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Letter From Our President and Chair


SWOT Report






Success Stories








• Throughout 2013 we continued our mission – helping children and strengthening families in the Kansas City area. This is our time to share with you how we did in the following pages ... and also to give you a glimpse into what we’re planning for 2012: • The Family Conservancy is a founding member of the Children’s Campus of Kansas City — a center for excellence in parenting and early education. A major role of the Children’s Campus is to seek out and leverage synergies with our partners and community. In our first full year since the new Children’s Campus facility opened, we are providing mental health services for the 150 children at Project EAGLE Head Start child care facility and partnering with the University of Kansas Juniper Gardens Children’s Project on 18 research projects that will advance helping young children thrive and learn in child care.We are in discussions with Google, as a part of the Google High-Speed network deployment, to provide trainings to greater Kansas City child care professionals and mental health services to families via video chat. When implemented this will reduce many obstacles clients would have withtransportation and improve the efficiency and increase coverage for our mental health professionals. • The Family Conservancy has plans to unveil a new website in 2012 that will more greatly integrate social media and provide a streamlined way to get information to today’s parents who rely heavily on social media and networking in their day-to- day lives. Our agency also plans to enhance our brand with a new service mark – TFC. • •Finally, we are embarking on updating our strategic vision for the future that will reflect recent economic and social changes and to expand upon our mission that strives for continued and greater success for all of our Kansas City children and families. We are grateful to all our stakeholders for supporting the work we do in Kansas City! We’re so proud to be a part of helping Kansas City become a great place to raise children.

Warmest wishes,

Betsy Vander Velde, President and CEO

David Guyot, Board Chair



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Able to help Large amounts of families in the metro area Deep History Excellent, effective, and responsible services Excellent Public Image The state of the Kansas City school district is abysmal and offers opportunites to help • High Rates of Unreported Domestic Violence • High Residential Trunover in low income aresa

• Lack of public knowledge of volunteer opportunities • Low public visibility

• Expand community outreach • Build Public Visibility • Increase volunteer opportunities

• Competition for funding with other local charities (City Union Mission, Harvesters, Hope House) • Competition for funding and volunteers fom national charities (Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters) 4





Family Conservancy is founded as the Provident Association


associated charities formed and with member carrie nation helped found one of the initial wyandotte projects, a home for abused wives of alcoholics Kansas City’s first foster home system is begun




children’s service association merged with the provident which became provident children’s and family service prevention, intervention and family support offered to Spanish speaking families

parenting education became one of our prominent services we are renamed the family conservancy on the eve of our 125th anniversary celebration



Thank you for helping thousands of Kansas City families in 2013 through our services. With your help we were able to touch thousands of lives and make enormous changes in the lives of families in need. Here are examples of how you made a difference:


1,317 families received parenting resources through Child Care Aware 9,000 School’s Out! Guides were distributed, directing families to safe, enriching summer activities 67 homeless teen students were given support in order to complete high school 60 families attended classes on positive parenting at Juniper Gardens public housing 2,783 child care providers were inspired through the 171 9 professional development events

• 165 teachers in Wyandotte County preschool class- rooms received training on Second Step - a classroom curriculum designed to teach skills that help children learn, manage their feelings, make friends and solve problems. • We collaborate with Project EAGLE Head Start at the Children’s Campus of Kansas City to provide mental health services for 150 children and their families in their Educare Center. • In our Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids program 10 parents and 10 children actively participated in the gardening experience with Cultivate Kansas City, and two parents were hired as Healthy Food Team promoters and food demonstrators at the Juniper Gardens Farmers Market.

• The Family Conservancy hosted a School’s Out! KC event at Paradise Park on June 4 to promote qual- ity family play time. During the event, families that mentioned our agency were able to enjoy attractions at half off and interact with Radio Disney DJs, sing- ers and dancers. • The Family Conservancy hosted a birthday party for 50+ kids in our program at Chouteau Court public housing. Many of these kids had never received a birthday party before. • Hundreds of people helped homeless teens stay in high school by attending the 58th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day in March.



