Get Involved

The Kansas City community is rich with individuals, families and companies that want to give back. Our focus at the Archer Foundation is to connect you with opportunities to volunteer or donate that match your interests, passions and skills.

We make it easy to get involved with local nonprofits that are effective and well led. The organizations we support share our basic belief in creating opportunities that empower people to reach new levels of achievement for themselves and their families.

Please join us in supporting the organizations below, and provide a hand-up for people who are ready to change their lives.

Key Facts:

  • The Archer Foundation employs full-time staff to work in the Kansas City community on a daily basis
  • We evaluate nonprofits to join our network based on their vision, leadership, use of funds and results
  • We connect volunteers with local nonprofits in need of their time, talents and funding
  • We also help businesses structure and manage community service programs for their employees

Contact us to get involved


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OneKC for Women is a collaboration of three Kansas City nonprofits: the Women’s Employment Network (WEN), Women’s Business Center (WBC) and Women’s Capital Connection (WCC). These organizations are powerful advocates for women in need, assisting them on their quest for personal, professional and financial self-sufficiency.

OneKC for Women provides training, workshops, mentoring and one-on-one counseling to help women make informed decisions and overcome barriers to their success.

How You Can Get Involved:

  • Volunteer for WEN as a resume writing coach or job search assistant. You don’t need any experience! All you need is a passion for helping women succeed.

  • Make an online donation to help OneKC for Women enhance its services for the women of Kansas City.

Learn more at www.onekcforwomen.com

Women's Employment Network clients work toward sustained employment

Women's Employment Network clients work toward sustained employment

The professional clothing bank provides career wear for women in need

The professional clothing bank provides career wear for women in need

Women's Business Center clients learn how to manage and grow a successful business

Women's Business Center clients learn how to manage and grow a successful business


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The HALO Foundation serves children in great need across the Kansas City community and around the globe. Whether these children are orphaned, homeless, in foster care or facing other challenging circumstances, the HALO Foundation is there to help them express their dreams and become contributing members of society.

At the HALO Learning Center in the Kansas City West Bottoms, volunteers host hundreds of workshops every year reaching at-risk youth of all ages. These workshops provide a safe haven where kids can learn valuable life skills in a caring environment. Diverse workshop topics include personal finance, resume writing, creative arts, computer design and production, sewing, clothing design, merchandising, woodworking and more.

How You Can Get Involved:

Learn more at www.haloworldwide.org

"Art makes me feel good." - Henry, HALO Makerere Home in Uganda

"Art makes me feel good." - Henry, HALO Makerere Home in Uganda

HALO Learning Center for at-risk youth in Kansas City

HALO Learning Center for at-risk youth in Kansas City

HALO youths in KC designing shirts for the annual fashion show

HALO youths in KC designing shirts for the annual fashion show


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The Academy for Integrated Arts (AFIA) is a charter school serving students in Kansas City, Missouri. AFIA’s mission is to use the arts to prepare students for college preparatory secondary school.

Learning through all art forms, including music, visual arts, dance and dramatization, increases students’ excitement and motivation for learning. AFIA believes that by fostering the use of imagination through the arts in a child’s early education, they can encourage the innovators of the future.

In addition to arts integration, AFIA’s curriculum emphasizes literacy, math, science, social studies and physical movement. The school is currently open to K-3rd grade children living in the Kansas City, Missouri school district. 

How You Can Get Involved:

  • Donate school supplies or uniform clothing. Needs include crayons, markers, pencils, backpacks, construction paper and other materials. They also accept donations of new (or perfect condition) pants, shorts or skirts in navy blue or khaki, along with polo shirts, shoes, coats, gloves and hats.

Learn more at www.afiakc.org

AFIA students celebrate their new library, donated by the Kansas City community

AFIA students celebrate their new library, donated by the Kansas City community

Visual and performing arts are integrated into the learning environment

Visual and performing arts are integrated into the learning environment

AFIA mentors make a lasting impact on student achievement

AFIA mentors make a lasting impact on student achievement


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Cristo Rey is a Kansas City high school that provides students in need with college preparatory educations, real-world work experiences and life-stabilizing values. Students spend four days each week in the classroom, earning a total of 34 high school credits at graduation (10 more than their public school counterparts).

Student internships complement Cristo Rey’s academic program with one day of real-world, hands-on work experience per week. With the support of corporate partners, each student is able to offset 45-50% of the cost of their education. The remaining funds are provided by the generosity of Kansas City donors and sponsors.

How You Can Get Involved:

  • Become a math tutor. Volunteers work with students in freshman algebra and sophomore geometry to help them establish a firm foundation. Tutors are trained and assigned to a specific student.
  • Volunteer as a mentor, meeting with a Cristo Rey student at school for lunch. (Frequency is completely flexible!) Mentors serve as role models to help students make the successful transition from high school to college.

Learn more at www.cristoreykc.org

Cristo Rey students show off their moves at the Dancing with the Kansas City Stars fundraiser

Cristo Rey students show off their moves at the Dancing with the Kansas City Stars fundraiser

Cristo Rey students job shadow through the University of Missouri's Health Care Summit

Cristo Rey students job shadow through the University of Missouri's Health Care Summit

Cristo Rey students form bonds that last a lifetime

Cristo Rey students form bonds that last a lifetime


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The Kansas City Police Athletic League (KC PAL) works with disadvantaged youth, helping them build positive relationships with Kansas City, Missouri Police Department (KCPD) officers through cultural, mentoring and sports programs.

KC Pal is committed to ensuring that youth are engaged in after-school programs that teach the values of integrity, responsibility, self-motivation and teamwork.

KC PAL relies on the generosity of our community to provide resources for keeping youth active, productive and safe. Volunteers work with KC PAL officers to provide youth with guidance, life skills and opportunities that will give them a better chance at a successful future. 

How You Can Get Involved:

Learn more at www.kcpal.org

KC PAL kids with Jose Bautista at a Reebok CrossFit event

KC PAL kids with Jose Bautista at a Reebok CrossFit event

Lasting friendships form on the KC PAL softball team

Lasting friendships form on the KC PAL softball team

Good friends at the KC PAL Christmas party

Good friends at the KC PAL Christmas party


Contact the Archer Foundation for more opportunities to get involved.