Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts

Kansas City, MO   |  http://www.kcvlaa.org/

Mission

KCVLAA is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides legal and accounting assistance to qualifying artists and arts organizations from all creative disciplines.  Our ArtSmarts program provides seminars in arts law to help artists avoid common pitfalls in their professional arts careers.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Mrs. Danielle A. Merrick

Main address

P.O. Box 413199

Kansas City, MO 64141 USA

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EIN

20-1051179

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Management & Technical Assistance (A02)

Crime, Legal Related N.E.C. (I99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

KCVLAA is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides legal and accounting assistance to qualifying artists and arts organizations from all creative disciplines. Our ArtSmarts program provides seminars in arts law to help artists avoid common pitfalls in their professional arts careers. KCVLAA services enable arts clients to get their organizational "house in order" so that they can more effectively create and present their art.

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?

Legal and Accounting Referral

Providing referrals for pro bono legal and accounting assistance to artists and arts organizations from all creative disciplines.

Population(s) Served

ArtSmarts is professional practices program that offers creative professionals, attorneys, and accountants education on issues relevant to the arts community. Many of our ArtsSmarts seminars are CLE/CPE approved for attorneys.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of clients assisted with legal needs

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

ArtSmarts

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These are attendees at our ArtSmarts programs and assigned cases.

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.

KCVLAA is focused on helping artists, arts organizations, and creative businesses learn how to better navigate potential legal and accounting issues. And to provide assistance to those artists and arts organizations with those issues.

KCVLAA utilizes educational programming, free one-on-one consultations, and pro bono referrals to attorneys and accountants for artists and arts organizations in need of assistance with legal and accounting issues.

KCVLAA has a dedicated staff of one, an board with a mix of community members and constitutions both new and old in service to KCVLAA. In addition, KCVLAA has a volunteer roster of over 180 individuals to assist with helping artists and arts organizations.

KCVLAA regularly serves over 300 artists a year with their legal and accounting issues and has done so for over 10 years at this point. KCVLAA plans to continue providing the same reliable services it has for years now.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts

Board of directors
as of 3/29/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Susannah Evans

Hood Law Group

Term: 2019 - 2022

Judith Sharp

Retired

J. Burkholder

Ozark National Life Insurance Company

Susannah Evans

The Law Offices of Matthew L. Hood LLC

Donald Simon

Simon Business Consulting

Nick Page

Country Club Bank

Adam Sipe

Self-Employed

Michael Meyer

Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson

Emily Smalter

Artist

Debra Smith

Artist

Andrea Young

Lathrop and Gage, LLP

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 03/29/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/29/2020

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
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.