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Kansas Oral History Project

Topeka, KS   |  KsOralHistory.org
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Kansas Oral History Project

EIN: 81-1443429


Mission

The Kansas Oral History Project, Inc. (KOHP) is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is collecting, transcribing, and making available to researchers and the public, oral histories of various aspects of life in Kansas, particularly public policy-making. KOHP’s work is supported by grants and donations. KOHP does not charge for use of any of the oral histories it collects.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Kansas Oral History Project, Inc. (KOHP) is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is collecting, transcribing, and making available to researchers and the public, oral histories of various aspects of life in Kansas, particularly public policy-making. KOHP’s work is supported by grants and donations. KOHP does not charge for use of any of the oral histories it collects. KOHP is uniquely qualified to conduct these interviews. Its Board of Directors includes former elected officials, educators and historians, community leaders, and other volunteers. Board members are actively involved in various KOHP efforts. A variety of volunteers with background in Kansas policy-making have been trained in oral history collection techniques and conduct interviews for the KOHP.

Ruling year info

2016

President

Ramon Powers

Main address

PO Box 67051

Topeka, KS 66667 USA

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EIN

81-1443429

Subject area info

History

Public policy

Historical activities

Population served info

Adults

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

KOHP strives to preserve the unique histories of Kansans and use its oral history recordings to produce civic education materials for schools and the general public. Kansas Oral History Projects interviews represent a wealth of information for understanding leadership, public policy, and the process of law-making.

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?

Oral History Collections

Collecting, transcribing, and making available to researchers and other members of the public, oral histories of various aspects of life in Kansas, particularly public policy-making.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of unique oral histories made available free of charge to the public.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Oral History Collections

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

Developing and documenting a systematic framework for collecting oral histories using best practices of oral history. Those practices include professionally transcribing the interviews, and placing transcripts and recordings in a repository where they are available to the public without charge, such as the State Library of Kansas, the Kansas Historical Society, and the Kansas Oral History Project website, KsOralHistory.org.

Strategies include significant use of volunteers to conduct most of the organization's program work. Funding for transcribing many of the interviews was provided by grants from Humanities Kansas, a nonprofit cultural organization connecting communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life. Collections also were supported by grants from Evergy and ITC Great Plains. Many generous individuals also have supported KOHP since its founding. Those donations have made it possible to support KsOralHistory.org, where oral history interviews are housed.

KOHP's work is conducted by uniquely qualified indivuduals. The Board of Directors includes former elected officials, educators, and historians, community leaders and volunteers. Board members are actively involved in various KOHP efforts. A variety of volunteers with background in Kansas policy-making have been trained in oral history collection techniques and have conducted interviews for the KOHP.

As of early 2024 KOHP has collected, transcribed and made publically available over 125 oral histories of Kansans who were involved in various aspects of public life from the mid-Twentieth Century through the first two decades of the Twenty-first Century.

KOHP also has partnered with Kansas educators to incorporate the oral histories into lesson plans for K-12 educators.

Both the collection of oral histories and the use of those interviews in educational materials is ongoing.

Financials

Kansas Oral History Project

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Kansas Oral History Project

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $42,660
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $42,660
Expenses
Program Services $27,893
Administration $0
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $27,893

Kansas Oral History Project

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $46,916
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $46,916

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President

Ramon Powers

Ramon Powers, a native of Gove County, Kansas, received his first two academic degrees from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, and taught at the University of Missouri - Kansas City while receiving his doctorate from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. After graduation he taught at the Haskell Indian Junior College, the present Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence, Kansas, before joining the Kansas Legislative Research Department which serves the Kansas Legislature. Beginning in 1988, Dr. Powers served as the Executive Director of the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka for fourteen years. He retired from his position with the Historical Society in 2002.

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Kansas Oral History Project

Board of directors
as of 03/27/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Dr. Ramon Powers

Kansas Oral History Project, Inc.

Term: 2022 - 2025

Joan Wagnon

Kansas Oral History Project

Mary Galligan

Kansas Oral History Project

David Heinemann

Kansas Oral History Project

Jim Hoy

Kansas Oral History Project

Kathleen Holt

Kansas Oral History Project

Barbara Morris

Kansas Oral History Project

Mary Torrence

Kansas Oral History Project

Matt Veatch

Kansas Oral History Project

Jack Wempe

Kansas Oral History Project

John Peterson

Kansas Oral History Project

Mike Lennen

Kansas Oral History Project

Frances Jackson

Kansas Oral History Project

Sue Peterson

Kansas Oral History Project

Jim McLean

Kansas Oral History Project

Ramon Powers

Kansas Oral History Project

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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 3/27/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/24/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.