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Legislation #: 020083 Introduction Date: 1/17/2002
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: 2/10/2002
Title: Amending Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Section 2-1060, Combined charities campaign policy, and enacting in lieu thereof one new section of like number and subject matter.

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Amending Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Section 2-1060, Combined charities campaign policy, and enacting in lieu thereof one new section of like number and subject matter.


WHEREAS, the City encourages its employees to make charitable contributions and to aid in this it provides payroll deductions and allows employee participation in an annual charitable campaign; and


WHEREAS, currently only federations may participate in the annual campaign, and the City would like to open the campaign to individual charities that are closely associated with the City or with a City labor union and which carry out a City function, and would like to allow contributions to the City and its funds; NOW, THEREFORE,




Section 1. That Chapter 2, Code of Ordinances of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, is hereby amended by repealing Section 2-1060, Combined charities campaign policy, and enacting in lieu thereof one new section of like number and subject matter, to read as follows:


Sec. 2-1060. Combined charities campaign policy.


(a) Generally. The City will hold an annual Combined Charities Campaign during which eligible charitable organizations will be allowed to solicit City employees for contributions. Employees will be allowed to make direct contributions, or to pledge contributions to be deducted from employee paychecks.


(b) Eligibility. To be eligible to participate in the Kansas City, Missouri Combined Charities Campaign as a federation or fund, a charitable organization must be an umbrella organization, it must fund at least ten member organizations and must not provide more than 10% of its revenues to any one charity, it must provide substantial services in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and the federation/fund and all of its member organizations must meet the following additional criteria.


(1) The organization must be organized and registered for charitable purposes under all applicable Missouri State statutes.


(2) The organization must be exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) or Section 170(c)(1) or (2) of the Internal Revenue Code and must have held that exempt status for a period of not less than two years prior to the campaign.


(3) The organization and its affiliated agencies shall have written policies of non-discrimination and shall comply with all laws and regulations regarding non-discrimination and equal opportunity with respect to clients, officers, employees, and volunteers.


(4) The organization must not be a private foundation nor be organized solely to participate in this campaign.


(5) The organization must be governed by a volunteer board of directors serving without compensation.


(6) The organization must not contribute funds collected from the Kansas City, Missouri Combined Charities Campaign to any political advocacy group.


(7) The organization must ensure that its promotional activities and printed materials are based upon actual program operations and are truthful, non-deceptive, and include all material facts relative to its cause.


(8) The organization must ensure that its publicity and promotional activities protect against unauthorized use of its contributor lists.


(9) The organization must provide its most recent IRS Form 990. If total funds raised in the preceding year equal or exceed $100,000.00., the organization must also provide its most recent financial audit by an independent certified public accountant


The CEO or director of the organization applying to participate as a federation or fund must certify that the federation/fund and its member organizations meet the applicable criteria. The federation/fund s administrative fund raising expenses shall not exceed 25% of total support and revenue, unless a reasonable explanation is given and a plan for reducing the percentage to less than 25% over three years is included with the organization s application to participate in the campaign.


(c) Administration. Periodically the City will seek proposals from qualified federations/funds and the federation/fund that submits the best proposal will be chosen to administer the campaign for a set period. Factors to be used to determine the best proposal shall include experience of the federation/fund in administering campaigns, the proposed administrative cost percentages, the federation/fund s ability to distribute contributions including continuing payroll deductions, the federation/fund s experience with health and human service charities, and the federation/fund s presence in and familiarity with the needs of the Kansas City community. The proposals must provide for the following services:


(1) The federation/fund must prepare and distribute a donor choice card which allows employees to choose for donation any qualified federation/fund or any of its member agencies. Each employee will be required to designate either a federation/fund or one of its member organizations to receive that employee s contributions.


(2) The federation/fund will receive all contributions from the City and will distribute the funds to the designated agency.


(3) The federation/fund may withhold a percentage of the contributions to charities that are not members of its umbrella group for its administrative costs in distributing contributions to those charities, or for other administrative costs that are directly related to the participation in the campaign of these non-member charities. The federation/fund may withhold a percentage of the contributions distributed to its member charities in accordance with its agreements with those charities. The administrative costs that justify the percentage proposed to be withheld must be detailed in the proposal.


(4) The federation/fund will not be required to solicit contributions on behalf of charities that are not members of its umbrella group, but the federation/fund must allow equal opportunity for other qualified federations/funds to participate in any rallies or other presentations for City employees.


(5) The federation/fund must show that it is governed by Kansas City metropolitan area citizens and has substantial procedures to ensure its credibility with City employees.


(d) The City Manager or his or her designee will solicit proposals and select the federation/fund that will administer the campaign. The City Manager may promulgate rules and regulations necessary to the effective administration of the campaign.


(e) A City employee may designate any of the participating federations or any of the federations member agencies to receive the employee s contribution. Additionally, the following organizations may participate in the campaign and be designated to receive contributions through the campaign:


(1) The City. Contributions to the City may be designated to go to a particular City fund or project.


(2) Any charitable agency that meets the criteria in (b)1-9 above and which is closely associated with the City and which carries out a City function.


(3) Each labor union that represents City employees may designate one charitable agency that meets the criteria in (b)1-9 above and which is closely associated with the labor union to participate in each year s campaign.




Approved as to form and legality:




Assistant City Attorney