Better Business Bureau Report for
Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2017
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2019

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts
Address: 115 W. 18 St., Kansas City, MO 64108
P.O. Box 413199
  Kansas City, MO 64141-3199
Phone: 816-974-8522
Web Address:
Also known as:KC Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2004, Missouri
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: KCVLAA is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides legal and accounting assistance to qualifying artists and arts organizations from all creative disciplines. Our ArtSmarts program provides seminars in arts law to help artists avoid common pitfalls in their professional arts careers.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The lawyers and accountants of KCVLAA provide professional development training as well as direct services to ensure that nonprofits and artists do not jeopardize their creative efforts through ignorance of relevant laws and financial requirements. These services are provided through our ArtSmarts educational seminars and pro bono referral services for legal and accounting issues.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts's program expenses were:

Arts Smarts Program 16,970
Total Program Expenses: $16,970
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Chief Executive : Danielle A. Merrick, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Susannah Evans
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Attorney

Board Size: 10

Paid Staff Size: 1

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

grant proposals
Fund raising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $30,941, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts's unaudited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

Source of Funds  
Grants & Donations 27,979
Program Income 2,962
Interest Income 1
Total Income $30,942


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 76%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $30,942
Program expenses $16,970
Fund raising expenses 2,500
Administrative expenses 3,000
Total expenses $22,470
Income in Excess of Expenses 8,472
Beginning net assets
Ending net assets 8,472
Total liabilities
Total assets $8,472

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