develop an Advocacy Campaign database, now being used to track and monitor advocacy activities. 
Examples of Program Success
RDA worked with the CVS Pharmacy and McDonald's (both located at 43rd and Rainbow), the 39 Rainbow Project and other businesses to align their building and site design plans with the Rosedale Master Plan. Much of this is related to the walkability of the businesses, site design and coordination and cooperation with neighbors and surrounding businesses. RDA's director is a member of the tri-city 47th and Mission Redevelopment Committee, and works with developments across county line through that committee.
Exampes of this success include: CVS Pharmacy, McDonald's, 39Rainbow, Taco Republic, Westwood Walmart, Lulu's Thai Noodles, and the rebuilt corner of 47th and Mission.

RDA believes that neighborhood groups are an important grass-roots mechanism for individuals to communicate and support one another. These groups help make their neighborhoods safe and attractive places to live. RDA offers support to these groups whenever possible, by attending and speaking at meetings, helping with the production of neighborhood newsletters, and assisting with problem solving and long-term tactical planning.

Leaders of Rosedale neighborhood groups meet once a month at the RDA office and communicate frequently via e-mail. Information, concerns, and support are exchanged. The leaders then distribute the information to residents in their respective neighborhoods.

Category Community Development, General/Other Community Development, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success

In 2016, RDA accomplished the following: 

