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Founded
1958
Size
Small
Light the fire within.
Every Camp Fire program is built with Thrive{ology}: the science of helping youth thrive. It's a proven, research-based methodology to help youth find their sparks and discover who they are. Our trained, adult champions give youth the tools they need to become leaders in their community, school, or their peer group today.Founded in 1910, Camp Fire annually reaches more than 120,000 youth aged 5-17. Councils deliver curriculum-based programs at 1,500 program sites in 26 states and Washington D.C., in highly diverse delivery settings through Camp & Environmental Education, School Year Programs, and Teen Service & Leadership.Despite a 64-year head start as a female-only organization, Camp Fire nearly matches the overall population by gender, with 46% male participants and 54% female participants. Transgender program participants comprise 0.01% of youth served, compared to 0.3% of the overall adult population nationally. At Camp Fire, everyone is welcome.
Founded
1965
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Medium
Justice for All
Legal Aid of Western Missouri (LAWMo) has been providing essential legal services to low-income citizens since 1964. LAWMo staff attorneys, paralegals and volunteers assist over 20,000 people each year with problems that seriously affect their ability to provide for themselves and their families. Priority is given to cases involving housing, employment, domestic abuse, immigration, consumer problems and public benefits. LAWMo clients are people who have nowhere else to turn, who without the legal assistance LAWMo can provide, would likely become homeless statistics or worse. LAWMo works to ensure there is equal access to justice for those without the ability to pay.
Founded
1972
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Small
Providing safety, comfort & hope
The mission of Newhouse is to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing the tools that allow individuals and families to make positive choices and lead self-sufficient lives. Newhouse primarily serves Kansas City's urban core—an area where the majority of people live below poverty level, are exposed to high rates drugs/crime, and lack adequate education and employment skills. Our 88-bed shelter and transitional facility provides safety, respite, and a host of wraparound services to affect a positive change.
Founded
1975
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Large
Help build our future . . .one child at a time
The mission of Operation Breakthrough is to help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment. Operation Breakthrough also strives to support and empower the children's families through advocacy, referral services and emergency aid. The program began in 1971 with 50 infants, toddlers and preschoolers at 31st and Paseo. In 1976, it expanded to include before- and after-school care. The Center moved to its current location at 31st and Troost in 1981. Since that time, it has added a broad range of social services to meet the needs of the children and their families and in 2006 completed a $13 million facility expansion that increased our licensed capacity. Today, we serve 266 children (0-5 years) in our Early Childhood Education program; 110 school-age children (5 - 13 years) in Before/After-School and Summer programming; and the children's 205+ parents through a broad range of support services.
Founded
1979
Size
Giant
Maximize your giving. Simplify your donations. Give to the causes you love.
Incorporated in 1978, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation works to improve the quality of life in Greater Kansas City by increasing charitable giving, educating and connecting donors to community needs they care about, and leading on critical community issues. The Community Foundation, including its six affiliates within the Greater Kansas City region, is recognized as a leading provider of charitable giving services.
Founded
1979
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Large
The heart of a great theatre town
Kansas City Repertory Theatre pursues theatrical excellence and advances the art form, creating and sharing stories at the center of the nation's creative crossroads. KC Rep cultivates passionate audiences, artists, and advocates who are invested in our region's future. We build community by connecting people through productions and programming that educate, entertain, challenge and inspire.
Founded
1981
Size
Tiny
Strengthening the Social Service Community through Information Systems, Training, and Advocacy
The Mid America Assistance Coalition (MAAC) was created in 1985 from the merger of emergency assistance agencies with a history of community service dating back to 1974. With the mission to strengthen the social service community through information systems, training, and advocacy, MAAC is a national model for effective coordination of emergency assistance organizations and homeless service providers. Its role is to make a complex social service system as efficient and accessible as possible. With the help of the community, this is done by applying creative ideas and technology to find solutions to community needs. Throughout its 25 years, MAAC is a proven leading agency supporting social service communities.
Founded
1980
Size
Giant
Keeping families close
At Ronald McDonald House Charities, we strive to reduce the burden of childhood illness on children and their families. We provide temporary lodging in a home-like setting with private bedrooms, as well as dining, kitchen and recreational areas. Ronald McDonald House Charities serves families whose children are receiving care for a serious illness or injury at a Kansas City area hospital or treatment facility. Many of the children we serve are admitted to the hospital for: pediatric intensive care, burns, cardiac care, hematology, oncology and neo-natal intensive care. The first Kansas City Ronald McDonald House began in 1980 with the purchase of a three-story colonial home. We have 3 Houses that provide a Home away from Home for 80 families a night as well as a Ronald McDonald Family Room inside Children's Mercy Hospital with 7 sleeping room.
