Gifts in Kind

United Way's Gifts in Kind program works to bridge the gap between what our community has and what it needs to thrive. We work with local Kansas City agencies, large and small, to provide them with products used in daily operations that they might otherwise have to purchase. Connecting agencies with individuals and corporations to distribute highly valued items allows the agencies to reduce their overhead costs and further the impact of their programs and services.

Since 2000, United Way of Greater Kansas City's Gifts in Kind program has distributed more than $48 million in product to local agencies. Donated product includes:

  • New/newer computers and software (less than two years old)
  • New/gently used office equipment
  • New/gently used furniture (we are unable to accept used couches)
  • Household goods
  • New clothing and accessories
  • Playground equipment
  • Educational materials
  • Tickets to area sport and entertainment events


Here are just a few examples of the impact of United Way's
Gift in Kind program:


Truman Medical Center received a large shipment of men's dress slacks to be given to patients who are homeless or in dire need of clothing upon discharge from the hospital. This donation allowed the hospital to reallocate funds set aside for clothing to be used to purchase additional items for babies born at Truman Medical Center.

Ivanhoe, one of Kansas City's vibrant communities east of Troost, works hard to make their neighborhood reflect the pride and quality of its residents since well maintained yards often deter criminal activity. Through United Way's Gift in Kind program, Invanhoe was given 350 rose bushes, barbeque grills, lighter fluid and charcoal to assist with their effort to build a strong, healthy community.

Kansas City Community Gardens improves the quality of life for low-income households and other members of the community by helping them grow their own fruits and vegetables. A donation of wheelbarrows, fertilizer, planters, outdoor furniture and outdoor sinks enabled the Kansas City Community Gardens to expand the garden and add more activities for the children's Beanstalk program.

Plaza De Ninos, a local daycare center on Kansas City's Westside received two bookshelves, a conference table, a desk and two couches enabling them to create the resource center for Spanish-speaking parents and educators. This donation assisted the center in receiving accreditation.