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Museum of Deaf History Arts and Culture Inc.

Elevate Deaf People's Stories

Olathe, KS   |  www.MuseumOfDeaf.org

Mission

MDHAC's mission is to advance and preserve knowledge about Deaf people, their languages, cultures, and experiences in the United States and around the world.    We visualize that visitors will be inspired with meaningful appreciations of a rich and vibrant culture-linguistic Deaf community, as well as be invoked with the truth of our struggles and resistance.  As a result of our mission, the values and endeavors of Deaf people will be embraced.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Executive Director, Chriz Dally, received a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management, in 2021, from the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) under Bloch School's Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate program which brought a wealth of new information, ideas, and recommendations to MDHAC.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Chriz Dally

Main address

455 East Park Street

Olathe, KS 66061 USA

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Formerly known as

Kansas Educational Foundation

Deaf Cultural Center Foundation

EIN

48-6282776

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are dedicated to humanizing Deaf people by reframing deafness and freeing the world of audism through all our programs and operations. Because Deaf people are typically viewed by society as a deficit that needs to be fixed or cured, we aim to foster a paradigm shift from a medicalization view of deafness towards a cultural view of Deaf Gain and Deafhood. MDHAC believes it is best to deliver programming through the three pillars of History, Arts & Culture: -HISTORY - as told through the Deaf narrative which within programs, self-guided tours and Deaf-guided docent tours within the William J. Marra Museum -ARTS - as expressed through Deaf point-of-views within the Chuck Baird Art Gallery, all docent tours, National Youth De’VIA Competitions, & other performing, visual art activities -CULTURE - as shared through educating about culture, language, and experiences within the museum, art gallery, Deaf Culture Series program, Deafhood Institute and Immersive HandsOn activities

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Hands-On Activity Workshop

Youth of all ages have the opportunity to learn information about Deaf people through lessons designed to meet the Kansas State Standards on Education and Benuchmarks for K-12.  Groups visit and are lead through the museum by Deaf volunteers. The tour includes a 12-minute video about Deaf Culture, learning about Chuck Baird and DeVIA art, and a scavenger hunt for information on Deaf history in America and the Kansas School for the Deaf.  Students experience ASL Storytelling, a mini sign language lesson, and an art activity.  At completion of the tour, there is an option for participants to earn a "badge".

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We invite people to MDHAC physically or virtually to hear a story about a Deaf person or explain about an artifact or interesting content from our museum.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A docent tour by a Deaf guide provides visitors with a 2 hour tour of the museum, highlighting tidbits of historical importance.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Annually, MDHAC works with the Kansas School with the Deaf to organize and run a national Youth Art Compeition among schools or educational programs for the Deaf in the United States.  Winners of three grade groups are selected, with one grand prize gaining the honor of being represented at MDHAC.  De'VIA is short for Deaf View/Image Art which represents a form of art that are based on the Deaf person's perception and experiences on what it means to be Deaf.   This uses formal art elements with the intention of expressing innate cultural or phyusical Deaf experience using Deaf metaphors, Deaf perspectives, and Deaf insight in relationship with the person's environment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Small Museum Association 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of free performances given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Deaf Culture Series

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020 and 2021, cultural events were provided virtually (videos created for website viewing or free zoom events), and total participation count came out to 12,235.

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2017- Established tallying system. 2020- Museum visits only before the nation-wide shut down in March. 2021-Closed to the public and only opened for a few requested visits before reopening in 2022.

Number of works exhibited temporarily

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

De'VIA Youth Art Competition

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

No competition was held in 2021. In 2023, a record number of 19 Deaf schools over the USA participated in competition, with 900+ artwork submissions!

Total number of guided tours given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

William J. Marra Museum Docent Tour

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 and 2021 are low due to the shut down and safety concerns.

Number of paid registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Hands-On Activity Workshop

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This also includes participants in the new Deafhood Institute Program that MDHAC started offering in 2023.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Inspire visitors with meaningful appreciations of a rich and vibrant culturo-linguistic Deaf community, as well as, invoke the truth of our struggles and resistance. As a result of our work, the values and endeavors of Deaf people will be embraced.

