American Red Cross - Greater Kansas City Chapter
6601 Winchester Ave.
Ste 110
Kansas City MO 64133
American Red Cross volunteers are dispatched immediately after disaster strikes.
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 931-8400
Fax 816- 737-1634
Mission Statement
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jeremie Ballinger
Board Chair Ms. Becky Hampton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Living Communities of St. Joseph
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1914
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations can be made to the American Red Cross by mailing a check to our local chapter, going to our website and donating online, or calling our local chapter with a credit card number.  We have numerous volunteer opportunities available.  Please check our website to find the right fit for you.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Background Statement Founded by Clara Barton in 1881, the American Red Cross was granted a charter in 1905 by Congress. First Aid and safety programs began in 1909 and the water safety program was established in 1914. Since 1881, people have turned to the American Red Cross for emergency services. Today, trained and dedicated volunteers and staff are helping their neighbors across the country. Although not a government agency, the Red Cross is chartered by Congress to provide special services to members of the US Armed Forces and to disaster victims. A Kansas City Red Cross office was established in 1914 under the leadership of Laura Kirkwood Nelson. Today, the local Red Cross remains a vital part of this community providing services to the residents and supporting efforts across the country in times of disasters. Each day in the metropolitan area, volunteers respond to an average of one single-family and multi-family fires providing emergency assistance. A critical component of Red Cross services is helping to build a "culture of prevention." Community preparedness educational programs assist families on how to make a plan, build a kit, get trained, volunteer and give blood. Red Cross workers assist members of the Armed Forces and their families in emergencies.  
Impact Statement
During FY19 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019), the American Red Cross of Greater Kansas City and Northwest Missouri:
  • Opened 1,200 cases and assisted 3,203 community members effected by disasters.  The majority of these were home fires. 
  • Over 28,000 people were trained in First Aid, CPR, AED, Aquatics and Water Safety, and Caregiving classes. 
  • We also served members of the military and their families by opening 1,440 cases and performing over 2,937 various services to those families. 
  • Over 17,763 blood donations were collected as well.
Needs Statement
  1. Recruit, train and engage a diverse cadre of volunteers in the mission of the organization.
  2. Recruit leadership volunteers who reflect the community to ensure the delivery of and support for the organization's programs and services.
  3. Develop partnerships with government, business, faith-based and nonprofit communities to improve disaster cycle services including preparedness, response and recovery.
  4. Increase the number of blood donors and blood donor groups.
  5. Build relationships with more individual and corporate donors to further the work of the organization.
Service Categories
American Red Cross
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Areas of Service
KS - Atchison County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Leavenworth County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Buchanan
MO - Caldwell
MO - Cass County
MO - Clay County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Lafayette
MO - Liberty
MO - Platte County
MO - Ray County
Geographic Area Served Narrative The Red Cross of Kansas City Northwest Missouri serves 34 counties in the Kansas City and Northwest Missouri area.  This includes six bordering Kansas counties.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement The strength of the American Red Cross of Greater Kansas City starts with Jeremie Ballinger (Executive Director) and extends throughout the organization with a highly dedicated staff and a countless number of volunteers. As budget constraints have limited the number of paid staff, an army of committed volunteers has stepped up to perform as if they were full-time employees. The board is also dedicated to the mission of the Red Cross. Each of us contributes our time and money. Every effort is made by staff to keep the board fully informed and the board makes every effort in turn to provide guidance on critical issues and projects. We enjoy working together. As for the work of the Red Cross, this is their success. The services provided are executed with precision on a daily basis. Everything they do, they have their client in mind from the blood donor to the victim of a fire disaster. They are served kindly and with respect.

This program provides immediate on-scene assistance to people affected by disaster through a network of trained volunteers. Assistance includes temporary lodging, food, clothing, and emergency medication. Thereafter, caseworkers may assist with additional assistance including rent, additional medication, eyeglasses, and referrals to other community organizations. The program also works with emergency managers in planning for large disasters, military personnel and their families in facilitating emergency communications and accessing community services, and the community by providing disaster preparedness information and free smoke alarms through a variety of events. 

