Union Station Kansas City, Inc.
30 West Pershing Road
Suite 400
Kansas City MO 64108
Photo Courtesy of Bill Cobb
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 460-2020
Fax 816- 460-2260
Mission Statement
Union Station Kansas City is dedicated to preserving its historic monument and its stories, inspiring lifelong learning and creating lasting memories for our community.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. George M. Guastello II
Board Chair Mr. Ramon Murguia
Board Chair Company Affiliation Murguia Law Offices
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1999
Former Names
Union Station Assistance Corporation
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

We value your donation and support! Union Station relies on donors like you to preserve and maintain the building, to sponsor world-class touring cultural exhibitions and mount new exhibitions about Kansas City history, and to advance robust and high-quality science programs and exhibits in Science City.

Union Station is responsible for raising all funds to cover our many operating costs. Ticketing sales, memberships, retail sales, leases, facility rentals and corporate sponsorships account for only part of our operating income. To cover the balance, the Station relies on contributions, grants and public support from donors to ensure that Union Station continues to be a destination where Kansas City connects, creates, discovers and celebrates.

Leave your legacy with Union Station and ensure the financial stability of our beloved community treasure for generations to come. Planned or deferred gifts include donations from estate assets that have the potential to create a large, positive impact on income and estate taxes. A variety of vehicles exist for making such a gift, including:

 Wills and Bequests

  • Gifts of Life Insurance
  • Gifts of Retirement Plan Assets
  • Gifts of Appreciated Stock
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Gifts of Securities
  • Gifts of Real Estate 

Gifts to Union Station Kansas City, Inc. can be made via check, credit card, in-kind donations and volunteering. For more information about planning your gift and or donation to the Station, please contact the Union Station Advancement & Community Engagement Team at contributions@unionstation.org or 816-460-2208. Or, donate online at http://www.unionstation.org/donate.

Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Union Station Kansas City is dedicated to preserving its historic monument and its stories, inspiring lifelong learning and creating lasting memories for our community.
Background Statement
Originally constructed in 1914 as a massive railroad terminal, Union Station quickly became a centering point for commerce, culture and community. Today, over 100 years later, Union Station Kansas City -- a 501(c)3 non-profit organization – has reclaimed those monikers and added more. Today, this historic self-sustaining landmark located in the heart of downtown Kansas City is where our citizens connect, create, discover and celebrate. We teach young students. We deliver world-class exhibitions. And, of course, we celebrate and inspire an entire Greater Kansas City community.
What the critical Bi-State initiative helped save and reopen in 1999, we now carefully and thoughtfully grow and guide to meet the needs of Kansas City for the next 100 years. And Kansas City’s Science Center, Science City, serves as our foundation and filter, informing so many of our decisions.
At more than 90,000 square feet, Science City was most recently recognized internationally with a “Best Visitor Experience” award by a prestigious group of industry peers representing 650 science centers from 50 countries. More important validation, however, is a rapidly growing Science City guest count, year-over-year and driven by an organized and aggressive long-term strategy with a particular focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.
Union Station also proudly features our wildly popular Model Railroad Exhibit; the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium; the Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre, City Stage Theatre featuring live theater, a selection of unique shops and restaurants, and prominent area civic organizations and businesses. And our Bank of America Gallery regularly hosts world-class traveling exhibitions.
For Greater Kansas City, this “Paris of the Plains” future has never looked so bright. All roads lead to our hometown - the center of the nation, the heart of America, in two states connected by location and a sense of purpose. A place that feels like main street, USA but has become a major destination. A place with Midwestern hospitality but still on the leading edge. Union Station stands as the center and in the center of it all . . . just as it did 100 years ago. What an amazing success story of survival, determination and right purpose. Not only an architectural masterpiece, Union Station is living history and investing in the strength and vibrancy of a community to serve many generations to come.
Impact Statement
Top Accomplishments:
 
