Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City
2100 Central Street, Suite 11E
Kansas City MO 64108
The Appointments Project
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 988-2000
Fax 816- 988-2001
Mission Statement
The mission of the Women’s Foundation is to promote equity and opportunity for women of all ages, using research, philanthropy, and policy solutions to make meaningful change.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Wendy D. Doyle
Board Chair Ms. Linda Hanson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired, Enterprise Bank
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1991
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
The Women's Foundation is extremely grateful for the support of our philanthropic partners.  Please visit our website (womens-foundation.org) for information on how to donate.  We continue to seek corporate partners, foundation grants, and support from individuals.
The Women's Foundation has a select number of volunteer opportunities each year that vary, including administrative work in our office and event support.  For more information, please contact us at info@womens-foundation.org.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The mission of the Women’s Foundation is to promote equity and opportunity for women of all ages, using research, philanthropy, and policy solutions to make meaningful change.
Background Statement Since 1991, the Women’s Foundation has invested wisely in the success of women of all ages. The Women’s Foundation addresses issues affecting the economic well-being of women and their families throughout the region with the goal of eliminating barriers women face in achieving long-term economic self-sufficiency. Economically self-sufficient women will lead the nation’s next chapter of economic growth, and by investing in the success of women, we are investing in a stronger economy.
Impact Statement
In the past year, the Women's Foundation's top accomplishments include:
  • Expansion of The Appointments Project™ into the state of Kansas, with additional expansion (statewide and in new municipality partnerships) in Missouri.
  • Continued work on internal evaluation of our Strategic Plan, and progress toward the theory of change logic model.
  • Research, education, and public policy work to address sexual harassment in Kansas and Missouri.
  • A re-invention of our annual fundraising event in celebration of the Women's Foundation's 25th Anniversary.
Goals for the coming year include:
  • Completing our strategic plan.
  • Continued expansion of The Appointments Project™.
  • Continued work on a solution in closing the gender pay gap, with additional focus on salary negotiation training for women.
Needs Statement
The most pressing needs for Women’s Foundation include:
  • Continued fundraising
  • A re-design of our web site
  • Enhancing our social media presence in multiple platforms
  • Continued research on civic engagement
  • Expansion of The Appointments Project™
Service Categories
Women's Rights
Leadership Development
Citizen Participation
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Description The Women’s Foundation continues to seek ways we can influence public policy and advocate in the economic development arena on behalf of women. When we completed focus groups across the state for the Status of Women in Missouri research study, both women and men respondents expressed concern about flexible work time for parental leave and caring for aging parents. In response to this identified concern, Women’s Foundation formed a collaboration with Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management to roll out the When Work Works (WWW) Award in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The WWW Award recognizes exemplary employers for creating effective and flexible workplaces to increase business, employee and family success.
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Women's Rights
Population Served Females
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Short-term success will be achieved when the community is engaged in conversation regarding effective workplaces.
Long-Term Success We believe this award is important as it highlights the need for workplace flex, including flex time and place, choices in managing time, reduced time, care-giving leave, flex careers, task flexibility, and culture of flexibility. Components of effective workplaces include opportunities for learning, a culture of trust, work-life fit, supervisor support for work success, satisfaction with earning, benefits, and advancement opportunities, and autonomy. Workplaces with these components lead to employee engagement, job satisfaction, decreased turnover, improved health, decreased depression and stress level, and improved sleep.
Program Success Monitored By
Program success is monitored by the number of companies who apply for and receive the When Work Works award.
Examples of Program Success
In February 2018, the Women’s Foundation was recognized by Mayor Sly James and the City of Kansas City, Missouri City Council with a resolution honoring their efforts to enact paid family and medical leave. Mayor James also revealed plans to add an additional week to the City’s paid parental leave policy. City employees will now have access to seven weeks of paid leave.
“It is an honor to be recognized for our work in furthering paid family leave,” said Women’s Foundation President and CEO, Wendy Doyle. “Taking time off to bond with a child shouldn’t mean going without a paycheck. We know from our research that when organizations adopt family-friendly policies like paid leave, employee retention and long-term productivity improve. We commend Mayor James for his continued commitment to making Kansas City a great place to live, work and raise a family.”
Description Our connection to research started in 1991, when a study found that only 4% of charitable giving in Kansas City was directed exclusively to programs for women and girls. The Women’s Foundation was created to fill that gap. Nearly 30 years later, we remain committed to the work of research – identifying and documenting the issues, then working with community partners to articulate and implement solutions.
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Women's Rights
Population Served Females
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Recently, Women’s Foundation has commissioned studies in collaboration with local research universities to study women’s issues, such as economic and health status, barriers and benefits in the workplace, and opportunities for civic engagement. Each study highlights barriers and opportunities, and leads to strategic action.
Long-Term Success Long-term success for our Research program will be achieved when we’re able to arrive at data-driven decisions and solutions; programmatic solutions and policies changes for the betterment of women. This is the framework for our Foundation.
Program Success Monitored By Program success will be monitored by the release of research findings to the public, and by the use of that information by other entities including government agencies, companies, and nonprofit organizations.
Examples of Program Success

