Drumm Center for Children
3210 S Lee's Summit Road
Independence MO 64055
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 373-3434
Fax 816- 373-3939
Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide a nurturing environment that inspires and yields lifelong success of children and young adults.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. James B Smith
Board Chair Mr. Mark Thomason
Board Chair Company Affiliation Attorney
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1919
Former Names
Andrew Drumm Institute
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
There are many ways to support Drumm Farm Center for Children. You or your business can make a donation, sponsor an event, volunteer or purchase tax credits (when available):
  • Donations are accepted on our website, www.drummforkids.org, or by mailing a check to Drumm Center for Children, 3210 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence, MO 64055
  • Drumm Farm maintains a wish-list of in-kind donations needed to support the children, foster families and young adults living on campus. Please call our office at 816.373.3434 to inquire about current needs.
  • Event sponsorships are available annually for the Benefit Dinner, Golf Tournament, Hoedown, and more 
  • Drumm Farm volunteer opportunities include supporting special events and campus service projects
  • AHAP tax credits through the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) are available periodically to support increased housing for children in foster care and young adults experiencing homelessness.
For more information please visit our website at www.drummforkids.org or call (816) 373-3434.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Our mission is to provide a nurturing environment that inspires and yields lifelong success of children and young adults.
Background Statement
Since 1919, Drumm Farm has provided children in need with a safe, stable, and nurturing place to call home. Drumm Farm seeks to ameliorate the psychological toll of frequent moves within the foster care system. Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Rhodes credits Drumm Farm with saving his life.
Drumm Farm consists of eight homes, 11 independent living apartments, a counseling center, gymnasium, four-acre garden and administrative offices. Large trees and rolling hills surround the 50-acre property, a healing place for children who have experienced the tragedy of abuse and neglect. The HOME Program serves children in foster care that live with trained foster families that provide family-style homes and professional parenting. Young adults in the COMPASS Program live in apartments and receive intensive support to help them transition to a healthy and productive adulthood. STREET OUTREACH services, initiated in April '18, consist of community-based case management and clinical services for youth experiencing homelessness.
Drumm’s organizational goals include: provide stable, nurturing family life environments and opportunities for personal growth, keep sibling groups together and stop the cycle of frequent and disruptive placement changes, leverage resources and maximize impacts on the lives of foster children with the like-minded organizations, improve operational and management practices to increase services for foster children, and improve Drumm’s physical environment to expand our capacity to provide services to children both on the campus and throughout the region.
Drumm children attend local schools and participate in community and school events. Personalized educational support and life skills training are provided. These include supervised study hours, remedial reading programs, tutoring with certified teachers, access to computers and scholarship assistance. Counseling services are provided by a licensed mental health professionals for children, young adults and families.
Impact Statement
2018 Accomplishments
  • HOME Program: The families who live on campus are foster families licensed through the state of Missouri. Parents work with a team of professionals to help each child achieve permanency. In FY '18, Drumm served more than 88 children.  
  • COMPASS Program: Drumm provides instruction and life-skill development to help young adults who have aged out of foster care or are homeless. In FY '18, COMPASS served 15 young adults. 
  • STREET OUTREACH Program: Drumm provides case management and clinical services to young adults who are homeless in Eastern Jackson County. In FY '18, STREET OUTREACH served 33 young adults.
  • Counseling Services: Drumm provides individual and family therapy for children, young adults, and birth families. In FY '18, Drumm served more than 85 children, young adults and families. 
  • Educational Support Services:  Drumm provides intensive educational interventions for children and young adults including assessment of academic skills, tutoring, intervention instruction and online educational programs. More than 72 children and young adults were served in FY '18.
  • Farm and Market: The tradition of using the most of Drumm’s natural resources to teach life skills to the children it serves is very much alive today.  Drumm staff, children and young adults plant and harvest a 4-acre garden, care for small livestock and operate a Farmers Market. Children and young adults on campus participate in the farm operations, giving them an opportunity to connect with the environment and learn valuable life skills. The public is invited to shop at Drumm Market throughout the year. More than 80 children and youth participated in FY '18.
 FY '19 Goals:
  • Complete an off-campus 9 unit COMPASS facility for young adults who are homeless or aged out of foster care. 
  • Continue implementation of the HOME family care program for children in foster care.
  • Continue implementation of COMPASS independent living program for 20 young adults experiencing homelessness.
  • Continue the STREET OUTREACH program for homeless young adults in Eastern Jackson County, including case management and counseling services.
Needs Statement
  • Funding to expand the capacity to serve children and young adults.
  • Funding for program services expansion to young adults who are homeless or aged out of foster care.
  • Funding for street outreach services for youth that are homeless and unaccompanied.
  • Funding and donations to support children’s educational, extracurricular, and basic needs.
  • Volunteers for campus improvement projects and special events.
Service Categories
Foster Care
Homeless Services/Centers
Mental Health Treatment
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County

Children and youth in foster care are provided safe, stable and nurturing homes by licensed professional foster parents committed to providing high quality care. Families living at Drumm focus on keeping large sibling groups together, typically caring for 7–10 children at one time. The innovative model ensures that children reside in a family where they experience emotional bonds as well as learn family life skills lacking in traditional residential programs. Drumm’s innovative model of holistic support centers on working closely with child welfare professionals, school staff, court staff, biological families, foster parents and clinical and education staff so children experience emotional healing, academic success, and personal growth. Permanency through family reunification, kinship, or adoption is our goal so each child realizes their full potential by overcoming the trauma and barriers associated with experiences of abuse and neglect and involvement in the foster system. 