Program Budget $1,639,735.00
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Disaster Relief/Recovery
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success Victims of disaster will have their immediate needs of food, clothing and shelter met through financial assistance.
Long-Term Success Victims of disaster (residential fires and other natural disasters) will, with financial assistance and counseling from the Red Cross, re-establish a residence and resume daily living.
Program Success Monitored By We conduct ongoing surveys of service recipients which are submitted to our national organization. A sampling of responses is compiled and returned to us showing comparisons to other Red Cross chapters.
Examples of Program Success A sampling of the recipients surveyed indicated 98% achievement outcome of fulfilling their most immediate needs and recovery back to a normal life.
Responsible for managing the recruitment, interviewing, placement, training, recognition and retention of volunteers.  Jobs include clerical, disaster response, call center, and smoke alarm distribution.
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Volunteer Training & Placement
Population Served Adults
Short-Term Success The short term goal is to inform people of hazardous conditions they may face in a disaster and what they can do to mitigate the problems. Surveys conducted after the presentations show that 92% are confident of knowing what to do during a disaster.
Long-Term Success The goal of community preparedness presentations is to motivate people to make and practice a disaster plan. Surveys conducted after the presentations indicate that 91% will make and practice a plan based on the information provided.
Program Success Monitored By Ongoing surveys of participants are conducted and are sent to our national headquarters. A sampling of responses is compiled and returned to us showing comparisons to other Red Cross chapters.
Examples of Program Success A sampling of the participants showed 92% felt prepared to face unexpected disasters. 91% indicated they would discuss and practice a disaster plan with their families.
Description In FY19, over 28,000 people received training on CPR, First Aid, Water Safety and Youth Safety education to help save lives and prevent injuries or illnesses. It is the policy of the American Red Cross that no one be excluded from taking a class based on an inability to pay.
Program Budget $1,636,891.00
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other First Aid Training
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Increased participants' willingness and comfort to act in an emergency situation. Increased knowledge and skills on appropriate action during an emergency.
Long-Term Success Reduction in mortality due to choking, cardiac or respiratory arrest in the community.
Program Success Monitored By Surveys by participants are completed after each class. Surveys are submitted to our national headquarters and a sampling of responses is compiled and returned to the chapter showing comparisons to other Red Cross chapters.
Examples of Program Success A sampling of First Aid/CPR participants showed 98% achieving the outcome of being able to identify an emergency situation and the willingness to provide care. 

American Red Cross Biomedical Services will fulfill the needs of the American people for the safest, most reliable and cost-effective blood services through voluntary donations.

Category Health Care, General/Other Blood Banking
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success The need for blood is constant.  Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood - adding up to 17,000 donations of blood being utilized daily.  This demand, along with a short-lived shelf-life for red blood cells and platelets, makes voluntary blood donations incredible urgent.
Long-Term Success Each year, the Red Cross Blood Services program serves as a bridge between 3.5 million generous blood donors and the patients who are in need. When a pint of blood is collected from a donor, it can potentially save three lives. The Red Cross provides more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, making us the single largest supplier of blood in our nation. We are also a leader in scientific research, transfusion medicine and testing to protect the blood supply. In our region alone, we collect more than 33,000 units annually from 26,000 donors, each with their own story.
Program Success Monitored By
We conduct ongoing surveys of service recipients which are submitted to our national organization. A sampling of responses is compiled and returned to us showing comparisons to other Red Cross chapters.
Examples of Program Success
In addition to collecting, processing, and distributing products for transfusion, Red Cross Biomedical Services also has commercial operations to:
  • Test blood donations for infectious diseases on behalf of self-collection hospitals and other blood centers.
  • Perform immunonematology reference services, testing patient blood for rare antibodies and investigating transfusion reactions.
CEO Comments

The strength of a not for profit, humanitarian services organization is the dedicated paid and volunteer staff who engage in the mission of the organization. The American Red Cross of Greater Kansas City is fortunate to have an extremely talented workforce of volunteer and paid staff committed to ensuring good governance, outstanding leadership and client and customer-focused delivery of its programs and services. Among our leadership volunteers, 12 of the past 15 board chairs remain active in some capacity with the Red Cross. Our service delivery volunteers include individuals with more than 50 years of service to the organization. Our volunteers represent all ages, but are mostly retired. They are equally divided between men and women, well educated and have served in leadership positions in their volunteer and paid careers. Most have completed more than 30 hours of Red Cross training, as well as in-service and periodic re-training. They are engaged in each of our primary lines of service including, Disaster Services, International Services, Service to the Armed Forces, Preparedness Health and Safety Services, and Blood Services.  During FY19, we had 876 volunteers who dedicated 50,680 hours to the Red Cross mission.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Jeremie Ballinger
Term Start Sept 2019

Jeremie Ballinger serves as the Executive Director of the American Red Cross, where he began in September 2019. Prior to joining the Red Cross, Jeremie was the Executive Director of Kansas City Corporate Challenge, which is the country's largest corporate games program serving more than 270 companies and 33,500 participants annually. He also brings more than fifteen years of experience as a nonprofit executive, including positions with the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis, American Cancer Society, and Special Olympics Missouri. Jeremie has degrees from Northwest Missouri State University and the University of Missouri - Kansas City, and is currently accredited as a Certified Nonprofit Fundraising Executive.