1. The community and region generously recognized Union Station and Science City in 2018 with awards for “Attraction of the Year,” “Favorite Family-Friendly Attraction” and “Favorite Historic Attraction.
2. Attractions and offering success:
  • Science City attendance increased 14% – extending Science City’s growth trend for a 7th consecutive year, the last 5 years producing double-digit growth - including 6,000 underserved
  • The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium attendance saw 67,000 guests
  • World-class touring exhibition attendance saw 190,000 guests
  • Union Station Membership increased 13% to 10,000 households
3. Fundraising success
  • Completed future-leading $8.4 million Western Expansion Project
  • Completed $1.7 million Exterior Building Preservation Project and the $1.5 million Flat Roof Replacement Project
  • Union Station unveiled plans to expand early childhood learning experiences with newly created spaces and offerings inside Science City. To-date, $7.6 million of the $8.2 million project secured. For the last 8 years, Union Station has operated cash flow positive, allowing for improved financial sustainability, as well as improved building maintenance and increased community programming.
4. Nearly 32,000 volunteer service hours logged in support of Union Station.
 
Top Goals:
 
1. Extensive planning and preparation for the strategic expansion of Early Childhood Learning within Science City. This project is targeted for completion Spring 2020.
2. Building off of Science City’s long-term strategic plan, and in partnership with Burns & McDonnell, the design and build out of the next Battle of the Brains exhibition is underway, and is scheduled to select competition winners this Winter 2019.
3. Enhancements to Union Station’s security systems – cameras and card readers –continues.
4. Maintaining a 100-year old building while balancing modern-day use requires a great deal of infrastructure change and/or improvement. The Station continues to be challenged with maintenance projects for the safety and beautification of the historic building.
Needs Statement
Union Station seeks individual, corporate and foundation support for the preservation and sustainability of Kansas City’s beloved monument, educational programming, touring and permanent exhibits, special community events and offerings, and the general operations of the organization.
The most pressing needs of the Station include:
  1. Volunteers: Customer service-minded individuals that have a passion for Union Station Kansas City and its success – its history, mission, offerings and growth.
  2. Dedicated long-term and short-term funders: annual drive (USKC memberships), capital projects, programming, special community events and offerings, and general operations.
  3. Technology Improvements: security systems, kiosks, customer service tools/systems, etc.
  4. Endowment/Sustainability Plan: Creation and implementation of a plan to significantly grow the USKC Endowment/Sustainability Fund and Preservation Fund.
Service Categories
History Museums
Science & Technology Museums
Management & Technical Assistance
Areas of Service
International
National
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
Programs
Description Science City is a 90,000+ SQF dynamic, hands-on science center featuring 250+ individual interactive exhibits and daily programming. Awarded the 2015 ASTC prestigious international Leading Edge award for “Visitor Experience” and recognized as one of the Top 25 Science Centers in the country by PARENTS Magazine, Science City annually educates and entertains 260,000+ guests. The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium combines interactive astronomy education with spectacular public shows and night sky viewing opportunities. The Planetarium’s 60-foot dome and upgraded state-of-the-art projection system makes it one of the largest and highest resolution planetariums in the Midwest. The USKC Education team creates and delivers innovative and supportive programs for area youth and Educators. Examples include: Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair, Saturday STEM Seminars, Expanding Your Horizons, Meet the STEM Mentor, ScienceWise Professional Development for Teachers and Educator STEM Fest.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museum Education
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success Short-term success for Science City / Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium / Educational Programming includes alignment of educational programs and content to state/national standards, positive unsolicited comments from guests and patrons, boosted ticket and membership sales, and regional educator participation in professional development offerings.
Long-Term Success Long-term success for Science City / Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium / Educational Programming includes expansion and refinement of education program offerings, continued use of programs as educational resources for formal and informal education, progressive annual attendance records, and growing membership base.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is gauged by staff interaction with guests, recognition through awards and grants, solicited evaluation of programming from educators, daily attendance, and meeting budget goals.
Examples of Program Success Examples of program success include consistent increased annual attendance, increased volunteer commitment, select participation in national grants, continued support and partnership of the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains student STEM competition, full capacity for summer camp program, large positive and continued response to recent projects like the Planetarium revitalization, and regional media support with consistently positive press. In 2018, Science City attendance increased 14% – extending Science City’s growth trend for a 7th consecutive year, the last 5 years producing double-digit growth.
Description

