Friends of Sacred Structures, Inc.
5960 Dearborn, Suite 215
Mission KS 66202
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 831-4752 102
Mission Statement
FOSS is dedicated to the preservation and renovation of religious structures that support vital neighborhood needs. Since 1992, FOSS has assisted over 150 sacred structures through free expert technical assistance, assessments, project management and referral programs
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Dorothy Reed
Board Chair Company Affiliation Owner, Dream Tours
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1992
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement FOSS is dedicated to the preservation and renovation of religious structures that support vital neighborhood needs. Since 1992, FOSS has assisted over 150 sacred structures through free expert technical assistance, assessments, project management and referral programs
Background Statement
Celebrating it's 25th Anniversary of service and support to the Greater Kansas City community, Friends of Sacred Structures, Inc. formed in 1992 when a group of citizens became concerned about the increasing neglect and abandonment of historical religious buildings. Over the years, FOSS has provided support and technical assistance to more than 150 structures that deliver programs and services to the community. A few years ago, an in-depth study was conducted with 113 congregations that had buildings built prior to 1940, in six major cities across the country. The study found that 91 out of 100 congregations actively serve the larger community and make their building available to outreach programs. The average congregation supports four or more on-going programs that serve people in need. 81% of the beneficiaries of the community programs were non-members. The estimated value of the services provided is more than $140,000 annually. The study also found that the average building was in need of more than $200,000 of repairs.
 
FOSS' experience indicates that owners of these older sacred structures in the Kansas City Area provide a familiar if not greater level of community service and have a similar need for repair. Thus, FOSS has focused its efforts to assist the owners of these older structures that house these services. Most of the older sacred structures are strategically located in the center of residential neighborhoods where people with needs reside, predominately in Kansas City's urban core. With the decline in the size of congregations, most have unused space that is suitable for housing neighborhood services. However, some of these older structures are in need of modification and repair. The FOSS Technical Service Team comprised of retired architects, engineers, and other volunteers work annually with approximately 30 congregations or owners to develop plans to maintain their structures. Priority and emphasis is given to structures that house day care centers for children, after school programs, food pantries, meal programs for the homeless and other outreach programs. Assessments and planning is often completed but the congregations and owners are forced to wait to make repairs and renovations because of a lack of necessary funding. 
Impact Statement FOSS has the expertise, experience and know how required to help congregations maintain, repair and plan for the future of their historic buildings. The deteriorating structures place the historical buildings themselves and many vital community programs housed there at serious risk. The FOSS Technical Services Team is composed of architects, engineers, project managers and individuals with church maintenance experience who donate their expert services to assess, refer, advise and create plans that preserve churches and religious structures. In the last few years, FOSS has worked with over 55 churches, including many ongoing projects with Calvary Temple Baptist Church, St. James Catholic Church and Camino, Verdad y Vida. Food pantries, lunch programs, homeless shelters, day care centers and after school programs are just a few of the vital services that FOSS helps sustain every year.  FOSS works with eligible churches that request services throughout the metro area. Congregation members, local residents and those who utilize any programs offered by these churches are served by FOSS' work.  In the last few years, FOSS provided expertise and professional assistance to over 30 congregations and contributed almost 1,000 volunteer hours, valued at over $120,000.  In addition to serving more than 30 congregations, the work FOSS provides benefits anyone utilizing the services provided by those congregations, including food pantries, day care services, and after school programs.
