Love Fund For Children, Inc.
3030 Summit
Kansas City MO 64108
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 932-9170
Fax 816- 931-4185
Mission Statement

The Love Fund for Children bridges the gap in youth services by partnering with advocates to fulfill unique, unmet needs of children across Kansas City. Helping build a stronger Kansas City Community in which every child lives a life without need.

CEO/Executive Director Allyson Summers
Board Chair Kathleen Kuluva
Board Chair Company Affiliation Great Southern Bank
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1982
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Our charitable partners allow us to provide life-affirming and life-changing assistance to KC-area children in need, in the form of specific goods and services.  The Love Fund for Children has been helping children, birth to age 19, with items they need in order to learn, live and grow for nearly 40 years. When donating to the Love Fund for Children, you're providing children in the 37-county Greater Kansas City region with hope, comfort and safety.
Please consider these giving options:
  1. Become a Monthly Donor - fulfill basic needs for a child -- clothing, shoes, outerwear, cribs, bedding, glasses, etc. Just $10 a month will fulfill a need this year.
  2. Make a One Time Gift - Your generous donation will help us deliver life-changing support to the children who need it most.
  3. Honor Someone Special - When someone on your gift-giving list has everything, make a gift in their honor to help the children in need right here in their community.
  4. Attend and support our fundraising events; Golf and It's in the Bag are our biggest events.  
  5. Donate your time to one of our volunteer auxiliaries or Boards.
  6. Involve your company in collections and drives for school supplies, "gently loved" handbags, and holiday gifts.
  7. Support our "Sack it for Santa" gift-giving program and pack gift bags for children ages 12-19 who would otherwise go without a gift.
Your contributions of time, talent and treasure will help us address the needs of children who face the challenges of poverty, neglect, homelessness and/or mental, physical and behavioral limitations.

The Love Fund, receives no federal, state nor local government funding.

Donations can be made online at, or mailed in to our offices via cash and checks. In-kind donations are always welcome, please see our Amazon wish list or participate in  one of our annual drives. 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

The Love Fund for Children bridges the gap in youth services by partnering with advocates to fulfill unique, unmet needs of children across Kansas City. Helping build a stronger Kansas City Community in which every child lives a life without need.

Background Statement

The Love Fund began as a grassroots effort after anchor Cynthia Smith’s initial airing of what would become a weekly segment known as "Thursdays Child. After the first segment which highlighted a local child in need donations flooded the news station. Wanting to be good stewards of these donations WDAF - TV founded  the Love Fund for Children as a separate entity to handle the donations. Since the arrival of that first donation, the Love Fund’s focus has been to provide for the essential needs of children when there are no other options. 

The Love Fund exists 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. These services offer dignity for the family and increased self-esteem for the child. Youth advocates apply on behalf of the children  they serve for assistance. These professionals know the true needs of each child and family, and are the Love Fund’s eyes in the community.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments in 2018:

  • Provided backpacks and school supplies to 650 children. Because of this assistance, these children are able to start the school year off with all the required supplies needed to thrive with teachers, friends, and family.
  • Provided “Life’s Essentials” - clothing, school supplies, transportation, safety items, baby products and more to 370 children whose families were unable to meet their needs.
  • Provided beds and bedding to 65 children in collaboration with Furniture Mall of Kansas, ensuring a good night’s sleep.
  • Distributed over 1,000 “Sack it for Santa” gift bags to children ages 12-19. Each sack contained a hygiene kit, cold weather protection, a sweet treat, and a holiday gift to teens who would otherwise be excluded during this festive time. 
  • Continue all programs and provide assistance to 7,000 children in the Greater Kansas City Area.
  • Increase community outreach events to connect more families to services and resources in our community. 
  • Decrease the wait time between when a request for assistance is received and services provided to 30 days for 75% of requests. We will not only be better able to efficiently address the needs children in our community, but we will also be able to assist more children.
  • Reach 5,000 children in this years school supply drive. 
Needs Statement

The Love Fund is in need of:

  • In-kind donations:
    • Gently loved handbags
    • School Supplies
    • Teen-appropriate gifts and games
    • Throws or small blankets
    • Auction items
  • Volunteer leaders who exhibit vision, energy and compassion. Volunteers can be assigned project-by-project, or they may join  the Love Fund League as ongoing volunteers. Candidates who are interested in the governance of the Love Fund may apply to join one of our two Boards: the Executive Board of Directors and the Young Professional Board
  • Sustaining pledges and monthly monetary donations to help us address the needs of children at all times of the year. 
Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Human Services
Children's and Youth Services
Areas of Service
Geographic Area Served Narrative
The Love Fund serves 37 counties following the FOX4 broadcast area. Special interest is given to the five counties surrounding Kansas City. Kansas Counties: Anderson, Atchison, Doniphan, Douglas, Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, and Wyandotte. Missouri Counties: Andrew, Bates, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, Dekalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Holt, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Pettis, Platte, Ray, Saline, Worth. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

