KANSAS CITY WOMENS CHORUS

Simply Singing Is Not Enough

Kansas City, MO   |  www.kcwomenschorus.org

Mission

The Kansas City Women's Chorus is Kansas City's only regional women's chorus inspiring through performance, embracing diversity, and advocating social justice. Our Mission The Kansas City Women's Chorus is a catalyst for change, pushing ourselves and our audiences beyond what is thought possible. Simply singing is not enough.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Emily Marrin

Main address

3501 Campbell Street

Kansas City, MO 64109 USA

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EIN

43-1874616

NTEE code info

Singing Choral (A6B)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

Women's Rights (R24)

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Programs and results

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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?

Performance

The Kansas City Women's Chorus performs two major concerts and one smaller showcase a year for charity, as well as a free educational concert for middle school aged children in the spring. The Chorus may also perform several small performances for charitable occasions.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Women and girls

In addition to performance production, revenue goes toward music purchases and copyright compliance for the women's chorus for rehearsal and performances during the year.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Women and girls

Heartsong is an auditioned group of singers who perform a variety of musical styles, a cappella as part of our main stage concerts, as well as other Chorus, community and charitable events. They serve as ambassadors to the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Women and girls

The Chorus supports advocacy of social justice both through music and developing musical and/or philanthropic partnerships with other community organizations. The Chorus may sing with another musical organization or work on musical projects together. The Chorus may corporately provide cash and in-kind donations, or may encourage members to do so, for partner organizations.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Kansas City Women’s Chorus (KCWC) is Kansas City’s only regional women’s chorus inspiring through performance, embracing diversity, and advocating social justice, focusing on women’s and children’s issues. We are dedicated to delivering high quality, inspiring, and entertaining choral performances; supporting the community through volunteer service; and celebrating the diversity of Chorus members who are and identify as straight, gay, married and single women of many ages, races, ethnicities, creeds, income levels and physical abilities.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    As a performing arts organization advocating for social justice through our musical mission, we serve the entire community of the Kansas City metropolitan area through musical performance. During the season, KCWC produces larger concerts for the general public, and smaller ensemble performances to select audiences by special arrangement. We also serve our non-singing and singing membership, who benefit from KCWC's musical practices and welcoming, inclusive culture.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • 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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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KANSAS CITY WOMENS CHORUS

Board of directors
as of 9/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Uli Schneider

Emily Marrin

Creative Wave Marketing & Communications

Uli Schneider

Kansas City Public Schools

Joan Maxwell

Social Security Administration, Retired

Marjie Foster

Forte Marketing & Public Relations

Kristin Raven

LPL Financial

Maggie Doedtman

Stinson/Leonard/Street LLP

Payton Kelly

Payton Kelly Creative

Tracy Prince

Polsinelli

Timothy Stuber

Hostess Brands

Ann Linnan-Smith

Literacy KC

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 09/26/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/14/2019

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.