Union Station Kansas City is the area’s most prominent destination for cultural and entertainment activities. Key to this designation are the changing exhibitions offered in Union Station’s galleries and public spaces. These offer visitors the opportunity to be educated and entertained about a wide variety of topics. The Bank of America Gallery is home to Union Station's large, traveling exhibits. World class traveling exhibitions fill this 20,000 square foot space. Union Station has earned an envied reputation across the Midwest as a proven host to world class touring exhibitions and is now sought out by the most respected tours in the world. Past exhibits have included POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION, Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life, Da Vinci – The Exhibition, The Discovery of King Tut, Real Pirates, Diana: A Celebration, Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition, Dinosaurs Revealed, and Stonehenge. These blockbuster exhibits have been featured here and enjoyed by an audience of more than 1 million in the Bank of America Gallery.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Traveling Exhibitions
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success Short-term success is demonstrated by the number of visitors versus projected number of visitors, meeting or exceeding anticipated revenue, increasing auxiliary revenues including restaurants and retail shops, securing the required number of volunteers to assist in exhibit presentations, maintaining or increasing the number of students and families participating in programs and visiting the exhibit website, increasing tourism dollars for large scale exhibits, increasing our ability to attract sponsorship/foundation support, securing a number of partners presenting exhibits, and increasing ticket sales as exhibits progress.
Long-Term Success Visitors will be educated and entertained about a wide variety of topics, which will stimulate their interest in wanting to view and participate in additional exhibitions.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by exit interviews/comments and evaluations, as well as general ticket sales.
Examples of Program Success
Examples of program success include positive exit interviews/comments, strong student and teacher evaluations, and positive press responses. In 2018, Union Station enjoyed another record year with over 165,019 guests attending Dinosaurs Revealed during its 38-week run. The earned media value in 2018 was $138,329. Media hits for the 2018 touring exhibition totaled 30, reaching an audience size of 14,954,555. Guest sentiment for the touring exhibition in 2018 averaged 92%.
Description

The Collections program provides for the acquisition, management, conservation, and interpretation of a collection dedicated to the history and story of Union Station Kansas City. The collection contains a broad array of material culture artifacts and documents related to the history of its social, business, transportation, and political life from the 19th century to the present. The public can view pieces from the collection on display in Union Station Stories, the 5,000 SQF permanent exhibit that exquisitely captures 100 years of rich and diverse cultural history of the Station through significant stories and beautiful artifacts. The first addition to Union Station Stories was the Shoe Shiners Exhibit, featuring stories and artifacts from the shoeshine trade at the Station. This collection will soon include important stories and artifacts related to the United States Postal Service, as well as the rich history of the twelve (12) railroads that founded Union Station Kansas City.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museum Collections Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success Short-term success includes the acquisition of artifacts, increased accessibility to collections through online catalogues and exhibits, new avenues for interpretation and exhibition, an enhanced preservation program through improvements to existing spaces, and development of artifact-based exhibits centered on Kansas City and regional history.
Long-Term Success Long-term success includes the conservation and preservation of its material culture collections; further research into the history, purpose and use of those same collections; the provision of access to those collections through catalogues, a brochure, and online exhibits.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by an increase in visitor and volunteer participation in preservation programs and projects, an analysis of visitor surveys, increased private support for conservation and preservation programs, and acquisition of significant artifacts to enhance existing collections.
Examples of Program Success Program success can be witnessed through the expansion of the permanent Union Station Stories exhibit. The first addition to Union Station Stories permanent exhibit was the Shoe Shiners Exhibit, featuring stories and artifacts from the shoeshine trade at the Station. Additionally, in December 2017, the Union Station Stories collection was expanded to include the Haverty Railroad Gallery Exhibit featuring the rich history of the twelve (12) railroads that founded Union Station Kansas City. Additionally, plans are underway to include important collections related to the United States Postal Service at the Station.
Description

