Love Fund For Children, Inc.
3030 Summit
Kansas City MO 64108
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 932-9170
Mission Statement

The Love Fund for Children works to ensure children in Kansas City and surrounding communities have necessities for growing, learning and living. By raising and distributing funds for goods and services, one child at a time and often as a last resort, the Love Fund provides solutions for children whose needs are beyond the funding ability of their family or support structure.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Allyson Summers
Board Chair Kathleen Kuluva
Board Chair Company Affiliation Great Southern Bank
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1982
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

The Love Fund for Children works to ensure children in Kansas City and surrounding communities have necessities for growing, learning and living. By raising and distributing funds for goods and services, one child at a time and often as a last resort, the Love Fund provides solutions for children whose needs are beyond the funding ability of their family or support structure.

Background Statement

The Love Fund began as a grassroots effort. More than 34 years ago, someone saw a news segment about KC-area foster children with unmet needs. That segment was “Thursday’s Child.” After anchor Cynthia Smith’s initial airing of what would be a weekly segment, an envelope arrived at the WDAF-TV 4 addressed to “Thursday’s Child.” Donations kept coming and were placed in that original envelope in a secretary’s desk drawer. Soon, renamed the “Love Fund”, the donations could not be contained in the envelope and the Love Fund for Children was born. Since the arrival of that first donation, the Love Fund’s focus has been specific and singular: to provide for the essential needs of children when there are no other options. Over the past three years, the Love Fund has provided assistive technology to more than 220 children, serving more than 9,000 total in all service categories.

The Love Fund exists solely to help children whose needs cannot be met by any other organization. The Love Fund focuses on the specific and unique needs of each child. The Love Fund’s services offer dignity for the parents and increased self-esteem for the children. Further, the Love Fund is unique because youth professionals who deal directly with the children apply for assistance. These professionals know the true needs of each child and each family, and are the Love Fund’s partners in the community.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments in 2016:

  • Provided assistive technology to 20 children with disabilities that impact their ability to learn and communicate. Thanks to the Love Fund’s assistance, these children are able to communicate with teachers, peers, friends, and family every day.
  • Provided “Life’s Essentials” - clothing, school supplies, transportation, safety items and baby products - to 438 children whose families were unable to meet these basic needs.
  • Provided medical and therapeutic materials and services, including counseling, therapy, medication, and durable medical equipment to 16 children.
  • Provided beds, cribs, and bedding to 75 children in collaboration with the BMC Mattress, giving them a good night’s sleep – an essential component of academic success.
  • Distributed approximately 600 “Sack it for Santa” gift bags to 13-19 year-olds who are living in poverty or who are dealing with physical, mental or behavioral challenges.

 

Goals: 
  • Continue to provide assistance as noted above, reaching 3,000 children in the Greater Kansas City Area.
  • Increase funding and reduce extreme peaks and valleys in funding through expanded fund development efforts in order to provide more timely responses to requests.
  • Decrease the waiting time between when a request for assistance is received and provided by 24 days for 75% of all requests. Nearly every request addresses an immediate need in a child’s life--specialized medical equipment, glasses, clothing, a coat, a bed, shoes, etc., and often times the applicants must wait four to five months for funding to cover their request. By increasing our funding, we will not only be better able to more quickly and efficiently address the needs children in our community, but we will also be able to assist more children.
Needs Statement

The Love Fund is in need of:

  • In-kind donations of:
    • dental and eye care services
    • hygiene products
    • school supplies
    • teen-appropriate personal care products, gifts and games
    • throws or small blankets
  • Volunteer leaders who exhibit vision, energy and compassion. Volunteers can be assigned project-by-project, or they may join our auxiliary, the Love Fund League or present themselves as candidates to one of our two Boards: the Executive Board of Directors and the YPLF (Young Professionals Supporting the Love Fund) Board of Directors
  • Sustaining pledges and monetary donations to help us address the needs of children, 0-19 years-old who reside within the 37-county Greater Kansas City region.
Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Human Services
Children's and Youth Services
Areas of Service
MO
KS
We serve the 37 surrounding counties to Kansas City.  
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

The Board, which is professionally, geographically and ethnically diverse, has a high level of commitment and personal investment in the success of the Love Fund for Children. While we provide financial, legal and ethical oversight, we truly take the Love Fund’s mission of improving the quality of life for children in need, to heart.

