Kansas City Rose Society
Loose Park Garden Center
5200 Pennsylvania
Kansas City MO 64112
Mission Statement
To encourage an interest in roses, to serve as stewards of the Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden in Jacob L. Loose Memorial Park, 51st and Wornall Roads, Kansas City, Missouri. The Rose Garden is located near 52nd and Summit Streets.

To promote the Rose Garden as a regional attraction and demonstration garden, and to provide information about roses and their care.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Cyndy Price
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1967
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement To encourage an interest in roses, to serve as stewards of the Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden in Jacob L. Loose Memorial Park, 51st and Wornall Roads, Kansas City, Missouri. The Rose Garden is located near 52nd and Summit Streets.

To promote the Rose Garden as a regional attraction and demonstration garden, and to provide information about roses and their care.
Background Statement Founded in 1931, the Laura Conyers Smith Municipal  Rose Garden in Loose Park, is 1.5 acres in size, located in the NW area of Jacob L. Loose Memorial Park in Kansas City, Missouri. It contains approximately 3,000 roses of 150 varieties, placed within the formal classical architecture of the original plan designed by prominent landscape architect S. Herbert Hare in 1931. Each year more than 250 weddings take place in the garden. As stewards of the Rose Garden, the Kansas City Rose Society provides: - Garden enhancement (funding for capital improvements and repairs) - Garden care and grooming by our volunteer "Garden Groomers" - Educational programs and public Garden Tours - Special Events (Annual Rose Show and Rose Day) - Garden Volunteers (the Society has no paid staff) All roses planted in the Rose Garden are purchased by the Society with funds from the Memory and Friendship Rose Donation Program. In a typical year, the cost of roses and other garden necessities is about  $8,000-$10,000.
Impact Statement
  • In the last decade, the Rose Society has raised and spent over $2 million on improvements in the Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden, including the beautiful new fountain dedicated in 2002 and the restoration of pillars and pergolas completed in 2014. All funds were donated. 
  • In 2017 the Rose Society plans to continue offering programs to build awareness of the Rose Garden among people of all ages. We will also continue to help tend and care for the Garden, along with our partners in the KC Parks Department.
Needs Statement
  • "Jazz in the Roses" Sponsor for 2017 - $1,000
  • "Wine & Roses" Fundraising event sponsor for 2017 $1,000- $10,000 
  • In-kind assistance with social media strategy and implementation 
Service Categories
Botanical Gardens & Arboreta
Arts & Culture
Parks and Playgrounds
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 The Kansas City Rose Society is an all-volunteer organization.  There is a nice mixture of long-term and newer members on the board and all are very dedicated to the organization and the Rose Garden. The Society and the Rose Garden appeal to individuals for many different reasons: those who love to grow roses and show them in the annual Rose Show; those who love the Laura Conyers Smith Rose Garden for its beauty, tranquility, and horticultural significance, and those who love and appreciate this Kansas City landmarks it provides a lovely destination  for out of town visitors as well as Kansas Citians.  Our greatest challenge is to fund the repair, maintainance and updating of the garden structures and to provide a safe and beautiful environment that all our citizens may enjoy for many years to come.  We hope to reach out to the community to draw more visitors to the garden and to increase donor participation to keep this magnificent asset viable far into the future. We are engaging the public by taking a more active role with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and its nonprofit search website.
Programs
Description The Kansas City Rose Society is constantly raising funds to pay for replacement roses and other necessities for the rose garden in Loose Park. In additon, we raise funds for structural improvements such as sidewalks and stonework  We provide envelopes to allow visitors to the Garden to donate in memory or in honor of a friend or relative.
Program Budget $3,100.00
Category Environment, General/Other Botanical & Aquatic Gardens
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success
  1. Certificate of Achievment received from AARS, our national organization each year.
  2. Maintain 100% funding levels from public donations for new/replacement roses, rose labels and mulch requirements in the Garden each year.
  3. Increase in groomer numbers and donated hours.
Long-Term Success Encourage and maintain the Rose Garden in Loose Park as a regional attraction and historic garden, and providing information about roses and their care.
