Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Friends of Sacred Structures, Inc.

  • Mission, KS
  • www.fosskc.org

Mission Statement

Friends of Sacred Structures is dedicated to the preservation of religious structures for active community use, especially those that support vital neighborhood needs. Since 1992, FOSS has assisted over 150 sacred structures through free expert technical assistance, assessments, project management and referral programs

Main Programs

  1. Technical Assistance
  2. Educational Service

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Service Areas

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Kansas

ruling year

1993

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Board Chair is Executive Director

Keywords

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Community Development Technical Assistance Historic preservation of religious structures offering social services

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EIN

43-1629910

 Number

3700711578

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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FOSS has the expertise, experience and know how required to help congregations maintain, repair and plan for the future of their historic buildings. The deteriorating structures place the historical buildings themselves and many vital community programs housed there at serious risk. The FOSS Technical Services Team is composed of architects, engineers, project managers and individuals with church maintenance experience who donate their expert services to assess, refer, advise and create plans that preserve churches and religious structures. In the last three years, FOSS has worked with over 55 churches, including many ongoing projects with Calvary Temple Baptist Church, St. James Catholic Church and Camino, Verdad y Vida. Food pantries, lunch programs, homeless shelters, day care centers and after school programs are just a few of the vital services that FOSS helps sustain every year. FOSS works with eligible churches that request services throughout the metro area. Congregation members, local residents and those who utilize any programs offered by these churches are served by FOSS' work. In the last three years, FOSS provided expertise and professional assistance to over 30 congregations and contributed almost 1,000 volunteer hours, valued at over $120,000. In addition to serving more than 30 congregations, the work FOSS provides benefits anyone utilizing the services provided by those congregations, including food pantries, day care services, and after school programs.

Programs

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

Program 1

Technical Assistance

FOSS assists leaders, who are responsible for historical religious structures, with solving problems related to the maintenance and repair of their facilities to provide safe and functioning conditions for community outreach programs. The Technical Service Team provides services ranging from providing referrals or sources for materials or supplies, to providing assistance with conducting comprehensive assessments of facility conditions, developing priorities, formulating plans, securing and evaluating bids, and providing oversight of projects. FOSS has never turned down a request for help and has responded to more than 150 organizations.

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Program 2

Educational Service

FOSS presents power point presentations and tours to community organizations and groups, depicting a variety of local religious structures. Presentations are customized to an organization's interests. FOSS publishes a newsletter "Inspired Space" featuring examples of good stewardship of religious structures, upcoming FOSS programs, projects, and activities. Periodically, FOSS presents seminars to owners of older religious structures.

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

Funding Needs

With 100% of FOSS technical services provided through volunteer hours, FOSS projects focus specifically on preservation of religious structures for active community use. Its projects are located in some of the poorest neighborhoods in Kansas City, housing programs that provide health and hope to children and families and act as a central element toward sustainable neighborhood renewal in Kansas City's urban core. FOSS is currently working with over 30 churches in the Kansas City metro area. Financial support would be utilized to fund FOSS' general operating costs, including marketing materials, community newsletter and educational presentations and tours.

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Operations

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Friends of Sacred Structures, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Board Chair is Executive Director

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"FOSS operates with an active Board of Directors, Technical Service Team, committee structure and other volunteers including the FOSS Ambassadors. Additional assistance is provided by Support Kansas City, Inc. to maintain the donor database and provide other support services including fund development, accounting and strategic planning. Currently, FOSS has no paid staff."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. John McKeever

Owner - Price Chopper

Term: Jan 2012 - Dec 2012

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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