Kansas City Anti-Violence Project
4050 Pennsylvania Ave
Suite 135
Kansas City MO 64111-3040
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 561-0550
Mission Statement
The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP) provides dedicated services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth and adults, throughout Missouri and Kansas, who have experienced trauma, violence, harassment or neglect. Through direct advocacy, professional training and community education, we work to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual violence and hate crimes.
CEO/Executive Director Mr Justin Shaw
Board Chair Mr Michael Jones
Board Chair Company Affiliation Commerce Bank
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2003
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP) provides dedicated services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth and adults, throughout Missouri and Kansas, who have experienced trauma, violence, harassment or neglect. Through direct advocacy, professional training and community education, we work to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual violence and hate crimes.
Background Statement

KCAVP was founded in October 2002. KCAVP serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, hate crimes, and HIV bias. There is no organization similar to KCAVP in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, or Nebraska.

KCAVP also acts as a social change agent in the community to increase knowledge about LGBTQ domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes in the metropolitan area. Rather than duplicating services, KCAVP fills gaps in service for LGBTQ victims of violence and acts as a gateway to services that LGBTQ people may not have access to or are unable to access due to systematic homophobia. KCAVP advocates for victims and educates service providers and the community about the differences LGBTQ people face when they are victims of violence in their community or they are victims of violence because they are part of (or perceived to be part of) the LGBT community.

Unfortunately, since domestic violence and sexual assault organizations focus on heterosexual women, few are equipped to sensitively work with LGBTQ victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. Before KCAVP, if a male or transgender person were to seek shelter at any of the listed organizations, they would be denied services, and referred to a homeless shelter or county mental health services.

The purpose of KCAVP is to bridge this gap by providing emergency assistance, support, and services to LGBTQ victims of violence, including domestic violence, who live in the metro area. KCAVP recognizes this unmet need within the community, and now strives to provide these overlooked and forgotten victims with the support they need.
KCAVP is a member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Impact Statement
2016 Accomplishments: 
  • Opened First LGBTQ Specific Victim Services Center in the region
  • Completed an merger/acquisition of Passages LGBTQ Youth Drop In Center
  • Served 310 LGBTQ victims of violence.
  • Conducted 200 trainings on LGBTQ violence.
  • 99 percent of clients said "Contacting KCAVP was helpful to me."
  • Continuation of 24-hour phone coverage for people in crisis in collaboration with Synergy Services.
  • Increased Revenues 38%
2017 Goals:
  • Open our food pantry and clothing closet up to the community in general, not just our clients.
  • Open a Community Space that provides a safe space for LGBTQ people.
  • Continue to strengthen programs and increase numbers served.
  • Focus on increasing staff and management capacity.
  • Focus on capacity building and sustainability
Needs Statement
  1. Staff and operational capacity to serve increased clients for 2017
  2. Management and administrative capacity to fund and maintain new Survivor Center
  3. Funding for LGBTQ youth services
  4. Raising the visibility of the organization
  5. Funding for new technology and capital needs for new Survivor Center
Service Categories
Victims' Services
Lesbian/Gay Rights
Sexual Assault Services
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

This is an exciting time for KCAVP. This year we will open the first LGBTQ specific center for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and hate crimes. In addition we have expanded our work to include LGBTQ youth victims of the above crimes in addition to trauma and neglect from families and systems. By opening this center as a walk-in space that is disclosed, we will increase access for the community to seek services, and have a bricks and mortar symbol that violence in the lives of LGBTQ people is real and must be addressed.