The Missouri House of Representatives completed initial passage of House Bill 1500 in January 2018, which would allow hair braiders to earn a living without obtaining a cosmetology license.

The Women’s Foundation research conducted in partnership with the University of Missouri Truman School of Public Policy has found that occupational licensing, while intended to protect the safety and well-being of the public, can often create unnecessary barriers for women entrepreneurs by restricting entry and re-entry into professions, reducing employment, and creating economic inequity.

This research has informed a number of potential solutions put forward by the Women’s Foundation, including reducing or waiving fees, requiring a cost-benefit analysis before any new occupational licensing board is created and periodic reviews to determine if they are still necessary.

The Women’s Foundation developed a solution with Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James in response to our Civic Engagement research study. The Appointments Project™ serves as a talent bank, resource, and advocate for women of all ages and ethnicities seeking opportunities to lead in their communities – and is directly related to our work in education and public policy. More women in public positions of leadership will increase the voice for women in establishing public policy.  While the program is targeted to women, the entire community benefits from more equitable gender representation on boards and commissions.
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Women's Rights
Population Served Females
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success There are opportunities for leadership through service on boards, commissions, task forces, and committees. The work of these bodies can lead to recommendations and decisions that impact the operations of local government and ultimately make it work better, smarter, and more effectively. Our goal is to guide women through the process of applying for these positions to further improve their chances of being appointed.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal for The Appointments Project™ is an increased number of women who run for elected office.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by the number of women who attend The Appointments Project™ training, who apply for civic appointments, and who secure those appointments.
Examples of Program Success
For 27 years, the Women's Foundation has been the respected leader in Kansas City on critical issues affecting women of all ages. We use our networks to bring our community together to create change. The Appointments Project™, which began in 2015, has resulted in:
  • Partnerships with 21 city, county, and state executives, numerous boards and commissions, government agencies and community foundations.
  • Over 1,000 applicants have applied.
  • We secured appointments of 87 women to public boards and commissions.
  • Recognition as a change agent and thought leader by business/political leaders. With Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James, we increased the number of women on city boards from 33% to 42%.
  • Empowering women through education, training, and networking opportunities.
The Women's Foundation has created Girls Leadership Curriculum to invest leadership training and philanthropic education in
more than 60 high-school age women annually from across Kansas City.  The curriculum includes leadership assumptions to set the framework, interactive sessions on communication and visioning, online leadership assessments, an activity on Kouzes and Posner's Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders, and a team-building effort incorporating service learning.  The program also includes connections and exposure to women leaders across a range of industries throughout Kansas City and the region through job shadowing, panel discussions, and educational experiences.
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
Girls Leadership Curriculum participants gain knowledge, confidence and leadership skills needed to set an example for their peers and make a difference in the world.
Long-Term Success
We believe that our work with young girls through Girls Leadership Curriculum prepares them for a future in leadership, philanthropy, and civic engagement.
Program Success Monitored By
Measurable outcomes assess the program's success and the impact it has on girls and young women in the Kansas City region.
Examples of Program Success
Girls Leadership has resulted in nearly 20 years of experience empowering high school age women to become civic leaders and philanthropists.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Wendy D. Doyle
Term Start Aug 2013
Experience Wendy has been with Women's Foundation since August 2013. Previous positions include nonprofit consultant, and Executive Vice President of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. Wendy has served on the boards of Nonprofit Connect and Civic Opera Theater. Wendy earned a B.A. from Rockhurst University and is a graduate of Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership Program.
Senior Staff
Title VP of Research and Policy, General Council

Prior to joining the Women’s Foundation, Seal spent 6 years with legal aid societies in southern and western Missouri. As the director of medical legal partnerships, Seal oversaw the largest hospital funded medical-legal partnership program in the nation and expanded the project to two hospital systems. Previously, he was a staff attorney with legal aid who represented adult and child victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in a 19 county region. Seal also testified before national funding partners, federal regulators, as well as the Attorney General’s Task Force on Domestic Violence, which led to the first update of Missouri’s domestic violence laws in 20 years.