What does 8,000 square feet of toy trains look like? Come and see Union Station Kansas City's Model Railroad Experience and find out! From tiny N-scale model trains to the big G-scale giants of the model train world, sample the hobby and enjoy the fun of model railroading. The Model Railroad Experience is a FREE family favorite at the Station and requires more than $50,000 annually to maintain and operate. At Union Station’s Model Rail Exhibit – visited by over 250,000 annually – our enthusiastic all-volunteer staff delights in visiting with guests and sharing ideas and knowhow.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museums
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success Short-term success is demonstrated by the number of visitors, cash donations received, in-kind donations received (model trains and equipment) number of volunteers and the total number of volunteer hours.
Long-Term Success Visitors will be educated and entertained about model railroading and the history of the railways, which will stimulate their interest in wanting to view and participate in additional rail-related exhibitions and offerings.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by comment cards and evaluations, volunteer interest, as well as funding provided for the continuation of the exhibit.
Examples of Program Success

Examples of program success include positive comment cards, awards received for the exhibit, positive USKC member feedback and unsolicited funding. At Union Station’s Model Rail Exhibit – visited by over 250,000 guests in 2018 – our enthusiastic all-volunteer staff delights in visiting with guests and sharing ideas and know-how.  

Description
Union Station is proud to plan and produce a number of unique community celebrations and festivals throughout the year. Examples of these family-friendly events include:
  •  kidFEST, Spookfest, Easter Eggstravangza, and Noon Year’s Eve.
  • The annual Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair is planned and managed by the Science City Education team and hosted at Union Station.
  • The annual Maker Faire Kansas City (a showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement) is planned, managed and hosted by Union Station.
  • The annual 6-week Holidays Come Alive at Union Station is planned, managed and hosted by Union Station.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Celebratory Events
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success Short-term success for Union Station’s Special Community Events & Offerings includes positive unsolicited comments from guests and patrons, boosted ticket and membership sales, as well as the growth of a base of funders.
Long-Term Success Long-term success for Union Station’s Special Community Events & Offerings includes expansion and refinement of events, continued interest and engagement (strong attendance) of community for these celebrations and educational offerings, and the ongoing support of funders for these special community offerings.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is gauged by attendance/ticket sales, attendee and funder feedback, recognition through awards and grants, solicited evaluation of programming from Event staff, volunteer engagement, USKC membership interest and feedback, and meeting budget goals.
Examples of Program Success
Examples of program success include consistent annual attendance, increased volunteer commitments, growing number of funders, large positive and ongoing response to continuation of annual events and creation of new events, and strong regional media support with consistently positive press.
 

Four large-scale community events providing hands-on science programming in Science City attracted more than 8,000 visitors to Science City in 2018. 

The 2019 Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair provided nearly 14,000 guests the opportunity to view the 750 science projects of 1,000 students.

The 9th annual Maker Faire Kansas City hosted more than 16,000 attendees, featured 400 Maker booths staffed by 1,325 Makers, and activated 200 community volunteers during the 2-day festival of innovation and creativity.

In 2018, approximately 265,000 Union Station guests celebrated the holidays with one of the many special programs offered during the annual Holidays at the Station 6-week event.

