Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc.

Justice For All

aka Kansas Appleseed   |   Lawrence, KS   |  www.KansasAppleseed.org

Mission

Kansas Appleseed believes Kansans, working together, can build a state full of thriving, inclusive, and just communities. We provide in-depth research, grassroots mobilization, and lobbying to champion laws and policies that ensure all Kansans have the resources they need to support themselves and raise a healthy family; all Kansans can participate fully in the community under equal protection of the law; and all Kansans benefit from a fair and effective judicial system. In other words: Justice for all.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Ms. Jami Reever

Main address

211 E 8th St Suite D

Lawrence, KS 66044 USA

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EIN

48-1219759

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (R05)

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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?

Thrive Campaign

Kansas Appleseed reduced hunger in the state by helping to increase participation and access to child nutrition programs, advocating for protecting and expanding SNAP, and engaging more Kansans in grassroots efforts to fight hunger. Kansas Appleseed played an important role in providing information on resources for families during the global pandemic. Kansas Appleseed hosted community forums, webinars, advocacy skill-building trainings, and other events.

Population(s) Served
Families

Kansas Appleseed is working in Southeast Kansas to encourage non-partisan civic participation, providing expertise and training to local activists. These efforts led to a 10% increase in voter turnout in the 2020 election. Over 200 volunteers signed up to participate in Kansas Appleseed’s volunteer driven engagement activities in the region. Additionally, in the Southwest part of the state, Kansas Appleseed worked to ensure a complete count for the 2020 census.

Population(s) Served
Families

The juvenile justice reforms Kansas Appleseed championed have resulted in a reduction of over 80% to the number of youth in the state's juvenile justice system. Kansas Appleseed continues to work with formerly incarcerated youth, state agencies, and partner organizations to ensure community-based alternatives to incarceration are implemented. Kansas Appleseed continued advocating for kids and families affected by the state foster care system, working with the Strengthen Families Rebuild Hope coalition and with legislators interested in adding much needed oversight to the failing system. The federal class-action lawsuit filed in November 2018 on behalf of youth in foster care, continued throughout 2020, seeking relief from extreme placement instability and adequate access to mental health resources.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Awards

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?

    Our advocacy seeks to benefit all Kansans, with a special emphasis on low income Kansans, those involved with the criminal and juvenile justice systems, and the foster care system, and those who are not civically engaged in their communities.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

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

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, to inform our advocacy efforts and to share stories that help change policy makers minds and hearts.,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We developed our legislative agenda to include advocating for a state-wide Office of the Child Advocate based on feedback from hundreds of Kansas families involved in the foster care system.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    We have recruited young adult who were formerly in the foster care system to join as leaders of our coalition.

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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.),

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. William Kassebaum

David Wing

Spencer Fane LLP

Teresa Meagher

The Law Office of Teresa Meagher

Gaye Tibbets

Hite Fanning & Honeyman LLP

Teresa Anderson

Polsinelli

J. Balloun

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

James Concannon

Washburn University School of Law

Karen Griffiths

Sebelius and Griffiths

Martha Hodgesmith

Retired

Pedro Irigonegaray

Irigonegaray & Associates

Lynn Johnson

Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman

William Kassebaum

Morris County, Kansas

Stephen Morris

S&B Farms

Larry Rute

Associates in Dispute Resolution

Richard Seaton

Seaton Law Offices, LLP

Joy Springfield

Shook Hardy & Bacon

C. Watson

Foulston Siefkin

Sam Blatnik

Stinson

David Rebein

Rebein Brothers

Nicki Rose

Foulston Siefkin

Etta Walker

Etta L. Walker Law Office

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? 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? 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 08/26/2021

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
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/26/2021

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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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
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.