KC Pet Project is the nonprofit operator of the Kansas City, MO animal shelter. They care for more than 10,000 pets a year and have three adoption centers in the metro area to adopt pets. They are the largest No Kill animal shelter in Kansas City and the third largest, open admission, No Kill shelter in the United States. KC Pet Project is creating No Kill community here in Kansas City – they are passionate about saving lives!


Make-A-Wish® Missouri & Kansas creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. They are on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas has granted more than 8,385 wishes to local children with critical illnesses.


Team Fidelis’ mission is to end the epidemic of veteran suicide by raising awareness, providing a bridge of hope and building camaraderie between veterans and their community. They strive to accomplish this mission by utilizing their three pillars: Awareness, Hope and Camaraderie.


Team World Vision is a nonprofit organization created to activate partnerships and community engagement to bring clean water to people in the developing world, helping create fullness of life for children in need. Team World Vision believes that actions have the capacity to make a lasting impact. Through their programs, such as running for a cause and sponsoring a child, Team World Vision invites beginners and experienced athletes alike to share a common mission and compete to bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to communities in developing countries. At the 2018 Kansas City Marathon presented by Garmin, Team World Vision had 791 registered runners who raised $850,327.



Apply for your organization to become an official charity partner of the Kansas City Marathon Presented by Garmin. Review the Charity Partner Guidelines and submit your request.


Are you a nonprofit organization looking for fundraising opportunities and are able to commit 10 volunteers to assist during the Kansas City Marathon?

Qualifying volunteer groups of ten or more will receive $10 for every volunteer. For example, if your group has 15 members register and volunteer, a donation of $150 will be made to your group.

To register your organization today, email Colton Spresser.
PLEASE NOTE: No one group will receive more than $500 in donation monies.

The primary beneficiary of the Kansas City Marathon will continue to be the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation (KCSC&F), a 100% privately-funded nonprofit organization that has managed the Kansas City Marathon since 2005. For more than 50 years, the KCSC&F has advocated the lifetime benefits of sports, like running, to people of all ages and abilities in the greater Kansas City area. The organization produces more than 25 events each year that allow thousands to affordably participate in sports, including educational initiatives, tournaments and youth clinics that make the Kansas City community a better place to live, work and play. The KCSC&F also benefits the region by attracting and managing major sporting events for Kansas City, including the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship, the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and numerous other NCAA and Big 12 Championship events. These major national events serve to improve the quality of life for area residents, foster economic impact and elevate Kansas City’s profile nationally and around the globe.