Missouri Hunting Heritage Federation
PO Box 22554
Kansas City MO 64113
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 810-1199
Mission Statement
The mission of the Federation shall be to educate and connect with youth and families to introduce them to the outdoor way of life featuring our hunting tradition, the shooting sports and the enjoyment of being in Missouri’s outdoors. The Missouri Hunting Heritage Federation (MHHF) conducts free clinics designed to introduce youth and their families to an outdoor way of life that features hunting and the shooting sports. Identifying barriers preventing youth from experiencing this outdoor lifestyle and eliminating each barrier is essential to our success. We continuously work toward statewide expansion of the MHHF Clinic program to provide this positive first-hand experience to youth throughout Missouri.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Susan Williams
Board Chair Mr. Lee Vogel
Board Chair Company Affiliation Entrepreneur
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2008
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The mission of the Federation shall be to educate and connect with youth and families to introduce them to the outdoor way of life featuring our hunting tradition, the shooting sports and the enjoyment of being in Missouri’s outdoors. The Missouri Hunting Heritage Federation (MHHF) conducts free clinics designed to introduce youth and their families to an outdoor way of life that features hunting and the shooting sports. Identifying barriers preventing youth from experiencing this outdoor lifestyle and eliminating each barrier is essential to our success. We continuously work toward statewide expansion of the MHHF Clinic program to provide this positive first-hand experience to youth throughout Missouri.
Background Statement
The MHHF hunter education clinic program can be traced back to the spring of 2006 when a group of volunteer hunter education instructors in the Kansas City, MO area decided to organize a youth turkey hunt. The program began as a multi-weekend event consisting of an orientation session and hunt and later evolved into a single weekend format. 
 
These clinics now include the Missouri hunter education certification class, a supervised live-fire session, mentored hunt and group meal. Students are chaperoned by their parent or other caring adult. MHHF provides experienced mentors for each student plus firearms, ammunition, targets and safety equipment as needed. Clinics are conducted free of charge. 
 
MHHF incorporated as a Missouri nonprofit and achieved 501(c)(3) status as a public charity in 2008 with the goal of expanding the program throughout the state. 
Impact Statement

MHHF has served over 400 families since 2006 in nearly 70 Youth Hunter Education Clinics

 
2016 Accomplishments:
 

 

  • Chapter Expansion -- We've taken steps to open new chapters in Mid Missouri, Henry County (Clinton Area) and Keytesville, MO
  • Expanded our reach by partnering with Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America, Land Learning Foundation, & Pheasants and Quail Forever.
  • Expanded our donor base with four new funding sources.
  • Implemented board structure and capacity plan 

2017 Strategic Goals: 
 

 

  • Recruitment of 5-7 new chapters by year-end
  • Increase youth served from 50 a year to 150 a year by year-end 
  • Develop and implement a plan to increase annual fund raising goal to $100,000 by year-end 
Needs Statement
MHHF Clinics receive tremendous reviews from participants who are fortunate enough to attend. Some travel considerable distances. Building on this success will require increases in:
  • Membership:  Only MHHF Members can mentor youth in the clinics. Recruiting qualified candidates to become members is an essential component of expanding the program.
  • Sustainable Funding:   To maintain our level of success for our clinics and growth we'll need funding for our executive director and future support staff. Building an endowment fund is an important component in the long-range goals for financial stability, our ongoing outreach efforts and growth.
  • Partnerships:  Working with business and industry leaders, creating symbiotic relationships with traditional “outdoor” groups and with not-so-traditional groups and recruiting innovative leaders to the MHHF Board of Directors are each important goals.
  • Promotion:  MHHF enjoyed a “best-kept-secret” status throughout the formative years. We now need an aggressive promotional campaign to launch a statewide expansion.
Service Categories
Fishing & Hunting
Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief NEC
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
MO
KS
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Successes: Whether its individuals or organizations regardless of their orientation toward hunting, without exception everyone who learns of our program has expressed support and many have contributed to MHHF. With that support we continue to introduced or reintroduced families to the outdoor way of life many are lacking today. 

 

Challenges: The program is volunteer-intensive. Eight to ten volunteers to every six families per clinic. To grow the program, we need sustained financial support for a full-time executive director to recruit and train volunteer member/instructors.
Programs
Description
The Missouri Hunting Heritage Federation (MHHF) Hunter Education Clinic is a four-part program for youth who have no prior hunting experience. In a single weekend, participants will attend the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) hunter education certification class, take part in a supervised live-fire session, experience the joy of their first hunt with a mentor to guide them and share their "tales of the hunt" during a group meal.
 
Each participant is accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the clinic. MHHF members who are also MDC certified instructors utilize materials provided by MDC in conducting the hunter education class. Students must complete the class and pass the final exam before advancing to the live-fire session. Live-fire exercises very depending on the type of hunt included in the clinic. Instructors closely monitor each student as they demonstrate safe firearm handling before advancing to the hunt. Hunts typically take place on private land or on private ‘game farms’. Each student and their parent are accompanied on the hunt by an experienced mentor.
 
This model is also adapted to include Bowhunter Education Clinics and Trapper Education Clinics.
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Hunting & Fishing
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Many participants have no prior experience with firearms; they’ve never been hunting; outdoor activities are foreign to them. They avoid eye contact – can’t let anyone know this is outside their comfort zone. A smile wouldn’t be ‘cool’.

