International Relations Council

Global Access • Global Awareness • Global Vision

Kansas City, MO   |  www.irckc.org

Mission

The International Relations Council strengthens Kansas City's global perspective by maintaining an active dialogue around world events, global issues, and their impact on our community. As a nonpartisan, educational nonprofit organization, the IRC values informed civil discourse, accessibility, and substance as we work to sharpen our community's 21st-century global acumen. Our vision is a globally informed, engaged, and active Kansas City community that welcomes diverse perspectives and connects through a sincere desire to contribute to our shared future.

Ruling year info

1957

Executive Director

Mr. Matthew Hughes

Main address

30 W. Pershing Road Suite 201

Kansas City, MO 64108 USA

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EIN

43-0864912

NTEE code info

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Away from the borders and coasts, many Kansas City residents are not aware how global their lives or community are, making the need for programming that supports international awareness in Kansas City great. Between 1990 and 2015, the foreign-born population in Kansas City nearly quadrupled, and some 14,000 refugees were resettled in the area between October 2002 and March 2016. Dozens of internationally owned companies have operations in the Kansas City region; countless more contribute to the area’s trade with top partners China, Canada, Mexico, Germany, and Taiwan. The Kansas City, Missouri, School District instructs students with more than 50 different home languages, and Kansas and Missouri welcomed a combined 34,000 international students in the 2015-16 school year with an economic impact of nearly $950 million.

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?

IRC Lecture Series

We bring together dignitaries, foreign-policy experts, and regional leaders to discuss, debate, and engage the local community in issues of international scope and local relevance; often free for students.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Each year since 2006, the IRC has offered high-school students the chance to showcase their knowledge of world affairs, geography, history, and world events; the winning team receives an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national tournament.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Discussion groups meet around the metro area for conversations on critical international topics.

Population(s) Served
Adults

For more than 30 years, the IRC has recognized individuals or organizations for a variety of contributions – to foreign policy and global affairs, to international commerce, or to the Kansas City community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Global trivia night for 200+ business professionals, academic faculty, students, and community members.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Founded in 1996; brings an expert in foreign policy and global affairs to the Kansas City area to provide a platform for engaging community members in understanding critical global issues

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Participants of all ages, interests, and backgrounds explore how international Kansas City is while answering two key questions: What's your global story? Do you get the chance to share it?

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

International subject-matter experts are available to speak free of charge at community events, K-12 schools, and universities

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

This unique college and career fair brings together dozens of international businesses, organizations, and colleges and universities to show 1,000 area high-school students just how global their future can be.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Awards

Partners in Education 2001

North Kansas City School District

Affiliations & memberships

World Affairs Councils of America - Member 1955

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.

Most fundamentally, the IRC promotes a globally informed and engaged community in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

Financials

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Operations

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

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International Relations Council

Board of directors
as of 4/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Karenbeth Zacharias

University of St. Mary

Term: 2022 - 2022

Dr. Karenbeth Zacharias

University of St. Mary

Andrea Allison-Putman

YMCA Retirement Fund

Dr. Michael Makara

University of Central Missouri

Aaron Mann

Terracon Consultants, Inc.

David Au, CPA, CITP, CRISC, CGMA

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Christina Arnone

Stinson LLP

Michelle Arthington

UPS Supply Chain Solutions

Dr. Charles Bankart

University of Kansas

Anna Bazan-Munguia

Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City

Narbeli Galindo

Baker University & GlobalEITrade Consulting LLC

Philip Gaskin

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Nicole Gresham Perry

Carpere Group

Kelvin Igumbor

Dairy Farmers of America

Frank Klimas

U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

Nancy Messer, CFA

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Shahid Qadri

Retired from Black & Veatch

Dr. Usha Saha

India Association of Kansas City

Dave Saunders

Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Gino Serra

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Herb Sih

Think Big Consulting, Mach Two Studio, and Pioneer Partners

Jorge Soberón Hernández

RTS International Inc.

Stephen Steigman

Director, 91.9 Classical KC | Chief of Broadcast Operations, KCUR 89.3

Paul Weida

Retired from Black & Veatch

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data