Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
1055 Broadway Boulevard, Suite 130
Kansas City MO 64105-1595

Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 842.0944
Mission Statement
To improve the quality of life in Greater Kansas City by increasing charitable giving, educating and connecting donors to community needs they care about, and leading on critical community issues.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Deborah L. Wilkerson
Board Chair Dr. Jim Hinson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Shawnee Mission School District
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1978
Financial Summary
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Source: IRS Form 990

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Statements
Mission Statement
To improve the quality of life in Greater Kansas City by increasing charitable giving, educating and connecting donors to community needs they care about, and leading on critical community issues.
Background Statement
The founders of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation passed a hat in 1978, collecting $210.25. The Community Foundation was thus begun with an extraordinary idea: Charitable giving should be the responsibility of many, not just a select few.
 
The Community Foundation has grown to become one of the largest and most entrepreneurial public charities of its kind and is recognized as a national leader in making sure every philanthropic investment returns the greatest emotional, civic and financial benefit possible. Community Foundation donors have given more than $3 billion in grants to nonprofit organizations.
 
Today the Community Foundation ranks among the top 1 percent of community foundations in the country, managing more than $2.7 billion in assets and housing more than 3,700 funds and charitable giving accounts. By partnering with the Community Foundation, donors receive the simplicity and tax advantages of a public charity and are connected with a mission-based organization that understands the needs of the community and can help donors become more educated givers.
Impact Statement

In 2017, we will continue to increase charitable giving with the goal of establishing 150 new charitable giving accounts and generating $250 million in new contributions to existing accounts.

Needs Statement

Individuals, families, organizations or companies interested in establishing donor-advised funds to organize and streamline their giving.   

Service Categories
Community Foundations
Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Areas of Service
National
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Ray
MO - Cass County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

We are proud of the collective impact of our donors. My favorite part of the job is hearing how donors plan to use their charitable giving accounts. Every donor embarks on a journey, and we are fortunate that so many of our donors have allowed us to go along with them. I am also pleased to share that in 2015, our donors led us to a significant milestone: Since our founding in 1978, donors have granted more than $3 billion from charitable giving accounts. We are both amazed and inspired by this accomplishment and look forward to helping our donors give billions more.

 
Debbie Wilkerson
CEO
Programs
Description
The Community Foundation uses the following tools to help donors become more strategic givers. 
  • Kansas City’s Nonprofit Search is a database of more than 650 local nonprofits with detailed information on a nonprofit’s management, governance, financials and programs. The database is free for anyone to use. The Community Foundation's Reviewed icon assures visitors that the profile is accurate, transparent and up-to-date.
  • Charitable Investment Reviews provide donors with an analysis of their overall giving histories and behaviors, along with specific information about nonprofits the donor has supported, giving donors an opportunity to see the impact of their giving. 
Individuals and Families
  • To help donors gain knowledge, confidence and momentum, we host donor-to-donor events to take in-depth examinations into various nonprofit sectors in Kansas City.
Children and Teens
  • We believe it is important to start the charitable journey at a young age, so we can cultivate future philanthropic leaders. Our programs cater to all generations of givers, helping children understand giving and providing opportunities for families to volunteer together.
Companies
  • Corporate philanthropists are faced with unique expectations and challenges. We regularly gather together a network of charitable companies to discuss issues such as volunteer programs, sponsorships and giving campaigns.
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, K-12 (5-19 years),
Short-Term Success
  • Hosting eight donor events that cover a wide range of charitable landscapes to expand the minds of donors.
  • Closely connect with 100 donors on the causes they care about to deepen their personal charitable experiences.
Long-Term Success Growing Kansas City philanthropy, both in dollar amounts and the number of people who participate.
Program Success Monitored By

We review our progress toward meeting our strategic goals on a monthly basis.

Examples of Program Success
The Community Foundation reviewed more than 650 profiles on Kansas City's Nonprofit Search in 2016. 
Description

Most of us have separate accounts for money we want to use for specific purposes. We have checking accounts, 401(k) retirement accounts and 529 college savings accounts, so it’s natural that we would have a separate account for our charitable giving as well.

A donor-advised fund is your charitable giving account. Donor-advised funds are an attractive alternative to a private foundation, offering more flexibility, confidentiality and maximum tax benefits. They are quick and easy to establish, and inexpensive to maintain.

Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success

In 2017, the Community Foundation aims to: 

  • Establish 150 charitable giving accounts
  • Receive $250 million in new contributions
Long-Term Success Growing Kansas City philanthropy, both in dollar amounts and the number of people who participate.
Program Success Monitored By We review our progress toward meeting our strategic goals on a monthly basis.
Examples of Program Success

In 2016, Community Foundation donors granted nearly $340 million to the nonprofit community. 56% of those dollars were granted to organizations in Kansas and Missouri.