With the knowledge gained in class, and a confidence created by success on the shooting range, participants eagerly look forward to their first hunt. Young eyes dance with excitement. There is an occasional smile during actual conversations. Respect and common courtesy are making a comeback.

By the hunt’s conclusion confident new friends have emerged. Everyone has a story to tell…repeatedly…to anyone who will listen. There are no strangers in the group.

Some take home game they’ve harvested. Many begin immediately making plans for the next hunt. All are touched by the experience.
Long-Term Success Participants seek an introduction to hunting they couldn’t find independently. 

In addition, they are educated in safe firearms handling practices and personal responsibility, the importance of conserving our natural resources, the vital role hunting plays in conservation, and the value of enjoying outdoor activities. 

Beyond that, participants will grow to become informed voters who have personal experiences to guide their decisions regarding firearms, hunting, and conservation.

Program Success Monitored By
It will be some time before Missouri’s recruitment and retention numbers can provide any indication of the program’s success. For now, success is measured by the WOW factor, which is the response routinely generated when someone hears about the program. 
 
Clinics are regularly filled without advertising. Membership doubled the first year despite efforts to remain small while organizing a new non-profit group. Offers to help continue pouring in. All are good indicators of a successful program. Perhaps the best indicator of success is the gratitude expressed by families participating in the clinics.
 
Examples of Program Success
“My two kids and I had a great time all weekend.  More importantly, my kids learned a great deal.  The hunter ed course was conducted in a manner that was both educational and fun.  You all did a great job of keeping the kids’ interest while conveying the seriousness of the message (especially as it pertains to firearm safety). In the long run, it is far too early to know if my kids will become hunters in the future.  Even if they do not become hunters, they certainly will be supportive of those who do hunt responsibly. I greatly appreciate that they had this opportunity as it was not something they were going to learn from me since I was learning right along with them. In fact, I had the opportunity to shoot on Saturday as well.  It was the first time I have ever done any shooting. Thank you all for that opportunity. I think both kids would be interested in another hunting experience (in warmer weather).” Don‒ 
CEO Comments The ability to expand the free hunter education clinic program relies as much on recruitng new members as on increased funding. A clinic policy manual/DVD is complete. The manual will be utilized as a blueprint for all future clinics and in training new chapters throughout Missouri. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Susan Williams
Term Start June 2014
Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Experience
Summary of Key Assets:
  • Outstanding communications and highly effective interpersonal skills, including ability to relate well to a wide range of diverse constituencies
  • Demonstrated leadership in defining and implementing work processes and new initiatives
  • Results-oriented and an excellent manager of assets – people, time and money
  • Highly intuitive; ability to synthesize and translate complex concepts and needs, receive feedback and negotiate optimal paths to successful outcomes
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities across business lines
  • Strong planning skills with the ability to anticipate issues
  • Adept at identifying, initiating and fostering long-term relationships
  • Self-directed with a high achievement and regular attention to goals; strong track record of delivering on time, on budget and to expectations
  • Highly successful at managing upward, creating accountability and confidence in next-level leadership, both in a work and client setting
 
Missouri Hunting Heritage Federation
Executive Director                                       June 2014 – Present

Full responsibility for day-to-day operations, strategic planning and implementation, event coordination, development and fund raising for grass-roots youth hunting and conservation non-profit organization.

 
DST Systems, Inc.

Client Relations Consultant/Supervisor     2003-2013

Senior Business Analyst                             2000-2003 
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 60
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
  • International Hunter Education Association
  • Conservation Federation of Missouri
  • Missouri Department of Conservation 
  • Missouri Hunter Education Program
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Missouri Bow Hunters
  • Pheasants Forever
  • Quail Forever
  • National Wild Turkey Federation 
  • Land Learning Foundation
  • Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
IHEA Executive Director's AwardInternational Hunter Education Assocation2008
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Lee Vogel
Company Affiliation Entrepreneur
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2018
Email president@mhhf.us
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr Mike Borgerding CBIZ/MHM
Mr Sean Flanagan Reece Nichols Real Estate
Mr Stacie Hubler DH Restoration
Mr Sam MacDonald McLiney & Sons
Mr Rehan Nana Conservation Federation of Missouri
Mr Steve Rulo Raymore, MO Parks & Recreation
Mr. JD Selby Honeywell
Mr. Lee Vogel Entrepreneur
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 Middle Eastern
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
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 No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Finance
Education
CEO Comments MHHF is a grass-roots organization that simply aims to get kids outside. We're a non-political organization that provides a two-day hosted youth hunting education clinic for kids from 11-19.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $127,650
Projected Expenses $105,150
Endowment Value $6,200
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage 100
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$84,562$60,070$36,314
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.731.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$105,903$67,792$23,927
Current Assets$105,903$67,792$23,927
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$105,903$67,792$23,927
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual Donor $25,000
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 Name Missouri Hunting Heritage Federation
Address PO Box 22554
Kansas City, MO 64113
Primary Phone (816) 810-1199
Contact Email execdir@mhhf.us
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Susan Williams
Board Chair Mr. Lee Vogel
Board Chair Company Affiliation Entrepreneur
Year of Incorporation 2008