Kansas City Architectural Foundation
1801 McGee, Ste. 100
Kansas City MO 64108
Mission Statement
Kansas City Architectural Foundation (KCAF) educates individuals and communities about the power of architecture to transform lives and improve the places where we live, learn, work, and play. 
CEO/Executive Director Dawn Taylor
Board Chair Ms. Kristine Sutherlin AIA
Board Chair Company Affiliation Helix Architecture + Design
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1984
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Kansas City Architectural Foundation (KCAF) educates individuals and communities about the power of architecture to transform lives and improve the places where we live, learn, work, and play. 
Background Statement
Kansas City Architectural Foundation was established in 1984 through the leadership of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Kansas City Chapter.
Through our outreach programs, grants, scholarships and educational resources, KCAF inspires people to become thoughtful and engaged stewards of the built environment.
Impact Statement
KCAF is committed to encouraging outstanding students from our metro area in their pursuit of an architectural degree. 
Since being founded in 1984, KCAF has awarded hundreds of architectural scholarships to students from the metropolitan area who attend architecture school at either Kansas State University, University of Kansas, Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City, or Drury. From 2005 to 2016, KCAF awarded 108 scholarships to 68 unique individuals, totaling $251,000. 
KCAF's top accomplishments for 2016:
  1. Increased the total amount of scholarship support given to deserving students by 17%.
  2. Created a year-end giving campaign for the first time in more than a decade, attracting a total of $3,500.
  3. Presented an ambitious public lecture at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on the history of sports architecture, which emanates from Kansas City. 
  4. Created a sponsorship campaign to support this public lecture, garnering $20,500.
KCAF's goals for 2017:
  1. Expand our year-end giving campaign to increase number of donors and total dollars.
  2. Fill all board vacancies with dedicated board members.
  3. Determine next phase of exposure for sports architecture presentation/video.
Needs Statement
  1. Ongoing funding for both general and named scholarships
  2. Professional services to develop a communications campaign that heightens awareness of architecture as a career to students in the metro area
  3. A part-time staff person to manage fund raising, communications, and board activities
Service Categories
Scholarships & Student Financial Aid
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

We strive to support a profession reflective of the diversities of our communities. Hence our scholarships reward diversity, academic excellence, creativity and leadership.

Our main challenges are twofold.  First, attracting qualified candidates, especially minorities, to the profession of architecture is a challenge throughout the U.S., not just in Kansas City.
The second challenge is to fund scholarships at a meaningful level in relation to the rising cost of higher education. Ultimately we would like to award scholarships that are renewable each year based on consistent academic excellence by the recipients. A fully funded 5-year commitment for some of the recipients is our goal.

Our goals for the coming year are:  

