Simply Singing Is Not Enough

Kansas City, MO   |
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EIN: 43-1874616


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.

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Executive Director

Emily Marrin

Main address

3501 Campbell Street

Kansas City, MO 64109 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture

Performing arts

Vocal music

Social rights

Justice rights

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Population served info


LGBTQ people

Women and girls

NTEE code info

Singing Choral (A6B)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

Women's Rights (R24)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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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
Women and girls
LGBTQ people

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
Women and girls
LGBTQ people

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
Women and girls
LGBTQ people

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
LGBTQ people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Kansas City LGBT Chamber of Commerce 2019

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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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.
  • 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

  • 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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

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Executive Director

Emily Marrin

Emily Marrin joined the Kansas City Women’s Chorus as a singing member is 2013. She went on to serve as interim executive director in 2016, later being named executive director in 2017. Emily brings almost 20 years of marketing, public relations, and leadership experience to her role with KCWC. She has coordinated local execution of strategic promotional and publicity campaigns that included film, television, live entertainment, video games, entertainment venues, and consumer goods. She has also been a national publicity and promotions account manager for a major marketing agency. Successfully transitioning her industry knowledge and leadership skills into the management of regional campaigns across the country and overseeing account representatives nationwide for clients such as Lionsgate Entertainment, Fathom Events, and The Metropolitan Opera on Screen.


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/08/2023
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Board chair

Uli Schneider

Kansas City Public School System

Term: 2022 - 2025

Uli Schneider

Kansas City Public Schools

Joan Maxwell

Social Security Administration, Retired

Marjie Foster

Forte Marketing & Public Relations

Kristin Raven

LPL Financial

Payton Kelly

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Ann Linnan-Smith

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Paula Glaser

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Maria Doedtman

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Kathryn Lorenzen

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Luke Roberts

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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? 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 1/30/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/30/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.