Program Budget $700,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Foster Care
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Homeless, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Our short-term success is easily seen through the behavior and well-being of the children living on the Drumm campus. Children arrive emotionally, physically and/or mentally neglected and are provided a safe and stable home as well as intensive educational services, clinical mental health services, and life skills development through our working farm and market. We monitor and measure short term success by collecting data from various sources, including school grades, academic development and therapeutic reports.  Growth is monitored in all these areas and additional attention is given to any area lacking in improvement.
Long-Term Success
We strive to build successful lives for as many foster children as our resources will allow. We hope to provide a foundation of emotional well-being, educational and personal growth opportunities for the children who live on our campus as they become adults. 
Program Success Monitored By

Drumm Farm Center for Children uses an online data system to track children’s entry and exit on campus, permanency outcomes, and other important data points.  The organization keeps details progress logs each month pertaining to case goals for placements that allows Drumm Farm foster parents and staff the ability to adjust strategies, problem solve, and quickly resolve issues to produce the best outcomes.

Clinical services are tracked through treatment plans and progress notes to determine when goals are met or need to be adjusted.  High quality, educational software allows Drumm Farm teachers to track progress of each student from assessment to grade level goals with detailed tracking and reporting. Drumm has an agreement with the Independence School District to review testing data for children living at Drumm to determine the educational progress they make while living on campus and receiving the support services.

Examples of Program Success
With over 50,000 foster children in the state of Missouri alone, the children passing through the foster system are often faced with devastating obstacles. Children are often separated from siblings, shuffled from home to home and many times do not receive the emotional and educational support they need to thrive. Foster parents, while courageous in their efforts to provide homes for these children, are often over-worked and under-trained. Drumm believes by providing family-style homes for foster children, we can provide the community with services to support these children.
Our children come to us in search of a home and quickly become part of the Drumm family. Because of our unique program, children who live on this campus are able to ‘lay down some roots’ and have a place they know they can always return to, filled with people who genuinely care for them and their well-being. Many of our children grow to be productive citizens, working and living as active members in the community.

The COMPASS Program provides hope, resources, and direction to young adults who have aged out of foster care and/or who are homeless.  The services and resources include: on-campus housing, instruction and life skills support, independent living planning, healthy relationships, and a network of support from Drumm staff, board, and extended community.  Drumm employs a Case Manager who provides intensive support services regarding personal finance, employment and career readiness, transportation planning, medical support, and other connections to resources and opportunities that will lead to full independent living for the residents.  COMPASS residents participate in educational support from certificated teachers who work with them to meet educational and career goals.  The Clinical Director meets with the young adults regularly to provide emotional and mental health support. Residents in the COMPASS Program are provided food and utilities at no additional cost.  

Program Budget $350,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Population Served Homeless
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success COMPASS residents will make educational progress and begin to develop and meet career development goals.  Additionally, they will gain and maintain emotional stability.  They will develop and employ the life skills necessary to become an independent and productive adult.
Long-Term Success The COMPASS Program provides the stability, support, and skill development opportunities necessary to usher young adults who are homeless into successful and sustainable adulthood. Ultimately, young adults securing appropriate housing, a career path, and emotional well-being are the most important measurements of long-term success. 
Program Success Monitored By COMPASS residents develop goals with the program coordinator and together monitor progress on a weekly basis.  Educational and career plans are developed with certificated teachers and tracked periodically.  Treatment plans and functional assessments are determined with licensed clinicians and monitored monthly and quarterly. 
Examples of Program Success

Compass began with four apartments at Swinney Hall made possible by generous donors and AHAP tax credits acquired through the Missouri Housing Development Commission.  The first resident joined the program in 2012 and since that time, 25 young adults have resided at Drumm and received support services through COMPASS. A springboard to successful adulthood, COMPASS residents have moved on to college, found housing in the community, purchased their first car, joined the military, found employment, and traveled near and far while finding their path to a successful life.