A native Missourian, Seal worked for the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C. after graduating from Missouri State University. Seal now serves on the 10 member governing board of the Missouri State University system, a 6 year gubernatorial appointment that is senate confirmed. He earned his juris doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law where he volunteers as an adjunct law professor.

Title Vice President of Development

Ann Spivak has ten years of resource development experience, and previous to that work, covered philanthropy as an editor at The Kansas City Star newspaper for over a decade.

Paid Full-Time Staff 5
Paid Contractors 3
Volunteers 40
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 5
Male 1
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 Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes

The Women's Foundation is only able to accomplish our greatly-needed work through collaborations and partnerships.  Our current list of partners includes:

  • The City of Kansas City, MO
  • Kansas League of Municipalities
  • Missouri - Mayors United for Change
  • Rosie – Missouri State University
  • Kansas Extension Program
  • Missouri Extension Program
  • Society of Human Resources Management – Kansas City
  • University of Missouri’s Institute of Public Policy
  • University of Kansas
  • Association for Women Lawyers, Kansas City


In addition, we partner with a number of cities, counties & states through The Appointments Project™.  These include:
Topeka, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Olathe, Kansas
Kansas City, Missouri
Jackson County, Missouri
St. Louis, Missouri
Jefferson City, Missouri
Springfield, Missouri
The State of Missouri
The State of Kansas 
Public Service AwardAssociation of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City2016
Division of Diversity and Inclusion HonoreeUniversity of Missouri - Kansas City2015
Semifinalist for Innovations in American Government AwardJohn F. Kennedy School of Government-Harvard University2017
Top 50 Politico Pros You Need to KnowThe Missouri Times2017
Excellence in Collaboration AwardNonprofit Connect2018
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Linda Hanson
Company Affiliation Retired, Enterprise Bank
Term June 2017 to May 2019
Board Members
Ms. Colleen Dougherty EuteneuerCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Christy GautreauxCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Linda HansonRetired, Enterprise Bank
Ms. Lisa MurrayEwing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Ms. Patti PhillipsWomen Leaders in College Sports
Ms. Ellen SullivanShook, Hardy, & Bacon
Ms. Starr TerrellGlobal Prairie
Mr. Lou WadeMcDowell, Rice, Smith, & Buchanan
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
Marcia Bailey
Debby Ballard
Kay Barnes
Dianne Cleaver
Joanne Collins
Bunni Copaken
Linda Doolin Ward
Patty Garney
Linda Gill Taylor
Susie Haake
Shirley Bush Helzberg
Karen M. Herman
Linda Hood Talbott Ph.D.
Mamie Hughes
Martha D. Humphreys
Jennifer Ingraham
Linda Jordan
Joyce Letts
Ruth Margolin
Jinny McCoy
Mary Ann Meeks
Freda Mendez Smith
Linda Moore
Barbara Nelson
Jeannette Nichols
Jennifer Nicholson
Barbara O'Hearne
Elaine Polsky
Shirley Pryor
Beverly Rose
Marilyn B. Salomon
Sandra Schermerhorn
Elizabeth T. Solberg
Jarene Stanford
Susan Stanton
Barbara Tate
Pet VanWagoner
Sherri Wattenbarger
Kristin Webster
Teresa Woody
Fiscal Year Start June 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End May 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $968,482
Projected Expenses $968,482
Endowment Value $4,901,686
Spending Policy Income Only
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 5/31/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.  
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$487,148$611,984$649,385
Administration Expense$195,012$256,034$262,071
Fundraising Expense$272,227$192,110$188,184
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.770.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses51%58%59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$6,460,704$5,984,117$6,541,843
Current Assets$233,658$337,839$404,529
Long-Term Liabilities$0$1,947$2,832
Current Liabilities$111,604$181,897$271,278
Total Net Assets$6,349,100$5,800,273$6,267,733
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.091.861.49
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
Organization Name Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Address 2100 Central Street, Suite 11E
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 988-2000
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Wendy D. Doyle
Board Chair Ms. Linda Hanson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired, Enterprise Bank
Year of Incorporation 1991