Needs Statement
With 100% of FOSS technical services provided through volunteer hours, FOSS projects focus specifically on preservation of religious structures for active community use. Its projects are located in some of the poorest neighborhoods in Kansas City, housing programs that provide health and hope to children and families and act as a central element toward sustainable neighborhood renewal in Kansas City's urban core. FOSS is currently working with many churches in the Kansas City metro area. Financial support would be utilized to fund FOSS' general operating costs, including marketing materials, community newsletter and educational presentations and tours.
Service Categories
Community & Neighbourhood Development
Historical Organizations
Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
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
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement FOSS has been successfully operating as a volunteer governed and driven organization. It has been supported by retired architects, engineers, and other highly qualified individuals who give their time, talent and expertise. In addition, many practicing architects and engineers volunteer their time or work at a reduced fee on FOSS projects. This model allows FOSS to operate effectively with a modest budget. However, FOSS encourages contributions so that we can continue to help churches that are providing valuable services in their communities and market FOSS services to a wide group of congregations and owners throughout the metropolitan community.
Programs
Description FOSS assists leaders, who are responsible for historical religious structures, with solving problems related to the maintenance and repair of their facilities to provide safe and functioning conditions for community outreach programs. The Technical Service Team provides services ranging from providing referrals or sources for materials or supplies, to providing assistance with conducting comprehensive assessments of facility conditions, developing priorities, formulating plans, securing and evaluating bids, and providing oversight of projects. FOSS has never turned down a request for help and has responded to more than 150 organizations.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Historic Preservation & Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Short term goals for the FOSS Technical Services Program are:
  1. To provide free and timely assessments to churches that request services and meet criteria.
  2. To assure that sacred structures are aware of building and occupancy codes and assisting them in meeting these codes.
  3. To establish project time line and priority for work to commence.
  4. To match appropriate Technical Services Team member to each project and collaborate on continued support needs.
Long-Term Success The FOSS Technical Services Program's long term goals are to assure that sacred structures are able to restore and maintain their facilities in order to continue to provide vital services to their local communities. These sacred structures will provide safe and secure facilities for programs like food pantries, day care centers, and after school programs. 
Program Success Monitored By The Technical Services Team provides a thorough monthly progress report that is reviewed on a monthly basis by the Board of Directors.
Examples of Program Success “Friends of Sacred Structures has provided invaluable assistance to
Westport Presbyterian Church in maintaining and renovating its 104 year
old building. For example:
  • We could not find a contractor who even wanted to tackle the job of replacing 110 windows and replacing painted wood with siding. FOSS found the right contractor for us, and at the right price.
  • We needed an engineer’s study to even approach an air conditioning contractor about replacing a complicated and hard to retrofit air conditioning system for the main part of our building and sanctuary. FOSS obtained for us a free engineer’s study and then referred us to an A/C company who did an excellent job, again at a very reasonable price.
These consultations and others have really helped us in making our
historic church building more usable by our congregation and many,
many community groups who help to make Westport Presbyterian a center
of community life in the urban core of Kansas City. Thanks for everything!”
 
