Whatsoever Community Center
1201 Ewing Ave.
Kansas City MO 64126
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 231-0227 105
Fax 816- 231-0092
Mission Statement
Whatsoever Community Center supports the growth and development of families, by providing a variety of programs for children, youth and adults to build a solid foundation for life.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Charlie J Gascich
Board Chair Mr. Robert Crance
Board Chair Company Affiliation Martin Foundry
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1972
Former Names
Whatsoever Circle Community House
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Whatsoever is celebrating our 104-year anniversary in 2019.  Without the gracious donations made by individuals and companies all that has been accomplished could not have happened.  Donations can be made by visiting our web-site or mailing in a check to the center.  We truly enjoy working with volunteers and donors on various projects.  We believe that those who donate their time and/or money have a greater understanding of what we do at Whatsoever.  If people spend some extended time at the center they can see what their donation produces, so we welcome all to come and visit with us.  We are proud of what we do and we really like folks to visit and be a part of the Whatsoever family.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Whatsoever Community Center supports the growth and development of families, by providing a variety of programs for children, youth and adults to build a solid foundation for life.
Background Statement Whatsoever Circle Community House was started as a "soup kitchen" in 1915. In 1919, Whatsoever became a charter member of "United Charities" (now United Way). In 1941 Whatsoever moved to its current location, the Old Jackson School House at 12th and Ewing Avenue. Then, 1989 the name was changed to Whatsoever Community Center. Since 1915, Whatsoever has been a stable safe haven for children, youth and families of the Northeast Kansas City community. Programming at Whatsoever starts for children age 6 weeks in our Early Childhood program and continues through Community Services/Family Growth programming. The evolution of programming reflects the current needs of the community. With few resources in our community, Whatsoever strives to provide many opportunities for family growth. Whatsoever we can do, we will do!
Impact Statement
  • In 2019 Whatsoever's Youth Services, Early Childhood and Community Services Directors continued the positive progress with these programs. In  2019 our Youth services program continued to grow.  The positive growth has led Whatsoever Youth program to begin a Robotics program in 2020.  The new director has made a positive impact on our programs.  Whatsoever's new Youth Services Director and Youth Services staff are all fluent in Spanish and brings a background of volunteer work with high-risk youth. We also were able to add a youth worker who is also fluent in Spanish and has been a member of the Whatsoever family for over several years. This has helped us to expand our target population by being able to reach more Spanish speaking families in the community.
  • Whatsoever's new Early Childhood Director has worked in the Early Childhood field for over 5 years and brings the gentle but firm demeanor needed for such an important position.  These three position changes has already made an impact on their programs with increased participants and fresh programming ideas.
  • Plans are being developed to make major changes to the physical property to increase programming.
  • In 2019 we were also able to continue to expand the community garden. The garden is very important as it is a learning tool for our youth and a source of healthy food for our youth and community members throughout the year. This has been another way in which we are able to connect with our community by providing them access to our garden along with tools to improve it. 
Needs Statement
In 2019 our continued effort to move our preschool program started which will allow Whatsoever to expand programming.  Our board membership continued to expand with two members added.  Fundraising for 2019 was on schedule.  Program participation was up over 10% from 2018.
For 2019 our goals are as follows.
  1. Diverse Board Member prospects. 
  2. Expanding our fundraising projects. 
  3. IT support.  
  4. Implementation of physical changes to property.  
  5. Expand programming for our community members..
Service Categories
Youth Development Programs
Family Services
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
Geographic Area Served Narrative Mainly the Northeast area of Kansas City, Missouri but not limited to anyone willing to adhere to the goals and mission of Whatsoever.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Whatsoever will continue to be a staple of this community for another 100 years.  Knowing the children and families have somewhere like Whatsoever enhances our ability to maintain a strong work force.  I believe it is this sense of a stable community service place that allows our community to respond to the changes and challenges of a growing diverse community.
Description The goal of our Youth Services Program is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our community youth to grow in to young adults.  By providing a positive place for our youth to attend their parents/guardians are allowed to continue their employment and/or educational growth. By bringing in younger bilingual staff members our youth members are able to connect and see examples firsthand of educational and positive growth. Whatsoever is dedicated to working with the whole family so all members of that family can reach their potential. 
Program Budget $142,007.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Families, Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short-Term Success
  1. Provide educational assistance to 100% of our youth through tutoring, homework assistance and educational activities to help them improve or maintain their grades.
  2. Increase life skills through activities and experiences such as leadership group, cooking classes, gardening, mini-society, peer groups, tutoring younger youth, youth council and much more. 
  3. Increase social skill and team work through daily activities. All of these activities will assist them in school, family relationships, seeking employment and in overall life experiences. If youth are not introduced to these skills daily they do not have the knowledge or ability to handle peer pressure and the challenges of growing up.