Every year, your donations help children and families in need. With your help, The Family Conservancy continues to change the lives of thousands in the metro These are only a few of the stories of lives changed by your donations



When Kyle was court-ordered to attend an anger management program at The Family Conservancy, he came into class with a belligerent attitude and clearly stated he didn’t want to be there. A fight with his girlfriend had gotten him arrested, and he was also about to lose his job for insubordination. He frowned through the first two sessions with his arms folded. Then slowly a subtle change occurred. Kyle started looking at his own behaviors. Eventually he was willing to accept feedback regarding his actions. At one session Kyle reported that his supervisor complimented him about the change in his ability to get along with co-workers. Kyle decided to change his circle of friends and move away from the lifestyle he had been leading. He quit spending time at the bar and enrolled in college to finish his degree. At the end of the anger management program, he said that this was the best time and money he had ever spent.


Sometimes a child’s experiences are heartbreakingly severe. Anna spent her earliest years surrounded by violence and drug use. When her parents were arrested and taken away, Anna went to live with her grandparents. They thought she had survived unscathed, yet Anna’s grandparents soon realized that she suffered severe headaches and exhibited irritability and violent play. They called The Family Conservancy for advice. Our mental health counselor helped Anna and her grandparents repair past harms. Now in a stable and nurturing home, Anna can express her feelings and is learning to trust and to make friends. She sleeps soundly, smiles more and no longer gets headaches.


When his newborn sister Ellora tested positive for cocaine, 17-month-old Kyden’s life changed forever. Roger and Diane adopted the siblings, and the children got a new lease on life. Still it was a long process to reverse the early neglect Kyden had suffered. Kyden reacted poorly to change – throwing tantrums and tearing up games. Roger and Diane worried that Kyden wouldn’t be able to enter kindergarten. They called The Family Conservancy for advice. Our therapist provided tools so that teachers could help Kyden cope with changes, talk about his feelings and calm down. Your support has made it possible this year for Kyden and more than 20 other youngsters to make a successful transition into early education programs. By partnering with parents and child care professionals, we’re helping to overcome barriers so that children will be prepared to succeed when they enter school. 16


We remain comitted to putting our programs first. Prioritizing the needs of the people we help over that of administration and arbitrary money pits which befall many other non-profits.


Promotion/Community Awareness Administration


Programs & Services



United Way












Total Personnel Salaries


PROGRAMS $6,540,472


$1,606,022 $1,054,432



Total Program Funding


DONATIONS $6,357,489






Total Donations





We are reliant on the generous support of various institutions. Most important are our donors. Prioritizing the funding of local non-profits remains key in creating healthy communities metro-wide.


$100,000 or more

Child Care Aware of Kansas Child Care Aware of Missouri Jackson County Mental Health Tax Levy Kansas Association of Infant Mental Health Kansas Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) LINC MARC Head Start MARC QRS & PD Missouri Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) United Way of Greater Kansas City

$10,000 to $49,999

Charles and Marisa Bryson Citi Cards Hall Family Foundation Hartley Family Foundation Head Start Body Start Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City Jacob L. and Ella C. Loose Foundation Jackson County COMBAT Commission Kansas Health Foundation Kansas Children’s Cabinet Missouri Children’s Trust Fund Oppenstein Brothers Foundation City of Overland Park Sandra Financial Security Advisors/Sandra Weaver Shumaker Family Foundation Stephen L. and Maryann Schmitz Ted and Kimbrough Bean Higgins, Jr. University of Kansas Research Inc./Latino Health for All Coalition Vivian Sosland Estate Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City Wyandotte County Health Foundation

$5,000 to $9,999 23

Bob and Kathleen Rogers Brotherhood Bank & Trust Cerner Corporation

Cheryl and Bernard Williams David F. and Laure Guyot DST Systems Graham T. and Judy Hunt James B. Nutter Jane Barber Kansas City Power & Light Co. Kirk Foundation Lockton Companies Edward G. and Kathryn E. Mader Foundation Michael and Trina Contreras North Kansas City Hospital Robert and Ellen Duckworth Tradebot Systems, Inc. United Community Services of Johnson County Walton Family Foundation

$1,000 to $4,999 Amerigroup Anonymous Bank of the West Berkel & Company Contractors, Inc. Betsey S. Fletcher Betsy and Joe Vander Velde Betty Shelton Bill and Sue Woods LLC BKD, LLP Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City BlueScope Foundation Brad and Jan-Marie Kroh Children’s Mercy Hospital Commerce Bank David and Michelle Carpenter Dean and Carol Block Olson Dennis J. and Elizabeth Barnett Don and Mary Wolf Don and Tamsin Lockton Don and Traci Ash Donald and Adele Hall Harrah’s North Kansas City Harvest Ball Henry E. Wurst Family Foundation Ira and Florita M. Brady Foundation Fund Jim and Robin Alberts JMW & Associates, LLC Joe and Cherie Meyer Harmon Julie and Brian Matlage Justin Buck Ken Davis and Cheryl Carpenter-Davis Kimberley and Nikki Newton


