Nonprofits’ budgets only part of story
By ROBERT COLE
The Kansas City Star
* KC STARS | Nonprofits
Several of Kansas City’s largest nonprofits operate with multimillion-dollar budgets, but dollars alone seldom tell their story.
There are too many mouths to feed, too many kids that need a ride to Head Start, too many homeless wanderers that may need a warm coat to help them get through another winter.
Agencies depend on thousands of local volunteers to help offer counseling, provide legal assistance and aid disaster victims. They also mentor high-risk children, work to suppress domestic violence and physical abuse, and tend to patients with autism.
Karen Haren, executive director of Harvesters-The Community Food Network in Kansas City, said that 2,000 volunteers come every month to sort, repackage and box food that is distributed to more than 550 area nonprofits."