Community Involvement

A longtime corporate resident of the Kansas City area, Waddell & Reed understands and genuinely embraces the importance of giving back to our community.

Covering a wide range of worthy causes, charitable giving is an integral part of our culture, backed by generous employees who consistently volunteer their time and contribute their finances to numerous organizations in and around the Kansas City area. Among the philanthropic areas we consistently support:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Children Support Services
  • Educational/Literacy
  • Human Services
  • Hunger/Critical Needs
  • Medical Research

Members of our executive team also serve on a number of not-for-profit boards, offering their time and expertise to help guide our local charitable organizations and the people they serve.

A Commitment to Caring

Illustrating our commitment to caring within the community, some of the major charitable campaigns we’ve supported in recent years include:

Leukemia and Lymphoma SocietySince 2000, Waddell & Reed has raised more than $1 million for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Mid-America Chapter, helping them in their mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.  

On September 30, Waddell & Reed participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s  Light The Night Walk.

Light the Night Walk 2016

Operation BreakthroughOperation Breakthrough’s mission is to provide a safe, loving and educational environment for children in poverty and to empower their families through advocacy, emergency aid and education. Our employees have regularly volunteered their time to assist this outstanding Kansas City organization in many different ways. 

Thanksgiving week, Waddell & Reed donated 330 turkeys and 439 Thanksgiving dinner boxes to Operation Breakthrough.

Operation Breakthrough Turkey Donations

United Way of Greater Kansas City
Waddell & Reed has supported the United Way of Greater Kansas City through an annual giving campaign that helps area United Way agencies provide important human services to individuals and families who need them.

In addition to funds raised online, Waddell & Reed recently participated in the United Way Trivia Challenge donating more than $1,300 toward our United Way campaign.

United Way of Greater Kansas City

Expanding Our Community Reach

Through volunteering and financial contributions, Waddell & Reed reaches out to numerous other charitable organizations within our local community. Some of these entities include:

Community LinkCommunity LINC's mission is to end homelessness, impact poverty and remove barriers to self-sufficiency for the families we serve.

Thanksgiving week, Waddell & Reed donated 40 turkeys and 40 Thanksgiving dinner boxes to Community LINC.

Community LINC Donations

Variety Childrens Museum Variety Children’s Charity of Kansas City provides children with developmental disabilities the adaptive equipment and opportunities they need for activity and inclusion.

Waddell & Reed was once again pleased to support Variety Show 2016, where proceeds benefit the Variety Children’s Charity.

Variety Show 2016 Flier

Noahs Bandage Project Noah's Bandage Project raises funds for pediatric cancer research…and to help provide “cool and fun” bandages to kids who need them.

This past autumn, Waddell & Reed's 2016 Wiffle Ball Tourney raised $2,375 to benefit Noah’s Bandage Project and their important mission.

Noahs Bandage Project Whiffle Ball Donation

Ronald McDonald HouseRonald McDonald House of Kansas City's mission is to reduce the burden of childhood illness on children and their families by providing a "home away from home" while children are receiving medical care in Kansas City-area hospitals.

Last October, Waddell & Reed employees volunteered at a Halloween event for Ronald McDonald House.

Ronald McDonald House Halloween Volunteers

HarvestersHarvesters Community Food Network's mission is to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow.

Each year Waddell & Reed supports Harvesters with food drives and volunteer events.

Harvesters Food Drive Container

Local Sponsorships

Waddell & Reed, along with its affiliate company Ivy Investments, also has a proud history of supporting Kansas City-area sporting events and organizations. In past years and current, Waddell & Reed and Ivy Investments have sponsored the Kansas City Royals, Sporting Kansas City and the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Investments.

Sponsorship Logos: Royals - KC Marathon - Sporting KC

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