Description STREET OUTREACH  provides  trauma-informed, cultural competent support services to youth and young adults struggling with maintaining stable housing across eastern Jackson County. Drumm employs a case worker and therapist who will provide outreach in local schools, community agencies, libraries, and other community locations. These vital, accessible services provide youth with a path to securing basic needs, gaining housing stability, achieving educational and employment success, and preparing them to transition to healthy, sustainable adulthood. Drumm is working in partnership with Synergy Services and reStart, Inc. to ensure youth across the greater Kansas City region have access to these critical services.
Program Budget $150,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Case Management
Population Served Homeless
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Youth will acquire basic needs, employment support, and housing options to quickly relieve homelessness. Youth will receive therapeutic services to alleviate emotional anguish associated with trauma and stress of homelessness.
Long-Term Success Youth will gain access and resources necessary to secure and maintain permanent housing. Youth will learn skills, coping strategies, and techniques to gain and sustain emotional stability.
Examples of Program Success Street Outreach services have provided housing stability and emotional healing for youth across Jackson County. With intensive case management support, over 60% of youth have successfully entered transitional living and rapid rehousing programs, secured their own apartments, reunited with relative caregivers, or were linked to housing through college and other educational housing programs. Through clinical mental health services, 82% of youth experienced an significant improvement in emotional stability and 80% showed a reduction in harm.
CEO Comments
Our immediate opportunity is to increase our capacity for care of children in need.  Drumm completed a long-term visioning process and developed a master site plan that intends to increase the number of houses on the campus, thereby creating a community of support for children, by no fault of their own, in need of a home.
The Master Plan going forward includes the addition of 2 new homes to the Drumm Campus. Drumm has remodeled two existing buildings as homes for children, built four new homes for children, remodeled a building for use as a dedicated counseling center and campus banquet hall, remodeled a building off campus for 5 additional apartments for young adults and is building a new 9-unit apartment for young adults. Drumm continues to expand off campus COMPASS housing for young adults who are homeless. Drumm seeks every opportunity and resource available to serve children and youth in need.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. James B Smith
Term Start Apr 2011
Experience Brad is a leader achieving outstanding levels of performance with passion, talent, and a history of successfully changing the status quo by initiating a focus on mission, teamwork, results, and accountability. He has excellent communication skills, a clear focus on consumers, and believes that greatness is "a matter of conscious choice and discipline."
Former CEOs
Mr Rufus R LittleSept 1991 - Apr 2011
Senior Staff
Title Associate Director
Title Clinical Director
Title Educational Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 14
Paid Part-Time Staff 9
Volunteers 375
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 14
Other 2
Other (Please Specify) Bi-Racial
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 13
Male 10
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
Drumm Farm began working in partnership with the Independence Housing Authority to provide Place-based Vouchers for youth who are homeless and residing in the COMPASS program. In 2018, Drumm joined a partnership with Synergy Services and reStart, Inc. to begin providing outreach case management and counseling services to youth who are homeless and unaccompanied in eastern Jackson County. Drumm works in collaboration with the Independence, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, and Fort Osage School Districts to identify youth who are designated homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act.   
W.Z. Hickman AwardIndependence Heritage Commission2011
The Philly Award - Electronic Newsletter Drumm BeatsNonprofit Connect2013
The Philly Award - Website 2013 Drumm Farm Center for Children WebsiteNonprofit Connect2013
Beautification AwardIndependence Beautification Commission2013
Beautification AwardIndependence Beautifucation Commission2017
Human Relations Organization AwardCity of Independence2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Mark Thomason
Company Affiliation Attorney
Term Sept 2018 to Sept 2020
Email mthomasonlaw@yahoo.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Dr. Dred Scott
Company Affiliation Boys & GIrls Club of Greater Kansas City
Term Sept 2018 to Sept 2020
Email dscott@helpkckids.org
Board Members
Mr. Pete AndersonRetired President - INTL FC Stone, Inc
Mr. Larry BlickRetired - Independence City Manager
Ms. Cindy CavanahCommunity volunteer
Mrs Carman DuvallCommunity Volunteer
Dr. Ning HaluckSwope Health
Mr. Michael HoweRetired - Howe & Company CPA, PC
Ms. Kathleen KillipUnderbrush Limited - Owner
Mr. Jake LovelaceGriffin Riley Property Group - Vice President
Dr. David RockRetired - Superintendent Independence School District
Dr. Dred ScottPresident/CEO Boys & Girls Club Kansas City
Mr. Mark ThomasonAttorney
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
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 11
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Aug 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,931,728
Projected Expenses $1,769,329
Endowment Value $9,561,254
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 8/31/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,034,967$714,382$985,278
Membership Dues$0--$0
Special Events$289,595$306,346$229,812
Revenue In-Kind$259,761--$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,289,004$1,176,508$1,035,238
Administration Expense$527,542$435,518$490,667
Fundraising Expense$169,730$111,486$140,588
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.531.111.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses65%68%62%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$19,090,784$17,846,308$17,904,287
Current Assets$1,079,470$626,734$1,509,438
Long-Term Liabilities$1,540,000$1,780,000$2,120,000
Current Liabilities$639,942$86,128$121,993
Total Net Assets$16,910,842$15,980,180$15,662,294
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.697.2812.37
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets8%10%12%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
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
Other Documents
Organization Name Drumm Center for Children
Address 3210 S Lee's Summit Road
Independence, MO 64055
Primary Phone (816) 373-3434
Contact Email info@drummfarm.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. James B Smith
Board Chair Mr. Mark Thomason
Board Chair Company Affiliation Attorney
Year of Incorporation 1919
Former Names
Andrew Drumm Institute