Program Success Monitored By
  1. Receive Certificate of Achievment from AARS each year.
  2. Our ability to provide all new/replacement rose requirements, rose labels and mulch in the Garden each year as identified by the Parks&Recreation Dept. and the Rose Society Garden Committee.
  3. Board and committee reports tallying volunteers and hours
Examples of Program Success
  1. Receipt of Annual Certificate of Achievment from AARS.
  2. Awarded the ARS Presidential Citation for outstanding achievement to the community
  3. Presented with the 2016 Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership Award for a 100% volunteer organization
  4. 100% funding of new/replacement roses, mulch and rose labels each year.
  5. Number of Volunteer Groomer hours spent in the Garden each year.
Description Assist park staff in maintaining the Rose Garden. Recruit and supervise volunteer Garden Groomers. During the growing season, volunteers meet in the Rose Garden weekly, to groom the rose bushes and maintain their beautiful blooms. These volunteers also are available to provide information to Garden visitors.
Program Budget $12,000.00
Category Environment, General/Other Botanical & Aquatic Gardens
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success
  1. Visitors to the Rose Garden see healthy, well-groomed roses in the Garden.
  2. Visitors learn about growing roses in the Kansas City climate.
  3. The rose bushes continue to bloom during the growing season. 
  4. We have a sufficient number of volunteers/volunteer hours to groom the Garden each week.
Long-Term Success The results of this program are seen in the daily appearance of the rose garden. A healthy and well-maintained garden contributes to the quality of life in Kansas City, offering a beautiful place for weddings, picnics, photography and casual visits.
Program Success Monitored By We track the number of volunteers/volunteer hours in the program each year.
Examples of Program Success
  1. Number of Garden Guides printed and distributed last year was 2,000.
  2. Number of volunteer hours in the Garden last year was 1080.
  3. Our groomer volunteer numbers have grown in 2016 to 49.
Description
  1. Develop and maintain a Kansas City Rose Society website to provide information about the Rose Garden and the Rose Society.  The website will also enable online donations and payment of membership dues.
  2. Conduct Rose Horticulture programs.
  3. Conduct Garden Tours.
  4. Photo Workshop
  5. Poetry Reading
  6. Art Classes
Program Budget $3,000.00
Category Environment, General/Other Botanical & Aquatic Gardens
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success
  1. Completed and consistently update the a Rose Society web site.
  2. Track the number of attendees at Society horticultural programs and Garden Tours to document growth.
Long-Term Success 1. Expanded awareness and use of the Rose Society educational programs.
Program Success Monitored By
  1. Prepare and monitor schedules of required activities for Board review.
  2. Track the number of attendees at Society horticultural programs.
Examples of Program Success
  1. Significant growth in our membership numbers
  2. The growing number of attendees at Society horticultural programs.
Description
  1. Annual Rose Show and Rose Day the first weekend in June.
  2. Spring and Fall rose care demonstrations.  
  3. Jazz in the Garden every September is free and open to the public. 
  4. "Wine & Roses" Fundraising event is held in the rose garden every fall.
Program Budget $21,200.00
Category Environment, General/Other Botanical & Aquatic Gardens
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Providing events that appeal to the public and programs that are relevant to those interested in learning about rose horticulture.
Long-Term Success Foster and encourage the understanding of rose culture and the public's appreciation of the Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden
Program Success Monitored By Attendance at events and educational programs.
Examples of Program Success People of all ages attend Jazz in the Roses, which has drawn crowds of 300 to 500 in recent years. Hundreds of people came to view more than 400 entries in last year's Rose Show.  There has also been continuous growth in the number of exhibitors and number of the public viewing the Rose Show.
CEO Comments
As stewards of the Rose Garden in Loose Park, the Kansas City Rose Society provides:
  1. Garden Enhancement Capital Program (raises funding for capital infrastructure repairs and improvements).
  2. All roses planted in the Rose Garden are purchased by the Society with funds raised through the Memory and Friendship Rose Donation Program. In a typical year, the cost of these roses is budgeted at $8,000.