- Rev. Scott Myers, Westport Presbyterian Church
Description FOSS presents power point presentations and tours to community organizations and groups, depicting a variety of local religious structures. Presentations are customized to an organization's interests. FOSS publishes a newsletter "Inspired Space" featuring examples of good stewardship of religious structures, upcoming FOSS programs, projects, and activities. Periodically, FOSS presents seminars to owners of older religious structures.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success FOSS strives to provide at least 10 presentations and tours each year, to local organizations like Native Sons and Daughters and local churches like Village Presbyterian Church. 
Long-Term Success FOSS provides educational tours and presentations with the long term goal of informing and educating the community on the value and need to preserve our heritage through the preservation and renovation of the beautiful historic sacred structures in our community. These churches, that are providing valuable services to the community, need to be saved not only because of the artistic and cultural value but because the services they provide as a place of solace and hope to communities in need.
Program Success Monitored By The Communications committee reports to the Board of Directors on a monthly basis.
Examples of Program Success “By renovating church structures located in the forgotten neighborhoods
of our city, FOSS helps organizations like ours provide a place for the
vulnerable to receive much needed spiritual and physical care. In a day
and age when new buildings continually spring up in the prospering parts
of our city, I am thankful for a group that facilitates new birth in forgotten
communities.”
 
- Chris Jehle, Executive Director, The Hope Center
Description FOSS offers a small grants program opportunity, in memory of FOSS champion and long time board member, Elmer Denis. The grant fund gives small grants ranging from $500-$3,000 for active projects in urban core churches. The application is available on the FOSS website but please contact the FOSS board before proceeding to receive additional guidance and information about the grants process.
Category Community Development, General/Other Neighborhood Revitalization
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success FOSS grantees will be able to purchase materials or labor to complete key components of their church building improvement projects.
Long-Term Success Long term, FOSS intends the grant fund to help churches complete vital projects for the health and safety of their buildings.
Program Success Monitored By FOSS asks for a complete report on the use of funds and success of the project.
Examples of Program Success Grace United Methodist Church and Stranger's Rest Baptist Church have both been recipients of FOSS funding and have completed significant projects to benefit their congregations and communities.
CEO Comments The majority of the technical assistance and educational programs are provided by volunteers, including nearly 1,000 hours provided in the last few years by architects and engineers who gave their time to provide technical assistance. FOSS is extremely efficient at leveraging resources and volunteers in the community. FOSS also continues to develop collaborative partnerships to help provide financial support and technical assistance. FOSS has implemented a fund development and strategic plan, and is in the process of developing stronger relationships with funders and corporate decision makers in the community.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 25
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Collaborations
Support Kansas City; Church Development Foundation; Kansas City Historic Foundation and Partners for Sacred Places.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Resolution No. 040876: For dedication to the preservation & continued use of older, historic places of worship City of Kansas City, Missouri2004
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The majority of the technical assistance and educational programs are provided by volunteers, including nearly 1,000 hours provided in the last few years by architects and engineers who gave their time to provide technical assistance. FOSS is extremely efficient at leveraging resources and volunteers in the community. FOSS also continues to develop collaborative partnerships to help provide financial support and technical assistance. FOSS has implemented a fund development and strategic plan, and is in the process of developing stronger relationships with funders and corporate decision makers in the community.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Dorothy Reed
Company Affiliation Owner, Dream Tours
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2018
Email Dreed1108@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Jerry Bowman Bowman and Associates
Mr. Chris Larson LifeWise Renovations
Mr. John McKeever Grocery Store Owner
Rev. Ken Nettling Immanuel Lutheran Church
Ms. Dorothy Reed Dream Tours
Mr. Dan Robeson Retired
Mr. Max Sherman Power Industry Project Manager
Ms. Joanie Shields Community Volunteer
Mr. Tom Slezak Reece Nichols
Mr. Fred Truog Frederick S. Truog and Associates Architects
Ms. Mary Wiggins Retired Teacher
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 30%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Executive
Finance
Housing and Community Development
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Alvin Brooks Ad Hoc Group Against Crime
Mr. William Bruning Healthcare Coalition
Rev. Emmanuel Cleaver II St. James United Methodist Church
Ms. Sally Firestone Community Volunteer
Mr. Scott Francis Francis Family Foundation
Mr. Vincent Gauthier
Rev. Wallace D. Hartsfield Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church
Mr. John Laney
Mr. Ted Seligson Retired
CEO Comments The majority of the technical assistance and educational programs are provided by volunteers, including nearly 1,000 hours provided in the last few years by architects and engineers who gave their time to provide technical assistance. FOSS is extremely efficient at leveraging resources and volunteers in the community. FOSS also continues to develop collaborative partnerships to help provide financial support and technical assistance. FOSS has implemented a fund development and strategic plan, and is in the process of developing stronger relationships with funders and corporate decision makers in the community.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $23,000
Projected Expenses $23,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments

  • FY 2016: Financial data reported using the internal financial documents provided by the organization.  

 

Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$7,227----
Administration Expense$7,878----
Fundraising Expense$885----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.49----
Program Expense/Total Expenses45%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$47,181----
Current Assets$47,181----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$400----
Total Net Assets$46,781----
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities117.95----
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
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
Organization Comments Many of the projects and programs we support are housing programs such as day care centers, after school programs, food and clothing pantries, meals for homeless and other services. Without the the preservation of the buildings, at minimal cost, these community services may disappear.  
Organization Name Friends of Sacred Structures, Inc.
Address 5960 Dearborn, Suite 215
Mission, KS 66202
Primary Phone (913) 831-4752102
Contact Email fosskc@supportkc.org
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Dorothy Reed
Board Chair Company Affiliation Owner, Dream Tours
Year of Incorporation 1992