ACTION PLANS
● Establish a restricted fund with “seed money” for this project through contributions by members of the Deaf community by November 2021 ✅
● Identify a grant writer to assist in securing grant funding for project by December 2021 ✅
● Begin Phase One work in interpretive planning, museum design planning, and content development activities by the end of 2023 (who responsible: assigned Co-Executive Director)
○ A comprehensive Interpretive Planning Guide will be established by an expert in museum planning by December 2024
○ Binders full of detailed reports including narratives, sources, and recommended list of collections based on themes will be developed by 16 Deaf experts by January 2026
○ A museum design plan, incorporating interpretive plan and developed content will be proposed by a museum designer by August 2026
● Incorporate goals and objectives in the next MDHAC strategic plan to implement Phase Two of the project focused on production/ building of an updated museum exhibition based on proposed museum design plans (who responsible: MDHAC Board of Directors)

MDHAC faced challenges, enacted significant changes, but through it all, MDHAC stayed steadfast in doing their best to meet their organizational mission and slowly enact changes as recommended. During the 2015 to 2017, MDHAC was dealing with significant cash flow issues, a shifting guard within the Board structure, and the retirement of the Executive Director (ED). Between 2017 to 2019, a revitalized Board of Directors acted in the role of a “working board” due to their decision not to hire an ED until cash flow issues were addressed and stabilized. This was a critical period where the Board revamped organizational name, mission & vision; streamlined programming; and improved avenues in various ways to increase revenues. It was also during this period when the Board realized there was a great need to redevelop exhibition content and started planning on how this could be accomplished.

Although the years of 2020 to 2022 were undeniably filled with unprecedented challenges, those were also two years of integral learning opportunities, perseverance, and resilience in response to the rapidly changing circumstances in our world. These years gave us an opportunity to focus on one of our long-time goals in increasing and improving the various ways visitors can participate in our programs virtually or online which we will continue to do going forward. We were also able to focus on various projects such as creating a new “welcome video”, doing long-needed repairs, and complete building renovations. Through it all, our awe-inspiring Board members, volunteers, and community members have been incredibly supportive towards MDHAC in innovative and agile ways.

Recently, the MDHAC Board made two critical decisions. First, they decided to partner with the Deafhood Foundation (DHF), another nonprofit organization with a strong national prominence and programming structure. Since 2012, DHF has been providing classes and workshops all over the United States and other countries virtually. The partnership between MDHAC and DHF will eventually become a merge, sometime in 2023, with DHF coming under the MDHAC umbrella. This merge will expand MDHAC’s programing in the area of history and culture, elevate MDHAC’s presence on a national level, and assist with sustainability through the sharing of resources. Secondly, the Board decided it was time to hire staff for the first time since 2017. The rising trend of nonprofits hiring co-executive directors was noted, and the Board decided that hiring two co-executive directors with different skill sets would be the best fit at this time.

As we continue to move forward, we are pleased with our current direction and performance. We will continue to work on completing remaining goals and objectives within our current strategic plan. We are very excited to implement the first phase of our Museum Exhibition Redevelopment Project. We know this will go a long ways in increasing our ability to make social impact.

Since 2017, the Board of Directors had:

1) Streamlined organization's mission and program structure by:
a) Enhancing our mission and vision statements
b) Changing our organization name
c) Refreshing our organization logo

2) Grown and strengthened Board of Directors by:
a) Receiving training to improve effectiveness, efficiency and understanding of fiduciary responsibility
b) Changing organizational chart to reflect "working board" status
c) Updating charter documents

3) Improved and increased monetary income by:
a) Improving effectiveness of fundraising activities
b) Upgrading database management system

4) Addressed physical building needs by:
a) Replacing all our AC/Furnance units
b) Reducing costs of bills by Improving efficiency of electricity, gas, and water

5) Addressed programming needs by:
a) Establishing a Museum Docent Tour with a Deaf Guide
b) Opening highly anticipated Chuck Baird Art Gallery
c) Maintaining popular cultural Hands On program for children/ youth

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Museum of Deaf History Arts and Culture Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Wendy An Koch

President, Board of Directors

Term: 2020 - 2025

Suzanne Dennis

ASL Connections, Inc.

Lorrie Shank

Retired (Department of Defense)

Wendy An Koch

Home School Teacher/ Community Volunteer

George "Butch" Zein

Palm Springs Community College

Misty Flowers

ADWAS

Matt Ellis

Dawn Sign Press

Melinni "Mel" Taylor

Deaf Future Works

Kevin Smith

Retired (USPO)

Ivy Velez

MA Dept of Developmental Services

Kevin Clark

Sacramento City Community College

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/22/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/25/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.