 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. George M. Guastello II
Term Start Dec 2008
Experience
Guastello has amassed noteworthy accomplishments in many endeavors from association management to economic and community development. He is a respected, results-oriented, area leader with over 25 years of demonstrated organizational impact and success.
Prior to joining USKC, Guastello served as President and CEO for the American Royal Association for 6 years, focusing attention on youth and education, celebrating the region’s rich agricultural heritage through competition, education and entertainment, and boasting one of the largest combined livestock, horse show, rodeo, and barbecue competitions in the country.
Previous employment includes Vice President Marketing and Business Strategy, Starlight Theatre Association. While at Starlight, he created awareness for the theatre’s new $10 million stage and achieved all-time high season attendance levels of over a quarter million people coupled with record season ticket subscription sales. Guastello served as Senior Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Development for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce where he rebranded and repositioned the Chamber, authoring the first seed capital legislation in the State of Missouri for investment tax credits for Small Business investors. He was also employed as Assistant Vice President of Commercial Banking at Commerce Bank Kansas City, N.A.
Guastello is a member of the UMKC Alumni Governing Board of Directors, Ability KC Board of Directors, Kansas City Streetcar Authority Board of Directors and Powell Gardens Board of Directors. He has served on the Boards of the Boys & Girls Club, Cristo Rey Kansas City, Rockhurst High School, Kansas City River Trails, KCMO Central Industrial District, and Johnson County Parks and Recreation Theater in the Park.
Guastello, a native Kansas Citian, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Finance, both from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Andi UrisMay 2005 - Dec 2008
Mr. Turner WhiteMay 2000 - May 2004
Senior Staff
Title Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Title Director of Technical & Building Operations
Title Director of Advancement & Community Engagement
Title Director of Science City Exhibits
Title Director of STEM Programming & Outreach
Title Chief Marketing Officer
Title Vice President, Finance
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 44
Paid Contractors 1
Volunteers 454
Retention Rate 83%
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 Under Development
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
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Smithsonian Museum - Affiliate2003
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
"Visitor's Choice Award" for Favorite Museum or Historical SiteKansas City Convention & Visitor's Association2007
Public Works "Project of the Year" for the Freight House Pedestrian BridgeKansas City Metro Chapter of the American Public Works2007
Recognized as one of the top 17 informal science education programs in the country for our Science City Summer Camp program.Association of Science and Technology Centers2007
Recognized as one of the top 17 informal science education programs in the country for our Science City Summer Camp program.National Science Teachers Association2007
Science City Ranked as a Top 25 Science CenterParents Magazine2008
“Midwest Travel Treasure” Model Rail ExperienceAAA Midwest Traveler2010
Capstone Awards, “Special Judges Recognition Collaboration"Kansas City Business Journal2011
Voted “Favorite Landmark or Monument” Visitors’ Choice AwardsVisit KC2011
“Best of Kansas City” The Best People and Places, Sports and Recreation, Goods and Services, Arts & Entertainment, Food & DrinkThe Pitch2012
“Best Railfanning Spot”Gold Rail Awards2013
Voted “Favorite Landmark or Monument” Visitors’ Choice AwardsVisit KC2013
Voted “Favorite Landmark or Monument” Visitors’ Choice AwardsVisit KC2014
“Best Kept Secret” Model Train ExhibitKC Parent Magazine2013
“Favorite Museum” Science CityKC Parent Magazine2013
Best Brochure RewardCTM Media2014
Voted “Best Landmark”The Pitch2014
Top Banquet FacilitiesKansas City Business Journal2014
“Best Kept Secret” Model Train ExhibitKC Parent Magazine2014
Voted “Best Family Outing and Venue”Ingram’s Magazine2015
Voted “Favorite Indoor Family Destination”KC Parent Magazine2015
Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Visitor ExperienceAssociation of Science-Technology Centers2015
Certificate of ExcellenceTrip Advisor2015
Model Train Exhibit Voted “Best Kept Secret”KC Parent Magazine2015
Award of Distinction, Building a MonumentNon-Profit Connect Philly Awards2015