Long-Term Success The ultimate change we are looking for is an increased graduation rate among our youth involved in this program. However, we are aware that in some cases this is not a realistic expectation and expect that those youth who are unable to be continue in school will remain with our program and complete their G.E.D.
Program Success Monitored By This program has been outcome-based for many years. We review our outcomes quarterly to assure they are on track for completion at the end of the year. Then at the end of the year we evaluate the effectiveness of each outcome and make necessary adjustments to provide the best services for our community. Each year we see a new set of challenges for the youth in the program. We work to include the necessary skills to cope with these obstacles. For example some years it may be drugs, gang activity, neighborhood violence, cultural differences and so on. Youth want to voice their concerns and have the opportunity to help guide the activities they want to participate in at the Center. Currently this program is implementing the Lions Quest curriculum. This curriculum has a set of evaluation tools and assessments to measure the progress of the program's participants.  The program is also monitored by staff of the Youth Program Quality Assessment project through monthly meetings with Youth Services staff.
Examples of Program Success
  1. Meet minimum standards for quality youth development programming: 100% of participating youth feel safe and perceive a structured environment, and youth participants regularly attend activities of choice at least 80% of the time. 
  2. 80% of participating youth will increase or maintain their grade in the subjects in which they receive tutoring. 
  3. 80% of youth participating will be involved in planning, implementing or evaluating an event or activity. 
Description Our goal is to provide affordable, quality childcare and educational opportunities to children year round. Currently, our program is licensed to provide care for children ages 2 to 6 years. We strive to keep our local children and families involved with Whatsoever from an early age through their teenage years.
Program Budget $104,635.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short-Term Success
  1. Parents are able to seek or maintain educational or employment opportunities knowing their children are in a safe, nurturing environment. 
  2. 90% of children participating in the program for one year or more will increase their baseline on each checklist from the Second Steps Curriculum. 
  3. 90% of each classroom participating in the Second Step Curriculum will meet their expected growth measured through quarterly evaluation guidelines.
Long-Term Success Children have the basic skills to succeed in school, including academic,social skills, motor skills, emerging language and literacy.
Program Success Monitored By Outcomes are reviewed throughout the year to assure completion. They are then reviewed at the end of each year to evaluate effectiveness. This program is monitored routinely by the State of Missouri (for licensing), independent observers, program director and NAEYC accreditation.
Examples of Program Success
  1. Children participating in the program for one year or more will increase their Second Steps Curriculum baseline by expected results. 
  2. Children participating in the program for one year or more will have 85% mastery of all checklists before entering Kindergarten (providing there are no extenuating circumstances, i.e. learning disability). 
  3. Each classroom participating in the Second Steps Curriculum have met all program expected outcomes.   Our community parents face many challenges in their daily lives. This continues in regards to child attendance in our Early Childhood program. The review of these outcomes in 2007 prompted our organization to implement the Family Growth Plan to help our families become more stable.   This was an effective effort in assisting our families and children in outcome achievement. 
Description A combination of services to provide opportunities for families to overcome obstacles to education and employment. Programs includ G.E.D., English Language Learning (E.L.L.), employment search and skill development, resource closet, referrals and childcare.  Spanish classes and citizenship classes are also available.
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Adults
Short-Term Success 75% of program participants will work with program staff to set short-term goals to achieve long-term goals of education completion and obtaining employment. Some such goals may include: write a resume, complete FAFSA, improve G.E.D. placement test scores by two levels, obtain clothing for job interviews, etc.
Long-Term Success 70% of older youth and adults will obtain educational and/or employment success to become more able to provide for their families.
Program Success Monitored By
The success of the program is monitored by continued participation by those in the program.  For many it is believed that obtaining a GED or learning the English language is an easy task.  This is not the case. Unfortunately for some the hard work and dedication that it takes to accomplish these goals is too much.  However for those individuals who stay in the program for 6 months or longer have a very high success rate.
Examples of Program Success Although the number of individuals who participate have decreased over the last year the number of individuals who complete their GED, find employment and increase English fluency as a percentage of program participants has increased greatly.
CEO Comments Being a small organization has it's pros and cons.  The positive aspect is we are able, with all of our programs, to provide quality in our activities. We are allowed to use the dynamic qualities of our staff to deal with the day to day problems our community members encounter.  To be able to quickly identify problems that are occurring in our neighborhood is paramount. We are able to address these issues and assist or lead our participants to possible solutions.  The drawback with being a smaller agency is our staff members have to wear many hats.  This at times is a physical and emotional drain.  Our days are long and the tasks are numerous but we will stand by our motto.  Whatsoever we can do, we will do!
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Charlie J Gascich
Term Start July 2002
Experience Charlie Gascich has been employed for 24 years at Whatsoever. Before becoming Executive Director in July 2002, Mr. Gascich was Program Manager from January 2002 to July 2002. Charlie was the Youth Services Director at Whatsoever from 1995 to January 2002. Mr. Gascich has graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Organizational Management and Leadership. Charlie was born and raised in the Northeast area of Kansas City and has spent a great deal of time working and/or living in the Northeast Kansas City area.