  • Conducted outreach to an area of Rosedale without a neighborhood group, recruited two leaders, and helped launch the new Arborhurst Park Neighborhood Association.
  • Partnered with Connecting the Dottes to coordinate the Fisher Park Walking Club, which, in addition to walking, has created an important neighborhood convening point and a place for residents to advocate for park improvements.
  • Coordinated 4 neighborhood cleanup days.
  • Supported 8 neighborhood groups and tenant associations.
  • Additionally, RDA organized regular monthly Rosedale Leadership Council meetings (10 total in 2016).
  • RDA staff also attend most neighborhood meetings as liaisons, and work closely with the city to ensure regular attendance from community policing and other partners at leadership council meetings.
Long-Term Success
RDA's goal in this area is to:
  • Develop the capacity of neighborhood groups, residents, youth and businesses to address complex and evolving community issues and needs through: providing leadership training and support for neighborhood groups and residents.
  • Increasing youth engagement and participation in programs, neighborhood projects and volunteer opportunities.
  • Increasing the number of active youth programs and activities offered in Rosedale and increasing services to the Rosedale community.
Program Success Monitored By Regular communication with neighborhood leaders, community policing and code enforcement.  
Examples of Program Success Arborhurst Park Neighborhood Association launched in 2016 with regular meetings, its first neighborhood cleanup day, and its first neighborhood block party.
CEO Comments
We are grateful for a large volunteer base which makes these programs possible.  We continue to work with developers, businesses and entrepreneurs wanting to move into the Rosedale area, as well as new residents and housing projects.  Our challenge is to push for compliance with out community drafted land use plans and ensure quality and appropriate redevelopment.   
We have seen many successes with our Rosedale Healthy Kids program, and we plan to continue our work to make "the healthy choice the easy choice" in Rosedale. 
Our biggest current challenge is identifying earned income programs and projects for longer term sustainability.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Erin Stryka
Term Start Aug 2016
Erin Stryka, Executive Director of the Rosedale Development Association, was formerly the Program Manager of the Rosedale Healthy Kids Initiative (November 2012-August 2016).  Her undergraduate degree is in English and her prior career experience is in campus community organizing.  She is a graduate of Wyandotte Leadership 2000 and the Healthy Lifestyles Leadership Academy.  She is a member of many local task forces and boards, including the Healthy Communities Wyandotte Steering Committee, Land Bank Advisory Council, Board of Parks Commissioners and the 47th and Mission Master Plan Committee.  Stryka is involved in numerous advocacy initiatives, including affordable water access for community gardens, transit options in Rosedale, and Wyandotte County’s successful complete streets resolution.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Heidi Holliday -
Ms. Wendy Wilson Jan 1993 - July 2012
Senior Staff
Title Program Director, Rosedale Healthy Kids
Experience/Biography Erin Stryka, Healthy Kids Program Director, was formerly an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Healthy Kids Initiative (November 2011-November 2012), where she worked on increasing healthy youth programming, schoolyard gardening, and healthy resources available to schools.  Her prior career experience is in campus community organizing.  Erin is a member of the board of the Rosedale Farmers Market, and is involved in a number of advocacy initiatives.
Title Office Manager
Experience/Biography Je T'aime Taylor, RDA's office manager, has over a decade of experience in nonprofit management. She is a Kansas City, Kansas native and holds her BSW from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. She was the project director of Rainbow Mennonite CDF Freedom School in 2013 and now serves on that organization's Board of Directors.
Paid Full-Time Staff 3
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 400
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 75%
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 Quarterly
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
  • University of Kansas Medical Center
  • University of Kansas Hospital
  • Rainbow Mennonite Church
  • Rosedale Congregational Church
  • Rosedale Ministerial Alliance
  • Holy Name School and Church
  • Frank Rushton Elementary School
  • T.A. Edison Elementary School
  • Noble Prentis Elementary School
  • Rosedale Middle School
  • Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas
  • Mid America Regional Council
  • KC Healthy Kids
  • Wyandotte County Parks and Recreation
  • Urban Trail Co.
  • Healthy Communities Wyandotte
  • various local residents and businesses.
The Philly AwardCouncil on Philanthropy2006
Partner of the YearCity Vision Ministries 2006
Outstanding Service AwardKansas Bar Foundation2007
Philly AwardCouncil on Philanthropy2008
Alvin Brooks AwardKansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission2010
Voices for Health EquityKansas Department of Health and Environment2012
Bicycle Friendly Business - Silver AwardLeague of American Bicyclists2012
Sustainable Success StoryMid America Regional Council2013
Philly AwardNonprofit Connect2015
Civility Award - Honorable MentionConsensus KC2015
Sustainable Success StoryMid America Regional Council2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
The current Executive Director has been on staff since 2011, first as Program Manager for Rosedale Healthy Kids and, since 2016, as Executive Director.  The RHK Program Director has served since 2014, first as an Office Manager.  Paid staff also include our Communication and Program Coordinator.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Robert Roddy
Company Affiliation Resident, retired Director of Public Works and County Administrator
Term Dec 2014 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Mr. Pete Cashen
Mr. Dan Demaria Resident
Mrs. Mary Gonzales
Mr. John Hornbeck Resident
Mr. Mark Mohler Resident
Mrs. Carroll O'Neal Resident
Mr. Rick Rehorn Resident, attorney
Ms. Theresa Reyes-Cummings Community volunteer
Mr. Robert Roddy Resident
Mr. Daniel Serda KU Urban Design
Mr. Bob Spaniol University of Kansas Hospital
Rev. Tom Van Duzer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 93%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Housing and Community Development
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments
RDA Board and staff continue to develop enhanced skills and capacity through participation in a variety of trainings targeting board development, financial management, and fund development.  The 12 member Board meets monthly and has 4 working committees plus an executive committee in place. The ED’s performance is reviewed annually by the Board.
Prospective board members attend an informational meeting and fill out an application before going through an interview with members of the Nominating Committee.  Once voted onto the board, new members receive an orientation session as well as a New Board Member Handbook.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $306,000
Projected Expenses $306,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2013: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements. 
  • Foundation/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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$30,610$34,553$25,296
Individual Contributions$0--$18,293
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$1,885
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$1,000$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$274,435$246,226$184,873
Administration Expense$60,055$38,418$35,751
Fundraising Expense$5,204$6,048$6,164
Payments to Affiliates$0--$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.791.121.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%85%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%2%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$204,496$256,430$215,534
Current Assets$164,931$214,613$177,906
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$33,427$15,090$10,388
Total Net Assets$171,069$241,340$205,146
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.9314.2217.13
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $123,932 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $40,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $27,500 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose We are in a capital campaign to replace our roof and renovate the office.
Goal $25,000.00
Amount Raised to Date $4,500.00 as of Oct 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

We are currently overhauling our donor management system, creating a fund development plan, and investigating earned income possibilities.  We are able to partner with many other local organizations to increase our impact and outreach, and only seek grants in line with our mission.

Organization Name Rosedale Development Association, Inc.
Address 1403 Southwest Blvd
Kansas City, KS 66103
Primary Phone (913) 677-5097
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Erin Stryka
Board Chair Mr. Robert Roddy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Resident, retired Director of Public Works and County Administrator
Year of Incorporation 1978
Former Names
Rosedale Community Council