Embracing the many successes of our organization, we use a team approach to address the challenges we face. It is our desire to lead this organization to have a greater impact on our community and to the children we have the opportunity to serve. Staying flexible and responsive to the ever-changing fundraising climate is our current focus.

Our goals and plan of action involve: 

  • Move away from the never-ending cycle of event fundraising.
  • Make a concerted effort to diversify our funding.
  • Enlist the professional guidance of a consulting group to improve our funding efficiency.
  • Increase the number of grants we apply for in anticipation of improving our overall grant success rate.
  • Embark on a long-term fund development plan.
  • Sharpen our focus on talent development/Board training.

By successfully completing these steps, our end result will be a smooth funding stream, absent the peaks and valleys of event funding, which will, in turn, allow us to respond more quickly and help more children.

I appreciate the synergistic energy of our extraordinarily dedicated volunteer base, The Love Fund League, our burgeoning talent pool represented by our YPLF (Young Professionals Supporting the Love Fund) Board of Directors, our talented staff and our growing, diverse Board. It is inspiring to see so many people from so many walks of life embrace the call to help children in need in our community.
Programs
Description The Sack it for Santa program is in the 15th year of providing Christmas presents for underprivileged teens in the 37 counties we serve. The sacks are filled with anything and everything that might delight a teen: small electronics, trendy clothing items, slippers, fleece throws, books, hygiene items, etc. Anything that makes a difference and provides a wonderful Christmas for these under-served teens. In 2016 we were able to provide 600 teens with one of these unique gift bags for Christmas.
Category Human Services, General/Other Holiday Assistance
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success The Love Fund for Children in 2016 was able to provide over 600 Sack- It for Santa Christmas bags for underprivileged teens in the 37 counties we serve.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal for Sack it for Santa is to be able to provide Christmas to every teen in need within our 37 county area who may not have any other means to have Christmas and celebrate the holidays. Often, charitable Christmas collections focus on younger children, leaving the teens forgotten and empty-handed.
Program Success Monitored By
The Love Fund measures the success of the Sack it for Santa program based on our ability to provide a gift for every teen applied-for (through a certified youth service professional) for this program.

It is our hope to be able to help provide Christmas to every teen in need, and those who have been applied for assistance through the Love Fund's Sack it for Santa program, via a youth service professional we are in contact with and no teen will go without Christmas.
Examples of Program Success
  • 2016: we were able to provide over 600 Sack It for Santa Christmas bags, valued at more than $24,000, for underprivileged teens in the 37 counties we serve.
Description

The Love Fund provides everything from life’s most basic essentials to highly specialized medical equipment and services to meet the very specific needs of every individual child. This program is an ongoing program that we have been able to provide for the children of Kansas City and would like to continue and grow as the need is on a significant rise.

For many children the Love Fund provides their first shopping experience for NEW clothes, shoes, underwear and socks; medical care that is not covered by insurance.  The things that may seem insignificant to most are life changing and empowering to the children we serve.

Program Budget $250,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success

Answer all requests submitted by youth service professionals (case managers, teachers, medical care providers, therapists, etc.) in a timely fashion, ensuring a faster turnaround and response to these professionals who are applying on behalf of children they interface with professionally. Nearly every request addresses an immediate need in a child’s life--specialized medical equipment, glasses, clothing, a coat, a bed, shoes, etc., and often times the applicants must wait four to five months for funding to cover their request. By increasing our funding, we will not only be better able to more quickly and efficiently address the needs children in our community, but we will also be able to assist more children.

Long-Term Success This program is an existing and ongoing program that is the backbone of what the Love Fund provides for the children we serve. With the current funding we are on a two the three month waiting period on allocating funds. Our goal is to make that wait one month and be able to assist all children in Jackson County as quickly as possible. We will continue to do our best with raising funds with our special events and continue the fight to get the children of Kansas City what they need as soon as we are able to assist them.
Program Success Monitored By
The Love Fund’s check and balance system centers on our assistance database that is designed specifically for 23 different criteria. Criteria include: zip code, county, number of children in the home, age, specific request and youth service professional information. We are able to track from the moment the application is entered to the day the voucher is issued, returned, and paid. This allows us to achieve our specific results and ensuring the children of Jackson County are specifically and positively impacted with the donation from the Loose Foundation. At any time we are able to search and find within seconds each case number to the exact penny.
Examples of Program Success
We received a phone call from a mother, who was immediately crying and thanking us because her 4 year old daughter who had multiple birth defects and unable to speak; told her mother for the first time that she loved her. All because the Love Fund was able to help pay for the technology for her daughter to communicate through a computer software.
CEO Comments The Board, which is professionally, geographically and ethnically diverse, has a high level of commitment and personal investment in the success of the Love Fund for Children. While we provide financial, legal and ethical oversight, we truly take the Love Fund’s mission of improving the quality of life for children in need, to heart.