Top Banquet FacilitiesKansas City Business Journal2016
Voted “Favorite Landmark or Monument” Visitors’ Choice AwardsVisit KC2016
Sustainability Award for USKC Energy Management SystemKansas City Industrial Council2017
Attraction of the YearGreater Kansas City Attraction Association2017
Favorite Historical AttractionVisit KC2017
Favorite Family-Friendly AttractionVisit KC2017
Top Banquet FacilityKC Business Journal2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Ramon Murguia
Company Affiliation Murguia Law Offices
Term June 2018 to Feb 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Bucky BrooksCopaken Brooks
Mr. Jon CookVML
Mayor Michael CopelandMayor of Olathe
Mayor Peggy J. DunnMayor of Leawood
Mr. Michael R. HavertyRetired
Mr. R. Crosby Kemper IIIKansas City Public LIbrary
Mr. Ray KowalikBurns & McDonnell
Mr. Dan LoweLegacy Development
Mayor Quinton Lucas Ex-OfficioCity of Kansas City, Missouri
Mr. Leo MortonDeBruce Companies
Mr. Ramon MurguiaMurguia Law Offices
Mr. Robert D. RegnierBank of Blue Valley
Dr. Thomas M. SackMRIGlobal
Mr. Charles SoslandSosland Companies
Mrs. Danette WilsonBlue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas City
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 65%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 47%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 20%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Audit
Education
Executive
Finance
Operations
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $17,726,695
Projected Expenses $17,040,563
Endowment Value $778,793
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage 0
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items 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
$2,409,218$3,502,064$2,236,419
Government Contributions$2,931,875$4,177,000$112,500
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$2,931,875$4,177,000$112,500
Individual Contributions------
----$0
$9,756,122$7,026,090$6,341,219
Investment Income, Net of Losses$76,035$46,390$23,996
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$0$111,492$0
Revenue In-Kind$149,565--$4,687
Other$233,131$106,056$166,233
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$9,739,939$8,335,534$7,314,883
Administration Expense$2,204,654$2,202,651$1,856,485
Fundraising Expense$97,606$77,148$28,660
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.271.410.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%79%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$44,153,864$44,196,429$38,545,774
Current Assets$7,654,202$10,908,999$8,917,023
Long-Term Liabilities$2,433,947$4,718,816$5,273,200
Current Liabilities$29,248,572$30,342,335$28,514,000
Total Net Assets$12,471,345$9,135,278$4,758,574
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.260.360.31
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets6%11%14%
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? Yes
Campaign Purpose
In October 2017, after months of research led by Boston Children’s Museum, Science City unveiled plans to expand its early childhood learning experiences with the creation of robust programming and newly created spaces. We are GROWING YOUNGER with this critical $8.2 million initiative! To date, $7.6 million of this Early Learning Expansion Project is secured. 


Kansas City is a community with pockets of high-quality early learning programming, but no large-scale community resource with a centrally-located footprint focused on the building blocks of STEM education for our youngest learners. This is a tremendous opportunity for an award winning provider like Science City to step forward and add to its leadership position in STEM education by expanding its focus and footprint dedicated to programming and experiences for children 0 to 7 years old. These new early learning programs and spaces will fill a dedicated 13,000 SQF, and will greatly expand our community commitment to kindergarten readiness. This exciting project is expected to conclude fall 2019.
Goal $7,590,968.00
Dates Oct 2017 to Oct 2019
Amount Raised to Date $5,000,000.00 as of Aug 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
Other Documents
USKC 2017 Impact Report2018View
Science City Brochure2018View
USKC Membership Brochure2018View
USKC History Brochure2016View
USKC Living History Brochure2016View
Organization Name Union Station Kansas City, Inc.
Address 30 West Pershing Road
Suite 400
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 460-2020
CEO/Executive Director Mr. George M. Guastello II
Board Chair Mr. Ramon Murguia
Board Chair Company Affiliation Murguia Law Offices
Year of Incorporation 1999
Former Names
Union Station Assistance Corporation