Kansas City, Missouri       
Our Mission:
The members of the Athenaeum come together to beneficially influence Kansas City culture through education, historic preservation, friendship and philanthropy. We endeavor to become better informed and to make a contribution to society.

Charitable Activities

The Kansas City Athenaeum Philanthropy Committee presents:
Many ways you can help our community

The Athenaeum is participating and promoting some of the great ideas and projects that the Missouri General Federation of Women's Clubs suggests. They are so easy to do from your home, at little or no cost, and you will be helping many. Pick one or all!

  1. For the Ronald McDonald House (and our environment!):
    • Collect pull tabs from all those canned drinks.
      Only aluminum tabs accepted, if it does not stick to a magnet it is OK!

    • Another exciting project is collecting old keys.
      Why collect old keys? This is a fun way to clean out your drawers, it's good for the environment, and you benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City.

      What happens to the keys? They will be recycled at Advantage Metals, our participating recycler. The money raised from the recycling project will go to House operations to help the families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City.

      What keys do we accept? We accept loose keys. We do not accept any keys with added plastic coatings. Please remove key rings.

      How can I find more keys? Good places to ask are: locksmiths, hardware stores, realty companies, apartment houses, hospitals, banks, car dealers. Most businesses are happy to donate their keys. If you give us the business name and address, we'll send them an acknowledgement for their donation to help the families and children who stay at the Ronald McDonald Houses.

  2. More recycling to help others --Greeting Cards
    We will collect cards at the club house, DO NOT CUT THEM, we need to make sure they are legal cards to send, as you will see in the description below.

    • St. Jude's Ranch for Children recycles your used greeting cards and creates new holiday and all-occasion greeting cards. Recycled cards are sold to support our programs and services for abused, neglected and homeless children, young adults and families.

      How It Works:
      Operated by Kids' Corp., a program designed to teach entrepreneurship skills, the children at the Ranch participate in making the new "green" cards by removing the front and attaching a new back. The result is a beautiful new card made by children and volunteers.

    • Year-round, we happily accept used all-occasion greeting cards. Please review the following tips before sending in your donation.
      • Only the card front can be used (please check to be sure the backside of the front of the card is clear of any writing, etc.)
      • We can not accept Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting cards
      • 5" x 7" size or smaller is preferred


Support Shot@Life, a project of the United Nations Foundation to immunize children around the world. Help save lives while protecting yourself: When you get a flu, whooping cough, shingles, pneumonia or any other immunization at Walgreens, you could help save a life. Together with the United Nations Foundation's Shot@Life campaign, we're helping to provide lifesaving vaccines to children in a developing country.

Support for GFWC of Missouri Scholarships;
we encourage you to consider supporting higher education through a donation to these funds.

GFWC of Missouri offers college scholarships to deserving students in Missouri universities each year. Scholarships are offered in the areas of Art, Forestry, Health, Law, and Music. Local GFWC clubs and members contribute toward these scholarships. Each college or university selects the winning scholarship recipient each May. (See below for a list of GFWC Scholarships.)

Please note which scholarship you wish to support on your check and mail it to:

Kansas City Athenaeum, ATTN: Philanthropy
P.O.Box 32496
Kansas City, MO 64171

GFWC of Missouri Scholarships:
  • Art Scholarship alternating between the Kansas City Art Institute and Lindenwood University in St. Charles
  • Forestry Scholarship at University of Missouri
  • Education Scholarship at Missouri State University in Springfield
  • Special Education Scholarship at University of Missouri
  • Mental Health Nursing Scholarship at University of Missouri
  • Music Scholarship at University of Missouri
  • Music Therapy Scholarship at University of Missouri, Kansas City

Kansas City Athenaeum Philanthropy supports:

Missouri Girls Town Visit website

Operation Breakthrough Visit website

SAVE, Inc Visit website

If you have questions or want more information contact Philanthropy

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