Founded
1963
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Medium
Offering freedom from the past and hope for the future
Since 1950, the Kansas City Rescue Mission (KCRM) has helped people in need. Whether they turn to us because of bad choices, bad breaks or both, we welcome the poor, homeless, hungry and hurting. Through a proven path from relief to recovery to re-entry, KCRM offers freedom from the past and hope for the future. We believe that the love of Jesus Christ can change lives. We see it happen here every day. Good food, safe shelter, comfortable beds, clean facilities, case management, a proven recovery program, job and life-skills training; all these things and more are why hundreds of people come through our doors each year. KCRM is a Christ-centered community offering freedom and hope to the poor and homeless, empowering them to reach their full potential.
Founded
1983
Size
Giant
Transforming hearts, minds and communities
The Kansas City Symphony (KCS), founded in 1982, aims to transform hearts, minds and communities through the power of symphonic music. The orchestra's 80 full-time musicians are area residents and vital contributors to the artistic life of Kansas City. During its 42 week season, the Symphony performs a wide variety of subscription, educational, touring, and outreach concerts. In addition, the KCS performs for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ballet. The Symphony's various education programs, including specially programmed youth concerts and workshops for high school students, reach more than 40,000 people each year.
Founded
1989
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Medium
Empowering people. Ending homelessness.
reStart Inc. is an interfaith ministry with homeless persons committed to providing shelter and supportive services to homeless men, women, youth and families with the goal of helping them move toward independence and self-sufficiency and ending homelessness in our community. reStart Inc. is the outgrowth of an overnight emergency shelter established by an inter-faith group in 1981 at Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church in downtown Kansas City. A non-profit corporation for the purpose of serving homeless persons was created in 1984. reStart provides more than 110,000 bed nights of emergency, transitional and permanent shelter to approximately 11,000 homeless men, women, families with children and unaccompanied youth.
Founded
1989
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Small
A hand up, not a hand out
Community LINC works to end homelessness, impact poverty and remove barriers to self-sufficiency for the families we serve. We believe in a holistic approach to homelessness by providing a safe, stable place to stay and comprehensive services to equip our families to transform their lives. We teach core competencies in coaching, budgeting, and mental wellness counseling supplemented by employment services, financial education, life skills training, and exposure to health lifestyles. Since 1988 Community LINC has served 3700 families with over 11,000 individuals and 8,000 children with shelter or programming.
Founded
1997
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Medium
Inspired by Christian faith, Bishop Sullivan Center shows God's love to people in financial hardship.
Founded in 1996, Bishop Sullivan Center is one of the largest providers of emergency assistance in the Kansas City area. Our Mission Statement says: Inspired by Christian faith, Bishop Sullivan Center shows God's love to people in financial hardship by providing food, help in finding jobs and other aid. Beyond material assistance, Bishop Sullivan Center strives to build relationships between those who live in poverty and those who do not, promoting mutual understanding and affirming the dignity of all. We have 3 locations, 2 in Kansas City, MO and one in Kansas City, KS.
Founded
1996
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Large
Return the favor
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Foundation seeks to provide unique and urgently needed services that improve the lives of veterans, military personnel and their families all the while supporting positive citizen involvement for the betterment of U.S. communities. Our varied programs include long-distance communication options for our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and military hospitals through distribution of telephone cards (almost 10,000,000 so far) and Cyber Café calling days; financial grants for military families in need to help pay for rent, mortgage, utilities, medical treatment and food; assistance for veterans in the filing of entitlement claims with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; and patriotic student essay contests that award money for college to America's youth; etc. All of our programs are non-political, free and require no VFW-affiliation for assistance.
Founded
2000
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Giant
Providing extraordinary experiences through programs, customer service, and education.
The Kauffman Center, home to resident organizations including the Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera, Kansas City Symphony, and other innovative programming, embraces a variety of audiences with different tastes, interests and passions. At the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, everyone can have an opportunity to experience excellence. The mission of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is to provide these extraordinary experiences through programs, customer service, and education. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts' vision is to enrich the lives of everyone in our community through extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences.
Founded
1959
Size
Large
Making Kansas City a destination for dance
Founded in 1957, Kansas City Ballet is a 28-member professional ballet company under the direction of Artistic Director William Whitener and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley. Kansas City Ballet performs three mixed repertory seasons per year as well as the ever-popular Nutcracker. The company also reaches over 15,000 Kansas City students and adults each year through its community education programs and provides dance training through the Kansas City Ballet School. Our new home, Kansas City Ballet's Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, which opened August 2011, in conjunction with our new stage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, is poised to make Kansas City AND Kansas City Ballet a true destination for dance.
Founded
1967
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Small
Start Something
Founded in 1964, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (BBBSKC) works to create and support life-changing friendships for children. BBSKC provides children facing adversity with strong, enduring and professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. BBBSKC matches school-aged youth (Littles) from one-parent or other non-traditional homes, with caring, adult volunteers (Bigs).
Founded
1967
Size
Large
The positive place for kids
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City is the best at inspiring our children and youth to live out their greatest. The voice of a child who feels accepted, competent, useful and that he or she is part of something bigger is exactly what the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City represents. The Clubs offer everything from sports and fitness, to education about healthy lifestyles or improving self-esteem. For these youth, the Clubs help shine a ray of hope into their lives, one dream at a time. Without the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, 31,227 children and youth would miss out on life-changing opportunities.