KPMG LLP Leeann and Randy Blundell Martha Comment Mary Gunter Mike and Shelley Frost Morris J. and Jeannie Nunn Mothers of Young Children - Cure of Ars Church Mutual of America Neila Whitt Patricia Davis Patrick and Essie Eisenfeld Davis Paul and Avalyn Quick Peter and Lynne Brown Philip and Jill McKnight R.A. Long Foundation Renee and Brian Herrmann Richard D. and Mary Linna Woods Robert B. Jones, Ph.D Ron Lockton Shawsie Branton SkillBuilders Fund Sprint Foundation Stephen and Kristin Graue Steve Eginoire Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP Target Stores Terry and Patricia D’Amore Tom Syverson and Sandra Willsie UMB Financial Corporation Visitation - A Catholic Community Wal-Mart Metcalf William H. and Marianne Dunn, Jr.

$500 to $999 Aileen V. and Redman Callaway Fund Dale and Barbara Bridger Dan and Theresa Van Goethem Dr. Arthur Robinson Erin Brower Len Iaquinta M&I Bank Marla Ann Baldwin Mary Jeannine Strandjord Michael and Vicki Luby Michael J. and Jane Leach Michael J. and Katie Horner Richard and Linda Nixon Richard Monsees, Jr. Shanelle and Mike Varone Tim and Jana Allen


Tom A. and Heather Vrabac Victim Services Unit Wendell Maddox

$100 to $499 |Alan Daigneault Albert C. and Molly Bean, Jr. Ami E. Schlader Angela Lovell Anonymous ARC Rehabilitation Services, LLC Arthur and Barbara Stern Bank of America Bill and Carla Arnold Bob Barackman Bradley and Amy Laubhan Bradley and Katherine Markes Brian and Donna McCarthy Brian and Ellen Fairchild Carol Trammell CertainTeed Charles Greenwood Claudia Burford Claudia J. Baker and Joseph B. Hallauer Corky and Anne Mitchell Dan and Mary Lee Sturdevant Dan and Michelle Stark Kaufman Daron and Lori Bennett Daryl Hunt David and Lisa Drum David and Mary Sallee David Jackson Diana Holland Diana Romero Dottie Novak Eloise Brockschmidt Fredrick Marston Gerald L. Rushfelt Greg and Linda Moorehead Herbert Atwater Hilton President Hotel Irma and Susan Wright Irwin J. and Rita Blitt J R and Ruth Majors James and Theresa Rundberg Jason and Meggie Fuehne Joe and Sue Parretta John and Paula Rector John and Rita Ricks Joseph E. and Jolene Nesselhuf Juan Martinez


Stephanie Newkirk Stephen and Shannon Nixon Steve and Linda Jackson Steve and Marcia Nicely Suzanne Koelling Ted and Sue Sullivan Teresa M. Vander Velde The Clevenger Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Tom and Cindy Murray United Way of Greater Milwaukee Village West Rotary Foundation Inc. William and Rochelle Parker William B. and Carolyn Schmidt William Landreth and Ann Rainey

$50 to $99 Alexander Robinson Amy Christensen Barbara Lee Brande Anderson Chris and Barbara Ramsay Chris and Diandra Meyers Dan Holland David and Linda Weerts Deborah Drotts Gerald M. Shechter Grace Thompson Jaime Jones Jeannie R. Evans Joseph C. and Gay Buths, Jr. Lauren F. Miller Matt and Jenn Krawczyk Michael and Barbara Lee Nathan Mull Ofelia Acosta Peter A. and Alice Levy Prophett and Kelly Strother Ron and Vianna Sager Sam and Kitty Chapman Susan Kephart Susan McGee Tom and Barbara Hand