  1. Increase the amount of funding we make available for annual scholarships.
  2. Expand our visibility in the Kansas City metro area to attract qualified scholarship applicants and to increase our fund-raising capacity.
  3. Position KCAF scholarships to be highly regarded selective awards.
The organization offers both named and general scholarships.  Through a selective application process, scholarship winners are chosen each year to receive nonrenewable scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.  
Program Budget $3,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Student Financial Aid
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success
  1. That recipients will complete an accredited professional degree in architecture or related degrees.
  2. That recipients become active and engaged participants in improving the built environment in their community. 
  3. Encouraging greater diversity in the architectural programs.
Long-Term Success
  1. To educate individuals and communities about the power of architecture.
  2. To transform lives and improve the places where we live, learn, work, and play. 
  3. KCAF inspires people to become thoughtful stewards of the built environment.
  4. To accomplish greater diversity in the field of architecture.
Program Success Monitored By
  1. Feedback from universities on scholarship receipents academic progress. 
  2. Monitor the number of qualified applications. 
  3. Awareness of KCAF offerings by the Kansas City architectural community.
Examples of Program Success The KCAF Scholarship helped simplify my college career and made it more enjoyable. The extra funding proved to be invaluable. With the scholarship it allowed me to focus on my education and joining professional groups such as the American Institute of Architecture Students. In addition, I was able to travel to the AIAS forum and (3) travel to visit the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan and Burnham and Root. Looking back, these 3 trips were a large part of my education. Looking at pictures in books is one way to learn, but the best way is to experience it. The KCAF helped me experience things that would not have been otherwise possible. It has been 7 years since I first received the KCAF scholarship, in that time I’ve attended 2 universities, graduated with a degree, spent 5 months traveling Europe, and spent too much time to count in studio. I’ve now come full circle; I’m working in KC and helping with the KCAF scholarship.
CEO Comments
Through our educational outreach programs and student scholarships, KCAF inspires people to become thoughtful and engaged stewards of the built environment while supporting future architects. 
KCAF strengthened its fund-raising efforts in 2016 to build up our scholarship funding pool, thereby enhancing the number and amount of scholarships to architecture students.  We rely heavily on local architecture firms and their leaders to contribute to KCAF, and we've developed an annual campaign and some event sponsorship to secure new funds for named scholarships and more general scholarship funds.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dawn Taylor
Term Start June 2010
Experience Specialties:
• fund raising
• constituent relations
• policy and program development
• collaborative efforts
• event planning
• volunteer management
• strategic planning
• fiscal management
• personnel management and nurturing
• board stewardship
• networking
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 17
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 0%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan No
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
American Institute of Architects Kansas City; Kansas City Design Center; University of Kansas School of Architecture; Kansas State University School of Architecture; University of Missouri-Kansas City Architecture; Urban Planning + Design; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
KCAF is fortunate to have the "back office" support of AIA Kansas City to manage our finances and our administrative duties.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Kristine Sutherlin AIA
Company Affiliation Helix Architecture + Design
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Email ksutherlin@helixkc.com
Board Members
Alexandra Bojarski-Stauffer Assoc. AIAHOK
Alex Callow Assoc. AIAFinkle Williams
Staci Chivetta Scott Rice
Dale Duncan AIAMcLennan Design
John Eck UMKC
Mitch Fiser CPAFiser Group
Daniel Gregory Assoc. AIADLR Group
Kimball Hales AIAHufft Projects
Al Harris AIAPopulous
Meghan Masterson AIABRR Architecture
Brian Murch AIADLR Group
Paul Neidlein JE Dunn Construction
Katherine Robinson Assoc. AIAHNTB
Darcey Schumacher Wallace Engineering
Ashley Simpson AIAPopulous
Kristine Sutherlin AIAHelix Architecture + Design
Dawn Taylor AIA Kansas City
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
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 82%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 92%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 1%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
CEO Comments
Though incorporated in 1984, the foundation became more active in 2002 and we continue to strengthen our board and our outcomes.
We have reached out to younger members to bring fresh ideas and to groom them for board leadership in the future. 
We have worked diligently in the past two years to fill expired board seats, accomplishing this in early 2017.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $28,500
Projected Expenses $24,500
Endowment Value $200,931
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015:  Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.  
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$28,000$24,000--
Administration Expense$12,156$9,586--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.880.94--
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%71%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$361,848$362,737--
Current Assets$361,848$362,737--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$361,848$362,737--
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountJE Dunn Construction $5,000Individual Donor $3,000--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMcCown Gordon Construction $5,000Individual Donor $1,500--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $3,000AIA National $1,000--
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments

Building KCAF’s general endowment fund and adding individual endowed scholarships will allow KCAF to give more scholarships and increase the scholarship amounts to deserving students. 

Our expenses and overhead are kept low so that we can devote the majority of our revenue to our core mission: scholarships for students attending architecture school. 
Organization Name Kansas City Architectural Foundation
Address 1801 McGee, Ste. 100
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 2213485
Contact Email dtaylor@aiakc.org
CEO/Executive Director Dawn Taylor
Board Chair Ms. Kristine Sutherlin AIA
Board Chair Company Affiliation Helix Architecture + Design
Year of Incorporation 1984