Description KCAVP works with victims to assess their situation and needs, identify resources and provide referrals to meet these needs. Included is court, medical and police advocacy. KCAVP helps victims obtain orders of protection and provides support during court proceedings. KCAVP provides emergency assistance for victims such as short-term housing through hotels, transportation, & food. We also have 10 free sessions with a licensed therapist.
Program Budget $181,181.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Population Served Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered, , Homeless
Short-Term Success Discuss safety concerns with every client during every interaction and, when necessary, create a personalized safety plan. Promote every client’s awareness of the cycle of violence by provide every client who is a domestic violence survivor with informational materials pertaining to the cycle of violence. Provide every client with a verbal explanation regarding substantive content of the materials given. Promote every client’s awareness of Crime Victim’s Compensation options by providing informational materials about the Crime Victim’s Compensation Act to every client who is interested. Ensure client access to resources by conducting a needs assessment with every client to determine what resources are necessary for the client. Depending on need, the advocate will assist the client in identifying current social support networks, social isolation, and coping skills. The advocate will provide at least one unit of service (can include counseling, referrals, advocacy).
Long-Term Success Every LGBTQ person who encounters violence has a safe place to go (whether that is a hotel or to the hospital or police), receive support, be heard, and treated with respect so that they may overcome their trauma and go one with their lives.
Program Success Monitored By

The client is given the opportunity to self-report if services have been helpful at the end of the intake, phone conversation, meeting face to face, or other advocacy provided. This is collected by the advocate and recorded in the intake or case update in Alice. The self-reports of "if KCAVP was helpful or not" are reviewed monthly by the executive director and annually reported in grant reports.

KCAVP’s 4 for evaluating victims services are as follows:

  • Safety
  • Awareness
  • Access to Resources
  •  Empowerment

Examples of Program Success 99 percent of those who KCAVP served in 2016 stated "Contacting KCAVP was helpful to me."
Description KCAVP facilitates trainings on domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes in the LGBTQ community and the community at large. This program also provided training and technical assistance to services providers across Kansas and Missouri.
Program Budget $78,416.00
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Lesbian & Gay Rights
Population Served Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered, , Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success After receiving training from KCAVP, it is anticipated 90% will report that they can more effectively respond to LGBTQ survivors and/or cases of domestic/sexual/dating violence, stalking and hate crimes.
Long-Term Success That every person in Kansas City knows what LGBTQ violence is, how it is perpetuated, and what he or she can do to stop it. Services providers can more effectively respond when working with LGBTQ people.
Program Success Monitored By A five question evaluation of each training is given. The aggregate of training evaluations should equal 4.0 or higher on a 5.0 scale.
Examples of Program Success We conducted 200 trainings in 2016 and 99 percent of those trained indicated they would recommend KCAVP trainings or services to a colleague, friend or relative.
Description KCAVP participates in area events to increase visibility and reinforce including Kansas City Gay Pride, AIDS Walk, and OutFest. KCAVP also is working to recruit more volunteers. KCAVP also works with youth through prevention projects.
Program Budget $86,304.00
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Lesbian & Gay Rights
Population Served Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Reach communities that are traditionally underserved.
Long-Term Success Increase access to our services and raise the visibility of the organization.
Program Success Monitored By Community Survey and assessments to discover the needs of the community and the gaps in service that need to be filled.
Examples of Program Success
Outreach to Trans Communities of Color after the murders of two Trans Woman of Color in Kansas City. The community expressed needing space to grieve and come together. The Trans People of Color Support Group was formed. That group has now expanded to the Kansas City Trans Empowerment Program.
Outreach to gatekeepers at Kansas City Public Schools that have allowed us access to survey all the schools in district on the climate for LGBTQ students. We will also provide direct services, training and technical assistance through out the entire district. 
Description Provide support, services and education to LGBTQ youth, their allies and service providers that work with them.
Program Budget $179,999.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Increase number of participants in programs, and build capacity to fulfill the needs.
Long-Term Success Building safe spaces for LGBTQ youth and their allies to express themselves with out the threat of violence, trauma, harassment or neglect.
Program Success Monitored By Evaluations similar to those for Advocacy Services and Education, but adapted to be appropriate for the youth population.
Examples of Program Success Acquiring Passages LGBTQ Youth Drop-In Space in 2016. This allows our youth a weekly safe space to come to food, resources, support and social interaction.
CEO Comments KCAVP is still the only organization of its kind in both Kansas and Missouri filling an obvious void in services.  Because we are an organization that serves the LGBTQ community, there is still bias that we face when providing services and facilitating trainnings.  With the continued support of our community and other service providers, KCAVP has become well known as the 'go-to' for LGBTQ issues related to violence.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr Justin Shaw
Term Start July 2012
Compensation $50,001 - $75,000