Embracing the many successes of our organization, we use a team approach to address the challenges we face. It is our desire to lead this organization to have a greater impact on our community and to the children we have the opportunity to serve. Staying flexible and responsive to the ever-changing fundraising climate is our current focus.

Our goals and plan of action involve:

  • Move away from the never-ending cycle of event fundraising.
  • Make a concerted effort to diversify our funding.
  • Enlist the professional guidance of a consulting group to improve our funding efficiency.
  • Increase the number of grants we apply for in anticipation of improving our overall grant success rate.
  • Embark on a long-term fund development plan.
  • Sharpen our focus on talent development/Board training. 

By successfully completing these steps, our end result will be a smooth funding stream, absent the peaks and valleys of event funding, which will in turn allow us to respond more quickly and help more children.

I appreciate the synergistic energy of our extraordinarily dedicated volunteer base, The Love Fund League, our talented staff and our growing, diverse Board. It is inspiring to see so many people from so many walks of life embrace the call to help children in need in our community.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Allyson Summers
Term Start Feb 2017
Experience
Allyson holds a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management and health care administration from UMKC. Prior to the Love Fund, Allyson polished her skills in fundraising and project and event management with positions at Powell Gardens, ReDiscover most recently ALSAC St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
 
Allyson served as the primary staff member responsible for organizing and implementing regional special events throughout Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri; Kansas City Let's Upstage Cancer, Tulsa Music City Hit-Makers, Oklahoma City Sam Bradford Golf Classic, Springfield Evening for the Kids, Kansas City Robert Streb Golf Classic. Working towards the goal of increasing revenue from each special event and overseeing a $1 million book of business, while evaluating the feasibility of additional special event opportunities within the four state region (Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska). 
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Marsha Elbasani Mar 1989 -
Lisa Herron Mar 2008 - Sept 2016
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 60
Paid Contractors 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 Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Kathleen Kuluva
Company Affiliation Great Southern Bank
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2019
Email 8510 SW State Route 7, MO-7, Blue Springs, MO 64014
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Frank Audano Jr.
Charles Brown Fields & Brown, LLC
Chris Buelow Milbank
Phillip Collins
Nikki Decker FOX 4
David Dockhorn Ph.D.PRA Health Sciences
Lee Driver Grant Thornton
Deanne Engstrom Bank of the Prairie
Dan Heckman US Bank
Carrie Hibbeler WDAF-TV Fox 4
Kathleen Kuluva CoreFirst Bank
David Lauck MMC Corp
Katie McMullen Kansas City Royals
Tammy Neros The Westin / The Sheraton Kansas City
Rick Randolph MD, College Park Family Care Center
Scott Shane Mid-America Fittings, Inc.
Jim Thomas Bank of the Prairie - College Point
Lindsey Wendorff
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 59%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Personnel
Distributions / Grant Making
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $300,000
Projected Expenses $96,800
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$130,512$127,151$53,720
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
$0$0$0
$26,763$16,651$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$5,104$5,205$5,264
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$168,036$159,807$195,483
Revenue In-Kind$70,664$0$2,400
Other$121$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$299,059$234,401$187,904
Administration Expense$95,400$92,804$82,708
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.940.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%72%69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$288,984$269,404$286,635
Current Assets$203,219$168,685$193,311
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$26,413$10,649$10,101
Total Net Assets$262,571$258,755$276,534
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.6915.8419.14
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
Organization Name Love Fund For Children, Inc.
Address 3030 Summit
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 932-9170
CEO/Executive Director Allyson Summers
Board Chair Kathleen Kuluva
Board Chair Company Affiliation Great Southern Bank
Year of Incorporation 1982