Former CEOs
James D MonahanJan 1983 - Apr 1996
Mr. Robert SchuelkeJan 1970 - Jan 1982
Senior Staff
Title Regional Disaster Program Officer
Title Regional Development Officer
Title Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
Paid Full-Time Staff 18
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 94%
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 No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter1914
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
The American Red Cross is chartered by the Congress of the United States...
  • to fulfill the provisions of the Geneva Conventions, to which the United States is a signatory, assigned to national societies for the protection of victims of conflict, 
  • to provide family communications and other forms of support to the U.S. military, and
  • to maintain a system of domestic and international disaster relief, including mandated responsibilities under the National Response Framework coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The American Red Cross of Greater Kansas City operates as one of 264 chartered units (as of April 1, 2017) of the American National Red Cross.  Each unit must adhere to standardized chapter bylaws, as well as all corporate policies and procedures set forth in the areas of accounting and finance, human resources, risk management, code of conduct and conflict of interest, volunteer management, programs and services and information technology. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Becky Hampton
Company Affiliation Living Communities of St. Joseph
Term July 2018 to June 2021
Board Members
Ms. Shoba BrownCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Mark CochranUS Bank-St. Joseph
Mr. Douglas DalgleischStinson Leonard Street
Mr. Kevin DriskellSpire
Mr. Jack ElmoreKansas City Southern
Ms. Becky HamptonLiving Communities of St. Joseph
Ms. Juanita HowlandCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Troy KaiserBoehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica
Mr. Scott MachPopham Law Firm
Mr. Willie PeguesTruman Medical Center
Ms. Joan RemmersCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Ken SmothersKCPL
Mr. Mike WilsonSt. Joseph Police Department
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 60%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments
The board remains focused on...
  • ensuring the delivery of the mission of the organization through the use of a growing and committed volunteer workforce supported by a dedicated and highly qualified paid staff,
  • increasing the number of blood donors and expanding the collection of blood and blood products,
  • creating an environment to ensure philanthropic support of the organization,
  • recruiting outstanding board and board-level committee members, and  
  • supporting the board's engagement in the community.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $4,239,772
Projected Expenses $4,239,772
Endowment Value $394,719
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990 for national organization.
  • The American Red Cross of Greater Kansas City is a local chapter of the American Red Cross.  
  • Projected revenues and expenses are for local chapter.  
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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$48,725,644$52,499,014$51,980,625
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$205,319,131$99,782,486$82,149,226
Membership Dues$0--$0
Special Events$19,499,111$21,653,809$20,744,941
Revenue In-Kind$53,810,511--$19,448,777
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$2,830,834,780$2,499,301,107$2,393,557,816
Administration Expense$113,608,747$119,706,498$116,370,322
Fundraising Expense$198,540,533$189,623,308$169,675,811
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.152.390.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%224%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$3,240,247,122$3,142,581,145$3,235,806,694
Current Assets$1,338,461,319$1,033,073,713$1,110,067,098
Long-Term Liabilities$1,316,681,483$1,651,753,971$1,909,154,237
Current Liabilities$341,413,715$294,904,489$340,979,600
Total Net Assets$1,582,151,924$1,195,922,685$985,672,857
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.923.503.26
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets41%53%59%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- $32,262,444 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- $25,106,543 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
Historically, the American Red Cross of Greater Kansas City has received outstanding support from the donor community including support from individuals, businesses, foundations and area United Ways. Community needs and the focus on the “community impact model” have reduced United Way support, but the United Way remains a major funder of the American Red Cross and good partner. To replace the loss of United Way funding the Red Cross has increased its own fundraising capability by expanding the development team and acquiring additional tools to manage the donor relationship process.

As a single 501(c) (3) organization revenue and expense for the American Red Cross is consolidated nationally for the purpose of financial reporting and auditing, but revenue and expense statements are generated for each chapter. Revenue numbers reflect actual fundraising and other earned income. Expense is allocated based on the number of families assisted, individuals trained, number of volunteer and paid staff, facility size and other factors. All chapters are included in the external audit conducted by KPMG and the U.S Army Audit group.

Other Documents
Organization Name American Red Cross - Greater Kansas City Chapter
Address 6601 Winchester Ave.
Ste 110
Kansas City, MO 64133
Primary Phone (816) 931-8400
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jeremie Ballinger
Board Chair Ms. Becky Hampton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Living Communities of St. Joseph
Year of Incorporation 1914