Community Foundation accounts received more than $450 million in new contributions in 2016.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Deborah L. Wilkerson
Term Start Mar 2012
Experience
Deborah (Debbie) Wilkerson earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Kansas. She graduated with highest distinctions and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Debbie received her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law, where she was elected as a member of the Order of the Coif and served as managing editor of the Kansas Law Review.  Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Debbie was an attorney with the law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon where she focused on estate planning and charitable planned giving. Debbie served in a variety of roles at the Community Foundation, including general counsel and COO, before assuming the role of president and CEO in 2012.
 
Debbie is married to Kevin Wilkerson. They have four wonderful and busy children.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Jan Kreamer 1986 - 2005
Laura McKnight 2006 - 2012
Senior Staff
Title Senior Vice President of Development and Donor Services
Title Senior Vice President of Finance and Foundation Services
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 54
Paid Part-Time Staff 13
Volunteers 0
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 85%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-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
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Council on Foundations - Member2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
Guided by a dynamic mission, the Community Foundation’s board of directors and staff are focused on achieving measurable results that dramatically increase philanthropic capital for our region and make a difference in our community.
 
We will continue to strive to operate effectively and efficiently as a nonprofit within for-profit parameters by achieving aggressive goals, meeting efficient expense/revenue ratios, providing ambitious service, maintaining high customer service standards and securing diversified revenue sources.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Jim Hinson
Company Affiliation Shawnee Mission School District
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Mary S. Bloch Community Volunteer
Ms. Diane Y. Canaday Community Volunteer
Ms. Dianne Cleaver Urban Neighborhood Initiative
Mr. William H. Coughlin George K. Baum & Co.
Mr. David W. Frantze Stinson Leonard Street, LLP
Mr. William C. Gautreaux Crestwood Midstream Partners LP
Mr. Kenneth V. Hager Retired, DST Systems, Inc.
Dr. Jim Hinson Shawnee Mission School District
Ms. Beatriz Ibarra Ibarra Elder Law, LLC
Mr. Gordon E. Lansford IIIJE Dunn Construction Company
Mr. William M. Lyons Retired, American Century Companies, Inc.
Mr. Greg S. Maday SpecChem, LLC.
Mr. Pat McCown McCown Gordon Construction
Mr. Joseph F. Reardon McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, P.A.
Mr. Robert D. Regnier Bank of Blue Valley
Ms. Kay Saunders Bellwether, Ltd.
Dr. Steven St. Peter Aratana Therapeutics
Mr. Clyde F. Wendel Retired, UMB Bank, n.a.
Mrs. Deborah L. Wilkerson Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 69%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 67%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Executive
Audit
Investment
CEO Comments
Guided by a dynamic mission, the Community Foundation’s board of directors and staff are focused on achieving measurable results that dramatically increase philanthropic capital for our region and make a difference in our community.
 
We will continue to strive to operate effectively and efficiently as a nonprofit within for-profit parameters by achieving aggressive goals, meeting efficient expense/revenue ratios, providing ambitious service, maintaining high customer service standards and securing diversified revenue sources.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $450,000,000
Projected Expenses $350,000,000
Form 990s
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • IRS Form 990 also provided. "Other" revenue includes change in value of charitable remainder trust obligations, tax credits, and miscellaneous revenue.
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
$293,014,019$259,068,512$55,938,036
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$0$0$167,814,109
$0$0$0
$2,585,339$2,597,100$2,226,404
Investment Income, Net of Losses($99,209,249)$142,212,037$242,043,343
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$4,921,468$3,229,464($6,177,662)
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$275,957,859$252,490,481$126,412,162
Administration Expense$1,167,032$1,092,664$1,078,528
Fundraising Expense$1,433,997$1,414,116$1,464,855
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.721.603.58
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%99%98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,410,973,259$2,401,067,229$2,151,222,919
Current Assets$311,128,488$263,708,519$225,439,507
Long-Term Liabilities$750,047,343$683,966,320$604,214,218
Current Liabilities$55,916,042$43,969,577$34,109,411
Total Net Assets$1,605,009,874$1,673,131,332$1,512,899,290
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.566.006.61
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets31%28%28%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $27,370,000Anonymous $30,509,188Anonymous $71,408,726
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $14,408,935Anonymous $10,675,982Anonymous $14,969,256
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $12,600,000Anonymous $8,762,165Anonymous $12,234,902
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
The number of individual funds at the Community Foundation has grown from one in 1978 to approximately 3,775 at the end of 2016, with assets of $2.7 billion and $454 million in new contributions in 2016.
 
During the last five years, the Community Foundation has granted an annual average of $286 million in gifts to nonprofit organizations. In fact, over its 35-year history, the Community Foundation has provided a total of more than $3 billion in grants.
Organization Name Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
Address 1055 Broadway Boulevard, Suite 130
Kansas City, MO 641051595
Primary Phone (816) 842.0944
Contact Email info@growyourgiving.org
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Deborah L. Wilkerson
Board Chair Dr. Jim Hinson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Shawnee Mission School District
Year of Incorporation 1978