The Love Fund for Children's goal to fulfill the unmet needs of children in our community has not changed in the last 38 years. We strive to focus on children who have the greatest need for our services. I've had the pleasure of serving as Board President over the past three years during an exciting time for the Love Fund. We've grown exponentially in the past two years, developing new programming services to fill the gaps in our community, responding to the growing demands in Kansas City. Rooted in a culture of collaboration we've expanded our reach in the community. Building new partnerships and expanding existing ones within the nonprofit and corporate sectors have allowed the Love Fund to triple the number of children being served in 2019. Continuing to identify gaps in services for our families, in 2019 we are partnering with agency’s to host monthly car seat distribution and safety events and expand our annual school supply drive to serve 5,000 children with an added agency fair. These partnerships will mean more children are safe and ready to get back to school this fall. The Love Fund remains committed to providing children with access to life essentials (beds, bedding, clothing and shoes) because studies show that inadequate access to these items can hinder a child's growth, learning, development and health during these formative years. It's a life-changing experience to meet children who've never had new clothes before, who've never had a bed of their own to sleep in or never received a gift during the holiday season. For myself and the Love Fund it's a daily reminder of why we're working so hard. With over 20,000 children in our community living below the federal poverty level the Love Fund is working to meet the unmet needs of these children. Your support will impact the lives of 7,000 children in our community. You can make a donation or volunteer your time by visiting our website. Thank you for helping us build a stronger Kansas City in which every child lives a life without need.


The Love Fund provides everything from life’s most basic essentials (clothing, shoes, beds, bedding, hygiene etc.) to highly specialized medical equipment (cranial helmets, hearing devices, sensory objects, wheelchair adaptations etc.)  and services to meet the very specific needs of every individual child. This program is an ongoing program that serves children year round. 

For many children the Love Fund provides their first opportunity for NEW clothes, shoes, underwear and socks; Families can rest assured that medical care that is not covered by insurance doesn't send them into debt.  The things that may seem insignificant to most are life changing and empowering to the children we serve.

Program Budget $300,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

We are a resource for youth advocates (case managers, teachers, medical care providers, therapists, etc.) able to answer questions in a timely fashion, connecting them to services in the community or serving their needs through one of our programs. Nearly every request we recieve is addressing an immediate need in a child’s life--specialized medical equipment, glasses, clothing, a coat, a bed, shoes, etc. by maintaining this program we are able to meet those immediate needs that would otherwise go unmet. 

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 goods. Our goal is to decrease the wait time to one month and be able to assist all children as quickly as possible. As a program that is coming up on its 40th anniversary we are proud to say that the Life's Essentials program has served over 100,000 children. Changes in our clients as a direct result of this program include increased confidence and school attendance, better sleeping environments, increased mobility and communication and overall security.  
Program Success Monitored By
The Love Fund monitors success of this program by tracking the number of applications received each year, the number of applications approved, number of items and services provided, and the number of children assisted. Additionally we send out surveys to the recipients of our services and the youth advocates to determine long and short term effectiveness of the goods and services provided.. We request qualitative data on the impact had on the individual and the family at large. Follow up photos are requested and collected showing the positive use of the goods and services.  
Examples of Program Success
Youth advocates say this program "reduces neglect of children and stabilizes families in their home." "By receiving these items the children are able to sleep in a comfortable bed and not on the floor, and have warm clothing for the coming winter month." 
With 20,000 children living below the federal poverty line in the Kansas City metro area our Life Essentials program provides basic necessities to 2.5% of this population each year. Without this program those children would be without proper shoes, clothing, coats, hygiene products, and more. The need is many and has increased over the years and the Love Fund has grown and expanded to meet that need and fill the gap when other services cannot.    
Getting a student “back to school ready” is a challenge for nearly every family, but it’s even more difficult for families facing uncertainty. Poverty, underemployment, and unexpected life changes make school supplies fall to the bottom of necessity spending. The School Supply Drive and resulting Back to School Bash will provide students with the supplies they need to succeed this school year, and families with the resources needed to care for their student.