Founded
1947
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Large
Live united
The United Way of Greater Kansas City (UWGKC) was created in July 2007 by the merger of the Bi-County United Way of Cass and Jackson, Heart of America United Way (including Northland United Way Services) and United Way of Johnson County. UWGKC continues to maintain local offices representing Eastern Jackson and Cass Counties, Kansas City, MO, the Northland and Johnson County. The offices work to nurture relationships with local donors, companies and partner agencies while embracing a regional approach to service delivery and problem solving. UWKGC's mission is to improve people's lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.
Founded
1943
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Giant
We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities
The YMCA of Greater Kansas City, founded on Christian principles, is an organization with an inclusive environment committed to enriching the quality of family, spiritual, social, mental and physical well-being. The YMCA is values-based, mission-driven and totally focused on building strong kids, strong families and strong communities. We serve more than 200,000 individuals and families in the metro area. Our 19 locations serve a diverse membership with a mix of programs including Health and Fitness, Aquatics, Sports, Summer Day Camps, Enrichment Programs, Child Care and Adaptive Programs.
Founded
1951
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Medium
Certified to Change the World
The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations dedicated to educating, preparing and certifying professionals to strengthen and lead nonprofit organizations. The Alliance offers the Certified Nonprofit Credential (CNP), the only national nonprofit management leadership credential developed with, and recognized by, the nonprofit sector. Our students complete rigorous, comprehensive, academic and experiential requirements, meeting industry standards, preparing them for nonprofit sector careers.
Founded
1960
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Large
Offering a broad repertoire of professional operatic experiences
The Lyric Opera of Kansas City exists to enrich the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the region by offering a broad repertoire of professional operatic experiences. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City was founded in 1958 by Russell Patterson. In 54 years the Company has produced numerous works including three world premiere operas. In the fall of 1998, the Company began performing operas in the original language, a tradition which continues today. The Company currently produces four performances of four productions per season at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts located at 1601 Broadway in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
Founded
1946
Size
Giant
Your City, Your Mission
Since 1924, City Union Mission has provided warm beds, nutritious food and a place of safety for thousands of poverty stricken and homeless men, women and children. Founded by Rev. and Mrs. David Bulkley, the Mission's staff has been uncompromising in their commitment to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the hurting and the lost. City Union Mission is an evangelical Christian ministry committed to sharing the Gospel and meeting the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of men, women, children who are poor or homeless. Last year, 429 guests committed their lives to Christ at City Union Mission. City Union Mission served over 277,431 meals for the hungry and provided over 151,811 beds for the weary in 2011.
Founded
1957
Size
Giant
Encouraging public interest in art
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is dedicated to the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts and the varied cultures they represent. It is committed through its collections and programs to being a vital partner in the educational and cultural life of Kansas City and a preeminent institution both nationally and internationally. The Museum is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of more than 33,500 objects. From ancient times to modern day, this encyclopedic museum is one of the best in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to explore civilization through the eyes of painters, sculptors, craftsmen, and many other artists. The Nelson-Atkins is free to all visitors, everyday. Our growing collection has fascinated, illuminated and exhilarated people since 1933.
Founded
1978
Size
Medium
Helping kids heal.
Founded in 1978, the Children's Place nurtures and promotes the healthy development of young children who have survived abuse, neglect and trauma by providing specialized services and family support, within a safe and caring environment. Within the Kansas City community and beyond, the agency's specialized expertise in working with traumatized young children has made The Children's Place a recognized leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The Children's Place offers day treatment services, clinical services, and parental support services.
Founded
1993
Size
Giant
Providing access to safe water and sanitation
Co-founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation. Water.org traces its roots back to the founding of WaterPartners in 1990. In July 2009, WaterPartners merged with H2O Africa, resulting in the launch of Water.org. Water.org works with local partners to deliver innovative solutions for long-term success. Its microfinance-based WaterCredit Initiative is pioneering sustainable giving in the sector. All of the projects Water.org supports are self-sustaining, with organizational and financial structures in place to allow communities to independently operate and maintain them. Projects have an active water committee governing the operation of the water system, and users paying a water bill to cover the costs of operating and maintaining the water system.
Founded
2004
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Small
Transforming lives through orphan care.
The Global Orphan Project, Inc. (GO Project) is a global orphan care ministry whose mission is to transform lives through orphan care. The GO Project was formed in 2003 to provide shelter and care for the basic needs and positive development of orphaned and impoverished children and their communities in some of the poorest areas of the world. The GO Project has three operating divisions: domestic and international orphan care whereby GO Project works with local churches to help provide family based care for orphans, trips into the Orphan Window, and an impact investment fund called GO Fund that supports vocational training centers, business ventures and agricultural ventures, and whose proceeds raised pay for basic orphan care costs.