  3. Garden Groomers Program-annually during the growing season, volunteer groomers work over 1080 hours in the Rose Garden to keep the roses blooming and attractive. The groomers are organized by the Rose Society and trained by the Park Director and our Rosarians.
  4. Building our Community Programs, Art Classes, Poetry Reading, Rose Growing Seminars, Guest Lecturers and Garden Tours.
  5. Continued development of Wine & Roses, enabling us to fund the programs and support our organization with professional services in tech and financial support      
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Term Start Nov 2014
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Collaborations
  • KCMO Board of Parks Commissioners. 
  • Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
  • The Writers Place 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
American Rose Society - Affiliated Club/Society1931
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
All-American Rose Selections - Public Rose Garden Accreditation1951
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Commendation LetterAll-America Rose Selections (AARS)2007
Certificate of ExcellenceAll-America Rose Selections (AARS)2006
Outstanding Achievement to the CommunityARS Presidential Citation 2015
Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership AwardSupport Kansas City2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments  The Executive Committee consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Under our bylaws, the Executive Committee "will possess and may exercise any and all powers of the Board in the management and affairs of the Society...subject to the paramount power of the Board...". Directors are elected at the annual meeting of the Voting Members for staggered terms of office. They are organized into three classes. Directors are elected for a three-year term which may be renewable twice so that a Director may serve no more than nine consecutive years. All of our Directors and Officers serve without pay in their positions. The Society has 230 members.
Board Chair
Board Chair Cyndy Price
Term Nov 2016 to Oct 2018
Email cyndyprice@aol.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Sheldon Andrew
Email Sda42958@gmai.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Sheldon Andrew
Mary Barickman Community Volunteer
Sandy Campuzano Retired
Martha Comment
Laura Dickinson Community Volunteer
Rob Gray Community Volunteer
Devan Hartnett Community Volunteer
Amy Hiles
Dr. Glenn Ross Hodges Community Volunteer
Sarah Hughes
Elizabeth Drill Nay Lawyer
Cyndy Price Community Volunteer
John Riley Retired
Joan Sherman
Julie Spaeth
Katrina Stevenson Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 88%
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 11
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Marketing
Program / Program Planning
Project Oversight
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO Comments Our board is structured into seven standing committees: Governance, Fundraising, Executive, Garden, Marketing, Program and Social Events, and Capital Projects. The Executive Committee consists of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. Under our bylaws, the Executive Committee "will possess and may exercise any and all powers of the Board in the management and affairs of the Society...subject to the paramount power of the Board...". Directors are elected at the annual meeting of the Voting Members for staggered terms of office.  Directors are elected for a three-year term which may be renewable twice so that a Director may serve no more than nine consecutive years. All of our Directors and Officers serve without pay in their positions. The Society has 230 members.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Nov 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Oct 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $84,550
Projected Expenses $70,484
Endowment Value $56,000
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage 7
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 10/31/2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$22,869$278,852$148,288
Administration Expense$19,506$25,390$11,500
Fundraising Expense$0$0$1,428
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.210.591.28
Program Expense/Total Expenses54%92%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$211,265$202,576$328,527
Current Assets$210,458$202,576$328,527
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$211,265$202,576$328,527
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 --William T. Kemper Foundation $50,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --City of Kansas City, Missouri $36,250 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --J.B. Reynolds Foundation $20,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments The Rose Society separates income and expenses into four classes: Rose Garden, Operations, Capital Projects and Unrestricted.  Rose Garden expenditures are fully funded by the Memory/Friendship Rose Donation Program.  Capital Projects in the Garden are funded through donations from private individuals and foundations to the Rose Society. Most of these donations are donor-directed to specific projects. The Society also accepts and welcomes Unrestricted Donations. 
Organization Name Kansas City Rose Society
Address Loose Park Garden Center
5200 Pennsylvania
Kansas City, MO 64112
Primary Phone (816) 784-5300
Contact Email cyndyprice@aol.com
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Cyndy Price
Year of Incorporation 1967