Our goal is to give away school supplies to over 5,000 k-5 students in the Kansas City area. In 2018, we were able to provide a backpack and supplies to over 600 children in the community. This year by partnering with private corporations and hosting a community resource fair at time of pickup we are going to be able to septuple the number of children served. 
Program Budget $15,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success In our first and second years the school supply drive was able to provide over 1,000 children with the necessary supplies to start the school year. This year we are expecting to provide supplies to 5,000 children in grades k-5, and have added a resource fair to ensure better wrap around services to the families in need. Making this community drive inclusive of other nonprofit partners will allow families to get their children back to school ready with more than a backpack of supplies. Families will be able to get connected with resources to receive vaccinations, haircuts, tutoring, utility assistance and more at this years Back to School Bash.  
Long-Term Success This will be our School Supply Drives 3rd year with returning partners from CVS, Great Southern Bank, Mazuma, and Johnny's Tavern. Additionally we have added new partners in the Jackson Counties Sheriff Department, Greystone, Spire Energy, Literacy KC, and the Independence School District. This program allows for our partners to participate both with volunteers, sponsorship, and resource allocation. Many of our returning sponsors contacted us to continue this program and have asked to be involved in the expansion plan to ensure its success for years to come. 
Program Success Monitored By Our program monitors success by the number of children who receive school supplies as a direct result from this program and the number of volunteers and corporate partners who participate in this program. Additionally we monitor retention of our partners and volunteers who participate in this program over multiple years. 
Examples of Program Success The school supply drive had over 100 drop off locations, 650 units distributed, and volunteers from multiple corporate sponsors. The continued expansion and interest in this program over the last three years have indicated its success and necessity.    
Description The Sack it for Santa program is in the 17th year of providing holiday gifts for underprivileged teens. Starting in November red sacks will be located in all area CVS stores and local partner companies. CVS patrons and our local community are encouraged to fill the sacks with anything and everything that might delight a teen. Through on-air television public service announcements and print advertising we get the community involved in embracing these vulnerable children. Each sack is then collected, prepared and distributed to teens in our community who would otherwise be forgotten during the holiday season. Each sack includes a hygiene kit, warm weather protection, a treat, and a holiday gift. In 2018 we were able to provide over 1,000 unique gift bags to teens ages 12-19.
Program Budget $60,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Holiday Assistance
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The Love Fund for Children in 2018 was able to provide over 1,000 Sack it for Santa bags for underprivileged teens in the 37 counties we serve. With 15 corporate partners, 40 partnering agencies, and 100 volunteers working for 568 volunteer hours this program continues to demonstrate short-term success with growing support from the community. The sacks also fulfill the short term need of providing cold weather protection through hats and gloves and hygiene products to students while school is out of session.    
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal for Sack it for Santa is to be able to provide holiday gifts to every teen in need within our 37 county area who may not have any other means to celebrate the holidays. Often, charitable Christmas collections focus on younger children, leaving the teens forgotten and empty-handed. After seventeen years of providing gifts we know this program has had a positive impact on kids in Kansas City. These gifts remind children that they have not been forgotten or abandoned by their community and that they are worthy of a gift and care. 
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 who applies (through a certified youth service professional) for this program.

It is our hope to be able to help provide cheer and warmth to every teen in need, and those who receive a Sack it for Santa sack will have both during the holiday season. 
Examples of Program Success In 2018 we were able to provide over 1,000 Sack it for Santa bags, valued at more than $45,000, for underprivileged teens in the 37 counties we serve. Sacks provided a hat and glove set, a warm weather item (scarf, blanket, hand warmers, socks etc.) a hygiene kit, treat, and holiday gift. Utilizing our follow up surveys we learned from youth advocates that the majority of recipients received only the sack it for santa gift during the holiday season. For many it was their first holiday gift ever and provided necessities to tide them over until school was back in session. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Allyson Summers
Term Start Feb 2017
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 and 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). 
Former CEOs
Marsha ElbasaniMar 1989 -
Lisa HerronMar 2008 - Sept 2016
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 60
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
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 No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
The Love Fund for Children is collaborating with both corporate and nonprofit partners in 2019 to host monthly car seat and safety events, to serve 5,000 children through our school supply drive and include an agency fair to sign families up for any service needed, and to host 6 community outreach events to reach children and families where they are at top receive services. 
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2017
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City2019
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 2020
Email 8510 SW State Route 7, MO-7, Blue Springs, MO 64014
Board Members
Mr. Frank Audano Jr.
Mrs. Sherrie BalmerParic Construction
Mr. Matt BennettBank of Blue Valley
Mrs. Jamie Carpenter-JadlowAnthony's Plumbing Heating & Cooling
Mr. Lee DriverGrant Thornton
Mrs. Deanne EngstromBank of the Prairie
Mr. Dan HeckmanUS Bank
Mr. Earl KawaokaFry Wagner Moving & Storage
Mrs. Kathleen KuluvaCoreFirst Bank
Mr. David LauckMMC Corp
Mrs. Tammy NerosThe Westin / The Sheraton Kansas City
Mr. Rick RandolphMD, College Park Family Care Center
Mrs. Polly Van Dorren-OrrFOX4
Mr. Allen WrightKansas City Chiefs
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 6
Unspecified 0
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 No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $400,000
Projected Expenses $399,000
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: 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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,600$4,804$5,104
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$72,865$123,764$168,036
Revenue In-Kind$159,247--$70,664
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$225,041$231,563$299,059
Administration Expense$39,218$98,450$95,400
Fundraising Expense$45,982$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.160.951.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%70%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$296,238$261,722$288,984
Current Assets$212,062$166,761$203,219
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$3,216$17,455$26,413
Total Net Assets$293,022$244,267$262,571
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities65.949.557.69
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
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? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
Learn about The Love Fund2019View
Love Fund Programs2019View
Service Area Map2019View
Impact Report2018View
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