Justin Shaw has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 15 years, and as the Executive Director of the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project or KCAVP since 2012. He serves in leadership and board roles for the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. Justin lends expertise on the LGBTQ community, particularly around issues of violence by involvement and leadership serves on other national, regional and local task forces, committees, work groups and coalitions actively pursuing social change for LGBTQ people. These include National Coalition for Homeless Youth, NCAVP Public Policy Committee, MCADSV Public Policy Committee, Kansas City Hate Crimes Task Force, Law Enforcement and LGBTQ Advocacy Coalition (LELAC), among others. Previously, Justin worked at the non-profit arts sector in producing, marketing, fundraising and literary development. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Park University in Marketing and Management.


With Justin’s leadership, KCAVP, originally focused in the Kansas City Metro area, has expanded state wide in Missouri and Kansas, and is a regional Technical Assistance provider, expanding services into Iowa and Nebraska. He has also grown the agency to 5 full-time staff members, 1 part-time staff member, 2 interns, 13 board members, and 45 volunteers. The agency is now on solid financial footing, has an operating reserve and has doubled the annual budget to $400,000, funded approximately 55% by state and federal grants and contracts, 25% private foundation support and 20% individual and community support.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 7
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 45
Paid Contractors 4
Retention Rate 67%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 1
Other (Please Specify) Multi-Racial
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
Male 5
Not Specified 0
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
KCAVP and Synergy Services have a MOU with Synergy to answer the phones for KCAVP after business hours and on weekends. KCAVP has and will continue to conduct trainings for all Synergy staff . Also, KCAVP and MOCSA reciprocates training each other organization's volunteers.  KCAVP refers to and trains all of the area domestic violence shelters as well.
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City2011
Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence - Member2003
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Michael Jones
Company Affiliation Commerce Bank
Term Feb 2017 to May 2018
Board Members
Mr. Aaron Baker The Baker Group
Mr. John Barcomb VodaPhone
Mr. Michael Barrett Teleperformance
Mr. Michael Jones Commerce Bank
Mr. Derrick Leggett AMC Theatre
Ms. Sarah Reape The Literacy Lab
Ms. Marsha Riley Retired, Asplundh, VP Operations
Ms. Dianne Smith-Misemer Hovey Williams LLP
Mr. Joshua Volland Home Rental Services
Mr. Jason Webb Accenture
Ms. Elizabeth Wheeler Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Multi Race
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
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 5
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $720,500
Projected Expenses $720,500
Form 990s
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2013: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$186,869$128,679$106,237
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2$1$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$31,280$38,433$27,632
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$324,379$235,297$190,425
Administration Expense$15,424$29,057$16,688
Fundraising Expense$26,302$23,761$12,102
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.171.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%82%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%9%6%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$104,736$105,509$52,260
Current Assets$95,182$100,147$51,307
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$12,698$8,935$5,778
Total Net Assets$92,038$96,574$46,482
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.5011.218.88
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
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 The 2016 990 in being finalized and will be filed right after. Once that document is final we will upload it here.
Organization Name Kansas City Anti-Violence Project
Address 4050 Pennsylvania Ave
Suite 135
Kansas City, MO 641113040
Primary Phone (816) 561-0550
Contact Email info@kcavp.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr Justin Shaw
Board Chair Mr Michael Jones
Board Chair Company Affiliation Commerce Bank
Year of Incorporation 2003