Up to $50 Ada Tomlinson Amanda Berendzen Brian Speltz Carolyn Hathaway


Justin and Amy Gragg Kathleen Atkinson Kathryn Callaway Katrina Ball Kelly and Ashley Thames Kelly Murphy Kenneth and Arlene Starkey Kerry and Fritz Stein Kevin and Cheryl Gross Kevin and Kendra Noblet Kristine Jacobs-Schoemann Kyle and Kolette Schneider Larry and Joan Winn, Jr. Laura Loveless Laura Wassmer Lawrence and Ronnie Lerner Linda and Randy Cruse Linda Castle Lon C. and Debbie McCroskey Louis George and Katherine Van Horn Margaret and William Fetter Margaret E. McCorkendale Mark and Anne Emert Mark and Lisa Terry Mark Box Marlin Fiola Martha R. Fletcher Martha Staker Mary Breed Brink Mary Kay McPhee and Bill Pfeiffer Merrill A. Joslin, Jr. Michel and Eva Mitri Mike and Amy Young Adams Mike and Brenda McQuillen Nancy Heathman Nancy Robinson Nora Brown Patrick and Karen Daley Pete and Connie Brower Phil and Kim Witt Retail Grocers Association of Greater KC Richard and Gina DuRant Richard W. and Linda Seagraves Robert and Patty McCall Robert O. and Carla Schock The Family Conservancy Ron and Pat Ott Russ and Julie Erickson Russell E. and Carolee Atha, Jr. Sara McElhenny Scott and Sharon Frankel Sean and Suzanne Platt Shelley D. Mayse


Michelle Herman Nick Vignatelli Olga Oldani Pamela G. Geer Patricia and Stephen Mart Patricia Brennecke Quisha Mitchell Ralph Joest Randy and Debbie Gore Randy and Tracy Stock Regan Shniderson Richard Morado Richard Rathmann Ruthie Kerns Shaun Flanigan Sherry Ainsworth Sidney and Marylin Eisenfeld Stephanie Becker Stephen Froelich Steve Hale Susan Lytton Suzette Cutcliff Teri Higgins Thomas J. and Loretta Maher Valerie Roach Vicki Dorfman Victor Lopez Victoria Westerhaus

Donors of Merchandise & Services A Touch of Health Chiropractic Ambrosi Bros. Cutlery Co. Anthony’s Restaurant & Lounge Apricot Lane Boutique Apriori Beauty Argosy Beauty Brands Beijo Bags Betsy and Joe Vander Velde blanc burgers + bottles Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City Blue Springs Fitness Brad and Jan-Marie Kroh Carlson Hotels Carpet Corner Chris and Diandra Meyers Citi Cards Colson Clips Boutique Coterie Theatre Country Club Christian Church Sewing Guild David F. and Laure Guyot


Carrie English Cary Nunn Charlie and Amy Bartel Christina Arnone Colleen Norris Corrie May Cory Schnabel Danielle Henderson Darcelle Strother Dennis Williams Don and Ro Graves Donna Alexander Doris Fort Elaine Waderhar Ellen Nangle Energizing Mission Erin Albright Fran Gentili George Lopez Ginny Marquardt Blumhorst Glenda Fiegl Harlene Hipsh Huey M. and Linda Brown Jacob Eisenfeld James M. and Debra Humphrey,DVM Jane Matthews Jeanette Suarez-Lopez Jennifer Hooper Jessica Jacobson Jim and Penny Selle Jimmie and Diana Reid Joe Growney Joy Syrcle Judy Reed Karyn Walden-Forrest Kathryn Pruessner Kathy and Phil Woodward Kendra Bealmear Kevin and Mary Cobb Kevin Gabriel Kim Outlaw Lavetta Gallagher Leisa Stevens Leslie Schintz Lynda Moore Lynne Bryson Marcia Phares Margee Grinstead Mark Dent Matt and Megan Campbell Megan Westberg Merle E. and Louann Frey Michele Sharp


2013 Board of Directors


Executive Committee


David Guyot, Chair Dennis Barnett Terry D’Amore Patrick Davis Larry Lerner Tom Syverson Betsy Vander Velde, Pres. & CEO

Ofelia Acosta Jim Alberts Anthony Andrews Don Ash Olushola Bodie Erin Brower Marisa Bryson Cheryl Carpenter-Davis Michael Contreras Essie Eisenfeld-Davis Ron Drinkhouse Joe Harmon Renee Herrmann Brad Kroh



Family Conservancy Annual Report  
Family Conservancy Annual Report