Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Inc.

Honoring the Past - Protecting the Future

aka MCHE   |   Overland Park, KS   |  www.mchekc.org

Mission

The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (MCHE) teaches the history of the Holocaust, applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance, and genocide.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director/CEO

Ms. Jessica Rockhold

Main address

5801 W. 115th St. Suite 106

Overland Park, KS 66211 USA

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EIN

48-1127376

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education teaches the history of the Holocaust, applying its lessons to counter indifference, intolerance, and genocide. Through the lessons of the Holocaust we address issues of othering (including but not limited to current antisemitism), information literacy and the dangers of propaganda, and personal and societal responsibility for intervention in human rights issues. MCHE also seeks to collect and preserve the testimony of Holocaust survivors, making it accessible for all people in the future.

Our programs

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

Teacher Education

The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education engages professional educators as volunteers in the Isak Federman Holocaust Teaching Cadre as our ambassadors of Holocaust education. Meeting monthly, they have served as teacher trainers, curriculum designers, bloggers, and as an educational focus group. In addition, MCHE offers graduate level courses and after-school workshops covering both pedagogy and historical content.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education offers a free multi-part monthly program series featuring films that focus on a particular Holocaust theme.  We welcome sponsors for either the series ($500-$1,000) or for individual films ($150).

Population(s) Served
Adults

In February 2016, MCHE offered its first adult education series, taught for 5 consecutive weeks by our public historian, Dr. Shelly Cline. The topic that year focused on ghettos. Based on demand, we are offering both a fall and spring course this year. We are completing the fall course that examined various types of documents. The spring course, which we expect to be fully subscribed, is "Auschwitz and Beyond: A Comparative Look at the Camp System."

Population(s) Served
Adults

Adult children of Holocaust survivors describe their parents' experiences, either at individual schools or as a panel presentation for school groups at the Jewish Community Campus. Many incorporate Power Points and/or portions of their parents' narratives in their presentations, thus personalizing the accounts by reflecting the faces and voices of the survivors.Individual presentations are also offered for civic, corporate and religious groups upon request.  There is no charge to the schools for programs at their institutions. Twice annually, MCHE offers Second Generation panels at our location, and for this, the schools are charged a minimal fee per student to assure their attendance. The program budget allows for those to be presented in the White Theatre of the Jewish Community Center, where there are additional costs.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

This annual contest, launched in 1995, encourages students in grades 8 through 12 to submit document-based essays of up to 1,200 words on a given theme, which changes annually. Essays and documentaries are judged in two age divisions 8-9 grade and 10-12. From the preliminary round, ten finalists advance to the blue ribbon round and from there, the top winners in each category are determined at a conference of judges. Contestants and their teachers are honored at a reception in May.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Awards

Our results

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

Number of first-time donors

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Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We track first time members in each fiscal year beginning in 2020.

Number of website sessions

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Increasing

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Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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Other - describing something else

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Increasing

Context Notes

This metric went into use in 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education seeks to:
1. Collect and preserve the testimony of Holocaust survivors.
2. Teach the lessons of the Holocaust to students in grades 7-university.
3. Engage adult learners in Holocaust history and discussions of current relevance.
4. Commemorate the experience of both survivors and victims of the Holocaust.
5. Secure financial assets to support this work.

The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education offers diverse programming to serve people of all faiths and cultures in Kansas, western Missouri and throughout the Midwest. Our programs are specially designed to serve teachers, students (primarily grades seven through university) and adult civic and community groups to meet their unique needs and learning styles. These programs include Second Generation and survivor speakers, student research contests, educator professional development courses, hosting special exhibitions, film series, lunch and learns, and presentations by noted historians and authors.

The Witnesses to the Holocaust Archive is MCHE's repository of survivor testimony - all of which if publicly available to all patrons. This collection of resources is continually updated to current media platforms and supplemented with historical resources and teaching materials to ensure it's viability as a current teaching resource.

MCHE conducts three annual commemorative events to ensure the transmission of memory of our regional survivor community. These events are a Kristallnacht commemoration every November, International Holocaust Remembrance Day every January, and Yom Hashoah every spring.

The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education is the only Holocaust center in the state of Kansas. We also serve western Missouri and multiple states throughout the Midwest. At the request of our founders, Jack Mandelbaum and Isak Federman (of blessed memory), MCHE does not house a permanent exhibition. All resources are dedicated to educational outreach and programming. This decision has maximized the impact of donor dollars by limiting overheard costs and allowing flexibility and adaptability in MCHE's programming.

Though a smalll staff of 3, MCHE's team includes a credentialed European Historian and an Executive Director with 17 years of experience in Holocaust education and a degree in non-profit management.

Our work is supported by a committed board of directors and the financial contributions of many Foundations and loyal members.

MCHE has built a stellar reputation in the Kansas City metro area for providing quality educational programming. On an annual basis our programs reach thousands of students, educators, and adult learners. We have also enjoyed 27 years of substantive partnerships with educational institutions like the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Truman Presidential Library and Museum, the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, the National Archives, the National WWI Museum and over 50 other regional partners.

Having built a robust local presence, MCHE now seeks to expand our programming regionally into rural communities throughout the Midwest. Many of these communities have no Jewish presence and have limited or no formalized Holocaust education in their schools or community organizations. By building a digital-first model of programming MCHE seeks to offer access to high quality programming with no geographic boundaries.

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?

    We serve learners of all ages over 12 years old. Our programs are utilized in classrooms, we offer professional development for educators, we teach adult learners in a variety of settings.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently learned through customer feedback that our understanding of educator needs during Covid remote teaching was different than we had anticipated. Rather than offering online education, educators needed more access to resources offered through our website and video programs that students could utilize with flexible hours. We adjusted our offerings to meet this stated need.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    MCHE strives to meet the need of the community. We have found that by being responsive to specific concerns and managing those concerns within the framework of our strategic plan and mission we have successfully re-engaged participants who had left our organization and built deeper relationships with others.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, 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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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Karl Zobrist

Attorney - Dentons

Term: 2019 - 2021

Karl Zobrist

Dentons

Steve Flekier

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Rita Sudhalter

Retired Educator

Ronald Sleptiza

President, Avila University

Steve Cole

retired

Robynn Andracsek

Burns and McDonnell

Chuck Udell

Stephanie Herman

Community Volunteer

Stacy Benson

Educator

David Sosland

Photographer

Katherine DeBruce

Community Volunteer

Jackie Hermanson

American Century Investments

Laurie Horn

Sharon Pase

Pase Insurance

Lynn Hoover

Retired

Susan Bernstein

Community Volunteer

Brian Goodman

Kurt Graham

Truman Library

Eddie Herman

retired

Mirra Klausner

Menorah Heritage Foundation

Rosanne Rosen

Stewart Stein

retired

Marvin Szneler

retired

Reggie Fink

Debbie Coe

realtor

Allen Gutovitz

retired

Organizational demographics

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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

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