Former CEOs
Andrew CamposJuly 1994 - Mar 1998
Charles VreelandJune 1998 - Jan 2002
Senior Staff
Title Early Childhood Director

Sarah graduated Johnson County Community College's Early Childhood Education program in 2011 and is currently working on her Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education through Kansas State University. She has nine years of experience working in preschool. Sarah believes quality child care will provide the necessary building blocks for a positive future. Her work entails caring for children's social and emotional needs, teaching necessary education skills, engaging children in rich learning experiences, and involving families in the development process of their children. By doing so, Sarah knows she is aiding her community by creating an exciting, loving, and passionate outlook on child development.

Sarah enjoys the warm-weather months in which she can spend more time outdoors riding her bike, taking her daughter to the pool, discovering new restaurants, attending concerts, and traveling to Colorado. She spends much of her time outside of work with her family and friends, that is, when she has completed her mountain of homework and studying. Sarah is constantly reading new studies on brain development in young children and sharing lesson plans and classroom experiences with classmates.

"One hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like.  But the world may be a better place because I was important in the life of a child." -Forest Whitman
Title Youth Service Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 7
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 75
Retention Rate 70%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 6
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 5
Male 3
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
Whatsoever collaborates with several agencies. We realize our strengths and weakness and fill in the gaps to support our programs and other nonprofits in the area. We work with such organizations as Kansas City Community Garden, Sheffield Place, Mattie Rhodes,  MO Extension, Family Conservancy, UMKC, local childcare centers, Bishop Sullivan, Nelson Atkins  Museum and many others from year to year.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments Developing a strong and active board is an on-going task at Whatsoever. Key items such as strategic planning, fundraising and program effectiveness are all being reviewed and evaluated. All of these will insure the quality of our programming. It is imperative to expand our board diversity and effectiveness.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Robert Crance
Company Affiliation Martin Foundry
Term Dec 2017 to
Email cranceRL@bv.com
Board Members
Mr. Alok Ahuja AdvisoryMissouri Court of Appeals
Mr Robert CranceBlack & Veach
Mr Larry CroweCerner
Mr Adrian GuzmanCommunity Volunteer
Ms Sara HumphreyC & S Humphrey
Mr. Ben Kenney AdvisoryJackson County Sheriff
Matt KiefferArvest Bank
Mr. Harold L. Lowenstein AdvisoryAttorney
Angela MuncyBlueCross/BlueShield
Mr. David PiersonReal Estate
Mr. George StoneMartin Foundry Co.
Mr. Darrell StoneMartin Foundry
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 India
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
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
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Advisory Board Members
Mr. John BowenSuperior Bowen
CEO Comments The rich history of Whatsoever is an opportunity to draw board candidates.  Our goal is to reach out to the community to increase our board diversity and strength.  The challenge is finding those caring individuals who have the time to contribute due to their other interest.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $350,000
Projected Expenses $346,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using 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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$64,830$77,480$78,629
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$5$0$0
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$59,927$34,136$23,635
Revenue In-Kind----$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$263,873$244,081$243,563
Administration Expense$61,194$48,596$45,395
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.031.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%83%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$154,984$130,396$122,633
Current Assets$48,357$56,900$40,636
Long-Term Liabilities$3,500$0($1,430)
Current Liabilities$0$6,000$7,000
Total Net Assets$151,484$124,396$117,063
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--9.485.81
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2%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
Campaign Purpose To move Early Childhood program to across the street and renovate our main building and gymnasium to expand programs.
Goal $150,000.00
Dates Dec 2017 to Dec 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
Whatsoever celebrates our 103 year anniversary in 2018.  We have begun planning to move our preschool program to one of our building across the street from our main building.  This plan will allow us to expand our Early Childhood program and add a new computer lab/technical lab and health room.  We attempt to diversify as much as possible to keep our programming strong.  Private donations and fundraising have taken a downwards trend the last couple of years previous to 2017.  Our added  major fundraiser, Racing for the BBQ, continues to grow and with the addition of a Whatsoever social media expansion  our goal is to increase funds this year.  We all are excited about it's potential growth possibilities.  We at Whatsoever will continue to do the very best we can with each dollar of revenue we receive.  We have come to know how to stretch dollars, we just would like more to stretch.  We allocate our funds to programming for our community members to the best of our ability.  We have also added a new Facebook page and have a mass e-mail program to reach out to people with a interest in Whatsoever.  We have also added a new web-site to increase our presence.
Other Documents
Organization Name Whatsoever Community Center
Address 1201 Ewing Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64126
Primary Phone (816) 231-0227105
Contact Email cwhatsoever@yahoo.com
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Charlie J Gascich
Board Chair Mr. Robert Crance
Board Chair Company Affiliation Martin Foundry
Year of Incorporation 1972
Former Names
Whatsoever Circle Community House